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Malaysian PM to scrap China-backed $22 bn projects

AFP   Beijing Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad confirmed during a visit to Beijing Tuesday that three China-backed projects totalling US$ 22 billion will be cancelled until his country can find a way to pay its debts. The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia’s east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines. “I explained to (the ... Read More »

Turnbull survives party leadership challenge

AFP Sydney Embattled Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull narrowly survived a leadership challenge from within his own party Tuesday as discontent with his rule boiled over less than a year before national elections. Turnbull, considered a moderate, declared his position vacant at a Liberal party meeting to force the issue after rampant speculation that the more hardline Home Affairs Minister ... Read More »

Chandrayaan-I data confirms presence of ice on moon: NASA

PTI   WASHINGTON Scientists have confirmed the presence of frozen water deposits in the darkest and coldest parts of the moon’s polar regions using data from the Chandrayaan-I spacecraft, that was launched by India ten years ago, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said on Tuesday. With enough ice sitting at the surface – within the top few millimetres – ... Read More »

China’s defence minister to visit India

PTI   Beijing China has said its relations with India are improving steadily in all areas including the military sphere as its Defence Minister Lt Gen Wei Fenghe is set to begin his four-day visit to New Delhi Tuesday, the first after the Doklam standoff. Billed as an important visit by officials on both sides to improve communications and the ... Read More »

Imran Khan not to live in PM House

PTI   Islamabad Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday moved into a modest three-bed room house of his military secretary along with two servants, a day after announcing that he would not be staying in the sprawling PM House which has a staff of 524, keeping his pledge to cut down the expenditure of the cash-strapped government. Khan, announcing ... Read More »

Musharraf seeks presidential-level security to appear before court

PTI Islamabad Pakistan’s former dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf today demanded presidential-level security to appear before a special court hearing the treason case against him, saying his life is in “danger”. The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against Musharraf over the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007. The 74-year-old former Army chief is currently ... Read More »

Rajapaksa hopes to return as Lanka president for third term

PTI COLOMBO Sri Lanka’s two-time former president Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to return as the head of the state despite a constitutional provision that bars a person from contesting the presidential election for a third term. “There is an opinion that I could contest again,” the former president told reporters on Saturday at Piliyandala, a Colombo suburb. The former Sri Lankan ... Read More »

UK government distances itself from Khalistan issue

ADITI KHANNA | PTI LONDON The UK government has distanced itself from the issue of a pro-Khalistan rally organised by Sikh separatist groups at London’s Trafalgar Square earlier this month. The so-called ‘London Declaration on Referendum 2020’ rally, organised by Sikhs for Justice on August 12, triggered a diplomatic row as India had warned the UK to take bilateral ties ... Read More »

UAE-based Indian-origin tycoons pledge `125 mn for Kerala flood victims

PTI DUBAI Indian-origin billionaire businessmen based in the UAE have announced Rs 125 million donation for flood relief operations in the Deluge-hit Kerala, according to a media report. Nearly 200 people have lost their lives in Kerala since August 8 due to floods caused by rains and landslides, while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps. The ... Read More »

UK cops arrest Dawood’s key aide in London hotel

PTI LONDON A key aide of Dawood Ibrahim, India’s most wanted terrorist, was arrested by British police at London’s Hilton Hotel on Friday. Jabir Siddiq, aka Jabir Moti, is believed to be the right-hand man of Dawood, managing his investments in the UK, UAE and around the world. The Pakistani national, reportedly in the UK on a ten-year visa, is ... Read More »