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District chief, five others killed in Afghan mine blast
Kabul | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
An Afghan district chief and five of his bodyguards have been killed in a roadside mine blast in Farah province, an official said on Wednesday. ... read..


Eight IS militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul | Wednesday, 2017 3:15:05 PM IST
At least eight Islamic State (IS) militants were killed when security forces pounded the outfit's positions in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, an official said on Wednesday. ... read..


China to convert all giant state companies into joint-stock firms by end-2017
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jul 26 2017 IST
All big Chinese companies owned by the central government will be registered as limited liability companies or joint-stock firms by the end of the year, as Beijing moves to make its state-owned giants more nimble, efficient and modern. About 90 percent of ... read..


Jaitley, defence chiefs pay tributes to martyrs on Kargil Vijay Diwas
New Delhi | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and chiefs of Army, Navy and Air Force on Wednesday paid tributes to martyrs to mark the Kargil Vijay Diwas. ... read..


142 terrorists killed on LoC since 2014: Minister
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 10:45:05 PM IST
The Indian Army has foiled 84 infiltration bids and killed 142 terrorists on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir since 2014, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Tuesday. ... read..


Delhi court sends Kashmiri separatists in 10-day NIA custody (Lead)
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
A court here on Tuesday remanded seven Kashmiri separatists, arrested a day earlier on charges of taking funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley, in NIA custody for 10 days. ... read..


Delhi court sends Kashmiri separatists to 10-day NIA custody
New Delhi | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
A court here on Tuesday remanded seven Kashmiri separatists, who were arrested on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone pelting in the Kashmir Valley, in NIA custody for 10 days. ... read..


NIA arrests two from UP in terror funding case
New Delhi/Kanpur | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested two more people in connection with its probe into Pakistan's terror funding in the Kashmir Valley, officials said. ... read..


Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022 -paper
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
Toyota Motor Corp aims to begin selling in 2022 an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces recharging time, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported today. Current electric vehicles (EVs) typically ... read..


Oil extends gains as OPEC moves to cap Nigeria output
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
Oil prices extended gains on Tuesday after OPEC moved to cap Nigerian oil output and Saudi Arabia pledged to limit exports next month to help rein in global oversupply. London Brent crude for September delivery was up 7 cents at $48.67 a barrel by 0039 GM ... read..


Now showing at a disputed South China Sea island not very near you
BEIJING | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
China has opened its southernmost cinema on a dispute island in the South China Sea, state media said, part on an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty. The cinema is on Woody Island in the Paracels, which ... read..


Sri Lanka urged to end impunity for crimes (With images)
United Nations | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:48 AM IST
Under-Secretary-General Jeffrey Feltman urged Sri Lankan officials to ensure an end to impunity for crimes when he met them last week following harsh criticism by a human rights official of what he called "routine and endemic" torture mainly against Tamil ... read..


UN chief strongly condemns Lahore terror attack
United Nations | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:24 AM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Lahore that resulted in the deaths of 26 people. ... read..


Modi, Sonia condemn Kabul terror attack
New Delhi | Monday, 2017 11:15:04 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday condemned the terror attack in the Afghan capital on Monday that left at least 36 dead and said India stood with Afghans in their fight against terrorism. ... read..


Mithali Raj to lead ICC Women's WC 2017: ICC
Dubai | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Indian skipper Mithali Raj was today named captain of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 by the International Cricket Council here today. "The 34-year-Indian was selected as captain after she led her side by example by scoring 409 runs in the 30-day tourna ... read..


NIA arrests seven Hurriyat leaders for terror funding (Second Lead)
Srinagar/New Delhi | Monday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested seven prominent Kashmiri separatists on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terrorist activities and stone-pelting protests in the Kashmir Valley. ... read..


24 killed in Kabul suicide blast (Lead)
Kabul | Monday, 2017 12:15:04 PM IST
At least 24 people were killed and 42 others injured on Monday in a suicide blast here, the Afghan Interior Ministry confirmed. ... read..


