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COVID-19 shutdown leads to sharp drop in Dhaka crime rate
Dhaka, March 30 (IANS) Due to a shutdown across Bangladesh over the coronavirus pandemic, the crime rate in the capital Dhaka has dropped sharply, a media report said on Monday.
2020-03-30
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
'Afghan govt team violates US-Taliban deal'
Kabul, March 29 (IANS) The Taliban has said that it had some reservations about the peace negotiating team formed by the Afghan government, saying it violated the deal the militant group signed with the US last month, a media report said.
2020-03-29
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Kabul residents flout lockdown rules
Kabul, March 29 (IANS) Many residents of Kabul paid little attention to the coronavirus lockdown imposed by the Afghan government due to the coronavirus pandemic and treated the day more like a holiday, a media report said.
2020-03-29
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Afghan economy can't withstand US aid cut, COVID-19 impact
Kabul, March 27 (IANS) The Afghan economy cannot withstand the $1 billion aid cut by the US and the financial pressures originating coronavirus pandemic, according to a survey.
2020-03-27
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
3,700 arrested for violating curfew in SL
Colombo, March 26 (IANS) At least 3,700 persons were arrested on charges of violating the islandwide police curfew currently in effect in Sri Lanka as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic, a senior officer sais here on Thursday.
2020-03-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL starts program to deliver essential goods to homes
Colombo, March 26 (IANS) To encourage physical distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Sri Lnkan government hs started a special programe to deliver essential goods including medicines and food items, to homes, it was reported on Thursday.
2020-03-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
No DTC buses to Nepal till March 31
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has suspended its bus service to Kathmandu in Nepal till March 31 amid coronavirus scare for the safety of passengers, bus crew and the general public.
2020-03-24
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Nepal seals borders, announces funds
Kathmandu, March 23 (IANS) Nepal has sealed all the border entry points on both the northern and southern sides, and has also created a $4 million fund to fight the novel pandemic
2020-03-23
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL to contribute to SAARC emergency fund proposed by Modi
Colombo, March 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka will contribute to the SAARC emergency fund proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the South Asian region, a Minister said.
2020-03-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL temporarily lifts curfew except 8 districts
Colombo, March 23 (IANS) Barring eight districts, the Sri Lankan government on Monday temporarily lifted the nationwide curfew it had imposed as a preventive measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus in the island nation.
2020-03-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Voting in Dhaka by-polls amid COVID-19 pandemic
Dhaka, March 21 (IANS) Voting took place in the by-polls to the Dhaka-10 parliamentary seat on Saturday amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
2020-03-21
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pakistan reports 510 COVID-19 cases
Islamabad, March 21 (IANS) The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan increased to 510 on Saturday, while the death toll stood at three, authorities said.
2020-03-21
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Nepal hotels to shut until COVID-19 situation improves
Kathmandu, March 20 (IANS) Due to lack of business amid the coronavirus pandemic, hotels across Nepal have decided to shut completely until the situation improves, a media report said.
2020-03-20
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
B'desh reports 1st coronavirus death
Dhaka, March 19 (IANS) Bangladesh has reported its first coronavirus death while the number of confirmed cases increased to 14, according to authorities.
2020-03-19
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Colombo airport to partially shut after 19 years
Colombo, March 19 (IANS) Starting Thursday, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo will be partially shut down after 19 years for a week in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
2020-03-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pak-China bilateral trade won't stop: Qureshi
Islamabad, March 19 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the country's bilateral trade with China will not stop amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Thursday.
2020-03-19
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
US again urges release of Taliban prisoners
Kabul, March 19 (IANS) Zalmay Khalilzad, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, said the Washington would like the Afghan government to begin the process of releasing Taliban prisoners as soon as possible in line with the historic peace agreement.
