Sunday, September 20, 2020

444 arrested for violating curfew in Myanmar
Yangon | Sunday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
At least 444 people were arrested in Myanmar in a week for violating the curfew imposed in some regions and states in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, police said on Sunday. ... read..

4,776 IEDs defused in Afghanistan in past 6 months
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Afghanistan's Defence Ministry on Sunday said 4,776 IEDs were discovered and defused across the country in the past six months. ... read..

2 Pak soldiers killed in operation
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Two Pakistani soldiers were killed during a security operation against militants in North Waziristan, an army statement said. ... read..

20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has warned that as many as 20 million girls may never return to schools even after the global Covid-19 crisis is over, the media reported on Sunday. ... read..

Pak security forces kill 4 terrorists in Balochistan
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
The Pakistan Army said that security forces have killed four terrorists in Balochistan province during an operation. ... read..

Arrested Al Qaeda men planned to travel to Kashmir to deliver weapons (3rd Ld)
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 10:45:05 PM IST
Al Qaeda terrorists, who were nabbed early Saturday by NIA teams from Kerala and West Bengal, had plans to travel to Jammu and Kashmir for weapons delivery along with home-made explosives for their other associates even as they continued to take orders fr ... read..

Pakistan risks Basmati export as India applies GI tag in EU
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan is facing another potential threat of a major damage to its exports as India has applied for an exclusive Geographical Indications (GI) tag to Basmati rice in the European Union (EU). ... read..

Sharif to virtually participate in multiparty conference
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London for treatment, will virtually attend the opposition-led multiparty conference (MPC) scheduled to be held on Sunday. ... read..

Pakistan, Afghanistan joint action foils smuggling bid
Islamabad | Saturday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
In a joint operation, Pakistani and Afghan customs authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle tonnes of iodine, which can be used for the synthesis of drugs, an official said here. ... read..

Nepal to resume railway services after 7-yr suspension
Kathmandu | Saturday, 2020 6:15:05 PM IST
Nepal has planned to resume passenger railway services after a 7-year suspension as two sets of rails that Kathmandu purchased from India have arrived in Janakpur city. ... read..

India permits onion export to B'desh on 'special consideration'
Dhaka | Saturday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
The Indian government has granted a special permission to export 25,000 tonnes of onion to Bangladesh, which was blocked in five trucks in the countries' border area, according to local traders. ... read..

3 LeT men arrested in J&K, weapons sent by Pak drones recovered (Ld)
Jammu | Saturday, 2020 5:15:06 PM IST
Three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have been arrested by the security forces from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir with a large cache of arms and ammunition they had received through drones, officials said on Saturday. ... read..

Nabbed Al Qaeda men amassed firecrackers to make IEDs: NIA
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 5:15:05 PM IST
The NIA on Saturday busted an inter-state terror module sponsored by Al Qaeda from Pakistan. There were nine men arrested from West Bengal and Kerala who were planning attacks with IEDS, made from potassium procured from firecrackers. They planned to go t ... read..

Konkan Railways delivers 2 DEMU train sets to Nepal Railways
New Delhi | Saturday, 2020 3:15:06 AM IST
The Konkan Railways on Friday said that it delivered two DEMU train sets, designed and developed by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai, to Nepal Railways. ... read..

Pak targets Poonch, Bandipora villages across LoC (Ld)
Jammu | Friday, 2020 11:45:06 PM IST
Hours after launching unprovoked firing across the Line of Control in Gurez sector of Bandipora district on Friday, Pakistan used mortars and other weapons to target Indian positions in Balakote sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..

Pak starts anti-India campaign over Kashmir ahead of UNGA debate
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
To garner international community's attention over the Jammu and Kashmir issue ahead of the 75th session general debate in the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Pakistan has planned an online anti-India and free Kashmir propaganda campaign on social media platf ... read..

NATO forces' M4 gun falls in JeM hands in Kashmir
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 9:15:07 PM IST
The UN Security Council (UNSC) designated international terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) founder Maulana Masood Azhars three nephews, each carrying a US-made M4 sniper, have been killed in three different encounters in Kashmir in the last three years. ... read..

India, Pak trade heavy fire on LoC
Srinagar | Friday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Indian and Pakistan armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Gurez sector of Bandipora district on Friday. ... read..

