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Jayalalithaa flays Colombo, axes athletics meeet

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Citing human rights abuses by Colombo, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said Tamil Nadu won't host the 20th Asian Athletics Championship in July in which Sri Lanka will take part.

Border breached as India, Bangladesh remember 'language martyrs'

Agartala, Feb 21 (IANS) With thousands of people from either side of the border gathering at colourful functions to commemorate the "language martyrs", India and Bangladesh jointly organised the International Mother Language Day.

Don't create trust deficit, President tells Pakistan

New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) Pakistan must abide by its commitments made to India and desist from actions that contribute to trust deficit between the two countries, President Pranab Mukherjee said Thursday.

Citing Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu says 'no' to athletics

Chennai, Feb 21 (IANS) Citing human rights abuses by Colombo, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Thursday said Tamil Nadu won't host the 20th Asian Athletics Championship in July in which Sri Lanka will take part.

'Same ills challenge agriculture in South Asia, Africa'

Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) One solution may not fit all, but challenges to agriculture and food security are similar in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa requiring action by governments to grassroots, experts said here Thursday.

Hundreds in Tripura show solidarity with Dhaka protests

Agartala, Feb 20 (IANS) Hundreds of people Wednesday gathered at an India-Bangladesh checkpost in Tripura to show solidarity with protestors in Dhaka who are demanding death penalty for those convicted of war crimes.

Strike hits trade between Tripura, Bangladesh

Agartala, Feb 20 (IANS) Trade between Tripura and Bangladesh was hit Wednesday as central trade unions commenced their two-day country wide strike, an official here said.

Sri Lankan 'war criminals' should be tried: Jayalalithaa

Chennai, Feb 20 (IANS) Comparing the Sri Lankan regime with Hilter's, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa Wednesday demanded that those who committed "war crimes" in the island nation be tried in an international court.

UNHRC urged to probe Sri Lanka 'war crimes'

Geneva, Feb 20 (IANS) Human Rights Watch Wednesday urged the UN Human Rights Council to launch "an independent, international investigation into war crimes" committed in the final months of the Sri Lankan conflict.

Daily despairs lack of leadership in Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 20 (IANS) A leading Pakistani daily is upset over the cowardice of civilian leaders who don't "name and shame" those responsible for terror attacks.

Rare contemporary art from Myanmar showcased in India

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The colours of Myanmar are vivid, realistic and a little abstract on its contemporary canvas and, for the first time, collectively on display in India.

India, UK ask Pakistan to act against 26/11 perpetrators

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) India and Britain Tuesday called upon Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of the Mumbai terror attack and said there was considerable potential for expanding their bilateral relations in trade and investment.

VVIP choppers, civil n-deal figure in Manmohan-Cameron talks

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) India Tuesday voiced its "very serious concerns" over the bribery allegations in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal during talks between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here as Britain assured it would act on any request for information.

Baby born mid-air, Filipino mother concerned

Kolkata, Feb 19 (IANS) A Philippines national who gave birth to a baby girl out of wedlock on board a flight is worried about her daughter's future.

US state department's TechCamp launched in Mumbai

Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) The US State Department's TechCamp was launched in Mumbai Tuesday with an aim to build digital literacy for NGOs, an official statement said.

Look beyond India for Karachi lit fest: Pakistani daily

Islamabad, Feb 19 (IANS) The Karachi Literature Festival may be better served by reaching out more to authors, writers and performers from beyond India, said a leading daily Tuesday.

Ukranian battle tank engines for Pakistan

Kiev, Feb 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ukraine will deliver 110 tank power plants "engines and related parts" to Pakistan under a $50 million contract, state-run arms exporter Ukrspetsstroi has said.

Pakistan hands over Gwadar port to Chinese company

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Pakistan Monday signed an agreement on handing over operations of the strategic Gwadar port to a Chinese company.

Maldivian court issues second arrest warrant for Nasheed

Male, Feb 18 (IANS) A Maldivian court Monday issued a second arrest warrant for former president Mohamed Nasheed, who has been staying in the Indian High Commission since Feb 13.

Difficult to say if beheading issue over: Khurshid

New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Many bilateral processes were in operation between India and Pakistan but it was "difficult" to say whether the issue of beheading of two Indian soldiers was over, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said Monday.

Seven die in Pakistan terror attack

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) At least seven people, including five security personnel, were killed and seven injured Monday in a terror attack at a government office in Pakistan's northwestern provincial capital of Peshawar, media and officials said.

Indo-Bangla rail link, border 'haats' plan welcomed

Agartala, Feb 18 (IANS) Political leaders in Tripura and traders' forums have hailed the pact between India and Bangladesh to start work on laying the Agartala-Akhaurah new rail link and setting up of border 'haats' (bazaars) in the northeastern states.

Pakistani daily worried over aid workers' restrictions

Islamabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Testrictions on aid workers in the country's northwest must be "softened and rationalised" after new guidelines were issued following the tracking down of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden through a vaccination campaign, a leading Pakistani daily said Monday.

Cameron may push for Eurofighter Typhoon in India visit

New Delhi, Feb 17 (IANS) Britain is still likely to push for the Eurofighter Typhoon during Prime Minister David Cameron's India visit, less than a week after French President Francois Hollande left New Delhi without any announcement over the fate of the $10 billion contract for Rafale fighter jets.

