India expels Pakistan High Commission staffer and arrests two Indians for spying

India expels Pakistan High Commission staffer and arrests two Indians for spying

New Delhi, October 27 (NIA): The Indian External Affairs Ministry on Thursday asked Pakistan High Commission staffer, Mehmood Akhtar, to leave the country after declaring him persona non grata on charges of espionage , The Hindustan Times reported. In the latest strain between the neighbors, the decision came after Akhtar was found in possession of confidential documents relating to India’s...

I firmly believe in peace between India and Pakistan and their peoples, says Pakistani actor Mikaal Zulfiqar

I firmly believe in peace between India and Pakistan and their peoples, says Pakistani actor Mikaal Zulfiqar

Karachi, October 25 (Dawn Images): After Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan ,Shaan Shahid and more have spoken about how tensions between India and Pakistan are affecting the film industry, the latest actor to sound off is Mikaal Zulfiqar. In a post on Facebook attached to a picture of himself with Indian actors Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah, the actor stated that he...

Ban on films hurts both India and Pakistan

Ban on films hurts both India and Pakistan

Karachi, October 25 (NIA): The ban imposed on each other by the Indian and Pakistani film industries will hurt the film industries in both countries. While Pakistan is the third largest overseas market for Bollywood films, Pakistani theaters get 50 to 60 percent of their income from showing Bollywood films. Speaking to Dawn Images, Khorem Gultasab, General Manager of SuperCinema,...

India-Sri Lanka differences over Trincomalee oil tanks persist despite Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit

India-Sri Lanka differences over Trincomalee oil tanks persist despite Indian Foreign Secretary’s visit

Colombo, October 25 (The New Indian Express): Differences between India and Sri Lanka over the Trincomalee oil storage tanks persist, despite the three day visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary, S.Jaishankar, which ended on tuesday. Reliable sources said on Tuesday that the basic “technical and legal issues” which have been preventing the full use of the giant oil tanks remain...

Explosion hits New Delhi, 1 killed

Explosion hits New Delhi, 1 killed

New Delhi, Oct 25 (NIA) - One person is reported dead and several others injured in an explosion in a wholesale market in old Delhi. NDTV reported that the explosion took place in the Naya Bazar or market of Chandni Chowk, a bustling commercial area which is a maze of congested lanes. Senior police officers are the location of the explosion.

India may relax visa norms for Sri Lankan monks

India may relax visa norms for Sri Lankan monks

New Delhi, Oct 25 - Days after the visit of Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, the government is examining a proposal to relax the visa regime for Buddhist monks from the island nation. More than 55,000 monks visit India every year on employment visa to work in monasteries at New Delhi, Dharamshala, Varanasi, Kushi Nagar and Bodh Gaya, said officials....

Film bans won’t break our cultural bonds

Film bans won’t break our cultural bonds

Amber Shamsi/Dawn Friday nights, the oldest and youngest members of my household sit and watch one of their favourite TV shows together. It is the weekend and my eight-year-old gets to stay up late with her grandmother; an age difference of sixty years bridged over an hour of CID, the Indian rendition of a crime show. Now splintered into individual...

BJP’s Surgical Strike on Freedom in India

BJP’s Surgical Strike on Freedom in India

New Delhi, October 23 (The Wire Editorial): It is somehow entirely fitting that the whole saga of Karan Johar’s film Ae Dil Hai Muskhil, has achieved closure via a ‘deal’ between the producer and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, brokered by no less than the chief minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. This rank abdication by the state to...

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