Oil steady after fall ahead of OPEC/non-OPEC meeting
TOKYO | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Oil prices were little changed on Monday following a steep fall in the previous session amid growing expectations that the joint OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting later in the day would address rising production from Nigeria and Libya, two OPEC member ... read..


20 killed in Kabul suicide blast
Kabul | Monday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
At least 20 people were killed on Monday in a suicide blast targeting the house of an Afghan politician here, police said. ... read..


Sri Lankan navy rescues two elephants washed into sea
Colombo | Monday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
The Sri Lankan navy rescued two young elephants washed out to the sea from drowning on the coast of Trincomalee. ... read..


Sri Lankan President orders tighter security for judges
Colombo | Monday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena ordered tighter security for all judges following a shooting incident that threatened the life of a high court judge in Jaffna. ... read..


40 Pakistani teachers leave for Chinese language training in Beijing
Islamabad | Monday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
A group of 40 Pakistani teachers left for Beijing to receive training on ... read..


Pakistani held in TN for peddling drugs
Chennai | Sunday, 2017 8:45:05 PM IST
A Pakistani national, who had entered India illegally and was peddling drugs, has been arrested in Tamil Nadu's Ramanathapuram district, police said on Sunday. ... read..


Backache forces Pakistan Interior Minister to postpone crucial presser
Islamabad | Sunday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday postponed his much- anticipated news conference citing a severe backache, amid reports of a "patch-up" between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his upset yet powerful cabinet member. ... read..


Don't forget 1971, Naidu warns Pakistan
New Delhi | Sunday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Hitting out at Pakistan for "aiding and abetting terror", NDA's Vice Presidential candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reminded it not to forget what happened in 1971 in a reference to the Bangladesh War in which it faced a humiliating defeat. ... read..


14 killed, 26 injured in Afghanistan road accident
Kabul | Sunday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
A total of 14 people were killed and 26 others injured as a passenger bus turned turtle in the northern Baghlan province in Afghanistan on Sunday, a local official said. ... read..


Ailing Bangladeshi Islamist cleric moved to New Delhi for treatment
Dhaka | Sunday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
The 96-year-old ailing chief of Hefazat-e-Islam, a pro-Islamist platform in Bangladesh, has been flown to the Indian capital for treatment after his health condition worsened, a media report said. ... read..


China June diesel exports rise on year ago
BEIJING | Sunday, Jul 23 2017 IST
China's exports of diesel rose in June on a year ago as refiners turn to foreign markets to offload their excess product, while liquefied natural gas imports also rose, customs data showed on Sunday. Diesel exports rose 19 percent in June to 1.31 million ... read..


New school building funded by India inaugurated in Nepal
Kathmandu | Sunday, 2017 1:15:04 PM IST
Indian envoy to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri inaugurated a school building in Udayapur district and laid the foundation stone for construction of a campus building for another educational institution in Basaha in the same district, for which India has extende ... read..


Talk of new Pakistan PM just speculation, says Minister
Islamabad | Saturday, 2017 9:45:05 PM IST
Amid talk that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may have to quit over the Panama Papers case, Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif on Saturday said the notion of appointing a new Prime Minister was just a speculation. ... read..


Taliban chief's son among bombers killed in Afghanistan
Kabul | Saturday, 2017 5:15:06 PM IST
The son of the Taliban chief was one of the three suicide bombers who died earlier this week while attacking Afghan security checkposts in Helmand province, the terror group's spokesperson confirmed on Saturday. ... read..


US withholds aid to Pakistan over 'insufficient' counterterrorism action (Lead)
Washington | Saturday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
The Pentagon has said it will not give Pakistan the remainder of a key US military reimbursement fund allotted to the country for 2016 due to Islamabad's insufficient counterterrorism action. ... read..


