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Death toll from Afghan avalanches exceeds 200: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th February 2015

Death toll from Afghan avalanches exceeds 200: officials BAZARAK:  The death toll from a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall in Afghanistan rose above 200 on Thursday, officials said. The bulk of the deaths came in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 168 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told AFP....


India’s Beef Traders See More Attacks From Hindu Nationalists: Report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th February 2015

India’s Beef Traders See More Attacks From Hindu Nationalists: Report ISLAMABAD: India’s beef industry has seen increased attacks from Hindu nationalists, who have seized cattle trucks and blockaded meat processing plants, in an effort to disrupt trade in the world’s second-largest beef exporter. According to International Business Times on Wednesday, some of the groups involved in the attacks allegedly have close ties to the ruling...


Afghan President telephones PM; discusses trade, bilateral ties

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

Afghan President telephones PM; discusses trade, bilateral ties ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Monday telephoned Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and discussed matters related to bilateral relations and Afghan Transit Trade. Both the leaders showed their resolve to fight terrorism, a common enemy. The Prime Minister said the bilateral relations between the two countries had been strengthening with each passing day. A statement...


India’s reluctant “prince”, Rahul Gandhi, takes break from politics

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

India’s reluctant “prince”, Rahul Gandhi, takes break from politics NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi, a leader of India’s Congress party, is taking a leave of absence from parliament to focus on party work, an official said, setting off speculation of a long-awaited change in the party to revive its fortunes. Gandhi, the presumed fourth-generation heir of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, has led the party to a...


Swine Flu claims 38 more lives in India

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd February 2015

Swine Flu claims 38 more lives in India DELHI: Swine flu has claimed 38 more lives in India,taking the total nationwide death toll to 812, according to the latest figures released by the country’s health ministry. The total number of people affected by the H1N1 virus has now crossed 13,000. The new numbers represent a significant jump from the 774 deaths and 12,963...


New U.S. defense chief: withdrawal from Afghanistan under review

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st February 2015

New U.S. defense chief: withdrawal from Afghanistan under review Washington is reviewing a plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by 2016 to ensure that “progress sticks” after more than a decade of war, new U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters in Kabul on Saturday. Under the current plan, the United States will halve the number of troops in Afghanistan to 5,000 this...


Sri Lanka recalled diplomats from 50 countries

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th February 2015

Sri Lanka recalled diplomats from 50 countries ISLAMABAD: Sri Lanka’s new president has recalled more than 50 diplomats from across the globe who were seen as “political”  appointments made by the former regime. The diplomats those recalled including high commissioner to Australia, Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe, and UN representative Dr Palitha Kohona,  a dual Australian-Sri Lankan citizen. The purge is part of a...


Myanmar declares state of emergency in war-torn region: ministry

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th February 2015

Myanmar declares state of emergency in war-torn region: ministry LASHIO:  Myanmar declared a state of emergency on Tuesday in a conflict-torn border region where ferocious fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has forced thousands of civilians to flee. “A serious situation has developed that has put people’s lives at risk, so a state of emergency has been declared starting from today,” the Ministry...


Ten TransAsia pilots suspended after failing skills test

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th February 2015

Ten TransAsia pilots suspended after failing skills test TAIPEI: Ten TransAsia ATR pilots have been banned from flying temporarily after failing a flight skills test ordered after last week’s plane crash that killed at least 42 people, the island’s aviation regulator said Wednesday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 crashed shortly after take-off from Songshan airport in Taipei on Wednesday last week with 53 passengers...


India PM’s party rejects election defeat forecast in Delhi polls

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th February 2015

India PM’s party rejects election defeat forecast in Delhi polls NEW DELHI: Narendra Modi’s party staunchly denied Sunday that India’s prime minister was facing his first election defeat since storming to power last year, even though exit polls tipped an anti-corruption camapaigner to win New Delhi’s state polls. Six exit polls released hours after voting ended on Saturday indicated the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of...


Modi faces Delhi election defeat in first vote setback: exit polls

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th February 2015

Modi faces Delhi election defeat in first vote setback: exit polls NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces his first state election defeat since sweeping to power last year, according to exit polls on Saturday which showed a resurgent anti-corruption party on track to win a majority in New Delhi’s assembly. A defeat for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Indian capital would harm...


Exit polls forecast Modi party defeat in Delhi election

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th February 2015

Exit polls forecast Modi party defeat in Delhi election NEW DELHI: India’s Narendra Modi was forecast to suffer the first major setback of his premiership Saturday as exit polls showed his party had been defeated in elections to Delhi’s state assembly by a self-styled anarchist. Five exit polls released after voting ended at 6:00pm (1230 GMT) indicated that the capital’s former chief minister Arvind...


Six more AirAsia crash victims found: Indonesian official

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd February 2015

Six more AirAsia crash victims found: Indonesian official JAKARTA: Indonesian divers on Monday found another six victims of the AirAsia plane crash, an official said, taking to 84 the number of bodies retrieved since the accident in late December. Two bodies were found inside the fuselage of the plane, while another four were located near the wreckage on the bottom of the Java...


