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EU calls for negotiated settlement in Afghanistan
Brussels, April 16 (IANS) The European Union (EU) has called for "firm commitment and constructive engagement by all parties" in the peace talks in Afghanistan, after the US and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) announced the pullout of their troops from the country.
2021-04-16
Category: International, Belgium,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
US sanctions Pak firm, owners for working as Russian proxy (IANS Special)
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) The US Treasury Department has sanctioned Pakistani IT firm, Second Eye Solutions (SES), and its owners and employees for acting as a proxy for a Russian troll entity which interfered in the American elections.
2021-04-16
Category: International, India,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
'Troops' withdrawal need to coincide with Afghan peace'
Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said that it is important that the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan coincides with progress in the peace process.
2021-04-16
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Ghani, Blinken meet in Kabul
Kabul, April 16 (IANS) A day after US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by September which will end the 20-year old war, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and visiting American Secretary of State Antony Blinken exchanged views on the decision and the war on terrorism.
2021-04-16
Category: International, Israel,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
CPEC SEZ to create over 200K job opportunities for Pak
Islamabad, April 16 (IANS) A special economic zone (SEZ) being constructed in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will create over 200,000 job opportunities for the locals, a top official said.
2021-04-16
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
India concerned over US troops' forthcoming exit from Afghanistan
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) India is concerned about the vacuum that will be created after withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from war-torn Afghanistan, Chief of Defence Staff, General Bipin Rawat said on Thursday.
2021-04-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
French embassy advises its citizens, companies to leave Pak amid security threats
Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) In the wake of protests, riots and violence by religious hardline group Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) paralysing the country and bringing it to a standstill demanding expulsion of the French Ambassador from Pakistan in protest against 'blasphemous' caricatures depicting the Holy Prophet and the statements made by the France premier, the French Embassy in Pakistan has advised all its nationals and French companies to temporarily leave the country.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Pakistan,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
UAE mediating between India, Pak to restore 'functional relations'
Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is facilitating and mediating back-channel talks between India and Pakistan with an aim to turn their rivalry into a healthy and functional relationship, its envoy in Washington has confirmed.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
Indians traders are getting Chinese Covid jab in Nepal
Kathmandu, April 15 (IANS) Indian traders and businessmen doing business in China are now queuing up in hospitals in Kathmandu to get the Chinese Covid-19 vaccines, according to officials.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Nepal,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Abdullah congratulates Afghan journo for question 11 yrs ago
Kabul, April 15 (IANS) In a sympathetic admission of an earlier mistake, Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council of National Reconciliation, on Thursday congratulated a journalist on a question posed 11 years ago.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Australian troops to leave Afghanistan in Sep: PM
Canberra, April 15 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the country's remaining troops in Afghanistan will leave in September.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Australia,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pak withdraws customs duty on cotton yarn import
Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of Pakistan has approved to withdraw customs duty on import of cotton yarn till June 30 to facilitate the textile sector, the Finance Ministry here said.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Imran holds virtual summit with Uzbek Prez
Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan exchanged views on bilateral, regional and international issues during a virtual summit with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, according to the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Pak Army chief, Blinken discuss Afghan peace process
Islamabad, April 15 (IANS) Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the Afghan peace process, the military in Islamabad confirmed.
2021-04-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
8 Pak nationals nabbed mid-sea with 30 kg heroin (Ld)
New Delhi, April 15 (IANS) Eight Pakistan nationals were apprehended from the mid-sea off Gujarat coast for drug trafficking on Thursday. The law enforcement agencies seized 30 kilograms of heroin from them.
2021-04-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Defence/Security,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Announcing Afghan pullout, Biden asks India to 'do more' for Kabul (News Analysis)
New York, April 15 (IANS) US President Joe Biden has asked India and other regional countries to pitch in to help stabilise Afghanistan as Washington has decided to pull out its troops ending a 20-year-old war.
2021-04-15
Category: International, United States,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
Pakistan bans Islamic party after violent protests
Islamabad, April 14 (IANS) The Pakistan government has decided to impose a ban on the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan under the anti-terrorism law.
2021-04-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion,Defence/Security
China's intention is to replicate carrier battle groups like US Navy: Indian Navy Chief
New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) China's intention is to replicate carrier battle groups like the US Navy with the addition of more aircraft carriers and accompanying them with a fleet of support ships and destroyers, Indian Navy chief, Admiral Karambir Singh, said on Wednesday, pointing out the rapid expansion of naval power by Beijing.