Toyota eyes mass EV output in China as early as 2019-report
TOKYO | Saturday, Jul 22 2017 IST
Toyota Motor Corp is likely to begin mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) in China as early as 2019, the Asahi daily reported on Saturday. The model will be based on the C-HR sport utility vehicle and manufactured for Chinese market only, the report ... read..


US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen
Kabul | Saturday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Sixteen police personnel were killed in a US-led coalition forces airstrike in Helmand province of Afghanistan, an official said on Saturday. ... read..


Soldier injured in Pakistan firing on LoC
Jammu | Saturday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
An Indian Army soldier was injured on Saturday in a ceasefire violation by the Pakistani Army on the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district, defence sources said. ... read..


Soldier killed, another injured in Pakistan firing on LoC
Jammu | Friday, 2017 11:15:05 PM IST
An Indian soldier was killed and another was injured in Pakistan firing on the Line of Control (LoC) Friday in Jammu and Kashmir's Jammu district, defence sources said. ... read..


4 killed in Pakistan's Karachi
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 10:45:05 PM IST
At least four persons, including three policemen, were killed and another was injured on Friday evening when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a police vehicle in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, police said. ... read..


Up to 1 million undocumented Afghans being registered in Pakistan: UNHCR
Geneva | Friday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
The UN refugee agency UNHCR on Friday said it welcomes this week's launching of a Pakistan government programme to register undocumented Afghans living in the country, estimated between 600,000 to one million. ... read..


Heroin worth crores recovered from cross LoC trade truck
Srinagar | Friday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
Jammu and Kashmir authorities on Friday seized 25 kg of heroin worth crores of rupees from a truck that came to the Valley from Pakistan-administered Kashmir as part of the cross Line of Control trade. ... read..


Five security personnel killed in ceasefire violations this year
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 9:15:05 PM IST
Five security personnel have been killed and 24 others injured this year in 251 cases of ceasefire violations by the Pakistan Army, Parliament was informed on Friday. ... read..


UN hails Sri Lanka for setting up unit to trace war missing
Colombo | Friday, 2017 8:45:05 PM IST
UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has commended the Sri Lankan government for establishing the Office of Missing Persons (OMP), saying it was a significant milestone for all Sri Lankans still searching for their missing loved ones. ... read..


Take US, China help in Kashmir, says senior Abdullah
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah on Friday said India needs to take help from the US or China to settle the Kashmir problem. ... read..


Five persons die in Bangladesh landslide
Dhaka | Friday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
At least five members of a family were killed and another was reported missing when a landslide hit their house in Bangladesh's Chittagong region on Friday, police said. ... read..


US asks India, China to discuss border row
Washington | Friday, 2017 3:45:04 PM IST
The US has said it wants India and China to engage in a direct dialogue to reduce tensions amid a dragging stand-off on the border between the two armies. ... read..


Hong Kong shares end 9-day winning streak, pull back from 2-yr highs
HONG KONG | Friday, Jul 21 2017 IST
Hong Kong stocks snapped a nine-day winning streak on Friday as investors took a breather after the benchmark index scaled a fresh two-year peak in the previous session. The Hang Seng index shed 0.1 percent, or 34.12 points to 26,706.09, ending its longes ... read..


Nepal President, PM congratulate Kovind
Kathmandu | Friday, 2017 2:45:06 PM IST
Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba have congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on his election as India's 14th President. ... read..


Pakistan's SC reserves verdict on Panama JIT report
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan's Supreme Court on Friday reserved its judgment in Panama Papers case after hearing arguments of all parties on the Joint Investigation Team's report submitted last week. ... read..


Masked men kill teacher in Afghanistan
Kabul | Friday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
A teacher was shot dead by two masked gunmen in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, the latest in a string of targeted killing in the militancy-hit country, an official said on Friday. ... read..


Rahul blames Modi for Kashmir turbulence
New Delhi | Friday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government's policies for the volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir. ... read..


Pakistani spy agencies given five days to produce Zardari aide
Islamabad | Friday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
The Islamabad High Court has given intelligence agencies five days to produce an aide to former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari who was allegedly picked up from his house on April 4. ... read..


Japan to keep primary surplus target despite shortfall outlook -Aso
TOKYO | Friday, Jul 21 2017 IST
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday the government would stick to its aim of achieving a primary budget surplus in the fiscal year ending in March 2021 despite its most recent projection for a $73 billion shortfall. Aso made the remarks to r ... read..


Ghani congratulates Kovind on being elected President
Kabul | Thursday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday congratulated Ram Nath Kovind on his election as the 14th President of India. ... read..


BSF seizes gold biscuits worth Rs 2 crore
Kolkata | Thursday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
The Border Security Force (BSF) seized 60 gold biscuits worth close to Rs 2 crore from a smuggler at Hakimpur in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Thursday. ... read..


Targeting schoolchildren doesn't behove any Army: India tells Pakistan
New Delhi | Thursday, 2017 9:15:04 PM IST
India on Thursday told Pakistan that its troops were "deliberately" targeting Indian civilian villages and firing at schoolchildren in Jammu and Kashmir which "does not behove of any Army". ... read..


Religious intolerance in India causing concern: Pakistan
Islamabad | Thursday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Rising religious intolerance and bigotry in India is a cause of global concern, Pakistan said on Thursday. ... read..


Indian troops must be captured or killed: Ex-Chinese diplomat
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
If Indian troops don't withdraw from Doklam on the disputed border, they should be captured or killed, says a former Chinese diplomat who was once based in India. ... read..


PM Modi expresses grief over bus accident in Himachal
| July 20, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday took to Twitter to express grief over the bus accident in Himachal Pradesh's Simla which killed 28 people and left nine injured. ... read..


China says "significant progress" was made on 100-day trade plan with U.S.
BEIJING | Thursday, Jul 20 2017 IST
China said on Thursday that it and the United States acknowledged "significant progress" on a 100-day action plan for trade and discussed a one-year plan on economic cooperation. The Chinese embassy in Washington made the comments in a statement after an ... read..


China FX regulator says cross-border capital flows stabilised in H1
BEIJING | Thursday, Jul 20 2017 IST
China's cross-border capital flows stabilised in the first half of 2017, with foreign exchange supply and demand in the market little changed, the country's forex regulator said on Thursday. New information disclosure requirements on personal FX purchase ... read..


Japan June exports rise 9.7 pct year/year - MOF
TOKYO | Thursday, Jul 20 2017 IST
Japan's exports rose 9.7 percent in June from a year earlier, marking a seventh straight month of gains, Ministry of Finance data showed on Thursday, in a sign external demand was driving an export-led economic recovery. The result compared with the m ... read..


India among 5 countries that faced most terror attacks in 2016: US
Washington | Thursday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
More than half of the terror attacks in the world in 2016 took place in five countries, including India and Pakistan, a senior US counter-terror official has said. ... read..


LeT, JeM operated in Pakistan, Hafiz Saeed addressed rallies: US
Washington | Thursday, 2017 1:45:04 AM IST
Flying in the face of Pakistani denials, the US has not minced words in saying how numerous terrorist groups, including the LeT and JeM, continued to operate from Pakistani soil in 2016, and how LeT chief Hafiz Saeed, a UN designated terrorist, freely add ... read..


US slams Pakistan for providing 'safe havens' to terror groups
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 10:45:04 PM IST
The US has slammed Pakistan for failing to crackdown on terror groups operating from "safe havens" inside its territory, and said the Nawaz Sharif government did not take any action against the LeT and JeM, which continue to operate openly. ... read..


4 Hazaras killed in Pakistan attack
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 9:45:06 PM IST
At least four members of a family of ethnic Hazaras, part of the Shia Muslim minority, were killed and another was injured on Wednesday in Pakistan's Mastung area, officials said. ... read..


