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Bus accident in Bangladesh kills 32 and injures dozens

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th October 2014

Bus accident in Bangladesh kills 32 and injures dozens DHAKA: At least 32 people were killed and dozens injured when two buses collided head-on in northwest Bangladesh on Monday, police said. The accident took place at Baraigram in Natore, 220 km (140 miles) from the capital Dhaka. The death toll could rise further as some of the injured are in a critical condition, police...


Japan volcano death toll hits 47 as new bodies found

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st October 2014

Japan volcano death toll hits 47 as new bodies found TOKYO: The death toll from a sudden volcanic eruption in Japan hit 47 on Wednesday as rescuers discovered 11 new bodies in so-far unexplored areas of the ash-covered peak. The figure makes the eruption of Mount Ontake, which was packed with hikers when it burst angrily to life on Saturday lunchtime, the worst volcanic disaster...


New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th September 2014

New Afghan President Ghani takes oath, seeks peace talks KABUL: Ashraf Ghani, a one-time US-based academic, was sworn in as new president of Afghanistan on Monday and used his inaugural speech to call for Taliban insurgents to join peace talks after 13 years of war. The militant threat in Kabul was underlined by a suicide attack outside the airport’s main entrance that killed four...


Indian PM writes letter to Nawaz Sharif

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th September 2014

Indian PM writes letter to Nawaz Sharif ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a letter written to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday expressed great distress that the retreating monsoon rains have played havoc in many parts of two countries. The Indian Prime Minister in his letter wrote, “I visited some of the areas affected by unprecedented rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir...


Taiwan gambling millionaire murdered after kidnap

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Taiwan gambling millionaire murdered after kidnap TAIPEI: A Taiwan businessman who reportedly accumulated a fortune worth tens of millions of US dollars through illegal gambling has been murdered by kidnappers including his chauffeur in a case that rocked the island, police said Monday. Shih Chia-chin was picked up by chauffeur Hsieh Yuan-hsin upon his return to the northern airport of Taoyuan...


Japan’s Sony hit by cyber attack, bomb threat

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2014

Japan’s Sony hit by cyber attack, bomb threat TOKYO: Japanese entertainment giant Sony said Monday its online music and gaming sites came under a cyber attack by a hacker group that also claimed there were explosives on a plane carrying a senior company executive. The company said a US commercial aircraft carrying the president of Sony Online Entertainment had to be diverted after...


Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st August 2014

Rescuers comb through devastation of Japan landslide TOKYO: Thousands of rescuers combed through the wreckage of homes engulfed by landslides in western Japan on Thursday in the slim hope of finding survivors, a day after a wall of mud claimed at least 39 lives. Police officers, firefighters and soldiers worked through the night in a desperate bid to find dozens missing among...


AirAsia profit jumps despite ‘challenging’ climate

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th August 2014

AirAsia profit jumps despite ‘challenging’ climate KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-based AirAsia on Wednesday announced a sixfold increase in second-quarter net profit as Asia’s budget travel leader increased revenue despite what it called a “challenging” aviation environment. Net profit was 367.2 million ringgit ($115 million), up from 58.3 million ringgit in the same quarter of 2013. AirAsia said the jump was mainly due...


India cancels Pakistan talks in row over Kashmir

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th August 2014

India cancels Pakistan talks in row over Kashmir NEW DELHI: India on Monday cancelled talks with Pakistan scheduled for later this month, in an angry reaction to a meeting between Pakistan’s high commissioner and Kashmiri separatists. The foreign ministry said Monday’s meeting between the Pakistani envoy and separatist leaders in Indian-administered Kashmir had undermined efforts by the new Indian government to engage with...


Bangladesh leaders seek powers to sack top judges

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th August 2014

Bangladesh leaders seek powers to sack top judges DHAKA: Bangladesh’s cabinet said Monday it had voted to give parliament the power to sack Supreme Court judges, a move the opposition condemned as a prelude to one-party rule. Parliament will vote on the proposal to amend the constitution after it was approved by the cabinet headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday. “The...


China factory explosion kills 68

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd August 2014

China factory explosion kills 68 KUNSHAN, China: A massive explosion killed 68 people Saturday as it ripped through a factory in eastern China, officials said, as badly burned victims were rushed to local hospitals. The blast in Kunshan, a city in coastal Jiangsu province near Shanghai, also injured 187, in what appeared to be an industrial accident, state-broadcaster China Central...


Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th July 2014

Magnitude 6.8 quake, small tsunami hit east Japan, no damage TOKYO: A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit off eastern Japan on Saturday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with minor tsunami of up to 20 cm but no reports of damage along the northeast coast that was ravaged by the catastrophic March 2011 tsunami. No irregularities were reported at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was...


Afghan suicide attack kills 16, including 4 NATO soldiers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th July 2014

Afghan suicide attack kills 16, including 4 NATO soldiers KABUL:A Taliban suicide bomber killed 16 people, including 10 civilians and four NATO soldiers, in an attack in eastern Afghanistan Tuesday, officials said, as foreign troops wind down their war against the insurgents. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying one of its suicide bombers had blown himself up near a NATO patrol in...


