Saturday, 4 April 2020

Asia

Thai king strips “disloyal” new royal consort of titles

BANGKOK: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles and military ranks for being “disloyal” and conducting a rivalry with Queen Suthida, the palace said late. It made the extraordinary announcement just months after the king, who was officially crowned in May, made Sineenat ...

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1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial in US removed after India protests

WASHINGTON: About three months after a ‘1984 Sikh Genocide Memorial’ to the Sikh victims of the 1984 riots in India was installed at Otis Library here, the memorial was removed – in part following the urging of the Indian government. The memorial, that featured a prominent photo of Khalistani leader ...

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EU calls for Afghan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

KABUL: European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul. US President Donald Trump last month declared talks with the insurgents “dead”, citing a ...

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Transgender councillor elected in Bangladesh first

DHAKA: A transgender candidate has been elected as councillor for a rural Bangladeshi town, the first in the ultra-conservative Muslim-majority nation where laws still discriminate against sexual minorities. Pinki Khatun was elected as vice chair of a town council in the country’s west on Monday after beating her nearest rival ...

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Apples rot on trees as Kashmir strife inflicts economic pain

SHOPIAN: Kashmir’s apple orchards, backbone of the economy and livelihood for nearly half the region’s people, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. Losses are mounting as insurgent groups pressure pickers, traders and drivers to shun the industry to ...

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Indian Mother marries Daughter’s Husband’s Elder Brother

NEW DELHI: There have been odd marital unions and one of the most strange marriages has emerged out of Pathankot City, Punjab, where an Indian mother married the elder brother of her daughter’s husband. Her daughter’s brother-in-law. In the modern-day, the likes of social media a big part in life ...

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Bangladesh forces kill Indian guard, wound another

KOLKATA/DHAKA: Bangladeshi border forces shot and killed an Indian border guard and wounded another after detaining an Indian fisherman, Indian officials said, in a rare reported clash between the two sides. Three Indian fishermen were caught by Bangladeshi officers and two were later released, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) said ...

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My family shares a special bond with Pakistan: Prince William

The Duke of Cambridge expressed his gratitude over the warm welcome he has received on his visit to Pakistan while addressing a ceremony at Pakistan Monument. For the ceremony, the prince wore a stylish sherwani by Naushemian and the princess donned a Jenny Packham outfit. The royal couple arrived at the ...

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India ranked below Pakistan on Global Hunger Index

NEW DELHI: While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vows that he is making India a superpower, the truth is the BJP-ruled country has slipped further on Global Hunger Index, it emerged Wednesday. According to Concern Worldwide, an aid agency which compiles the report, India is ranked at 102 on a ...

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7 dead in Afghan helicopter crash: officials

KABUL (AFP) – At least seven Afghan military personnel were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the northern Afghanistan province of Balkh on Tuesday, officials said. According to the Afghan defence ministry, the MI-17 Afghan air force chopper crashed due to “technical faults”. “All the seven ...

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