2020-03-19
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
No decision yet to delay SL general elections
Colombo, March 17 (IANS) Chairman of Sri Lanka's National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has said that no decision has been taken yet to postpone the April 25 general elections due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-03-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
'Taliban prisoners will be freed if talks start, violence reduced'
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) Taliban prisoners will be released gradually but only if the intra-Afghan negotiations begin and there was a significant reduction in violence in the country, a presidential advisor said here.
2020-03-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Food prices spike in Afghanistan amid COVID-19 crisis
Kabul, March 17 (IANS) With the number of coronavirus cases increasing and also due to its border closures with Pakistan and Iran, the prices of food and other essentials in Afghanistan have doubled, causing hundreds of residents to stockpile on supplies.
2020-03-17
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL PM cancels all public meetings
Colombo, March 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to cancel all public meetings to raise awareness on the importance of minimising gatherings in the wake of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic which has infected 11 people in the island nation.
2020-03-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pakistan politicizes coronavirus humanitarian crisis
New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) While all other countries were discussing humanitarian crisis of the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the world, Pakistan raked up Kashmir during the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) video conference initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.
2020-03-15
Category: International, India,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
7 Afghan policemen killed in insider attack
Kabul, March 15 (IANS) A Taliban insider attack bclaimed the lives of seven policemen in the Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Sunday, authorities said.
2020-03-15
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Coronavirus cases in Pak reaches 33
Islamabad, March 15 (IANS) With the emergence of five new cases of the novel coronavirus in Pakistan, the total number of COVID-19 infections in the country has increased to 33.
2020-03-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Courts won't allow govt to ban media: Islamabad HC
Islamabad, March 15 (IANS) The Islam­abad High Court (IHC) has directed the Pakistan Telecommunica­tion Authority (PTA) to submit rules proposed to regulate social media and warned that constitutional courts never allowed the government to ban the media.
2020-03-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Malaysia reports 41 new cases of COVID-19
Kuala Lumpur, March 14 (IANS) Malaysia on Saturday announced 41 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 238.
2020-03-14
Category: International, Malaysia,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Can easily defeat opposition if it stays united: Mahinda
Colombo, March 14 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the country's main opposition could be defeated if they stuck together instead of contesting the April 25 general election separately.
2020-03-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Taliban violence spikes in Afghanistan despite peace deal
Kabul, March 14 (IANS) The Taliban has conducted 95 attacks against Afghan forces in 10 provinces in the past 24 hours, despite the peace deal the militants signed with the US last month to reduce violence in the war-torn country, according to the Ministry of Defence.
2020-03-14
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pak hints at working with India on COVID-19: Report
Islamabad, March 13 (IANS) Pakistan has hinted at working with neighbouring countries, including India, to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has now spread to over 100 countries and has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).
2020-03-13
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Imran calls meeting to discuss anti-virus strategy
Islamabad, March 13 (IANS) With Gilgit-Baltistan reporting another novel coronavirus case, taking the total number of infections to 20 in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has called a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Friday to discuss the worsening situation.
2020-03-13
Category: International, Pakistan,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Foreign observers invited for SL parliamentary polls
Colombo, March 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka's National Election Commission (EC) has invited foreign observers for the April 25 parliamentary polls.
2020-03-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Kashmir rights activist flays Pak at UNHRC
New Delhi/Geneva, March 11 (IANS) A Kashmiri rights activist at United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Wednesday flayed Pakistan for committing grave human rights violations with its sponsorship of cross-border terrorism.
2020-03-11
Category: International, India,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Alia, Varun get nostalgic as 'Badri...' clocks 3 years
Mumbai, March 10 (IANS) Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan-starrer "Badrinath Ki Dulhania" recently completed three years since it was released.
2020-03-10
Category: India, Maharashtra,Cinema/Showbiz,Bollywood,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
6 Asean envoys discuss border trade, with Mizoram Guv, CM
Aizawl, March 9 (IANS) Ambassadors of six Asean countries on Monday met Mizoram Governor, Chief Minister and other officials to discuss border trade and connectivity between northeast India and their countries, officials said here.
