Sunday, March 26, 2023

Toshakhana Case: Imran Khan departs for Islamabad, to appear in court today
Lahore | March 18, 2023 11:35:30 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan who is set to appear before court today in Toshakhana Case has departed for Islamabad from his Zmanan Park residence in Lahore, Geo News reported. ... read..

Pakistan: Police team attacked by armed men on motorcycle in Karachi
Karachi | March 18, 2023 11:35:27 AM IST
A police patrolling party on Friday was attacked by armed men on a motorcycle in Karachi, ARY News reported. ... read..

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits New Zealand's Kermadec Islands region
Kermadec Islands | March 18, 2023 11:35:19 AM IST
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter scale hit the Kermadec Islands region of New Zealand on Saturday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported. ... read..

Pakistan reports first polio case of 2023
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 11:07:48 AM IST
Pakistan reported its first polio case of 2023 after a three-year-old boy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu district became the latest victim of the disease, confirmed the country's health ministry, Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper reported. ... read..

30 passengers from Colombo mistakenly dropped off at domestic arrivals of Bengaluru aiport
Bengaluru | March 18, 2023 11:07:46 AM IST
In a significant security lapse at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru, 30 passengers who arrived from Colombo were mistakenly dropped at the domestic arrivals gate on Friday. ... read..

Peshawar Police Lines blast was planned in Afghanistan: Pak counter-terror dept
Peshawar | March 18, 2023 10:34:52 AM IST
Pakistan's Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) on Friday said the Peshawar Police Lines blast was planned in Afghanistan by the Jamatul Ahrar group of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), ARY News reported. ... read..

Pakistan: Toshakhana case to now be heard at Judicial Complex following PTI's request
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 10:04:42 AM IST
The Pakistan government on Friday shifted the Toshakhana case hearing venue from the additional sessions court to a comparatively safer Judicial Complex, Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper reported. ... read..

Afghanistan: OIC to send scholars to discuss women's education, work with Taliban
Kabul | March 18, 2023 9:36:21 AM IST
As female education continues to suffer majorly in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is all set to send a team of scholars to the country to discuss women's right to education and work with the regime, TOL ... read..

PTI urges Pak govt to give date, venue for meeting of all political parties
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 9:36:11 AM IST
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday urged the coalition government to "give a date and venue" for a meeting that would bring together all political parties to the table, Pakistan-based Dawn newspaper reported. ... read..

International Criminal Court justified in issuing arrest warrant for Putin over war crime allegations: Biden
Washington | March 18, 2023 9:06:02 AM IST
US President Joe Biden on Friday said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is justified in issuing an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over allegations of war crimes, US-based The Hill newspaper reported. ... read..

4.3-magnitude earthquake hits Afghanistan's Fayzabad
Kabul | March 18, 2023 9:05:57 AM IST
An earthquake of magnitude 4.3 occurred 213 km east of Fayzabad, Afghanistan on Saturday at 06:51:03 IST, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS). ... read..

India's envoy to UN meets UN General Assembly President
New York | March 18, 2023 7:33:50 AM IST
India's permanent representative to United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj, met UN General Assembly President Csaba Korosi and explored plans for strengthening science's role in diplomacy. ... read..

US urges Turkey to 'quickly' ratify Sweden's NATO membership
Washington | March 18, 2023 7:33:48 AM IST
After Turkey approved the process of ratifying Finland's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the US welcomed the decision of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and said that America encourage Ankara to "quickly ratify Sweden's accession proto ... read..

India's envoy to UK pays visit to Royal Military Academy
London | March 18, 2023 7:05:45 AM IST
Indian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Vikram Doraiswami met Commandant Major General Zack Stenning OBE at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and discussed engagements in the Professional Military Education domain. ... read..

Lahore High Court grants protective bail to Imran Khan in 9 cases
Lahore | March 18, 2023 7:05:40 AM IST
The Lahore High Court approved the protective bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran khan in 9 out of 10 cases, ARY News reported. ... read..

