Pak has cost effective solution to India’s latest ballistic missile defence system: Report

Islamabad, Nov 7: Pakistan has “cost effective solutions” to India’s latest ballistic missile defence system and would also find a counter to its nuclear capable submarine, a media report said Wednesday quoting a senior official of the country’s top strategic body. Addressing a conference on ‘Nuclear Deterrence and Strategic Stability in South Asia’ hosted by […]

3 Asian nations warn citizens not to use marijuana in Canada

Marijuana may be legal now in Canada but at least three Asian governments are warning their citizens to avoid it, including the specter of possible arrest for Japanese and South Koreans. China, the latest to weigh in, didn’t go that far. Its consulate in Toronto issued a statement on Friday reminding Chinese in its jurisdiction […]

Sri Lanka crisis: Giant rally backs sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Colombo: Tens of thousands of supporters of sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blocked roads in Sri Lanka’s capital on Tuesday, stepping up a showdown with a former strongman accused of rights abuses — who also claims to head the country’s government. Wickremesinghe left his official residence for the first time since Friday to condemn President […]

Rising pollution could hit monsoon rains: UN report

NAGPUR: Rising air pollution in India is likely to impact rainfall patterns in the country and decrease monsoon in long term, which can cause extensive financial losses, warns a United Nations report released on Tuesday. “Air Pollution in Asia and the Pacific: Science-based Solutions” presents a scientific assessment of air pollution in Asia and the […]

Pakistan clears Christian woman in landmark blasphemy case

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has acquitted a Christian woman convicted for blasphemy, prompting protests by far-right groups that have been demanding her execution for years. Aasia Bibi was cleared of all blasphemy charges and authorities were ordered to release her after nine years on death row, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar announced in the capital, Islamabad, […]

Putin looks for reset with first visit to new Uzbek leader

Tashkent: Russian President Vladimir Putin starts his first state visit to Uzbekistan under new leadership on Thursday as the Kremlin attempts to recalibrate a once thorny relationship with billions of dollars in business deals. The last time Putin jetted off to ex-Soviet Central Asia’s most populous republic in 2016, Uzbekistan was in the throes of […]

Enemy is an enemy, Afghan policy on Pakistan flawed: Ex-Afghan intel chief

Afghanistan’s policy on Pakistan is “flawed” and it has never taken a strong political stand against Islamabad, former Afghan intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh said Wednesday, asserting that “an enemy is an enemy”. Saleh, during an interaction here, said Afghanistan never tried to increase the “cost of war” for Pakistan and always took a “high moral […]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister To