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NSG, Azhar issues to figure in Pranab's talks with Xi Jinping
BEIJING, May 24 (Agencies): China's opposition to India's membership in the elite NSG and its action blocking the UN move to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist are expected to figure prominently during President Pranab Mukherjee's talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping on Thursday. Mukherjee, who is making his first visit as head of state but has made a number of trips to China in various capacities during his long political career, is expected to convey India's concerns on these issues and present India's views on how it felt strongly on them, sources said. The President, who arrived today in southern China's Guangzhou city on the first leg of his four-day visit, will have one-on-one meeting with President Xi on Thursday besides holding dele...
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15 killed as Cyclone Roanu hits Bangladesh coast
BANGLADESH, May 21 (Agencies): Tens of thousands of Bangladeshis fled to safety as cyclone Roanu today made a landfall at the country's southern coast, with stormy winds and incessant downpour triggering landslides, killing 15 people and injuring over 100 others. With a wind speed of up to kilometres per hour while heading east-northeastward, the cyclone hit the Barisal- Chittagong region, sending impacts across the country. Most places of the country witnessed rain and thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty and squally wind since early morning. At least 15 people were killed and over 100 injured as the advancing cyclone had started ravaging the southern coastlines, local media reported. Officials and reports said that under the peripheral impact of the cyclone, codenamed Roan...
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71 killed, 127 missing as foreign aid reaches flood-hit Lanka
SRI LANKA, May 21 (Agencies): At least 71 people were killed and 127 others remained missing in floods and landslides triggered by the heaviest rains in Sri Lanka in over a quarter century, as offers of assistance for thousands of people including from India poured in. Indian relief vessel INS Sunayna arrived at Colombo port today with goods from Kochi, the Lankan foreign ministry said. Last night, India had sent its two naval ships - INS Sunayna and survey vessel INS Sutlej - and a C-17 aircraft with relief material like - inflatable boats, outboard motors, diving equipment, medical supplies, electricity generators and sleeping bags, officials said. At least 127 people remain missing at Aranayake, the site of the landslide disaster in the southwestern district of Kegalle, National Dis...
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Iraq forces killed at least 2 protesters in Baghdad: Officials
IRAQ, May 21 (Agencies): Iraqi forces killed at least two people while trying to disperse protesters who broke into the high-security Green Zone area of Baghdad, officials said today. Security and medical officials also said at least 57 people were wounded in yesterday's unrest, in which forces used tear gas, water cannons and sound bombs against protesters, some of whom threw rocks and other debris. Security forces also fired live rounds during the demonstration, mostly into the air, but officials said two protesters died of bullet wounds....
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26/11 Mumbai attack case
Lakhvi, others to be tried for aiding 166 murders
LAHORE, May 20 (Agencies): LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and six others accused in the 2008 Mumbai attack case will be individually charged for the abetment to murder of each of the 166 people who died in the carnage, a Pakistani anti-terrorism court ruled today. “The seven suspects will be charged individually for the abetment to murder of each victim of Mumbai attack case,” a senior court official said, quoting the verdict of the trial court. The official told agencies that the court, however, did not allow cross examination of the suspects in this regard. The prosecution had filed an application in the ATC Islamabad some two months ago requesting it to make amendment in the charges against the suspects in abetment to murder of each individual in the carnage. The tria...
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Searchers locate body part, seats of crashed EgyptAir plane
ATHENS/CAIRO, May 20 (Agencies): Greece on Friday announced that it found a body part, seats and suitcases from crashed EgyptAir plane, hours after other debris was spotted 290 km north of Alexandria, a Mediterranean port city of Egypt. A body part, two seats and suitcases from the plane were found by Egyptian rescuers, Greece's Defence Minister Panos Kammenos confirmed. Greece has been notified about the discovery by the Egyptian authorities, he said in Athens. "Regarding the outputs of the research, we have been briefed by the Egyptian Joint Rescue Coordination Centre about the discovery of a body part, two seats and luggage at the scene of the search, slightly to the south of where the plane's signal was lost. That is to the south and east of where the plane was lost, and further nor...
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India trying to exonerate Samjhauta attack suspects: Pak
ISLAMABAD, May 19 (Agencies): Pakistan on Thursday said the Indian government was trying to "exonerate" right-wing individuals suspected of involvement in the 2007 Samjhauta Express bombing and revealed that the issue had been raised by Islamabad during the foreign secretaries meet last month. "It appears that the Indian government is trying to exonerate individuals who, many in India itself believe, were involved in the Samjhauta Express terrorist attack, resulting in the loss of lives of more than 42 innocent Pakistanis," Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said at a press briefing here. He was replying to a question on whether India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was "cleaning up all terror acts committed by Hindu terrorists". He noted that Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry, du...
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'China in close contact with India on Azhar's UN ban issue'
CHINA, May 19 (Agencies): China today said it was in "close" contact with India over its efforts to put Masood Azhar on the UN list of proscribed terrorists, as it expressed willingness to step up bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation in response to President Pranab Mukherjee's call. "The anti-terrorism situation has undergone great changes. China, India and all countries have shown greater willingness to counter terrorism," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters. Hong was responding to Mukherjee's remarks to state-run CCTV channel saying that China joining hands with India in the fight against terrorism will have "its own impact". "China and India have important consensus and common interest in terms of fighting terrorism. China is willing to step up communication and co...
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EgyptAir Plane vanishes over Mediterranean
CAIRO, May 19 (Agencies): An EgyptAir plane made abrupt turns and plunged steeply Thursday shortly before disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean, a Greek official said, deepening the mystery over the possible last moments aboard the Cairo-bound plane with 66 people aboard. Even as details emerged of the flight's final moments recorded by ground control, rescue vessels and aircraft combed the sea between southern Greek islands and the Egyptian coast. Aviation officials in Egypt and Paris - where the flight began - said there was nothing immediately pointing to why the plane lost contact with radar tracking about 45 minutes before its scheduled landing. But the mysterious and instant cut from ground contact raised inevitable parallels with similar incidents at cruising altitude t...
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