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Pakistani woman stoned to death over adultery
Islamabad, Sep 4 (IANS) A woman was stoned to death in Pakistan's Punjab province for allegedly committing adultery, police said as quoted by media sources.
2023-09-04
Category: International/South Asia/Crime,
INS Delhi leaves Colombo after two-day visit
New Delhi, Sep 3 (IANS) Indian Navy's guided missile destroyer INS Delhi departed Colombo on Sunday after a two-day visit, the Defence Ministry said.
2023-09-03
Category: Defence/National/South Asia/Diplomacy,
Public, traders in Pakistan observe shutter-down against exorbitant power bills
Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Owing to the rising cost of living and exorbitant electricity bills amid sky-rocketing inflation, the public including traders in Pakistan are observing a nationwide shutter-down strike with many taking to the streets, The News reported.
2023-09-02
Category: National/Politics/South Asia,
Army officer, 2 soldiers killed in gunbattle with militants in Pakistan
Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) An army officer, two soldiers were killed in two separate gunbattles in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
2023-09-02
Category: International/Security/South Asia,
Pakistan sees sharp surge in militant attacks in Aug: Report
Islamabad, Sep 2 (IANS) Pakistan witnessed a sharp rise in militant attacks in August, with 99 incidents reported across the country, the highest monthly number since November 2014, the Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) has said.
2023-09-02
Category: International/Politics/Terrorism/Security/South Asia,
Rajnath to visit Sri Lanka to review defence ties
New Delhi, Sep 1 (IANS) Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Sri Lanka from September 2-3 to review defence ties.
2023-09-01
Category: National/South Asia/Diplomacy/Politics,
Landmine blast kills child in Afghanistan
Sari Pul (Afghanistan), Sep 1 (IANS) One child was killed as a landmine left over from past wars went off in north Afghanistan's Sari Pul province, said a statement of the provincial police headquarters on Friday.
2023-09-01
Category: International/Security/South Asia/Crime,
President Arif Alvi contemplates polls in Pakistan during November
Islamabad, Sep 1 (IANS) Pakistani President Arif Alvi is likely to notify the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the Federal Law Ministry to hold general elections in the country during November, relating his decision on the basis of constitutional binding of holding polls within 90 days of the caretaker government's tenure.
2023-09-01
Category: International/South Asia/Politics,
Pakistanis burn electricity bills, protest against imposed taxes
Islamabad, Aug 28 (IANS) Thousands of people across Pakistan have taken to the streets to protest against soaring electricity bills and high taxes imposed by the government at a time when surviving high inflation has become impossible for the common man.
2023-08-28
Category: International/Politics/Human Interest/South Asia,
Kidnapped child murdered in Afghanistan's Badakhshan
Faizabad, Aug 27 (IANS) Afghan security forces have found a child dead after he was kidnapped by unknown armed men in the Shuhada district of east Afghanistan's Badakhshan province, Mahzuddin Ahmadi, director of provincial information and culture department, said.
2023-08-27
Category: International/Crime/South Asia,
Taliban imposes restrictions on Afghanistan's Sikh, Hindu minorities
New Delhi, August 26 (IANS) When Kabul fell to the Taliban in 2021, there were concerns that some of Afghanistan's tiny non-Muslim minorities could vanish. Two years on, those fears are becoming realised a media report said.
2023-08-26
Category: International/Diaspora/INDIA ABROAD/South Asia,
Islamabad HC begins hearing Imran's plea challenging Toshakhana verdict
Islamabad, Aug 25 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday began hearing a plea by incarcerated former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan which challenged his trial and conviction in the Toshakhana case, and is also expected to announce its decision later in the day.
2023-08-25
Category: International/Law/South Asia/Politics,
With India’s support, SL plans to transform Eastern port city as a regional hub
Colombo, Aug 25 (IANS) With the support of India, Sri Lanka plans to transform the country's Eastern port district Trincomalee to a multi-faceted regional hub.
2023-08-25
Category: INDIA ABROAD/International/South Asia/Politics/Diplomacy,
Pak caretaker govt appoints Yasin Malik’s wife in key post, Jalil Abbas Jilani as FM
Islamabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Pakistan’s caretaker government and its cabinet on Thursday officially took over as the selected cabinet members took oath at the President House.
2023-08-17
Category: International/South Asia/Politics,
SL's GDP allocation for education among lowest in South Asia: UNICEF
Colombo, Aug 17 (IANS) Battered by the worst-ever economic crisis in its post-independence history, Sri Lanka's allocation of its GDP on education has become one of the lowest in the South Asian region.
2023-08-17
Category: International/South Asia/Education/Politics,
Mob in Pakistan vandalises churches over blasphemy accusations (Ld)
Islamabad, Aug 16 (IANS) A mob attack in Pakistan has left at least four churches vandalised, while several homes of Christian community have also been looted in Jaranwala city of Punjab province. 
2023-08-16
Category: International/South Asia/Society/Crime,
Pakistani rupee drops to 3-month low on first day of caretaker govt
New Delhi, August 15 (IANS) The Pakistani rupee (PKR) witnessed a significant drop on Tuesday -- the first day of the caretaker government taking over the reins of power in the centre -- and closed at a three-month low of 292 PKR against the US dollar.