Ukraine downs three drones over Dnipropetrovsk Oblast
Kyiv | March 18, 2023 6:33:41 AM IST
Ukraine intercepted three drones over Dnipropetrovsk Oblast, The Kyiv Independent reported on Saturday citing oblast governor Serhiy Lysak. ... read..

WHO accuses China of hiding data on coronavirus' origin
Washington | March 18, 2023 6:06:02 AM IST
The World Health Organisation rebuked Chinese officials for withholding scientific research that may reveal the origin of the coronavirus, The New York Times reported. ... read..

Cyclone Freddy has affected over 500,000 people in Malawi: UN
Geneva | March 18, 2023 5:36:03 AM IST
Tropical Cyclone Freddy has affected over 500,000 people in Southeastern Africa's Malawi, the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Friday as the devastation continues to rise. ... read..

"Imran Khan's PTI should be treated as 'terrorist organisation": PML-N call on govt
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 5:35:58 AM IST
Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif asked the coalition government to treat Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as a "terrorist organisation," Dawn reported. ... read..

Telling truth is biggest crime in Pakistan: MQM-P
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 5:03:48 AM IST
Pakistan's Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui said telling the truth in Pakistan has become the biggest crime and the party's fault is that it has sent well-educated youths from the poor and middle class to Parliame ... read..

Turkey agrees to start process for Finland's NATO bid
Ankara | March 18, 2023 4:34:02 AM IST
Turkey approved the process of ratifying Finland's accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to the Anadolu Agency. ... read..

Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Moscow next week
Beijing | March 18, 2023 4:03:53 AM IST
Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Russia next week, making it his first trip to Moscow since the country launched its special military operation in Ukraine, according to the statement released by the Chinese Foreign Ministry. ... read..

"I'm Back": Trump writes first Facebook post after two-year ban
Washington | March 18, 2023 4:03:51 AM IST
Former United States President Donald Trump wrote his first Facebook post on Friday (Local Time) after being banned from social media platforms for two years. ... read..

ICC issues arrest warrant for Putin, Russia says 'meaningless'
London | Saturday, 2023 3:45:09 AM IST
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports said. ... read..

Seven killed in Pakistan after unidentified shooters sprayed with bullets
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 3:34:06 AM IST
At least seven people, including a tribal elder and his two brothers, were killed after unidentified shooters sprayed their vehicle with bullets in Balochistan's Zhob district, Dawn reported. ... read..

"No meaning": Russia over ICC's arrest warrant against Putin
Moscow | March 18, 2023 3:34:04 AM IST
The International Criminal Court's arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin has "no meaning" for the country, "including from a "legal point of view" as the nation had withdrawn from the ICC treaty in 2016, a spokeswoman for the ministry of ... read..

Lahore High Court grants Imran Khan protective bail in nine cases
Lahore | Saturday, 2023 3:15:08 AM IST
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday approved protective bail of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in eight terrorism cases and one civil case -- a total of nine -- after he appeared before the court in person, the media reported. ... read..

YouTube restores Donald Trump's account
Washington | March 18, 2023 3:05:50 AM IST
YouTube restored former US President Donald Trump's account on Friday, becoming the latest and last social networking platform to do so. ... read..

Drone downing: Russian pilots recommended for state awards
Moscow | Saturday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
The Russian Defence Ministry on Friday said that it has recommended medals for the pilots of the Russian jets that scrambled to identify an American drone on a reconnaissance mission over the Black Sea and allegedly made it plunge. ... read..

Will mean more suffering for Ukrainian people, Russia on fighters' offer to Kiev
Moscow | Saturday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
Russia on Friday termed plans by NATO members Poland and Slovakia to send their Soviet warplanes to Ukraine attempts to dispose of antiquated equipment. ... read..

2 children killed in counter-terror operation in Pakistan: ISPR
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 2:03:51 AM IST
Pakistan military media wing, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), confirmed that two children were killed during an operation against suspected "militants" on the border of North and South Waziristan districts, Dawn reported. ... read..

25 Armies from Africa to attend maiden India-Africa Chiefs Conclave in Pune
By Sahil Pandey

New Delhi | March 18, 2023 1:34:41 AM IST
Armies of 25 African countries will attend the India-Africa Chiefs Conclave in Pune on March 28, a senior Indian Army official said. ... read..

