Friday, December 2, 2022

Residents seek King Charles intervention as China plans massive embassy in London
London | Thursday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
Residents of an apartment complex that sits on a historic parcel of land opposite the Tower of London want Britains King Charles to buy it back, claiming that its current owner, China, will turn it into a hub for shadowy diplomatic activity, according to ... read..

China to punish netizens for 'liking' posts deemed harmful as protests rage
Hong Kong | Thursday, 2022 3:15:10 AM IST
Internet users in China will soon be held liable for liking posts deemed illegal or harmful, sparking fears that the worlds second largest economy plans to control social media like never before, according to a media report. ... read..

Pakistan Finance Minister resolves to abolish interest-based banking
Karachi | Thursday, 2022 3:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan's Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Wednesday reiterated his resolve to abolish interest-based banking in the country, as he contended that 'usury' (practice of lending money at unreasonably high rates of interest) is strictly prohibited in Shariah, ... read..

Beijing's stockpile of nuclear warheads has nearly doubled since 2020: Pentagon
Washington | Thursday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Beijing accelerated its nuclear weapons program last year and has nearly doubled its supply of warheads since 2020 to past 400, a size that US military planners did not expect to see until about 2030, a new report from the US Department of Defense says, a ... read..

Chinese protesters say police seeking them out
London | Wednesday, 2022 1:15:11 AM IST
People in China who attended weekend protests against Covid restrictions say they have been contacted by police, as authorities begin clamping down, according to a media report. ... read..

Tanks on streets of China rekindles fears of Tiananmen Square
London | Wednesday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Several military tanks have rolled through the streets of China as Chinese officials ramp up their crackdown against demonstrators who are protesting against Xi Jinpings disastrous zero-Covid policy, sccording to a media report. ... read..

China censors World Cup matches to remove shots of maskless crowd
London | Tuesday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
Chinese state television has censored FIFA World Cup matches to remove shots of maskless crowd after the sight of joyous fans celebrating in packed stadia stoked anger back home, where hundreds of millions remain under strict pandemic restrictions, accord ... read..

Sunak stresses importance of deepening ties with Indo-Pacific
London | Tuesday, 2022 2:15:12 AM IST
Britain's new Prime Minister, 42-year-old Rishi Sunak, was expected to stress in a speech on November 28 night, 'the importance' of 'deepening ties in the Indo-Pacific'. This means Britain wants to consolidate defence and economic relations with India, am ... read..

Police barricade street in Shanghai after two nights of protests
Taipei | Tuesday, 2022 2:15:11 AM IST
Chinese police have barricaded a street in Shanghai where protesters have gathered for the last two nights in anticipation of further rallies against the governments rigid zero-Covid policies, according to a media report. ... read..

Protests against China's Zero Covid policy crop up in major cities
Xinjiang | November 28, 2022 3:30:03 PM IST
This is the first time that the general public of China seems ready to take on the all-powerful regime of the Chinese Communist Party, the catalyst being all the atrocities they have faced under the Zero Covid policy and the overall miss management of Chi ... read..

Imran asked to postpone long march in Rawalpindi due to terror threat
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan Minister for Interior, Rana Sanaullah, has advised former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan to postpone his partys long march in Rawalpindi on November 26, local media reported. ... read..

Nawaz Sharif to return to Pakistan before year end
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 3:15:12 AM IST
Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday that former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will return to Pakistan before the end of the year, according to a media report. ... read..

Two Pak revenue officials sacked for leaking Pak Army Chief's tax data
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 2:15:10 AM IST
In light of an inquiry report, two inland revenue officials in Pakistan have been sacked for their involvement in leaking tax data of Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Jawed Bajwa and his family, according to a media report. ... read..

Decision on Army chief based on merit despite 'immense pressure': Pak PM
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday broke his silence on the names he had advised President Arif Alvi to formalise as the next Chief of Army Staff (COAS) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), noting that the decision ... read..

