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India’s 10-year rape victim delivers baby

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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India’s 10-year rape victim delivers baby

India’s 10-year rape victim delivers baby

Child denied abortion by top court MUMBAI: A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied an abortion by India’s top court gave birth yesterday in a case that has drawn outrage about the sexual abuse of children. The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she had delivered a baby; her parents told […]

Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Flooding maroons people in Indian states, eases in Nepal

Floods, landslides claim more than 250 lives LUCKNOW, India: Monsoon flooding is easing in Nepal, but the water flowing downriver has worsened floods in northern India and marooned thousands of villagers across the border, officials said yesterday. The existing flood situation was aggravated in Uttar Pradesh state after three rivers became swelled with the waters […]

Pakistan angry at US for adding Kashmir group to terror list

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Pakistan angry at US for adding Kashmir group to terror list

Pakistan angry at US for adding Kashmir group to terror list

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s foreign ministry has expressed anger and disappointment over Washington’s move to designate a Kashmir militant group fighting to end India’s rule in its area as a terrorist organization. The ministry’s spokesman, Nafees Zakaria, said yesterday that Pakistan will continue to extend “political, diplomatic and moral support” to the Kashmiri people in their efforts […]

Rights groups slam outrageous Indian plan to deport Rohingya

Posted by on 17/08/2017
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Rights groups slam outrageous Indian plan to deport Rohingya

Rights groups slam outrageous Indian plan to deport Rohingya

MUMBAI: Rights groups have condemned India’s plan to deport some 40,000 Rohingya Muslims, saying India should abide by its legal obligations and protect the stateless refugees who face persecution in Myanmar. Junior interior minister Kiren Rijiju told parliament last week the central government had directed state authorities to identify and deport all illegal immigrants including […]

US blacklists Kashmir militant group Hizbul

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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US blacklists Kashmir militant group Hizbul

US blacklists Kashmir militant group Hizbul

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has added a Kashmiri militant group fighting to end Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region to several terrorism blacklists. The designation blocks any assets the group may have in US jurisdictions and bars Americans from doing business with it. The State and Treasury departments said yesterday they had designated Hizbul […]

China, India soldiers hurl stones at one another

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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China, India soldiers hurl stones at one another

China, India soldiers hurl stones at one another

Incidents escalate tensions in border standoff SRINAGAR: Chinese and Indian soldiers yelled and hurled stones at one another high in the Himalayas in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Indian officials said yesterday, potentially escalating tensions between two nations already engaged in a lengthy border standoff elsewhere. The Chinese soldiers hurled stones while attempting to enter Ladakh region near […]

India cracks down on shell companies; 200,000 shut

Posted by on 16/08/2017
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India cracks down on shell companies; 200,000 shut

India cracks down on shell companies; 200,000 shut

Hundreds of shell firms located in Kolkata NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi banned high-denomination currency bills in a surprise move late last year, authorities noticed a surge in shell companies depositing cash in banks, seemingly in a bid to hide who owned that wealth. The moment, said a top aide to Modi, […]

Three aid workers killed in Afghanistan: officials

Posted by on 15/08/2017
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Three aid workers killed in Afghanistan: officials

Three aid workers killed in Afghanistan: officials

KABUL, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Three Afghan aid workers employed by Catholic Relief Services were gunned down and killed in central Afghanistan, officials said on Tuesday. The attack happened on Monday near the capital city of Ghor province, an area once relatively peaceful but now home to active Taliban and Islamic State militants. “We are […]

Roadside bomb blast kills 8 soldiers in SW Pakistan

Posted by on 15/08/2017
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Roadside bomb blast kills 8 soldiers in SW Pakistan

Roadside bomb blast kills 8 soldiers in SW Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan: A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government official said yesterday, the second attack within days in the troubled region. The blast late on Monday in Harnai district was some 160 km (100 miles) east of the provincial capital, Quetta, where a suicide […]

Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

Posted by on 15/08/2017
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Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

Modi urges India to reject violence in name of religion

Indian PM addresses nation on 70th anniversary NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged India yesterday to reject religious violence, after a series of attacks against minorities sparked debate about whether a surge of Hindu nationalism is undermining the country’s secular ideals. In a speech from the ramparts of Delhi’s Red Fort marking the 70th […]

A dwindling minority, Pakistan’s Sikhs feel less at home than ever before

Posted by on 14/08/2017
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A dwindling minority, Pakistan’s Sikhs feel less at home than ever before

A dwindling minority, Pakistan’s Sikhs feel less at home than ever before

Sikhs search for home 70 years after Partition PESHAWAR: Radesh Singh’s grandfather was just 11 years old when he left his village in India’s Punjab province to move to Peshawar, in the far northwest of the country on the border with Afghanistan. The year was 1901: The British ruled the Indian subcontinent, Pakistan wasn’t even […]

India restores hospital oxygen as anger mounts

Posted by on 14/08/2017
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India restores hospital oxygen as anger mounts

India restores hospital oxygen as anger mounts

GORAKHPUR, India: Indian health authorities yesterday delivered oxygen to a public hospital where 63 people have died of encephalitis in recent days, nearly half of them children, as it ran out of medical supplies because of unpaid bills, triggering public outrage. The deaths of the children have again exposed India’s underfunded and poorly managed public […]

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