NEWS OF THE DAYIndian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s National Security and foreign affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz are expected to meet at two multilateral forum on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this week. Swaraj, who will arrive in New York on Wednesday, will participate in the Commonwealth Foreign Ministers meeting and the SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting on September 25.
NEW DELHI: India’s top court ruled Tuesday that police killings must be independently investigated, seeking to hold the force accountable for a high incidence of extra-judicial killings across the country. Indian police have long come under fire from human rights groups for so-called “encounter killings”, in which they gun down an alleged criminal to sidestep court procedures and claim the victim fired first. The Supreme Court said every death at police hands must now be recorded and investigated by an independent agency or a police unit not involved in the case. Each death must also be examined by... more ›
KABUL: Outgoing Afghan president Hamid Karzai used his farewell speech on Tuesday to take a parting shot at the United States, accusing Washington of waging a war against Taliban insurgents for its own ends. Karzai rose to power with American support in 2001 after the ousting of the Taliban regime, but he has often criticised the US military campaign that has struggled to defeat the Islamist insurgency that engulfed the country. He will step down next week after a 13-year reign that has seen only limited improvements in infrastructure, health, education and women’s rights despite billions of dollars... more ›
NEW DELHI: The Shiv Sena has agreed to give 130 seats to the BJP, bringing an end to the deadlock over seat-sharing for the Maharashtra assembly elections, according to Times Now. The leaders of the two parties met on Tuesday to sort out differences over seat sharing and arrive at a consensus to save the alliance. However, it is still not clear if the Sena will cut its share of seats or the smaller parties of the coalition will have to make the sacrifice. The two parties will now discuss the new proposal with other allies in the coalition. Earlier, Sena group leader in assembly Subhash Desai, party spokesperson and Rajya Sabha... more ›
NEW DELHI: Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is pulling out all the fashion stops for his upcoming visit to the United States, hiring a top Mumbai designer to create outfits that will sell his vision of a newly confident, aspirational India. India’s politicians are often mocked by media for their crumpled traditional cotton shirt-and-pyjama attire, which serves as an austerity badge in a nation where simple living is prized as a political credo. But fashion experts say Modi, 64, has taken Indian political dress to a new level with his fastidious style, favouring crisp, half-sleeved linen, khadi or... more ›
BEIJING: A court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent scholar from China’s mostly-Muslim Uighur minority to life in prison for “separatism”, an unusually harsh sentence for a long-time yet moderate critic of Beijing’s policies in the restive Xinjiang region. The United States, the European Union, and several human rights groups have called for the release of Ilham Tohti. Analysts say his prosecution risks silencing moderate Uighur voices and cutting off the possibility of dialogue. Tohti, a former university professor and advocate for minority rights in the vast western region, will certainly appeal the sentence passed by a court in Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi, Li Fangping, one of his lawyers, told AFP. Tohti, 44, said... more ›
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