After US, UK, New Zealand ban TikTok on government devices
London | March 18, 2023 1:34:39 AM IST
After the United States, the UK and New Zealand became the latest western countries to ban the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform TikTok on "government devices" citing security fears, The New York Times reported. ... read..

Biden meets Irish Taoiseach, supports Windsor Framework
Washington | March 18, 2023 1:34:36 AM IST
United States President Joe Biden met Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House on Friday and spoke in the support of the Windsor Framework, which the UK and the European Union struck a deal on February 27 regarding post-Brexit trade rules for North ... read..

British Indian shoplifter convicted of multiple counts of fraud
London | Saturday, 2023 1:15:08 AM IST
An British Indian woman, who made more than 500,000 pounds by claiming refunds on items she shoplifted on an "industrial scale", has been convicted of multiple counts of fraud. ... read..

Police brutality during Women's March highlights grim reality of gender-based violence in Pakistan: NHCR report
Islamabad | March 18, 2023 12:04:21 AM IST
The National Commission of Human Rights (NHCR) report of police brutality during Women's March highlights the grim reality of gender-based violence in Pakistan, reported Afghan Diaspora Network (ADN). ... read..

Pakistan: Protest at Torkham border ends after negotiations of Tribesmen with officials
Khyber | March 18, 2023 12:04:18 AM IST
Vehicular traffic to and from Torkham was restored after remaining closed for several hours owing to a protest by the Khugakhel tribesmen in the Landi Kotal region of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the construction of a customs terminal at the bord ... read..

Pakistan: Protest at Torkham border ends after negotiations with tribals
Khyber | March 18, 2023 12:04:06 AM IST
Vehicular traffic to and from Torkham was restored after remaining closed for several hours owing to a protest by the Khugakhel tribesmen in the Landi Kotal region of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa against the construction of a customs terminal at the bord ... read..

President Murmu holds telephonic conversation with Nepali counterpart Poudel, discuss ways to further advance bilateral cooperation
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 11:34:21 PM IST
President Droupadi Murmu on Friday held telephonic converation with her Nepali counterpart Ram Chandra Poudel and congratulated on his election as the next president of Nepal and discussed ways to further advance bilateral cooperation. ... read..

Women in data announce plans to launch data curiosity program in India
Geneva | March 17, 2023 11:34:18 PM IST
On the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 52nd General Session in Geneva Women in Data (WiD) announced plans to launch its Data Curiosity Program in India in coordination with the Centre For Global Affairs and Public Policy (CGAPP), ... read..

Pakistan virtually attends SCO Tourism meet in Kashi
Kashi (Uttar Pradesh) | March 17, 2023 11:34:16 PM IST
Pakistan on Friday virtually attended the Meeting of Heads of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Tourism Administrations held in 'Kashi' (Varanasi). ... read..

EAM inaugurates "Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential To be There" Exhibition
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 11:34:13 PM IST
External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar on Friday inaugurated the Sri Lankan exhibition "Geoffrey Bawa: It is Essential To Be There", at the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi. Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture of India, ... read..

Annual religious events in Bhutan's Dagana to go meatless
Dagana | March 17, 2023 11:34:00 PM IST
Dagana district will not allow serving meat items, including eggs during the annual Tshechu and other religious events in gewog lhakhangs from here on. The recently concluded Dzongkhag Tshogdu decided to go with only vegetarian items on the menu for such ... read..

Immense potential, possibilities to expand India-Japan relationship: Envoy Kenji Miyata
Kochi (Kerala), | March 17, 2023 11:33:59 PM IST
Japanese envoy on Friday underscored that there are immense possibilities and potential to expand the relationship and cooperation between India and Japan. ... read..

Cash-strapped Pakistan struggling to pay international airlines
Rawalpindi | March 17, 2023 11:05:33 PM IST
The global air transport body has warned of an 'aviation crisis' in Pakistan as airlines are struggling to recover USD 290 million due to a severe financial crisis, Dawn reported quoting the Financial Times on Thursday. ... read..

