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‘Abducted’ Sikh girl in Pak returns to family, 8 held

IANS Islamabad A Sikh girl who was allegedly abducted and forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan has returned home to her family and the police have arrested eight people in connection with the incident, it has emerged. The girl, identified as 19-year old Jagjit Kaur, was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man in Pakistan.  The Indian Ministry …

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Police fire water cannon, tear gas at HK protesters

AFP Hong Kong Police fired water cannon and tear gas at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters massed outside the city’s parliament on Saturday, as demonstrators defied a ban on rallying, the arrests of leading activists and rising threats from China, to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend. Police had banned the demonstration on security grounds, and then organisers …

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Anti-Brexit campaigner goes to court over Parliament suspension

PTI London A prominent Indian-origin campaigner, who had mounted a successful legal challenge to prevent former British premier Theresa May triggering the Brexit without Parliament’s approval, has filed an urgent judicial review application over Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament. Gina Miller branded as cowardly Johnson’s announcement that Parliament would be suspended from the week of September 9 …

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Discussed with Rajnath Singh future steps needed: US Defence Secy

PTI Washington US Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday said that he has discussed with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh the future steps needed to be taken by the two strategic partners to work more closely. Esper, who took office last month, had his first conversation with Singh over telephone on August 20. “We had a very warm conversation. We …

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Pak to hold technical meeting on opening of Kartarpur Corridor

PTI Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday said that a technical meeting on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor will be held on August 30 at the Zero Point. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit …

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No decision yet on closure of airspace with India: Pak

PTI Islamabad Pakistan on Thursday said it could order the closure of its airspace for India “at a time of its choosing”, but so far no decision has been taken yet.  Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal during a media briefing on Thursday said the issue had been discussed at the highest level.  “It is one of the many options that …

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China’s top General’s visit to Pakistan ‘very successful’

PTI Beijing China’s military said on Thursday its top General Xu Qiliang made a “very successful” visit to Pakistan this week but played down the trip’s timing which coincided with the India-Pak tensions, asserting that it was planned earlier as part of the PLA’s international military cooperation plan. The visit of Gen Xu, the Vice Chairman of the China’s powerful …

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US-Russia nuclear war would destroy climate: Study

IANS New York If the US and Russia waged an all-out nuclear war, much of the land in the northern hemisphere would have below freezing point temperatures in summertime, with the growing season slashed by nearly 90 per cent in some areas, says a study. “Indeed, death by famine would threaten nearly all of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people”, said …

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Pak, China vow to enhance communication, promote peace

IANS Islamabad Pakistan and China have pledged to continue close consultation and coordination for the promotion of peace and stability in the region and maintenance of strategic balance as President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan met visiting Vice Chairman of China’’s Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang here. In his meeting with the senior Chinese military official on Tuesday, …

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United Nations to welcome Greta Thunberg with 17 sailboats

ians United Nation Sweden’s teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who set sail from England to attend the United Nations summit in New York on an eco-friendly yacht, will be welcomed by the international organisations with 17 sailboats. Thunberg, who refuses to travel by air to avoid excessive polluting emissions, is set to arrive in New York on Wednesday in a …

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