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Peace in Kashmir impossible without Pakistan: Farooq Abdullah
New Delhi | Friday, 2018 10:15:46 PM IST
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah on Friday said peace in Jammu and Kashmir was impossible without involving Pakistan, asking the BJP government to give up its rigid stance and be flexible in solving problems in the terror-ravaged st ... read..


BNP rallies for Khaleda, demands her release from jail
Dhaka | Friday, 2018 10:15:26 PM IST
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) took out a rally in the capital on Friday for the first time in two and a half years to demand the release of its chairperson and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who is serving a five-year sentence in a corruption ... read..


Fakhar becomes first Pakistani batsman to score 200 in ODI
Islamabad | Friday, Jul 20 2018 IST
Opener Fakhar Zaman has become the first Pakistani batsman to enter the 200 club in One-day International cricket when he scored an unbeaten 210 runs against Zimbabwe, according to the reports here. Zaman together with Imam-ul-Haq catapulted to the top wi ... read..


Pakistan enhances security ahead of general elections
Islamabad | Friday, 2018 5:45:07 PM IST
The Pakistani government has enhanced security across the country, especially of the politicians and for public rallies ahead of the July 25 general elections, an official said on Friday. ... read..


4 injured in Pakistan bombing
Islamabad | Friday, 2018 5:45:07 PM IST
At least four people, including a child, were injured in a bombing on Friday in Chaman city of Pakistan's Balochistan province. ... read..


Tokyo 2020 Olympics ticket prices unveiled
Tokyo | Friday, Jul 20 2018 IST
The organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveiled domestic ticket prices for the Games on Friday ranging from less than $18 up to $2,760, the top rate for a place at the opening ceremony. Tickets for many events start at the symbolic price point of 2,02 ... read..


Missing Pakistani activist returns home after 7 months
Islamabad | Friday, 2018 5:15:08 PM IST
Pakistani social activist Raza Mahmood Khan, who had been missing for the past seven months, has returned home, the media reported on Friday. ... read..


Olympics-Tokyo 2020 needs foreign help IOC's Coates
TOKYO | Friday, Jul 20 2018 IST
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates has said 2020 Tokyo Games organizers must seek foreign expertise in sports where the country has little tradition or experience. "Obviously in sports in which Japan is not traditionally st ... read..


BSF kills Pakistani intruder on Punjab border
Chandigarh | Thursday, 2018 10:45:06 PM IST
Border Security Force (BSF) troopers shot dead an intruder from Pakistan along Punjab's border with Pakistan in the frontier district of Gurdaspur, a BSF spokesman said on Thursday. ... read..


Maryam Nawaz meets Sharif for first time since arrest
Rawalpindi | Thursday, 2018 9:45:08 PM IST
Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter met him for the first time on Thursday after both were arrested last week in a corruption case, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Senator Pervaiz Rasheed said. ... read..


Nepalese couple held for kidnapping, boy rescued
New Delhi | Thursday, 2018 9:45:08 PM IST
A boy kidnapped from north Delhi in April has been rescued from Nepal and a couple hailing from the Himalayan nation arrested, police said on Thursday. ... read..


Rohingya rights violations continue in Myanmar: UN
Dhaka | Thursday, 2018 8:15:05 PM IST
The UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday that the continuing influx of Rohingya refugees in neighbouring Bangladesh showed their human rights were still being violated in Myanmar. ... read..


Subhankar, Rituparna crash out of Singapore Open
Singapore | Thursday, Jul 19 2018 IST
Subhankar Dey and Rituparna Das were bowed out of the Singapore Open at the second round here on Thursday. Subhankar went down 21-13, 21-14 to Chou Tien Chen of Taipei, while former national champion Rituparna went down 15-21, 21-13, 21-16 to Indonesia' ... read..


IS kidnaps 12 demining staff in Afghanistan
Kabul | Thursday, 2018 6:45:05 PM IST
Armed men from the terror group Islamic State (IS) have kidnapped 12 mine removal staff working for an Afghan organization in the country's Kunar province, an official said on Thursday. ... read..


Transgender campaigns for acceptance in Pakistan election
Islamabad | Thursday, 2018 6:15:05 PM IST
Pakistani transgender Nadeem Kashish knows that she will not win a seat in the July 25 general elections but is still standing as a candidate and believes that she has already won by fighting for the acceptance of her community that lives on the margins o ... read..


Jail authorities cancel lawyers' meeting with Sharif, Maryam
Rawalpindi | Thursday, 2018 5:15:05 PM IST
A pre-arranged meeting between lawyers and jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz was cancelled by the authorities at Adiala Jail here on Thursday, where the duo is currently serving their prison sentence in a corruption c ... read..


