Friday, February 23, 2018
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ICC Player Rankings: Kohli slips to third spot in Batsmen chart
Dubai | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
After a couple of low scores in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa, Indian skipper Virat Kohli lost his numero uno spot in the shortest format of the game. The Indian run-machine has now slipped to the third spot after scores of 26 and 1 in the ... read..


Another JMB terrorist nabbed in Bengal in Bodh Gaya blast case
Kolkata | Friday, 2018 7:45:04 PM IST
Kolkata Police's Special Task Force (STF) on Friday arrested a member of Islamist terrorist outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from West Bengal's Murshidabad district in connection with the bomb blast case in Bihar's Bodh Gaya on January 19, a s ... read..


Maldives to hold presidential poll in September
Male | Friday, 2018 5:15:04 PM IST
The first round of presidential elections in Maldives will be held in early September and preparations for the polls have already begun, the Elections Commission has announced. ... read..


Trump not satisfied with Pakistan's anti-terror actions: White House
Islamabad | Friday, 2018 4:45:05 PM IST
US President Donald Trump is "not satisfied" with the efforts so far made by Pakistan in its crackdown on terrorism, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah has said. ... read..


500 people migrate amid shelling by Pakistan in Uri
Jammu | Friday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
Targeting of civilian facilities by the Pakistani Army near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri sector has forced some 500 people to abandon their homes and migrate elsewhere, a top officer said on Friday. ... read..


HKEX to offer concessions for U.S. and UK-listed firms to list in Hong Kong
HONG KONG | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX), the city's exchange operator, said on Friday it plans to offer concessions to U.S. and UK-listed companies considering a secondary listing in Hong Kong. The plans are part of the exchange's efforts to woo blockbus ... read..


Japan stocks gain in thin trade, defensive sector gets boost
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Tokyo stocks rose on Friday in light trade as receding fears of more aggressive U.S. interest rate hikes boosted sentiment, with defensive shares such as construction and utilities outperforming. The benchmark Nikkei ended 0.7 percent higher at 21,892.78. ... read..


Work has begun on whether Greece needs debt relief - EU rescue fund head
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Technical work has begun to determine if Greece requires debt relief after its expected exit from a bailout programme later this year, the head of Europe's rescue fund said on Friday. Requiring investors to take a haircut, or accept losses on the value of ... read..


Stop bulldozing abandoned Rohingya villages, HRW urges Myanmar
Nay Pyi Taw | Friday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
The non-profit Human Rights Watch on Friday urged the Myanmar government to stop the demolition of villages abandoned by the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state from where almost 700,000 members of the community have fled to Bangladesh. ... read..


Nikkei edges up, supported by gains in defensive stocks
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning, with most sectors advancing as sentiment improved after fears of more aggressive U.S. interest rate hikes receded, with defensive stocks such as construction and utilities outperforming. The Nikkei ... read..


China LNG imports hit record in Jan ahead of cold snap
BEIJING | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
China's imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) hit record levels in January, as the world's most populous nation rushed to shore up supplies ahead of another cold snap and this month's Lunar New Year celebrations, while fuel exports also jumped. LNG impor ... read..


China's Jan scrap metal imports plunge to 2-yr low as new bans bite
BEIJING | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
China's scrap metal imports fell to the lowest level in nearly two years in January, as stringent new rules on foreign solid waste imports came into force at the start of the year, with imports of other types of waste also tumbling. The world's top metals ... read..


Non-profit urges Myanmar to free political prisoners
Bangkok | Thursday, 2018 7:15:05 PM IST
The non-profit Fortify Rights on Thursday urged the government of Myanmar, led by Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, to free all political prisoners and ensure that human rights defenders can conduct their work. ... read..


Maldives not opposed to UN mediating all-party talks: Fisheries Minister
Male | Thursday, 2018 7:15:05 PM IST
Maldives Fisheries Minister Mohamed Shainee on Thursday denied that the government is opposed to the UN mediation in all-party talks to resolve the ongoing political strife in the Indian Ocean nation. ... read..


Indian national killed in Nepal bus mishap
Kathmandu | Thursday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
An Indian national was killed when a bus hit his motorcycle in Nepal's Kapilvastu district. ... read..


Long-end JGBs gain after solid 20-year bond auction
TOKYO | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
Prices of long-term Japanese government bonds edged higher, pushing the 40-year JGB yield down to the lowest in more than a year on Thursday, after an auction of 20-year bonds attracted solid demand. The 40-year JGB yield slipped to as low as 0.900 percen ... read..


Fed's Quarles says gradual US rate hikes 'appropriate'
TOKYO | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
One of the Federal Reserve's newest policymakers on Thursday added his voice to the majority at the US central bank calling for interest rate hikes amid rising business optimism and faster growth in the world's biggest economy. "I anticipate further gradu ... read..


