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Doval’s Visit Key To Ease Sikkim Standoff: Chinese Analyst

Beijing (PTI):  Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval's visit to Beijing for a meeting of NSAs from BRICS countries may be key to ease tensions between India and China over the military standoff in Dokalam, a Chinese analyst said. Doval is scheduled to visit China for the meeting on July 27-28. The meeting is hosted by his Chinese counterpart and State...

US Defence Secretary Admits Baghdadi Still Alive

Washington (PTI):  US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he believes Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi is still alive, shooting down claims he was killed in an air strike. "I think Baghdadi's alive... And I'll believe otherwise when we know we've killed him," Mattis said. "But, we're going after him. We assume he's alive," he told reporters yesterday. Last month, the...

Pak SC Concludes Panama Case Hearing Against Sharif, Family

Islamabad (PTI):  Pakistan's Supreme Court today 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 not immediately give any date to give...

China’s Communist Party Asks Members To Give Up Religion

Beijing (PTI): In a controversial move, China's ruling Communist Party has directed its nearly 90 million members to shun religion for maintaining party unity, warning that religious belief is a "redline" for the cadres and those who resist would be punished. The head of China's top religious affairs regulator said that party members should not seek value and faith in religion...

China Begins Commercial Production Of Drone That Rivals US MQ-9 Reaper

Beijing (PTI): China has started commercial production of its CH-5 Rainbow drone, touted to be a rival to the US unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 Reaper, which could attack targets on the ground. Wang Song, an associate professor with the school of aeronautic science and engineering at China's Beihang University, said the first flight of a mass-produced CH-5 Rainbow, a heavy military...

US Congresswomen Protest For ‘Right To Bare Arms’

Washington (PTI): In a unique protest, over 30 US Congresswomen on both sides of the aisle wore sleeveless dresses to support their "right to bare arms" in parts of Washington DC's Capitol building. The lawmakers staged the protest on Friday against the dress code in the Speaker's Lobby, a room bordering the House chamber where lawmakers congregate between votes and where...

Indian Student Stabbed To Death By Compatriot In B’desh:Report

  Dhaka (PTI): A 25-year-old MBBS student from India was allegedly stabbed to death by his compatriot following an altercation between them at a flat in Bangladesh's Chittagong city, police said today. Ateef Sheikh died after being stabbed by Winson Maisnam Singh, 23, on the fourth floor flat of the six-storey building in Akbar Shah area last night, the police was quoted...

Lilly Singh Appointed UNICEF’s Global Goodwill Ambassador

New Delhi (PTI):  UNICEF today appointed Indian-origin Canadian YouTube star Lilly Singh as its newest Global Goodwill Ambassador at a special event here. Lilly was in the capital to support UNICEF's Youth4Change initiative, a programme for youth that brings them together to support their peers and communities in taking action on issues such as health, hygiene, child labour and gender...

US House Imposes Conditions For Defence Funding To Pakistan

Washington (PTI): The US House of Representatives has voted for three legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan, making it conditional to Islamabad showing satisfactory progress in the fight against terrorism. The conditions are related to Pakistan's support to terrorists and terror outfits, about which several top US officials and lawmakers have repeatedly expressed...

India, Pak Should Resolve Kashmir Issue Through Talks: UN Chief

United Nations (PTI):  UN chief Antonio Guterres has reiterated the need for India and Pakistan to find a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issue through engagement and dialogue, his spokesperson said. Guterres' spokesman Stephane Dujarric's remarks came when he was asked if the Secretary-General is paying attention to the situation in the region or "we are just waiting for some...

Indian-Origin Man Executed In Singapore For Drug Trafficking

Singapore (PTI): A 29-year-old Indian-origin Malaysian man was executed today in Singapore for drugs smuggling despite calls by the UN and rights groups to halt his capital punishment. Prabagaran Srivijayan was sentenced to death in 2014 after he was caught with 22.24 grams of diamorphine while trying to enter Singapore. Srivijayan had his death sentence carried out at Singapore's Changi Prison Complex,...

Indian-Origin Businessman Receives Queen’s Enterprise Award

London (PTI): A prominent Indian-origin businessman has received the prestigious Queen's Enterprise Award 2017 for his food processing plant's role in boosting the UK s position as an investor friendly destination. Yusaffali M A collected the award at a special ceremony in Birmingham Council House recently before meeting Queen Elizabeth II at a reception hosted for this year's winners at Buckingham...

11 Indians Killed In Saudi Blaze

Jeddah/New Delhi (PTI): Eleven Indians have been killed in a fire in the southern Saudi city of Najran and the Indian Consulate in Jeddah is providing all assistance to the families of the deceased and those injured in the tragedy, the External Affairs Ministry said today. Among the Indians killed in the fire, four were from Uttar Pradesh, three from Kerala,...

Sharif To Consult Cabinet Amidst Calls For Resignation

Islamabad (PTI): Amid demands for his resignation, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today convened an emergency Cabinet meeting to chalk out a strategy to counter the Panama case probe panel's damning report that recommended filing of a graft case against him and his family. Sharif, 67, is expected to seek an endorsement from the Cabinet in the form of a resolution...