Indian-American lawmakers get key Congressional panels

Indian-American lawmakers get key Congressional panels

WASHINGTON: All five Indian-American lawmakers, the highest in the history of the US Congress, have been nominated to influential Congressional panels. Congressman Ro Khanna representing Silicon Valley has been nominated to the powerful House Budget Committee, while Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, elected to the House of Representatives from Seattle, would serve on yet another powerful House […]

France wants JeM chief be declared as ‘intl terrorist’ by UN

France wants JeM chief be declared as ‘intl terrorist’ by UN

NEW DELHI: Days after China blocked India’s proposal in the UN, France has pitched for designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an “international terrorist”, saying there are “very strong arguments in favour” of such a move. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was on a four-day India visit, also sent out a veiled message to […]

‘One China’ policy is ‘non-negotiable’: China tells Trump

‘One China’ policy is ‘non-negotiable’: China tells Trump

BEIJING: China on Sunday made it clear that the ‘One China’ policy is “non-negotiable” and “no one can change it”, in a strong rebuttal to President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to use American policy on Taiwan as a bargaining chip. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the ‘One China’ policy is the political foundation of […]

‘Pak made counterproductive moves risking nuke war’

‘Pak made counterproductive moves risking nuke war’

WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden has singled out Pakistan along with Russia and North Korea and others for mak-ing “counterproductive” moves that only heightened the risk that nuclear weapons could be used in a regional conflict. “Not just North Korea, but Russia, Pakistan, and others have made counterproductive moves that only increase the risk […]

Malala hopes to study politics, eco at Oxford

Malala hopes to study politics, eco at Oxford

LONDON/ISLAMABAD: Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani Nobel Laureate and education activist who aspires to become Prime Minister one day, has given an admission interview at the prestigious Oxford University for studying politics, philosophy and economics, media reports said on Friday. The 19-year-old Pakistani teenager, who survived a near- fatal attack by the Taliban, said her interview was […]

France for ‘decisive action’ against LeT, JeM

France for ‘decisive action’ against LeT, JeM

NEW DELHI: France on Thursday pressed for “decisive action” against Pakistan-based militant groups like LeT, JeM and Hizbul Mujahideen which are “targeting” India and vowed to work with New Delhi to get militant Masood Azhar proscribed by the UN Security Council. Without naming China which has blocked a proposal at the UNSC to sanction JeM […]

India’s missile programme ‘a threat to regional peace’: Pak

India’s missile programme ‘a threat to regional peace’: Pak

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday cautioned members of MTCR that introduction of “destabilising systems” like “missile defence programmes” and “inter-continental ballistic missiles” in South Asia pose a “risk” to regional stability, in an apparent reference to India. Pakistan’s “serious concerns” over the introduction of such systems in South Asia were expressed to a delegation of Missile […]

Pak will be recognised as minorities-friendly country: Sharif

Pak will be recognised as minorities-friendly country: Sharif

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will soon be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country”, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said as he ordered renovation of Katas Raj complex, one the most sacred places of Hindus in the Muslim-majority country. Pakistan is pursuing policies to establish the country’s identity as a minority-friendly country and followers of all religions have […]

China not to sit idle if India sells missiles to Vietnam: media

China not to sit idle if India sells missiles to Vietnam: media

BEIJING: Any moves by India to step-up military ties with Vietnam to counter China will create “disturbance” in the region and Beijing will not “sit with its arms crossed”, state media said on Wednesday, taking exception to a report that New Delhi plans to sell surface-to-air Akash missiles to Hanoi. “If the Indian government genuinely […]