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India ignores Trump's mediation offer
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2020 10:15:05 PM IST
India on Wednesday ignored US President Donald Trump's yet another attempt to offer mediation with Pakistan on Kashmir. ... read..


Another Sikh leader flees Pakistan after threats
New Delhi/Islamabad | Wednesday, 2020 10:15:05 PM IST
The Sikh leader who deactivated his Twitter account and moved to Lahore from Peshawar after he was assaulted by "unidentified" armed men a few weeks ago, has fled Pakistan, fearing threats to his life. ... read..


40 more Taliban militants surrender in Afghan province
Kabul | Wednesday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Forty Taliban militants have surrendered to Afghan National Army in the country's western province of Ghor amid military pressure in the mountainous region, Afghan Ministry of Defence confirmed on Wednesday. ... read..


No mention of Kashmir in US readout of Trump-Khan meet
New York | Wednesday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Although US President Donald Trump had said that he is talking with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan about Kashmir, there was no specific mention of it in the official US readout of their meeting. ... read..


Blacklisted firms got CPEC project contracts: Alice Wells
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Senior US diplomat Alice Wells renewed criticism of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), impliedly urging Islamabad to rethink its involvement with it. ... read..


Trump says he's talking to Imran Khan about Kashmir (Lead)
New York | Wednesday, 2020 6:45:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he is talking with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan about Kashmir and he would help if he could. ... read..


Closely following Kashmir issue, can help, says Trump
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2020 6:15:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his offer to "help" on the Kashmir issue, saying the US was "watching and closely following" the developments in the Valley. ... read..


Modi, Oli open second ICP at Jogbani-Biratnagar
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 10:15:05 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Nepal counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani-Biratnagar on Tuesday. ... read..


Special WEF Time Magazine issue includes Imran on cover
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
Time Magazine has featured Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, along with other world leaders, on its cover page in a special issue on the upcoming World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos set to begin on Tuesday. ... read..


Modi focuses on Indo-Nepal legacy while opening second ICP
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:05 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with Nepal's Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, jointly inaugurated the second Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Jogbani - Biratnagar on Tuesday. ... read..


Thousands missing in SL civil war dead: Gotabaya
Colombo | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:05 PM IST
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has for the time acknowledged that more than 20,000 people who disappeared during the country's decades-long civil war were dead, the media reported on Tuesday. ... read..


Myanmar Prez promises probe into Rakhine war crimes
Yangon | Tuesday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
Myanmar President Win Myint on Tuesday promised criminal investigations and possible prosecutions of those who committed war crimes in Rakhine state, following recommendations of the Independent Commission of Enquiry. ... read..


SL in talks with S'pore over ex-central bank guv's extradition
Colombo | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
Sri Lanka was still in talks with Singapore over the extradition of former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran over the $74 million treasury bond scam, it was reported. ... read..


B'desh newspaper editor gets bail in student death case
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
A Bangladesh court has granted a four-week bail to a newspaper editor over the death of a student, who was electrocuted during an event organised by the daily in the victim's school premises. ... read..


SL appoints high level task force to boost tourism
Colombo | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:05 PM IST
The Sri Lankan Tourism Ministry on Tuesday appointed a seven-member high level task force to transform the island's tourism sector into a $10 billion industry by 2030. ... read..


Imran to meet Trump at Davos summit (Lead)
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF), which will begin in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, where he is scheduled meet US President Donald Trump and several other world leaders, the Foreign Office (FO) said. ... read..


Pak to focus on buying more time in FATF meet
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan Minister of State for Economic Affairs Hammad Azhar and his team will defend the country's performance on 22 points at the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) joint group meeting starting on Tuesday in Beijing, with a focus on buying more time, ... read..


Wells lauds Pak's efforts against illegal US immigrants
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Visiting chief US diplomat for South Asian affairs, Alice Wells has said that the issue of illegal Pakistani immigrants in America has been resolved to a great extent, it was reported on Tuesday. ... read..


Imran to attend World Economic Forum in Davos
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is set to attend the upcoming session of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, scheduled to begin on Tuesday, the Foreign Office (FO) announced. ... read..


Imran Khan to attend WEF in Davos
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 9:45:05 AM IST
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, from January 21 to 23, the Asian nation's Foreign Ministry has announced. ... read..


Independent commission reports Rakhine issue findings to Prez
Nay Pyi Taw | Monday, 2020 9:45:05 PM IST
The Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) reported its findings on the Rakhine issue to Myanmar President U Win Myint on Monday. ... read..


B'desh sentences 10 to death over 2001 rally blast
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 6:45:05 PM IST
A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced 10 members of the banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (Huji) to death over the 2001 blasts at a political rally here. ... read..


Pak team in Beijing for FATF Working Group meeting
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
A Pakistani delegation has arrived in Beijing for highly important three-day face-to-face talks with the global money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Working Group, slated to begin on Tuesday. ... read..


