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2 Pakistani troopers killed in army's counter offensive on LoC
Srinagar | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
The Indian Army on Monday evening killed two Pakistani troopers in a counter offensive strike on the LoC in Kashmir's Uri sector to foil a Border Action Team (BAT) attack from the Pakistani side. ... read..


Indian climber's body retrieved from Mt. Everest
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2017 1:15:04 AM IST
A team of expert climbers successfully retrieved the body of an Indian climber who died of high altitude sickness in the Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, and brought it back to Kathmandu on Monday. ... read..


Pakistani SC dismisses PM's son's reservations regarding JIT
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday dismissed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son Hussain Nawaz's reservations regarding two members of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed to probe the Panama Papers case. ... read..


Nepal defers local polls to June 23 over Madhesis' demands
Kathmandu | Monday, 2017 8:15:05 PM IST
In a bid to ensure participation of agitating Madhes-based parties in the second phase of the local polls, the Nepal government on Monday postponed the polling date from June 14 to June 23. ... read..


Jadhav can never be released: Pakistani lawyer
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, "can never be released or acquitted", a Pakistani lawyer said on Monday. ... read..


Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan: US spy chiefs
Washington | Monday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
The US intelligence community has informed Congress that Pakistan does not want heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan and will likely turn to China to offset New Delhi's sway in Kabul, the media reported on Monday. ... read..


40% decline in US visas for Pakistanis
Washington | Monday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan is experiencing a significant decrease in number of non-immigrant US visas issued to its nationals under the new administration despite not being on the list of US President Donald Trump's "Muslim ban" countries. ... read..


Pakistan PM's son grilled over Panama Papers
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's son Hussain Nawaz appeared before the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) in connection with the Panama Papers probe into the familys assets, the media reported on Monday. ... read..


Schoolgirl pushed down from building by teachers in Pakistan
Lahore | Monday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Two teachers allegedly pushed a Class nine girl student from the third floor of the school building in Pakistan's Lahore city, causing life-threatening injuries, the media reported on Monday. ... read..


Toll from Sri Lanka's floods rises to 164
Colombo | Monday, 2017 9:15:04 AM IST
The death toll from the devastating floods and landslides which hit Sri Lanka has increased to 164 with 104 people still reported missing, the Disaster Management Centre said on Monday. ... read..


Australia to deploy more troops in Afghanistan
Canberra | Monday, 2017 8:45:04 AM IST
Australia will deploy more troops in Afghanistan to conduct advisory and training missions to the Afghan security forces following a request from NATO, Defence Minister Marise Payne said on Monday. ... read..


Army porter killed in Pakistan firing across LoC
Srinagar | Sunday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
An Indian Army porter was killed late on Saturday when the Pakistan Army opened fire, violating the ceasefire, on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara district of north Kashmir. ... read..


Statue of Lady Justice reinstalled in Dhaka
Dhaka | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
The statue of Lady Justice, a woman holding a scale and sword in her hands, has been reinstalled in front of the Supreme Court's annex building here after it was taken down on Friday. ... read..


Sri Lanka floods toll increases to 146 (Lead)
Colombo | Sunday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
The deaths in floods and landslides caused by the heavy rainfall that began last week in Sri Lanka have mounted to 146 while 112 other people have been reported missing, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Sunday. ... read..


Sri Lanka floods, landslides toll rises to 126
Colombo | Sunday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
The deaths in floods and landslides in Sri Lanka following heavy rain rose to 126 on Sunday, an official said. ... read..


100-year-old British-era bridge going strong in Pakistan
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
A suspension bridge built by the British rulers on Laspur river connecting two villages in Chitral district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province will complete 100 years in June this year as recorded on the plaque in its pillar. ... read..


Pakistan condemns killing of Hizbul militant in Kashmir
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Saturday condemned the killing of top Hizbul commander Sabzar Ahmad Bhat and other militants in Jammu and Kashmir, and called upon the international community, including the UN and human rights organizations, to intervene in the matter. ... read..


Indian rescue personnel deployed in flood-hit Sri Lanka (Lead, changing dateline)
Colombo | Saturday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
Indian rescue personnel were on Saturday deployed in affected areas of Sri Lanka where heavy floods and landslides have claimed at least 100 lives. ... read..


'Hang Jadhav immediately': Application filed in Pakistan SC
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
An application for the immediate execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav was filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Saturday. ... read..


