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Cyclone death toll hits 33 in southeast India

Posted by on 18/11/2018
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Cyclone death toll hits 33 in southeast India

Cyclone death toll hits 33 in southeast India

NEW DELHI: The death toll from a cyclone that battered India’s eastern coast has reached 33, a disaster official said yesterday, as authorities assessed the damage caused by the powerful storm. Cyclone Gaja, which packed winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour, had barreled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the coast […]

Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Sri Lanka parliament sacks Rajapakse

Sri Lanka showdown looms as new PM loses confidence vote COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament yesterday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum. The island nation has been in crisis since the president sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October […]

Modi govt, RBI set for uneasy truce

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Modi govt, RBI set for uneasy truce

Modi govt, RBI set for uneasy truce

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: India’s government and its central bank are getting close to ironing out some of their policy differences, said two sources familiar with the discussions, as they seek to defuse worsening tensions that had threatened to unnerve investors. While the rift is far from healed, the sources said enough progress had been made to […]

Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

Posted by on 14/11/2018
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Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

Bangladeshi police fire rubber bullets, teargas to disperse opposition protest

DHAKA: Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets and teargas at a group of opposition party supporters in the capital, Dhaka yesterday as tension soared weeks before a general election. Activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) responded to the police action by setting fire to police vans and cars, as well as several motor-bikes, according to […]

Every breath you take: India capital’s smog leaves children gasping for air

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Every breath you take: India capital’s smog leaves children gasping for air

Every breath you take: India capital’s smog leaves children gasping for air

Delhi’s well-off find ways to keep their kids away from smog NEW DELHI: Deepa Tampi worries a lot about the air her two children breathe. The garment exporter says she believes her 14-year-old daughter Mahika and 12-year-old son Vihaan both became asthmatic because of high levels of pollution in the New Delhi area. She has […]

Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award

Posted by on 13/11/2018
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Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award

Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Aung San Suu Kyi award

The latest in a string of rescinded accolades YANGON: Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defense of Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian leader in the face of global ire. Suu […]

Suicide bomber blow himself up in Kabul; At least six killed

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Suicide bomber blow himself up in Kabul; At least six killed

Suicide bomber blow himself up in Kabul; At least six killed

Latest in a wave of violence across war-torn Afghanistan KABUL: Six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul yesterday, close to where scores of Afghans had been protesting against Taleban attacks on the minority Hazara ethnic group. The attack is the latest in a wave of violence across war-torn Afghanistan […]

Air India pilot loses license after failing breath test

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Air India pilot loses license after failing breath test

Air India pilot loses license after failing breath test

NEW DELHI: A veteran pilot had his flying license revoked yesterday after failing a breath test moments before captaining an Air India plane to London, India’s aviation regulator said. Arvind Kathpalia, a pilot and senior executive with the national airline, blew positive for alcohol before entering the Dreamliner jet’s cockpit for the nearly 10-hour flight […]

Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief suspension

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief suspension

Netherlands resumes visa service in Pakistan after brief suspension

Twitter warns rights activists over government criticism ISLAMABAD: The Netherlands resumed visa and passport services in Pakistan yesterday following a brief suspension, denying that its embassy had closed over security concerns after the country gave shelter to the lawyer of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case. Hard-line Islamists in Pakistan have blocked streets and […]

India’s inflation rate drops, giving RBI a breathing space

Posted by on 12/11/2018
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India’s inflation rate drops, giving RBI a breathing space

India’s inflation rate drops, giving RBI a breathing space

NEW DELHI: India’s retail inflation rate dropped sharply in October, giving the central bank leeway to allow easier lending policies, but plunging farm prices sent a stark warning to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the challenges he faces in rural areas in next year’s general election. The rate, which includes food and energy prices, dropped […]

Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Posted by on 11/11/2018
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Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Bangladesh’s opposition parties including BNP to contest in polls

Alliance of 20 parties says wants to rescue democracy DHAKA: An alliance of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said yesterday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling Awami League rejecting a series of its demands. The BNP, which has been one of the two main […]

Sri Lanka’s crisis escalates as president calls snap election

Posted by on 10/11/2018
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Sri Lanka’s crisis escalates as president calls snap election

Sri Lanka’s crisis escalates as president calls snap election

President and ousted PM battling for power COLOMBO: Sri Lanka plunged deeper into crisis yesterday after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked parliament and called a snap election, leaving the country facing a further two months of damaging political paralysis. Political parties representing a majority of members in the 225-member parliament closed ranks to denounce the Friday […]

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