2023-08-15
Category: International/South Asia/Business,
US, Pakistan failed to predict fall of Afghanistan to Taliban
New Delhi, August 15 (IANS) The speed at which Afghanistan fell to the Taliban on this day two years ago exposed the faulty intelligence of both the US and Pakistani intelligence communities.
2023-08-15
Category: International/INDIA ABROAD/South Asia,
2 dead, 85 injured in aerial firing incidents during I-Day celebrations in Karachi
Islamabad, Aug 15 (IANS) Two people were killed and 85 others injured in separate incidents of celebratory aerial firing in Karachi to mark Pakistan's 77th Independence Day on August 14, police said.
2023-08-15
Category: International/Crime/South Asia,
In talks with China, India calls for withdrawal troops from friction points in eastern Ladakh
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) India on Monday called for withdrawal of troops from friction points in eastern Ladakh during the 19th round of Corps Commander-level talks with China. 
2023-08-14
Category: National/South Asia/Politics/Defence/Security/Diplomacy,
(IANS Bookshelf) From Partition to Bharat Jodo, why peacemakers count
New Delhi, Aug 14 (IANS) The anthology titled 'The Peacemakers' (Aleph; Rs 799), which has been edited by Ghazala Wahab, comes as a breath of fresh air for people who believe in plurality and peaceful coexistence. In atmosphere surcharged with hate, 'The Peacemaker' makes for an urgent read.
2023-08-14
Category: National/Spotlight/South Asia/Books,
China asks Pakistan to punish perpetrators of Gwadar attack
Islamabad, Aug 14 (IANS) China has strongly condemned the terror attack on a Chinese convoy in Balochistan's Gwadar on Sunday and has asked the Pakistani side to bring the perpetrators to justice.
2023-08-14
Category: Terrorism/International/South Asia/Politics/Security/Diplomacy,
Death toll in China mudslide rises to 21
Beijing, Aug 14 (IANS) The death toll in a rain-triggered rock and mudslide in the suburbs of Xian, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, has risen to 21, with six others still missing, rescuers have said.
2023-08-14
Category: International/South Asia/Accident/Disaster,
WHO urges swift action as dengue cases surge in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Aug 14 (IANS) As a significant surge in dengue fever cases has gripped Bangladesh, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for efforts to control the mosquito vector population and minimize individual exposure such as using mosquito repellents and wearing long-sleeved clothes.
2023-08-14
Category: International/South Asia/Health/Politics,
Imran Khan handed 3-yr jail term in Toshakhana case (Ld)
Islamabad, Aug 5 (IANS) In a major development, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday issued its verdict in the Toshakhana case against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, sentencing him to at least three-years imprisonment and imposing a fine of 100,000 PKR.
2023-08-05
Category: International/Law/South Asia/Politics,
Imran Khan arrested after court finds him guilty in Toshakhana case
Islamabad, August 5 (IANS) Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was arrested on Saturday from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore soon after being convicted in the Toshakhana case.
2023-08-05
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
Pakistan's weekly inflation spikes 26.3%
Islamabad, Sep 9 (IANS) Pakistan's weekly inflation surged 26.3 per cent year on year mainly due to a rise in food prices, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has said.
2023-09-09
Category: International/South Asia/Politics,
4 soldiers, 12 terrorists killed in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Islamabad, Sep 7 (IANS) Four Pakistani soldiers and 12 terrorists were killed in a clash between government security forces and the terrorists in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, a military statement said.
2023-09-07
Category: Terrorism/Security/South Asia/International,
Hindu community in Pak protests against kidnappings, lawlessness
Islamabad, Sep 4 (IANS) The Hindu community in Kashmore district of Pakistan's Sindh province has had enough of the continuous lawlessness, kidnappings for ransom and failure of authorities to recover the victims.
2023-09-04
Category: International/Focus/South Asia,
Imran Khan’s legal battles continue
Islamabad, July 27 (IANS) As Pakistan moves towards bringing in a caretaker setup to see through the process of a political power transition in the wake of the general elections, former Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to be running out of options to tackle and delay his legal battles.
2023-07-27
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
Macron to become first French President to visit SL
Colombo, July 27 (IANS) French President Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Colombo on Friday, marking the first ever French presidential visit to Sri Lanka.
2023-07-27
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
Wild poliovirus detected in environmental sample from Peshwar
Islamabad, July 27 (IANS) The Pakistan Health Ministry said that wild poliovirus has been detected in an environmental sample collected from Peshawar city.
2023-07-27
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
'She died for us': Father of Anju, now went to Pakistan and married Facebook friend
Bhopal, July 26 (IANS) The father of Anju, who left her family in Rajasthan to go over to Pakistan and married her Facebook friend there, expressed his anger at her action, saying she has "died" for the family.
2023-07-26
Category: National/Politics/Society/South Asia,
Bangladesh's dengue death toll hits 201
Dhaka, July 26 (IANS) The dengue outbreak in Bangladesh has killed 201 people so far this year, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) reported.
