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12 countries offered to host intra-Afghan talks: Minister
Kabul | Thursday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
An Afghan Minister said here on Thursday that 12 countries have offered to host the intra-Afghan talks as per the US-Taliban peace deal signed in February. ... read..


Central Jail Rawalpindi allows visitors
Rwalpindi | Thursday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Visitors have been allowed into Rawalpindi Central Jail after it banned all sorts of visits nearly four months ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read..


Pak court orders gender test in alleged same-sex marriage
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
A Pakistan court has ordered the formation of a medical board to test a person who is known to be a woman but claims to have changed her gender to marry a teenage girl, a media report said on Thursday. ... read..


'All licences issued to Pak pilots are genuine'
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
In what appeared to be a direct contradiction to Pakistani Aviation Ministers allegation that almost 40 per cent of the country's pilots possessed fake licences, the Islamabad-based Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said that all commercial/airline tr ... read..


UN releases Bangladesh flood aid in record time
United Nations | Thursday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
The UN has released $5.2 million in emergency funds in record time to fight flooding in Bangladesh. ... read..


Imran inaugurates world's tallest roller compact concrete dam
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the Diamer Bhasha dam, said to the tallest roller compact concrete dam in the world, with an installed capacity of 4,500-megawatt electricity production at the River Indus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, ... read..


Pompeo confident democracies will unite to face China's challenge
New York | Thursday, 2020 3:45:05 AM IST
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that he is confident that the world's free nations will join together to face the challenges from China to India and other countries in Asia. ... read..


B'desh health scam accused held while trying to cross border to India
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
Regent Group Chairman Mohammad Shahed, the prime accused in the fake Covid report case, who was wanted for money laundering and running a cheat fund syndicate, was arrested after nine days of search when he was trying to flee to India via river Ichamati, ... read..


Daniel Pearl murder: Detention of accused persons extended
Karachi | Wednesday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
The Sindh Home Department on Wednesday extended the detention of the accused persons in the murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl by three months, Geo News reported. ... read..


Seven killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan
Kabul | Wednesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Two Afghan soldiers and five Taliban militants were killed, while 11 people from the two sides were wounded during pre-dawn clashes in northern Kunduz province, a local official said on Wednesday. ... read..


Now Muslim leaders slam Oli's Ayodhya statement
Lucknow | Wednesday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
After Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli's statement on 'real' Ayodhya being in Nepal, drew flak from Hindu saints and related outfits, it is now the Muslims leaders who have spoken out against the statement. ... read..


Nepal witnesses anti-Pak protests for 'atrocities' on Hindus
Kathmandu/New Delhi | Wednesday, 2020 1:45:06 AM IST
Rashtriya Ekta Samaj, a fringe outfit, on Tuesday held a protest outside the Pakistan Embassy in Kathmandu, accusing the Pakistan government of destroying Hindu and Buddhist temples in that country. ... read..


Five US bases in Afghanistan closed: Official
Kabul | Tuesday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
A US official in Kabul said on Tuesday that five American bases have closed in Afghanistan in compliance with the peace agreement it signed with the Taliban in February. ... read..


Pakistan reopens Wagah border for Afghan exports
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan has decided to resume Afghan exports through the Wagah border crossing from Wednesday onwards, after implementing coronavirus-related protocols, it was reported on Tuesday. ... read..


Threat of Omani airspace ban looms over PIA
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:05 PM IST
A threat of a ban on Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flights in the airspace of Oman looms large as the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) assured them that credentials of all pilots had been scrutinised to ensure flight safety, a media report said. ... read..


Ayodhya seers up in arms over Oli's remarks on Lord Ram
Lucknow | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Saints and seers in Ayodhya are up in arms over the statement made by Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli that the real Ayodhya was in Nepal and Lord Ram was a Nepali ... read..


Red alert in B'desh's Teesta barrage zone, 7 mn hit by floods
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:05 AM IST
A red alert was sounded in Bangladesh's flood-affected Teesta zone on Monday while an eight-month-old girl in Lalmonirhat district became the latest fatality in the ongoing floods. ... read..


B'desh makes negative COVID-19 report mandatory to travel abroad
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
The Bangladesh government has made it mandatory for everyone to take a certificate from authorised testing centres as evidence that they do not have coronavirus before travelling abroad, the Foreign Ministry said. ... read..


Taliban attacks kill 16 in Afghanistan
Kabul | Monday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Twelve policemen and four civilians were killed during Taliban attacks in Afghanistan's Kunduz and Badakhshan provinces, authorities said on Monday, adding that 11 insurgents also died. ... read..


PIA increases number of domestic flights
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
In response to improved travel needs, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has decided to increase the number of its domestic flights, it was reported on Monday. ... read..


Pak's NA to take up anti-terror financing bills
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan's National Assembly will on Monday take up two crucial bills seeking amendments to the anti-terrorism act in order to fulfil international commitments and requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). ... read..


Afghan govt seeks new list of Taliban detainees
Kabul | Monday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
The Afghan government has asked the Taliban to provide a new list for the prisoners who have not been freed so far, but the militant group has insisted on the release of their inmates based on an existing list, sources said. ... read..


Prominent Afghan journalist dies of COVID-19
Kabul | Monday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
A prominent Afghan journalist died of COVID-19, an independent media safety group protecting reporters' rights,said on Monday. ... read..


Sri Lankan PM suspends ruling party rallies
Colombo | Monday, 2020 3:45:06 PM IST
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has informed the ruling political party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), to temporarily halt election rallies following a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases from a drug rehabilitation centre. ... read..


Second wave of floods feared in Bangladesh
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
Bangladesh State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman said that at least 23 districts were predicted to experience a second wave of floods with the rise of water levels in major rivers due to heavy rains. ... read..


