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India, Pakistan leader call for peace talks

Posted by on 20/08/2018
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India, Pakistan leader call for peace talks

India, Pakistan leader call for peace talks

ISLAMABAD: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for dialogue with Pakistan in a letter to its newly elected leader and Pakistan also saw talks with its old rival as the “only way forward”, Pakistan’s foreign minister said yesterday. New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan offered an olive branch to India after his election victory […]

More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

Posted by on 19/08/2018
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More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

More bodies found in Kerala as toll hits 370

THRISSUR, India: Rescuers searched submerged villages in southwest India yesterday in a desperate hunt for survivors after floods killed at least 370 people and drove more than 700,000 from their homes. Entire villages in Kerala have been swept away in the state’s worst floods for a century. Rescuers fear the death toll will rise as […]

‘Everything’s business’: Rohingya crisis offers earning opportunity

Posted by on 19/08/2018
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‘Everything’s business’: Rohingya crisis offers earning opportunity

‘Everything’s business’: Rohingya crisis offers earning opportunity

Cox’s Bazar district hosts one million Rohingya from Myanmar TEKNAF, Bangladesh : Captain Min Min, a Buddhist from Myanmar, looks on as a stream of Muslim Rohingya laborers zig-zag up narrow gangplanks hauling sacks of ginger from his boat onto Bangladeshi soil-one of many seizing the economic opportunities presented by a refugee crisis. “I don’t […]

Kerala floods disrupt expats’ travel plans; death toll jumps

Posted by on 18/08/2018
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Kerala floods disrupt expats’ travel plans; death toll jumps

Kerala floods disrupt expats’ travel plans; death toll jumps

Rescue stepped up as more torrential rain batters Indian state KUWAIT/KOCHI: Holiday plans of hundreds of expats scheduled to travel to Kerala from Kuwait for Eid Al-Adha and Onam have been thrown into disarray while many others already on vacation in the state are on tenterhooks following the closure of Kochi International Airport in the […]

Amazing stories from the floods in Kerala

Posted by on 18/08/2018
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Amazing stories from the floods in Kerala

Amazing stories from the floods in Kerala

KOCHI: A heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations yesterday. Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern […]

Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Posted by on 18/08/2018
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Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

A rundown of the biggest hurdles Pakistan is facing ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s new government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan faces myriad challenges. The cricketing icon turned politician will have to make hard choices, and quickly. Here is a rundown of the biggest hurdles Pakistan is facing: Economy Analysts have warned the new government will have […]

Monsoon fury in Kerala unabated, toll rises to 100

Posted by on 16/08/2018
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Monsoon fury in Kerala unabated, toll rises to 100

Monsoon fury in Kerala unabated, toll rises to 100

More troops deployed as thousands remain stranded across state –  Cochin Airport to remain closed till August 26  COCHIN: Helicopters airlifted stranded families from rooftops and dam gates were thrown open as incessant torrential rain brought fresh havoc yesterday to the Indian state of Kerala where about 100 people are feared dead. Hundreds of […]

Student leader joins growing list detained in Bangladesh

Posted by on 16/08/2018
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Student leader joins growing list detained in Bangladesh

Student leader joins growing list detained in Bangladesh

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said they had arrested a prominent student leader on Wednesday, in the latest detention of government critics following protests that brought Dhaka to a standstill earlier this month. Authorities have taken social media activists, journalists and students into custody in the days since the demonstrations were violently dispersed. Lutfun Nahar Luma was […]

India’s three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead

Posted by on 16/08/2018
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India’s three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead

India’s three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead

A gentle face of Indian nationalism NEW DELHI: Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said yesterday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalized. “Atal Ji’s passing away is a personal and irreplaceable loss for me,” Modi said in a tweet yesterday, using a Hindi-language honorific. “It was […]

If rupee slump persists, it can hurt India’s Modi

Posted by on 16/08/2018
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If rupee slump persists, it can hurt India’s Modi

If rupee slump persists, it can hurt India’s Modi

Rupee hits all-time low of 70.40 against dollar NEW DELHI: The rupee’s plunge to a record low has worried a wide cross-section of India’s society: companies, importers, those going on vacation and students planning to study overseas. But if the weakness persists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s job could become a lot harder just before big […]

Kerala flood toll jumps to 67, airport closed

Posted by on 15/08/2018
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Kerala flood toll jumps to 67, airport closed

Kerala flood toll jumps to 67, airport closed

KOCHI: The flood toll in India’s southern tourist hotspot of Kerala jumped to 67 after another 25 deaths were reported yesterday, with more than 50,000 people seeking shelter in relief camps, a state official told AFP. Kerala, famed for its pristine palm-lined beaches and tea plantations, is battered by the monsoon every year but the […]

37 die as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

Posted by on 15/08/2018
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37 die as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

37 die as suicide attacker targets school in Kabul

KABUL: At least 37 people, the majority of them students, were killed when a suicide blast ripped through a school in a Shiite area of Kabul yesterday, officials said, the latest assault on Afghanistan’s war-weary capital. Around a dozen ambulances rushed to the Mawoud education centre in the western part of the city, where students […]