Monday, October 25, 2021

B'desh attacks: Three accused held in Noakhali, protests against violence
Dhaka | Monday, 2021 3:45:05 AM IST
Three youths have been arrested in Bangladesh's Noakhali district ... read..

Afghan girls learn tailoring after school ban
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
Dozens of female high school and university students in Afghanistan have joined vocational centers to learn tailoring and cosmetology as the women and girls have been banned from school and university since the Taliban took over the country, Tolo News rep ... read..

India, Maldives sign MoU on strengthening audit of public finance
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
With an aim to develop and strengthen professional capacity and improve methodologies in the field of audit of public finance, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Auditor General of Maldives signed an MoU on Sunday, an official said. ... read..

Af pilots who fled to Tajikistan say families being threatened by Taliban
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 1:45:05 AM IST
Afghan military pilots who fled to Tajikistan when the Taliban seized power in Kabul say the militant group is pressuring them to return to Afghanistan by threatening to kill their relatives, RFE/RL reported. ... read..

Khalilzad says US should have pressed former Af Prez Ashraf Ghani harder
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 1:45:05 AM IST
In his first interview since resigning as the US' chief negotiator with the Taliban, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad strongly defended the deal he negotiated to withdraw US troops from America's longest war, CBS reported. ... read..

IS-K message to China and Pakistan through suicide bombers
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 11:15:05 PM IST
The purported use of ethnic Baloch and Uyghur suicide bombers in the Kandahar and Kunduz attacks claimed by IS-K suggests a message is being sent to two other neighbours of Afghanistan -- China and Pakistan, TRT World reported. ... read..

Will not let Afghan soil be used against others: Taliban
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 10:45:06 PM IST
Afghanistan's acting Minister of Defence Muhammad Yaqoob Mujahid said that the national army of Afghanistan will be delivering the message of peace to the people in Afghanistan and the world, Khaama Press reported. ... read..

Trench dug up in Gujranwala to prevent TLP long march to Islamabad
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
The Pakistan government has dug up a trench on GT Road near Gujranwala in response to an announcement by the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) that they will set out on a long march towards Islamabad, Geo News reported. ... read..

'US, India make attempts to manoeuvre Pak out of CPEC'
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 6:15:06 PM IST
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Authority czar Khalid Mansoor has alleged that the US is colluding with India and hatching plots against the multibillion-dollar project, Dawn news reported. ... read..

Pakistan sees continuous rise in dengue cases
Islamabad | Sunday, 2021 4:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan is witnessing a continuous rise of dengue cases and in the last 24 hours, an additional 832 people were infected in different areas of the country, health authorities said. ... read..

Pakistan mulls taxing farm income to meet IMF demand
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 4:45:05 AM IST
The Pakistan government is considering imposing a federal tax on agricultural income to meet a demand by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and legal experts say it is possible without amending the Constitution, Express Tribune reported. ... read..

Taliban forcibly evicting Hazaras from their land to reward their fighters
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
Taliban officials in several provinces across Afghanistan have forcibly displaced residents partly to distribute land to their own supporters, Human Rights Watch said. ... read..

Thousands of Afghans rush to Pakistan border
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
Thousands of Afghans made a beeline for Torkham border crossing early on Friday morning when the news about resumption of cross-border pedestrian movement spread in most parts of the neighbouring country, Dawn reported. ... read..

Pakistan denies understanding reached with US on using airspace for Afghan military strikes
New Delhi | Sunday, 2021 2:45:08 AM IST
The Pakistan Foreign Office on Saturday issued a statement on a report by CNN claiming that a formal agreement for the use of Pakistan's airspace by the US to conduct military strikes in Afghanistan was close, clarifying that there was "no such understand ... read..

9 IS terrorists killed in Balochistan
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
Nine Islamic State (IS) terrorists were killed during a raid in Pakistan's Balochistan province, a police official said on Saturday. ... read..

Pak-Afghan Torkham border reopens for pedestrian movement
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 9:15:06 PM IST
The Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing at Torkham, which was only allowed to open for trade activities, has now opened its gates, permitting the entry of desperate Afghan men and women into Pakistan. ... read..

2 soldiers, terrorist killed in Pak
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 8:15:07 PM IST
Two Pakistani soldiers and a terrorist were killed during an exchange of fire in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, an army statement said. ... read..