SL shuts schools again after spike in COVID-19 cases
Colombo | Monday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Sri Lanka's Education Ministry said that all schools across the island-nation will be shut from July 13-17 following a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases. ... read..


'Over 500 Taliban-requested detainees may not be freed'
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
The Afghan government said that there were serious reservations about the release of over 500 Taliban prisoners within the countrys legal and judicial institutions, and most likely these detainees will not be released. ... read..


Pakistan opens 2 key trade routes with Afghanistan
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 9:45:06 AM IST
Pakistan has opened two key trade routes with neighbour Afghanistan that will help boost bilateral trade, Pakistani officials said. ... read..


11 dead, 23 missing in Nepal landslides
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have claimed the lives of 11 people in Nepal's Myagdi district, while search efforts continued on Saturday for 23 missing persons. ... read..


Pakistan rolls out guidelines for Eid al-Adha
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan has rolled out guidelines for the upcoming Eid al-Adha festival to curb the spread of COVID-19, an official said. ... read..


95% licences of Pak pilots serving in 7 countries cleared
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 5:45:07 PM IST
The Aviation Division has cleared 95 per cent licences of Pakistani pilots serving in different airlines in seven countries, while the process of verification of the remaining will be completed next week, the media reported. ... read..


Pak PM urges coordinated national response to cope with locust attack
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 8:15:06 AM IST
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan urged a coordinated national response of federal and provincial governments and organizations to cope with locust attack to ensure food safety, the Prime Minister Office said. ... read..


B'desh's shortest-ever budget session prorogued
Dhaka | Friday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
The budget and eighth session of Bangladesh's incumbent 11th Parliament was prorogued after only nine working days, becoming the shortest in the country's recent history, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... read..


Imran appeals for caution during Eid celebrations
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan appealed to the nation to celebrate Eidul Azha later this month while strictly observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) against the COVID019 pandemic in order to prevent any resurgence of the contagious disease ... read..


Major locust swarms may reach Pak later this month
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
Pakistan officials have warned that the next few weeks could be crucial in the fight against desert locust infestation with major swarms expected to reach the country later this month from the Horn of Africa. ... read..


Judicial commission submits Peshawar school attack probe report
Peshawar | Friday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
A single-member judicial commission probing the 2014 Peshawar Army Public School massacre has submitted its report to the Supreme Court. ... read..


US revokes permission for PIA to operate special direct flights
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
The US has revoked the permission granted to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to operate a number of special direct flights to America, a spokesperson for the flag carrier said here, as the fallout from the revelation of Pakistani pilots' alleged ... read..


Indian economic zone in B'desh: Delhi set to offer $115M (Ld)
Dhaka | Friday, 2020 3:45:05 PM IST
The economic zone of Bangladesh dedicated to Indian investors is set to avail $115 million under the third credit line from India. Md. Moniruzzaman, Joint Secretary and General Manager, Investment Promotion of the Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority (BEZ ... read..


Soldier killed in Pak firing on LoC
Jammu | Friday, 2020 3:15:06 PM IST
A soldier was killed on Friday in Pakistan firing on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district. ... read..


Indian special economic zone in Bangladesh set to get $115 mn more
Dhaka | Friday, 2020 6:45:05 AM IST
The special economic zone of Bangladesh dedicated to Indian investors is set to avail $115 million under the 3rd line of credit from India, a senior official said. ... read..


Nepal bans all Indian news channels except DD
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 6:15:06 AM IST
Nepal has banned all Indian news channels, except DD News, for alleged propaganda against the country. ... read..


Cattle smuggling on B'desh border to go up before Eid: Intel
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 11:45:06 PM IST
With just three weeks to go for Eid-ul-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice, the Border Security Force (BSF) has deployed more force on India-Bangladesh border apprehending surge in cattle smuggling -- an annual affair, but which dropped by 96 per cent ... read..


Pak court issues notice to US embassy over COVID-19 damages suit
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 9:45:06 PM IST
A civil court in Lahore has issued notices to the US Embassy in Pakistan and others on a $20 billion damages suit filed by a citizen over the spread of COVID-19, a lawyer said on Thursday. ... read..


Floods leave 2 dead, 18 missing in Nepal
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
At least two people were killed and 18 others reported missing due to floods in Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district, police confirmed on Thursday. ... read..


PIA to resume regular UAE flights from Thursday
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) will resume regular flight operations to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from Thursday, but the passengers are required to get their COVID-19 tests carried out 48 hours prior to the travel date. ... read..


Pak schools should reopen in September: Education Ministers
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Schools across Pakistan should be reopened in September subject to approval from the National Coordination Committee (NCC) amid the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial Education Ministers said. ... read..


135 Bangladeshis stopped from disembarking in Rome
Rome | Thursday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
At least 135 Bangladeshi passengers were rejected from getting off a plane in Rome's Fiumicino Airport over COVID-19 concerns, a health official said. ... read..


30 Pak cities under smart lockdown
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 3:45:05 PM IST
The Pakistan government has imposed a smart lockdown in 30 cities across the country in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Prime Minister's Office. ... read..


India has done its best to respond to Chinese aggression: Pompeo
New York | Thursday, 2020 6:15:06 AM IST
India has done its best to respond to China's confrontation and the world must unite to act on Beijing's pattern of aggressive behaviour seen in Ladakh, Bhutan and around Asia, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. ... read..


2,000 cr takas for B'deshi workers returning from Gulf: PM
Dhaka | Thursday, 2020 1:45:05 AM IST
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told Parliament that her government has taken multi-layered initiatives to bring back Bangladeshi workers from the Middle East and various initiatives have been taken for the returning migrants. ... read..


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