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Jaitley meets Pak FM
FRANKFURT, May 4 (Agencies): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today had a brief informal interaction with his Pakistani counterpart Ishaq Dar on the sidelines of the annual general meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) here. The two finance ministers met when Jaitley was on the way to attend a bilateral meeting. During the short meeting, both were seen exchanging pleasantries. Though it was just shaking of hands and exchange of a few words, the leaders tried to send out a message that things will improve between the two neighbours....
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Pak army confirms sacking of senior officers for corruption
PAKISTAN, May 4 (Agencies): Pakistan army has for the first time confirmed reports about the sacking of senior military officers over corruption, a rare move in the country where the military wields enormous power. "These officers were dismissed, punished and sent home in a single related case," Military spokesman Lieutenant General Asim Bajwa told Dunya TV. He said it took months to complete the investigation, which ended with the sacking. He claimed that action was part of army's aggressive drive to end every kind of corruption in its ranks. He said as part of military discipline action like the sacking of officers are not made public anywhere in the world. "This news was not made public but was leaked days after the action was taken," he said. Bajwa said that a special branch of ar...
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Fresh tremor hits western Nepal
NEPAL, May 4 (Agencies): A mild tremor measuring 5 on the Richter scale today struck Nepal's western region. According to the National Seismological Centre, the tremor was recorded at 5.32 am (local time) in the region. The epicenter was located at Kalikot district, 600 km west of Kathmandu. Earlier a 4.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded at Bajhang district in western Nepal on April 30. A total of 451 aftershocks measuring 4 or more magnitude were recorded in central Nepal after the devastating earthquake that hit Kathmandu and other districts of central Nepal in April last year. However, the Kalikot earthquake is not an aftershock, rather it is known as fresh tremor....
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Pak to maintain minimum N-deterrence: Aziz
ISLAMABAD, May 3 (Agencies): Pakistan would maintain minimum nuclear deterrence for balancing the strategic stability in South Asia, Prime Minister’s advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Tuesday, amid mounting international pressure on the country to slow down its atomic programme. Addressing a seminar titled ‘Pakistan’s Non-proliferation Efforts and Strategic Export Controls’ hosted by the Institute of Strategic Studies, he said South Asia’s strategic stability has been negatively impacted by the policies that override the long established principles and norms and are guided by individual state’s strategic and commercial considerations. “A case in point is the Indo—US civil nuclear deal and the subsequent discriminatory waiver granted to India by the NSG. Eight years down the...
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Without dissent, parliamentary system is dysfunctional: Pranab Mukherjee
Auckland, May 1(Agencies): Without dissent, parliamentary system is dysfunctional, President Pranab Mukherjee said here on Sunday, underling that "fierce debates and discussions" in the House contribute to taking decisions on important matters like economy. Addressing the business leaders of India-New Zealand Business Council here, Mukherjee invited them to India to contribute towards various programmes launched by the Indian Government. "I am accompanied by a minister in the Government (Sajeev Balayan). I am also accompanied by Members of Parliament who represent the true character of Indian Parliament. They represent various regions and different political parties, truly reflecting our multi-party democratic system. "We take decisions in the Parliament after fierce debate and discuss...
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Still negotiating F-16 deal with US: Pak
ISLAMABAD, Apr 30 (Agencies): Pakistan is still negotiating with the US to purchase F-16 fighter jets despite difficulties in getting the USD 700 deal partially financed by American government, a top official said today. The purchase hit snags after US Congress withheld 60 per cent of the aid earmarked for subsidising the deal opposed by some American lawmakers and India. Tariq Fatemi, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, responding to reports about the deadlock over the deal said that the “negotiations aren’t over yet”, reported BBC Radio. He said Pakistan’s mission in Washington is currently in talks with members of Congress to raise awareness of Islamabad’s views on the matter “America understands how important a role these eight F-16s can play in the fight a...
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India only wants to talk about terror: Pak
NEW YORK, Apr 29 (Agencies): Pakistan seeks to normalise relations with India, but New Delhi has "signalled" it is only interested in talking about terrorism which does not bode well for the prospects of diplomatic progress between the two nations, Islamabad's envoy to the UN has said. Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN ambassador Maleeha Lodhi's remarks came just a day before Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry met in New Delhi on April 26 on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' regional conference. "While Islamabad has repeatedly urged Delhi to resume the broad based, comprehensive peace process, India has yet to agree and has instead signalled it is only interested in talking about terrorism. This, she said, does not mak...
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Australia blocks China from buying 1% of its landmass
Sydney, Apr 29(Agencies): For a country as big as Australia, 1% of its landmass means an area bigger than the whole of South Korea – and the Chinese want to buy it. A Chinese-led consortium has been eyeing S. Kidman & Co, the country's largest private land holding but the Australian government has blocked the sale, twice in last six months, saying that the sale is against the national interest. The Kidman company owns about 2.5 percent of Australia's agricultural land. The A$371 million ($288 million) deal covers close to 75,000 sq kms spread across the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia. Treasurer Scot Morrison said, “Given the size and significance of the Kidman portfolio I am concerned that the acquisition of an 80 per cent interest in S. Kidman & ...
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Eleven dead found after Norway helicopter crash: Rescuers
Oslo, Apr 29(Agencies): Eleven dead bodies have been recovered after a helicopter carrying 13 people crashed off western Norway on Friday, with the search continuing for the other two, rescue services said. The helicopter, a Super Puma that crashed en route from a North Sea offshore oil platform, was carrying 11 Norwegians, one Briton and one Italian, the Sola rescue centre said. Jon Sjursoe, a spokesman for Norway's Joint Rescue Coordination Center, said there were 11 Norwegian nationals, one Briton and one Italian on the Eurocopter EC-225 helicopter that crashed today but he didn't know which were among the confirmed victims. Norwegian broadcaster NRK said 11 of the 13 people on board were employed by Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil ASA. The company didn't immediately return ca...
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FS-level talks failed to yield results: Pak media
ISLAMABAD, Apr 27 (Agencies): The Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and Pakistan "failed" to break the stalemate and did not produce any significant measure of forward movement as the two sides only raised issues important to them without conceding ground to the other, the Pakistan media said today. Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry met his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar in New Delhi yesterday on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia conference for their first formal interaction since their scheduled talks were deferred in the wake of the Pathankot attack in January. The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan conveyed "its serious concerns to India over its spy agency's involvement in subversive activities in Balochistan and Karachi as talks between the foreign sec...
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RAW hand behind terrorist attacks in Pakistan an undeniable fact: Hina
ISLAMABAD, Apr 27 (Agencies): Former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said, Indian spy agency RAW’s hands behind terror incidents in Pakistan is not a new thing and it is such a fact which cannot be denied. In an exclusive interview with BBC she said that most of the information about Indian meddling in Pakistan affairs can be available with interior minister. However she knows to this extent that India has been interfering in the internal affairs of Pakistan, through Balochistan and Afghanistan. This is undeniable fact, she added. Across the borders in India such allegation is leveled repeatedly that Pakistan promotes terrorism in India, she added. To a question about the prospects of durable peace in the region with particular reference to Pakistan and India she said "if some ...
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