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Pakistani police use tear gas to disperse Imran Khan’s followers from marching to Islamabad

Pakistani police use tear gas to disperse Imran Khan’s followers from marching to Islamabad

Islamabad ,October 31 (Dawn): Police and Frontier Constabulary personnel used tear gas shells to disperse thousands of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) protesters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Swabi en route to Islamabad on Monday to join the party's planned Nov 2 'lockdown' of the capital. Around 5,000 stick-wielding party workers are trying to remove barricades put in place by police using cranes near...

Agitating Jaffna University students bar entry to Vice Chancellor over students’ death issue

Agitating Jaffna University students bar entry to Vice Chancellor over students’ death issue

Colombo, October 31 (The New Indian Express): In the continuing agitation over the killing of two of their colleagues by policemen manning a checkpoint on October 20, Jaffna University students on Monday barred Vice Chancellor Dr.Vasanthy Arasaratnam from entering the campus. But they relented after some time, and allowed the Vice Chancellor in, and had talks with the visiting Sri...

First and fabulous: Bangladesh’s first Test win against England

Bangladesh are learning “how to win”

Kanishkaa Balachandran In February 2014, this writer and two other journalists went to meet Mehedi Hasan outside the dressing room in Abu Dhabi. It was the Under-19 World Cup and Mehedi, all of 16, was one of the youngest players in that tournament, and quite certainly, the youngest captain. Bangladesh had just suffered a monumental collapse, losing a game to...

Rohingyas of Myanmar: A long-persecuted ethnicity is on the verge of “mass annihilation,” experts say

Rohingyas of Myanmar: A long-persecuted ethnicity is on the verge of “mass annihilation,” experts say

Rishi Iyengar/TIME Despite the U.S.-led rolling back of economic sanctions and internationally backed national elections taking place early next month, more than a million people in Burma are facing state-sponsored genocide, according to a new report. The Rohingya Muslim community of the military-dominated Southeast Asian nation, which is now officially known as Myanmar, has been systematically persecuted and expunged from the...

Delhi frets over Chinese portal

Delhi frets over Chinese portal

Chennai, October 31 (The New Indian Express): The nagging question of how Sri Lanka would repay the USD 1.5 billion loan it had taken from China to build the non-performing Hambantota harbour has now been resolved with Beijing agreeing to convert 80 per cent of the debt into equity. To make the port commercially viable, Colombo has given Beijing 15,000...

Enraged by a blasphemous FB post, Muslim mob demolishes 10 Hindu temples in Bangladesh

Enraged by a blasphemous FB post, Muslim mob demolishes 10 Hindu temples in Bangladesh

Brahmanbaria ,October 30 (Dhaka Tribune): An mob of hundreds of people armed with locally-made weapons demolished at least 10 temples to the ground in addition to vandalizing hundreds of houses of the Hindu community at Brahminbaria‘s Nasirnagar upazila on Sunday afternoon. The mob fury followed a Facebook post making fun of the Masjid al-Haram, the holy site of Muslims. More...

Imran Khan’s multiple culpability

Imran Khan’s multiple culpability

Brig (Rtd) Shauqat Qadir/Dawn Somebody once asked a sage to define stupidity. He replied: “If someone keeps repeating the same act to get the same result but continues to repeat it expecting the result to change, he/she is guilty of stupidity. Imran Khan’s repeated dharnas and calls for a ‘third umpire’ seem to fit the definition, but this time he...

Pakistan may get back to military rule with Imran’s party poised for frontal assault on Sharif regime

Pakistan may get back to military rule with Imran’s party poised for frontal assault on Sharif regime

Islamabad, October 30 (NIA): Even as there is a low key shooting war going on with India in Kashmir, and even in the midst of New Delhi’s campaign to isolate Pakistan in the international arena for promoting cross border terrorism, Pakistan is in turmoil internally. With Imran Khan’s party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), threatening to lockdown the nation’s capital on November...

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