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China enters the fray in Afghanistan by inviting Taliban for a briefing

Peshawar, July 31 (NIA): The political situation in Afghanistan is getting more complicated with the Chinese inviting a top Taliban delegation to Beijing to brief them on the emerging trends in the troubled South Asian country. A delegation led by Abbas Stanekzai, head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar, visited Beijing between July 18 and 22, a senior member...

At least 9 killed as building collapses in India

Another building collapses in Mumbai, killing 6

July 31 (NIA) – At least six people have been killed and scores more injured after a three storey building collapsed in Mumbai on Sunday morning, the police said. Twelve people have been rescued while officials said that atleast 20 more were suspected to be trapped under the heavy debris. Heavy rains however have delayed efforts in searching for those missing....

India seeks US assistance to search for missing aircraft

India seeks US assistance to search for missing aircraft

July 30 (NIA) – India, on Saturday said, that it had sought assistance from the US to check if their satellites had captured any signals from the missing AN-32 military aircraft, while noting there was very little possibility that sabotage played any role. The aircraft, with 4 Indian officers, 17 other military personnel and eight civilians on board, went missing on...

Grandson of former East Pakistan Governor had trained Gulshan restaurant killers

Grandson of former East Pakistan Governor had trained Gulshan restaurant killers

Dhaka, July 29 (NIA): Bangladeshi Islamic militants who have indulged in gruesome murders and massacres, are a mixed bag socially, economically and educationally. Some are highly educated with foreign passports while others have a humble lower middle class background and a Madrasa education. Akifuzzaman Khan, one of the nine militants killed in the storming of a militant hideout here in...

India and Bangladesh to immediately put anti-terrorism pacts into effect

India and Bangladesh to immediately put anti-terrorism pacts into effect

Dhaka, July 29 (NIA): Bangladesh and India have agreed to immediately put into effect existing agreements on jointly combating terrorism, Dhaka Tribune reported on Friday. The paper said that the decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting of the Home Ministers of Bangladesh and India, Asaduzzaman Khan and Rajnath Singh respectively, against the backdrop of the grisly July 1...

Death toll from floods, landslides rises to 68 in Nepal

Death toll from floods, landslides rises to 68 in Nepal

July 29 (NIA) - The death toll from flash floods and landslides in Nepal rose to 68 on Friday as heavy rains continued in many parts of the country, local authorities said. Fifteen people have been reported missing while rescue teams used rubber boats and helicopters to reach out to people from rooftops and trees, Spokesman for Nepal's Home Ministry, Yadav...

At least 9 killed as building collapses in India

At least 9 killed as building collapses in India

July 29 (NIA) – At least nine people who were involved in constructing a new building in Pune, in west-central India, were killed when the building collapsed on Friday, police said. Several construction workers were also seriously injured and rushed to nearby hospitals. The incident took place when a construction slab, on the 14th floor collapsed. Thirteen workers were present...

Sri Lankan investigators question ex police chief over editor’s killing

Sri Lankan investigators question ex police chief over editor’s killing

July 29, (NIA) - Sri Lankan investigators on Friday questioned a former high ranking police officer over the murder of popular journalist and editor, Lasantha Wickremetunga. Former Police Chief, Mahinda Balasuriya, arrived at the Police Headquarters in the capital on Friday morning and was questioned by officers of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Balasuriya was also a former secretary to the Ministry of...

India OK with SAARC meeting in Islamabad, but says no to bilateral talks with Pakistan

India OK with SAARC meeting in Islamabad, but says no to bilateral talks with Pakistan

New Delhi, July 29 (NIA): India on Thursday categorically ruled out bilateral talks with Pakistan even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit Islamabad in the first week of August to participate in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) ministerial meet, The New Indian Express reported. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that not much...

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