Will crush attempts to topple govt with protests with military power: SL President
Colombo | Thursday, 2022 2:45:11 AM IST
Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe warned on Wednesday that any attempt to topple the government through an anti-government protest or 'Aragalaya' would be crushed using military power and Emergency laws. ... read..

1971 was not military but political failure: Pak Army Chief
Rawalpindi | Thursday, 2022 1:45:13 AM IST
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that East Pakistan debacle was political failure not a military one, the media reported on Wednesday. ... read..

PTI doesn't need campaigning to return to power: Imran
Lahore | Wednesday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan said on Tuesday that his party will return to power and will "not even need to campaign" due to the current situation in the country, according to a media report. ... read..

Nepal elections pass off largely peacefully, turnout lower
Kathmandu | Monday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
Nepal on Sunday held largely peaceful elections to the federal Parliament and provincial Assemblies with some cases of violent clashes between party cadres reported, while voters' participation, according to initial estimates, remained much lower than exp ... read..

Pakistan makes joint investment offer to Beijing and Riyadh
Jeddah | Monday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
Pakistan's Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Ahsan Iqbal, said on Sunday that Pakistan has made a joint investment offer to China and Saudi Arabia based on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to a media report. ... read..

Imran praises India's 'exemplary' foreign policy
Lahore | Sunday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
Reiterating his stance on "slavery", PTI chief Imran Khan said on Saturday that national decisions should be taken by the nation, adding that the countrys shouldnt become slaves to superpowers, media reports said. ... read..

Imran using long march to make Army chief's appointment controversial: Bilawal Bhutto
Islamabad | Sunday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Calling him a "player of the undemocratic game", Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Saturday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan is out to dispute the constitutional appointment of the Army chief, according to a media report. ... read..

Imran claims Army chief, President discussed 'early elections'
Lahore | Saturday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
PTI Chairman Imran Khan claimed on Friday that Pakistan President Arif Alvi has met Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss immediate and transparent elections, according to a media. ... read..

Pak-Afghan border crossing at Chaman shut for fifth straight day
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
The Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Chaman remained closed for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday, media reports said. ... read..

Will have to compromise on national security if country defaults, says Imran Khan
Lahore | Friday, 2022 1:45:13 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan on Thursday warned that if Pakistan defaults, it will have to "compromise on its national security" the next time the government approaches foreign lenders for aid, media reports said. ... read..

Sri Lankan convicts in Rajiv assasination case to be deported in 10 days
Chennai | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
An order for deporting the recently-freed four Sri Lankan convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, currently lodged at the rehabilitation camp, was expected in 10 days, a Tamil Nadu government official said on Monday. ... read..

Imran calls out Shehbaz for consulting 'fugitive' on Army chief's appointment
Lahore | Tuesday, 2022 1:45:10 AM IST
PTI chief Imran Khan on Monday called out Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for consulting PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif regarding the appointment of the new Army chief, according to a media reported. ... read..

Central agencies, TN Police on alert after release of Rajiv Gandhi case convicts
Chennai | Tuesday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
Central Intelligence agencies and Tamil Nadu Police's Special Branch are on high alert after the release of six convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, amid reports that the now-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) trying to regroup it ... read..

Sri Lanka's 2023 budget aims a way out of current economic crisis
Colombo | Tuesday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Presenting Sri Lanka's Budget for 2023, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday that his country has resumed efforts to integrate with key markets such as India and China in order to expand its market access. ... read..

Nawaz Sharif will never let Army chief to be appointed on merit: Imran
Lahore | Saturday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan has reiterated that the incumbent coalition government will not appoint the next Army chief based on merit, saying PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif would not let that happen, according to a media report ... read..

Pak clerics welcome dropping pleas against Islamic banking system
Islamabad | Thursday, 2022 4:45:09 AM IST
Pakistans clerics on Wednesday welcomed the governments decision to withdraw its appeals, filed in the Supreme Court, against the Federal Shariat Courts (FSC) direction to the government to switch to Islamic banking system in a phased manner by December 2 ... read..

