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‘RIP PR/Marketing’: Rahul Vaidya on Poonam Pandey’s new low
Mumbai, Feb 3 (IANS) Singer and music composer Rahul Vaidya has slammed the fake death announcement by the controversial actress Poonam Pandey, urging people to refrain from reacting, categorising it as a strategic move in her campaign, and dismissing it with a poignant 'RIP PR/marketing'.
2024-02-03
Category: Regional Cinema/Bollywood/OTT/Cinema/Showbiz/South Asia/Entertainment,
Big B praises ‘favourite’ Suriya: Such a delight to have met him again
Mumbai, Jan 14 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has heaped praise on southern sensation Suriya and said that he is delighted to have met him again over a photo shoot for the Indian Street Premier League (ISPL).
2024-01-14
Category: Bollywood/Showbiz/South Asia/Entertainment,
Pakistan reports 3rd polio case of this year
Islamabad, Oct 5 (IANS) An 18-month-old baby girl has been infected with wild poliovirus in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province -- the third positive case of this year, the Health Ministry said.
2023-10-05
Category: International/HEALTH/MEDICINE/South Asia,
Massive 6.3-magnitude quake hits Afghanistan, 80 injured
Kabul, Oct 11 (IANS) Just five days after a massive earthquake struck Afghanistan's Herat province killing more than 2,000 people, another temblor measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the same region on Wednesday, injuring 80 persons.
2023-10-11
Category: International/Disaster/South Asia,
180 stranded students rescued from mountain in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Dec 3 (IANS) The Sri Lankan army and police have rescued about 180 university students who were stranded in the Hanthana mountain range during a hiking trip, authorities said on Sunday.
2023-12-03
Category: South Asia/International,
10 killed as passenger bus in Pakistan comes under gunfire
Rawalpindi, Dec 3 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and 25 others injured when a passenger bus came under gunfire by unidentified assailants on the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan's Gilgit-Baltistan region, the media reported on Sunday.
2023-12-03
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/South Asia/International,
Pakistan sees significant rise in militant attacks in 2023
Islamabad, Dec 2 (IANS) Pakistan witnessed a notable surge in militant activities in November as the attacks rose by 34 per cent following a two-month decline, the media reported on Saturday.
2023-12-02
Category: South Asia/Terrorism/International,
Minus Imran Khan: Lawyer Gohar Ali Khan becomes PTI chairman
Peshawar, Dec 2 (IANS) Lawyer Gohar Ali Khan was on Saturday was elected unopposed as the new chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after its intra-party elections were held earlier in the day.
2023-12-02
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/South Asia/Politics/International,
Pakistan sees significant rise in militant attacks in 2023
Islamabad, Dec 2 (IANS) Pakistan witnessed a notable surge in militant activities in November as the attacks rose by 34 per cent following a two-month decline, the media reported on Saturday.
2023-12-02
Category: South Asia/Terrorism/International,
Minus Imran Khan: Lawyer Gohar Ali Khan becomes PTI chairman
Peshawar, Dec 2 (IANS) Lawyer Gohar Ali Khan was on Saturday was elected unopposed as the new chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) after its intra-party elections were held earlier in the day.
2023-12-02
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/South Asia/Politics/International,
Ramaswamy takes a dig at Haley's 'finish them' remarks on Hamas
New York, Oct 10 (IANS) Taking a jibe at former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley's "finish them" remarks on the Hamas militant group, fellow Indian-American Republican presidential aspirant Vivek Ramaswamy has said that this is "not a video game".
2023-10-10
Category: International/Diaspora/INDIA ABROAD/South Asia,
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,
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,
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,
IED blast in Peshawar injures 6 people
Peshawar, Dec 5 (IANS) At least six people, including four children, were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion near a school in Pakistan's Peshawar city on Tuesday, officials said.
2023-12-05
Category: South Asia/Terrorism/International,
Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka surged to monthly high in Nov
Colombo, Dec 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka welcomed 151,496 international tourists in November, the highest monthly number of visitors it received in 2023, according to the latest data released by the tourism authority.
2023-12-05
Category: South Asia/Human Interest/International,
‘Fake’ advisor to US President should be arrested immediately: B’desh Minister
Dhaka, Oct 29 (IANS) Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen on Sunday demanded immediate arrest of an alleged ‘fake’ advisor to US President Joe Biden.
