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Oli to continue as Nepal PM as opposition fails to form government
Kathmandu | Friday, 2021 2:45:06 AM IST
Nepal's opposition parties have failed to form a new coalition government by the 9 p.m. Thursday deadline set by President Bidhya Devi Bhandari. ... read..


Mt. Everest records 1st deaths of 2021 climbing season
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
Two climbers have died near the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the first fatalities of the 2021 expedition, their expedition agency said on Thursday. ... read..


Pak celebrates Eid amid Covid
Islamabad | Thursday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan on Thursday celebrated Eid-al-Fitr amid Covid-19 precautionary measures. ... read..


Nepali guide creates world record by climbing Everest twice
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2021 7:45:05 PM IST
Mingma Tenji Sherpa, a Nepali mountain guide, has created a world record by scaling Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak, twice in the shortest span of time in a season, organisers said on Thursday. ... read..


Maldivian military ordered to enforce health measures
Male | Thursday, 2021 7:45:05 PM IST
Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih has ordered the military to implement health and safety measures in order to curb the ongoing fourth wave of the Covid pandemic, local media reported on Thursday. ... read..


Nepal heading towards India-like Covid disaster
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2021 6:45:05 PM IST
Amid an ongoing second wave of the pandemic, Nepal is heading towards an India-like Covid disaster as at least 14 infected patients died in hospitals due to lack in oxygen supply. ... read..


Hefazat militant pleads guilty over involvement in March riots
Dhaka | Thursday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
A top Hefazat-e-Islam militant has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the violent riots that erupted across Bangladesh during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in March. ... read..


2 militants arrested for planning attack on B'desh Parliament
Dhaka | Thursday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
The counter-terrorism unit of the Bangladesh Police have arrested two militants for planning and instigating an attack on the country's Parliament in Dhaka. ... read..


Ex-Maldivian Prez recovering after bomb attack
Male | Thursday, 2021 5:15:06 PM IST
Former Maldivian President and incumbent Parliament Speaker, Mohamed Nasheed is recovering from the injuries sustained in a bomb attack last week, local media reported. ... read..


Sri Lanka to impose travel restrictions
Colombo | Thursday, 2021 2:15:06 PM IST
Sri Lankan authorities have decided to declare strict islandwide travel restrictions in efforts to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from spreading further amid an ongoing resurgence. ... read..


Pictures of endangered GIBs poached in Pak go viral, Indian conservationists worried
Jaipur | Wednesday, 2021 8:15:05 PM IST
It has been over a month that pictures of two male Great Indian Bustards allegedly poached in Pakistan's Cholistan desert have gone viral, but no stern action by Islamabad has left the Indian conservationists shocked and surprised. ... read..


Hefazat sub-group 'Manhazi' members trained in Afghanistan
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2021 4:45:05 AM IST
Militant outfit Hefazat-e-Islam, which was behind the recent unrest in Bangladesh, has a sub-group called "Manhazi", whose members include some "who had trained in Afghanistan", a senior police officer said on Tuesday. ... read..


Bahraini Prince scales Mt. Everest
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2021 8:45:05 PM IST
An expedition team consisting of Bahraini Prince Sheikh Mohammed Hamad Mohammed Al Khalifa successfully scaled the world's tallest peak, Mt. Everest on Tuesday, according to officials. ... read..


Nepal seeks O2 cylinders from mountaineers for Covid patients
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
As Nepal is scrambling to provide enough oxygen for an increasing number of Covid-19 patients, the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has also taken the initiative to collect oxygen cylinders from mountaineers. ... read..


Nepal Prez calls on parties to form coalition govt within Thursday
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2021 5:45:07 PM IST
Hours after Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli lost a vote of confidence, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called on political parties to form a coalition government within Thursday. ... read..


Pakistanis under 40, those with allergies barred from taking AstraZeneca jab
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2021 4:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan has barred its citizens under 40 years of age and those with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from taking the jab, the Health Ministry said. ... read..


'Bringing ex-Maldivian Prez's attackers to justice top priority'
Male | Tuesday, 2021 4:45:06 PM IST
Maldivian President Ibrahim Solih has said that his top priority is to bring to justice those who launched a terrorist attack on former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed. ... read..


Pak records 15% increase in exports to Afghanistan
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2021 3:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan has recorded a 15 per cent increase in exports to Afghanistan during the first 10 months of the current fiscal year 2021, Abdul Razak Dawood, advisor to the Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment, said. ... read..


Taliban-linked terror network busted in Kabul
Kabul | Tuesday, 2021 3:45:05 PM IST
A nine-member Taliban-linked terrorist network has been busted in Kabul, the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed. ... read..


