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Dalai Lama cannot change rituals to appoint successor: China
BEIJING, May 26 (Agencies): China on Friday said the Dalai Lama has no right to change the rituals and processes, set by the Chinese government, for appointing his successor. Reacting to the Tibetan spiritual leader`s remarks that his incarnation cannot be born in a place where "there is no freedom", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said at a briefing, "The title of Dalai Lama is given by the central government. There are fixed set of religious rituals and processes and these cannot be changed by one individual." "As for the reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism and the Dalai Lama reincarnation is concerned, the competent departments of the government have talked about it and have also issued a white paper. The 14th Dalai Lama is also clear about this," Lu said. "The 14th Dala...
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Ex-ISI official admits Jadhav captured from Iran
LAHORE, May 24 (Agencies): Amjad Shoaib, an ex-ISI official and a retired Lieutenant General of the Pakistan Army, has acknowledged India's claim that Kulbhushan Jadhav was captured from Iran. This revelation by an ex-ISI official is damaging for Pakistan and shows the real face of that country's armed forces establishment, the civilian government and the ISI who have connived to tarnish the image of India globally. This negates Pakistan's claims that Jadhav was caught in Pakistan on charges of spying. India has repeatedly maintained that Jadhav was on business trip to Iran and Pakistan had captured him from there and planted a false case against him. This admission by the ex-ISI official can now possibly be used by India as a strong argument at the next hearing of the International C...
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India considering punitive actions against Pak: US official
WASHINGTON, May 24(Agencies): India is moving towards isolating Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive actions against Islamabad for its alleged support to cross border terrorism, a top American defence intelligence chief has said. “India has sought and continues to move to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and is considering punitive options to raise the cost to Islamabad for its alleged support to cross- border terrorism,” Lt Gen Vincent Stewart, Director, Defence Intelligence Agency, told members of the powerful Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on worldwide threats. His statement came a day after Indian Army announced that they launched “punitive fire assaults” on Pakistani positions across the Line of Control, inflicting some damage. Sources...
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PM's bold decisions in last 3 years to transform perception of India on global platform: USIBC
WASHINGTON, May 24 (Agencies): India's liberalisation across numerous sectors of its economy sends a clear message to the global investment community that the country is open for business and reforms are also on-track, a top US advocacy group has said. India's economy to improve in overall conditions, cost of funds may rise: Report Mukesh Aghi, president of US India Business Council (USIBC) - a top American advocacy group representing US business interests in India - said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had demonstrated that he could make "bold" and transformative decisions. "In the last 3 years, the Prime Minister has demonstrated that he is able to make bold, transformative decisions that will transform how India is perceived on the global platform," Aghi said yesterday. "Liberalisatio...
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Pakistani parliamentary panel unhappy with govt's response over Kulbhushan Jadhav's case
Islamabad, May 24 (Agencies): A Pakistani parliamentary panel on national security has expressed dissatisfaction over the government's response on Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav's case at the ICJ and sought more information about its strategy to defend the case at the next hearing. The committee met yesterday to discuss the Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf, who will now represent Pakistan in the case, testified before the Parliamentary Committee for National Security, Dawn newspaper reported.The ICJ had last week through a unanimous verdict on a petition submitted by India stayed Jadhav's execution till its final decision in the case and sought a report on measures taken for the implementation ...
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Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' steps down
KATHMANDU, May 24 (Agencies): Pushpa Kamal Dahal stepped down as Prime Minister of Nepal on Wednesday. Prachanda announced his resignation during a televised address to the nation. Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba is likely to take over as per an understanding the two leaders had reached in August last year. Prachanda was to address the Parliament yesterday and announce his resignation, but it was postponed as the speaker adjourned the House after the main opposition CPN-UML's lawmakers obstructed the House meeting, protesting against the government's decision to increase the number of local units in Tarai districts. As leaders from ruling and opposition parties could not develop a consensus on resuming House meeting despite holding several rounds of talks, the Speaker postpone...
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Pak dismisses India's claim of action on Pak posts along LoC, says "don't brag"
ISLAMABAD, May 23 (Agencies): The Indian Army's action against the Pakistan to destroy the terrorists' bunkers across the border in Nowshera sector in Kashmir has led to reactions pouring in from across the border. Reacting to the development, Pakistan's High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit said on Tuesday rejected Indian army's claim of attack on Pakistani Army posts in Naushera sector of Jammu and Kashmir that was allegedly giving support to infiltrators. "There's no such report from Pakistan government yet, hence no need to brag about the issue. Both the countries need to resolve the issue peacefully," Basit said while speaking to CNN-News18. Earlier today, the Indian Army formally revealed that it has destroyed Pakistani Army posts in J&K's Naushera sector. Army spokespers...
