Nepal’s two Communist parties decide to merge

By Anil Giri Kathmandu, Feb 20 : In a major political development, two ruling Communist parties in Nepal — CPN-UML and CPN (Maoist Centre) — have decided to unify and form a new party. Top leaders of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) and CPN (Maoist Centre) forged consensus on seven points, including the […]

Hope Maldives emergency is not extended: India

New Delhi, Feb 20 : Even as the Maldives’ parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of emergency by an additional 15 days, India on Tuesday said that it expected that the emergency in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation will not be extended. Maldives President Abdulla Yameen […]

Son of former Pakistani cricketer commits suicide

Islamabad, Feb 20 : Former Pakistani cricketer Aamer Hanif’s son has committed suicide by hanging himself over “non-selection in an Under-19 cricket team”. Mohammad Zaryab, who was a first-year college student and Hanif’s oldest son, killed himself on Monday. According to Hanif, who represented Pakistan in five ODIs during the 1990s, his son was upset […]

2 lawyers killed in Lahore court firing

Lahore, Feb 20 : At least two lawyers were killed in a gunfire incident outside a sessions court here on Tuesday. The deceased lawyers were identified as Rana Ishtiaq and Owais Talib. The assailant, Kashif Rajput, opened fire at Ishtiaq — who was his cousin — over a family dispute, the police said. Subsequently, the […]

China wooing Baloch militants to secure CPEC projects: Report

Islamabad, Feb 20 : China has been wooing Baloch militants by quietly holding talks with them for over five years in an attempt to protect the $60 billion infrastructure projects it is financing as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to a media report. Pakistan’s daily Dawn on Tuesday cited a report by […]

‘Welcome To New York’ team yet to take decision on Rahat’s song

Mumbai, Feb 20 : Director Chakri Toleti, who has helmed the forthcoming film “Welcome To New York”, says the makers are yet to decide whether to accept the suggestion of singer-turned-Union minister Babul Supriyo’s demand to remove Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice from the film’s song “Ishtehaar” or keep it. “No decision has […]