2023-10-29
Category: South Asia/Diplomacy/International,
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,
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,
Jaishankar reaches Sri Lanka to attend Indian Ocean Rim Association meeting
New Delhi, Oct 10 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Tuesday reached Sri Lanka on a two-day visit to attend the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Council of Ministers meeting.
2023-10-10
Category: National/IANS NEWS POINT/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,
More than 71,000 Sri Lankans affected by heavy rain
Colombo, Oct 9 (IANS) More than 71,000 Sri Lankans in 13 districts have been adversely affected by heavy rain and subsequent flooding, the island nation's Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday.
2023-10-09
Category: International/South Asia,
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,
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,
Hamas attack: One Sri Lankan injured, another missing in Israel
Colombo, Oct 9 (IANS) A Sri Lankan has gone missing while another is undergoing treatment for gunshot injuries after Hamas launched a major attack on Israel.
2023-10-09
Category: International/Politics/Security/South Asia,
10 Nepalis killed in Hamas attack on Israel: Envoy
Jersusalem, Oct 9 (IANS) At least 10 Nepali nationals have been killed as Hamas launched an attack on southern Israel on October 7, the Himalayan nation's envoy to the Jewish state confirmed on Monday.
2023-10-09
Category: International/Security/South Asia,
Afghanistan earthquake toll rises to 2,445
Kabul, Oct 9 (IANS) The death toll from the massive 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Afghanistan's Herat and neighboring provinces has increased to 2,445 as rescue officials are racing against time to rescue people from the debris, authorities said.
2023-10-09
Category: International/Disaster/South Asia,
Pakistan to hold general elections on time in January 2024: Poll body
Islamabad, Oct 27 (IANS) The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said the crucial general elections in the country will be held on time, highlighting that there was no possibility of a delay in the polls scheduled to be held in the last week of January 2024.
2023-10-27
Category: South Asia/Politics/International,
Bilawal fears for his political future as PML-N cosies up to military
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with its political leadership in the Bhutto and Zardari family, is the country's second largest political force which has been at the forefront of political rivalries, anti-military establishment rows and political maneuverings as its built on the reputation of being a “king maker”.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
Politicians fear Pak poll panel move to defer vote will hurt country
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) Pakistan’s caretaker government took office after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced the dissolution of Parliament, or National Assembly, on August 9.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
With Imran languishing in jail, PTI struggles to find a credible face
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) As former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is still languishing in jail, his political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is surrounded by challenges in the absence of a chief.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
Pak ongoing delimitation exercise has political parties on the edge
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) The ongoing delimitation process in Pakistan being carried out as per the latest figures of the Digital Census, have started to show its impact and the affects on the re-arrangements of constituencies across the country, which would have a direct consequence in the January 2024 general elections.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
With Nawaz Sharif set for comeback, Shehbaz gets ready for Punjab
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) As former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is gearing up for his return to Pakistan after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, his brother Shehbaz Sharif’s political role seems to be moving back to where it matters more.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
In poll season, India is hot, and Imran under fire for 'selling out' on J&K
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) The strained ties between New Delhi and Islamabad have been part of the political narratives of all political parties in Pakistan.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
Resurgent Taliban, terror spike cast a dark shadow on weakened nation
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) Pakistan is again witnessing the resurgence of terrorism in its tribal belt bordering Afghanistan which is now spreading to major cities like Peshawar, Lahore as well as the capital Islamabad, making it the most challenging and dangerous test for the country’s security forces.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
IMF bailout conditions make life harder for ordinary people in Pak
Islamabad, Sep 30 (IANS) The Standby Agreement (SBA) programme by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with Pakistan came as a lifesaving bailout, rescuing the cash-strapped country from an eminent economic meltdown.
2023-09-30
Category: International/South Asia/PAKISTAN - BACK TO UNCERTAINTY,
Iran ready for 'anti-terrorism' cooperation with Pakistan
Tehran, Oct 1 (IANS) A top Iranian military official has said that Iran's armed forces are ready for any form of cooperation with Pakistan in the "all-out fight" against terrorism.
2023-10-01
Category: International/Politics/Terrorism/Diplomacy/Security/South Asia/Defence/AGELESS ROMANTIC,
India, B'desh discuss ways to 'carry forward excellent bilateral relations'
Dhaka, Jan 21 (IANS) Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud on Saturday met Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishakar at the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Kampala during which both leaders discussed issues related to the mutual interests of the two Asian nations.
