Thursday, 13 December 2018

Asia

Sikh rally in NYC as Indian minister addresses UNGA

NEW YORK: Waving placards like “Free Punjab, End Indian occupation” and “Modi (is) face of Indian terrorism”, hundreds of Sikhs staged a rally in front of the UN building in New York, as the Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday. The demonstration organized ...

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Indonesia scrambles to help quake-hit island as death toll tops 800

Indonesian authorities scrambled to get food, aid and equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island on Monday as the death toll from the disaster soared to 832 and looked certain to rise as rescuers struggled to reach devastated outlying communities. Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of ...

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Jabir Moti Denied Bail For Second Time by UK Court

LONDON: Jabir Moti, allegedly a “top lieutenant” in underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s organised crime syndicate, was denied bail for the second time by a UK court on Thursday, even as the Pakistani government vouched for him as a man of “good character”. The letter from Pakistani High Commissioner, Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, ...

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Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

TORONTO: Canada’s parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to effectively strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over the Rohingya crisis. Ottawa had given the long-detained democracy advocate and Nobel laureate the rare honour in 2007. But her international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal ...

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Nepal to ban porn sites to curb rising rape cases

The Nepalese government said on Friday that it will block the publication and dissemination of pornographic content in the country, citing an increase in incidents of rape. The Ministry for Information and Communication issued a release citing pornographic content to be the reason for rape. “The Criminal Code 2071 article ...

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Indian vice air chief accidentally shoots himself

NEW DELHI: The vice chief of Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Marshal S B Deo, has accidentally shot himself in his thigh, Indian media said. The reports added that Deo was rushed to a military hospital in Delhi where he underwent a surgery. However, his  condition is said to be ...

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Bangladeshi professor held for Facebook comments on PM

CHITTAGONG: A Bangladeshi university lecturer has been suspended and detained for making allegedly derogatory remarks on Facebook about the prime minister, his lawyer said. A ruling-party activist filed a case against Maidul Islam under Bangladesh’s notorious internet laws, which critics say are aimed at stifling dissent. The assistant sociology professor ...

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Men wanted for killing and torturing kangaroos in Australia

SYDNEY: Three men accused of torturing and killing kangaroos are being hunted by police in Australia, just days after a man was arrested for intentionally mowing down emus in another high-profile animal cruelty case. Police in Western Australia on Wednesday released images of the men wanted for questioning over separate ...

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EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

BRUSSELS: As doubts grow over China’s vast “Belt and Road” trade infrastructure project, the EU is launching an alternative plan for Asia that it says will not saddle countries with debt they cannot repay. EU member countries are expected to sign off on the new “Asia connectivity strategy” – which ...

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Pakistan claims Rafale is why India called off key meet

NEW DELHI/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan jumped into the Rafale deal controversy by hinting at that being the “real” reason for the Modi administration to cancel the meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session. Speaking exclusively to ...

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