Pakistan Army hands 45,000 acres for 'corporate farming'
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 11:05:31 PM IST
The caretaker government of Punjab has signed an agreement to hand over at least 45,267 acres of land in three districts, Bhakkar, Khushab, and Sahiwal to the Pakistan Army for 'Corporate Agriculture Farming', Dawn reported. ... read..

Iranian envoy Iraj Ilahi lauds India's role in development of Chabahar port
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 10:35:53 PM IST
Iranian Ambassador to India, Iraj Elahi on Friday lauded India's effort in the development of its Chabahar port. ... read..

Indian envoy at UN highlights five core concepts of Gandhiji at 52nd session of Human Rights Council
Geneva | March 17, 2023 10:35:46 PM IST
Permanent Representative of India to the UN and other International Organisations in Geneva, Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey on Friday highlighted Mahatma Gandhi's five core concepts i.e. Ahimsa, Satyagraha, Sarvodaya, Swaraj and Trusteeship, pointing out th ... read..

ICC issues arrest warrant against Russian President Putin over alleged war crimes in Ukraine
Hague | March 17, 2023 10:04:15 PM IST
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Friday issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian official Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova for the alleged scheme to deport Ukrainian children to Russia, reported CNN. ... read..

"Blood is thicker than water": EAM Jaishankar on India-Sri Lanka relations
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 10:04:13 PM IST
Amid the economic crisis, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar asserted that it is natural for India to stand by Sri Lanka during its difficult time as "blood is thicker than water". ... read..

Will work as per the spirit of constitution, promises Nepal Vice-President-elect
Kathmandu | March 17, 2023 9:34:04 PM IST
Nepal's Vice-President-elect, Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav has promised to work as per the spirit of the constitution after being elected as the third VP of the Himalayan nation. ... read..

Kashmir on track to actualise its potential more than ever
Jammu and Kashmir | March 17, 2023 9:06:17 PM IST
The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is witnessing increased momentum on the path to peace and development as the Indian government has remarkably curbed Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in the region. While economic and social activities are gaining mome ... read..

Resumption of Iran-Saudi diplomatic ties could benefit India: Iranian envoy on Tehran-Riyadh pact
By Ayushi Agarwal

New Delhi | March 17, 2023 8:33:47 PM IST
Iranian Ambassador to India, Iraj Elahi in a press briefing here said that the resumption of the diplomatic ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia mediated by China should not be a concern for India, adding that this step could benefit India since it helps in ... read..

Not Taiwan or South Korea, India strong enough to stand against West: Iran Envoy
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 8:33:36 PM IST
Calling India a rising power and a powerful economy, Iranian Envoy to India Iraj Elahi said that India is strong enough to resist the pressure of the West as it resisted the pressure of buying oil from Russia. The Envoy also hoped that India would start i ... read..

International Forum for Secular Bangladesh, Switzerland chapter organises poster protest against Pakistan
Geneva | March 17, 2023 7:34:08 PM IST
The International Forum for Secular Bangladesh, Switzerland chapter on Friday (local time) held a poster disposition at the Broken Chair square in front of the UN building in Geneva against Pakistan for the 1971 Bangladesh genocide. ... read..

Pakistan imposing colonial policies in Balochistan
By Asghar Ali

Balochistan | March 17, 2023 7:33:49 PM IST
Balochistan, rich in natural resources with a great geopolitical location, is a land of immense potential but has suffered a legacy of exploitation under Pakistan's colonial policies, writes Asghar Ali, president of Baloch National Movement Germany Chapte ... read..

Pakistani physicians seek US help to protect Imran
Washington | March 17, 2023 6:34:26 PM IST
More than 500 Pakistani physicians in the United States (US) have signed a letter for the US lawmakers, sharing their concerns about threats to the safety of Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan, Dawn reported. ... read..

IHC suspends Imran's arrest warrants, gives him chance to go to trial court on March 18
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 6:34:24 PM IST
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday suspended non-bailable arrest warrants issued for PTI Chairman Imran Khan till March 18, providing him with a chance to appear before the trial court hearing the Toshakhana reference against the former premier, Daw ... read..

