Saturday, January 25, 2020Nepal offers to play role of mediator between India and Pakistan

Kathmandu, Jan 25: Nepal offered to play the role of a mediator between India and Pakistan, saying that it was important for the two countries to have dialogue to resolve their issues.

"Dialogue is the best way to resolve any problem. There may be differences but it can be resolved through dialogue. If necessary, we can play the role of a mediator too," a Nepal government source said here.


Saturday, January 25, 2020Texas county gets first Sikh Deputy Constable

Houston, Jan 25: Indian-American law enforcement officer, Amrit Singh, has created history by becoming the first ever turban-wearing Sikh to be sworn in as Deputy Constable in Texas state's Harris County.

The 21-year-old wears the articles of his faith -- turban and beard -- proudly while serving in the line of duty, Indica News said in a report on Friday.

Singh was sworn-in on Tuesday.


Saturday, January 25, 2020Brazilian Prez given ceremonial welcome in Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, Jan 25: Visiting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday was given a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here, after which he said that he would use this visit as an opportunity for strengthening bilateral relations.

The President, who is the Chief Guest in Sunday's Republic Day celebrations, reached Delhi on Friday on a four-day visit.

On Saturday morning, Bolson


Friday, January 24, 2020Nepal says if India can resolve boundary issue with Bangladesh, why not Kathmandu

Kathmandu, Jan 24: If India can resolve its land boundary issue with Bangladesh then why not with Nepal, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday, referring to the lingering territorial differences between the two neighbours.

India in November released fresh maps of the newly-created union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. In the maps, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is part


Friday, January 24, 2020Nepal invites PM Modi for Sagarmatha dialogue

Kathmandu, Jan 24: Nepal has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the first Sagarmatha Sambaad forum to be held here in April to deliberate on the most prominent issues of global, regional and national significance, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday.

The first edition of the Sagarmatha Sambaad' is scheduled to be held from April 2 to 4 on the theme "Climate Change


Friday, January 24, 2020Indian embassy in Beijing cancels Republic Day ceremony due to coronavirus outbreak in China

Beijing, Jan 24: The Indian embassy in China cancelled the Republic Day ceremony in view of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 25 people and infected over 800 others.

The Indian mission here took to social media to announce the cancelation of the celebrations scheduled for January 26.

"In view of the evolving situation due to the coronavirus outbreak in China as well as the decision


Friday, January 24, 2020US-Iran tensions may aid Pak get off grey list

New Delhi, Jan 24: Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global watchdog for terror funding may remove Pakistan from the punitive "grey list" in its upcoming review meeting.

Sources told IANS that the FATF is "satisfied" with Pakistan's efforts to crack down on terror funding and money laundering, even though Pakistani terrorists have been continually infiltrating into India through the Line


Friday, January 24, 2020India hopeful that FATF will evaluate progress made by Pak on terror financing issue

New Delhi, Jan 23: India expressed hope that the FATF in its meeting in February in Paris will 'evaluate' the progress made by Pakistan on the basis of a set criteria on terror financing issue.

"......We presume that the FATF will evaluate the progress made by Pakistan on the basis of a set criteria.
Discussions within the body are always confidential; we always wait for FATF to come out wit


Friday, January 24, 2020J&K to get own NDRF battalion

SRINAGAR: The newly-created Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir will get its own National Disaster Response Force battalion to help in rescue and relief operations during natural calamities.
According to details, the Assam Rifles will raise four NDRF battalions, one each in J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the NCR region.
J&K has seen a series of calamities over the last two decades.


Friday, January 24, 2020Issues with Pak bilateral, asserts India

NEW DELHI: Ahead of a possible India visit of US President Donald Trump, who again offered to "help" in resolving the Kashmir issue, New Delhi on Thursday categorically ruled out any role for a third party, asserting that any issue between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally.
India's reiteration on the Kashmir issue came after Trump while addressing the media with Pakistan Prime Mi


Thursday, January 23, 2020CAA, situation in Kashmir internal issues of India: Brazilian envoy

New Delhi, Jan 23: The amended citizenship law and the situation in Kashmir are internal issues of India and the country with its dynamic democracy will find solutions to these "challenges", Brazilian envoy Andre Aranha Correa do Lago said on Thursday.