Seven still missing after Nepal avalanche
Kathmandu | Monday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
Four South Koreans and three Nepali guides were still missing following an avalanche near the Annapurna mountain range, with heavy snowfall in the region hampering search operations, it was reported on Monday. ... read..


B'desh to introduce e-passports this week
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
Bangladesh is set to begin the distribution of e-passports on Wednesday, it was reported. ... read..


Pak urges US to get it off FATF grey list
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan has urged the US to get it off the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), which monitors global money laundering and terror financing, it was reported. ... read..


Malaysia on track to commercially roll out 5G: Mahathir
Kuala Lumpur | Monday, 2020 8:45:05 AM IST
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said that the southeast Asian country was on track to roll out 5G service commercially by the third quarter of 2020. ... read..


FB video reunites B'deshi man with family after 48 yrs
Dhaka | Sunday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
A Bangladeshi man, who left home for a business trip and never returned, has finally reunited with his family after 48 years with the help of a Facebook video, a media report said. ... read..


Afghanistan still insists ceasefire amid US-Taliban talks
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
As the US and Taliban began a new round of peace talks in Doha, an Afghanistan government spokesman said that "all allies" of the country, as well as the "people of Afghanistan," were "insisting on a ceasefire" before the next step in the peace process. ... read..


7 missing, over 150 rescued after Nepal avalanche
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2020 3:45:05 PM IST
Four South Koreans and three Nepali guides remain missing following an avalanche near the Annapurna mountain range, while over 150 domestic and foreign tourists have been rescued from in and around the area, officials said. ... read..


Qureshi talks Afghan peace, M-E crisis with Qatari FM
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani in Doha and held talks on wide-ranging topics including the Afghan peace process and the ongoing Middle East tensions. ... read..


Sharif's medical report rejected by Pak's Punjab govt
Karachi | Sunday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
The government in Pakistan's Punjab province has rejected the medical report of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, claiming it was prepared by a private UK doctor instead of his general physician in London. ... read..


Pak Hindus turn to social media to raise girls' conversion
New Delhi/Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 4:45:05 AM IST
Netizens in Pakistan are seeking to grab the global attention by raising the growing incidents of abduction and forced conversion of Hindu girls. ... read..


Myanmar, China sign dozens of agreements
Nay Pyi Taw | Saturday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
Myanmar and China on Saturday signed dozens of cooperation and infrastructure agreements aimed at strengthening their bilateral ties during Chinese President Xi Jinping's historic visit to the neighbouring country. ... read..


6 trekkers missing in Annapurna region avalanche
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
At least six trekkers, including four Koreans, went missing after an avalanche triggered by heavy snowfall hit the trail route along Nepal's Annapurna trekking circuit, it was reported on Saturday. ... read..


SL temple rejects elephant being beaten with sticks
Colombo | Saturday, 2020 4:15:05 PM IST
Referring to a viral video where an elephant is seen being beaten with sticks by a keeper at a Sri Lankan Buddhist temple, authorities have rejected the footage, saying it was being exaggerated by the media which had received false information from NGOs, ... read..


Pompeo meets Qureshi, lauds Pak's efforts for Afghan peace (Ld)
Washington | Saturday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Visiting Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo here, during which the latter lauded Islamabad's efforts for a political and peaceful solution to help resolve the Afghan conflict. ... read..


Lahore journo remanded over 'anti-state' Facebook posts
Lahore | Saturday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
A Lahore court has granted the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) a three-day physical remand of a journalist whom the agency has accused of sharing "anti-state" content on Facebook, it was reported. ... read..


SC refuses to hear Musharraf's plea against treason verdict
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 1:45:05 PM IST
The Pakistan Supreme Court office has refused to hear an appeal, moved on behalf of former President Pervez Musharraf against his conviction in the high treason case. ... read..


Pompeo meets Qureshi amid Iran crisis
Washington/Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 12:15:05 PM IST
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the US capital and discussed a range of issues, including Iran and Afghanistan, according to a statement released by the US State Department. ... read..


Sri Lanka lifts ban on drones
Colombo | Saturday, 2020 8:45:05 AM IST
Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has lifted a ban imposed on drones within the island country, local media reports said. ... read..


India summons Pak diplomat over abduction of Hindu girls
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 1:45:05 AM IST
A senior official of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi was summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs on Friday to lodge strong protest and share serious concerns about the recent cases of abduction of minor girls belonging to the minority Hindu ... read..


SL lifts 25-year ban on private helicopter flights from Colombo
Colombo | Friday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
In a bid to boost tourism, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday lifted a 25-year ban on the operation of helicopter flights by private operators from Colombo. ... read..


SL eyes $1.3bn export earnings from tea in 2020
Colombo | Friday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
The Sri Lanka Tea Board (SLTB) on Friday said that it was aiming for $1.3 billion in earnings from the export of Ceylon Tea in 2020, and hopes to increase tea production to 340 million kg. ... read..