2023-07-26
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
India should focus on engaging with smaller neighbours keeping China in mind, says Parliamentary panel
New Delhi, July 25 (IANS) A high-level Parliamentary panel has said that it is in India's strategic interests and foreign policy requirements to focus on wider engagements and deepening of ties with smaller neighbours, especially keeping in mind China's Belt and Road vision and America’s Indo-Pacific vision.
2023-07-25
Category: National/Politics/Diplomacy/South Asia,
Bangladesh's dengue death toll spikes to 185
Dhaka, July 25 (IANS) The death toll from the viral dengue outbreak in Bangladesh has increased to 185, while the number of cases reported so have this yearhave reached 35,270, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DFHS).
2023-07-25
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
Sri Lanka has sufficient fuel: Minister
Colombo, July 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka has sufficient quantities of fuel, the country's Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera said.
2023-07-24
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,
Pak man commits suicide after failing to pay high electricity bill
Islamabad, Aug 30 (IANS) Amid the ongoing protests across Pakistan against inflated power bills, a man committed suicide after failing to pay a 40,000 PKR electricity bill, the second such incident this week, the media reported on Wednesday.
2023-08-30
Category: International/Human Interest/South Asia,
Sri Lanka to import over 92mn eggs from India
Colombo, Aug 30 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Cabinet of Ministers has approved the proposal to import over 92 million eggs from India to help domestic consumers buy eggs at a fair price.
2023-08-30
Category: International/Politics/South Asia,
Islamabad HC suspends Imran’s sentence in Toshakhana case, orders release (Ld)
Islamabad, Aug 29 (IANS) In a major relief to Imran Khan, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday suspended the former Prime Minister's sentence in the Toshakhana case and ordered his release from jail.
2023-08-29
Category: International/Law/South Asia/Politics,
Islamabad HC suspends Imran's sentence in Toshakhana case, orders release
Islamabad, August 29 (IANS) The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday suspended former Prime Minister Imran Khan's sentence in the Toshakhana case and ordered his release from jail.
2023-08-29
Category: International/South Asia/Politics,
Pak woman commits suicide due to high electricity bill
Islamabad, Aug 29 (IANS) As Pakistan is reeling from inflation and high taxes, a woman in Punjab province committed suicide after electricity was not restored at her home despite paying a bill of 10,000 PKR, a media report said on Tuesday.
2023-08-29
Category: International/Human Interest/South Asia,
Intensity, frequency of tropical cyclones to rise in Indian Ocean: Study
New Delhi, Aug 28 (IANS) The intensity and frequency of tropical cyclones are expected to increase in the north Indian Ocean, warns a study led by an international team of scientists including those from India.
2023-08-28
Category: Environment/Science/South Asia/Science/Tech,
Pakistan's northwest province witnesses 666 terrorist attacks in 1 yr: Report
Islamabad, July 24 (IANS) Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province witnessed 666 terrorist attacks in one year, said a report from police.
2023-07-24
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/Terrorism/Security/South Asia,
SL to set MPR for fuel as China’s Sinopec enters market after state-run CPC and Inda’s LIOC
Colombo, July 23 (IANS) The first shipment of Chinese fuel supplier Sinopec, the third fuel supplier to enter the Sri Lankan fuel market after India’s Lanka Indian Oil Corporation (LIOC) and the state–run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), is to arrive at the island early next month.
2023-07-23
Category: International/Business/Diplomacy/South Asia,
Imran being served chicken, mutton in Attock Jail: SC informed
Islamabad, Aug 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court of Pakistan was informed that incarcerated former Prime Minister Imran Khan is being served meals with chicken and mutton in the Attock Jail in accordance to his "profile and legal status".
2023-08-29
Category: International/Human Interest/South Asia/Politics,
Bangladesh preps to start voluntary Rohingya repatriation later this year
Dhaka, Aug 28 (IANS) Bangladesh is preparing to start safe and voluntary repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their homeland Myanmar later this year, initially with around 1,000 people, a senior government official said here.
2023-08-28
Category: International/Politics/Law/South Asia/Rights,
Pak court dismisses murder abetment charges against Imran
Islamabad, Aug 28 (IANS) A court in Pakistan has dismissed an FIR stating murder abetment charges against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, his lawyer confirmed on Monday,
2023-08-28
Category: International/Politics/Law/Crime/South Asia,
Western lobby expresses concern over expected delay in Pakistan polls
Islamabad, Aug 28 (IANS) The ongoing forecast and debate about the expected delay in Pakistan's general elections and extension of the caretaker government's tenure from its mandated 90 days, has prompted western nations and the European Union (EU) to express their reservations and warns Islamabad of consequences in case of a postponement,
2023-08-28
Category: International/IANS NEWS POINT/South Asia,
Pakistan on flood alert after India releases water
Islamabad, July 10 (IANS) After India released about 185,000 cusecs of water, Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has issued a flood alert and warned of heavy rain in the next 24 to 48 hours.
2023-07-10
Category: International/NEIGHBOURHOOD IN DISTRESS/South Asia,