Thursday, 18 October 2018

Asia

Pakistan Army Chief meets British Chief of Defence Staff in London

LONDON: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has met UK Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Sir Nicholson Carter, where upon arrival he was also presented guard of honour. General Bajwa said that the country is ready to take its bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom to the ...

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Malaysia To Abolish Death Penalty

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s cabinet has agreed to abolish the death penalty, a senior minister said Thursday, in a decision hailed by rights groups. Capital punishment in Malaysia is currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping, possession of firearms and drug trafficking, among other crimes. The penalty is exclusively carried out by hanging in ...

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Five Koreans among nine killed in Himalayas in Nepal

Five South Korean climbers and their four Nepali guides have been killed after their base camp in the Himalayas was ravaged by a storm, local police and hiking officials said on Sunday. The disaster, which claimed the life of record-breaking Korean climber Kim Chang-ho, is the worst climbing accident to ...

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UK-India step up drive against illegal medicines

LONDON: After large quantities of unlicenced medicines sourced from India were recentlyseized in the United Kingdom, authorities of the two countries have enhanced intelligence-sharing and are focusing on regions suspected of sending such consignments to the Britain and Europe. India’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) recently seized 350,000 tablets of ...

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Bangladesh enacts digital law despite protests

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s president signed on Monday a digital security act into law on Monday despite protests by journalists and rights groups that it will severely curb media freedom. “The digital security bill has been signed by the president today,” President Abdul Hamid’s spokesman Joynal Abedin told AFP. Top editors and ...

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Minister accused in India’s growing #MeToo storm

NEW DELHI – India’s belated #MeToo movement snowballed Tuesday after several female journalists accused a minister in Narendra Modi’s government of sexual harassment and a producer alleged she was raped by a veteran Bollywood actor. Women journalists took to Twitter to allege how M.J. Akbar, a well-known former editor and ...

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Indian employee held for leaking ‘Brahmos’ missile secrets to Pakistan

NAGPUR: A man employed with the Defence Research and Development Organisation was detained on Monday on suspicion of leaking sensitive details about the nuclear-capable Brahmos cruise missile to Pakistan, reported India Today. The DRDO employee was detained on charges of suspicion and is currently being questioned. Sources said that some ...

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Jailed Bangladesh ex-PM ‘can’t use left hand’

DHAKA: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia, transferred to hospital last weekend from the 19th-century jail where she is the only prisoner, can no longer use her left hand, her doctor told AFP. Zia, 73, was jailed in February for corruption and has been on trial in a special room in ...

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India train cars derail, at least 5 people killed, 35 hurt

LUCKNOW: Police say an express train has partially derailed in northern India, killing five passengers and injuring dozens more. Police director general OP Singh said rescuers have responded to the scene where the train’s engine and five cars derailed about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. It occurred at a railway station in ...

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Taiwan to hold referendum on special law for same-sex marriage

TAIPEI: Taiwan will hold a public vote on whether the island’s civil law should recognise same-sex marriage, two election officials told Reuters on Tuesday, reviving a debate over whether a separate law should be enacted for civil unions between gay couples. Taiwan’s constitutional court declared in May last year that ...

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