Imran threatens to name another senior military officer involved in assassination plot
Lahore | Thursday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday claimed that he had exposed the plot to assassinate him nearly six weeks before the Wazirabad attack, and that he would also expose the name of a second mil ... read..

Pakistan to move away from interest-based banking system
Islamabad | Thursday, 2022 1:45:09 AM IST
In a sudden decision, the Pakistan government on Wednesday announced that it will move ahead to establish an interest-free, Islamic banking system and withdraw in the coming days appeals filed against it in the Supreme Court, according to a media report. ... read..

Pak TV channels barred from airing Imran's speeches
Islamabad | Sunday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on Saturday prohibited the broadcast and re-broadcast of speeches and press conferences by former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on all satellite TV channels with immediate effect, a m ... read..

India using Imran's statements to target Pak institutions: Shehbaz Sharif
Islamabad | Sunday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has demanded Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial to constitute a "full court commission" to probe allegations levelled by PTI Chairman Imran Khan wherein he accused the premier, interior minister and a s ... read..

Imran says Interior Minister Sanaullah, PM Sharif and Maj Gen Faisal plotted to kill him (Ld)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2022 3:15:10 AM IST
Imran Khan said on Friday that Pakistan's Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Major General Faisal plotted to kill him, according to a media report. ... read..

Four people plotted to kill me: Imran Khan
Lahore | Saturday, 2022 2:45:11 AM IST
PTI Chairman Imran Khan has claimed that four people plotted to kill him, stating that the "handlers" were taking the decisions at the back but the people were turning out to his rallies in record numbers, a media report said. ... read..

Imran Khan is the new Benazir Bhutto
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 1:15:11 AM IST
The failed assassination attempt on former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to change many equations in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan Army where top Generals are currently huddled to deal with the deluge of criticisms and accusation ... read..

Police officers suspended for 'leaking' confession of Imran's attacker
Lahore | Friday, 2022 4:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi has taken notice of leaking the suspected attackers confessional statement after the gun attack on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan during the long march in Gujranwala on Thursday, media ... read..

Jemima Goldsmith praises man who foiled attack on Imran
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
The ex-wife of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, Jemima Goldsmith, took to social media on Thursday to praise the young man who foiled the attack on the former Prime Minister during the party's long march in Gujranwala, according to a media report. ... read..

Imran believes Pak PM, Interior Min, Sr army officer behind attack
Gujranwala | Friday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Secretary-General Asad Umar said on Thursday that party Chairman Imran Khan suspects three people -- Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and a senior military officer -- were behind the assassina ... read..

Protests erupt across Pakistan after attack on Imran Khan
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
Protests erupted in multiple cities across the country after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and other PTI leaders were injured in a gun attack during PTIs long march in Gujranwala, media reports said on Thursday. ... read..

'No one behind me, wanted to kill only Imran', attacker tells police (Ld)
Wazirabad | Friday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
The suspect, who was arrested by the Punjab Police soon after he shot at former Prime Minister Imran Khan in Gujranwala, has confessed that fired at the PTI chief as he was "misleading" the nation, media reports said. ... read..

ISPR condemns attack on PTI long march in Gujranwala
Rawalpindi | Friday, 2022 2:15:10 AM IST
The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has condemned the attack on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafs (PTI) long march in Gujranwala, killing one and injuring five people, including PTI Chief Imran Khan, media reports said. ... read..

Imran smiled, waved to the crowd after being shot at
Wazirabad | Friday, 2022 1:45:11 AM IST
As people ran helter-skelter after a man opened fire on the container carrying the top leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), injuring party Chairman Imran Khan, in Gujranwala on Thursday, the former Pakistan Prime Minister brushed aside the injury ... read..