Imran Khan barred from using 'inappropriate language'
Islamabad | Thursday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan's Election Commission on Thursday barred Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan from using unseemly language for his political rivals during election campaigning. ... read..


No direct role of Army in elections: Senior Pakistani official
Islamabad | Thursday, 2018 3:45:05 PM IST
Pakistani Army will have no direct role in the country's July 25 general elections and will work on the Election Commission's directives to conduct peaceful polls, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. ... read..


Olympics-Softball to give Tokyo 2020 symbolic start
TOKYO | Thursday, Jul 19 2018 IST
A softball game in Fukushima prefecture will give the Tokyo 2020 Olympics a symbolic start after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board approved the Games' session schedule at its meeting in Lausanne on Wednesday. The softball program ... read..


Iran says to jointly produce defence equipment with Pakistan
Islamabad | Thursday, 2018 9:50:54 AM IST
Iranian top military commander said on Tuesday that Iran and Pakistan are seeking to jointly manufacture defence equipment, Press TV reported. ... read..


Amarinder urges Sushma to ensure safety of Sikhs in Afghanistan
Chandigarh | Wednesday, 2018 10:45:06 PM IST
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to take all possible steps to ensure the safety, security and well-being of Sikhs settled in Afghanistan. ... read..


NRC registration process in Assam discriminates against Bengali-speakers: activists
Kolkata | Wednesday, 2018 9:45:10 PM IST
With the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to be published at the month end, an activist group on Wednesday termed the registration process as being "motivated and discriminatory" towards the Bengali-speaking people of the state. ... read..


PNG's Nosaina Pokana allowed to resume bowling in international cricket
Dubai | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed that following remedial work and a reassessment, the bowling action of Papua New Guinea's Nosaina Pokana has been found to be legal, and the left-arm fast bowler can now resume bowling in i ... read..


Joe Root vaults to a career-high second ranking
Dubai | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
England batsman Joe Root's back-to-back centuries have helped him vault into second place in the latest MRF Tyres ICC ODI Player Rankings that have also seen India's spinner Kuldeep Yadav break into the top-10 for the first time in his career. In th ... read..


Over 150 shops gutted in fire at Pakistan's market
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2018 7:45:40 PM IST
At least 150 shops were gutted in a high-intensity fire that broke out in a weekly market in the Pakistani capital on Wednesday, officials said. ... read..


11 Afghan journalists killed in six months
Kabul | Wednesday, 2018 7:45:35 PM IST
Eleven Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed in the first half of the year amid deteriorating security, an independent media safety group said on Wednesday. ... read..


Hardline Islamic groups contesting Pakistan's general elections
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2018 7:45:25 PM IST
Some of Pakistan's hardline Islamic groups, who defend the blasphemy law and have been accused of playing a role in global terrorism and murders of religious minorities, are contesting the July 25 general elections, triggering concerns of further radicali ... read..


China says U.S.-led trade war has become biggest 'confidence killer' for world economy
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
The U.S.-driven trade war has become the biggest "confidence killer" for the global economy, China's foreign ministry warned on Wednesday, saying the whole world would fight back if the United States continued to be "wilful". Foreign ministry spokeswoman ... read..


Google launches game on Tencent's Wechat as it eyes China market
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it has launched an artificial intelligence (AI) game on Tencent Holdings Ltd social media app WeChat, as the company continues to show tentative signs of re-entering China's consumer market. The U.S. technology firm ... read..


J&K bans cable TV carriage of 30 channels
Srinagar | Wednesday, 2018 3:15:05 PM IST
Jammu and Kashmir has directed cable television operators to stop airing 30 television channels, including controversial preacher Zakir Naik's Peace TV, among several others that originate from Pakistan. ... read..


China foreign ministry says trade war has become biggest 'confidence killer' for world economy
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
China's foreign ministry said on Wednesday that a U.S. trade war has become the biggest "confidence killer" for the global economy, and that the whole world would fight back if the United States continued to impose tariffs. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hu ... read..


IS beheads Taliban commander in Afghanistan (Lead)
Kabul | Wednesday, 2018 1:45:04 PM IST
Militants loyal to the Islamic State captured and beheaded a senior commander of the rival Taliban on Wednesday amid fierce fighting between the two groups in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province, a government spokesman said. ... read..


IS militants behead Taliban commander in Afghanistan: Official
Kabul | Wednesday, 2018 1:15:04 PM IST
Militants loyal to the Islamic State (IS) terror group captured and beheaded a senior commander of the rival Taliban on Wednesday amid fierce fighting continuing between the two groups in Afghanistan Jawzjan province, a government spokesman said. ... read..


