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Afghan president announces 3-month ceasefire with Taliban

Kabul: Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a conditional three-month ceasefire with the Taliban starting on Monday. “As we approach Eid-ul-Adha… we announce a ceasefire that would take effect from Monday, the day of Arafa, till the day of the birth of the prophet (PBUH), Milad-un-Nabi, provided that the Taliban reciprocate,” Ghani told a gathering

Indian-origin lawyer in Singapore fined for drunk driving

Singapore: An Indian-origin lawyer was on Friday fined 1,600 Singapore dollars and banned from driving for a year after he pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge. Jeyendran Jeyapal, 39, a deputy senior state counsel, was found with 1.37 times the prescribed limit of alcohol while driving. He admitted having an alcoholic cocktail at a pub

Hundreds gather in US city to oppose white supremacy

Washington: Over 600 people gathered in Charlottesville to express their rejection of white supremacy, almost a year after the neo-Nazi protests left three dead in this US city. The protest was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday in a plaza at the University of Virginia, in honour of former US President Thomas Jefferson. It was

US to resume sanctions against Iran

Washington: The White House said in a statement on Monday that the US will reactivate a slew of sanctions on Iran’s financial and industrial sectors beginning on Tuesday. The action, followed by another set of sanctions scheduled for November, will bring US sanctions against Iran to the level on par with those prior to a major

Nooyi to quit as PepsiCo CEO; will remain Chairman till early 2019

New York: Indian American business executive Indra K. Nooyi will step down as the Chief Executive of food and beverage major PepsiCo Inc in October, the company said on Monday. According to the US-based multinational, Nooyi, 62, will step down on October 3 after 24 years with the company, the last 12 as the CEO. However,

Sunita Williams among nine astronauts to fly into space from US soil

Washington:  Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams is among the nine astronauts named by NASA on Friday for its first human spaceflight programme from the US soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011. The astronauts will fly on the spacecraft developed by Elon Musk-owned SpaceX’s Crew Dragon and global aviation firm Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner, as

China to join naval drills in Australia despite tensions

Sydney: China will participate in multilateral naval exercises due to begin in August in Australia, despite tensions between the two countries, officials said here on Wednesday. “China is expected to participate in a range of activities including passage exercises, inter-ship communications and replenishment activities and sea-training manoeuvres,” the Australian Ministry of Defence was cited as saying

Over 150 IS militants surrender to Afghan forces

Kabul: Over 150 Islamic State (IS) terror group militants, including a senior leader, Mawlavi Habib Ur Rehman, surrendered to the Afghan forces, Khaama Press reported. According to a statement by the Afghan Military, the IS leader and his 152 fighters surrendered in Jawzjan province late on Tuesday. Rehman and other militants also handed over their weapons

Nepal agencies involved in rescue scam: Report

Kathmandu: The Nepal government revealed in a report that some travel, trekking and rescue agencies have been involved in “unnecessary rescues” for foreign tourists to scam a large amount of premiums from insurance companies by making false claims. The government on June 4 formed a fact-finding committee headed by Ghanashyam Upadhyay, a joint secretary of Ministry

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Imran Khan will have to tread on thin ice to form govt

It would seem rather presumptuous on the part of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to declare that he would take oath as the Prime Minister on August 11, after addressing the nation and sort of laying down his policies for the next five years — because he is still short of the half-way mark.