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Book on sexual life of Benazir Bhutto & Sherry Rehman causes political storm in Pakistan

Story of the Century: A long-awaited book by Roshan Mirza on the secret sex life of Benazir Bhutto is finally appeared. The book is titled, “Indecent Correspondece: Secret Sex Life of Benazir Bhutto”. It is available on Amazon in ebook format and on Lulu in the print. The news & glimpses of this story have already created a controversy when first published on Weekly Blitz, a Bangladesh tabloid…  SAIRA... 

Blacklisted US Sikhs in visa tangle

Ashish Kumar Sen: Washington: Three decades after many Sikhs fled the violence that devastated their families in Punjab, the Indian government is continuing to make it hard for them to visit India. Their crime? Sikh Americans say it’s the price they’re being forced to pay for having sought political asylum in the West. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise on a recently concluded visit to the... 

India beat Pakistan to become Asian hockey champion

INCHEON: A spirited Indian men’s hockey team defeated arch-rivals and defending champions Pakistan 4-2 in a nerve-wracking shoot-out to end its 16-year gold medal draught at the Asian Games and earn a direct berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics, here today. It turned out to be a humdinger of a contest between the two sub-continental foes as both India and Pakistan refused to give an inch to each other... 

I will take back entire Kashmir from India: Bilawal Bhutto

ISLAMABAD: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the ‘Gen-Next’ politician of Pakistan, has said that his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India. Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab yesterday. “I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces,... 

China pledges $20 billion investment in India

New Delhi: China Thursday committed USD 20 billion investment over the next five years and agreed to provide greater market access to Indian products in farm, pharma and gems and jewellery sectors, with a view to reducing the large trade gap with India. The ‘Five-year Trade and Economic Development Plan’ was signed by Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Chinese counterpart Gao... 
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Phone App to help curb youth suicide

SYDNEY: Australian researchers are developing a smartphone app to stop the escalating rate of indigenous youth suicide. The app will facilitate referral of the young person to local liaison officers and other government or non-government support agencies. “We will design, develop and distribute an Apple iPhone and Android smartphone app through iTunes and Google’s android market to support... 

Nude photos leakage scandal: FBI starts probe

  LOS ANGELES: The FBI has started investigations into online nude photos leakage scandal. The FBI said it was addressing allegations that online accounts of several celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online. The agency did not say Monday what actions it was taking to investigate who was responsible for posting... 

Australian PM to visit India in September 1st week

Melbourne: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is all set to make his first official visit to India next week to further strengthen the strategic partnership and promote trade and investment between the two sides. “I will travel to India and Malaysia from September 4 to 6. On my first visit to India as Prime Minister, I will visit New Delhi and India’s financial capital, Mumbai, to strengthen... 

Online Visa Processing for New Zealand on the cards

Amandeep Kaur: Hamilton: International students aspire to come to New Zealand will be able to apply online for New Zealand visas in the next few weeks. Immigration ONLINE, an online new technology platform will allow international students around the world to apply, pay fees and upload supporting documents online. The new service will be available to full fee paying, scholarship, exchange and English... 

India should have done better at Glasgow

Glasgow: Even with what looked like an impressive haul – 64 medals including 15 golds – India suffered its worst performance in nearly two decades as it finished fifth in the overall medal standings at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games which concluded on Sunday. The South Asian nation sent more than 200 athletes to the Scottish city as part of its second largest contingent ever, clinching 12 of... 

Commonwealth Games: Vijender & three other Indian boxers enter into finals

Glasgow: Led by Olympic bronze medallist Vijender Singh, Indian pugilists stole the limelight on the ninth day of the competitions with four of them storming into the finals of their respective weight categories in the boxing event of the 20th Commonwealth Games here today. Star boxer Vijender produced yet another dominating performance against Connor Coyle of Northern Ireland in the men’s middleweight... 

295 killed as Malaysian plane ‘shot down’ over Ukraine

Kuala Lumpur: All 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines plane were killed today after the aircraft was shot down over war-torn eastern Ukraine near the Russian border, nearly four months after the mysterious disappearance of MH370 in the Indian Ocean. The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members. “Nearly 300 persons died... 

Obama formally invites Modi for ‘defining partnership’

NEW DELHI: Extending a formal invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a visit to the US, President Barack Obama has expressed keenness to work closely with him to make the bilateral relations a “defining partnership” in the 21st century. Thanking Obama for the invitation, Modi said he looks forward to a “result-oriented visit” in September with “concrete outcomes that impart... 

London to host exhibition on role of Sikhs during World War-I

LONDON: As the world turns its attention to the centenary of the Great War, this summer will see a landmark exhibition by the UK Punjab Heritage Association (UKPHA) to commemorate the remarkable, but largely forgotten contribution and experiences of Sikh soldiers, as well as the families they left behind.   Empire, Faith and War: The Sikhs and World War One? will be held at the Brunei Gallery, School... 

New Zealand emerging as hot destination for higher studies

AMANDEEP KAUR:     Hamilton: Heaven for tourists, NEW ZEALAND, registers a phenomenal increase in the number of international students enrolled in higher level programmes, and in particular postgraduate level qualifications, according to the International Education Snapshot 2013 full year report. International students upward trend in NZ could be gauzed from the fact that there was a net increase... 

Barack Obama as ‘unpopular’ as George W Bush

US President Barack Obama’s popularity rating hit a new low with a majority of Americans adjudging him as unpopular as his predecessor George W Bush, a latest opinion poll has said. “Obama is now as unpopular as Bush. Fifty-one per cent have an unfavourable view of Bush; 51 per cent feel the same way about Obama,” said the CNN/ORC International poll. “Obama’s favourable... 

Former Pakistan Minister Sherry Rehman calls Indian Ministers ‘Ugly’

On the historic day of May 26, when the world’s largest democracy, India was welcoming its new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, the chatter backstage at a news program in Pakistan began with uncomplimentary remarks about India and its ministers. During the recording of an interview, former minister, and Chair of Jinnah Institute, Shehrbano Rehman, popularly referred to as ‘Sherry’ made derogatory... 

Include Kartarpur Sahib Corridor issue in Indo-Pak bilateral talk: Dal Khalsa

Amritsar: As the Pakistan Prime Minister Janab Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to meet the newly elected Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on May 27 for bilateral talks, the Dal Khalsa wants both the regional leaders to discuss a free walkway corridor from Dera Baba Nanak to Kartarpur Sahib about 4 kms into Pakistan. In a personal welcome note to the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister, Dal Khalsa’s... 

Nawaz Sharif to attend Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi in Delhi, ending two-day suspense over his decision amid reports that there was stiff opposition from hardliners in the establishment. A spokesperson of the Prime Minister Office and Pakistan Foreign Ministry confirmed that Sharif will travel to Delhi to attend Modi’s... 

Modi condemns terror attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi today talked to Afghan President Hamid Karzai over the attack on the Indian Consulate in Herat province and was assured that everything will be done to protect the Indian missions in Afghanistan. Modi also spoke to India’s Ambassador in Afghanistan Amar Sinha soon after the attack, condemned it and said that he was closely monitoring the situation. He...