UK Parliament passes Brexit bill

UK Parliament passes Brexit bill

LONDON: Britain’s Parliament has passed the ‘Brexit bill’ paving the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger negotiations for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The House of Commons on Sunday rejected amendments by the House of Lords, calling on the government to protect the status of EU nationals within three months of […]

Pak PM orders action against blasphemous social media content

Pak PM orders action against blasphemous social media content

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday ordered authorities to take immediate action against ‘blasphemous’ content on the social media and remove sacrilegious contents and punish the perpetrators, days after a high court order. “Those behind this heinous crime should be dealt with, without any delay,” Sharif ordered Federal Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali […]

Peaceful, stable Afghanistan is in Pak’s interest: Aziz

Peaceful, stable Afghanistan is in Pak’s interest: Aziz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday said a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in its interest and underlined the role of the media in “restoring trust” between the two neighbours. Pakistan’s Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said media could play a key role in improving the frayed ties with Afghanistan. “The Adviser […]

China to reduce army reserves amid plans to cut 3 lakh troops

China to reduce army reserves amid plans to cut 3 lakh troops

BEIJING: China will reduce the number of reserves for its 2.3-million-strong army and increase them for other services as part of reforms aimed at reshaping the reserve forces adapt to information warfare. Sheng Bin, chief of National Defence Mobilisation Department of China’s Central Military Commission, said China will reduce the reserves for the world’s largest […]

Hatred, prejudice on rise in Trump’s America: poll

Hatred, prejudice on rise in Trump’s America: poll

NEW YORK: Nearly two-thirds of US voters say hatred and prejudice in the United States have risen since Donald Trump was elected president, an opinion poll revealed on Friday. Sixty-three per cent of subjects polled by Quinnipiac University said hatred and prejudice have increased since Trump’s November 2016 election, while 32 per cent said the […]

US mosques get intimidating messages including a bomb threat

US mosques get intimidating messages including a bomb threat

WASHINGTON: Five mosques in the US have received intimidating messages, including a bomb threat and one saying “death is waiting for you and your kind”, prompting calls for increasing security at Muslim facilities. A mosque in Lexington, Kentucky, stepped up security following a bomb threat it received this weekend. The bomb threat against Lexington’s Masjid […]

5,000 women killed each year in Pak: rights activist

5,000 women killed each year in Pak: rights activist

ISLAMABAD: Nearly 5,000 women in Pakistan are killed annually mostly for reasons linked to social issues of “honour and harassment”, a human rights activist has said. “On an average, 5,000 women are murdered every year compared to 1,442 men. While the male casualties are primarily related to terrorism, the women’s killings are mostly linked to […]

Trump admin seeks 60 days to respond to case on H1B visa issue

Trump admin seeks 60 days to respond to case on H1B visa issue

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has sought 60 days from a US appeals court to “consider” its response in a case challenging Obama government’s decision to allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to work in the US, putting the jobs of thousands of Indians at stake. The H1-B community, which includes a large number of Indians, […]

China hosts Afghan Taliban delegation

China hosts Afghan Taliban delegation

ISLAMABAD: China hosted a delegation of top Afghan Taliban leaders recently as part of its efforts to encourage the militant group to join the peace process in the war-torn Afghanistan, a media report said on Tuesday. The five-member delegation led by Afghan Taliban’s Qatar office chief Sher Abbas Stanikazai included Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, Jan Muhammad […]

Indian-American man found dead in US

Indian-American man found dead in US

NEW YORK: A 29-year-old Indian-American man has been found dead in the US state of New Jersey, an incident which the family has described as a “personal issue”. Sources here said the cause of the death last week was still unknown and the medical examiner’s office was investigating the incident which took place in Jersey […]