Japan to fund Bangladesh's first underground railroad (12 minutes ago)
Dhaka, Jan 24 (IANS) Japan has agreed to provide loans to construct Bangladesh's first underground railroad, the media reported on Thursday.

Pakistan SC to hear petition against Aasia Bibi's acquittal (13:52)
Islamabad, Jan 24 (IANS) Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday fixed January 29 for hearing a review petition over its decision to overturn Christian woman Aasia Bibi's conviction in a blasphemy case.

Sri Lankan government urged to uphold laws for disabled (19:00)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Jan 23 (IANS) The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) on Wednesday said it had written to Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera recommending him to make a budgetary allocation to make state buildings and transport accessible to persons with disabilities, keeping in line with the country's laws as well as international obligations.

Mastermind of military base attack killed: Afghan intelligence agency (Lead) (17:26)
Kabul, Jan 23 (IANS) A Taliban commander, believed to be the mastermind of a deadly attack on a military base in Afghanistan that killed and injured a large number of troops earlier this week, has been brought down by security forces in an airstrike, the country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday.

Planner of military base attack killed: Afghan intelligence agency (15:12)
Kabul, Jan 23 (IANS) Afghan security forces have killed the mastermind of the deadly bombing on a military base in eastern Afghanistan that took place earlier this week, the country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday.

UAE signs $3 billion support package for Pakistan (20:26)
Abu Dhabi, Jan 22 (IANS) Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a $3 billion support package on Tuesday as pledged by Abu Dhabi to boost the liquidity and foreign exchange reserves of the cash-strapped country.

5 arrested with 90 kg of heroin in Sri Lanka (17:00)
Colombo, Jan 22 (IANS) The Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested five persons in possession of 90 kg heroin with a street value of $5.5 million.

26 killed in oil tanker-bus collision in Pakistan (06:44)
Islamabad, Jan 22 (IANS) At least 26 people have been killed in a collision between a bus and a truck carrying fuel in Pakistan, officials said.

Rohingyas fleeing India stranded in no man's land on Bangladesh border (18:38)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Jan 21 (IANS) At least 31 Rohingya Muslims trying to enter Bangladesh from India have been stranded in no-man's land between the two countries' borders for three days, Bangladeshi authorities said on Monday.

Afghanistan launches polio vaccination in high-risk districts (16:58)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Jan 21 (IANS) The Afghan Public Health Ministry on Monday launched a polio vaccination campaign in 179 high-risk districts.

Sri Lanka aims for $5 bn revenue from tourism in 2019 (16:06)
Colombo, Jan 21 (IANS) The Sri Lankan tourism industry is aiming to earn $5 billion in 2019 as it readies to attract over 3 million travellers this year, authorities said on Monday.

Pakistan's ex-PM Raja Pervez Ashraf to be indicted on Feb 8 (15:10)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Jan 21 (IANS) An accountability court here will indict former Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and other accused in the rental power projects case on February 8, the media reported.

Imran Khan to embark on 2-day Qatar visit (14:12)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, Jan 21 (IANS) Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will embark on a two-day visit to Qatar from Monday at the invitation of the country's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Taliban attack Afghan security base, 18 killed (12:38)
Kabul, Jan 21 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed and 27 others injured after the Taliban attacked a security base in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

Nepal bank announces ban of Indian notes above Rs 100 (10:54)
Kathmandu, Jan 21 (IANS) Nepal's central bank has announced the ban of Indian currency notes with denominations above Rs 100.

Afghanistan's Ghani to contest upcoming presidential election (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) Incumbent Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday registered with the Election Commission to contest the presidential poll slated for July 20.

Pakistan probes alleged extrajudicial police killings (15:56)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) Pakistani authorities on Sunday launched an investigation into the death of four people who were allegedly shot dead by counter-terrorism police in a shootout.

9 killed in blast targeting Afghan governor's convoy (15:48)
Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) At least nine people were killed and 15 injured on Sunday in a car bomb blast targeting the convoy of an Afghan governor in Logar province, police said.

Trump's compromise bid to end government shutdown shot down by Democrats (Third Lead) (13:44)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
New York, Jan 20 (IANS) With an eye on political moderates, President Donald Trump has offered to bargain temporary status for nearly a million illegal immigrants for the $5.7 million he wants in the budget for his border wall, but the deal to end the partial government shutdown was shot down by the Democratic Party leadership.

First robotic surgical procedure performed in Pakistan (12:46)
Karachi, Jan 20 (IANS) A "successful" robotic surgical procedure was carried out for the first time in Pakistan on a female patient at a hospital in Karachi, the media reported on Sunday.

Sri Lankan President lauds Philippines' anti-drug campaign (20:08)IANS Photo Service
Manila, Jan 19 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena lauded on Saturday the anti-drug campaign of the Philippines President, saying the world needs to respect the Rodrigo Duterte government's war on drugs.

Afghan Taliban rule out talks with US in Pakistan (Lead) (18:58)
Kabul, Jan 19 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected Pakistani media reports of possible talks with the US in Islamabad and reiterated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government.

Former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to contest presidential polls (16:38)
Kabul, Jan 19 (IANS) Gulbudin Hekmatyar, a former Afghan warlord and leader of the Hezb-e-Islami political party, registered with the country's Election Commission on Saturday to contest the July 20 presidential election.

Afghan Taliban rule out talks with US in Pakistan (15:34)
Kabul, Jan 19 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected Pakistani media reports of possible talks with the US in Islamabad and reiterated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government.

Guterres expresses doubt in enabling India-Pakistan dialogue (11:52)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
United Nations, Jan 19 (IANS) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed doubts about his efficacy in enabling talks between India and Pakistan but said he hoped that given their importance they would enter into a meaningful dialogue.

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