Pakistan's economy now depends on Gulf states to bail out crisis
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 6:04:50 PM IST
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) condition that Pakistan secure confirmation from bilateral partners of the Gulf region to bridge the gap of USD 6 billion is simply an attempt to ensure its credibility. Non-materialisation may result in Islamabad s ... read..

Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav elected as the Vice President of Nepal
Kathmandu | March 17, 2023 6:04:46 PM IST
Ram Sahay Prasad Yadav on Friday was elected as the Vice President of Nepal, according to the Election Commission of Nepal. ... read..

Pak economic meltdown results in shortage of life-saving medicines
Karachi | March 17, 2023 6:04:35 PM IST
Expressing grave concerns over the shortage of different medicines including life-saving drugs, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) demanded the government to ease the process of opening letters of credit (LCs) for drug manufacturers, Dawn reported. ... read..

Pakistan's Islamist political party JI holds pro-hijab rally
Muzaffarabad | March 17, 2023 6:04:28 PM IST
Pakistan's Islamist political party, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) on Friday staged a demonstration in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir supporting the government's decision to make hijab a compulsory part of the uniform for female students and teachers in the region, rep ... read..

Former Taliban leader confirms Pakistan's funding of terror activities
Kabul | March 17, 2023 4:34:47 PM IST
A former Taliban leader has revealed that Islamic State - Khorasan Province (ISKP) has received funding from Pakistan and IS central from Syria and Iraq for terrorist activities, reported Afghan Analyst, an organisation which deals with key security and p ... read..

Poland becomes first NATO member to pledge fighter jets to Ukraine
Warsaw | March 17, 2023 4:34:35 PM IST
Poland - the first NATO member to do so - on Thursday pledged that it would send four MiF-29 fighter jets to Ukraine. This was a significant development in Kyiv's struggle to fend off Russian aggression, CNN reported. ... read..

Pakistan wait for nod from Gulf states to unlock IMF loan: Report
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 4:34:34 PM IST
Pakistan is now turning to the Gulf states that had promised to cover the country's fiscal deficit as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) requires confirmation from them before the lender grants approval for its USD 6.5 billion bailout program, reported ... read..

Bhutan: Sale of meat items at annual Tshechu and religious events banned
Thimphu | March 17, 2023 4:34:23 PM IST
Now the sale of meat items, including eggs, during the annual Tshechu and other religious events in Gewog Ihakhangs village blocks of Dagana district will remain restricted, the Bhutan Live reported. ... read..

GHRD organises discussion on "Human Rights in Pakistan"
Geneva | March 17, 2023 4:34:21 PM IST
A panel discussion on "Human Rights in Pakistan-Interactive Talk" was organised by Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD). ... read..

Pak Army Chief "supports" Imran Khan's arrest to "end his political career": Report
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 4:34:18 PM IST
Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Syed Asim Munir has supported Imran Khan's arrest in the Toshakhana case as a means to end his political career, reported Dawn. ... read..

Film 'Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway' incorrectly depicts country's belief in family life: Norwegian envoy
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 4:34:16 PM IST
Norwegian Ambassador to India, Hans Jacob Frydenlund on Friday said that the film 'Mrs Chatterjee vs Norway' starring Rani Mukerji in lead incorrectly depicts the country's belief in family life ... read..

Digital security becomes primary 'concern' for Independent journalists in Pakistan
Lahore | March 17, 2023 4:07:17 PM IST
Journalists in Pakistan continue to live a tough life as several Independent journalists in the country have raised concerns related to digital security, The Friday Times reported. ... read..

Afghan Geneva Mission expresses concern over humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan
Geneva | March 17, 2023 4:07:07 PM IST
The legal adviser for the Afghanistan Mission in Geneva, raised the alarm about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and accused the Taliban of obstructing aid delivery, TOLOnews reported. ... read..

India G20 Presidency: W20 delegation joins Indian Envoy, discusses Tech-led empowerment
New York | March 17, 2023 3:36:56 PM IST
The W20 delegation of India joined the Permanent Mission of India in New York, Ruchira Kamboj for a special event on Thursday and discussed the path of empowerment through technology ... read..

