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Indian arrested in Nepal with banned currency notes Indian arrested in Nepal with banned currency notes


Kathmandu, A 55-year-old Indian national has been arrested in Nepal's Kanchanpur district with banned Indian currency notes, the police said.

Pakistan denies opening Afghan trade route for India Pakistan denies opening Afghan trade route for India


Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has dismissed reports that Islamabad has expressed readiness to talk on restoring the India-Afghanistan trade route through its territory.

"Pakistan has not agreed to consider Afghanistan-India trade through our land," the Foreign Office said on Sunday, quoting Qureshi.

Pakistan to continue water talks with India this week Pakistan to continue water talks with India this week



Islamabad, Pakistan will reiterate its serious objections over two water storage and hydropower projects being built by India during a meet with New Delhi this week in Lahore.

A government official told Dawn news on Sunday that Indian Water Commissioner P.K Saxena, along with a delegation, was expected to reach Lahore on Tuesday to begin the discussions with his Pakistani counterpart Syed Mehr Ali Shah from Wednesday.

Nepal restaurant uses robots as waiters Nepal restaurant uses robots as waiters


Kathmandu, A newly-launched restaurant in the Nepalese capital is using robots as waiters under the slogan, "where food meets technology".

The Naulo Restaurant ("naulo" means new in Nepali) operates with the help of five robots, three named Ginger and two named Ferry, designed and manufactured by Paaila Technology, a Nepali company established by six young engineers, specializing in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

Trade talks with US constructive: China Trade talks with US constructive: China



Beijing, A new round of meetings between Beijing and Washington to seek a way out of the trade war has been constructive and will continue, Chinese authorities said on Friday.

At the invitation of the US, a Chinese delegation led by Vice-Minister of Commerce Wang Shouwen held talks on Wednesday and Thursday with the US delegation in Washington headed by Treasury Under Secretary David Malpass, China's Commerce Ministry said in a statement.

Row over Sidhu's Pakistan visit doesn't subside, Imran defends him Row over Sidhu's Pakistan visit doesn't subside, Imran defends him


Chandigarh, The row over Punjab Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu's visit to Islamabad refused to die down with the former India cricketer seeking to underplay his hugging of the Pakistan Army chief and Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan saying that those targeting Sidhu were doing great disservice to peace.

Afghan Taliban kidnap 170 passengers Afghan Taliban kidnap 170 passengers


Kabul, Taliban militants on Monday kidnapped 170 passengers after they launched an ambush on three buses on the highway connecting Kunduz province to Takhar, police said.

The Security Director of Kunduz Security Commandment, Safiullah Mahzon confirmed the incident and said the passengers were abducted from Khanabad district, reports Khaama News.

Sri Lankan tourist police told to learn Hindi Sri Lankan tourist police told to learn Hindi

 

Colombo, Sri Lanka's Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara on Monday said 25 new police posts will be set up covering all main the tourist spots across the country for visitors' security. And police personnel have been asked to learn Hindi.

The decision was taken after discussions with the Chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Xinhua news agency quoted Jayasundara as saying.

Pakistan frees 30 Indian prisoners Pakistan frees 30 Indian prisoners



Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday released 30 Indian prisoners, including 27 fishermen, in a goodwill gesture ahead of the country's Independence Day.

"This is a humanitarian gesture to mark the country's Independence Day on August 14," the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Bangladesh, Myanmar launch hotline to facilitate Rohingya return Bangladesh, Myanmar launch hotline to facilitate Rohingya return


Dhaka, Bangladesh and Myanmar have launched a hotline at the Foreign Ministerial level to facilitate "ease of discussions" for the early repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

A meeting was held between Myanmar Minister for the Office of the State Counsellor Kyaw Tint Swe and Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw on Friday, bdnews24.com reported.

US Sikhs Disturbed by another Sikh being attacked in California in two days US Sikhs Disturbed by another Sikh being attacked in California in two days


Washington: Yesterday in Manteca, California, Sahib Singh was the victim of an attack while taking his morning walk. The 71-year-old Punjabi immigrant was assaulted causing him to hit the cement street and his turban to be violently ripped off. This sad act of cruelty is just the latest example of violence, bullying and abuse against Sikh Americans. Recently in Turlock, California, Surjit Singh Malhi was also brutally assaulted while putting up campaign yard signs in his local community. A video has gone viral of this elderly Sikh being beaten up.

Khaleda gets 6-month bail in arson case Khaleda gets 6-month bail in arson case



Dhaka, A Bangladesh court on Monday granted former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia six months interim bail in a 2015 arson case.

A High Court bench of Justices A.K.M. Asaduzzaman and S.M. Mujibur Rahman granted the bail following an appeal filed by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chair, reports The Daily Star newspaper.

Polling ends in Pakistan, 37 killed in violence Polling ends in Pakistan, 37 killed in violence

 

Islamabad, At least 37 people were killed and several injured mostly in a suicide bombing in Balochistan on Wednesday as millions of voters thronged polling stations across the country to exercise their franchise in the 11th general election. Counting has begun at certain polling stations after the voting ended.

The Balochistan bombing targeted the convoy of Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema near a polling station. It left 31 persons, including some policemen, dead. The senior police official escaped unhurt, Geo News reported.

Women candidates determined to change political scene in Pakistan Women candidates determined to change political scene in Pakistan

 

Islamabad, Krishna Kumari Kohli, a female senator from Pakistan's Sindh province, became a focus of local media and people a few months back for her being the first woman lawmaker from a low-cast non-Muslim tribe in the Upper House of the country.

Kohli told Xinhua news agency that her entry into the Senate will open new doors for women as they will see her as a role model and a beacon of hope to achieve their dreams.

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