Afghanistan Police search for villagers after mass kidnapping

Monday, 24 Jul 2017 | AFP | Kandahar

Afghan Police on Sunday launched a search for some 30 villagers still missing two days after a mass kidnapping blamed on Taliban militants in the southern province of Kandahar. Seventy people were abducted Friday from their village along the main road in the south and seven of them were found dead...

‘Pak created terror groups to check India and Afghan’

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Agencies | Washington

Pakistan created terror groups such as the Taliban, the Haqqani network and the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba to keep India “off balance” and protect Islamabad’s interests in war-torn Afghanistan, according to former US diplomats and officials. William Milam, a former US ambassador to Pakistan, and Philip Reiner, a former senior director for...

‘Closely and carefully’ following India-China stand-off, says US

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | PTI | Washington

The US is “closely and carefully” following the border stand-off between India and China, the Trump administration said on Friday, urging the two countries to engage in direct dialogue to reduce the tension. The remarks came a day after India and China appeared willing to resolve the military standoff through dialogue. External...

US blocks $350 Mn military aid to Pak

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | PTI | Washington

The US has decided against disbursement of $350 million in coalition support fund to Pakistan after the Defence Secretary informed Congress that he was not able to certify that Islamabad has taken “sufficient actions” against the dreaded Haqqani network, a top official said on Friday. The Pentagon’s decision came ahead of...

Pak should be treated as ‘rogue state’ like N Korea: ex-Senator

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | Agencies | Washington

The US should treat Pakistan as a ‘state’ like North Korea and create a ‘super alliance’ with India to combat extremism as Islamabad has ‘blackmailed’ America into providing aid to combat terrorism but continues to harbour terrorists, a former Republican Senator has said. “Unless Pakistan changes its ways with respect...

Pak SC concludes Panama case hearing against Sharif, family

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | Agencies | Islamabad

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Friday concluded hearing the high-profile Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family for alleged corruption, but reserved its verdict that could jeopardise his political future. The three-member bench headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan did...

US bans travel to North Korea

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | PTI | Washington

The Trump Administration today announced plans to ban its citizens from travelling to North Korea, attributing it to the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention of Americans in the reclusive nation. The move comes following the death of university student Otto Warmbier, who was returned to the US. In a...

Qatar changes anti-terror law amid Gulf crisis

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | AFP | Doha

Qatar has announced changes to its anti-terror legislation, one of the controversial issues at the core of the crisis between Doha and its neighbours who accuse it of backing extremists. The decree from Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani establishes two national lists for individuals and terrorist entities and sets out...

South Korea urges North to respond to military talks offer

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | AFP | Seoul

South Korea urged the North on Friday to break its silence on an offer of military talks aimed at easing simmering tensions over the hermit state’s Nuclear ambitions. Seoul had proposed to hold rare inter-Korea talks this week at the border truce village of Panmunjom to ease hostilities after a series...

Erdogan: Germany cannot scare Turkey with threats

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | AFP | Istanbul

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told Germany it cannot scare Ankara with threats, in an escalating row over a wave of arrests that prompted Berlin to step up warnings to German tourists and investors. “They (Germany) cannot scare us with these threats, they should know this,” Erdogan said...


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Of 4,862 large dams, only 349 have emergency disaster action plans: CAG

23 Jul 2017 | IANS | New Delhi

Only 349 of 4,862 India's large dams have emergency disaster action plans in place, the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India's performance report on flood control and management schemes of the Water Resources Ministry has revealed. "Out of 4,862 large dams, emergency action plans or disaster management plans of only 349 dams, which is seven per cent, were prepared (March 2016)...

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Sanskar Bharti holds Rangoli-Mehndi competition

25 Jul 2017 | PNS | HAZARIBAGH

The Hazaribagh district unit of Sanskar Bharti organized Rangoli-Mehndi competition in the premises of Hindu +2 High School. Despite continuous rain 140 participated in the Rangoli competition and 78 in Mehndi competition...

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