His comments on the two issues comes a day ahead of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's maiden visit to India after he assumed power in Januar


Thursday, January 23, 2020World Archery lifts suspension of India

Lausanne, Jan 23: World Archery conditionally lifted the suspension of the Archery Association of India (AAI) following elections that were held in New Delhi last week.

The AAI had been suspended since August 5, 2019, with Indian athletes only allowed to compete under a neutral flag at events that directly affected their qualification chances for the Olympics.

With the uplifting of the susp


Thursday, January 23, 2020AAP's 'kaam ki chai' campaign for Delhi polls

New Delhi, Jan 23: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) launched a campaign named 'kaam ki chai' with the famous Ahemdabad based MBA Chai Wala from its party headquarters here on Thursday.

Claiming to be the second famous "chai wala" of the country after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prafull Billore, the Founder and CEO of the MBA Chai Wala, told IANS that although he does not support any political party


Thursday, January 23, 2020Mammoth procession in Tripura on Netaji's birth anniversary

Agartala, Jan 23: The Pulwama terror attack, climate change, Swachhata Abhiyan, environment protection and ethnic unity, among others, were showcased by 1,700 Tripura school students in diverse tableaux here on Thursday to mark the 124th birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

In a reference to last year's terror attack in Pulwama in the Kashmir Valley, the school students highlighted


Thursday, January 23, 2020'J&K accession irreversible; secessionist arguments can't be permitted'

New Delhi, Jan 23: The Centre told the Supreme Court on Thursday that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian Union is "irreversible".

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, replying on the batch of petitions filed challenging the revocation of Article 370, explained how the process of accession of J&K into the Indian Union took place.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana a


Thursday, January 23, 2020Pak lawyers' body asks its Ahmadiyya members to renounce their faith

New Delhi/Islamabad, Jan 23: Islamabad's largest lawyers' body has made it mandatory for all its members to declare their faith in the finality of the last Prophet of Islam, with an aim to target the lawyers of the particular minority sect in Pakistan.

Sources in Islamabad said the newly elected Islamabad Bar Association has asked its members to submit an affidavit to declare their faith by Ja


Thursday, January 23, 2020Pakistan says trade with India plunges significantly

Islamabad, Jan 23: Pakistan's central bank has said that trade between Islamabad and New Delhi plummeted significantly this fiscal, apparently due to the ongoing tensions with India over the Kashmir issue.

The State Bank of Pakistan data in the first half of 2019-20 fiscal starting from July 1 showed that Pakistan's exports to India during the period came in at an insignificant USD 16.8 millio


Thursday, January 23, 2020Pakistan 'spews venom', takes to hate speech like fish takes to water: India at UN

United Nations, Jan 23: India has slammed Pakistan for "spewing venom and false narratives" of monumental proportions in the United Nations, saying it takes to hate speech like fish takes to water and "obfuscates" the international community from the truth as Islamabad yet again raked up the Kashmir issue at the world body.

Pakistan consistently rakes up the Kashmir issue at various UN platfor


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Pakistan, 'even America' are theocratic states, India is secular: Rajnath

New Delhi, Jan 22: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said Indian values consider all religions equal, and that is why the country is secular and never became a theocratic state like Pakistan.

Speaking at the NCC Republic Day Camp in Delhi, Singh said: "We (India) said we would not discriminate among religions. Why did we do that? Our neighbouring country has declared that their state has a religi


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Pak has 'limited options' to respond to India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir: CRS report

Washington, Jan 22: Pakistan's leadership has "limited options" to respond to India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir as many analysts view that Islamabad has "little credibility" on the issue given its long history of covertly supporting militant groups there, according to a US Congressional report.

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) in its second report on Kashmir in less than six months


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Cochin begins screening passengers from China, Hong Kong

Kochi, Jan 22: The Cochin International Airport (CIAL) from Wednesday started screening all incoming passengers from China and Hong Kong, following the outbreak of a Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), said a CIAL official.