Pakistan fails in convincing to resume $6bn extended loan facility
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The Pakistani delegation that was in Washington since October 4 to attend annual meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has failed to convince the latter and secure an arrangement for resumption of a $6 billion extended loan ... read..

B'desh man charged under Digital Security Act sent to jail
Dhaka | Saturday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
Mohammad Fayez, who has been charged under Bangladesh's Digital Security Act (DSA) for inciting people via social media which led to the widespread communal violence in the country earlier this month, has been sent to jail. ... read..

3 policemen killed in clashes with TLP workers in Lahore
New Delhi | Saturday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
Three policemen were killed and several others injured in clashes with workers of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Islamist party in Lahore, Dawn reported. ... read..

Some 500,000 Afghans receive health assistance this year: IOM
Kabul | Saturday, 2021 5:15:05 PM IST
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it has been providing essential health services to people on the move and hard-to-reach Afghans in an effort to prevent the war-torn country' healthcare system from collapsing. ... read..

7 killed in attack on madrasa in B'desh
Dhaka | Saturday, 2021 2:15:06 PM IST
Seven persons have been killed and several others injured in an attack on a madrasa at a Rohingya camp in Bangladesh's Ukhiya upazila of Cox's Bazar district, officials said. ... read..

India hands over Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail section to Nepal
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2021 1:45:05 AM IST
India on Friday handed over the Jaynagar-Kurtha cross-border rail link, built with its assistance, to the Nepal government, paving the way for early resumption of railway links between the two South Asian nations. ... read..

7 killed in clashes between rival Rohingya factions in B'desh
Dhaka | Friday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
At least seven people were killed and seven others injured in clashes between two rival factions of Rohingya refugees at a camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on Friday. ... read..

Taliban govt assures Pak of not supporting TTP, BLA
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The Taliban-led interim government in Afghanistan has assured Pakistan that it will not support or allow its soil to be used by terror outfits, including the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), against Islamabad, expressing ... read..

Pakistan, India among countries of concern on climate change
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
A latest report by the US Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has revealed that Pakistan and India are part of 11 countries, singled out and marked as highly vulnerable in capabilities to respond to environmental and societal crisis, trigge ... read..

Five climbers rescued from Nepal peak, 1 missing
Kathmandu | Friday, 2021 6:15:06 PM IST
Five climbers -- four foreigners and a guide -- who were stranded on the Mera Peak in Nepal due to bad weather and massive snowfall have been rescued, with one mountaineer still missing, authorities said. ... read..

Death toll from Nepal floods, landslides reaches 101
Kathmandu | Friday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
The death toll from floods and landslides in Nepal triggered by unseasonal rainfall has increased to 101, with 35 others still missing, according to authorities. ... read..

Tension simmers as Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan announces long march to Islamabad
Lahore/New Delhi | Friday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
Lahore police have allegedly detained over 1,000 activists and workers of the banned Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) during a crackdown that was intensified across the Punjab province after the group announced a long march to Islamabad after the Friday p ... read..

Pakistan PM's adviser leaves without concluding IMF talks
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 5:45:05 PM IST
Shaukat Tarin, adviser to the Pakistan Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue, left Washington without concluding the talks that could have led to a much-needed endorsement of the governments economic policies by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dawn ... read..

Jamaat leader pleads guilty to communal attack in B'desh
Dhaka | Friday, 2021 4:15:05 PM IST
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Kamaluddin Abbasi has pleaded guilty to his involvement in an attack on a Durga puja mandap in Bangladesh's Hajiganj earlier this month. ... read..

HRW asks for protecting B'desh Hindus, but calls for law enforcement 'restraint'
New York | Friday, 2021 2:45:06 PM IST
While asking Bangladesh authorities to protect Hindus, the international group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said law enforcement should act "with caution and restraint". ... read..

Pakistan remains under increased monitoring (Grey List), Turkey named too
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 5:15:06 AM IST
Despite all its devious manoeuvrings, Pakistan remains on the FATF grey list. "Pakistan government has two concurrent action plans, with a total of 34 action plan items. It has now largely addressed 30 of the items," said FATF president. This way Pakista ... read..

IED attack kills security personnel in Pakistan
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 4:15:06 AM IST
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) continues to carry out deadly attacks targeting security personnel and claim lives in what is being seen as a serious and concerning surge of assault, posing a major challenge to Pakistans security forces. ... read..