Over 35 Pak educational institutions shut for flouting SOPs (Ld)
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 8:45:07 PM IST
Within 72 hours of Pakistan reopening educational institutions accross the country after six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 35 of them were asked to shut for flouting health guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) laid down by ... read..

ISI afflicted by same bungling and corruption as rest of Pak: New book
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 8:45:07 PM IST
Inter-Services Intelligence, Pakistans spy agency is afflicted by the same bungling and corruption as the rest of the Pakistani state, according to a new book. ... read..

Pak puts onus on India for creating credible, conducive atmosphere
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 8:15:07 PM IST
The blame game between India and Pakistan continue, as tensions move from bad to worse with griming hopes of table talks. ... read..

Mirpur activist at UNHRC says people want freedom from Pakistan
Geneva/New Delhi | Friday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
A prominent rights activist from Mirpur at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that people in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) were desperate to get freedom and join the Indian union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. ... read..

Doha talks will be difficult, tough decisions needed: Abdullah
Kabul | Friday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, has said that the talks between government and the Taliban will be difficult, stating that the Afghan team will face issues that will require hard decisions to be made. ... read..

16 more educational institutions closed in Pak
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
At least 16 more educational institutions in Pakistan were closed in the last 24 hours due to non-compliance of health guidelines or standard operating procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Friday. ... read..

Polio cases in Pak this year reaches 72
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
The total number of polio cases in Pakistan so far this year has reached 72, after nine fresh cases were detected in Punjab and Balochistan provinces, according to health authorities. ... read..

Pak High Commission in London receives warrants for Sharif
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
The Pakistan High Commission in London has received arrest warrants sent by the Imran Khan-led government for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it was reported on Friday. ... read..

Pak to set up markets along Afghanistan, Iran borders
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan will set up three markets along the borders with Afghanistan and Iran by February 2021 to promote business activities and help the people in the border areas, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Office said. ... read..

Pakistan JuD's gaming apps brainwash youth to take up jihad against India
New Delhi | Friday, 2020 2:15:06 AM IST
Pakistan-based globally banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), the front organisation of banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, is using gaming applications to brainwash youngsters to take up jihad against India, contrary to their claims of educating youths on Prophet Mohammed's ... read..

Imran govt to soon make occupied Gilgit-Baltistan Pak's 5th province
Islamabad | Friday, 2020 1:15:06 AM IST
: The Imran Khan government is soon going to illegally integrate the occupied Gilgit-Baltistan region by making it Pakistan's fifth province. ... read..

Pakistan govt freezes over 900 assets of JuD, JeM
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
The Pakistan government has frozen a total of 964 assets of proscribed organisations Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) as it takes action against elements involved in terror financing and money laundering as part of efforts towards fulfillin ... read..

No ceasefire until cause of war is discussed: Taliban
Kabul | Thursday, 2020 8:15:06 PM IST
A Taliban spokesman said that the militant group will not agree to a ceasefire unless the peace negotiators can discuss the main cause of the Afghan war, the media reported on Thursday. ... read..

Another trade terminal opens at Pak-Afghan border
Kabul | Thursday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Pakistan opened another terminal for trade with Afghanistan at a border area in Balochistan province, it was reported on Thursday. ... read..

22 Pak educational institutions close in 48 hrs
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
At least 22 educational institutions across Pakistan have closed in the last 48 hours due to non-compliance of health protocols or standard operating procedures (SOPs), according to the National Command Operation Center. ... read..

Pak to introduce legislation to curb child abuse, rape
Islamabad | Thursday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced that his government will soon introduce a three-tier legislation providing for the registration of sex offenders, exemplary punishment for rape and child abuse and effective policing. ... read..

Erdogan to attend 'Mujib Barsho' finale event in Dhaka
Dhaka | Thursday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit Bangladesh to attend the finale event of the "Mujib Borsho" celebrations on March 17, 2021. ... read..

India slams OIC, Turkey, Pakistan over Kashmir in Geneva
Geneva/New Delhi | Thursday, 2020 1:15:06 AM IST
India on Tuesday slammed Turkey and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, while shaming Pakistan for funding cross-border terrorism and ethnic cleansing of its minorities. ... read..

Afghan police arrest 16 criminals in southern Helmand province
Kabul | Wednesday, 2020 11:45:07 PM IST
Afghanistan police have arrested 16 people on charge of involvement in criminal activities in the southern Helmand province over the past 24 hours, the state-run news agency reported on Wednesday. ... read..