US-Taliban discuss peace deal in new talks
Doha | Friday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
The Taliban and the US have resumed their talks that are expected to continue for "several days" in the Qatari capital of Doha for finalizing an arrangement to sign a possible Afghanistan peace deal, the militant group said on Friday. ... read..


Russia backs India on Kashmir again
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
Russia on Friday reiterated that the constitutional reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir state was an internal matter of India and none of its concern. ... read..


'Saudi-Iran military conflict would be disastrous for Pak'
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that a military conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran would be "disastrous" for Islamabad and it was for this reason that his government is making efforts to defuse regional tensions, a media report said on Fri ... read..


US must be involved in Afghanistan after troops leave: Qureshi
Washington/Islamabad | Friday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that US must remain engaged in Afghanistan's reconstruction even if it succeeds in withdrawing troops and ending its longest war, it was reported on Friday. ... read..


Arrest warrant for B'desh daily editor over student's death
Dhaka | Friday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
A Dhaka court has issued an arrest warrant for a newspaper editor over the death of a student, who was electrocuted during an event organised by the dailys magazine in the victim's school premises. ... read..


Afghan govt rejects Taliban's violence reduction offer
Kabul | Friday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
The Afghan government has rejected the Taliban's offer of a seven-day reduction of violence in the war-torn country on the condition that a peace deal with the US was signed, saying it was "unacceptable" and insisted that the insurgent group must agree to ... read..


SL Prez, PM to visit China, India in Feb
Colombo | Friday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are scheduled to visit China and India with the aim of further strengthening regional cooperation and enhancing relations with the two Asian powers, it was reported on Friday. ... read..


SL PM calls for action against animal cruelty
Colombo | Thursday, 2020 9:45:05 PM IST
Sri Lankan Prime Minster Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday that he had informed authorities to immediately take measures to halt any forms of animal cruelty in the island country. ... read..


Musharraf moves SC against high treason case verdict
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 9:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday submitted an appeal in the Supreme Court against a special court's verdict that found him guilty of high treason and handed him a death sentence. ... read..


Many countries view Kashmir as bilateral issue: Qureshi
United Nations | Thursday, 2020 8:15:05 PM IST
After a failed bid by China to get the UN Security Council involved in the Kashmir issue, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has acknowledged that in the eyes of the world it was a bilateral matter for New Delhi and Islamabad to resolve. ... read..


Panel notified to solicit opinion on Sharif's health reports
Lahore | Thursday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
As the fresh medical reports of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were expected to be received by the Punjab government on Thursday, the provincial Health Department has notified a 14-member medical board for its opinion to decide whether to ext ... read..


Extreme cold weather toll reaches 109 in Pak (Lead)
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
The death toll due to the extreme cold weather conditions in Pakistan has increased to 109 on Thursday, after 15 people, including five soldiers, were killed by avalanches in Gilgit-Baltistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), authorities said. ... read..


Fog halts flight operations at Dhaka airport
Dhaka | Thursday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
Flight operation at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport remained suspended on Thursday due to dense fog, according to authorities. ... read..


Taliban leader agrees to 7-day reduction of violence
Kabul | Thursday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada has agreed to a seven-day reduction of violence in Afghanistan on the condition that a peace deal with the US was signed, a media report said. ... read..


China isolated in UNSC on Kashmir issue as bilateralism prevailed (2nd Ld)
United Nations | Thursday, 2020 4:45:05 PM IST
When China brought up the Kashmir issue at a consultation of the Security Council, it was met with a pushback led by the other permanent members who said it was a bilateral issue and not a matter for them isolating Beijing in the 15-member body, according ... read..


India supports US-Taliban negotiated peace deal: CDS
New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 4:15:05 PM IST
Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat on Thursday said that he supported a negotiated peace deal between the US and Taliban in Afghanistan. ... read..


Pak's use of false pretences at UN has run its course: Akbaruddin
United Nations | Thursday, 2020 3:15:05 PM IST
With the UN Security Council members rejecting China's bid to get it involved in the Kashmir issue, "Pakistan's practice of using false pretences to distract from addressing the malaise that afflicts it has run its course today", according to India's Perm ... read..


Maleeha Lodhi meets Sharif in London
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 2:45:05 PM IST
Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistans former representative to the UN, called on ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to inquire about his health, while wishing him a speedy recovery. ... read..


Extreme cold weather kills over 100 in Pak
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 2:15:05 PM IST
The death toll due to the extreme cold weather conditions in Pakistan has increased to over 100, according to authorities. ... read..


China draws blank at UNSC consultation on Kashmir (Lead)
United Nations | Thursday, 2020 7:45:05 AM IST
China drew a blank at the Security Council consultation at which it raised the Kashmir issue with members declaring it a bilateral issue and refusing to step in. ... read..


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