Friday, 18 October 2019

Asia

35 US lawmakers urge govt to reduce tensions in South Asia

NEW YORK: Any US assistance to encourage bilateral discussions between India and Pakistan would help preserve global order and would serve to enhance the safety of Americans, says a letter signed by 35 US lawmakers. The letter, addressed to Kelly Craft, the US ambassador to the United Nations, also conveys ...

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Gates Foundation staffer resigned to protest Goalkeeper’s Award to Modi

NEW YORK: Sabah Hamid, a staffer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation resigned after the foundation remained adamant to award PM Narendra Modi amid Kashmir siege. Hamid asserted that she resigned to record her protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ongoing brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The ...

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Helpless Kashmiri families fear for their children: report

On August 5, India revoked occupied Kashmir’s autonomy, dividing the disputed territory into two regions to be controlled by New Delhi. Additional troops were flown into the disputed valley before the surprise move. In the weeks since the illegal lockdown, hundreds of Kashmiri politicians and activists have been detained or ...

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UK’s new visa rules bring good news for Asian students

LONDON: International students will be allowed to stay in the UK for two years after completing their graduation from a British university to find a job, under new proposals announced by the Home Office. Currently, graduates with bachelors or master’s degrees are allowed to look for work for only four ...

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UK envoy to Pakistan cooks ‘gajar ka halwa’

BIRMINGHAM: After successfully making daal and roti, Thomas Drew, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, has now showcased his skills in cooking ‘gajar ka halwa’. Drew posted a video on Twitter, in which he can be seen making the traditional carrot-based dessert. “My second lesson cooking carrot halwa. Easily the ...

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Toxic haze: Thousands Of Schools Shut In Malaysia and Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands of schools were shuttered across Malaysia and Indonesia, affecting at least 1.7 million pupils, officials said, as toxic haze from rampant forest fires sent air quality plummeting. Nearly 2,500 schools were ordered to shut their doors in Malaysia – including nearly 300 in the smog-hit capital Kuala ...

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Sri Lankan doctors strike over salary ‘injustice’

COLOMBO: Doctors at start-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary “injustice.” Two years ago, the government gave an unusually high salary increase to legal officers in the government sector, creating what Dr. Haritha Aluthge, secretary of the ...

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EU urges India, Pakistan to seek peaceful solution of Kashmir issue

BRUSSELS: The European Union has urged India and Pakistan to engage in a direct dialogue with a view to a peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute in full respect of the international human rights obligations. Opening the debate on behalf of the High Representative of European Union for Foreign Affairs and ...

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