'I only wanted to kill Imran and no one else', says attacker
Islamabad | Friday, 2022 1:45:09 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and former Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan survived a deadly attack on Thursday after an assailant reached close to his container and opened fire targeting Khan during the party's long march in Gujranwala. ... read..

Delhi: Retd Army Subedar gets bail in sexual assault case
| November 3, 2022 12:00:26 PM IST
New Delhi, [India], November 3, (ANI) A Delhi Court granted bail to a retired Army subedar, who was arrested for allegedly posing as a policeman and sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman at a park in the Dwarka area of the national capital.The additiona ... read..

'Will B'deshi lawyer Kamal Hossain and his daughter elude justice on evading taxes'
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2022 5:15:09 AM IST
Bangladesh opposition leader Dr Kamal Hossain and his daughter Sara Hossain have been found concealing substantial income from foreign sources earned from legal services rendered in the country, according to domestic media reports, and many are questionin ... read..

Imran a political terrorist, not stakeholder in Pak politics anymore: Maryam Nawaz
London | Wednesday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has said that former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan is no longer a stakeholder in Pakistans politics and the coalition government is unperturbed by his long march to Islamabad, which kicked off on October 28, ... read..

China rebooting Mao-era institution to prepare for decoupling from global economy
Beijing | Wednesday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
China is rebooting a Mao Zedong-era institution that once functioned as a pillar of the Socialist command economy to prepare for future 'decoupling' from the global economy, analysts said, as per a media report. ... read..

Singapore court acquits PIO in drug trafficking case
Kuala Lumpur | Tuesday, 2022 1:45:10 AM IST
A Singapore court has acquitted an India-origin Malaysian, who was sentenced to death via Zoom in a drug trafficking case in 2020, saying the prosecution did not prove its case. ... read..

8 Bangladeshis, who illegally entered Assam, to be deported
Guwahati | Saturday, 2022 4:45:10 AM IST
Eight Bangladeshi nationals who were caught in Assam after illegally entering India will be deported to their country on Saturday, officials said. ... read..

Protests spread in Lhasa over Covid restrictions
Lhasa | Saturday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Protests against strict Covid-19 restrictions in Tibetan capital Lhasa have spread to at least four different areas of the city, prompting "scuffles" with authorities in some cases, media reports said. ... read..

Three Bangladeshi intruders nabbed by BSF in Bengal's Murshidabad
Kolkata | Friday, 2022 1:45:11 AM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday said that it had apprehended three Bangladeshis, who had crossed over into India illegally, in West Bengal's Murshidabad district on late Wednesday night. ... read..

Diwali amnesty for 8 SL Tamil rebels, including 3 who tried to assassinate ex-Prez Kumaratunga
Colombo | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
Eight former Tamil rebels, including three sentenced for the ... read..

Body of man killed by IS found in Afghanistan
Taluqan (Afghanistan) | Monday, 2022 2:15:09 AM IST
The body of a tribal elder Hajji Saifullah, who was allegedly killed by the IS group in the northern Takhar province was found on Sunday, provincial police spokesman Abdul Mubin Safi said. ... read..

Sri Lanka passes Constitutional amendment curtailing President's powers
Colombo | Saturday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Friday passed, with over 2/3 majority, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution curtailing certain powers of the President. ... read..

Amid rampant smuggling from Myanmar, Customs facing manpower shortage
Aizawl | Thursday, 2022 5:15:09 AM IST
Smuggling of drugs, tobacco products, gold, and exotic animals from Myanmar is rampant in the northeast, especially Mizoram, but the Customs Department is facing shortage of manpower and inadequate warehouses. ... read..

China blocks adding LeT leader Shahid Mahmood to UN terrorist list
United Nations | Thursday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
China has again blocked the UN from imposing sanctions on a Pakistani terrorist - this time Shahid Mahmood - a week before the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee is to meet in India, according to diplomatic sources. ... read..