China April ODI plummets 70.8 pct y/y to $5.83 bln - commerce ministry
BEIJING | Saturday, May 27 2017 IST
China's non-financial outbound direct investment (ODI) in April plummeted 70.8 percent from a year earlier to $5.83 billion, the commerce ministry said in a statement on its website on Saturday. Outbound investment totalled $26.37 billion in the first fou ... read..


Two Nepal parties to withdraw impeachment motion against CJ
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
Two Nepal parties which moved an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki in April, on Saturday decided to withdraw it, a move expected to end an unsavoury row between the executive and judiciary in the Himalayan country. ... read..


Toll in Sri Lanka floods increases to 100 (Lead)
Colombo | Saturday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
The death toll in the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has increased to 100 while 99 persons were reported missing, the Disaster Management Centre said on Saturday. ... read..


18 killed in Afghan car bombing
Kabul | Saturday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
At least 18 persons were killed when a suicide car bombing struck a crowded area in Afghanistan's Khost city on Saturday, an official said. ... read..


Major Hong Kong banks raise mortgage rates following HKMA measures
HONG KONG | Saturday, May 27 2017 IST
Some of Hong Kong's largest commercial banks in the mortgage loans market said they would raise interest rates following the latest round of mortgage tightening measures by the city's de facto central bank. Banks have to set aside more capital when they l ... read..


UN to check human rights record for Sri Lankan peacekeepers
United Nations | Saturday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
The UN will require Sri Lankan troops to undergo "enhanced screening" for human rights violations going back to the final years of the civil war before they can be deployed as peacekeepers. ... read..


Two militants including Hizbul commander killed in Kashmir gunfight (Second lead)
Srinagar | Saturday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Bhat who succeeded slain militant, leader Burhan Wani, was killed on Saturday along with another militant in a gunfight with security forces in Pulwama that triggered protests in the Kashmir Valley. ... read..


Indian ship with relief material reaches Sri Lanka
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
An Indian ship loaded with relief material and rescue and medical teams reached Sri Lanka on Saturday after the island nation was hit by severe rain and subsequent landslides that claimed over 90 lives. ... read..


Modi condoles deaths in Sri Lanka floods
New Delhi | Saturday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the loss of lives and property in Sri Lanka due to heavy flooding and landslides and has ordered to dispatch relief ships. ... read..


Attack by Pakistan's BAT unit repulsed in Uri, two killed: Army (Second Lead)
Srinagar | Friday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
The Army said on Friday it has foiled an attack by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector in Jammu and Kashmir and killed two of the intruders. ... read..


Madhesis' alliance announces boycott of Nepal's 2nd-phase local polls
Kathmandu | Friday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
A newly formed alliance of seven Madhes-based political parties in Nepal on Friday announced a fresh bout of agitation from Saturday and boycott of the June 14 local elections to be held mostly in the Terai/Madhes belt. ... read..


BAT attack repulsed in Uri, two infiltrators killed: Army (Lead)
Srinagar | Friday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
The Army said on Friday it has foiled Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) attack on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector of Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir and killed two infiltrating militants. ... read..


18 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack
Kabul | Friday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
At least 18 Afghan soldiers were killed in an attack by the Taliban on a military base in Kandahar province, a local media report said on Friday. ... read..


Army patrol attacked in Uri, two Pakistani border personnel killed
Srinagar | Friday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
An Indian Army patrol was attacked by the Pakistan Army's Border Action Team (BAT) in Uri sector near the Line of Control on Friday, in which two BAT personnel were killed, army sources said. ... read..


'Lady Justice' statue removed from Bangladesh SC premises
Dhaka | Friday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
A statue called 'Lady Justice' was removed on Friday from Bangladesh's Supreme Court complex, after an outcry from religious hardliners. ... read..


6 killed in Sri Lanka landslides
Colombo | Friday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
At least six people were killed and several others reported missing on Friday due to landslides in two different areas in Sri Lanka's Kalutara district following heavy rainfall, police said. ... read..


Congress questions release of Army video on LoC action
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 10:15:05 PM IST
The Congress on Thursday questioned the release of a video of the Indian Army action against Pakistan military posts across the Line of Control, saying that the party "does not want the truth to be lost in the release of videos by both sides". ... read..


Amid Jadhav tension, Sushma thanks Pakistan for Uzma's return
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
India-Pakistan diplomatic relations may be at a low over alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav and cross-border firings, but External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday was at her diplomatic best when she thanked Islamabad for making possible the return o ... read..