Iniesta may make J League debut on Sunday
TOKYO | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
Andres Iniesta could make his J.League debut at the weekend when his new club Vissel Kobe host Shonan Bellmare, the Spaniard said after arriving in Japan on Wednesday. The 34-year-old spent 16 years at Barcelona, where he won nine La Liga titles, four Cha ... read..


Oil prices fall after surprise rise in U.S. inventories
TOKYO | Wednesday, Jul 18 2018 IST
Oil prices dropped on Wednesday after an industry group reported that U.S. crude inventories rose last week, defying analyst expectations for a significant reduction. Brent futures were down 40 cents, or 0.6 percent, at $71.76 a barrel by 0027 GMT. They r ... read..


Jadhav case: Pakistan submits rejoinder in ICJ
The Hague | Wednesday, 2018 10:50:55 AM IST
Pakistan on Tuesday submitted its second counter-memorial in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the conviction of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. ... read..


Sharif family to stay in jail till election, court adjourns appeals
Islamabad | Wednesday, 2018 10:50:54 AM IST
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday adjourned till the last week of July appeals by jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retired) Mohammad Safdar against their conviction for corruption. ... read..


Blasts at BNP poll rally in Bangladesh injures 3
Dhaka | Wednesday, 2018 10:50:54 AM IST
At least three people were injured in bomb explosions on Tuesday at an election rally of Bangladesh's largest opposition party in Rajshahi city, police said. ... read..


Cricket's leaders engage with Dublin based companies through ICC Global Leaders Academy
Dubai | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The ICC's investment in developing game changing leaders across the world continued at the conclusion of the ICC Annual Conference, with the next stage of the ICC Global Leaders Academy (GLA) taking place in Dublin through two distinct programmes. 1 ... read..


Judge who convicted Sharif recuses from hearing two other NAB cases
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:22 PM IST
An anti-corruption court judge who sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in jail in the Avenfield corruption case, has recused himself from hearing two more graft cases against the PML-N leader. ... read..


PML-N candidate narrowly escapes bid on life
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:12 PM IST
Close on the heels of a spate of attacks on politicians, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and former federal minister Sheikh Aftab Ahmed has narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Attock city. ... read..


PML-N considers launching Maryam Nawaz's son
Islamabad | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:12 PM IST
The embattled Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is considering launching Maryam Nawaz's son Junaid Safdar for its election campaign, the media reported on Tuesday. ... read..


62 militants killed in Afghan airstrikes
Kabul | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:12 PM IST
At least 62 militants were killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a military official said on Tuesday. ... read..


Japan's Hino Motors adds AI to hybrid trucks as rivals go all-electric
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Toyota Motor Corp's truck-making arm is adding artificial intelligence to large diesel-electric hybrids to improve fuel efficiency, at a time when rivals are focusing on all-battery-powered models in an era of tighter emissions rules. The development com ... read..


Japan, EU sign FTA amid worries about Trump's trade war
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Japan and the European Union signed a wide-ranging free trade deal on Tuesday that both sides hope will act as a counterweight to the protectionist forces unleashed by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade policies. The ambitious trade pact, which creates ... read..


Pre-registration for ICC Cricket World Cup Public Ballot 2019 opens
Dubai | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Public Ballot will open at 1000 (BST) on August 1, when ticket applications will be open to all members of the public. The Public Ballot will be open until August 29 and fans will be able to apply to each of the 48 fixt ... read..


China's home prices rise 1 pct in June, highest since Oct 2016
BEIJING | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
China's new home prices rose 1 percent in June from a month earlier, up from an increase of 0.7 percent in the previous month, Reuters calculated from National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) data published on Tuesday. The monthly growth was the highest since ... read..


Sikh, Hindu victims of Afghan attack honoured in Washington
Washington | Tuesday, 2018 6:15:04 AM IST
Condemning the terrorist attack on Sikhs and Hindus that killed 18, US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has called for confronting "hatred with love, fear with understanding, and darkness with light". ... read..


4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu from August 30
Kathmandu | Monday, 2018 9:15:07 PM IST
The 4th BIMSTEC Summit will be held here on August 30 and 31, Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. ... read..


Sri Lanka captain, coach and manager suspended for four ODIs along with two Tests
Dubai | Monday, Jul 16 2018 IST
The independent Judicial Commissioner Michael Beloff QC on Monday handed Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha eight suspension points, which means the trio have also been suspended for the first ... read..


Sharif challenges his 10-year jail term (Lead)
Islamabad | Monday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was given a 10-year jail term this month in a corruption case, challenged his conviction and sought suspension of the guilty verdict, media reports said on Monday. ... read..


