India, China to cooperate on Afghan’s development: Jaishankar

Beijing, Feb 22 (PTI): India and China have agreed to cooperate in capacity building in Afghanistan and support the government in the war-torn country, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said here today. "On Afghanistan we had clear sense that what the country requires is more development and that we have to...

Donald Trump Denounces ‘Horrible’ Anti-Semitic Threats

US, Feb 22 (PTI): After remaining silent on the subject for several days, President Donald Trump on Tuesday decried a spate of anti-Semitic threats against Jewish community centers across America as "horrible" and "painful." Seizing the moment during his first visit to the National Museum of African American History and...

Russia Successfully Launches Space Freighter After Crash

MOSCOW, RUSSIA, Feb 22 (PTI/AFP): Russia on Wednesday successfully launched an unmanned spacecraft taking food and equipment to the International Space Station after the previous such ship crashed to Earth shortly after launch in December. A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress cargo ship lifted off on schedule at 05:58 GMT...

Pakistan’s Top Shariat Court Legalises ‘Test Tube Babies’

ISLAMABAD, Feb 22 (PTI): Pakistan's top Shariat court has validated the option of using 'test tube baby' method for conceiving for the married couples having some medical complications. If "the sperm has been obtained from the father and the egg from the mother and the same has been fertilised...

Pak army launches nationwide military ops ‘Radd-ul-Fasaad’

Islamabad, Feb 22 (PTI): Pakistan army today launched nationwide military operation 'Radd-ul-Fasaad' to eliminate terrorists and consolidate gains of counter-terrorism operations made so far, days after a suicide bomber killed 88 people at the Sufi shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sindh. 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' - which translates roughly to 'elimination...

Pakistani Lawyers Protest Court Bombing, Demand More Security

PESHAWAR, Feb 22 (PTI): Lawyers in northwestern Pakistan today boycotted courts demanding more security, a day after a group of Taliban suicide bombers stormed a court in the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and killed seven people. The one-day strike was called to protest growing incidents of terror attacks on...

Nine Nepal parties to obstruct Constitution amendment bill

Kathmandu, Feb 22 (PTI) An alliance of nine-opposition parties in Nepal today decided to obstruct the Constitution amendment bill that seeks to address the demands of agitating Madhesi parties in the Parliament. A meeting of the opposition parties, led by the CPN-UML, held here decided to obstruct the House proceedings...

Gigantic 400-million-year-old monster worm discovered

Toronto, Feb 22 (PTI): Scientists have discovered a new species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws that lived about 400 million years ago. Researchers studied a fossil untouched for more than two decades at the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada and discovered the remains of the...

Pak Cancels Licenses Of Weapons Issued To Terrorist Hafiz Saeed

LAHORE, Feb 21 (PTI): Pakistan has cancelled terrorist Hafiz Saeed's license to carry weapons, a Pakistani official said today. Citing security reasons, the home department of Pakistan's Punjab said that the step to revoke the licenses of 44 weapons issued to Saeed and others members of his organisations, Jamaat-ud-Dawa...

Foreign Secretary To Meet Chinese Officials Amid Differences On NSG, Masood Azhar

BEIJING, Feb 21 (PTI): Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will arrive in Beijing today for crucial talks with top Chinese officials amid differences over issues like India's NSG bid and China's blocking of efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. Mr Jaishankar, who served as the Indian...

Pakistan has deployed 15,000 military personnel to protect CPEC

Islamabad , Feb 21 (PTI): Pakistan has deployed 15,000 specially-trained military personnel to ensure the safety of foreigners and others working for the $48 billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor, according to a senior lawmaker overseeing the ambitious project. The government has deployed 15,000 military personnel, as part of the Special...

UNICEF, French president urge protection for children of war

PARIS, Feb 21 (PTI/AP): Child soldiers, underage sex slaves, orphaned adolescent refugees _ France's president and UNICEF are urging the international community to do more to protect the more than 200 million children of today's conflict zones. "The situation is as urgent as ever," French President Francois Hollande pleaded as...

Hafiz Saeed Can Be ‘Serious Threat’, Says Pakistan’s Defence Minister: Report

LAHORE, Feb 21 (PTI): Pakistan has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been listed under an anti-terrorism law, can pose a "serious threat" to the nation, and was thus placed under house arrest in the country's "larger interest". The acknowledgement of the danger Hafiz Saeed poses came from...

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years

KATHMANDU, Feb 21 (PTI/AFP): Nepal will hold its first local elections in two decades in May, the government has announced, a key moment in the country's fraught transition to democracy. The impoverished Himalayan nation emerged from a brutal decade-long civil war in 2006, which brought the end of the 240-year-old...

B’desh says will not allow anti-India forces to operate

Dhaka , Feb 21 (PTI): Bangladesh today assured India that its soil will not be allowed to be used by anti-India elements and denied existence of any camp of Northeast insurgent groups. This was conveyed to the Director General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF) K K Sharma by...