Pakistan is a 'well of death', says Indian woman after return
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
"Pakistan is like a well of death", said Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman repatriated to the country from Pakistan where she was allegedly forced and duped into marrying against her choice. ... read..


Sri Lanka tweaks trade deals negotiations policy
Colombo | Thursday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Sri Lanka on Thursday announced a new policy, which is more outward-oriented, coherent and with a clearer vision, to better meet requirements in negotiations of international trade agreements. ... read..


India seeks access to Mumbai man arrested in Pakistan
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
India on Thursday sought from Pakistan consular access to Sheikh Nabi, a Mumbai resident arrested in Islamabad for not possessing travel documents, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Thursday. ... read..


Four militants of banned group arrested in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Thursday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
At least four militants belonging to the banned Neo-JMB outfit were arrested by Bangladesh's anti-crime elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Thursday. ... read..


Pakistani man 'stoned to death'
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
A 43-year-old man was allegedly stoned to death for honour in Pakistan's Ghourgushti, a media report said on Thursday. ... read..


Pakistan condemns commendation to Indian Army officer Gogoi
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Thursday condemned the Indian Army chief's Commendation Card to an officer involved in tying up a Kashmiri man to a jeep as human shield. ... read..


Indian woman 'forced' to marry Pakistani returns home (Lead)
Amritsar/Lahore | Thursday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
An Indian woman who alleged she was forced and duped into marrying a Pakistani man was repatriated to her country through the Wagah border on Thursday, a day after the Islamabad High Court permitted her to travel home. ... read..


Indian climber's body retrieved from Everest after a year
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
A team of Sherpas on Wednesday retrieved the body of Indian mountaineer Gautam Ghosh who died of high altitude sickness last year while ascending Mt Everest, the world's highest peak. ... read..


UN military observers vehicle fired at by Indian troops near LoC: Pakistan
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
The Pakistan Army on Wednesday claimed that two officials of the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) narrowly escaped after Indian troops fired at their vehicle while they were visiting areas along the Line of Control. ... read..


Tensions escalate as Pakistan flexes its muscles in Siachen (Roundup)
New Delhi/Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Tensions escalated on Wednesday with Pakistan Air Force Chief Suhail Aman activating all forward bases in response to purported India "threats" and fighter jets flying over the Siachen glacier violating the Indian air space, a claim New Delhi has dismisse ... read..


No Pakistani flights over Siachen, says IAF (Lead)
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
The IAF on Wednesday rejected claims by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) that its fighter jets had flown over the Siachen glacier. ... read..


Pakistan parliament panel unhappy over legal team's performance at ICJ
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan parliament's national security panel has expressed its disappointment over the government's explanation about the performance of the country's legal team in alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at the ICJ. ... read..


Pakistan court orders release of 350 Indian fishermen
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 7:15:05 PM IST
A court here on Wednesday ordered the release of 350 Indian fishermen, who were jailed for illegal fishing. ... read..


Nepal PM Prachanda steps down, Deuba may assume office (Second Lead)
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 6:45:04 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Wednesday announced his resignation, in keeping with his agreement with the Nepali Congress, which had propped up his coalition government since last August. ... read..


Nepal PM Prachanda resigns
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Wednesday announced his resignation during a televised address. ... read..


Indian woman forced to marry Pakistani to be deported (Second Lead)
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday allowed an Indian woman to return to her country days after she claimed she was duped and forced into marrying a Pakistani man. ... read..


Prachanda resigns as Nepal PM, paves way for Deuba to succeed (Lead)
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Wednesday announced his resignation during a televised address. ... read..


Mastermind of high-profile terror attacks held in Balochistan
Quetta | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
A suspected mastermind behind several high-profile terror attacks and "trained by Afghan and Indian intelligence agencies", has been arrested in Balochistan, an official has said. ... read..


Indian, Bangladeshi officials discuss cross-border crimes, other issues
Agartala | Wednesday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
Administrative and police officials of border districts in India's Tripura have finalised strategies to deal with cross-border crimes and deal with other irritants in an one-day meet with their counterparts of contiguous Bangladeshi districts, an official ... read..


Pakistan to draw 'red lines' for social media service providers
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
As the controversy over the crackdown on online anti-army campaigners heats up, the Pakistani government has decided to draw red lines for the social media service providers in the country. ... read..


Three martyred soldiers of Nepalese origin cremated in Himachal
Shimla | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Three Indian Army soldiers of Nepalese origin, who were killed in a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir, were cremated in an army cantonment in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said. ... read..