Chinese ships enter Japan's territorial waters near Senkaku islands
Tokyo | March 17, 2023 3:07:05 PM IST
Two Chinese vessels entered Japan's territorial water near the Senkaku Islands on Friday, pursuing two Japanese fishing boats in the East China Sea, Japan's NHK World reported. ... read..

Sectarian, Ethnic violence on rise in Pakistan's Balochistan
Balochistan | March 17, 2023 2:05:59 PM IST
In Pakistan, Sectarian and ethnic violence has become a regular affair and is on a constant rise as security forces recovered arms and ammunition in the Chaman district of Balochistan, according to Geo News. ... read..

Indian, Korean Air Force interact at closure of multilateral air exercise Desert Flag
Dubai | March 17, 2023 1:36:03 PM IST
As the multilateral air exercise, Desert flag concluded on Friday, the Korean Air Force interacted with the members of the Indian Air Force (IAF) contingent, the official media coordination centre of IAF stated in a tweet. ... read..

At least 4 Palestinians killed, 23 injured in Jenin in operation by 'Israeli Defense Forces'
Tel Aviv | March 17, 2023 1:35:57 PM IST
At least 4 Palestinians were killed and 23 others were wounded in Jenin on Thursday in the occupied West Bank region, CNN reported citing the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry. ... read..

Afghanistan: Students in Khost province lack basic educational facilities
Kabul | March 17, 2023 12:36:32 PM IST
The students in the Khost province of Afghanistan lack basic educational facilities with no proper infrastructure and suitable location for teaching, TOLOnews reported on Friday. ... read..

Japan, South Korea agree to mend ties as leaders meet after 12 year gap
Tokyo | March 17, 2023 11:36:48 AM IST
As Japan and South Korea continue to deal with North Korean threats and growing concerns about China, the leaders of two neighbours promised to rekindle ties in a fence-mending summit in Tokyo, reported CNN. ... read..

Opportunities for higher studies in PoK on decline : Report
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 11:36:44 AM IST
A total disregard for education has reduced opportunities for higher studies in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, reported Asian Lite International. ... read..

China pledges to leave no room for Taiwan independence separatist activities
Beijing | March 17, 2023 11:05:38 AM IST
Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) will leave no room of any sort for Taiwan independence separatist activities and will resolutely protect the country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, Xinhua News Agency reported citing a Chinese defe ... read..

Denied education, over 3 million Afghan girls face bleak future: Report
Kabul | March 17, 2023 10:04:14 AM IST
Over three million girls, once enrolled in schools have been denied their right to education since the Taliban takeover, and their future in Afghanistan seems bleak according to a report. ... read..

Imran Khan ready to "talk to anyone" for country's sake as PM calls again to address issues
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 10:04:12 AM IST
Imran Khan, the embattled Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, struck a conciliatory tone on Thursday, declaring that he was willing to "talk to anyone" and "make any sacrifice" for the country's "uplift, interest, and democracy," as Prime Minister Sh ... read..

New Zealand bans TikTok on phones of MPs amid rising security concerns
Auckland | March 17, 2023 10:04:09 AM IST
Amid security concerns, the video-sharing social networking service, Tik Tok has been banned on the phones of New Zealand MPs, Auckland-based daily newspaper, New Zealand Herald reported on Friday. ... read..

Launched ICBM to give "stronger warning" to US, SKorea over drills: North Korea
Pyongyang | March 17, 2023 7:34:35 AM IST
North Korea said that Thursday's launch of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Hwasongpho-17 was a "stronger warning" to the US and South Korea for their provocative and aggressive large-scale war drills, North Korea said in a press release. ... read..

Iranian border forces kill 11 Afghan refugees
Kabul | March 17, 2023 7:34:32 AM IST
At least 11 Afghan nations were killed by Iranian border guards while they were trying to enter Iran illegally, Khaama Press reported. ... read..

'Khalistan Referendum' is ISI conspiracy, nothing to Sikhs in India, says former pro-Khalistan leader
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 7:34:30 AM IST
Terming attempts at Khalistan referendum in a few Western countries by an outfit banned by India as "pakhand" and a handiwork of Pakistan's ISI, Dal Khalsa founder Jaswant Singh Thekedar has said that it is an attempt to mislead people and has nothing to ... read..

