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June 20, 2018 12:00 AM Former diplomat Mahdi Masud passes away

KARACHI: Former senior diplomat Mahdi Masud passed away on Tuesday at the age 91 at a local hospital, after brief illness. Masud had topped the 1952 CSS exams and went on to join the foreign services. He served as Pakistan’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN and the Deputy High Commissioner in Delhi, and Calcutta. He also served at the country’s

June 14, 2018 12:00 AM Five Pakistani students graduate from South Asian University

New Delhi: Five Pakistani students have graduated from South Asian University this year, the Pakistani High Commission here said, Geo News reported. They were awarded degrees during the 3rd convocation of SAU held on June 7, which was attended Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood. The five Pakistani students completed their Masters from SAU in diverse 5

June 11, 2018 12:00 AM India arrests 15 over latest ‘child abduction’ lynchings

NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested 15 men after the latest in a spate of lynchings incited by rumours spread on WhatsApp of strangers abducting children, an officer said on Sunday. A mob in a mainly tribal area of the northeastern state of Assam pulled two men out of their car on Friday night and beat them to death before police could arrive. A video 4

June 7, 2018 12:00 AM Indian army proposespredictive analytics using AI

NEW DELHI: Armed forces are the repository of big data and there is a need to record and institutionalise the information and carry out predictive analytics using Artificial Intelligence (AI), Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has said. He also laid stress on the need for collaboration with industry and academia, pitched for leveraging various technologies 1

May 30, 2018 12:00 AM Monsoon rains hit India’s southern coast

NEW DELHI: Monsoon rains hit the southern Indian state of Kerala a few days earlier than normal, the country’s weather office said, potentially brightening the nation’s outlook for agricultural output and economic growth. Monsoons deliver about 70pc of India’s annual rainfall and are the lifeblood of its $2.5 trillion economy, spurring farm output and boosting 2

May 29, 2018 12:00 AM I fear my girls will ask me meaning of the word rape, says Gautam Gambhir

NEW DELHI: I was introduced to the word ‘rape’ by the Hindi film Insaaf Ka Tarazu. It was released in 1980, a year before I was born. I can’t recall whether I saw it on Doordarshan or on a video tape. But I remember the film, the painful plight of the two rape victims, murder of the rapist and the shaming of our social system. As a young boy, who had women 3

May 29, 2018 12:00 AM India to ignore US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

NEW DELHI: India will keep trading with Iran and Venezuela despite the threat of fallout from US sanctions against the two countries, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday. Swaraj, asked at a news conference whether US action against Iran and Venezuela would damage India, said the country would not make foreign policy “under pressure”. US President 5

May 29, 2018 12:00 AM India against unilateral US sanctions on Iran

NEW DELHI: India only abides by sanctions imposed by the United Nations and not those imposed by any other country, such as ones announced by the United States against Iran, India’s foreign minister said on Monday. US President Donald Trump this month withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal and ordered the reimposition of US sanctions against 4

May 29, 2018 12:00 AM Shami replaces Pandya in ICC World XI squad

DUBAI: India’s Mohammed Shami will replace Hardik Pandya in the ICC World XI squad set to take on Windies in the one-off T20I, it was confirmed on Monday. Shami’s most recent T20I appearance came last year against West Indies. Pandya has picked up a viral illness while it has been decided to include Adil Rashid in the squad as well. Dinesh Karthik is the other 7

May 28, 2018 12:00 AM No problem in talks with Pakistan, Hurriyat: Rajnath

NEW DELHI: Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said that there is no confusion in holding talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat Conference. “India is ready to talk to Pakistan and Hurriyat Conference if they are ready to talk,” a media report said Sunday. “If Hurriyat is ready to talk, we have no problem, we are ready to talk to anyone. Even if Pakistan 3