Nikkei falls to near 1-week low; Ricoh tumbles
TOKYO | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a near 1-week low on Thursday morning on across-the-board selling after U.S. shares dropped overnight, while office equipment maker Ricoh stumbled after a media report said it was considering an impairment charge. The ... read..


India, Pakistan trade heavy fire on LoC
Srinagar | Thursday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
The Indian and Pakistani armies traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector on Thursday, the Defence Ministry said. ... read..


Maldives President turns down UN Secretary-General's mediation offer
United Nations | Thursday, 2018 9:15:04 AM IST
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has turned down UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' offer to mediate between him and the opposition in the ongoing political crisis, Guterres's Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said. ... read..


India deeply dismayed by Maldives emergency extension
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST
India on Wednesday expressed deep dismay at the Maldives Parliament extending the state of emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation by 30 days. ... read..


Time to reflect on advancing ties with Bhutan: Sushma
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
As India and Bhutan celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations this year, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that it is an opportunity to reflect about further advancing ties between the two countries. ... read..


US urges Maldives to end Emergency, uphold rule of law
Washington | Wednesday, 2018 2:45:04 PM IST
The US has urged Maldives to end a state of Emergency that has been in place in the country since the beginning of February. ... read..


Nikkei edges up in choppy trade, financials lose ground
TOKYO | Wednesday, Feb 21 2018 IST
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday in choppy trade as chip stocks and other exporters were boosted by steady dollar-yen levels, offsetting weakness in financial stocks such as insurers, brokers and banks. The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent highe ... read..


India against Maldives emergency extension (Lead)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2018 11:15:04 PM IST
The Maldives Parliament on Tuesday extended the ongoing state of emergency by another month even as India said that it expected that the emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation will not be extended. ... read..


30 civilians released, 8 militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul | Tuesday, 2018 10:15:05 PM IST
Afghan forces attacked a Taliban detention centre in Laghman province killing eight militants and setting free 30 civilians, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. ... read..


Parliament extends Maldives Emergency by 30 days (Lead)
Male | Tuesday, 2018 9:15:05 PM IST
Following a request by Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, Parliament on Tuesday approved extending the ongoing state of Emergency by 30 days, despite a lack of quorum. ... read..


Maldives Emergency extended by 30 days
Male | Tuesday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST
The Maldives' Parliament on Tuesday approved extending the state of Emergency by 30 days following a request by President Abdulla Yameen. ... read..


SAARC parliamentary body expresses concern, wants rule of law restored in Maldives
Colombo | Tuesday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST
The Chairman of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians has written to Maldives Speaker raising concerns over the current political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation urging it to immediately take steps to restore normalcy and respect for th ... read..


BSF kills intruder on Punjab border, recovers 10 kg heroin
Chandigarh | Tuesday, 2018 7:45:04 PM IST
Border Security Force (BSF) troopers shot dead an intruder from Pakistan and recovered 10 kg heroin along Punjab's border with Pakistan in the frontier district of Ferozepur, officials said on Tuesday. ... read..


Nepal's two Communist parties decide to merge
Kathmandu | Tuesday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST
In a major political development, two ruling Communist parties in Nepal -- CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) -- have decided to unify and form a new party. ... read..


Hope Maldives emergency is not extended: India
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST
Even as the Maldives' parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of emergency by an additional 15 days, India on Tuesday said that it expected that the emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago n ... read..


New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors
TOKYO | Tuesday, Feb 20 2018 IST
Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20 percent, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials neede ... read..


Japan's Abe sets sights on more foreign workers, higher sales tax
TOKYO | Tuesday, Feb 20 2018 IST
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday ordered his top advisory panel to consider ways to increase foreign workers to deal with the country's chronic labour shortages. Abe also asked cabinet ministers to consider ways to limit fluctuations in cons ... read..


Gulf mostly weak in early trade but Saudi firm
DUBAI | Tuesday, Feb 20 2018 IST
Most Gulf stock markets were weak in early trade on Tuesday, in line with a pull-back by Asian bourses and oil prices, but Saudi Arabia remained firm in a fresh sign of fund flows into Riyadh from the rest of the region. Funds have been rotating into Sau ... read..


2 lawyers killed in Lahore court firing
Lahore | Tuesday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
At least two lawyers were killed in a gunfire incident outside a sessions court here on Tuesday. ... read..


Indian, Pakistani troops trade heavy fire on LoC
Srinagar | Monday, 2018 8:45:04 PM IST
Indian and Pakistani troops on Monday traded heavy fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla district, defence officials said. ... read..


Sri Lankan President's party to stay in unity government
Colombo | Monday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday ended days of political uncertainty in the country, saying it would continue to be a part of the unity government to push for "major changes" within the government. ... read..


