Trump hopes to see better US-Pakistan relations in future: Envoy (20:32)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) US President-elect Donald Trump has expressed hope for improved relations between Washington and Islamabad, Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Jalil Abbas Jillani said on Friday.

Two killed in bomb attack on Afghan sports fans (20:28)
Mazar-e-Sharif (Afghanistan), Jan 20 (IANS) At least two persons were killed on Friday when a bomb struck a ground where Buzkashi, a national game, was being played in Afghanistan's northern province of Balkh, provincial police spokesman said.

PIA becomes first Pakistani airline to fly Boeing 737-800 (20:08)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) The two Boeing 737-800 aircraft obtained by Pakistan International Airlines on wet lease from a Turkish operator earlier this week were being put into operation from Friday. No other airline in Pakistan was currently using such aircraft, the national airline said.

Second phase of Bangladesh's largest Muslim congregation starts (19:26)
Dhaka, Jan 20 (IANS) The second phase of the largest annual Muslim congregation in Bangladesh started on Friday with sermons for millions of devotees from home and abroad, seeking world peace.

Sri Lanka to regulate national airline (19:20)
Colombo, Jan 20 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government will take strict action to regulate the national airline to cut its huge loss and prevent corruption, a minister said on Friday.

Interpol's new project targets African-Asian wildlife crime link (19:10)
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu, Jan 20 (IANS) A new project to identify and dismantle the organised crime networks making billions of dollars in illicit profits behind wildlife trafficking between Africa and Asia has been launched by Interpol.

Gujarati in Pakistan faces imminent death: Daily (18:30)
Gujrat City (Pakistan), Jan 20 (IANS) The Gujarati language is facing an uncertain future in Pakistan, to put it mildly. At least its written form is in danger of a slow death.

16 policemen killed in Afghanistan attack (Lead) (17:42)
Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) At least 16 policemen were killed as militants stormed police checkpoints in Kandahar province of Afghanistan on Friday, an official said.

Slow internet connectivity in Bangladesh till January 30 (16:12)
Dhaka, Jan 20 (IANS) Temporary disruption of web services in Bangladesh may continue till January 30 due to the maintenance work of the submarine cable, an official said on Friday.

16 policemen killed in Afghanistan attack (16:10)
Kabul, Jan 20 (IANS) At least 16 policemen were killed in a militant attack in the southern Afghanistan province of Kandahar on Friday, an official said.

Pakistan asks India to inform of future hydel projects (16:02)
Islamabad, Jan 20 (IANS) With two hydel projects taken up by New Delhi facing dispute, Pakistan has asked the World Bank and India to inform Islamabad of all the dams and hydro-power projects proposed to be built by the neighbouring country on the western rivers.

Sharif meets UN chief, stresses resolution of Kashmir issue (22:32)
Davos, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum here and apprised him about the long-standing Kashmir issue with India.

British lawmakers to debate Kashmir issue (19:58)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) British parliamentarians were slated on Thursday to debate a motion on the Kashmir issue, which will call upon 10 Downing Street to raise the long-standing issue with the United Nations, an official said.

India helps Nepal install 2,700 shallow tube wells (19:18)
Kathmandu, Jan 19 (IANS) In an effort to impart growth to Nepal's agricultural sector through enhanced facilities, India has assisted the Himalayan nation install 2,700 shallow tubewells to meet irrigation needs in the Terai region.

'Will have to run Sharifs out': Bilawal starts 'anti-government' rally (18:08)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari kick-started an anti-government rally from Lahore to Faisalabad on Thursday, calling for an end to the Nawaz Sharif-led government.

Pakistan accuses India of terror funding (18:04)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan on Thursday said there was "ample and undeniable" evidence that India was involved in "subversive activities and financing terrorism" in Pakistan.

Peace will return only after resolution of Kashmir issue: Raheel Sharif (17:52)
Davos, Jan 19 (IANS) Describing Kashmir as the unfinished agenda of Partition, Pakistan's ex-army chief General Raheel Sharif on Thursday said normalcy will return to the region only after the long-standing dispute is resolved.

Pakistan top target for foreign espionage, Senate told (17:26)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) In light of revelations that Pakistan is a popular target for foreign espionage, members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday advised the government to take immediate steps to ensure cyber security for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its missions abroad.

Pakistan opposition moves privilege against PM for ‘untruthful' speech (17:08)
Islamabad, Jan 19 (IANS) Pakistan's opposition parties on Thursday moved a privilege motion in the National Assembly against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for allegedly making an "untruthful" speech in the House last year.

Sri Lanka taps Europe for more tourists (15:02)
Colombo, Jan 19 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government is seeking to attract more European tourists and has appointed a senior official as a tourism consultant to focus especially on the European continent, officials said on Thursday.

China's role in Nepal shouldn't make India nervous: Daily (14:24)
Beijing, Jan 19 (IANS) India should not be nervous of China's expanding role in Nepal, and realise that New Delhi and Beijing could help Kathmandu in bettering its infrastructure, a Chinese daily said on Wednesday.

Pakistan says won't release doctor who helped CIA find Osama (21:24)
Islamabad, Jan 18 (IANS) Pakistan's government has said it would not hand over to the US or release the doctor who helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, a newspaper here reported.

China, Sri Lanka build Friendship Village for landslide victims (21:20)
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka and China have started to construct the Aranayake China-Sri Lanka Friendship village in the central part of the island nation to provide shelter for landslide victims, the Chinese embassy said on Wednesday.

Nepal-China airline to fly to Malaysia (15:10)
Kathmandu, Jan 18 (IANS) Himalaya Airlines, a China-Nepal joint venture airline, has announced it will fly to Kuala Lumpur and Yangon.

Afghanistan's snowy hilltops now draw skiiing youngsters (14:48)
Bamyan (Afghanistan), Jan 18 (IANS) When the Gunbadak hilltops are snow-capped, covering their usual mud and dust, dozens of children flock to the peak which lies 30 minutes away from Bamyan city, the capital of central Bamyan province, to enjoy skiing, a fun-filled pursuit not often associated with the conflict-ridden country.

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