Wednesday, September 30, 2020


B'desh Covid-19 caseload increases to 360,555

DHAKA:  Bangladesh reported 1,407 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 360,555, according to health authorities.

Nepal Army chief self-quarantines after staff tests Covid-19 positive

KATHMANDU:  Purna Chandra Thapa, Chief of Army Staff (CoAS) of the Nepali Army (NA), has gone into self-quarantine after a staff member at his official residence tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Anger simmering against Army in Pakistan after Sharif's comeback

NEW DELHI / ISLAMABAD:  Widespread anger is simmering among civilians in Pakistan against the top military leadership ever since former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took on the Bajwa-Khan partnership.

Moon condoles death of S.Korean official

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday expressed his condolences and offered a public apology over the death of a civil servant in a shooting by North Korean troops, calling it a "regrettable and unfortunate" incident.

HK unlikely to ease curbs on gatherings

HONG KONG: Hong is unlikely to ease the current restrictions on public gatherings, as the city reported 10 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the first double-digit increase in single-day infections in just over a week, according to a government adviser.

Pak Hindu Council to move ICJ in Jodhpur killing

ISLAMABAD: Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council (PHC), has called on the Imran Khan government to help them take the case of killing of 11 Pakistani Hindus in the Indian city of Jodhpur to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Trump, Biden neck-and-neck in N.Carolina, Georgia: Poll

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden were neck-and-neck in the swing states of Georgia and North Carolina, according to a new poll.

Leaves cancelled for Israeli combat troops, soldiers in training

TEL AVIV: The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have cancelled all leaves for combat troops and soldiers in training for at least the next month due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the military, the media reported.

NZ-Aus travel bubble could be possible before 2020 end: Ardern

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday that an air bubble between her country and some Australian states was possible by the end of this year.

Afghan army defused 4,776 improvised bombs, landmines in six months : Ministry

KABUL:The Afghan National Army (ANA) has during the past six months discovered and defused 4,776 improvised bombs and landmines planted by militants, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Afghan army defused 4,776 improvised bombs, landmines in six months : Ministry

KABUL:The Afghan National Army (ANA) has during the past six months discovered and defused 4,776 improvised bombs and landmines planted by militants, the Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

Pak again violates LoC ceasefire at Poonch

JAMMU:Pakistan on Wednesday continued with its unprovoked firing and shelling at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K's Poonch district for the 5th consecutive day.

98 Afghan civilians killed in past 2 weeks: Govt

KABUL:Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has said that at least 98 civilians were killed and 230 others wounded in Taliban attacks in 24 provinces in the last two weeks as violence has increased in the country amid the ongoing peace efforts.

'Republicans will confirm Trump's SC nominee before election'

WASHINGTON:US Republican lawmakers will confirm President Donald Trump's nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November 3 presidential election, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham has predicted.

India threatens military aggression against Pak: Qureshi tells OIC

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has alerted the Organization of Islamic Coordination (OIC) on situation in Kashmir, saying that "India has intensified its belligerent rhetoric against Pakistan, including threats of military aggression".

India: UN's unfinished task is tackling Pak's terror epicentre

UNITED NATIONS:The UN's unfinished agenda item is tackling terrorism emanating from its epicentre in Pakistan, India has said here replying to Pakistan bringing up the Kashmir issue at the international organisation's 75th Anniversary Commemoration session.

Sikh man assaulted in England, asked if he was Taliban

LONDON:A Punjab-born Sikh taxi driver has said that four white men assaulted him in Berkshire, England, and asked if he was a member of the Taliban militant group.

Canadian police probe poison-laced letter sent to Trump

OTTAWA:The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have launched an investigation after a woman in Quebec province allegedly sent a letter containing ricin poison to US President Donald Trump.

UN's 75th Anniversary Declaration commits to Security Council reform

UNITED NATIONS:The General Assembly committed itself to put "new life" into the stalled reform of the Security Council in its Declaration for the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations on Monday.

After defying UN on Iran, Trump boycotts 75th anniversary session

UNITED NATION:US President Donald Trump, who defied the UN and unilaterally reimposed sanctions on Iran, has boycotted the world body's 75th anniversary commemoration.

