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India wants Jadhav's mother to be allowed to meet him first (Lead) (18:48)
Islamabad, Nov 18 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday said it has received India's reply to its offer to allow the wife of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, who has been sentenced to death here, to meet his wife. According to sources, India has requested that Jadhav's mother be allowed to meet him first.

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam bags 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature (18:40)
Dhaka, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasams "The Story of a Brief Marriage" -- a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers -- has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. The announcement was made at the magnificent Bangla Academy here during the closing ceremony of the three-day-long Dhaka Literature Festival on Saturday.

India replies to offer on Jadhav, wife to meet: Islamabad (16:22)
Islamabad, Nov 18 (IANS) Pakistan on Saturday said it has received a response from India on Islamabad's offer to allow alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to meet his wife and it was being considered.

China has begun feasibility study on cross-border rail line with Nepal: Envoy (15:34)
Kathmandu, Nov 18 (IANS) The Chinese Ambassador to Nepal has said that China has taken the request of Kathmandu for building a cross-border railway line seriously and has begun a feasibility study, the media reported.

UNGA adopts Pakistan-sponsored resolution on self-determination (14:22)
United Nations, Nov 18 (IANS) The UN General Assembly has unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming that the universal realisation of the right of peoples to self-determination was a fundamental condition for the effective guarantee and observance of human rights.

19 arrested in Sri Lanka following violent clashes (11:30)
Colombo, Nov 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan police on Saturday arrested 19 people after violent clashes erupted in Galle District.

'Over 100 Rohingya killed fleeing Myanmar in two months' (10:20)
United Nations, Nov 18 (IANS) More than 100 Rohingya refugees have drowned in shipwrecks and boat capsizes as they fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, according to a UN official.

UN eyes modest repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan (23:40)
Islamabad, Nov 17 (IANS) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan is expected to remain modest in 2018, the media reported on Friday.

Pakistan ready to respond to threats on border with India: Army chief (23:34)
Islamabad, Nov 17 (IANS) Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that the military is always ready to respond to any threats across the countrys eastern border with India, including the Line of Control.

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations (19:38)
Islamabad, Nov 17 (IANS) Pakistan on Friday summoned India's Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) which it said left two civilians dead.

Security-centric line in Balochistan not working: Pakistani daily (14:08)
Islamabad, Nov 17 (IANS) Pakistan needs to shed its "security-centric approach" in restive Balochistan if the government sincerely desires peace in the country's biggest province, Dawn newspaper said on Friday.

Pakistan, US trade blame over cross-border terrorism (11:04)
Islamabad, Nov 17 (IANS) Top Pakistani and US military commanders have blamed each other for not doing enough to stop cross-border terrorism, the media reported on Friday.

'World's oldest' Buddha statue unearthed in Pakistan (22:22)
Islamabad, Nov 16 (IANS) A centuries-old "sleeping Buddha" statue has been unearthed during excavations near Bhamala Stupa in Haripur district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

UAE committed to Afghanistan's security, stability: Minister (21:02)
Ashgabat, Nov 16 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is committed to the security and stability of Afghanistan and stands with the people of the South and Central Asian country, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has said at a conference here.

Pakistan's NAB wants Finance Minister's name on Exit Control List (20:24)
Islamabad, Nov 16 (IANS) The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of Pakistan recommended on Thursday placing of the country's Finance Minister Ishaq Dars name on the Exit Control List (ECL).

Pakistan pulls plug on dam deal over China's ‘too strict' terms (19:52)
Islamabad, Nov 16 (IANS) Pakistan has decided to cancel a $14 billion infrastructure agreement with China because it could not accept the "hyper strict" conditions, local media reported on Thursday.

Asean backs Myanmar's relief programme for Rohingyas (19:50)
Bangkok, Nov 16 (IANS) The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Thursday backed Myanmar's humanitarian relief programme in the Rakhine state.

IS-Khorasan bomber kills 18 in Kabul political gathering (Second Lead) (18:00)
Kabul, Nov 16 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed and several others wounded when a suicide bomb ripped through a banquet hall in a northern neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said.

Pakistan awaits India's response on resumption of dialogue (17:10)
Islamabad, Nov 16 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday said it has offered to resume a dialogue with India on Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek and other pending issues and was awaiting a response from New Delhi.

Suicide bomber hits political gathering in Kabul, 10 killed (Lead) (17:06)
Kabul, Nov 16 (IANS) At least 10 people were killed and nine others wounded when a suicide bomb ripped through a banquet hall in a northern neighbourhood of Afghanistan's capital of Kabul on Thursday, police and witnesses said.

7 killed in Kabul suicide bombing (16:30)
Kabul, Nov 16 (IANS) At least seven people were killed in a suicide bomb attack outside a hotel in the Afghan capital on Thursday, police said.

Pakistan's Sindh to launch crackdown on street crimes (22:32)
Islamabad, Nov 15 (IANS) The Apex Committee of Pakistan's south Sindh province decided on Wednesday to launch a major crackdown against street crimes to ensure sustainable peace in the country's southern port city of Karachi.

Record opium production in Afghanistan in 2017 (22:26)
Kabul, Nov 15 (IANS) Opium production in Afghanistan grew by 87 per cent in 2017 to an estimated 9,000 tonnes -- a record number that was accompanied by a 63 per cent rise in the area dedicated to poppy cultivation -- according to a joint report by the Afghan government and the UN presented on Wednesday in Kabul.

Police official, 3 family members killed in Pakistan (20:20)
Islamabad, Nov 15 (IANS) A senior police officer and three members of his family were killed in a terrorist attack in Balochistan on Wednesday.

Tillerson asks Myanmar leaders to probe attacks on Rohingyas (Lead) (18:28)
Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 15 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Myanmar on Wednesday and called for an investigation into "credible reports of widespread atrocities" by the countrys security forces against Rohingya Muslims.

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