China sends six Tibetan writers, activists to prison on security charges
Lhasa | Thursday, 2022 1:15:10 AM IST
Chinese authorities in Tibet have sentenced six Tibetan writers and activists to prison terms from four to 14 years on charges of "inciting separatism" and "endangering state security", Tibetan sources said, as per a media report. ... read..

China remains at bottom of internet freedom study for 8th straight year
Washington | Wednesday, 2022 1:15:11 AM IST
Global internet freedom declined again in 2022 for the 12th year in a row, with China remaining as the most restricted country for the eighth consecutive year, a study has found, media reports said. ... read..

Six more refugees from Sri Lanka land in TN, sent to camp
Chennai | Tuesday, 2022 2:15:10 AM IST
Six Sri Lankan nationals, stranded on a dune near Arichalmunai near Tamil Nadu's Dhanushkodi, were rescued by the Indian Coast Guard on Monday morning. ... read..

China's rollout of 5G technology will be used to further monitor and control Uyghurs
Washington | Monday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Chinas rollout of thousands of 5G base stations throughout its far-western Xinjiang region has raised suspicion that the technology will not be used for economic development but for enhanced digital surveillance of Uyghurs and other Muslims, experts say, ... read..

Biden's remarks echo long-running US fears about Pakistan's nukes
Washington | Sunday, 2022 4:15:10 AM IST
President Joe Biden's remarks calling Pakistan "one of the most dangerous nations in the world" because of its nuclear weapons, demonstrated that the US remains concerned about the safety of Pakistan's warheads and whether they could fall into the hands o ... read..

Political maelstrom over Pakistan Army chief's successor
Islamabad | Sunday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
In Pakistan, it is said, more seriously than in jest, that political power flows through the barrel of the army's gun. For the first time, the post and the persona of the army chief and his likely successor are fair game. They have actually become a major ... read..

Imran Khan calls Biden's remarks failure of Pakistan's foreign policy
Islamabad | Sunday, 2022 2:15:10 AM IST
Former Pakistan Premier and PTI Chair Imran Khan has held the incumbent government responsible for the controversial statement by US President Joe Biden about Pakistan's nuclear programme, terming it a failure of the "imported" government's foreign policy ... read..

Pakistan to summon US Ambassador, issue demarche over Biden's remarks
Karachi | Sunday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Saturday that Pakistan has summoned US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome for an official demarche following US President Joe Biden's remarks about the country's nuclear assets, media reports said. ... read..

Crows, eagles devour bodies dumped on Multan hospital roof
Multan | Saturday, 2022 4:15:10 AM IST
Hundreds of unclaimed bodies were discovered to have been dumped on the roof of the anatomy department at the Nishtar Hospital in Multan with eagles and crows pecking on it, the media reported. ... read..

Pak in shock after scores of rotting corpses found on hospital's roof
Multan | Saturday, 2022 3:45:09 AM IST
Adviser to Chief Minister of Pakistan Punjab Tariq Zaman Gujjar said a whistleblower tipped him about the rotting bodies on the roof of the mortuary at Nishtar Hospital in Multan, the media reported. ... read..

SL would not have faced energy crisis had Trinco oil tanks been given to India: Prez
Colombo | Saturday, 2022 3:15:10 AM IST
Stressing the need to work with India on energy development projects, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Friday that Sri Lanka would not have faced an energy crisis, which lead to a political catastrophe expelling a President and a government, had Tri ... read..

Pakistan ready to give Tajikistan 'access to Gwadar, Karachi ports'
Astana | Friday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday, while highlighting the importance of promoting connectivity in the region, reiterated Pakistan's readiness to provide access to Tajikistan to Gwadar and Karachi ports, media reports said. ... read..

Alert issued on possible TTP attacks across Balochistan
Quetta | Friday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Balochistan Police issued a security alert on Thursday warning possible attacks by the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) across the province, media reports said. ... read..

Imran claims someone else pulled strings of power during his tenure
Lahore | Thursday, 2022 4:15:08 AM IST
Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan claimed on Wednesday that someone else pulled the strings of power during his tenure and that he was all but a figurehead, the media reported. ... read..

