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  • Meena Cartoon

    Father of ‘Meena Cartoon’ Ram Mohan dies

    The creator of “Meena Cartoon”, Ram Mohan, passes away at the age of 88.

  • Modi played his last card

    Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had “played his last card” by downgrading the autonomy of occupied Kashmir, stressing that the residents of the disputed region will not accept the decision.

  • Bus mows down 7 Indian pilgrims

    Seven pilgrims sleeping by a roadside in northern India, on their way to make a ritual dip in the holy Ganges river, were killed when they were run over by a bus yesterday, police said.

  • Rahul Gandhi pleads not guilty

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi yesterday appeared before a magisterial court and pleaded not guilty in a criminal defamation case filed against him for his “why do all thieves share the Modi surname” remarks.

  • HRW demands release of 30 Rohingyas held in Myanmar

    Human Rights Watch has demanded that Myanmar authorities should immediately release 30 Rohingya Muslims detained for attempting to travel from Rakhine State to the city of Yangon.

  • India SC halts tree felling for Mumbai metro

    A mass felling of trees in one of the world’s most-polluted megacities was halted by India’s top court yesterday, amid protests their removal would strip the city of a precious “green lung”.

  • Rajapakse clan steps up new bid for power

    Sri Lanka’s election commission yesterday agreed to let the brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse stand in the country’s presidential election, despite a string of corruption cases against him.

  • Nepal’s former House speaker arrested over rape allegations

    Police have arrested the former speaker of Nepal’s parliament after a female employee in the assembly accused him of rape. A police van arrived at Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s residence late Sunday and took him into custody after the district court ordered his arrest.

  • BNP demands PM’s resignation for signing ‘anti-state’ deal with India

    BNP demands immediate step down of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for signing “anti-state” agreements with India “ignoring the country’s national interest”.

  • 'Long-term plan needed to stop violent extremism'

    Stressing the necessity to stop violent extremism with long-term integrated plan, speakers at a conference in Belgium say that the threat is no longer limited in South Asia, rather Europe and the US are also affected by its destructive impacts.

  • Bangladesh allows India to withdraw Feni river water

    Bangladesh has agreed to allow India to withdraw 1.82 cusec of water from trans-border Feni river to meet the demand of drinking water for the people of of Tripura’s Sabroom town.

  • India shelves plan to ban single-use plastic

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold plan to tackle single-use plastics has been scrapped. In a sweeping Independence Day address on August 15, Modi suggested that he would ban single-use plastic across the country from Wednesday, the 150th anniversary

  • Indo-Pak nuke war could kill 100m

    The year is 2025 and militants have attacked India’s parliament, killing most of its leaders. New Delhi retaliates by sending tanks into the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan.

  • India open-defecation free

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday declared the country free of open defecation, a feat he said was a major milestone for a country of 1.3 billion people, despite scepticism about his bold claim.

  • Hong Kong mops up, braces for fresh protests

    Hong Kong awakes to widespread damage and calls for more protests following some of the most violent clashes in nearly four months of unrest, including the shooting of a teenage demonstrator by police.

  • Nepal’s parliament speaker steps down after rape claim

    The speaker of Nepal’s parliament stepped down yesterday after a female employee of the parliament secretariat accused him of rape.

  • More than 1,600 die in India

    The heaviest monsoon rains to lash India in 25 years have killed more than 1,600 people since June, government data showed yesterday, as authorities battled floods in two northern states and muddy waters swirled inside a major city.

  • Bringing South Asians together, through translations

    At a cocktail event following the longlist announcement of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature-2019 in New Delhi, HS Narula, chairman of the infrastructure giant DSC Limited that funds the prize, comes up to Niraj Bhari, publisher of FinePrint Books, and asks why Nepali publishers repeatedly failed to submit their books for the award.

  • Cops press panic button after snakes invade Indian police station

    Three venomous snakes are removed from inside the Barjora Police Station, in the state of West Bengal of India, premises where officers pressed the panic button after a snake had appeared yesterday evening.

  • Late monsoon fury kills 100 in India

    At least 100 people have died in northern India over the last three days in unusually heavy late monsoon rains which have submerged streets, hospital wards and houses, officials said yesterday.

  • Onion Export Ban

    India bans onion export

    India has announced a ban on export of onions with immediate effect and a slew of other steps to help improve availability of the kitchen staple and contain its soaring price in domestic markets.

  • Destructive movements in Rohingya camps preventing repatriation: Myanmar

    A senior official of Myanmar alleges at the United Nations that "destructive movements in the camps (in Bangladesh) aimed at preventing repatriation and exploiting the plight of dispersed person (Rohingyas)."

  • 'No question of meeting Modi': Imran Khan

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it unequivocally clear that he will not be meeting Indian premier Narendra Modi, given the the latter's actions in occupied Kashmir.

  • The Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine in India

    Even in the topsy-turvy world of Indian religion, Motibar Rahman stands out as a Muslim looking after a Hindu shrine, as his family has done for centuries -- on the orders of Lord Shiva himself.

  • Brother of Pak social media star gets life

    The brother of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for her murder -- the patriarchal country’s highest-profile “honour killing”.

  • Lanka PM backs down from presidential race

    Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday gave up his bid to become president in November’s elections, conceding his party’s candidacy to his deputy, Sajith Premadasa.

  • Two kids beaten to death in India

    Two children were beaten to death in India for defecating in the open, police said yesterday, underlining the violence sometimes unleashed to enforce Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship cleanliness drive.

  • Heavy rains kill 17 in western India

    Seventeen people were killed yesterday in flooding caused by torrential rains in western India including five who were sleeping in a mosque,

  • UN bans Lankan troops

    The United Nations suspended Sri Lankan Army deployments in the world body’s peacekeeping operations after the Indian Ocean island nation appointed a war veteran who has been accused of serious human rights violations, an official said on Wednesday.

  • Shallow tremor rocks PoK again

    A shallow tremor yesterday sent terrified residents of northeastern Pakistan onto the streets, days after a powerful quake killed 38 people and caused widespread damage in the area.