Even though there are no direct flights to either China or Hong Kong from CIAL, such passengers will be arriving on flights mostly from Malaysia and Singapore.

Speaking to ag


Wednesday, January 22, 2020PM Modi's vision for cleaner India a privilege to hear: Bear Grylls

New Delhi: It was Bear Grylls with whom India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi unleashed his adventurous side on the former's TV show "Man vs Wild" last year. For Grylls, it was no less than a special experience to come to India and explore its beauty with Modi.

"It was a huge privilege to take Prime Minister Modi on a journey. I'm a huge fan of the wilderness and the beauty of India, not just t


Wednesday, January 22, 202010 long operating terrorists killed in J&K in 20 days

Srinagar: At least 10 local terrorists who were operating in Jammu and Kashmir for the past two-three years have been killed in the last 20 days this month, a police officer said.

The top brass of the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir attribute the spurt in gunfights between the security forces and terrorists during this month to "actionable intelligence inputs" and not to any recent infilt


Wednesday, January 22, 2020Trump says he's talking to Imran Khan about Kashmir

New York, Jan 22: US President Donald Trump said that he is talking with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan about Kashmir and he would help if he could.

According to a transcript of the remarks made by him and Khan before their meeting in Davos, Trump said, "We're talking about Kashmir and the relation to what's going on with Pakistan and India. And if we can help, we certainly will be helpin


Tuesday, January 21, 2020Global entertainment industry embraces Alibaba Cloud

Beijing, Jan 21: Alibaba Cloud announced it has become the first Public Cloud vendor in the world to obtain the Trusted Partner Network (TPN) certification from the global entertainment industry.

The TPN is a joint venture between two major entertainment industry associations; the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Content Delivery and Security Association (CDSA).

The goal


Sunday, January 19, 2020Three decades on, exodus still haunts Kashmiri Pandits

New Delhi, Jan 19 Exactly 30 years ago on January 19, 1990, the Kashmiri Pandits were forced to flee their homeland, the Kashmir Valley, as a result of being targeted by Islamic jihadis.

Meanwhile, different political parties came to power but couldn''t create a conducive atmosphere for their return to the valley. Displaced Kashmiri Hindus are still longing to return to their homeland.



Sunday, January 19, 2020SRK says he's missing Jeff Bezos' ‘uninhibited laughter'

Mumbai, Jan 19: Bollywoods superstar Shah Rukh Khan says he is missing Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos "uninhibited laughter and candid conversation".

Bezos had tweeted a video of himself in a candid conversation with Shah Rukh and filmmaker Zoya Akhtar on January 17 and captioned it: "Lots of fun on stage with @iamsrk and Zoya Akhtar."

Shah Rukh on Sunday afternoon replied: "Missing your


Sunday, January 19, 2020CAA, NRC 'internal matters' of India: Bangladesh PM

Dubai, Jan 19: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has termed as "internal matters" of India the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but at the same time said the act was "not necessary".

According to the CAA, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan till December


Sunday, January 19, 2020555 Delhi Sikhs to visit Panja Sahib shrine in Pak

New Delhi, Jan 19: As many as 555 Sikh devotees from the national capital will visit Pakistan via Wagah border in April to celebrate Baisakhi at the historic Gurduwara Panja Sahib, Delhi Sikh Gurduwara Management Committee (DSGMC) President Manjinder Singh Sirsa said on Sunday.

The Sikh devotees will leave from Delhi on April 11 and will return on April 21. The DSGMC has asked devotees interes


Sunday, January 19, 20207 missing, over 150 rescued after Nepal avalanche

Kathmandu, Jan 19: Four South Koreans and three Nepali guides remain missing following an avalanche near the Annapurna mountain range, while over 150 domestic and foreign tourists have been rescued from in and around the area, officials said.

The incessant snowfall caused the avalanche near a popular trekking route in the Himalayan country. The area is close to the base camp for Annapurna, one