2021-04-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Defence/Security,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
LHC grants bail to Shehbaz Sharif in assets beyond means case
Lahore, April 14 (IANS) The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday granted bail to PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif in an assets beyond means case, Geo News reported.
2021-04-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Religious hardliners bring Pak govt to a standstill
Islamabad, April 14 (IANS) The current ruling government of Pakistan, led by Prime Minister Imran Khan, may have come with a vision of progress and open-mindedness to create more acceptability of the country in the globe. But it appears that the one challenge which-- like previous governments -- remains as the toughest for this government is countering the religiously motivated hardline groups who have yet against brought the country to a standstill by chocking major cities in protest.
2021-04-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Terror re-emerges in Balochistan
Quetta (Pakistan), April 14 (IANS) Pakistan's Balochistan province continues to keep the country's intelligence and security forces under constant check as terror elements continue to surface from different parts of the province, carrying out terror attacks, targeted killings, kidnappings and bomb blasts, raising serious questions over the performance of the security forces and sending fear down the spines of the locals.
2021-04-14
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Rise in Afghan civilian casualties: Report
Kabul, April 14 (IANS) A UN report on Wednesday showed that at least 573 civilians were killed and 1,210 others wounded in the first three months of 2021, which is a 29 per cent increase as compared to the same period last year.
2021-04-14
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security
Covid surge in India 'worrisome', threatens growth prospects: IMF
United Nations, April 13 (IANS) The new wave of Covid-19 infections sweeping parts of India is "worrisome" and threatens the 12.5 per cent growth projection, an International Monetary Fund expert for the region said on Tuesday.
2021-04-13
Category: International, United States,Business/Economy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Vietnam launches second Indian high-speed patrol boat
New Delhi, April 13: The Vietnam government has launched a high-speed patrol boat built with India assistance, and one more of similar class is in the pipeline. The Vietnamese coast guard had inducted the first India-made patrol vessel in December 2020.
2021-04-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Maldives tourism arrivals cross 330K in March
Male, April 13 (IANS) Monthly tourism arrivals have been on the rise in the Maldives, with over 330,000 tourists visiting the island nation between January and March, the Ministry of Tourism revealed on Tuesday.
2021-04-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Ghani urges Taliban to observe ceasefire during Ramadan
Kabul, April 13 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Tuesday urged the Taliban to halt fighting and observe a ceasefire during the Islamic holy month month of Ramadan aimed at bolstering the peace process.
2021-04-13
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion,Terrorism
Who funds Pak's purchase of western military equipment
New Delhi, April 13 (IANS) A third world country that is on the brink of economic implosion, living on IMF loans and unable to guarantee the necessities of life to its people is still procuring military equipment from some of the most advanced nations in the world! A country which has been kept on the FATF grey list yet again and regularly signs dubious deals with proscribed organisations and faces strictures by the UK High Court with millions being debited from the bankrupt nations accounts due to the aforementioned shady deals. A country whose foreign exchange reserves stand as on date at only $13 billion- barely adequate for two months imports.
2021-04-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Opinion/Commentary
B'desh issues fresh directives for 'full lockdown'
Dhaka, April 12 (IANS) Amid a surge in new Covid-19 cases, the Bangladeshi government on Monday issued a fresh set of directives for a nationwide "full lockdown" from wednesday onwards.
2021-04-12
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
B'desh imposes week-long air travel ban
Dhaka, April 12 (IANS) Bangladesh has announced plans to ban all international and domestic flights for a week from Wednesday, coinciding with yet another lockdown to counter a spike in new coronavirus cass.
2021-04-12
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Conflicts kill 65 in Afghanistan
Kabul, April 12 (IANS) At least 65 people were killed in clashes and terrorist attacks in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, an independent war monitoring group said on Monday.
2021-04-12
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghans call for ceasefire during Ramadan
Kabul, April 12 (IANS) Afghans from all walks of life are calling for ceasefire to be observed in Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which starts on Tuesday.
2021-04-12
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security
Afghan forces foil Taliban attack
Kabul, April 12 (IANS) Afghan forces have foiled a Taliban attack on the outskirts of Kunduz city, a provincial spokesman said.
2021-04-12
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Postponed PSL to resume on June 1
Lahore, April 11 (IANS) The postponed Pakistan Super League (PSL) will resume on June 1, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Sunday.
2021-04-11
Category: International, Pakistan,Sports,Cricket
B'desh Minister warns of strict action against anarchy
Dhaka, April 11 (IANS) In reply to Hefazat-e-Islam mayhem, Bangladesh Law Minister Anisul Haque has warned the militant outfit Hefazat-e-Ismal and others of strict action if they try to create anarchy and harm people's lives and property of the country.
