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Sentencing delayed as Hong Kong continues match-fixing fight
HONG KONG | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Former Hong Kong Player of the Year Lee Wai-lim, who pleaded guilty to match-fixing last year, has had his sentencing postponed until May 4, a day after four of his former team mates were acquitted. Lee pleaded guilty to one count of being an agent accept ... read..


Pakistan's anti-graft body to probe Musharraf
Islamabad | Friday, 2018 6:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan's anti-corruption body, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), on Friday approved an investigation into allegations against former President Pervez Musharraf for "holding assets beyond means" and "wrongful use of authority". ... read..


China plans first spot electricity trading as Beijing reforms power market
BEIJING | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
China will launch its first real-time spot electricity markets in eight regions, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Friday, as Beijing accelerates efforts to liberalise power prices currently set by the government. In a draft rule, the NEA o ... read..


Probe Punjab pilgrim's conversion in Pakistan: VHP
New Delhi | Friday, 2018 4:45:05 PM IST
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Friday demanded a probe into a Punjab woman pilgrim's conversion to Islam and re-marriage with a Lahore-based Pakistani national. ... read..


Roadside bomb kills 5 in Afghanistan
Kabul | Friday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
Five civilians were killed after a roadside bomb planted by militants struck a vehicle in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province on Friday, an official said. ... read..


De-radicalization of youth must for peace in Kashmir: Army
New Delhi | Friday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
With the Kashmir Valley enveloped by rising violence, the Indian Army on Friday said it would prioritize bringing radicalized youth to the mainstream through a "collective approach" and convince militants to "shun violence and gun culture". ... read..


Japan insurer Aioi Nissay eyes alternative assets, foreign equities
TOKYO | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Japan's Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance is considering investing in alternative assets and foreign stocks for the fiscal year through March 2019 as it looks to diversify its portfolio, a senior official said on Friday. Faced with low domestic yields, which hav ... read..


China iron ore extends gains on demand outlook, analysts warn of risk
BEIJING | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Chinese iron ore prices on Friday extended gains from a nearly 7-percent jump in the previous session, on track for their strongest week since December on expectations of increasing demand for restocking at steel mills. The most-active iron ore futures on ... read..


Indian Sikh woman embraces Islam, remarries in Pakistan (Lead)
Chandigarh | Thursday, 2018 9:15:04 PM IST
A Sikh woman from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district who went to Pakistan on a pilgrimage has reportedly embraced Islam and married a Lahore-based Pakistani man, according to her family which alleged that she may have fallen into the hands of Pakistan's Inter-S ... read..


Bhutan set to go to National Council polls
Thimpu | Thursday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST
Bhutan is all set to go to the National Council polls on Friday. ... read..


Over 500,000 still affected by Sri Lanka drought
Colombo | Thursday, 2018 6:15:05 PM IST
Over 500,000 people still remain affected by the drought in 10 districts of Sri Lanka, according to a report released by the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC) on Thursday. ... read..


Asif to attend SCO ministers' meeting in Beijing
Islamabad | Thursday, 2018 5:45:05 PM IST
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif will visit China to attend the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing from April 23-24. ... read..


Punjab Sikh woman pilgrim converts to Islam, remarries in Pakistan
Chandigarh | Thursday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
A Sikh woman pilgrim from Hoshiarpur district has reportedly converted to Islam and married a Lahore-based Pakistan national, reports reaching her family in Punjab have indicated. ... read..


JGBs slip as stocks extend gains, 20-year bond auction well received
TOKYO | Thursday, Apr 19 2018 IST
Japanese government bond prices slipped on Thursday with the debt market coming under pressure as domestic equities extended gains to reach seven-week highs. The five-year JGB yield rose half a basis point to minus 0.110 percent. The benchmark 10-year yie ... read..


Suu Kyi leaves for Vietnam
Yangon | Thursday, 2018 10:15:05 AM IST
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi left Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday on a two-day official visit to Vietnam, media reports said. ... read..


Nawaz Sharif, daughter leave for London
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2018 3:45:07 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam left for London on Wednesday and vowed to return before the next accountability hearing. ... read..