Ashwin slides to 3rd spot in latest ICC Test Bowling Rankings
Dubai | Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 IST
Indian off-spinner R Ashwin has dropped to third spot according to the latest ICC Test Bowling Rankings released here today. Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath pipped Ashwin to third spot after taking 10 wickets against Zimbabwe in Colombo Test. Herath is ... read..


Pakistan summons Indian envoy over killing of two civilians (Lead)
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:04 PM IST
Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a formal protest on Wednesday over ceasefire violations in Jammu and Kashmir resulting in the killing of two civilians. ... read..


US gives Pakistan 50 'world class' explosive detectors
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
The US Embassy here announced the provision of over 50 "world class" Fido X3 explosive device detectors to the Pakistan Army on Wednesday, local media reported. ... read..


Injured Army officer dies; Indian, Pakistan troops exchange fire
Jammu | Wednesday, 2017 6:15:04 PM IST
An Army JCO injured in Pakistani shelling on the Line of Control died on Wednesday, while Indian and Pakistani troops again exchanged shelling and firing in Jammu region, official sources said. ... read..


4 Indians among 7 arrested for drug smuggling in Nepal
Kathmandu | Wednesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
Seven persons, including four Indian nationals, were on Wednesday arrested from Nepal's Makwanpur district for smuggling 30 kg contraband hashish, police said. ... read..


Pakistan summons Indian diplomat over border firing
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
Pakistan on Wednesday summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner and lodged a formal protest over the death of two civilians in what it said was firing by Indian troops across the LoC a day earlier. ... read..


UN official visits Sri Lanka
Colombo | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Sri Lanka on Wednesday for a three-day visit on the peace building process, the UN office here said. ... read..


India, Pakistan must talk to end LoC violence: Pakistani daily
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
With China and the US mired in their own issues, India and Pakistan must have a dialogue to de-escalate escalating tensions along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir, a leading Pakistani newspaper said on Wednesday. ... read..


Toshiba says it again is blocking Western Digital access to chip JV
TOKYO | Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 IST
Toshiba Corp said it resumed blocking access by Western Digital Corp to data at their memory chip joint venture, intensifying its dispute with the U.S. firm over the Japanese company's planned sale of the chip business. Toshiba is counting on the sale of ... read..


China's Guangzhou offers incentives to boost home rental market
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 IST
The southern Chinese boomtown of Guangzhou has announced a flurry of incentives to boost its home rental market as a year-long property boom makes new housing less affordable. The move comes as China's government spearheads a drive to support rental suppl ... read..


Panamagate case: Sharif didn't conceal any assets, lawyer tells SC
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2017 2:15:05 PM IST
A day after Pakistan's Supreme Court inquired about Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's money trail, his counsel said details of all his assets had been presented to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). ... read..


JGBs edge down slightly as outcome of BOJ meeting awaited
TOKYO | Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 IST
Japanese government bonds edged down slightly on Wednesday, with activity thin as investors awaited the outcome on Thursday of the Bank of Japan's policy meeting. The 10-year cash JGB yield rose half a basis point to 0.070 percent, while the September 10- ... read..


China drafts new rules for oil storage industry
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 IST
Beijing on Wednesday issued draft regulations for China's growing oil and fuel storage industry, as the nation pushes on with plans to reform its vast energy sector. Storage companies and wholesalers of crude oil or refined oil products must apply for a p ... read..


Rowsley shares soar on plan to buy healthcare assets from billionaire shareholder
SINGAPORE | Wednesday, Jul 19 2017 IST
Shares of Rowsley Ltd soared 64 percent on Wednesday, after the Singaporean real estate firm said it planned to buy healthcare assets from its controlling shareholder, billionaire Peter Lim, in a deal worth up to S$1.9 billion ($1.4 billion). Rowsley, who ... read..


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