2024-01-21
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/South Asia/Diplomacy/Politics,
India, B'desh discuss ways to 'carry forward excellent bilateral relations'
Dhaka, Jan 21 (IANS) Bangladesh Foreign Minister Hasan Mahmud on Saturday met Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishakar at the 19th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Kampala during which both leaders discussed issues related to the mutual interests of the two Asian nations.
2024-01-21
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/South Asia/Diplomacy/Politics,
Foreign intelligence agency involved in terror incidents in Pak, claims Minister
Quetta, Sep 30 (IANS) Pakistan Interim Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti said on Saturday that a foreign intelligence agency is involved in carrying out terror incidents in Pakistan, the media reported.
2023-09-30
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/Terrorism/Crime/Security/South Asia,
Voting underway in Maldives presidential runoff
Male, Sep 30 (IANS) People across the Maldives on Saturday are voting in the presidential runoff polls after no candidate secured more than 50 per cent of votes required to win in the first round.
2023-09-30
Category: International/Politics/South Asia,
Blast near mosque in Balochistan kills 6, injures 30
Quetta, Sep 29 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 30 others injured during a blast neat a mosque in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Friday, officials said.
2023-09-29
Category: International/Terrorism/South Asia,
Ram Mandir inauguration: India to run spl train to Nepal's Janakpur for Ayodhya-bound devotees
Kathmandu, Jan 20 ( IANS) India would be operating a special train to Nepal's Janakpur -- the birthplace of Sita, to bring Lord Ram devotees to Ayodhya on the occasion of Ram Mandir inauguration on January 22 in the Himalayan nation's neighbouring Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
2024-01-20
Category: Ayodhya Ram Mandir/South Asia/Religion/Human Interest/Diplomacy/Politics/International,
Sri Lanka President urges dialog between West, EU, US and China to face new challenges
Colombo, Sep 28 (IANS) Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday stressed the need to have a comprehensive dialogue between the West and China, the United States and China and the European Union and China as a robust international plan to address the global challenges anticipated in 2024.
2023-09-28
Category: INDIA ABROAD/South Asia,
Pakistan agrees to de-escalate tension with Iran, says 'it desires to work based on spirit of mutual trust'
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) Pakistani Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani spoke with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and agreed to de-escalate the situation that emerged after strikes by both sides in each other's territories, said the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2024-01-20
Category: South Asia/Security/Diplomacy/Terrorism/Politics/International,
UNGA President urges Taliban to allow Afghan girls back in school
United Nations, Sep 29 (IANS) UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Dennis Francis has urged the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to reconsider their decision to ban women and girls from proper education.
2023-09-29
Category: International/South Asia/Rights,
34 killed in 'suicide' blast near Balochistan mosque
Quetta, Sep 29 (IANS) At least 34 people were killed, including a police officer, and more than 130 others injured during a blast near a mosque in Pakistan's Balochistan province on Friday when a large number of people gathered for a religious procession to mark Eid Milad-un-Nabi, officials said.
2023-09-29
Category: Terrorism/International/South Asia,
52 dead, 50 injured in 'suicide' blast near Balochistan mosque (Ld)
Quetta, Sep 29 (IANS) At least 52 people, including a police officer, have died and some 50 others injured in a suspected suicide blast that occurred on Friday near a mosque in Pakistan's Balochistan province as people gathered for a religious procession to mark Eid Milad-un-Nabi, officials said.
2023-09-29
Category: Terrorism/International/South Asia,
Guterres links Pakistan floods to ‘climate chaos’, makes appeal for aid
United Nations, Sep 28 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has linked the devastating floods last year in Pakistan to “climate chaos” spurred by greenhouse gas emissions to make his case for aid to Islamabad.
2023-09-28
Category: International/INDIA ABROAD/South Asia,
'Sham' process: Delhi HC sets aside SAU's expulsion orders of LLM student
New Delhi, Jan 19 (IANS) The Delhi High Court set aside two expulsion orders issued by the South Asian University (SAU) against LLM student Apoorva Y.K.
2024-01-19
Category: IANS NEWS POINT/Rights/Education/South Asia/Law/National,