15 dead in Afghanistan as Taliban announces Eid ceasefire (Ld)
Kabul | Monday, 2021 8:15:05 PM IST
At least 15 people, mainly civilians, were killed in Afghanistan on Monday, the same day Taliban militants announced a nationwide three-day ceasefire for the upcoming Eid-al0Fitr holidays. ... read..


Aus FM meets Ghani in Kabul to discuss troops withdrawal
Kabul | Monday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Monday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul to discuss the withdrawal of troops from the war-torn country. ... read..


Top suspect of attack on ex-Maldivian Prez arrested
Male | Monday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
Police in the Maldives have arrested the top suspect in connection to last week's terror attack which injured former President and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed, local media reported on Monday. ... read..


Section of Nepal PM's party members won't attend floor test
Kathmandu | Monday, 2021 6:45:06 PM IST
In a major setback to Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, a section of his party lawmakers have decided not to attend a special session of Parliament on Monday convened by the premier seeking a vote of confidence. ... read..


Nepal PM Oli's floor test in Parliament on Monday
Kathmandu | Monday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is set to face a floor test in Parliament on Monday on his proposal to seek a vote of confidence that has divided the country's political landscape. ... read..


Taliban declares ceasefire during Eid
Kabul | Monday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
The Taliban militant outfit has announced a three-day ceasefire with the Afghan government during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday, a spokesman said on Monday. ... read..


3 soldiers dead, 5 injured in Pak terror attacks
| Monday, 2021 5:15:05 PM IST
Three soldiers were killed and five others injured in two separate terrorist attacks in Pakistan's Balochistan province, an army statement said. ... read..


SL detects 6 Covid variants amid surging cases
Colombo | Monday, 2021 3:45:05 PM IST
Sri Lankan health experts have said a total of six Covid-19 variants have been identified in the island nation amid an ongoing resurgence of new cases. ... read..


B'desh bans entry of travellers from Nepal
Dhaka | Monday, 2021 3:45:05 PM IST
The Bangladesh government has banned the entry of travellers from Nepal as its neighbouring countries, including India, were reeling from a deadly second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. ... read..


Afghans will continue to suffer after forces withdrawal: Analyst
Kabul | Monday, 2021 2:45:05 PM IST
Afghans, as victims of the so-called US-led war on terror, would continue to suffer after the withdrawal of the American troops, according to a political analyst. ... read..


4 Al Qaeda-linked militants planning to attack BGB base held
Dhaka | Monday, 2021 2:45:05 AM IST
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit detained four members of banned militant outfit Ansar al Islam, linked with Al Qaeda, in a raid in the capital's Mohammadpur area on Saturday night, officials said on Sun ... read..


Toll from blasts near Kabul school reaches 50
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 7:45:06 PM IST
The death toll from a car bombing near a school in Kabul followed by two mine blasts has increased to 50, the Afghan Interior Ministry said on Sunday. ... read..


B'desh deploys BGB to stop rush at ferry terminals
Dhaka | Sunday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
The government in Dhaka have decided to deploy Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) at ferry terminals on Paturia-Daulatdia, Shimulia-Banglabazar routes in Manikganj and Munshiganj districts from Sunday night to stop the rush of homebound people to celebrate Eid ... read..


Pak Prez allows use of EVMs in general elections
Islamabad | Sunday, 2021 5:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan President Arif Alvi has promulgated an ordinance to allow the use of electronic voting machines (EVM) in general elections, a statement from his office said. ... read..


2 arrested over attack on ex-Maldivian Prez
Male | Sunday, 2021 4:45:05 PM IST
Two suspects have been arrested by the Maldives Police Service (MPS) in investigations into a terrorist attack last week that injured former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, state media reported. ... read..


26 Nepali lawmakers test Covid positive ahead of key vote on PM
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2021 4:45:05 PM IST
At least 26 members of the House of Representatives in Nepal have tested positive for coronavirus, just ahead of a key vote on Monday on a motion of confidence called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. ... read..


B'desh reports 1st cases of Indian Covid variant
Dhaka | Sunday, 2021 4:15:06 PM IST
Bangladesh has detected its first cases of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, according to a top health official. ... read..


7 kids killed in Pak water tank collapse
Islamabad | Sunday, 2021 4:15:06 PM IST
Seven children were killed when a water tank made of bricks and cement collapsed in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, rescue officials said. ... read..


SL begins administering Chinese Covid vax
Colombo | Sunday, 2021 3:15:10 PM IST
Sri Lanka's Health Ministry has started administering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine against Covid-19 to citizens, soon after the World Health Organization (WHO) approved it for emergency use worldwide. ... read..


Pak ramps up restrictions for Eid al-Fitr
Islamabad | Sunday, 2021 2:45:05 PM IST
In its efforts to curb the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pakistani government has ramped up restrictions across the country for the upcoming Eid al-Fitr festival, urging the public to stay at home to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. ... read..