9 Afghan security personnel dead in Taliban ambush

KABUL:Six Afghan soldiers and three police officers were killed and four others injured in a Taliban ambush in Takhar province, a government spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Pak opposition parties form alliance to oust govt

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan's major opposition parties announced that they have formed an alliance to demand the ousting of the incumbent Imran Khan-led government, it was reported on Monday.

Iraq bans entry of foreign travellers

BAGHDAD:Iraqi authorities have banned the entry of foreign travellers into the country amid the appearance of new coronavirus strains in neighbouring countries.

Chinese Communist Party announces plan to take control of private sector

NEW DELHI:China's President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party's Central Committee have laid out a plan in which the party has better control over private business in China.

Pak kills Sikhs, but funds, fuels Khalistani terror elsewhere: Canadian expert

NEW DELHI:Pakistan has been eliminating its Sikh population for decades through killings, rapes, abductions and forced marriages of young women, yet it is funding and fuelling Khalistani terrorism and separatist movement globally to achieve it sinister plans to break up India, a Canadian expert has said.

Thane building crash: 10 dead, 25 rescued

THANE(Maharashtra): Ten people were killed, several injured and more than two dozen were feared trapped after a three-storey building crashed in the powerloom town of Bhiwandi, around 60 km north of Mumbai, early on Monday, officials said.

20 mn girls may never return to school, warns Malala

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has warned that as many as 20 million girls may never return to schools even after the global Covid-19 crisis is over, the media reported on Sunday.

Pakistan, Afghanistan joint action foils smuggling bid

ISLAMABAD:In a joint operation, Pakistani and Afghan customs authorities foiled an attempt to smuggle tonnes of iodine, which can be used for the synthesis of drugs, an official said here.

Canada, US agree to extend cross-border closure to Oct 21

 OTTAWA: Canada and the US have agreed to extend the cross-border closure to non-essential travels for another month until October 21 to slow the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Public Safety Minister Bill Blair on Friday.

Pak turns down India's request for Queen's Counsel in Kulbhushan case

SLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday categorically rejected any possibility of allowing a Queen's Counsel by India to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is currently on death-row in a Pakistan jail.

Pak starts anti-India campaign over Kashmir ahead of UNGA debate

NEW DELHI:To garner international community's attention over the Jammu and Kashmir issue ahead of the 75th session general debate in the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Pakistan has planned an online anti-India and free Kashmir propaganda on social media platforms from Saturday, Intelligence source said.

Mirpur activist at UNHRC says people want freedom from Pakistan

GENEVA/NEW DELHI:A prominent rights activist from Mirpur at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva said that people in Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir (PoJK) were desperate to get freedom and join the Indian union territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.

Doha talks will be difficult, tough decisions needed: Abdullah

KABUL:Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, has said that the talks between government and the Taliban will be difficult, stating that the Afghan team will face issues that will require hard decisions to be made.

16 more educational institutions closed in Pak

ISLAMABAD:At least 16 more educational institutions in Pakistan were closed in the last 24 hours due to non-compliance of health guidelines or standard operating procedures amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said on Friday.

Polio cases in Pak this year reaches 72

ISLAMABAD:The total number of polio cases in Pakistan so far this year has reached 72, after nine fresh cases were detected in Punjab and Balochistan provinces, according to health authorities.

Pak High Commission in London receives warrants for Sharif

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan High Commission in London has received arrest warrants sent by the Imran Khan-led government for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it was reported on Friday.

Pak to set up markets along Afghanistan, Iran borders

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan will set up three markets along the borders with Afghanistan and Iran by February 2021 to promote business activities and help the people in the border areas, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Office said.

Pak to set up markets along Afghanistan, Iran borders

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan will set up three markets along the borders with Afghanistan and Iran by February 2021 to promote business activities and help the people in the border areas, Prime Minister Imran Khan's Office said.

Imran govt to soon make occupied Gilgit-Baltistan Pak's 5th province

ISLAMABAD:The Imran Khan government is soon going to illegally integrate the occupied Gilgit-Baltistan region by making it Pakistan's fifth province.

Another trade terminal opens at Pak-Afghan border

KABUL:Pakistan opened another terminal for trade with Afghanistan at a border area in Balochistan province, it was reported on Thursday.
Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani inaugurated the trade terminal in the border area of Badini on Wednesday, reports Dawn news.