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Religious intolerance in India causing concern- Pakistan Religious intolerance in India causing concern- Pakistan



Islamabad, Rising religious intolerance and bigotry in India is a cause of global concern, Pakistan said on Thursday.

"Rising extremism, religious intolerance and bigotry in India is a cause of international concern," a Foreign Office spokesman said.

4 Indians among 7 arrested for drug smuggling in Nepal 4 Indians among 7 arrested for drug smuggling in Nepal



Kathmandu, Seven persons, including four Indian nationals, were on Wednesday arrested from Nepal's Makwanpur district for smuggling 30 kg contraband hashish, police said.

The four Indians and three Nepalis were staying in a hotel at Hetauda and were carrying bags filled with the 

Saudi police detain woman wearing mini-skirt in online video Saudi police detain woman wearing mini-skirt in online video


Riyadh, Saudi police have detained a young woman who appeared in a video walking through a historic area in the north of the country with "indecent clothes" provoking a controversy from people who say she flagrantly violated the kingdom's conservative Islamic dress code.

Bills suggesting curbs on US assistance to Pakistan okayed Bills suggesting curbs on US assistance to Pakistan okayed



Washington, US House of Representatives has passed a sweeping $696 billion defence policy bill that includes provisions for tightening restrictions on Washington's assistance to Pakistan.

The National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 exceeded US President Donald Trump's budget request and was decisively adopted by 344 to 81 votes on Friday.

10 Indians killed in S. Arabia building fire 10 Indians killed in S. Arabia building fire


New Delhi, At least 10 Indians were among 11 people killed in a fire that broke out in a Saudi Arabian city on Wednesday as India's Jeddah Consulate officials rushed to the site.

"I am aware of the fire tragedy in Najran in which we have lost 10 Indian nationals and six injured are in the hospital," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

India snubs China on Kashmir mediation offer India snubs China on Kashmir mediation offer



New Delhi, Rebuffing China's offer, India on Thursday ruled out any third party mediation on Kashmir about which it is ready to talk to Pakistan under a bilateral framework.

"Our stand is absolutely clear. You are aware that the heart of the matter is cross-border terrorism emanating from a particular country that threatens peace and stability in the country, region, and the world.

Russia may expel 30 US diplomats Russia may expel 30 US diplomats


Moscow, Kremlin may expel dozens of American diplomats from Russia and freeze some US assets in response to its seized diplomatic properties in the US.

In response to the recent round of US sanctions against Russia, Moscow is planning to strike back by expelling at 

IS leader Baghdadi dead, says Syrian watchdog IS leader Baghdadi dead, says Syrian watchdog


Beirut, London-based Syrian war monitor on Tuesday said it had "confirmed information" that Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.

"(We have) confirmed information from leaders, including one of the first rank, in the Islamic State in the eastern

India must withdraw troops to avoid 'serious consequences'- Chinese state media India must withdraw troops to avoid 'serious consequences'- Chinese state media


Beijing, India must pull back its troops from Doklam to avoid serious consequences, China's state-owned news agency Xinhua has said.

Modi addresses first India-Israel CEOs meet Modi addresses first India-Israel CEOs meet



Tel Aviv, New chapter has opened in Indo-Israeli relations driven by the desire to improve the lives of both peoples, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday, addressing the first joint meeting of CEOs, who, among themselves, signed MoUs worth $5 billion on the sidelines of Modi's Israel visit.

"New chapter has been opened in India-Israel relations. The driving force is opportunities for betterment of lives of people," Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay tweeted, citing Modi's address to chief executives from both countries.

China to add freight train service to Pakistan China to add freight train service to Pakistan



Beijing, China is preparing to start a freight train service to Pakistan -- the second such link in South Asia.

The new line will start from Lanzhou, capital of China's northwest Gansu province, and travel through Uygur region to the Gwadar Port in Pakistan, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

Xu Chunhua, Director of Lanzhou International Trade and Logistic Park, made the announcement at the China Lanzhou Investment and Trade Fair.

Sri Lanka tops 1 million tourist arrivals Sri Lanka tops 1 million tourist arrivals

 

Colombo, Over one million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka in the first six months of 2017, with China and India being the leading markets, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau showed on Thursday.

This June recorded a 4.5 percent growth with the arrival of 123,351 tourists compared to the same period last year while 1,010,444 tourists arrived from January to June, statistics revealed, reported Xinhua news agency.

India recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals with 27,836 followed by China with 17,205.

Attack on Israeli diplomat not on Modi-Netanyahu agenda- Daily Attack on Israeli diplomat not on Modi-Netanyahu agenda- Daily



Tel Aviv, An attack by alleged Iranian agents on Israeli diplomats in New Delhi in 2012 is not on the agenda of Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Benjamin Netanyahu, an Israeli daily reported on Wednesday.

Despite the cooperation between the two countries on security issues, there was one terror attack "the Indians are

Modi lands in Tel Aviv, warmly welcomed by Netanyahu Modi lands in Tel Aviv, warmly welcomed by Netanyahu

 

Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived here on a three-day visit to Israel -- the first by an Indian Prime Minister -- and was warmly welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who received him at the airport.

Modi, who landed at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, was accorded a red carpet welcome and exchanged a warm hug with the Israeli Prime Minister.