Eight killed in Bangladesh factory blaze: emergency services

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st January 2015

Eight killed in Bangladesh factory blaze: emergency services DHAKA: At least eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured on Saturday when a fire broke out in a plastic factory in Bangladesh’s capital, emergency service officials said. Police and fire officers believe the blaze started when gas cylinders  exploded in the factory’s boiler room, then raced through the four-storey Nasim  Plastic...


Indo-US nuclear deal to have detrimental impact on deterrence stability in S.Asia: Aziz

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

Indo-US nuclear deal to have detrimental impact on deterrence stability in S.Asia: Aziz ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday said that the ope-rationalization of Ind-US nuclear deal for political and economic expediencies would have a detrimental impact on deterrence stability in South Asia. Adviserto the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in a statement said that Pakistan reserves the right to safeguard its national security interests....


Modi pledges ‘predictable, competitive’ tax regime

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

Modi pledges ‘predictable, competitive’ tax regime NEW DELHI:Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised US executives Monday that he would forge a “predictable and competitive” tax regime as he sought to shake off his country’s reputation as hostile to business. Speaking alongside US President Barack Obama at a meeting of American and Indian CEOs, the right-wing premier said the business climate had...


Obama begins landmark visit to India

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th January 2015

Obama begins landmark visit to India NEW DELHI: Barack Obama on Sunday began an unprecedented second visit to India by a serving US president, aiming to consolidate what he has called one of the “defining partnerships of the 21st century”. Obama will be the first US president to be chief guest at India’s Republic Day parade, a colourful celebration of the...


Charlie Hebdo protests erupt across southern Asia

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Charlie Hebdo protests erupt across southern Asia ISLAMABAD: Tens of thousands across Afghanistan, Pakistan and Muslim-majority Indian Kashmir took to the streets on Friday for southern Asia’s biggest protests yet against satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed. Up to 20,000 demonstrators in the western Afghan city of Herat and 15,000 in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, burned French flags and...


One dead, 37 injured in Philippines blast: mayor

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

One dead, 37 injured in Philippines blast: mayor MANILA:One person was killed and 37 injured Friday when a suspected bomb exploded outside a bus depot in the southern Philippine port of Zamboanga, the city mayor said. Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco told ABS-CBN television by telephone that local authorities suspected the al-Qaeda-linked armed group Abu Sayyaf was behind the attack. She said the explosion...


Nepal parliament chaos as constitution deadline passe

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd January 2015

Nepal parliament chaos as constitution deadline passe KATHMANDU: Protests by Nepal’s opposition lawmakers threw parliament into chaos Friday after emergency talks failed to secure agreement on a new national constitution before a midnight deadline expired. As parliament opened, opposition lawmakers led by former Maoist rebels shouted slogans and stormed into the well of the main chamber, refusing to allow ruling party politicians...


India’s Modi rolls out red carpet for new buddy Obama

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd January 2015

India’s Modi rolls out red carpet for new buddy Obama By Christian OTTON NEW DELHI: Barack Obama arrives in India this weekend for an unprecedented second visit by a serving US president, the honoured guest of his new friend Narendra Modi who was a Washington outcast only a year ago. As well as holding bilateral talks, the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies will...


Nepal-politics-constitution lead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Nepal-politics-constitution lead KATHMANDU: Nepal’s Maoist chief apologised Wednesday for his party’s role in a parliament brawl that injured four security officers in the tense run-up to a deadline for a post-war constitution. Maoist lawmakers hurled chairs and scuffled with security staff early Tuesday as ruling party politicians tried to push proposals for a new charter through parliament...


Bangladesh arrests 7,015 opposition activists over unrest

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Bangladesh arrests 7,015 opposition activists over unrest DHAKA: Bangladesh security forces have arrested more than 7,000 opposition activists since the start of deadly protests a fortnight ago, the government said. Activists have firebombed buses, cars and lorries, killing 29 people, since the opposition called a nationwide transport blockade to protest the detention of their leader Khaleda Zia. Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu...


Nine Myanmar nationals charged in gruesome Malaysia killings

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th January 2015

Nine Myanmar nationals charged in gruesome Malaysia killings KUALA LUMPUR: Nine Myanmar nationals have been charged with murder in Malaysia over the gruesome killings of six of their countrymen that are suspected to be revenge attacks related to ethnic strife back home, a media report said Thursday. The men, ranging in age from 20 to 44, were charged in the northern state of...


Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th January 2015

Huge crowds greet pope on Sri Lankan seafront COLOMBO: Hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans crowded the Colombo seafront Wednesday as Pope Francis canonized the island’s first saint in one of the biggest public gatherings the city has ever witnessed. As a choir sang welcoming hymns under a glaring sun, the pontiff greeted people in wheelchairs who had been pushed forward to the...


Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse denies post-election coup bid

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th January 2015

Sri Lanka’s Rajapakse denies post-election coup bid COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapakse Tuesday denied government allegations that he attempted a coup to remain in office after it became clear that he had lost last week’s election. “I deny in all possible terms reports of attempts to use the military to influence election results,” the former leader said on Twitter adding...


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