Pakistan prison releases 26 Afghan detainees
Kabul | March 17, 2023 7:34:28 AM IST
At least 26 Afghan detainees were released from Pakistani prison and returned home, Afghanistan's Refugees and Repatriation department said, reported Khaama Press. ... read..

Taliban's policies on women affecting Afghanistan's international relations: Former minister
Kabul | March 17, 2023 7:05:00 AM IST
Taliban's policy on women's education and work will impact negatively Afghanistan's relations with the international community, former Minister of Finance, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said, TOLOnews reported. ... read..

'No compromise' on Nuke program, says Pak's Finance Minister amid cash crunch
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 7:04:58 AM IST
Amid the hike in prices of commodities and cash crunch, Pakistan Finance Minister Ishaq Dar asserted that they won't "compromise" on the nuclear and missile programmes, Dawn reported. ... read..

Black Sea grain deal to get 120-day extension: UN
Moscow | March 17, 2023 6:05:18 AM IST
The United Nations has said the Black Sea grain agreement would be extended for 120 days after Russia agreed to a 60-day extension of the deal after negotiations in Geneva, CNN reported. ... read..

Microsoft reinvent office apps with Artificial Intelligence tools
Washington | March 17, 2023 6:05:16 AM IST
Microsoft is reinventing its Power Platform's software development, including Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel and Word, with AI-powered no-code development and adding new features like Copilot. ... read..

Award-winning author Patrick French passes away, Rahul Gandhi, Shashi Tharoor mourn demise
London | March 17, 2023 5:34:53 AM IST
Renowned author and historian Patrick French, known for his award-winning 2008 title "The World is What It Is: Authorised biography on VS Naipaul," died in London on Thursday. ... read..

Clashes between Imran Khan, law enforcers deepen crisis
Islamabad | March 17, 2023 5:34:52 AM IST
The two-day-long clash between former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) workers with its chairman Imran Khan's supporters and the law enforcers at the Zaman Park deepened the ongoing political and economic crisis of the country, r ... read..

India continues to support debt-ridden Sri Lanka, distributes ration
Colombo | March 17, 2023 4:34:41 AM IST
India, under its 'Neighbourhood First' policy, has always come forward to help debt-ridden Sri Lanka, and in the latest instance, New Delhi distributed the ration in Kalmunai, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. ... read..

1 killed, 7 wounded in Russian shelling in Ukraine
Kyiv | March 17, 2023 4:34:39 AM IST
Russian forces on Thursday (Local Time) fired on the Ukrainian city of Kostiantynivka, leaving one person dead and seven others injured, CNN reported citing Donetsk Regional Prosecutor's Office. ... read..

"Australia does not believe in violence": Envoy over pro-Khalistanis forcing Brisbane's Indian Consulate to close down
New Delhi | March 17, 2023 3:34:20 AM IST
Australia does not believe in violence, and destruction of property, High Commissioner to India Barry O'Farrel said after suspected Khalistani supporters allegedly forced Brisbane's Indian Consulate to close down. ... read..

France President Macron pushes pension Bill without full vote, prompting mass protest
Paris | March 17, 2023 3:04:59 AM IST
France President Emmanuel Macron pushed the unpopular pension reform scheme which proposed to raise the retirement age for most workers to 64 from 62 without a vote of lawmakers in the National Assembly on Thursday, defying mass protests throughout the co ... read..

UN peacekeeping forces report no Blue Line crossing amid Israeli claim
Beirut | Friday, 2023 2:45:09 AM IST
The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Thursday said it had not observed any crossing of the Blue Line in recent days on Lebanon's southern border after Israel claimed that a roadside bomber had probably smuggled into Israel from Lebanon, ... read..

Cyclone Freddy leaves over 300 dead in Southeastern Africa
Lilongwe | March 17, 2023 2:34:11 AM IST
Tropical Cyclone Freddy left over 300 people dead after it ripped through southeastern Africa's Malawi, CNN reported citing the landlocked country's Department of Disaster Management Affairs. ... read..

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