2020-03-09
Category: India, Mizoram,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Bangladesh confirms first COVID-19 cases
Dhaka, March 9 (IANS) Bangladesh has confirmed the first coronavirus cases in the country, but the government has urged people not to panic and to consult physicians if they showed any symptoms of the disease, it was reported.
2020-03-09
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
3 killed in Kabul shooting
Kabul, March 8 (IANS) Three people were killed and another person was injured in a shooting attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Sunday, the police said.
2020-03-08
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Majority of B'deshi women still don't use sanitary napkins
Dhaka, March 8 (IANS) Almost 80 per cent of the women in Bangladesh do not use sanitary napkins mainly due to its high cost and also a lack of awareness, leaving them susceptible to a myriad of health problems, a media report said on Sunday.
2020-03-08
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL book breaks record for most number of alternate endings
Colombo, March 6 (IANS) A Sri Lankan book has achieved a world record for the most number of alternate endings, a media report said.
2020-03-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Art/Culture/Books
Ghani, Abdullah to hold parallel swearing in ceremonies
Kabul, March 6 (IANS) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the country's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah will hold parallel swearing in ceremonies on March 9, their offices have confirmed.
2020-03-06
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pakistan intelligence agent held in Jammu
Jammu, March 4 (IANS) A team of special operations group (SOG) of the J&K Police here on Wednesday claimed to have detained a Pakistani intelligence agent.
2020-03-04
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
Sajith Premadasa launches new alliance before April polls
Colombo, March 3 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa has launched the new Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) alliance ahead of the April 24 parliamentary elections, saying it was a long-term effort to build a new political culture beyond the polls, it was reported.
2020-03-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Afghan CEO Abdullah finalizes list for negotiating team
Kabul, March 3 (IANS) As the March 10 deadline for the intra-Afghan negotiations approaches, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah's office has finalized their list of delegates for the talks with the Taliban, a media report said.
2020-03-03
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Dhaka airport security at risk: Survey team
Dhaka, Feb 29 (IANS) Security at Dhaka's Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport was at risk due to a shortage of fire-fighting equipment, floodlights, and poor CCTV camera coverage at night, a survey team has found.
2020-02-29
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
B'desh easing rules allowing drones for research, entertainment
Dhaka, Feb 29 (IANS) The Bangladesh government was easing rules to allow the use of drones for research, survey, photography, movie-making, feasibility studies and entertainment, it was reported.
2020-02-29
Category: International, Bangladesh,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka to get 1st electric rail track
Colombo, Feb 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Transport Ministry on Thursday said it will construct the country's first electric rail track in the central highlands of Kandy to ease traffic and further develop the island's transport sector.
2020-02-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Ex-LTTE members form new political party
Colombo, Feb 25 (IANS) Rehabilitated former members of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group have formed a new political party with the hope of contesting Sri Lanka's general elections this year, a media report said on Tuesday.
2020-02-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
UN concerned over Afghan election result crisis
Kabul, Feb 23 (IANS) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said that it was "extremely concerned" over the two man contenders -- President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah -- disputing the results of the September 2019 presidential election.
2020-02-23
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
India, Maldives discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation
New Delhi, Feb 21 (IANS) India and Maldives on Friday discussed expanding their bilateral cooperation and mutual interests in areas of security and law enforcement cooperation, officials said.
2020-02-21
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
Nepal PM's close aide resigns following leaked audiotape
Kathmandu, Feb 21 (IANS) Gokul Baskota, a close aide of Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and also the Communications Minister, has resigned following the release of an audio recording of him allegedly negotiating a $6 million "commission" with the local agent for a Swiss company, it was reported on Friday.
2020-02-21
Category: International, Nepal,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL committee proposes immediate burqa ban
Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) A Sri Lankan Parliament committee on national security has proposed the immediate ban on the burqa and also suspend registration of political parties on ethnic and religious basis, the media reported.
2020-02-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics