Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Asia

Salmaan Taseer’s son Aatish Taseer loses Indian citizenship

LONDON: Aatish Taseer, British writer-journalist and son of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, has said New Delhi’s decision to cancel his overseas Indian citizenship was part of a “sinister plan”, reported BBC.  The move came after Taseer wrote an article for Time magazine criticising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to the Indian ...

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Maskless Angela Merkel braves severe Delhi smog

NEW DELHI: German Chancellor Angela Merkel got a toxic welcome to India as Prime Minister Narendra Modi treated her to a military parade in New Delhi’s severely polluted air. Ignoring medical advice to the choking megacity’s 20 million inhabitants, Merkel and Modi reviewed a guard of honour at the presidential ...

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Pakistan opposition protesters give PM Imran Khan 48 hours to step down

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition leaders have renewed their demands for Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down, terming his government illegitimate and incompetent, as thousands gathered at an anti-government protest in the capital Islamabad. Opposition leaders delivered fiery speeches against the PTI government on Thursday, giving PM Imran Khan a two-day ultimatum ...

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Indian Manipur separatists announce exiled government in UK

LONDON: Dissident political leaders from the Indian state of Manipur said they were unilaterally declaring independence from India and forming a government-in-exile in Britain. The former princely state became part of India in 1949, two years after the country won independence from Britain, but has since seen decades-long violent separatist ...

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73 killed in Tezgam train inferno in Pakistan

LIAQUATPUR: The death toll from a fire in three bogies of a Tezgam train near Liaquatpur city jumped to 73 around 1pm, while many remain under critical condition, Rahim Yar Khan district government said on Thursday. About 40 people, including women and children, were injured, Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin ...

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India lodges complaint with International Civil Aviation against Pakistan’s airspace denial to PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Following Pakistan’s refusal to allow Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to use its airspace, India has taken the matter to the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and lodged a complain. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi announced on Sunday that Pakistan denied India’s request to let Modi use Pakistan’s airspace. “Keeping ...

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Death penalty for 16 who set Bangladeshi student on fire

DHAKA: A Bangladesh court has sentenced 16 people to death for the murder of a student set on fire after accusing her teacher of sexual harassment. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 19, died in April in Feni, a small town some 160km (100 miles) outside the capital Dhaka. Among those found guilty ...

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4 dead in Bangladesh riot over offensive Facebook post

DHAKA: Four people were killed Sunday when Bangladesh police fired on a crowd after clashes erupted over a Facebook post that angered Muslims. Thousands of people took to the streets in the town of Borhanuddin, in Bangladesh’s southern Bhola district, to protest the post that allegedly criticized the Prophet Muhammad. ...

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India and Pakistan sign agreement on Kartarpur corridor

ATTARI: India and Pakistan on Thursday signed the much-awaited agreement for operationalizing Kartarpur Corridor, paving the way for its inauguration next month ahead of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The two sides met on “zero line” on the border and signed the agreement. The Indian delegation was ...

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Mahathir stands by Kashmir comments despite Indian traders palm oil boycott

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday said he would not retract his criticism of New Delhi’s actions in occupied Kashmir despite Indian traders calling for an unprecedented boycott of Malaysian palm oil. The impasse could exacerbate what Mahathir described as a trade war between the world’s second ...

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