China to expand list of countries to pay tariffs on sugar imports from Aug 1
BEIJING | Monday, Jul 16 2018 IST
China's Commerce Ministry said on Monday it will expand the list of countries which must pay extra tariffs on sugar imports starting from Aug. 1, just over a year after introducing hefty penalties on top growers including Brazil and Thailand. In May last ... read..


Sharif challenges graft case conviction
Islamabad | Monday, 2018 2:15:04 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and her husband on Monday filed an appeal against a court's verdict which sentenced them to lengthy prison terms over their ownership of properties in London. ... read..


Pakistan election meeting attack toll touches 149
Islamabad | Monday, 2018 1:45:21 PM IST
The death toll in the suicide attack targeting an election meeting in Pakistan has increased to 149, while the number of injured stands at 186, an official said on Monday. ... read..


SC seeks Centre's stand on plea to ban hoisting green flags (Lead, Correcting para 2)
New Delhi | Monday, 2018 1:45:21 PM IST
The Supreme Court on Monday sought the Centre's stand on a plea by a cleric seeking a ban on hoisting green flags with a crescent and star, terming it un-Islamic and resembling that of a Pakistani political party. ... read..


Pakistani rupee tumbles, c.bank cites "market forces"
ISLAMABAD | Monday, Jul 16 2018 IST
The Pakistani rupee dropped sharply in early trade on Monday in what appeared to be another devaluation by the central bank, two market analysts said, the fourth such intervention since early December. The currency was trading at around 125/126 per dollar ... read..


Pakistani rupee drops sharply in likely c.bank devaluation - analysts
ISLAMABAD | Monday, Jul 16 2018 IST
The Pakistani rupee dropped sharply in early trade on Monday in what appeared to be another devaluation by the central bank, two market analysts said, the fourth such intervention since early December. At 10.30am local time (0530 GMT), the local currency ... read..


Trade frictions with U.S. to have little impact on China's consumer prices - Chinese official
BEIJING | Monday, Jul 16 2018 IST
Trade frictions with the United States will have a limited impact on China's consumer prices, and consumer spending is expected to remain steady in the second half of the year, a spokesman from the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday. There will ... read..


Liberal visa regime agreement signed between India, Bangladesh
New Delhi | Sunday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST
Reiterating their commitment to strengthen the bilateral relation on the basis of friendship, trust and understanding, India and Bangladesh on Sunday signed agreement to liberalize the visa regime between the two countries. ... read..


Champion England batsman got a big score after a gap against India in Twenty20 International series
Dubai | Sunday, Jul 15 2018 IST
The three-match one-day international series has panned out along similar lines to the Twenty20 International series between England and India so far, the visitors winning the first game and the home side bouncing back to win the second. The battin ... read..


Nakrani century ends WT20 Africa B Qualifier in style
Dubai | Sunday, Jul 15 2018 IST
The ICC World Twenty20 Africa B Qualifier ended with a terrific chase by Uganda to upset overall winners Kenya, to end a week of entertaining cricket in Kigali on Saturday. Uganda were set a daunting 186 to win by Kenya, and they managed to reach t ... read..


Karunaratne and Holder achieve career-high rankings
Dubai | Sunday, Jul 15 2018 IST
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne and Jason Holder of the West Indies have achieved career-high positions in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after inspiring their sides to impressive victories in the Galle and Jamaica Tests, respectively, which ... read..


Sri Lanka's special court to begin hearing high-profile graft cases
Colombo | Sunday, 2018 4:45:05 PM IST
A newly set-up special court of Sri Lanka will on Monday begin hearing high-profile bribery and corruption cases including those against members of the former government, authorities said on Sunday. ... read..


Family meets Sharif, Maryam in Adiala Jail
Islamabad | Sunday, 2018 10:15:04 AM IST
Family members met former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after the two began serving their prison terms for owning properties disproportionate to their sources of income. ... read..


Sharif, Maryam to contest verdict; no bed, AC for ex-PM in jail (Lead)
Islamabad | Saturday, 2018 10:45:04 PM IST
Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and her husband have decided to appeal against the July 6 verdict by an anti-corruption court. They were convicted and jailed for owning properties disproportionate to their sources of income. ... read..


BSF nabs farmer on Punjab border with heroin
Chandigarh | Saturday, 2018 9:45:05 PM IST
BSF troopers apprehended a farmer along the India-Pakistan border in Punjab's Ferozepur district and recovered nearly 700 grams of heroin from him, a Border Security Force spokesman said on Saturday. ... read..


Pakistan mourns loss of 132 lives in savage poll bombing
Islamabad | Saturday, 2018 9:15:04 PM IST
A number of bombings on political rallies over the past one week have shattered peace in Pakistan ahead of the July 25 polls, with the latest in the string being a devastating suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday that killed at least 132 people. ... read..


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