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Prayers to determine salary of court employees in PAK
ISLAMABAD, Feb 26 (Agencies): The court employees in Pakistan- Administered Kashmir (PAK) will have to offer daily prayers punctually – both in and outside the court- as their annual raises would now hinge on their offering prayers regularly and on the prescribed times, a top Judge has said. Ibrahim Zia, who took oath as the 12th chief justice of the PAK Supreme Court yesterday, has directed the court employees to ensure punctuality in the court and in their prayer timings, the Express Tribune reported. “The annual salary hikes of court employees would now hinge on their offering prayers regularly and on the prescribed times,” he said, while declaring that offering prayers was now mandatory for all employees of the court. Zia said the move would ensure that employees offer daily prayer...
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‘Protests in Pak village after mentally-ill woman killed’
ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (Agencies): Protests erupted in a Pakistani village along the border with India after Indian border forces shot dead a mentally-ill woman who had crossed over, the media reported. Rasheeda Bibi, 53, from Sialkot district's Diawara village was killed by India's Border Security Force after she lost her way and crossed into the Indian side of border. Bibi belonged to Bajwat area in Punjab province. Protests erupted in her village upon news that she had been shot dead by the BSF personnel who mistook her for an intruder, Dawn reported. Indian border authorities later on Friday handed over Bibi's body to her family. Similar, incidents have also occurred in the past in the light of heightened border tension between India and Pakistan. A Pakistani boy was in August last y...
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China says talks positive, skips references to NSG, Azhar Masood
BEIJING, Feb 23(Agencies): China said today that the strategic dialogue with India was of “positive significance” to ties as “extensive agreements” were reached but skirted any reference to the persisting differences over issues like India’s NSG bid and efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. “The dialogue has reached the goal as expected and is of positive significance to the bilateral relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing here, giving his assessment of Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s talks with Chinese officials, which included the first round of the upgraded strategic dialogue. “Our overall impression is that this strategic dialogue was held in a friendly atmosphere. The two sides held (an) in-depth and comprehensive exchan...
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India again tells China to act against Masood Azhar
BEIJING, Feb 22 (Agencies): India on Wednesday again asked China to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, saying that not just New Delhi but the international community too wanted a ban on him. "On the issue of the 1267 Committee sanctions on Masood Azhar, we again explained to them the rationale for that application and pointed out today that this was really being pursued by other countries, not by India alone," Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar briefed reporters after attending the first India-China Strategic Dialogue here. "The fact that other countries were pressing this application showed that there was broad international support for this and concerns about Masood Azhar's activities," he added. India raised the topic o...
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Donald Trump should help kick 'Russia's ass': Republican Senator Lindsey
Bavaria, Feb 19 (Agencies): US President Donald Trump should come clean and back moves to "kick Russia`s ass" for its alleged meddling in last year`s US election, senior Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday. Trump has been embroiled in questions over his ties with Russia and this week his national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced to resign over contacts with Moscow`s ambassador in Washington. The president has repeatedly said he wants to improve relations with Russia but Graham said Trump should be much more focused on hitting back at Russia over its alleged hacking of the Democratic Party`s network to discredit candidate Hillary Clinton in his favour. "My goal is to put it on Trump`s desk and I hope he`ll embrace the idea that as the leader of the free world he sh...
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350,000 children trapped in west Mosul
London, Feb 19 (Agencies): Around 350,000 children are trapped in western Mosul, Save the Children warned today as Iraqi forces launched a fresh offensive on jihadists defending the strategic city. "Iraqi forces and their allies, including the US and UK, must do everything in their power to protect children and their families from harm, and avoid civilian buildings like schools and hospitals as they push deeper into the city," said the London-based charity's Iraq country director, Maurizio Crivallero. He warned that escape is not an option for most families, who risk summary execution by fighters from the Islamic State group, sniper fire and landmines, but they are also running out of food, water and medicine. "This is the grim choice for children in western Mosul right now: bombs, cro...
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