China conducted not one but two hypersonic missile tests which stunned US
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 4:15:05 AM IST
China conducted not one, but two tests of new hypersonic weapons in July and August, the Financial Times newspaper has reported, raising more concerns in the United States about the growing military capabilities of its geopolitical rival, Al Jazeera repor ... read..

Pak Opposition to stage countrywide protests against inflation on Friday
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 3:45:06 AM IST
The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Thursday announced nation-wide protests against rising inflation in the country on Friday, Geo News reported. ... read..

Heightened activities by Pakistani security agencies
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
Pakistan has enhanced its activities in different locations through its proxies and contacts with the aim of targeting Indian interests. This is a typical syndrome which the country faces when it is in dire straits. ... read..

All weather Sela tunnel to give big boost to Army capabilities at LAC in Arunachal
Sela (Arunachal Pradesh) | Friday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
The completion of the all weather Sela tunnel, an engineering marvel, is all set to give a big boost to the Indian Army's capabilities at the Line of Actual Control in Arunachal Pradesh. ... read..

China's energy crisis could impact the global economy
New Delhi | Friday, 2021 2:45:05 AM IST
China's energy crisis has created ripe conditions for the smuggling of coal from North Korea. North Korean trading companies are defying international nuclear sanctions to sell coal to energy hungry China. ... read..

'Afghanistan last in global women peace and security ranking'
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 2:15:05 AM IST
In the global ranking of women peace and security, Afghanistan sits at the last place as the country's women fear of complete and outright discrimination, since the Taliban have taken control of the Asian country. ... read..

Taliban attract humanitarian support from regional powers
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 1:15:06 AM IST
At least 10 regional powers have joined the new Taliban rulers in Afghanistan in their call to the United Nations to help the country bail itself from the feared economic collapse and a humanitarian catastrophe. ... read..

Century-old Nandana Fort in Pak set for restoration
Islamabad | Friday, 2021 1:15:06 AM IST
The century-old Nandana Fort, discovered by Pakistans archeological department three months back which is set for restoration, still showcases its unique and magnificent might, even as it stands in a derelict condition. ... read..

US bill moved to sanction China on maritime claims
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 10:45:06 PM IST
US politicians have pushed another anti-China act to sanction entities and individuals who safeguard China's sovereignty in the South China Sea and East China Sea, Global Times reported. ... read..

250 IS terrorists arrested in Afghanistan in a month: Taliban
Kabul | Thursday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has claimed that 250 Islamic State (IS) terrorists were arrested in the country in the past one month, the media reported. ... read..

4 people killed in Pak explosion
Islamabad | Thursday, 2021 5:45:05 PM IST
Four people were killed in an explosion targeting law enforcement officials in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a senior police official said. ... read..

UN official urges using aid to leverage women's rights in Afghanistan
United Nations | Thursday, 2021 4:15:05 PM IST
A UN official has urged the international community to use aid as leverage to promote women's rights in Afghanistan, which have further deteriorated following the fall of the country to the Taliban in August. ... read..

Taliban behead a member of Afghan women's volleyball team
New Delhi | Thursday, 2021 4:15:05 AM IST
Mahjubin Hakimi, a member of the Afghan women's national volleyball team who played in the youth age group, was beheaded by the Taliban in Kabul. ... read..

Sri Lanka to amend laws to ban cattle slaughter
Colombo | Thursday, 2021 1:15:06 AM IST
Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has approved to amend the existing laws to ban cattle slaughter in the island nation in a bid to increase local agriculture and dairy production. ... read..

Evergrande default threatens China contagion
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2021 10:45:06 PM IST
The rescue of embattled Chinese property company Evergrande appears to have stalled, leaving the developer on the brink of default and threatening to unleash contagion through the countrys giant real estate sector, home prices and economy, The Guardian re ... read..

Rain, floods create havoc in Nepal, 6 killed
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2021 2:15:06 AM IST
Incessant rains followed by flooding and landslides continuing from Sunday have created havoc in Nepal. ... read..

Delhi lawyer writes to B'desh Chief Justice over attacks on Hindus
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2021 1:15:05 AM IST
A Delhi-based lawyer on Monday wrote to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh demanding a judicial probe into the recent attacks on Hindus and Hindu temples in the neighbouring country. ... read..

