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Pakistan, ADB ink loan accord to improve power transmission (21:54)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday signed a loan agreement worth $260 million to improve the country's power transmission network.

US military chief reaffirms support to Afghan-led peace process (21:40)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, March 20 (IANS) The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support to an Afghan-led peace process.

Pakistani court rejects plea by 7-year-old girl's rapist (21:10)
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) The Lahore High Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against the death sentence of a man convicted of raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in the city of Kasur.

19 containers drown as ships collide in Karachi (21:04)
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) Nineteen containers drowned and went missing in the Arabian Sea after two ships collided at the port in Pakistan's Karachi city, the media reported on Tuesday.

World could see 140mn climate migrants by 2050: Report (10:46)IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Three densely populated regions of the world, including South Asia, could see internal climate migrants of over 140 million people in the next three decades if climate change impacts continue, a new World Bank Group report finds.

Bodies of 23 Bangladeshi plane crash victims flown home (20:14)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, March 19 (IANS) The bodies of the 23 Bangladeshis killed in a plane crash in Nepal were flown home on Monday as mourners prepared a massive funeral.

India denied visas to over 500 pilgrims: Pakistan (20:06)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, March 19 (IANS) Islamabad said on Monday that New Delhi denied visa to more than 500 pilgrims who were to join the annual Urs celebrations at Ajmer in India this month.

Bangladesh SC stays Khaleda's bail (14:14)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, March 19 (IANS) The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Monday ordered a stay on the bail granted to opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in a corruption case where she was handed a five-year sentence.

Pakistan reiterates support for Afghan peace initiative (18:46)
Islamabad, March 18 (IANS) Pakistan's National Security Adviser Naseer Khan Janjua, who held talks with top Afghan leaders in Kabul on Saturday, reiterated on Sunday the country's full support to President Ashraf Ghani's recent dialogue offer to the Taliban insurgents.

One killed in Afghanistan school blast (11:50)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, March 18 (IANS) A child has been killed and 16 others wounded following a blast in Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost, police said on Sunday.

Sri Lankan President lifts nation-wide Emergency (10:50)IANS Photo Service
Colombo, March 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday signed a gazette notification to lift a nation-wide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in Kandy district.

UN appeals for nearly $1bn for Rohingya refugees (19:12)IANS Photo Service
Geneva, March 17 (IANS/WAM) The UN has appealed for $951 million to meet the needs of nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Taliban kill 3 in Kabul suicide bombing (Lead) (18:20)IANS Photo Service
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) A suicide car bombing claimed by the Taliban in Kabul on Saturday left at least three people dead and four injured.

India world's biggest arms importer, despite a slowdown under BJP: Report (Lead) (16:16)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
United Nations, March 17 (IANS) India is the world's biggest importer of weapons, accounting for 12 percent of global purchases during the past five years because it is not able to produce enough arms to meet its requirements, according to the authoritative Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

35 Islamic State militants killed in Afghanistan (14:06)
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) At least 35 Islamic State militants were killed in airstrikes on their hideouts in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province, an Army spokesperson said.

Three killed in Kabul suicide bombing (13:06)
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) At least three people were and four others injured in a suicide bombing here on Saturday, Afghanistan's Interior Ministry said.

Xi re-elected China's President sans term limit (Lead) (12:14)
By Gaurav SharmaIANS Photo Service
Beijing, March 17 (IANS) China's largely ceremonial parliament on Saturday re-elected Xi Jinping as the country's President and appointed his aide and once feared anti-graft body's chief Wang Qishan as Vice President.

US is India's 2nd biggest arms supplier, Israel 3rd: Report (09:12)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
United Nations, March 17 (IANS) As New Delhi diversifies its arms purchases, the US is rapidly increasing its arms sales to India, emerging over the last five years as its second biggest supplier by providing 15 per cent of its weapons imports, a study by Sipri said.

Pakistan special court orders suspension of Musharraf's passport (21:14)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, March 16 (IANS) A special court hearing a high treason case against former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Friday ordered the government to take steps to suspend his passport, his identity card and also arrange for his arrest with the help of Interpol.

Bhutan poised to move up from UN's category of poorest countries (18:00)
By Arul LouisIANS Photo Service
United Nations, March 16 (IANS) Famous for its pursuit of Gross National Happiness, Bhutan has a new cause for joy: In recognition of its Gross National Income (GNI) growth and social development, the kingdom is poised to graduate from the UN category of the world's poorest known as the Least Developed Countries (LDC).

Nepali PM set to expand Cabinet (15:16)IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, March 16 (IANS) Nepali Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli is set to expand the Cabinet on Friday.

Explain Hafiz's JuD, charity wing ban: Court (13:44)
Islamabad, March 16 (IANS) The Lahore High Court on Friday ordered the Pakistan government to explain why the Jamaat-ud Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation (FIF) of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed were banned and their accounts frozen.

Modern humans mate with ancient hominins twice: Study (09:20)
Washington, March 16 (IANS) A new gene study has revealed that modern humans interbred with another species of archaic hominins, the Denisovans, on at least two occasions instead of the previous opinion of one-off admixture.

Protest at UN against anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka demands minorities' protection (Lead) (21:12)IANS Photo Service
United Nations, March 15 (IANS) Sri Lankan Muslims and supporters have demanded that the world organisation act to ensure that minorities are protected in the island nation and those behind the recent violence against their community are brought to justice.

Pakistan recalls envoy over 'harassment', India downplays move (Second Lead) (18:58)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad/New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) Pakistan has called back its High Commissioner Sohail Mahmood for consultation over "harassment" of its diplomatic staff and their families from New Delhi in a move downplayed by India on Thursday as "normal and routine".

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