Sunday, February 18, 201866 people killed in Iran plane crash

Tehran, Feb 18: A passenger plane crashed in central Iran on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, authorities said.

The ATR 72, a twin-engine turboprop operated by Aseman Airlines, crashed due to bad weather into the Dena Mountain near the town of Semirom, an official at the Iranian carrier confirmed to the media.

The plane was flying from Tehran to the southwestern city of Yasuj, repo


Sunday, February 18, 2018PoK govt orders state funeral for LoC victims

Islamabad, Feb 18: Prime Minister of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider has instructed authorities to give state funerals to those killed due to alleged firing by Indian troops across the Line of Control.

Haider yesterday accused the Indian Army of targeting civilians, including women and children, The Express Tribune reported.

"All deputy commissioners have been instructed to e


Sunday, February 18, 2018Pak to send transgenders as Haj volunteers

Islamabad, Feb 19: For the first time in the history of Pakistan, transgenders will be part of a team of boy scouts being sent to Saudi Arabia to serve as volunteers during 2018 Haj pilgrimage, a media report said today.

"Efforts for sending transgender youth to Saudi Arabia to serve as Khuddamul Hujjaj (volunteers during the annual Haj) are underway," IPC Sindh Boys Scouts Commissioner Atif


Sunday, February 18, 2018Red alert issued in Australian state for cyclone Kelvin

Canberra, Feb 18: Authorities on Sunday issued a red alert in the state of Western Australia (WA) after tropical cyclone Kelvin made landfall earlier in the day, bringing with it winds of up to 250 kph.

In a warning, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services told residents of northern WA that they were "in danger and need to act immediately", reports Xinhua news agency

"There is a possi


Sunday, February 18, 2018Sacred Tibetan monastery in Lhasa hit by fire

Lhasa, Feb 18: A fire broke out at the most sacred shrine in Tibetan Buddhism - the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa, a media report said on Sunday.

Footage posted online showed flames billowing from the roof and what appeared to be at least one gutted pagoda, the BBC report said.

Chinese state media said the blaze started late Saturday and was soon put out. No casualties were reported.

The ex


Saturday, February 17, 2018Double taxation avoidance agreement to give fillip to India, Iran trade

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Enforcement of the double taxation avoidance agreement and extension of preferential tariff would give a fillip to trade and investment between Iran and India , Masoud Karbasian, Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance, Iran said here on Saturday.

Karbasian was addressing an interactive meeting with Indian and Iranian business leaders, organised by the Federation of Indian


Saturday, February 17, 2018Modi, Iran President discuss bilateral cooperation, regional issues

New Delhi, Feb 17 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday discussed bilateral cooperation across a range of areas and regional issues during a meeting with Iran President Hassan Rouhani here.

Modi welcomed Rouhani at the Hyderabad House here ahead of delegation-level talks between the two sides.

"Both leaders held substantive and productive discussion on cooperation in trade and investm


Saturday, February 17, 20187.2-magnitude quake jolts Mexico, no casualties reported

Mexico City, Feb 17 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck southeastern Mexico, with the epicentre recorded in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

Emergency authorities in the Oaxaca reported "only material damage and no loss of human life" during the earthquake on Friday night.

The USGS initially reported a magnitude of 7.5 but revised it


Friday, February 16, 2018Pak accuses India of not reciprocating to its commitment to peace: minister

London, Feb 16 : Pakistan's interior minister has accused India of not reciprocating Islamabad's commitment to peace with "unilateral actions" and warned New Delhi against "bullying" his country.

Ahsan Iqbal said Pakistan is trying to overcome the trust deficit that exists in the region but India has disappointed Islamabad with unilateral moves like boycotting the SAARC summit which was to be


Friday, February 16, 2018Rouhani visits Hyderabad's Qutub Shahi tombs

Hyderabad, Feb 16 : Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Friday visited the historic Qutub Shahi tombs here.

Rouhani, who is on a three-day visit to the country, arrived here on Thursday. He visited the tombs along with other Iranian ministers and senior officials accompanying him, amid tight security.

The visiting dignitary went around the complex, housing mausoleums of rulers of the Qutub


Thursday, February 15, 2018'India wasted opportunity for normalisation of ties with Pak'

Islamabad, Feb 15 : Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that India has not only wasted the opportunity for normalisation of ties with Islamabad but also restricted the space for peace through its "hostile" stance, according to a media report.

The defence minister made the comments yesterday while announcing a policy statement in the Senate, Dawn News reported.