5 Nepalese female journalists to climb Everest
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2018 1:45:04 PM IST
Five Nepalese female journalists on Wednesday left on an expedition to climb Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. ... read..


Strong China Q1 GDP growth supported by construction, manufacturing, hi-tech
BEIJING | Wednesday, Apr 18 2018 IST
China's better-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter of this year was backed by a pickup in construction and manufacturing, official data showed on Wednesday. The construction and manufacturing sector grew 6.3 percent from a year earlier, acc ... read..


JGBs little changed, capped by rallying equities
TOKYO | Wednesday, Apr 18 2018 IST
Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Wednesday, with the debt market capped firmly as equities rallied and reduced investor demand for safe-haven assets. The five-year JGB yield was unchanged at minus 0.115 percent. The 10-year benchmark ... read..


'Musharraf sold 4,000 Pakistanis to US, other countries'
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2018 10:45:06 PM IST
Former President Pervez Musharraf secretly handed over as many as 4,000 Pakistanis to foreign countries, mainly to the US, in exchange for money, the commission on missing persons has said. ... read..


Kulbhushan Jadhav case: India submits second round of pleadings at ICJ
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2018 10:15:08 PM IST
India on Tuesday filed its second round of pleadings to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague regarding the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav, the Indian national who was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on alleged espionage charge ... read..


Blast at Indian camp office in Nepal being probed
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2018 7:45:07 PM IST
After an explosion at the camp office of the Indian Embassy in Nepal on Monday night, a senior official here said on Tuesday that the incident is being probed. ... read..


One killed in Karachi protest over minor's rape, killing
Karachi | Tuesday, 2018 7:45:07 PM IST
One person was killed and several injured during a protest here to demand justice for a minor girl, who was raped and murdered, turned violent with demonstrators pelting stones at the police and nearby vehicles. ... read..


UN official lauds Nepal's political transformation
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2018 7:15:06 PM IST
A senior UN official on Tuesday lauded the government and the people of Nepal for the nation's political transformation in the last two decades. ... read..


Pakistan says India's charge of inciting Sikh pilgrims wrong
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2018 5:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan on Tuesday rejected as "falsehood" the Indian charge of "attempts to incite Sikh pilgrims" to raise the issue of Khalistan. ... read..


Bangladesh's mobile phone users reach nearly 150 mn
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
The total number of Bangladesh's mobile phone subscribers reached nearly 150 million at the end of February, with addition of 3.66 million new users in the first two months of the year, statistics of the country's telecom regulator showed on Tuesday. ... read..


Chinese iron ore off 10-mth low on March output data
BEIJING | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
China's iron ore futures recouped some losses after hitting a 10-month low on Tuesday as market sentiment was lifted by upbeat steel output data for March despite smog restrictions imposed by Beijing. The world's biggest steel maker last month churned out ... read..


China adds 3.3 mln urban new jobs in Q1 2018 - state planner
BEIJING | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
China added 3.3 million new urban jobs in the first quarter, the state planner said on Tuesday. In March alone, 1.54 million new jobs were created, the National Development and Reform Commission said in a statement on its website. China's March survey-bas ... read..


Korea focused on Women's World Cup after playoff win
HONG KONG | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
South Korea coach Yoon Duk-yeo will look to fine tune his team over the coming 14 months after they sealed their place at next year's Women's World Cup with a 5-0 thrashing of the Philippines in a regional playoff on Monday. Cho So-hyun scored twice, whil ... read..


Nikkei flat; investors on sidelines ahead of Japan-US meet
TOKYO | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
Japanese shares were flat on Tuesday morning as investors turned cautious ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump in which Tokyo fears the latter may link vital security matters with touchy trade topics. The ma ... read..


China's March coal output at lowest level since Oct on falling prices
BEIJING | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
China's coal production in March fell to its lowest since October, data showed on Tuesday, as miners in the world's top consumer of the fuel scaled back operations amid falling prices. The country's coal output came in at 290 million tonnes in March, acco ... read..