New Afghan President to establish close ties with Pakistan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th July 2014

New Afghan President to establish close ties with Pakistan ISLAMABAD: The election of the new President Dr Ashraf  Ghani in Afghanistan would result better Pak-Afghan ties because he as economist would be focusing on Afghan economy which is quite dependent upon mutual bonds of the two countries. Defense analyst Lieutenant General (Retd) Abdul Qayyum has told  Radio Pakistan that the economic development of Afghanistan...


13 killed in attack on police station in China’s Xinjiang

By: Farah Jamil, Uploaded: 21st June 2014

13 killed in attack on police station in China’s Xinjiang SHANGHAI: Thirteen people were killed in an attack on a police station in China’s restive region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The 13 killed were described as “mobsters”, while three police were wounded in the attack on Saturday morning, the news agency said citing local government. China has been cracking...


Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd April 2014

Obama arrives in Japan for tension-filled Asia trip TOKYO: US President Barack Obama landed in Tokyo Wednesday to launch an Asian tour dedicated to reinvigorating his policy of “rebalancing” US foreign policy towards a dynamic Asia. Obama landed aboard Air Force One to begin a state visit to Japan, which comes as regional tensions boil over maritime territorial disputes and fears that North...


China and India face huge cancer burden: experts

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th April 2014

China and India face huge cancer burden: experts PARIS: China and India are facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment all causing large-scale problems, experts said on Friday. In a major report, published in The Lancet Oncology, more than 40 specialists warn that Asia’s big two emerging giants are facing huge economic and human costs from the...


China doctors successfully separate conjoined twins

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th March 2014

China doctors successfully separate conjoined twins ISLAMABAD: A four-hour-long surgical operation performed in southwestern China has led to successful separation of a twin, joined at the abdomen and left part of the liver. On Tuesday, doctors at a hospital in Luzhou City in the country’s Sichuan Province separated the three-month-old twin brothers. Both boys are in stable condition, Press TV reported....


Families of some Chinese passengers on missing plane receive insurance payouts

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th March 2014

Families of some Chinese passengers on missing plane receive  insurance payouts BEIJING: Chinese insurance companies have started paying compensation to the families of passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane presumed crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday. The families of seven passengers received 4.17 million yuan ($671,600) in compensation on Tuesday, China Life, the country’s largest insurance company, was...


China sending more ships to plane search area: Xinhua

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st March 2014

China sending more ships to plane search area: Xinhua BEIJING: At least seven Chinese ships were to head for the southern Indian Ocean Friday, where possible debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines plane has been sighted, state media reported. The official Xinhua news agency said that rescue ships Haixun 01 and 31 and Nanhaijiu 101 and 115 were to depart for the search area....


China finds no terror evidence against Chinese on MH370 passengers: Xinhua

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th March 2014

China finds no terror evidence against Chinese on MH370  passengers: Xinhua BEIJING:  No evidence has been found linking the 153 Chinese passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight to terror or hijacking, state media said Tuesday, citing Beijing’s envoy in Kuala Lumpur. China’s ambassador to Malaysia Huang Huikang said background checks on all passengers from the Chinese mainland on board missing flight MH370 did not find...


China searching for missing MH370 jet on own territory: Xinhua

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th March 2014

China searching for missing MH370 jet on own territory: Xinhua BEIJING: China has begun searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on its own territory, state media said Tuesday, citing Beijing’s envoy in Kuala Lumpur. The northern corridor projected from satellite and military radar data that the aircraft might have flown through passes through far western China, and Chinese ambassador Huang Huikang said that China...


Malaysia says 25 countries now involved in plane search

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th March 2014

Malaysia says 25 countries now involved in plane search KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia said on Sunday the number of countries involved in efforts to find a missing passenger jet had nearly doubled to 25 as it began a new push to find the plane across a vast arc of land and ocean. “The number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation has increased...


Malaysia calls off South China Sea search for jet: PM

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th March 2014

Malaysia calls off South China Sea search for jet: PM KUALA LUMPUR:  Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that Malaysia was ending a search in the South China Sea for a vanished jetliner after investigations indicated the missing plane likely turned far to the west. “We are ending our operation in the South China Sea and reassessing the deployment of our assets,” Najib told reporters....


11 dead, 1,200 injured as heavy snow hits Japan: reports

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th February 2014

11 dead, 1,200 injured as heavy snow hits Japan: reports TOKYO: The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least 11 dead and more than 1,200 injured across the country, reports said Sunday. As much as 27 centimeters (10.6 inches) of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according...


Over 40 countries to participate in OIC Parliamentary Meeting

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th February 2014

Over 40 countries to participate in OIC Parliamentary Meeting ISLAMABAD: Over 40 countries have voiced readiness to take part in the 9th meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Parliamentary Union in Tehran from Feb 13-19. “Over 40 countries have announced their preparedness to participate in the OIC parliamentary meeting, 20 of which will take part in the event at the speaker level,” Iranian Parliament Speaker’s...


 
 
 



 
 
 
 



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