India, Pakistan trade heavy fire on LoC

Jammu, March 4 : The Indian and Pakistani forces traded heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district late on Saturday, Defence Ministry sources said here on Sunday. “Pakistan Army resorted to heavy unprovoked shelling and firing in Balakote sector. “They used small arms, automatics and mortars to target […]

Collaboration, not bans key to cross-cultural understanding: British-Pakistani actor

By Sugandha Rawal New Delhi, March 4 : Amid the ongoing debate on whether Pakistani artistes should be allowed to work in Bollywood or not, British-Pakistani actor Alyy Khan feels “bans of any nature are never a good idea”. He says the key to more understanding and tolerance lies in more collaborative work. The actor, […]

3 opposition party’s MPs among 17 arrested in Maldives protests

Male, March 3 : The Maldives opposition denounced on Saturday the arrest of 17 protesters, including three MPs of the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), in the latest round of defiance against the emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen a month ago. The opposition, led by the MDP, said in a joint statement that police had […]

Nepal holds mass prayers to set new Guinness record

Kathmandu, March 3 : Thousands of people gathered in Nepal’s capital on Saturday to recite the messages of Lord Gautam Buddha, known as Dhhamapad, to set a new Guinness World Record. Though the organiser claimed to have gathered over 75,000 people in the mass prayers, the number was yet to be confirmed officially by Guinness […]

UNHCR’s programme to protect Rohingyas from elephant attacks

Dhaka, March 3 : The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature have launched an action plan to prevent Rohingya deaths from wild elephant attacks at a refugee camp that lies between Myanmar and Bangladesh. At least 10 refugees, including young children, have been killed in such […]

Pakistan summons Indian envoy over ceasefire violations

Islamabad, March 2 : Pakistan on Friday summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh over alleged ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) which it said left a civilian dead. Mohammad Faisal, who heads the South Asia wing in the Foreign Office, summoned the Indian envoy and “lodged a strong protest […]