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Defending Pakistan, China says no country or religion should be branded as “terrorist”

Defending Pakistan, China says no country or religion should be branded as “terrorist”

Beijing, October 17 (PTI): A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Pakistan a "mothership of terrorism", China strongly defended its all-weather ally, saying it is against linking any country or religion with terror and asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan's "great sacrifices". In a sharp reaction to a question about Modi's characterization of Pakistan as a terrorist state...

Clash of inter-party political agendas led to resignation of Sri Lanka’s Bribery Commission chief

Clash of inter-party political agendas led to resignation of Sri Lanka’s Bribery Commission chief

Colombo, October 17 (NIA): The resignation of the Director General of the Sri Lankan Commission on Bribery and Corruption, Dilrukshi Dias Wickramasinghe, following President Maithripala Sirisena’s public outburst last Wednesday against the “politicization” of the commission’s working, is the result of the on-going clash of the political agendas of the coalition partners, the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the...

Contrary to the media hype over Indo-Americans’ “support” for Trump, a survey reveals massive opposition

Contrary to the media hype over Indo-Americans’ “support” for Trump, a survey reveals massive opposition

New Delhi, October 17 (HuffPost India/PTI): From the media coverage of Donald Trump's popularity amongst Hindu nationalists, it may seem that he has found backing amongst Indian Americans. But the National Asian American Survey in its report dated October 5 ,found that 67 % of Indian Americans are for Hillary Clinton, reports Shivam Vij in HuffPost India. The survey found...

Top anti-Pakistan TV anchor Arnab Goswami gets Y-category security

Top anti-Pakistan TV anchor Arnab Goswami gets Y-category security

New Delhi, October 17 (NIA): The Times NOW TV channel editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami will receive “Y category” security cover from the government after the Intelligence Bureau perceived a threat to his life from “Pakistan based terrorists groups”, the Hindustan Times reported. The journalist will get 24-hour protection from around 20 security personnel, including two personal security officers, who will guard him from close distance....

Triple Talaq cannot be allowed if it violates the Indian constitution, says India’s Finance Minister

Triple Talaq cannot be allowed if it violates the Indian constitution, says India’s Finance Minister

New Delhi, October 16 (PTI): Amid the ongoing debate over 'Triple Talaq' (according to which a Muslim man can divorce his wife by saying Talaq thrice), India’s Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Sunday that the government is of the clear view that personal laws should be constitutionally compliant and in conformity with norms of gender equality and the right...

Tamil National Alliance confident of modifying unacceptable new anti-terror draft law in parliament

Tamil National Alliance confident of modifying unacceptable new anti-terror draft law in parliament

Colombo, October 16 (The New Indian Express): The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), which is highly dissatisfied with the Sri Lankan government’s new draft law to replace the existing draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), is confident about getting it modified when it comes before the relevant oversight committees of parliament. TNA MP M.A.Sumanthiran said on Sunday, that he would take...

China’s footprint in Bangladesh is going to be huge with a US$ 24 billion loan for infrastructure projects

China’s footprint in Bangladesh is going to be huge with a US$ 24 billion loan for infrastructure projects

Dhaka, October 15 (NIA): China has pledged loans amounting to US $24 billion to Bangladesh during President Xi Jinping's visit to Dhaka on Friday. With this, China takes a big leap forward in economically capturing Bangladesh which, at least under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is considered to be under the Indian sphere of influence. What Xi has pledged is Bangladesh’s...

China and Bangladesh become “strategic partners”

China and Bangladesh become “strategic partners”

Dhaka, October 15 (NIA): The visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday agreed to upgrade Sino-Bangla bilateral ties to a “strategic partnership of cooperation.” The two countries had entered into a Comprehensive Partnership of Cooperation in 2010. “It had yielded fruitful results, with bilateral cooperation advancing steadily in political, economic, cultural and security areas...

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