China to build its first underwater observation platform in South China Sea

Beijing, Feb 28 : China is planning to build its first underwater observation platform in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, which are claimed by several of its neighbouring countries, EFE reported. The Institute of Acoustics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shanghai’s Tongji University will be in charge of constructing the […]

Lakhtakia to get additional charge of CRPF DG

New Delhi, Feb 28 : Sudeep Lakhtakia, the Additional Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), is likely to take additional charge as Director General from Wednesday, an official said on Tuesday. This follows the retirement of K. Durga Prasad as the CRPF Director General. The Home Ministry said Lakhtakia will hold the […]

Pakistan bans rallies praising killer of blasphemy law reform proponent

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Feb 28 : Pakistan said today it would bar Islamist organisations from staging rallies commemorating a killer whom many religious groups consider a hero for assassinating a prominent politician who had called for the reform of blasphemy laws. Mumtaz Qadri was executed on February 29 last year for murdering Punjab governor […]

Strategic Dialogue with China positive, constructive: India

New Delhi, Feb 28 : The first Strategic Dialogue between India and China in Beijing last week that was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesul was “positive and constructive”, a senior official said here on Tuesday. “Our assessment is that the recent meeting was positive and constructive,” External […]

Israel removes settlers from homes on private Palestinian land

By Eli Berzlon OFRA, West Bank, Feb 28 : Israeli police began removing settlers and hundreds of supporters today from nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. Police carried some of the settlers and protesters out of the red-roofed structures in the settlement of Ofra, while others walked […]

US-backed Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Mosul government buildings

By Isabel Coles and Maher Chmaytelli MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq, Feb 28 : US-backed Iraqi forces today battled their way to within firing range of Mosul’s main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the western side of the city. Terrified civilians were fleeing the fighting, […]