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  • 8 killed in Mumbai hospital fire

    A three-month-old baby was among eight people killed in a fire at a Mumbai hospital, officials said yesterday. The blaze broke out around 4:00pm on Monday on the fourth floor of a

  • Afghan team joins Taliban talks in UAE

    An Afghan peace negotiations team has arrived in Abu Dhabi, an official said yesterday, a day after talks attended by US and Taliban representatives were held in the city aimed at ending the 17-year conflict. International players and Kabul are trying to bring the Taliban to the table as military measures have been largely futile.

  • Hospital fire kills 6 in Mumbai, scores rescued

    At least six people die and more than 145 are rescued after a fire ripped through a government hospital in India's financial capital Mumbai, officials say.

  • Wickremesinghe returns as Sri Lanka's prime minister

    Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn in as Sri Lanka's prime minister, making a remarkable comeback weeks after being ousted by President Maithripala Sirisena under controversial circumstances.

  • High ranking universities in Asia 2018

    Most of Asian high ranked universities in China

    China has the most number of high ranked universities followed by Japan and South Korea in Asia. However, the Asian countries with no high ranked universities are Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Philippines, Indonesia and Mongolia.

  • 13 feared dead in Indian illegal mine

    At least 13 miners were feared dead after being trapped by flooding in an illegal "rat hole" coal mine site in remote northeastern India,

  • India's top court backs PM Modi

    India's top court yesterday dismissed calls for an investigation into a French military jet deal that was threatening to damage Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of elections next year.

  • Ghana Gandhi statue removed after protest

    A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi has been removed from Ghana's most prestigious university after complaints

  • Meditating monk killed by leopard in India

    A Buddhist monk has been killed by a leopard while meditating in a protected forest for the big cats, the fifth such attack in the area this

  • BJP aware it must tackle problems

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party officials were gathering yesterday for talks on a general election due by May, with their deliberations overshadowed by the party's defeat at the polls in three heartland rural states.

  • Small parties see big chance

    After suffering an electoral thrashing at the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party in 2014, India's small regional and caste-based parties are back in the reckoning months ahead of the next general election.

  • Major blow to Sirisena

    Sri Lanka's Supreme Court yesterday ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena's sacking of parliament last month was illegal, clearing the way for potential impeachment proceedings against him.

  • House demands sacked Lanka PM to be reinstated

    Sri Lanka's legislature yesterday voted overwhelmingly to demand the reinstatement of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as a bitter power struggle headed for a government shut down within weeks.

  • Militants kill four cops in Kashmir

    Suspected rebels attacked a police post in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday killing four officers, police said, two days after soldiers

  • Farmers, youth, Dalits oust BJP

    The defeat of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in assembly elections in the three Indian heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan was the most severe since the party assumed power on the back of a landslide victory in parliamentary polls in May, 2014.

  • Lanka's ousted PM sets deadline to end crisis

    Sri Lanka's ousted prime minister yesterday promised to bring tens of thousands of supporters to the capital next week for a massive demonstration unless President Maithripala Sirisena reinstated him imminently.

  • SC extends ban on Sirisena

    Sri Lanka's highest court yesterday banned President Maithripala Sirisena from sacking the legislature until it decides on the legality of his move last month to call snap elections.

  • Crisis to end in seven days

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said that the current political crisis in the country will not drag on beyond a week even as a war of words between him and ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe intensified.

  • Pak army backs US peace efforts

    Pakistan's army yesterday threw its support behind the latest US efforts for a political settlement with the Afghan Taliban to end a 17-year-old war, urging Washington to leave Kabul as a friend of the region rather than a "failure".

  • From dream to nightmare

    Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world with his love for footballer Lionel Messi in 2016. His dream of meeting the Argentinian came true, but now the seven-year-old boy is living a nightmare as one of thousands of Afghans displaced by war.

  • Singers Lata Mangeshkar and Salil Chowdhury

    Salil Chowdhury: Belated reflections on a splendid legacy

    While the audience shared the intensity with which many of his contemporaries and admirers expressed their admiration for the music legend Salil Chowdhury on his 93rd birth anniversary, there was a depressing footnote when his daughter, Antara, confessed that it had become quite difficult to arrange a celebration even on a small scale.

  • Tainted and isolated, Suu Kyi calls for culture of peace

    Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing international criticism over her country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, yesterday called for "a culture of peace" to end conflict between communities.

  • House puts pressure on disputed Lanka PM

    Sri Lanka's parliament yesterday voted to halt payment of ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it remained unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote.

  • US raid kills 23 Afghan civilians

    A United Nations investigation has found that at least 23 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, were killed in a US airstrike in the southern province of Helmand this week, the latest in a growing toll of casualties from air operations.

  • India places sharp eye in the Earth's orbit

    India yesterday successfully launched its latest Earth observation satellite and 30 other micro and nano-satellites of eight countries into their designated orbits.

  • Ready for talks with Modi

    Making peace overtures, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said he was ready to hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as he conceded that it was not in Islamabad's interest to allow use of its territory for terror activities outside the country.

  • House cuts PM's budget

    Sri Lanka's parliament cut the budget of the Prime Minister's office yesterday, a move designed to hinder disputed premier Mahinda Rajapaksa whose supporters boycotted the vote in the latest twist in a weeks-long political standoff.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Nepal should raise Rohingya issue with Suu Kyi: Rights groups

    As Myanmar State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi commences her two-day Nepal visit, the Nepalese government should draw her attention to ensure safe return of the Rohingya Muslim minorities and have a fair investigation into the alleged abuses, said human rights agencies.

  • ‘If France, Germany can, why can't India, Pakistan'

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday laid the foundation stone for a corridor linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur — the final resting place of Sikh faith's founder Guru Nanak Dev — to Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India's Gurdaspur district to facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims.

  • Huge explosion rocks Kabul

    A massive explosion rocked Kabul late yesterday amid fears a British security company had been targeted, officials said, with casualties expected in the latest violence to beset the Afghan capital.