5.6 magnitude earthquake jolts Pakistan

Islamabad, Feb 17 (Xinhua) An earthquake measuring 5.6 magnitude on the Richter scale jolted northwest Pakistan Sunday, the meteorological department said.

Chinese navy to join exercise in Pakistan

Beijing, Feb 17 (Xinhua) The 14th Chinese naval squad heading for Somali waters will take part in a multi-national exercise in Pakistan in March, military sources said Sunday.

Death toll in Pakistan's suicide attack is 84

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) The death toll rose to 84 in the devastating suicide bombing that hit a busy market in the Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, officials said Sunday.

Sri Lankan, Indian fishermen clash at sea

Colombo, Feb 17 (IANS) A group of fishermen from Sri Lanka and India clashed in Sri Lankan waters early Sunday, a navy spokesman said.

Indian buses for Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Sunday handed over the keys of 20 buses to Bangladesh.

63 killed, 180 injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) At least 63 people were killed and over 180 injured in a sectarian attack which targetted the minority Shia Muslims in the Quetta city of Pakistan's Balochistan province Saturday, Xinhua reported.

58 killed, hundreds injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 17 (IANS) At least 58 people were killed and 176 injured when a powerful blast hit a market area in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday evening, Xinhua reported.

58 killed, 176 injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) At least 58 people were killed and over 176 others injured when a blast hit a market area in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday evening, reported Xinhua citing local media. The toll was expected to rise further.

Police probing shooting of Sri Lankan journalist

Colombo, Feb 16 (IANS) The Sri Lankan police Saturday launched investigations into the shooting of a journalist attached to a leading independent newspaper, reported Xinhua.

4 killed, 15 injured in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) At least four people were killed and 15 others injured in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday, reported Xinhua citing local media.

4 killed in Quetta blast

Islamabad, Feb 16 (IANS) At least four people were killed in a blast in Pakistan's Quetta city Saturday, reported Xinhua citing local media.

Afghan forces ready to secure country after 2014: Karzai

Kabul, Feb 16 (IANS) Afghan President Hamid Karzai reiterated Saturday that the Afghan security forces are entirely ready to ensure national security after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country by the end of 2014.

Chinese dams worry Arunachal

Tura (Meghalaya), Feb 16 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said Saturday he would ask the central government to look into China constructing three hydropower projects on the Brahmaputra river in Tibet.

US asks Tibetans not to self-immolate

Dharamsala, Feb 16 (IANS) Expressing concern over reports of continuing self-immolations in Tibet, the US appealed to Tibetans to refrain from drastic actions, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Saturday.

India is an incredibly dyanmic nation: US lawmaker

Washington, Feb 16 (IANS) Describing India as an "incredibly dynamic country", a top US lawmaker has said there are a broad spectrum of opportunities, including in the economic sector, for the two countries to collaborate.

India to host US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue

Washington, Feb 16 (IANS) Two senior US officials are headed to India to participate in the second US-India-Afghanistan Trilateral Dialogue focusing on cooperation among the three nations after the planned drawdown of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

445 kg seized heroin burnt in Punjab

Amritsar, Feb 15 (IANS) A total of 445 kg of heroin, worth Rs.2,225 crore, seized in the last few years was burnt here, an official said.

India not keen to interfere in Maldivian affairs

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) India is not keen to meddle in what is considers the internal affairs of the Maldives, where former president Mohamed Nasheed has taken refuge in the Indian mission, an event that has thrown the Indian Ocean archipelago and its political jousting in the Indian media spotlight and international attention once again.

Khurshid to visit Dhaka

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) With President Pranab Mukherjee slated to visit Bangladesh in early March, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is to pay an official visit to Dhaka from Feb 16 -17 at the invitation of his Bangladeshi counterpart.

Killed infiltrator identified as Pakistani soldier, body returned

Jammu, Feb 15 (IANS) A militant killed near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir Thursday while trying to infiltrate into India was identified as a Pakistani soldier, army officials said. The body was returned to the Pakistani side Friday.

Not interfering in Maldivian affairs, says India

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) India denied Friday that it was interfering in the internal affairs of the Maldives, where former president Mohamed Nasheed has taken refuge in the Indian mission.

'Infiltrator killed near LoC was Pakistani soldier'

Jammu, Feb 15 (IANS) A militant killed near the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir Thursday while trying to infiltrate into India has been identified as a Pakistani soldier, army sources said.

Not trying to comment on Maldives internal situation: India

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Amid reports that its high commission website has been hacked, India Friday denied it was trying to comment on the internal situation in the Maldives with its strong statement in the wake of former president Mohamed Nasheed seeking refuge in its mission in Male.

US diplomat's car crushes Pakistani to death

Islamabad, Feb 15 (IANS) One person died and another was injured when a US embassy vehicle knocked them down in Islamabad, the embassy confirmed Friday in a statement

Bangladesh taints war crimes process: rights body

New York, Feb 15 (IANS) Retroactive legislation that violates fair trial standards undermines the legitimacy of the work of Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), Human Rights Watch has said.

India isn't competing with Pakistan: Menon

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) India is not competing with anyone, "including Pakistan", and would not act as an "external geopolitical balancer", National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said Friday.


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