Death toll rises to 33 in Kabul blast
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 1:45:05 PM IST
The death toll in the explosion that took place here on Saturday near a school has risen to 33, officials said. ... read..


Kabul: 25 killed, 52 injured in explosion near school
Kabul | Sunday, 2021 3:15:05 AM IST
At least 25 people were killed after an explosion near a school in the western part of Kabul, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said on Saturday. ... read..


Pakistan expresses concern over uranium seizure in India
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 11:15:05 PM IST
Pakistan has expressed serious concern over reports of seizure of uranium from unauthorised persons in India, stating that security of nuclear materials should be a top priority. ... read..


Pak Army Chief assures all out support towards Saudi security
Jeddah | Saturday, 2021 9:45:06 PM IST
Pakistans Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman of Islamabads all out support and commitment towards the security of the Kingdom. ... read..


Pak receives 1st consignment of AstraZeneca vax
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 8:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan on Saturday received its first consignment of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine as the country of 220 million scrambles to secure more supplies amid a third wave of the pandemic. ... read..


78 killed in Afghan flash floods
Kabul | Saturday, 2021 8:15:05 PM IST
At least 78 people have died in Afghanistan due to heavy rainfall and flash floods in the past week, the country's National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) said on Saturday. ... read..


Shehbaz Sharif barred from flying to UK
Lahore | Saturday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has been barred from flying to the UK on Saturday by the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA), a day after the Lahore High Court (LHC) removed his name from the 'blacklist'. ... read..


Nepal seeks int'l support to fight against Covid
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Nepal has sought international support and cooperation in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, as the number of infections were skyrocketing in the Himalayan following the devastating resurgence in India. ... read..


Imran, Saudi Crown Prince Salman commit to ties (Ld)
Islamabad/Jeddah | Saturday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman on Saturday have affirmed their commitment to fortify the 'upward trajectory' in bilateral relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in Islamabad said. ... read..


In 7 years, Modi govt bogged by 11,424 LoC ceasefire violations: RTI (IANS Exclusive)
Mumbai | Saturday, 2021 5:45:05 PM IST
In a glaring indicator of the growing tensions in India's immediate neighbourhood, it has now emerged that there were a whopping 11,424 Ceasefire violations (CFVs) on the border under the seven years of the NDA government, compared with just 523 CFVs duri ... read..


'Hefazat's anarchy in the name of religion only to gain political advantage'
Dhaka | Saturday, 2021 5:45:05 PM IST
Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that the anarchy advocated by the Hefazat-e-Islam militant outfit "in the name of religion is only to gain political advantage". ... read..


Imran embarks on visit to Saudi Arabia
Islamabad | Saturday, 2021 1:15:05 PM IST
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan embarked on a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday evening to enhance bilateral relations and cooperation, said a statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ... read..


Afghan forces launch counter-offensive in Baghlan
Kabul | Friday, 2021 9:15:05 PM IST
Scores of militants have been killed in Afghanistan's Baghlan province as government forces launched a counter-offensive to repel Taliban attacks, a police official said on Friday. ... read..


Kabul hit by blackout as 2 power pylons damaged
Kabul | Friday, 2021 8:45:06 PM IST
Kabul was hit by a blackout as two power pylons were destroyed in explosion on Friday, Afghanistan's Breshna Sherkat, the national power company, confirmed. ... read..


Top Hefazat militant arrested in B'desh
Dhaka | Friday, 2021 7:15:06 PM IST
Police in Bangladesh said on Friday that it has arrested Gaji Yaqub Osmani, Hefazat-e-Islam's central assistant publicity secretary, for his involvement in the violent carnage carried out by the militant outfit in Brahmanbaria district and across the coun ... read..


Probe underway into attack on ex-Maldivian Prez
Male | Friday, 2021 6:15:05 PM IST
A probe is underway into the explosion in the Maldivian capital of Male during which former President and Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed sustained injuries, incumbent President Ibrahim Solih announced. ... read..


Nepal officials reject claims of climbers being Covid infected
Kathmandu | Friday, 2021 5:45:06 PM IST
Tourism officials in Nepal have rejected claims about foreign climbers, attempting to summit Mount Everest and other peaks, being infected with the novel coronavirus. ... read..


Ghani discusses peace process with UK envoy
Kabul | Friday, 2021 5:15:05 PM IST
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani met the UK's Ambassador to Kabul, Alison Blake and discussed the peace process and support to the country's national security force, his office said in a statement. ... read..


'No attack against US forces in Afghanistan since drawdown started'
Washington | Friday, 2021 3:15:05 PM IST
The Taliban has not launched any attack against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan since the drawdown began, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley said. ... read..


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