Nepal PM Prachanda to resign, address nation
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' will resign on Wednesday evening, paving way for Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba to become the next Prime Minister. ... read..


No airspace violation over Siachen, says IAF
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
The Indian Air Force on Wednesday denied claims by Pakistan Air Force that its fighter jets had flown over the Siachen glacier. ... read..


JGBs ease after BOJ operations point to selling pressure
TOKYO | Wednesday, May 24 2017 IST
Japanese government bond prices eased on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan's bond buying operation attracted stronger-than-expected selling interest. The BOJ's purchase of 280 billion yen ($2.50 billion) JGBs with one to three years of maturity drew selli ... read..


Nikkei hits 1-wk closing high; exporters, financials gain
TOKYO | Wednesday, May 24 2017 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday to a one-week closing high helped by exporters after the dollar gained against the yen, while financials outperformed thanks to a rise in U.S. Treasury yields. The Nikkei ended 0.7 percent higher at 19,742.98 ... read..


China says Moody's downgrade overestimates difficulties facing its economy
BEIJING | Wednesday, May 24 2017 IST
China's finance ministry said on Wednesday that a credit downgrade by Moody's was based on inappropriate methodology, saying it was exaggerating difficulties facing the economy and underestimating reform efforts. Moody's Investors Service downgraded China ... read..


Become fidayeen to counter Pakistan, former army chief tells cow vigilantes
Kolkata | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:04 PM IST
Calling for building up non-state actors to crush Pakistan's export of terror to India, a former Indian army chief on Tuesday asked cow vigilantes to stop their mindless atrocities on their countrymen and don the role of 'fidayeen' if they have the guts. ... read..


Prachanda defers resignation as PM, adds to political uncertainty
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' on Tuesday deferred his planned resignation from the top post, adding to political uncertainties in Kathmandu. ... read..


Not embarrassed by ICJ ruling on Jadhav: Pakistan (Lead)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Tuesday said that it is not embarrassed by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charges, and that consular acces ... read..


Three soldiers of Nepal origin to be cremated in Himachal
Shimla | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
Three Indian Army soldiers of Nepal origin, who were killed in a gunbattle with militants in Jammu and Kashmir, will be cremated in an army cantonment in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday, officials said on Tuesday. ... read..


Damaged Pakistani military posts in punitive fire assault: India (Lead)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
Eight months after the surgical strikes on terror-launch pads, the Indian Army on Tuesday said it damaged several Pakistani military posts with heavy artillery firing in a "very recent" punitive assault along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir as part of its pre-em ... read..


Jadhav is alive: Pakistani envoy
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit on Tuesday said that Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charges, is alive. ... read..


Government supports Army action along LoC: Jaitley
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the government supported the action taken by Indian Army along the LoC in striking Pakistan Army posts and it will bring peace in Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..


Kashmiris angry over army chief's commendation for 'human shield' Major
Srinagar/New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
The Indian Army chief's commendation for an officer accused of using a local as a human shield belies the hope that justice would be done to victims of human rights abuses in Kashmir, many Kashmiris say. ... read..


Escaping ethnic trouble, 280 Myanmar tribals seek shelter in Mizoram
Aizawl | Tuesday, 2017 5:15:04 PM IST
At least 280 people, mostly women and children, from Myanmar have taken shelter in two villages in Mizoram allegedly fearing ethnic trouble at home, an official said here on Tuesday. ... read..


Army says Pakistan military posts damaged in recent 'punitive' assault
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:43 PM IST
The Indian Army on Tuesday claimed to have decimated several Pakistani military posts along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir in a recent "punitive assault" as part of counter-terror strategy to stop cross-border militant incursion. ... read..


Pakistan AG to take parliament into confidence in Jadhav case
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:34 PM IST
Pakistan's Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali will on Tuesday brief the country's parliament and take the members into confidence in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. ... read..


US cautions nationals on travel to Pakistan
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:29 PM IST
The US has issued a travel advisory for its citizens asking them to postpone all non-essential travel to Pakistan due to increased "terrorist violence" in the country. ... read..


11 soldiers die in Afghan army base attack
Kabul | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:19 PM IST
At least 11 soldiers were killed and nine wounded when Taliban militants attacked a military base in Afghanistan's Kandhar province. ... read..


Three civilians killed in Afghanistan blast
Kabul | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:19 PM IST
Three civilians were killed and four wounded when a tractor ran over a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, an official said. ... read..


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