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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...

Afghan troops foil Taliban plan to bomb girls’ school in Kabul

Troops of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) have foiled a planned suicide attack on a girls’ school in Kabul, Daily Outlook Afghanistan reported on Wednesday. NDS troops shot and wounded Bakhtullah, the would-be suicide bomber, in Khoshi district of the central Logar province. According to the NDS, Bakhtullah confessed to the plot during preliminary investigations. He reportedly said he...

Modi Says India’s Aid To Sri Lanka Will Be As Per Sri Lanka’s Choice

Modi Says India’s Aid To Sri Lanka Will Be As Per Sri Lanka’s Choice

Colombo July 28 (NIA): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that India’s development assistance to Sri Lanka will be determined by the choices and priorities of Sri Lankan leaders and people. “India’s development cooperation with Sri Lanka encompasses a wide spread of projects throughout Sri Lanka in different areas of economic activity. But it must happen as per...

It’ll be dangerous to ignore Pakistan, says US Senator John McCain

It’ll be dangerous to ignore Pakistan, says US Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON: The Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services, John McCain, has urged the United States, Pakistan and Afghanistan to overcome their differences and get down to the business of fighting terrorists, the Dawn newspaper of Pakistan reports. In an opinion piece published in The Financial Times on Tuesday, Senator McCain argued that without Pakistan’s cooperation, the US...

Militant attacks in Bangladesh claim 393 lives in last 11 years

Militant attacks in Bangladesh claim 393 lives in last 11 years

At least 393 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Bangladesh in the eleven years from 2005 to July 17 of 2016, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal (SATP). Among the dead were 360 civilians and 33 security forces personnel. In addition, 243 terrorists were killed, Dhaka Tribune reports. The data spanning 11 years show that the highest number...

Press coverage of Jaffna Varsity clash reflects pro-reconciliation mood

Press coverage of Jaffna Varsity clash reflects pro-reconciliation mood

Colombo, July 27 (NIA): The sober media coverage of a recent Jaffna University fracas in which Tamil and Sinhalese students violently clashed over the organization of an annual event, indicates that a “pro-reconciliation” sentiment has gained “moral currency” in Sri Lanka, says Verite Research in its analysis of the way the government, political parties and the media reacted to the...

Sri Lanka to set up independent body to probe aircraft accidents

Sri Lanka to set up independent body to probe aircraft accidents

July 27 (NIA) – The Sri Lankan cabinet, on Wednesday, granted approval to set up an independent institution in the island nation which would investigate aircraft accidents as Sri Lanka was a member of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilleke told reporters here that the objective of the Bureau would be to improve the security of...

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