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Modi to visit China for bilateral talks with Xi

PTI   BEIJING Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal summit in China’s Wuhan city from April 27 to 28 to exchange views on bilateral and international issues and to enhance mutual understanding between them, China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced here on Sunday. Modi will be visiting the central Chinese city in Hubei ... Read More »

China welcomes N Korea’s decision to discontinue nuclear, missile tests

PTI   BEIJING China on Saturday welcomed its close ally North Korea’s decision to discontinue nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches, saying it could ease tensions in the Korean peninsula. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un announced the decision at a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) yesterday, the Korean Central News ... Read More »

Early rains expose risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

UNI   UNITED NATIONS The arrival of pre-monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh has revealed an alarming level of risks for Rohingya refugees, United Nations humanitarian agencies has said, warning that they do not  have the funds needed to protect hundreds of thousands of desperate people once the rainy season begins in earnest. “The arrival of the rains marks the start ... Read More »

Porsche executive arrested in connection with Volkswagen scandal

IANS BERLIN German police arrested a senior Porsche AG executive in the wake of raids this week to gather evidence allegedly linking the sports car maker to Volkswagen AG’s emissions scandal, prosecutors said on Friday. The massive raids on offices and factories used by Porsche, which is owned by Volkswagen, involved 160 police officers and 30 investigators from two German ... Read More »

India demands legal action against flag desecration in UK

PTI   London India has demanded legal action against those behind the desecration of the Indian flag at Parliament Square here during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s UK visit. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the matter had been taken up with the UK government and had been regretted at the highest level. “We are deeply anguished with the incident ... Read More »

Koreas set up 1st hotline between leaders ahead of summit

AP   Seoul North and South Korea installed the first-ever telephone hotline between their leaders today as they prepare for a rare summit next week aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang. South Korea’s presidential office said a successful test call was conducted on the hotline between Seoul’s presidential Blue House and Pyongyang’s powerful State Affairs Commission. South Korean ... Read More »

Indian woman seeking Pak citizenship has only 3 days

PTI   Lahore The Lahore High Court Fridday directed the interior ministry to decide in three days the application of an Indian woman seeking Pakistani citizenship and extension to her visa after embracing Islam and  marrying a local man during her visit here to attend the Sikhs’ Baisakhi festival. Kiran Bala (Amna Bibi), daughter of Manohar Lal from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur ... Read More »

‘Intl community should support Pak on counter-terrorism efforts’

PTI Beijing China Friday backed its all-weather ally Pakistan and called on the international community to support its counter terrorism efforts after Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the neighbouring country as a “terror export factory”. “Terrorism is the enemy faced by all. The international community should work together to fight against it,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a ... Read More »

Queen suggests son Prince Charles as next head of Commonwealth

PTI   London Queen Elizabeth II Thursday appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head, making her first direct intervention into a succession plan for the 53-member grouping. The 91-year-old monarch, the Head of the Commonwealth, said it was her “sincere wish” that Prince Charles takes over “one day”, as she opened ... Read More »

Spectacular Lyrid meteor shower peaks this weekend

IANS   Washington Keep your heads up at night this weekend to witness a spectacular celestial show as scientists expect the Lyrid meteor shower to peak shortly before dawn on April 22. Up to 20 meteors per hour will likely be visible overnight on April 21-22, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday citing NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To view the ... Read More »