Afghan police arrest two drug traffickers in northern province
Kabul | Wednesday, 2020 10:45:06 PM IST
Afghanistan police in the northern Takhar province have arrested two drug traffickers and confiscated illicit drug from their possessions, police spokesman for the province Abdul Khalil Asir said on Wednesday. ... read..

Four killed in military helicopter crash in Philippines
Manila | Wednesday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Four people were killed when a military helicopter crashed on Wednesday afternoon in Basilan, an island province in the southern Philippines, the military said. ... read..

Thailand seals border with Myanmar to stem Covid-19, drug trafficking
Bangkok | Wednesday, 2020 9:15:06 PM IST
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said on Wednesday that the border checkpoints between Thailand and Myanmar are temporarily sealed in an attempt to curb possible Covid-19 infections and drug trafficking. ... read..

Unabated violence overshadows intra-Afghan peace talks
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
The much awaited intra-Afghan talks in Doha, Qatar, were sandwiched between bouts of violence. Days before the talks were to begin, Afghanistan's first Vice-President Amrullah Saleh was targeted with a bomb blast in Kabul, which killed ten civilians. Duri ... read..

Nearly 96% of Pakistan's Covid patients have recovered: Report
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
Nearly 96 per cent of Pakistan's coronavirus patients have made a successful recovery, a status report issued on Wednesday by the country's nerve centre monitoring the pandemic read. ... read..

Bangladesh elected as executive member of UN bodies
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
Bangladesh has been elected as a member of the executive board of three United Nations bodies for the term 2021-2023, starting from January 1 next year, Bangladesh's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday. ... read..

B'desh urges India to revoke ban on onion export
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2020 6:45:05 PM IST
Bangladesh has appealed to the Indian government to withdraw the ban imposed on onion export as soon as possible, keeping the import flow of onion from India uninterrupted. ... read..

350 'ghost police' identified in Zabul: Official
Kabul | Wednesday, 2020 5:45:06 PM IST
Zabul police chief Hekmatullah Kochai on Wednesday said that at least 350 "ghost police" have been identified in the province, referring to police who are listed as being employed and who are paid but not serving in person. ... read..

BSF foils infiltration bid by 5 ultras in Samba
Jammu | Wednesday, 2020 1:15:06 AM IST
The Border Security Force has foiled an infiltration bid by five terrorists at the international border in Samba sector of Jammu, the central force said on Tuesday. ... read..

Khalilzad seeks Pak help to get Taliban to announce ceasefire (Ld)
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 8:45:06 PM IST
US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad made a day-long visit to Pakistan on Monday to hold important meetings with the Pakistani military and civilian leadership to pave the way forward in the Afghan peace process. ... read..

Afghanistan wins seat at UN's Commission on Women
Kabul | Tuesday, 2020 7:45:05 PM IST
For the first time, Afghanistan has won a seat at the UN Commission on Status of Women (CSW) for a four-year term. ... read..

PAF aircraft crashes during routine training, pilot safely ejects
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
A Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft crashed near city Attock in Punjab province on Tuesday during a routine training mission, while the pilot ejected safely, an official statement said. ... read..

Educational institutions reopen in Pak after 6 months
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 7:15:05 PM IST
Educational institutions reopened across Pakistan on Tuesday, ending a six-month-long break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read..

Nepal to resume domestic flights from Sep 21
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
The Nepal government on Tuesday announced its decision to allow resumption of domestic flights and long-haul public transportation services from September 21 onwards, after a hiatus of nearly six months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read..

Afghan intelligence officer killed in explosion
Kabul | Tuesday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
An Afghan intelligence officer was killed and three others injured in a roadside bomb explosion in Nangarhar province on Tuesday, a top official said. ... read..

Pak COAS, Khalilzad hold talks on Afghan peace process
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 6:15:06 PM IST
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met visiting U. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and discussed matters related to the peace process in the war-torn country. ... read..

SEZ project under CPEC to change region's destiny: Imran
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2020 4:15:05 PM IST
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the Rashakai special economic zone (SEZ) to be developed under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) will change the destiny of the region by bringing in employment opportuniti ... read..

