Thursday, 9 July 2020

Asia

US ends special trade treatment for India

WASHINGTON: The US will end preferential trade status for India next week, President Donald Trump has confirmed amid a deepening row over protectionism. India had been the largest beneficiary of a scheme that allows some goods to enter the US duty-free. However that status will end on Wednesday, Mr Trump ...

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Six dead in IS-claimed blast at Kabul military academy

KABUL: At least six people were killed and 16 more wounded in a suicide blast outside a military academy in the Afghan capital, an official said. The attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, targeted students leaving the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in western Kabul. Kabul police ...

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Pakistani teacher booked for making student eat grass

A Pakistani school teacher has been booked for allegedly forcing a minor boy to eat grass for failing to study a lesson, a media report said on Wednesday. The incident happened at the Government Primary school of Punjab’s Lodhran district on Monday where the seven-year-old student was forced to either ...

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Bangladesh charges 16 for burning school girl alive

DHAKA: The Bangladesh police on Wednesday sought the death penalty for the 16 people accused of killing a teenaged school girl who was burnt to death by her madrasa principal for reporting a sexual harassment case against him, according to a media report. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 18, was set on ...

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Afghanistan opens probe into sexual favour allegations

KABUL: Afghanistan’s attorney general opened an investigation Tuesday into allegations that some members of President Ashraf Ghani s administration are trading government positions for sexual favours. The accusations made last week by General Habibullah Ahmadzai, a former security advisor to Ghani, have sparked an outcry in Kabul. Many have taken ...

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Rise in attacks on Afghan schools alarming: UNICEF

KABUL: A latest UNICEF report has pointed out alarming rise in the attacks on schools in the war-torn Afghanistan. The report released on Tuesday has counted around 200 attacks on schools last year alone, thereby cutting children’s access to education amid worsening security situation. Attacks on schools have surged from ...

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UK-Pakistan sign MoU for former finance minister extradition

LONDON: The British government and Pakistan have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the formal beginning of process for the extradition former finance minister Ishaq Dar to Pakistan. According to the copy of the MoU – signed this week and case specific to Ishaq Dar – provides legal basis ...

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Imran Khan speaks to Modi, hopes to improve ties

Pakistan’s prime minister has spoken to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, congratulating him on his party’s winning a second mandate. A statement from the ministry of foreign affairs on Sunday said that during the telephone call, Imran Khan expressed his hope the two countries would work closely together to improve ...

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Indian worker accused of raping cows at shelter held on animal cruelty charges

NEW DELHIA labourer is accused of raping five cows at a cattle shelter in India after horrified staff saw the surveillance footage of the incident. The man was arrested after cattle shelter volunteers claimed they saw him committing the perverted acts, in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, writes the Mirror. Shelter workers lay in wait for the offender to return to the ...

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British Airways service resumption to promote Pak-UK links: Mark Field

LONDON: British Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field said that the launch of direct flights between Pakistan and United Kingdom (UK) would help promote business and trade besides increasing links between the two countries. “The launch of direct flights between our two capitals is excellent news for both ...

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