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India must sign NPT to gain entry into NSG: China

PTI   BEIJING India must sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty to gain entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, China said Thursday, asserting that “patient negotiations” were required for New Delhi’s admission into the group as there is no precedent for the inclusion of non-NPT countries. China has been opposing India’s entry into the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on the ground ... Read More »

Several foreigners face deportation as pay to stay visa racket busted in US

PTI   WASHINGTON Several foreigners, including from India, face deportation from the US after authorities busted a “pay to stay” visa racket and arrested eight persons on charges of fraudulently facilitating at least 600 immigrants to illegally remain in the country. In late-night and pre-dawn raids, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested eight foreigners —  all of ... Read More »

Member states should seek new ways to engage on UNSC reform process: India

PTI   United Nations Frustrated by the slow pace of the UN Security Council’s reform process, India has called on the member states to seek new ways to engage to achieve credible progress on the issue by building on the past negotiations and not supplanting the past. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, speaking Tuesday at the ... Read More »

UK MPs reject ‘no deal’ Brexit, send PM May back to Brussels to renegotiate divorce deal with EU

PTI   LONDON/BRUSSELS British MPs have voted to reject a chaotic ‘no-deal’ Brexit, but backed embattled Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to renegotiate the divorce agreement already struck with the EU, setting up a new showdown with the powerful bloc which ruled out any more concessions. In a series of votes on Tuesday, lawmakers rejected a no-deal Brexit by 318 ... Read More »

Tibetan children banned from attending classes in monasteries: HRW

IANS Beijing A county in China’s Qinghai province, which is adjacent to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, has banned Tibetan children from attending informal classes at local monasteries, Human Rights Watch reported on Wednesday. The ban, officially published last month, “violates a long list of basic rights, from education to cultural life”, said HRW China Director, Sophie Richardson. “Preventing Tibetan children ... Read More »

Pakistan SC upholds Aasia’s acquittal in blasphemy case

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a review petition against its decision to acquit Christian woman Aasia Bibi who was on death row for eight years on charges of blasphemy, in a major setback to hardline Islamists who had demanded her execution. Please like & share: Read More »

Khashoggi killing: UN official awaits entry to Saudi consulate

ISTANBUL: A UN human rights expert who is investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Tuesday that her team was waiting for permission to enter the kingdom’s consulate building in Istanbul. Please like & share: Read More »

May to ask EU to reopen Brexit deal

LONDON: UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday said that she will talk to the EU about reopening negotiations on the withdrawal agreement in an attempt to resolve the Northern Ireland backstop issue. Please like & share: Read More »

Tulsi Gabbard hits back at critics

Washington: Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has hit back at critics who accuse the Democratic presidential hopeful of being a “Hindu nationalist”, saying questioning her commitment to America while not probing non-Hindu leaders creates a “double standard” that can only be rooted in “religious bigotry”. Please like & share: Read More »