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Govt to block Musharraf’s national identity card, passport

PTI   Islamabad The Pakistan government Thursday directed the interior ministry to block the national identity card (NIC) and passport of former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, a media report said Thursday. Complying with a special court’s order, the government took the action to restrict the Dubai-based former president’s travel and certain facilities available to him as he failed to ... Read More »

Trump to pardon Goan-origin conservative commentator D’Souza

PTI   WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump on Thursday announced that he was granting full pardon to Indian-American conservative commentator and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was sentenced to five years of probation in 2014 for violating federal campaign law. In a tweet, Trump said D’Souza was “treated very unfairly.” “Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He ... Read More »

Ukraine blames Russia for murder of anti-Kremlin journalist

AFP Kiev Ukraine said Wednesday Russia’s “totalitarian machine” was behind the murder of anti-Kremlin reporter Arkady Babchenko, prompting furious denials from Moscow. The prominent Russian war correspondent and former soldier was shot dead last evening in an apparent contract-style killing in the stairwell of his building in Kiev. He had moved to the Ukrainian capital last year following a campaign ... Read More »

India, Indonesia back rules-based and peaceful Indo-Pacific region

PTI   Jakarta India and Indonesia Wednesday stressed the importance of a free, open, transparent, rules-based and peaceful Indo-Pacific region, amidst China flexing its military muscles in the strategic East and South China seas. Noting that both India and Indonesia are maritime neighbours and sea faring nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo issued the Shared Vision ... Read More »

Modi, Widodo visit Arjuna Chariot

PTI   Jakarta Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday visited the Arjuna Wijaya Chariot statue, one of the iconic monuments in the heart of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, during his first official visit to the key East Asian country. Prime Minister Modi was accompanied by Indonesia President Joko Widodo during his visit to the ‘Arjuna Wijaya Chariot’ (chariot of the victorious ... Read More »

Saudi outlaws sexual harassment

AFP   Riyadh Saudi Arabia has passed a new law to criminalise sexual harassment, state media said Wednesday, less than a month before the conservative kingdom lifts its decades-long ban on women driving. The kingdom’s Shura Council, which advises the cabinet, passed a draft law on Monday which would introduce a prison term of up to five years and a ... Read More »

Indian national dies in fall from Yosemite’s Half Dome trail in US

PTI   New York A 29-year-old Indian national fell to his death while ascending Yosemite National Park’s famous Half Dome trail, the US National Park Service has said. Asish Penugonda, who lived in New York City, was hiking with friends up the steep north side of Half Dome in the park when he slipped from the cables and fell to ... Read More »

Grieving families of MH370 want govt to continue search

PTI Singapore Some of the still grieving family members of the 239 people on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, including Indians, have urged the new Malaysian government to renew the search for the plane after the latest, privately funded search ended today. The Malaysian Airlines flight disappeared on March 23, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, in ... Read More »

UK MPs probe unpublished UN ‘sex-for-food’ findings: report

AFP   London British MPs probing sexual abuse in the international charity sector are investigating an unpublished UN report from 2001 naming 15 major aid organisations implicated in a “sex-for-food” scandal, The Times newspaper reported Tuesday. The charities were listed in a probe by UN and Save the Children officials who collected testimony from children in West Africa that aid ... Read More »

Pak Army orders inquiry into revelations made by ex-ISI chief

PTI   Islamabad Pakistan’s powerful Army Monday ordered a Court of Inquiry into the revelations made by former ISI chief Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani and approached the government to place his name on the Exit Control List (ECL) to prevent him from leaving the country. Durrani, who headed the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency from August 1990 till March 1992, ... Read More »