Trade frictions with US won't change stable development of China's economy-stats bureau
BEIJING | Tuesday, Apr 17 2018 IST
Trade frictions with the United States will not change the stable development of China's economy, the statistics bureau said on Tuesday, after reporting robust first-quarter growth. China's economy will continue to maintain a stable and moderate developme ... read..


Blast near Indian Embassy field office in Nepal (Lead)
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2018 10:45:05 AM IST
A pressure cooker bomb went off near the Indian Embassy field office in Nepal's Biratnagar late on Monday damaging the walls of the premises, Nepal Police has said. No one has claimed responsibility. ... read..


Army chief's statement reflects Kashmiris' sentiments: J&K
Srinagar | Monday, 2018 11:15:04 PM IST
The Jammu and Kashmir government said on Monday that the recent statement of Army chief Bipin Rawat, that neither security forces nor militants would achieve their goal since gun was no solution, reflects the overwhelming sentiment of the people of Kashmi ... read..


Ex-Sri Lankan minister arrested over alleged financial fraud
Colombo | Monday, 2018 6:15:04 PM IST
Sri Lanka's former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was arrested on Monday over an alleged financial fraud amounting to $340,000 committed during the tenure of the previous government. ... read..


UN urges Maldives to allow ex-president to contest elections
Geneva | Monday, 2018 6:15:04 PM IST
The UN Human Rights Committee on Monday urged the Maldivian government to allow former President Mohamed Nasheed to stand for office, including the upcoming presidential election. ... read..


Pakistan court bans airing 'contemptuous' speeches by Nawaz, Maryam
Islamabad | Monday, 2018 4:45:05 PM IST
The Lahore High Court ordered on Monday a temporary ban on the airing of "contemptuous" speeches about the country's judiciary by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other PML-N leaders. ... read..


39 killed in accidents during Sri Lankan New Year
Colombo | Monday, 2018 12:15:05 PM IST
Thirty-nine people were killed in accidents across Sri Lanka during the New Year period which began on April 12 and ended on Monday, police said. ... read..


Pakistan opens first school for transgenders
Lahore | Monday, 2018 12:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan's first school for the transgender community was launched here with its first classes slated to begin from Monday, a media report said. ... read..


China Q1 central govt-owned firms' profit up 20.9 pct y/y - state assets regulator
BEIJING | Monday, Apr 16 2018 IST
Total profit from China's central government-owned firms for the first three months of 2018 rose 20.9 percent from a year earlier to 377.06 billion yuan ($60.11 billion), the country's state assets regulator said on Monday. For March, profit rose 17.8 per ... read..


20 IS terrorists killed in Afghanistan
Kabul | Sunday, 2018 9:15:06 PM IST
An Afghan Defence Ministry statement confirmed on Sunday the deaths of 20 Islamic State terror group members during an operation in the northern part of the country. ... read..


First Rohingya family returns to Myanmar
Nay Pyi Taw | Sunday, 2018 12:15:25 PM IST
Myanmar authorities announced on Sunday it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh, despite a UN warning that it is not safe to return. ... read..


Terrorism attack foiled in Islamabad, suicide jackets recovered
Islamabad | Saturday, 2018 10:45:05 PM IST
A terrorism attack was foiled by the law enforcement agencies in Islamabad and two suicide jackets along with arms and ammunition were recovered on Saturday, the media reported. ... read..


Australia coach hails fighting spirit after securing World Cup berth
HONG KONG | Saturday, Apr 14 2018 IST
Australia coach Alen Stajcic hailed his team's spirit and unity as they fought back to gain a late 1-1 draw with Japan to qualify for the finals of next year's Women's World Cup. Reigning Asian Women's Player of the Year Sam Kerr scored with just four min ... read..


Japan to propose new framework to discuss trade with U.S. - Nikkei
TOKYO | Saturday, Apr 14 2018 IST
Japan will propose setting up a new framework to discuss trade issues with the United States in a summit next week, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Saturday. Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is likely to lead the Japanese delegation, with his counterpa ... read..


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