"The unr


Thursday, February 15, 2018Mehbooba releases Tribal Calendar

Habbib Naqash, Mir Imran contribute photos to calendar

Jammu: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti released the debut Tribal Calendar in an impressive function here today. Minister for Tribal Affairs, Choudhary Zulkar also graced the occasion. As per the release, the theme of the calendar this year is “tribal culture and lifestyle.”
Gojri poet, Javaid Rahi and Greater Kashmir lensmen, Habbib Naqash and Mir Imran contributed the pictures to the tribal calen


Thursday, February 15, 2018Nepal PM Deuba resigns

Kathmandu, Feb 15 : Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba resigned from his post on Thursday. K.P. Oli will replace him as the 41st Prime Minister of the Himalayan nation later in the day.

Deuba made the announcement during a televised address to the nation.

His government is credited with holding successful elections following the announcement of the new constitution in 2015.



Thursday, February 15, 2018Will challenge govt's 'illegal' action in court, says Saeed

Lahore, Feb 15 : Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has said he will challenge the government's "illegal" action in the court of law after Pakistan launched a crackdown on seminaries and health facilities run by him.

Under pressure to act against banned groups, Pakistan took control of a seminary and four dispensaries run by Saeed-linked Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (


Thursday, February 15, 2018Florida high school shooting kills 17

Washington, Feb 15 : At least 17 people were killed and several others were injured in a school shooting on Wednesday in the US state of Florida.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told the press that 12 were killed in the school building, two were killed outside the building, one on a road nearby and two died in hospital from wounds.

The shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High


Wednesday, February 14, 2018Iran President to come on three-day India visit

New Delhi, Feb 14: Iran President Hassan Rouhani will come on a three-day visit to India starting Thursday at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the External Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday.

Modi and Rouhani will hold a bilateral meeting here on Saturday, during the course of which both sides would review the progress achieved in bilateral relations and also exchange views


Wednesday, February 14, 2018Pakistan is a 'chhutputiya' nation, this is not war: BJP MP Dharmendra Pradhan on terror attacks

NEW DELHI: Dismissing Pakistan as a 'chhutputiya' or tiny nation, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan dismissed the idea of an impending war with India's neighbour nation.

“Pakistan is a chhutputiya (tiny) nation. I don't consider this even as a low-intensity war,” said the BJP minister at a media event in the national capital on Tuesday. The minister was responding to a question on recent “surg


Wednesday, February 14, 201810 US students hospitalised after ingesting 'unknown substance'

San Francisco, Feb 14: At least 10 students from a high school here in the US has been hospitalised after they ingested an unknown substance, an official said.

The San Francisco Fire Department official said the students were from James Lick Middle School. A couple of students were first showing symptoms of vomiting and nausea while one was found with extreme symptoms.

The San Francisco Uni


Wednesday, February 14, 2018'508 Hindu refugees cleared for repatriation to Myanmar'

United Nations, Feb 14: Myanmar has said that 508 Hindus are among around 1,000 refugees cleared for the first batch to be repatriated to their homes from Bangladesh.

The list, which also includes 750 Muslims, has been handed over to Bangladesh authorities to "expedite" the process of repatriating refugees now in the neighbouring country, Myanmar's Permanent Representative Hau Do Suan told th


Tuesday, February 13, 2018We will pay back India in own coin, says Pakistan Defence Minister

Islamabad, Feb 13 : A day after Indias Defence Minister warned that Pakistan would have to "pay" for a terror strike on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir said on Tuesday that Islamabad will pay New Delhi in "its own coin in case of any Indian misadventure".

He vowed to "defend robustly" every inch of Pakistan's soil, and said: "Any Indian aggression


Tuesday, February 13, 2018Over 500 leading travel agents to participate in TAAI convention

Srinagar, Feb 13 : In the run up to showcase Kashmir as an international tourist destination, a three-day Convention of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), in which over 500 leading travel agents will participate, will be held in Srinagar after a gap of 30 years.

Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said that the 64th Convention of TAAI will be held in Srinagar from March 27 to March


Tuesday, February 13, 2018Pakistan appreciates UK's development assistance to country

Islamabad, Feb 13 : Pakistan has appreciated UK's development assistance to the country for the uplift of its socio-economic sectors.

During a meeting between Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and UK's Minister of State for Commonwealth and UN Lord Tariq Ahmad in London, both the countries have agreed to continue to work together for further strengthening bilateral relations, a report published