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World’s shortest man dies at 75

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th September 2015

World’s shortest man dies at 75 WEB DESK:The shortest man of the world died on Thursday evening at a hospital in American Samoa, the Wall Street Journal reported. Nepal’s Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who was 21.5 inches tall according to Guinness World Records, died of an undisclosed illness at Lyndon B. Johnson Tropical Medical Center in Pago Pago, a hospital spokeswoman said....


Afghan refugee returns reluctantly from Pakistan

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th September 2015

Afghan refugee returns reluctantly from Pakistan KABUL: Rahim Khan’s return to Afghanistan 28 years after fleeing to Pakistan was not the homecoming he had dreamed of. The 60-year-old is one of a growing number of Afghan refugees making the journey back with trepidation, as militant violence intensifies, yet feeling shunned by their adopted country as relations between the neighbours sour. The...


India’s top court suspends ban on Jains fasting to death

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st August 2015

India’s top court suspends ban on Jains fasting to death NEW DELHI: India’s Jain community scored a legal victory Monday when the Supreme Court temporarily lifted a ban on the traditional ritual of Santhara, or fasting to death. Thousands of Jains protested across India last week after a court in the western state of Rajasthan ruled that Santhara was a form of suicide, which is...


Free meal for thousands in New Delhi example of Sikh service

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th August 2015

Free meal for thousands in New Delhi example of Sikh service NEW DELHI : Harjeet Singh can usually be found riding around New Delhi on his Harley Davidson Superlow, or helping foreign companies set up operations in India. At home, the businessman has staff to clean and cook for his family. But at the gurdwara where he worships alongside other Sikhs, he sweeps the floor, cleans...


Fear and despair in Kashmir as India-Pakistan talks falter

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th August 2015

Fear and despair in Kashmir as India-Pakistan talks falter WEB DESK: India and Pakistan aborted rare talks this weekend under a cloud of recriminations, while on the front line of their festering conflict in Kashmir, villagers cowering from artillery in mud huts despair of ever seeing lasting peace Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz called off a trip to New Delhi for a planned...


Caste protest hits Indian leader’s home state

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th August 2015

Caste protest hits Indian leader’s home state AHMEDABAD, India: At least half a million protesters paralysed the main city of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state on Tuesday to demand preferential treatment for their Patidar caste — one of the state’s most affluent. The Patidars, or Patels, who make up around 12 percent of the population of western Gujarat state, say...


Blasts at Afghan gas storage facility kill 11: officials

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2015

Blasts at Afghan gas storage facility kill 11: officials HERAT: At least 11 people including several children were killed in a series of explosions at a gas storage facility on the edge of the western Afghan city of Herat, officials said Tuesday. The explosions triggered an inferno which spread to a nearby camp for internally displaced people where most of the deaths occurred. It...


Indian tribal communities trapped in Maoist crossfire

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th August 2015

Indian tribal communities trapped in Maoist crossfire WEB DESK: Growing up in a remote tribal hamlet, Rupa Hembrom used to be terrified of the wild boars that roamed nearby. Now her biggest fear is the Maoist guerillas who prowl the jungles of India’s ‘Red Corridor’. The left-wing extremists have been fighting to overthrow the government for decades, but the conflict has taken...


Indian FM reserves several conditions for Indo-Pak talks

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd August 2015

Indian FM reserves several conditions for Indo-Pak talks WEB DESK: The Indian foreign minister has laid down several pre-conditions for its talk with Pakistan, Indian media reported. In a press briefing held, the Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj said, “Every talk with Pakistan is not a dialogue.” She said that at Ufa the two priministers had only “met” and there was no agreement...


Alleged links with banned outfits: two girls held at Heathrow airport

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th August 2015

Alleged links with banned outfits: two girls held at Heathrow airport HEATHROW: London police on Monday arrested two girls at the Heathrow airport while they were to board a PIA flight for Pakistan on suspicion of having links with banned organisations. According to details, the two girls, 25 years Aamna and another 16 years old had been missing from their homes for the last few days...


Two Pakistanis held with Daesh commander in Nangarhar

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th August 2015

Two Pakistanis held with Daesh commander in Nangarhar WEB DESK: The National Directorate of Security (NDS)- Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has detained Hayatullah alias Mansour, a commander of the terrorist group of Daesh, in eastern Nangarhar province. A statement issued on Monday by NDS states that the group was rounded up during a special operation from Torkham area of Nangarhar province. The two Pakistani...


Hurriyat leader hoists Pakistani flag in occupied Srinagar

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 15th August 2015

Hurriyat leader hoists Pakistani flag in occupied Srinagar SRINAGAR: Hurriyat leader Asiya Andrabi on Friday hoisted the Pakistani flag and sang the country’s national anthem with a group of women celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Indian media reported that the group of Dukhtaran-e-Millat activists led by Andrabi had gathered in Bachpora area on the outskirts of Srinagar. Video footage showed...


India seeks $100m in damages from Nestle

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th August 2015

India seeks $100m in damages from Nestle NEW DELHI: India’s government is seeking damages of nearly $100 million from Nestle for “unfair trade practices” after the food safety watchdog banned its hugely popular Maggi noodles brand. The government said Wednesday it has filed a suit with the country’s top consumer court for 6,400 million rupees ($98.6 million) in damages from the Indian...


