India, Pak discuss ways to normalise, enhance trade ties

New Delhi: Ahead of the meeting between their commerce ministers on Saturday, India and Pakistan on Wednesday discussed “impediments” hampering the normalisation of trade ties, in a bid to remove them and move forward. During the meeting between Commerce Secretary S R Rao and his Pakistani counterpart Qasim M Niyaz, both the sides agreed that […]

‘Bhushan questioned idea of India’

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Wednesday criticised AAP leader Prashant Bhushan’s ‘plebiscite’ pitch in Jammu and Kashmir alleging he was “questioning the integrity of India as a country” through such remarks. “What does plebiscite mean? Army is there because there is a problem, because there is a history. Army is there because […]

No MFN but NDA for India: Pak

Islamabad: On the eve of a ministerial visit to India, Pakistan on Wednesday said it is working on granting Non-Discriminatory Access (NDA) status instead of the contentious Most-Favoured Nation (MFN). “There is no rethink. The correct way is to have a normal trading relationship. What we are working on, at the moment, is what we […]

Pakistan says Indian Army chief’s remarks ‘provocative’

ISLAMABAD: Hours after Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh warned against any ceasefire violations on the LoC, the Pakistani military today said such “provocative” statements were counterproductive. A statement issued by the Pakistani military’s media wing claimed Singh’s statement was “contrary to the facts on ground”. “Such accusation and provocative statements are regrettable and counterproductive,” […]

Haj 2014: 20% cut in quota to stay

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that it would continue to impose a 20 per cent cut in foreign pilgrims and a 50 per cent reduction in domestic pilgrims during the 2014 Haj. “The government will continue to request foreign countries to slash the quota of their Haj pilgrims by 20 per cent due to […]

Indian held at Sharjah Airport while trying to smuggle gold

Dubai: An Indian man was on Saturday arrested at Sharjah International Airport in the United Arab Emirates while trying to smuggle out 12 gold biscuits to India. The suspect, who was identified Gh RA was nabbed by customs officers at the airport. He was heading to India according to an official spokesperson from Sharjah Police. […]

Online solution to conflicting medical opinions in the offing

NEW DELHI: Confused over differing medical opinions? Now, some renowned names in medical science from across the globe will be a click away to help one decide the best course of action. The initiative, known as MediCounsel, has a network of 600 doctors across 40 super specialities including Harvard Medical Institute, Henry Ford Health System, […]

Hafiz Saeed against ‘secret deal’ on Kashmir

Lahore: Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Mohammad Saeed on Saturday warned the Pakistan government against striking a “secret deal” with India on the Kashmir issue. “We cannot leave the Kashmiri people at the mercy of India. Kashmiris have not sacrificed lives to divide Kashmir,” he said during a meeting with supporters here. “We will not allow the […]

Pak sisters withdraw Rs 17 lakh, burn it near bank

Snehesh Alex Philip Islamabad: Two sisters in Pakistan’s Punjab province withdrew Rs 17 lakh from their account and burnt them in front of the bank branch. Naheed, 40, and Rubina, 35, of Jhelum’s Bilal Town area visited the Chak Nasa branch of National Bank of Pakistan three days ago to withdraw Rs 1.7 million from […]

Person not named in FIR can be tried: SC

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday held a person can be made an accused by the trial court in case evidence crops up during the proceedings even if he has not been named in the FIR or chargesheet. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that the trial court has […]