NEWS OF THE DAYArjumand Azhar Hussain the man who reportedly filmed the video of politicians allegedly responsible for the delay of a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on September 16 was fired from his job. Speculation was rife on Tuesday that Hussain’s sacking was linked to the video clip he filmed that showed irate airline passengers barring Pak Senator Rehman Malik and Pakistan MNA Dr Ramesh Kumar Wakwani from boarding the PIA aircraft after facing what they said was a delay of two and a half hours.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama took a first chance to size up Narendra Modi Monday, as the new Indian Prime Minister, an intriguing novice on the world stage, brought a tour which wowed New York to the White House. Modi met Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other key US officials at the White House for a private dinner, ahead of formal talks in the Oval Office on Tuesday. Washington hopes that the visit, following the landslide election victory of Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in May, will turn a page in relations with New Delhi which are deeply... more ›
KABUL: Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year, signalling that new President Ashraf Ghani intends to mend frayed ties with Washington. Hamid Karzai, who stepped down as president on Monday, refused to sign the deal in a disagreement that symbolised the breakdown of Afghan-US relations after the optimism of 2001 when the Taliban were ousted from power. Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham inked the document at a ceremony in the presidential palace in Kabul as Ghani stood behind the pair looking on. “The signing sends the message that President Ghani fulfils... more ›
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed parts of the city, but protesters refused to move until China grants genuine democracy. Protest leaders are confident they can muster massive crowds overnight and into Wednesday for the National Day public holiday, which this year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist Party rule in China. In his first public comments since demonstrators were tear-gassed by riot police on Sunday evening, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the pro-democracy sit-in organised by the... more ›
KUALA LUMPUR: The Islamic State group’s jihadist appeal is fanning fears that it could serve as a potent new rallying cry for Southeast Asian extremists who had been largely brought to heel following past deadly terror attacks. Authorities in Indonesia—the world’s most populous Islamic country—and Muslim-majority Malaysia have watched with alarm as scores, possibly even hundreds, of their nationals are believed to have gone to Syria and Iraq to join the fight for a hardline Muslim caliphate. Terrorism analysts are increasingly concerned that these volunteers could import the organisation’s violent ideology upon their return, or inspire supporters back home to carry out deadly attacks. “There are still many breeding grounds for militancy in... more ›
BANGALORE: Following her request to the chief justice of Karnataka, a special vacation bench of Karnataka high court on Tuesday agreed to hear AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa’s bail petition today. The high court had earlier yesterday deferred the former Tamil Nadu chief minister’s bail plea to October 6. Jayalalithaa and her three associates, who are in jail in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case, had moved the Karnataka high court yesterday, seeking bail and challenging the verdict of the special court. Eminent lawyer Ram Jethmalani has drafted the bail application citing Jayalalithaa’s medical condition and that the fine imposed... more ›
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