Hypersonic missile test by China spurs call to stop flow of Wall Street capital into Chinese tech
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 10:45:06 PM IST
US politicians warned they are on course to lose a 'new Cold War' following reports China secretly flew a nuclear-capable missile around the world, Daily Mail reported. ... read..

Restoration of Hindu temples suffers delay in Rawalpindi
Rawalpindi | Tuesday, 2021 10:45:06 PM IST
After an ex-commissioner from Rawalpindi was arrested on corruption charges, the restoration of at least seven Hindu temples has been put on the back burner in Pakistan. ... read..

TN fisherman missing after SL Navy intercepts boat, 2 others arrested
Chennai | Tuesday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
A fisherman from Pudukottai district went missing after falling into the sea, while two others were arrested when their boat was intercepted by a Sri Lankan naval vessel at mid-sea. ... read..

Afghanistan is worthy of Chinese investment despite turmoil, says mouthpiece
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
For Beijing, Afghanistan still has strong development potential and is worthy of investment despite its decades of political turmoil, a Chinese mouthpiece said. ... read..

Malala Yousafzai asks Afghan Taliban to reopen girl schools
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2021 9:15:05 PM IST
Pakistani Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has called on the Taliban leadership in Afghanistan to re-open secondary schools for girls with immediate affect. She put forward this demand in an open letter addressed to the new rulers of the war-torn nation. ... read..

Pak expected to remain on FATF grey list till April 2022
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan is expected to remain on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) till April 2022, as the country works towards completing an action plan to counter money laundering and terrorism financing. ... read..

Death toll in B'desh communal violence reaches 6
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2021 6:15:06 PM IST
The death toll in the communal violence in Bangladesh has increased to six, while at least 70 Hindu temples were vandalised across the country, said Rana Dasgupta, General Secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu-Buddha Christian Oikya Parishad. ... read..

Zalmay Khalilzad steps down as US special envoy to Afghanistan
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
Zalmay Khalilzad, who served as the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation since September 2018, has stepped down, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced. ... read..

Pak, militants out to label every Kashmiri as terrorist; 4 non-locals shot in 24 hours
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 4:45:05 AM IST
The silence that prevailed in the Valley after the first round of five civilian killings last week was shattered on the weekend, as Kashmir witnessed cold-blooded murders of four more unarmed non-locals within a span of 24 hours. ... read..

Blast outside Balochistan University kills cop, 17 inured
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 3:45:06 AM IST
A policeman was killed while 17 persons were injured in a blast near the Balochistan University on Quetta's Sariab Road in Pakistan on Monday, the Dawn reported. ... read..

Bengal govt asks police, administration to stay alert after B'desh violence
Kolkata | Tuesday, 2021 3:15:06 AM IST
A day after the state intelligence department issued an alert following the communal unrest in Bangladesh, the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government on Monday instructed the administration and the police to stay alert and not allow the spread of any ... read..

Thailand marred by consistent Islamic militancy
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2021 3:15:06 AM IST
Thailand has been marred by consistent Islamic militancy along the southern fringes, leading to significant loss of life and instability. ... read..

1st polio vaccination drive in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover (Ld)
Kabul | Monday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
A country-wide polio vaccination drive will begin in Afghanistan on November 8 for the first time since the Taliban took over the country in August, the Unicef announced on Monday. ... read..

Sri Lanka records over 7,000 tourist arrivals in Oct
Colombo | Monday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
Over 7,000 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka so far this month, giving a boost to the country's tourism industry which took a blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported on Monday. ... read..

1st polio vaccination drive in Afghanistan since Taliban takeover
Kabul | Monday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
A country-wide polio vaccination drive will begin in Afghanistan on November 8 for the first time since the Taliban took over the country in August, the Unicef announced on Monday. ... read..

Afghans struggling to cope with winter season amid price hike
Kabul | Monday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
Afghans are struggling to cope with the upcoming winter season in the war-torn and cash-strapped country, as majority of the people live under the poverty line and can barely afford basic daily needs due to a price hike of commodities. ... read..

Asia's race to stock up on Covid pill could see a repeat of vaccine grab
New Delhi | Monday, 2021 1:15:05 AM IST
Countries in Asia Pacific are rushing to place orders for the latest weapon against Covid 19 -- an antiviral pill that isn't even authorized for use yet, CNN reported. ... read..

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