Maldives Parliament committee approves extension of Emergency (Lead)
Male | Monday, 2018 7:45:04 PM IST
Maldives' parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of Emergency by an additional 15 days. ... read..


Army foils BAT attack on LoC, intruder killed
Jammu | Monday, 2018 7:15:04 PM IST
A Border Action Team (BAT) attack from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district has been foiled and one intruder killed while two Indian soldiers were injured, defence sources on Monday. ... read..


Nepal to hold first Parliament session on March 5
Kathmandu | Monday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST
Nepal's new bicameral Parliament will begin work in March for the first time since its approval in the 2015 Constitution, ending a transition that began 10 years ago, President Bidya Devi Bhandari said on Monday. ... read..


Singapore Exchange to launch new Indian derivatives before NSE deal ends
SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST
Singapore Exchange Ltd (SGX) said on Monday it will launch successor products to its flagship Indian equity index derivatives before the bourse's licence agreement with the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) expires in August 2018. The move comes day ... read..


Singapore is hiking its GST, but not until 2021 or later
SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST
Singapore confirmed it plans to hike its sales tax to 9 percent from 7 percent, but said the change will only be made "sometime" between 2021 and 2025. Pushing a change till at least three years away surprised some, after policymakers had flagged before ... read..


Japan's steel industry urges Trump to make careful trade decision
TOKYO | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST
Japan's steel industry said on Monday the U.S. Commerce Department proposal to President Donald Trump to impose curbs on steel imports violate the principles of free trade, calling for Washington to make a careful and appropriate decision. The U.S. Comme ... read..


Singapore says plans to raise sales tax to 9 pct 'sometime' in 2021-2025
SINGAPORE | Monday, Feb 19 2018 IST
Singapore on Monday announced it plans to raise its sale tax to 9 percent from 7 percent, but said the change will be only be made "sometime" between 2021 and 2015. Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat told parliament of the plans to raise the Goods and Servic ... read..


Maldivian President seeks extension of state of emergency
Male | Monday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday requested Parliament to extend the state of emergency for a further 15 days amid the ongoing political crisis. ... read..


Afghan Army defuses 234 IEDs, landmines
Kabul | Sunday, 2018 5:45:04 PM IST
Around 234 different types of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and landmines have been detected and defused over the last 24 hours, the Afghan Defence Ministry said on Sunday. ... read..


North Korean held for illegally entering India from Bangladesh
Kolkata | Saturday, 2018 9:15:05 PM IST
A North Korean national was arrested by the BSF from West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district and handed over to police for illegally crossing over to India from Bangladesh, a BSF official said on Saturday. ... read..


Pakistan minor's killer gets four death sentences
Lahore | Saturday, 2018 3:15:05 PM IST
A Pakistan court on Saturday gave a 24-year-old man four death sentences for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin last month. ... read..


China says will protect its interests amid U.S. trade probe
BEIJING | Saturday, Feb 17 2018 IST
- China's Commerce Ministry said on Saturday the country will take necessary steps to protect itself if a final U.S. decision on imposing steep curbs on steel and aluminium imports from China and other countries affects China's interests. The ministry add ... read..


Sri Lankan PM vows to continue unity government
Colombo | Friday, 2018 11:15:04 PM IST
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said that the unity government between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) would continue even after its defeat in the local body elections. ... read..


Pakistan likely to be put in FATF grey list
New Delhi | Friday, 2018 9:15:06 PM IST
There is a proposal to put Pakistan in the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body combating money laundering and terror financing among other things, in its upcoming meeting, a senior official said here on Friday ... read..


India waiting for Maldives to act post Emergency
New Delhi | Friday, 2018 7:45:06 PM IST
India said on Friday it is waiting to see the steps to be taken by the Maldivian government after the Emergency imposed amid a raging political crisis gets over. ... read..


Kerala Catholic priest accused of rape surrenders
Vaikom (Kerala) | Friday, 2018 6:15:04 PM IST
A Kerala Catholic priest against whom a Bangladeshi-born British passport holder had lodged a complaint of rape and robbery surrendered at a court near here on Friday, police said. ... read..


10,000 civilians killed, injured in Afghanistan in 2017
Kabul | Friday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in violent attacks in in Afghanistan last year, the UN has said. ... read..


Modi congratulates Nepal's Oli, invites him to India
Kathmandu | Friday, 2018 2:15:04 PM IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Nepal's new Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and invited him to visit India. ... read..


Profiles of BOJ's Kuroda, deputy governors
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 16 2018 IST
Japan's government on Friday reappointed Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda for another term and chose an advocate of bolder monetary easing as one of his deputies, a potent signal to financial markets that the bank will be in no rush to turn off its ... read..


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