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Sikh militant commander recaptured after India jailbreak

A top Sikh militant commander was recaptured by police in the Indian capital Delhi on Monday, a day after he was freed in a dramatic jailbreak by a gang wearing police uniforms. Harminder Singh Mintoo, who heads a Sikh separatist group, was arrested on the outskirts of Delhi some 200 kilometres (124 miles) from the high-security prison in Punjab where ... Read More »

Members of the Congress party hold up the banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes as they shout slogans during a protest as part of 'Jan Aakrosh Diwas' in front of the Reserve Bank of India. ─AFP

Tens of thousands of people turned out Monday for nationwide protests against India’s controversial ban on high-value banknotes, which opposition party organisers say has caused a “financial emergency”. India is still reeling from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shock decision nearly three weeks ago to pull 86 per cent of the currency from circulation overnight, triggering a chronic shortage of notes ... Read More »

Chinese naval ships at Gwadar port call for a rethink of India’s regional policy


The transformation of Gwadar port as a base for Chinese Navy ships was long expected, but when media reports actually appeared on Friday to that effect, it was startling news for India. Read more: ‘Pak-China naval collaboration gains more importance due to CPEC’ The reports quoted Pakistani officials saying that China proposes to deploy its naval ships in coordination with ... Read More »

Ex-Indian army chief praises Pakistan’s incoming chief Gen Bajwa


Former Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh has said Pakistan’s incoming Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is a “professional”. “In the UN operations, Gen Bajwa’s performance was totally professional and outstanding,” Gen Singh was quoted as saying by Times of India as he described the time when Gen Bajwa had served under him on a United ... Read More »

Indian finance minister to skip Saarc meeting in Islamabad

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

ISLAMABAD: India has formally conveyed to Pakistan that its Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will not attend the eighth finance ministers’ meeting of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) in Islamabad later this week. In the absence of Mr Jaitley, Secretary of Economic Affairs Shaktikanta Das would lead the Indian delegation at the two-day event starting on Thursday, a ... Read More »

Sedition case against Indian actress for praising Pakistan

Kannada movie star and former Congress MP Ramya.

NEW DELHI: An Indian movie actress who did not agree with Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s description of Pakistan as “hell” and said she was treated well there has been accused of sedition in a local court. But the actor-politician said on Tuesday she would not apologise for her remarks she made at a public meeting. “I respectfully disagree, but Pakistan ... Read More »

In worsening row, Bangladesh lodges protest with Pakistani diplomat

DHAKA: Bangladesh summoned on Tuesday Pakistan’s high commissioner to lodge a protest after a Bangladeshi official in Islamabad was detained for four hours, two Dhaka officials said, amid a worsening diplomatic row between the two countries. Weeks of rising tension in the relationship were sparked in late November by the executions in Bangladesh of two opposition leaders convicted of crimes ... Read More »

Indian rape victim says sexually assaulted again in hospital

NEW DELHI: A teenage rape victim was allegedly sexually assaulted a second time while in hospital receiving treatment for the original attack in India’s east, police said on Monday, in the latest case of violence against women. The 15-year-old girl has told police that she was raped on Sunday by a security guard at the hospital where she had been ... Read More »

Six found guilty of gang rape, murder in India

KOLKATA: An Indian court convicted six men on Thursday of gang-raping and murdering a student as she walked home after an exam in 2013, in a case that sparked outrage over women’s safety. Security was tight outside the court in the eastern city of Kolkata for the verdict, with chanting protesters demanding justice and scuffling with police. Senior public prosecutor ... Read More »