2021-04-11
Category: International, Bangladesh,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
12 injured in B'desh mosque attack
Dhaka, April 10 (IANS) At least 12 people were injured in an attack staged by members of the Hefazat-e-Islam militant outfit at a mosque in Bangladesh's Gaibandha district.
2021-04-10
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Visually-impaired Chinese climber aims to summit Everest
Kathmandu, April 10 (IANS) Zhang Hong, a 46-year-old visually-impaired Chinese climber, is attempting to summit Mt.Everest this spring, a company organising his expedition said.
2021-04-10
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Bangladesh contemplates full lockdown
Dhaka, April 10 (IANS) The Bangladesh's government is contemplating imposing a "full lockdown" for one week from April 14 in an effort to curb the recent resurgence of new Covid-19 cases, a Minister announced.
2021-04-10
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pak approves China's Sinovac vax for emergency use
Islamabad, April 10 (IANS) Amid te ongoing third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has approved China's Sinovac vaccine against the virus for emergency use, the National Institute of Health in Islamabad announced.
2021-04-10
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Nepal's opposition parties begin talks to unseat PM Oli
Kathmandu, April 9 (IANS) Nepal's primary opposition party, the Nepali Congress has begun talks with the Nepal Communist Party-Maoist Centre and the Janata Samajbadi Party to unseat Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and form a coalition government under its leadership.
2021-04-09
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Cautious optimism prevails in India-Pak ties
Islamabad, April 9 (IANS) Pakistan and India relations may have hit a small bump with the recent decision by the Imran Khan-led government to refrain from importing cotton and sugar from New Delhi and reopening the trade, a decision approved and then disapproved within 24 hours after deference by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and the federal cabinet; experts still believe that there is a positive and cautious optimism in Islamabad that the defrosting in relations with India is still holding ground.
2021-04-09
Category: International, Pakistan,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Pak Army reviews LoC situation in Corp Commander Conference
Islamabad, April 9 (IANS) Top commanders of the Pakistan Army held a Corps Commander Conference (CCC) to review the overall security situation with a detailed review of the situation at the Line of Control (LoC) after the recent agreement of a ceasefire between New Delhi and Islamabad.
2021-04-09
Category: International, Pakistan,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Imran urges D-8 members to push back against vax nationalism
Islamabad, April 9 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that members of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation should push back against vaccine nationalism and undue export restrictions to let Covid-19 vaccine reach equally to all countries of the world.
2021-04-09
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
NIA court sentences Bangladesh terrorist to 7 yrs jail
Kolkata, April 8 (IANS) A special NIA court on Thursday sentenced Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) terrorist Rizual Islam aka Riyaz aka Sumon to seven-year rigorous imprisonment in a 2017 case related to planning to commit terror acts in India.
2021-04-08
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
India, Sri Lanka to set up 'nodal points' for security challenges
New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) India and Sri Lanka on Friday decided to strengthen their existing cooperation mechanisms and also designate "nodal points" for timely and effective handling of existing as well as emerging security challenges.
2021-04-08
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
Criticism of armed forces punishable by law in Pak now
Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) Pakistans National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior has approved a Bill that would punish those who intentionally criticise the countrys armed forces.
2021-04-08
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Private Pak importers rush for Russian vax
Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) Private importers in Pakistan are negotiating to procure more of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for commercial sale.
2021-04-08
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
US urge India, Pak to hold table talks
Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) The US Department of State has called on both India and Pakistan to hold direct talks and resolve pending issues with an aim to normalise relations.
2021-04-08
Category: International, Pakistan,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Pak National Assembly Speaker's Afghanistan visit delayed
Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) The visit of the Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly Asad Qaiser to Afghanistan has been postponed due to security threat, a top official said here on Thursday.
2021-04-08
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Ex-SL beauty queen arrested after pageant fiasco
Colombo, April 8 (IANS) Caroline Jurie, the 2019 winner of the Mrs. Sri Lanka who tried to seize the crown of this year's winner Pushpika De Silva leading to a brawl on stage, has been arrested over the incident, local media reported on Thursday.
2021-04-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Jemima Goldsmith slams ex-husband over rape remarks
Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) The recent statement by the Pakistani premier Imran Khan about the increasing rape and sexual cases in the country has sparked uproar not within the country but also from across the globe. To add more to his criticism, his former wife Jemima Goldsmith has also slammed him over his rape remarks.
2021-04-08
Category: International, Pakistan,Politics