Lahore ranked as the most polluted city in the world
Lahore | Monday, 2022 3:45:13 AM IST
As the smog season returns, Lahore once again ranked as the most polluted city in the world with the Air Quality Index (AQI) rating ranging between 166 and 279 in the different areas of the metropolis, the media reported. ... read..

US-Pakistan ties on the mend, but not fixed yet (Pit Stop in DC)
Washington | Monday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
Pakistan Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was given a ceremonial military reception called the "Honor Cordon" at the US Department of Defense on October 4, just a little over a week after External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar received the sa ... read..

Over 6,000 Myanmarese refugee children studying in Mizoram schools
Aizawl | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:09 AM IST
Over 6,000 children of Myanmarese refugees, who have taken shelter in Mizoram since March last year following the military coup there, are enrolled in government and private schools across the state, officials said. ... read..

Shehbaz Sharif likely to embark on visit to China next month
Islamabad | Monday, 2022 2:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is expected to embark on an official visit to China in the first week of November, media reports said. ... read..

Global opinion of China nosedived under Xi Jinping's rule
Washington | Friday, 2022 1:45:11 AM IST
Chinas global image took a "precipitously more negative" turn after President Xi Jinping took office in 2013, with Beijing taking the blame for the Covid-19 pandemic while also facing criticism for its human rights record, military posture and economic po ... read..

Sheikh Hasina, the dynamic PM of B'desh, turns 76
Dhaka | Thursday, 2022 5:15:10 AM IST
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina turned 76 on Wednesday, bringing the spotlight back on many of her success stories, including scripting a socially inclusive economic turnaround for the nation which turned 50 this year. ... read..

Cabinet approves India-Bangladesh pact on water withdrawal
New Delhi | Thursday, 2022 2:45:12 AM IST
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its ex-post facto approval for a pact between India and Bangladesh on withdrawal of upto 153 cusecs of water each by both from common border river Kushiyara. ... read..

US for Pakistan developing 'responsible relationship' with India: Blinken
New York | Wednesday, 2022 3:45:10 AM IST
The US emphasised with Pakistan the importance of having a "responsible relationship" with India, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said while Washington faces New Delhi's criticism of its proposal to give Pakistan F-16 spares and services worth $450 ... read..

Imran Khan demands Pak PM's resignation over audio leaks
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2022 4:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday demanded that Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif should resign over the audio leaks, media reports said. ... read..

Pakistan PM's 100 hours-long conversation up for grabs on dark web for $3.5 mn: Fawad Chaudhry (Lead)
Islamabad | Monday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that 100 hours-long conversations of Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have been put up for sale on the dark web for $3.5 million and criticised security agencies for overlooking the "sensitive" matter of audio l ... read..

'Pakistan PM House data has been put on sale on the dark web'
Islamabad | Monday, 2022 3:15:10 AM IST
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry, while raising questions over the cyber security situation in the country, said that Pakistan PM House's data has been put on sale on the dark web, media reports said. ... read..

Audio leak proves that Sharif family can establish relations with India for their vested interests: Imran
Islamabad | Monday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Maryam Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif's audio leaks prove that the Sharif family can illegally import machinery from India for their personal benefit, ... read..

UN urges int'l creditors to consider suspending debt repayment for Pakistan
Islamabad | Saturday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
The United Nations has urged international creditors to consider suspending debt repayment for Pakistan. ... read..

Assam Rifles seize arms bound for Myanmar in Mizoram, 7 held
Aizawl | Thursday, 2022 4:45:09 AM IST
Assam Rifles troopers on Wednesday seized a quantity of arms and war-like items bound for Myanmar from Mizoram's Siaha district and arrested seven people, including five Myanmar nationals, a defence official said. ... read..