Will follow court orders in Samar case: PBI chief
Dhaka | Tuesday, 2020 3:45:06 AM IST
After a Bangladesh court on Monday issued orders to the PBI to probe and submit a report regarding the false implication of a lawyer's assistant, Samar Krishna Chowdhury, in two cases and threats to kill him in a shootout in 2018, the PBI chief said the a ... read..

China's United Front Work Department spearheads Xi Jinping's expansionist dreams
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2020 1:15:06 AM IST
In its ambition to expand its global influence, China is depending heavily on its United Front Work Department (UFWD)-a Mao-era contraption, which has been thoroughly revamped on Chinese leader Xi Jinpings watch. ... read..

Afghan children not getting education during pandemic: Report
Kabul | Monday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
A new report revealed on Monday that eight in 10 Afghan children said "theyve learned little or nothing" during the nationwide lockdown enforced due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read..

Abdullah returns from Qatar after intra-Afghan talks
Kabul | Monday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
Abdullah Abdullah, head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, has returned to Kabul following the much-awaited talks with the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha. ... read..

FATF-related bills likely to be tabled in Pak's NA
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 6:45:07 PM IST
A fresh session of Pakistan's National Assembly (NA) will commence on Monday in which bills related to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and other important legislations are likely to be tabled. ... read..

Imran welcomes millions of students back to school
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 6:45:07 PM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said it was the priority of his government and the nation's collective responsibility to ensure that every child can go to school safely as educational institutes across the country will reopen on Tuesday after ... read..

Pakistan to relax visa rules for Afghan nationals
Islamabad | Monday, 2020 6:45:07 PM IST
Pakistan will announce a relaxed-visa policy for Afghan nationals particularly students, businessmen, investors, and patients, a top official said. ... read..

Failure to solve Rohingya crisis may lead to terrorism: B'desh Fm
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 6:15:08 PM IST
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that failure to solve the Rohingya crisis may lead to radicalism and terrorism. ... read..

B'desh summons Myanmar envoy over military movement
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 2:45:06 PM IST
Bangladesh has summoned the Myanmar Ambassador amid military build-up on the other side of the border in Rakhine state, the media reported on Monday. ... read..

B'desh UN coordinator, US envoy hail sentencing over custodial death
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 2:45:06 PM IST
UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Mia Seppo and US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R. Miller have welcomed the first sentencing of three policemen and two others in the 2014 custodial death of Ishtiaque Ahmed Jony. ... read..

B'desh to export 1,450 tonnes hilsa to India for Durga Puja
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 4:15:05 AM IST
As a gesture of goodwill, the Bangladesh government has approved the export of 1,450 tonnes of hilsa fish to India on the occasion of Durga Puja. ... read..

Six B'deshis get death penalty for killing couple to grab land
Dhaka | Monday, 2020 3:15:05 AM IST
A court in Dhaka on Sunday sentenced six people to death for killing a retired primary school teacher and his wife in a bid to grab their land. ... read..

9 killed, 22 missing in Nepal landslides
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2020 8:45:05 PM IST
At least nine people were killed and 22 reported missing in two separate landslides in Nepal's Sindhupalchowk district on Sunday, a senior official said. ... read..

Taliban attacks in 18 Afghan provinces amid Doha talks
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 7:45:06 PM IST
Taliban attacks were reported across 18 provinces in Afghanistan as face-to-face talks between representatives of the militant group and the Kabul government started in Doha in an effort to resolve the decades-old conflict in the war-torn country. ... read..

Death toll from rains, floods in Pak reach 310
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
The death toll due to the recent torrential rains and subsequent floods across Pakistan has increased to 310, while 239 people were injured, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said. ... read..

Crucial meeting to review Pak's efforts against money laundering
Islamabad | Sunday, 2020 7:15:06 PM IST
A crucial meeting of the Asia-Pacific Joint Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is scheduled for September 15-16 to review Pakistans measures against money laundering. ... read..

Missionary to B'desh Father Timm passes away
Dhaka | Sunday, 2020 6:45:06 PM IST
Father Richard William Timm, a superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross in Dhaka, has passed away at the age of 97, an official said here on Sunday. ... read..

Afghans welcome govt-Taliban talks with caution
Kabul | Sunday, 2020 5:45:05 PM IST
Afghans from all walks of life have largely welcomed the much awaited face-to-face talks between the Kabul government and the Taliban in Doha, but were cautious about the outcome of the "complicated process" to bring about lasting peace in the war-torn co ... read..

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