Sunday, 5 July 2020

Asia

Above 100 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

YANGON: The bodies of at least 100 jade miners were pulled from the mud after a landslide in northern Myanmar on Thursday, in one of the worst ever accidents to hit the perilous industry. Scores die each year while working in the country’s lucrative but poorly regulated jade industry, which ...

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Hong Kong security law sails through Chinese parliament

HONG KONG: China approved a contentious national security law that will allow authorities to crack down on subversive and secessionist activity in Hong Kong, a move many see as Beijing’s boldest yet to erase the legal firewall between the semi-autonomous territory and the mainland’s authoritarian Communist Party system. Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

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Indian diplomatic staff, family leave Pakistan via Wagah Border

WAGAH/ATTARI: 38 staff members of Indian High Commission including six diplomats and their families left for India via Wagah-Attari Border. Earlier Pakistan asked India to reduce strength of its High Commission in Islamabad by 50 percent as a counter measure to Indian move of cutting strength of Pakistani High Commission ...

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At least 32 dead as boat capsizes in Bangladesh

DHAKA: At least 32 bodies have been recovered so far after a boat capsized in the Buriganga River in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Monday (June 29). According to survivors, the boat named ML Morning Bird had around 50 passengers on board when it sank in the river along the Shyambazar ...

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Security forces foil terrorists attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange

KARACHI: Security forces on Monday have foiled an attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) in Karachi and killed all four terrorists. One sub inspector and three security guards have also embraced martyrdom in the incident. According to details, four terrorists hurled hand grenade at the PSX building and opened indiscriminate fire ...

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Indian govt rejects Pakistan’s offer to reopen Kartarpur

KARTARPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Indian government has rejected Pakistan’s offer to reopen Kartarpur Corridor on June 29 to mark the death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The reaction came after Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had said, “Pakistan is preparing to reopen the Kartarpur Sahib Corridor for all ...

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India passes 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

NEW DELHI: India now has more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government figures released Saturday that showed a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections. Authorities said a total of 15,685 people had died after another 385 fatalities were added to the toll in 24 hours. The pandemic ...

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Indian jets roar over flashpoint area after Chinese takeover

LEH: Indian fighter jets roared over a flashpoint Himalayan region as part of a show of strength following what military sources say has been a Chinese takeover of contested territory. Chinese forces have held onto a chunk of land covering several square kilometres (miles) at the mouth of the Galwan ...

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India and Pakistan scale down diplomatic ties

NEW DELHI / LAHORE: In a major move to scale down bilateral diplomatic contacts, India today announced its decision to reduce by half the staff strength in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi and reciprocally cut by the same quantity the Indian presence in Islamabad. This decision, which is ...

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