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After adverse ICJ ruling, Pak calls for early hearing in Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Report
ISLAMABAD, May 23 (Agencies): Pakistan has asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to hold an early hearing in the case of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death by a military court, a media report said on Tuesday. The Express Tribune, citing sources, reported that the Pakistan Foreign Office has sent a letter to the Hague-based ICJ's registrar, expressing Pakistan's desire for a quick hearing, preferably over the next few weeks. The request was made in view of the upcoming elections for ICJ judges, scheduled to be held in November, it quoted the sources as saying. A senior official, however, was quoted as saying that the ICJ might resume the hearing in the case in October. "The government (however) wants the hearing (to be held in the) next six week...
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Here's a timeline of major terror attacks in London
LONDON, May 23 (Agencies): On Monday night, Nineteen people were killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack at the Manchester Arena. The blast took place during a pop concert performed by the American singer Ariana Grande. Following the attack, British Prime Minister Theresa May has suspended her general election campaign. The Prime Minister said, "We are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. All our thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected." Terror attack at Manchester Arena is just the latest in a long list of terror attacks on Britain since 9/11. Here's a rundown of major attacks in London since 2001. March 22 2017, UK Parliament London attacker Khalid Mas...
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No change in stand on India's entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group: China
BEIJING, May 22 (Agencies): Marring India's chances of entering the 48-member elite club at its crucial meeting next month, China said on Monday that there was no change in its stance on admission of non-NPT states into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). "China's position on the non-NPT members' participation in the NSG has not changed," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing. She was responding to a question about the chances of India's admission into the grouping during the next month's plenary session expected to take place in the Swiss capital, Bern. "We support the NSG group following the mandate of the 2016 Seoul plenary session and following building consensus as well as inter-governmental process is open and transparent to deal with the relevan...
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Kulbhushan Jadhav case
Upset with Pakistan's loss of face at ICJ, Pakistanis seek answers from Sharif govt
ISLAMABAD, May 19 (Agencies): The Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan has come under severe attack from its citizen who are now questioning the strategy adopted by its lawyers and why it accepted the International Court's jurisdiction in Kulbhushan Jadhav sentencing case. Several legal experts from Pakistan have questioned the strategy adopted by the team of lawyers led by Khawar Qureshi and why they wasted the crucial 90-minutes given to them to argue the case at the ICJ. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling staying the execution of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav "has caused shock and disappointment in Pakistan", a daily reported on Thursday. Harish Salve - the chief architect of India's victory at ICJ – says 'public duty' on charging just Rs 1 fee to argue Kulbhushan...
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Sri Lanka to demolish 10,000 buildings after collapse
COLOMBO, May 19 (Agencies): Sri Lanka said Friday it will demolish an estimated 10,000 illegally built homes and offices in Colombo, a day after a seven-storey wedding hall collapsed, killing one and wounding 23. Urban Development Minister Champika Ranawaka said the casualties could have been much higher if the hall had been hosting a wedding at the time of its collapse, and that the owners would face criminal charges. "This wedding hall is a clear example of the dangers posed by unauthorised construction in Colombo," the minister told reporters in Colombo. "A structural failure led to the collapse." The capital has a population of over 750,000 people, while another half a million travel to it daily for work. "Our estimate is that there are at least 10,000 illegally built homes, apar...
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China reacts to India-Singapore's naval drill at South China Sea, says "such activities shouldn't hurt others''
BEIJING, May 19 (Agencies): Reacting cautiously over the joint naval exercise being held by India and Singapore in the disputed South China Sea, China today said such activities should not hurt the "interests of other countries". "If such exchanges and cooperation are for the benefit of regional peace and security, then we have no opposition," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a media briefing here. "We have a very open attitude to normal exchanges between various countries," she said when asked for China's reaction to the joint naval exercise of India and Singapore. China claims almost all of the resource-rich South China Sea (SCS), including islands more than 800 miles from the Chinese mainland, despite objections from neighbours such as the Philippines, Mala...
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