Ghani accuses Pakistan of sending ‘messages of war’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th August 2015

Ghani accuses Pakistan of sending ‘messages of war’ KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan on Monday of sending “messages of war” and harbouring bomb-making camps, after a wave of devastating blasts in Kabul killed at least 56 people. A Taliban suicide car bomber claimed lives of five people Monday near the entrance of Kabul’s international airport, the latest in a barrage of...


Large explosion hits Kabul airport entrance

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th August 2015

Large explosion hits Kabul airport entrance WEB DESK: A large explosion has hit the entrance to Kabul airport and there are reports of fatalities, according to Afghan officials. According to Al Jazeera, a car bomb was used in the attack, which took place at the civilian entrance of the airport in Kabul, adding that there were fatalities and causalities. Kabul was...


Stampede at India temple kills 10

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th August 2015

Stampede at India temple kills 10 NEW DELHI: A stampede outside a Hindu temple killed at least 10 pilgrims in eastern India early on Monday after a surge in the kilometres-long queue of up to 150,000 people. Police said devotees rushed towards the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple complex in Jharkhand state after news circulated that the doors were opening. Those sleeping in...


Soldier, two alleged militants killed in IHK gun battles

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th August 2015

Soldier, two alleged militants killed in IHK gun battles WEB DESK: An Indian occupation soldier and two alleged militants were killed in held Kashmir in two separate gun battles along the Line of Control, police said Sunday. The two alleged militants died when a group of suspected militants crossed the border into India and were intercepted by soldiers, triggering a gun battle in occupied...


India’s UP declares KFC unfit for consumption

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th August 2015

India’s UP declares KFC unfit for consumption LUCKNOW: Fried Chicken KFC failed quality control test in India’s Uttar Pardesh district. After the failing the test, notices have been served to KFC, an Indian newspaper reported. Prior to this, Dominos, a pizza place had also failed quality control tests. The matter was reported from Allahbad, where the Uttar Pardesh Food Authority confirmed that...


Three dozen dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th August 2015

Three dozen dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul KABUL: Multiple bombings rocked Kabul, killing at least 36 people and wounding hundreds more in the deadliest day in the Afghan capital since the end of the NATO combat mission in December. The explosions, which devastated buildings and overwhelmed hospitals with casualties, are the first major militant assaults on Kabul since the announcement of Taliban...


Suicide bomb kills six in first Taliban attack since new leader announced

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th August 2015

Suicide bomb kills six in first Taliban attack since new leader announced KABUL:A Taliban suicide truck bomber has killed six people in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar’s death. The blast in Pul-i-Alam, the capital of insurgency-prone Logar province just south of Kabul, highlights growing insecurity that is taking a heavy toll on Afghan civilians and security forces. “A...


Indian tea-seller who hawks his books on Amazon

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd August 2015

Indian tea-seller who hawks his books on Amazon WEB DESK: The most famous tea seller in the Indian capital, Delhi, Laxman Rao, is also a prolific Hindi-language author whose novels are now available on online platforms like Amazon. Anasuya Basu met him recently in central Delhi. Laxman Rao is not your ordinary chai wallah.Apart from the sweet milky tea his customers love, he...


Bangladesh, India in historic land swap

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 31st July 2015

Bangladesh, India in historic land swap DAHALA KHAGRABARI: Bangladesh and India will this week finally swap tiny islands of land, ending one of the world’s most difficult border disputes that has kept thousands of people in stateless limbo for almost 70 years. At one minute past midnight on Friday, some 50,000 residents along the border will light candles and celebrate their “new...


Convicted Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th July 2015

Convicted Mumbai bomb plotter Yakub Memon hanged in India WEB DESK: India executed Yakub Memon for his role in a series of bombings in Mumbai more than two decades ago on Thursday, police said. Memon was hanged at Nagpur jail in the western state of Maharashtra on the day of his 53rd birthday after last-ditch pleas for clemency were rejected by India’s president and supreme...


Attackers storm Indian police station, at least one dead

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th July 2015

Attackers storm Indian police station, at least one dead NEW DELHI: Indian security forces were battling attackers who stormed a police station near the Pakistan border on Monday, killing at least one officer. A police spokesman in the northern state of Punjab said at least six people had been injured in the ongoing siege and added that the attackers may be holding people hostage....


America and Middle East countries celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th July 2015

America and Middle East countries celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr today WEB DESK: Muslims of America, Britain, Europe and western countries are observing Eid-ul-Fitr today, Aaj News reported. Iraq, Kuwait, UAE and several Arab countries are observing Eid-ul-Fitr today.Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia also announced the celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr today. A Ruet-e-Hilal Committee meeting will be held today for the moon sighting ritual. According to the Met department,...


UN calls Mullah Omar’s support to talks a ‘positive development’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th July 2015

UN calls Mullah Omar’s support to talks a ‘positive development’ UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has welcomed as a “positive development” Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar’s endorsement of direct talks between his group and the Afghan government, saying the world body fully supports the peace process. “It’s obviously a positive development that there would be public support from the head of the Taliban,” UN Secretary-General’s...


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