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Eight killed in blast near Kabul University

AFP Kabul At least eight people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday when a bomb detonated near a major university in Kabul while students were waiting to take an exam, officials said. The blast comes amid an unending wave of violence across Afghanistan, where civilians are being killed every day in the country’s gruelling conflict, now in its 18th …

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US company asked to pay US$ 58,815 in back wages

PTI Washington A US company has been asked to pay US$ 58,815 to two of its employees after a federal investigation found it guilty of violating the H-1B guidelines, amidst a crackdown on the popular visa programme by the Trump administration. The H-1B visa programme allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in the US on a non-immigrant basis in …

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H-1B visa fee used to fund apprentice programme: Commerce secretary

PTI Washington The US is financing its ambitious apprentice programme to close the skills gap amongst Americans from funds generated by the H-1B visa fee, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The H-1B visa programme allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in the US on a non-immigrant basis in specialty occupations or as fashion models of distinguished merit and ability. …

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Pak’s ex-prime minister Abbasi arrested

PTI Lahore Pakistan’s anti-graft body on Thursday arrested former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in a multi-billion-rupee case related to the award of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import contract. A National Accountability Bureau (NAB) team intercepted Abbasi’s car at Thokar Niaz Baig in Lahore and arrested him. He initially resisted the arrest but eventually conceded. Abbasi, who served as …

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Easter Sunday attack suspects should be hanged: Sirisena

PTI Colombo Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has demanded death sentence to all the suspects arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks, amid his differences with the governing coalition over reintroduction of capital punishment after four decades. Sirisena said the move to bring in a motion in Parliament to abolish the capital punishment is a move to prevent the …

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Israel inks US$ 50 mn deal with India

PTI Jerusalem State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) on Wednesday said it has inked a follow-up deal worth US$ 50 million to supply complementary Naval MRSAM (medium range surface-to-air missile) systems to the Indian Navy and the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders. As per the agreement, signed this week, the IAI will provide complementary systems for the air defence system (ADS). “The deal …

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Pak increases land allotted to Kartarpur Gurdwara from 3 to 42 acres

PTI Lahore Pakistan will allot 42 acres of land for the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, up 14 times, Punjab governor has announced while indicating that 80 per cent of the work on the landmark Kartarpur Corridor has been completed, according to a media report. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in …

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Pak’s Sindh Assembly adopts resolution to end forced conversions of Hindu girls

PTI Karachi Pakistan’s Sindh Assembly has unanimously passed a resolution demanding that the practice of forced conversions and abductions of Hindu girls must be stopped and action be taken against those involved in such activities. The resolution – moved on Tuesday by Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) lawmaker Nand Kumar Goklani – was supported by the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party as …

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Iran threatens to return to pre-nuclear deal conditions

IANS Tehran Iran is planning to return to the pre-2015 nuclear deal conditions unless European signatories fulfil their obligations, state TV quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI). Kamalvandi said Iran’s retaliatory decision to reduce some of its commitments under the nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is within the framework …

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N Korea warns US-S Korea drills will affect nuclear talks

AFP Seoul North Korea on Tuesday said looming US-South Korea military drills could impact the proposed resumption of nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, and hinted that it could reconsider its moratorium on nuclear testing. It was the first statement from Pyongyang on the talks since US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to their …

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