Pakistan gets second batch of six J-10C combat aircraft from China: Reports
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
Pakistan has received the second consignment of six J-10C fighter aircraft from China, which is being referred to as 'Dragon from the East' by the Pakistani Air Force. ... read..

Taliban free last American hostage in Afghanistan in prisoner swap
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2022 1:45:09 AM IST
The Taliban on Monday freed Mark Frerichs, the only American hostage remaining in Afghanistan, in exchange for a Taliban drug lord, Bashir Noorzai, who was serving life sentence at a US prison, media reports said. ... read..

Growing fears of a Mao Zedong-style personality cult around Xi Jinping
Washington | Monday, 2022 3:15:10 AM IST
As the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) marks the 46th anniversary of the death of its late leader Mao Zedong, concerns are being raised in some quarters that current leader Xi Jinping is hoping to emulate the Great Helmsman's supreme status in the pa ... read..

Partition hit development, trade in adjoining areas of India, B'desh: Assam Governor
Guwahati | Monday, 2022 3:15:09 AM IST
Assam Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi on Sunday said that after the division of the country, total restrictions were imposed and therefore, areas of both India and Bangladesh (then east Pakistan) abutting each other could not develop while trade and commerce ... read..

China running illegal police operations on foreign soil
Madrid | Monday, 2022 1:45:11 AM IST
China is carrying out illegal, transnational policing operations across five continents, targeting overseas critics of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) with harassment, threats against their families back home and "persuasion" techniques to get them to g ... read..

Bhutan set to reopen Assam gate for tourists
Guwahati | Friday, 2022 3:15:12 AM IST
Nearly two and half years after the Covid pandemic's outbreak, the India-Bhutan border gate along the Assam frontier are set to reopen for tourists next week. ... read..

US indifferent to Indian 'concern' over F-16 spares for Pakistan
Washington | Thursday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
The US has responded to Indian concerns over the proposed sale of F-16 spares and services to Pakistan with studied silence. ... read..

PM Modi, Bhutan King discuss bilateral issues
New Delhi | Thursday, 2022 1:45:11 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Bhutan's King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and discussed various ideas to further strengthen the close and unique India-Bhutan friendship. ... read..

Pakistan's Sindh still in danger as more rains forecast
Karachi | Tuesday, 2022 4:15:10 AM IST
Pakistan's Federal Minister for Climate Change Sherry Rehman on Monday warned about the worsening situation in Sindh, saying the river Indus at Kotri Barrage is in a high spate with an in-flow of more than 600,000 cusecs of floodwater, posing a serious th ... read..

FAO, WFP warn 30% of Sri Lankan population facing acute food insecurity
Colombo | Tuesday, 2022 3:45:11 AM IST
Two United Nations organisations warned on Monday that nearly 30 ... read..

Visiting USAID head urges China to assist Sri Lanka's debt restructuring
Colombo | Monday, 2022 4:15:09 AM IST
Visiting USAID Administrator Samantha Power on Sunday urged China, among other creditors, to assist Sri Lanka in restructuring debts to recover ... read..

Guterres says India considers Kashmir bilateral matter, turns down mediation offer
United Nations | Saturday, 2022 5:15:09 AM IST
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday that although he is offering his "good offices" for mediating the Kashmir dispute, India has refused it as it considers it a bilateral matter. ... read..

Pak Army expresses shock at Imran's anti-military statement
Rawalpindi | Tuesday, 2022 2:45:10 AM IST
Pakistan Army on Monday expressed shock at PTI Chairman Imran Khans "anti-military statements" issued during his partys political gathering in Faisalabad on Sunday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement, The News reported. ... read..

Chakma tribals urge India, B'desh PMs to implement 25-yr-old CHT accord
New Delhi/Agartala | Tuesday, 2022 1:15:09 AM IST
Four organisations of the Indian Chakma tribal communities on Monday demanded India and Bangladesh fully implement the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHTs) Accord, signed in 1997, for the development and peace in the southeast region of the neighbouring country. ... read..

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