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March 19, 2018 12:00 AM Asean leaders tackle Rohingya crisis and urge South China Sea calm

SYDNEY: Australia and its Asean neighbours vowed to boost defence ties while stressing the importance of non-militarisation in the disputed South China Sea on Sunday at a summit where the "complex" Rohingya crisis took centre stage. Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, at the three-day meeting in Sydney, also agreed to work more closely

March 18, 2018 12:00 AM India wary of BD power in sub-continent: Karthik

COLOMBO: India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik Saturday said Bangladesh are always a tricky opposition and that his team would bring high intensity to the Twenty20 tri-series final between the two sides on Sunday. Skipper Rohit Sharma’s team was the first to book its place in the final after winning three of its four games at Colombo’s R. Premadasa 1

March 18, 2018 12:00 AM J&K becomes top agenda item in UNHCR policy statement

ISLAMABAD: Jammu and Kashmir has become a top agenda item in the policy statement of the UN high commissioner of Human Rights (UNHCR) in its Geneva Headquarters as it happened for the first time in the history of the commission. The UNHRC has included Kashmir in the list of other urgent international conflicts, like Syria. The human rights activist Ahmad 1

March 17, 2018 12:00 AM Indian party quits Modi’s coalition in blow ahead of polls

NEW DELHI: An Indian political party that governs a southern state quit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coalition on Friday blaming it for a lack of financial support, officials said, in a blow to the coalition ahead of national elections next year. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) controls 16 lawmakers in India’s 545-member parliament, but Modi’s Bharatiya 2

March 15, 2018 2:00 PM Pakistan calls back envoy in India to discuss harassment incidents

ISLAMABAD: The federal government called back its envoy in India for a meeting aimed at discussing the harassment faced by Pakistani diplomats. The Foreign Office stated on Thursday that it has directed Pakistani high commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood to return to Islamabad for a consultation over the recent incidents of harassment of diplomats 3

March 15, 2018 12:00 AM India needs 8 percent growth for 30 years to join middle-income group

NEW DELHI: India´s economy needs to grow 8 percent and higher a year for the next three decades to join the ranks of middle-income countries, which would require major reforms in the land, labour and financial sectors, the World Bank said on Wednesday. If that did happen, it would raise the income of at least 50 percent of India´s 1.3 billion people 8

March 14, 2018 1:37 AM Pakistani back home after spending 25 years in India

LAHORE: A Pakistani citizen, who had crossed the Wagah Border when he was 11 years old, returned home after spending 25 years in India. Siraj-ud-din was released from an Indian prison on Monday and handed over to the Pakistan Rangers (Punjab) by Border Security Force officials of the neighbouring country at noon the same day. He had managed to secure 6

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM Maoists kill 8 Indian cops in Chhattisgarh

NEW DELHI: Maoist rebels killed eight Indian paramilitary troopers after detonating an explosive beneath their vehicle during a patrol in restive Chhattisgarh state, officials said Tuesday. The blast in a remote forest region also injured three others who were airlifted to state capital Raipur for treatment, a spokesman for India’s central reserve police 4

March 14, 2018 12:00 AM New Zealand’s Wright returning to Derbyshire

LONDON: Former New Zealand and India coach John Wright is to return to Derbyshire to oversee their upcoming campaign in English domestic cricket’s Twenty20 Blast competition, the Midlands county announced on Tuesday. Wright knows Derbyshire well, having played for the club during his career as a New Zealand batsman.Last season saw Wright guide Derbyshire 8

March 13, 2018 12:00 AM UN official speaks of Kashmir crisis urgency

ISLAMABAD: Conversation between a top UN official and a top Kashmiri leader played out in front of more than 500 representatives of major international human rights organisations, where the top UN official issued his latest statement on the urgency of the crisis in Kashmir. The unprecedented conversation occurred at the UN Headquarters in Geneva when Zeid Ra’ad 7