Five dead as plane crashes into Melbourne shopping centre

MELBOURNE, Feb 21 (AFP): A light aircraft exploded Tuesday in a "massive fireball" with police saying none of the five people aboard survived as it smashed into a shopping centre near the Australian city of Melbourne. The Beechcraft plane veered just after take-off into the shopping centre, that was still...

India emerges 12th largest holder of US govt securities in 16

Washington, Feb 19 (PTI) India became the 12th largest holder of US government securities at the end of 2016, with exposure worth USD 118.2 billion. With holdings worth USD 1.09 trillion, Japan remained the largest holder of these securities followed by neighbouring China with exposure to the tune of USD...

Iraqi forces launch operation to retake west Mosul from Islamic State, says PM

Baghdad, Feb 19 (PTI/AFP): Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the launch of military operations to retake west Mosul from the Islamic State group on Sunday, four months into a massive offensive on the city. “We announce the start of a new phase in the operation, we are coming...

Nepal will focus on infrastructure development: PM Prachanda

Kathmandu, Feb 19 (PTI): Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda today vowed to ramp up the country’s infrastructure as India pledged support to the Himalayan nation in its developmental drive. Nepal is lagging behind in the area of development mainly due to the lack of adequate infrastructure which is the backbone...

Pakistan: 130 terrorists killed, 350 arrested in anti-terror drive

Lahore/peshawar, Feb 19 (PTI): More than 130 suspected terrorists have been killed and over 350 people, mostly Afghans, arrested in Pakistan as part of a nationwide crackdown by security forces following a string of suicide bombings in the country. At least 15 terrorists were killed in another targeted strike...

25 civilians killed in DR Congo rebel attack

Congo, Feb 19 (PTI/AFP): Some 25 civilians have been killed by Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Nande ethnic group. Local authorities and activists say almost all of them were hacked to death with machetes; one woman was shot dead in the process. “In total, 25 people were killed, decapitated...

Media ‘enemy of the American people’: Trump

Washington , Feb 18 (PTI): The media is an "enemy of the American people", US President Donald Trump has said, stepping up his attack on newspapers and channels that have been critical of his presidency. "The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it...

Recent Kashmir ‘flare-up’ threatened regional peace: Pak

New York , Feb 18 (PTI): Pakistan's envoy to the UN has alleged that the "denial" of the right to self-determination to the Kashmiris led to the recent "flare-up" which threatened regional peace and security. "Denial of the right of self-determination" to the people of Kashmir through an "independent plebiscite,...

Pakistan Lists Hafiz Saeed Under Anti-terrorism Act

Islamabad, Feb 18 (PTI): Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, who is under house arrest, has now been listed under Pakistan's anti-terrorism act, a tacit acknowledgement of his links to militancy. Dawn News reported that the Punjab government has included names of Saeed and one of his close...

Roadside bomb kills 12 Afghans including children: UN

KABUL, Feb 18 (PTI/APF): The UN has condemned the killing of 12 Afghans, including eight children returning from school, by a roadside bomb in the country´s volatile east, the latest in a growing number of civilian casualties. The blast occurred in Paktika province on Friday when their vehicle hit a...

Pak Army Claims it has Killed ‘100 terrorists’ Since the Attack on Sufi Shrine

Islamabad, Feb 18 (PTI): Pakistan has reportedly launched "strikes" against militant bases in Afghanistan, hours after the army said it has found links that terrorists from across the border were behind a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine that killed 88 people. The army on Friday summoned Afghan diplomats and...

Pakistan Senate Passes Landmark Hindu Marriage Bill

ISLAMABAD, Feb 18 (PTI): The much-awaited landmark bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan is set to become a law with the Senate unanimously passing it. The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017, which is the first elaborate Hindu community's personal law, was adopted by the Senate yesterday. The bill had...

‘Soon, print solar cells at the cost of a newspaper’

Toronto , Feb 18 (PTI): Printing solar cells may soon be as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper, thanks to researchers who have cleared a critical manufacturing hurdle in the development of a new class of solar devices. This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels...

Need ‘solid evidence’ to back India’s efforts to ban Masood Azhar at UN: China

BEIJING, Feb 17 (PTI): Ahead of its strategic dialogue with India, China on Friday said “solid evidence” was needed for it to back efforts to get Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar banned by the United Nations. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will hold...

Al-Qaeda Using US Preoccupation With ISIS To Spread To India, Warns US Expert

WASHINGTON, Feb 17 (PTI): Al-Qaeda has used America's "preoccupation" with the ISIS to regain strength in South Asia and preparing to spread its ideology in India from its "home" in western Pakistan, top US lawmakers have warned. "Al-Qaeda has never changed, and it still sees itself in what it...
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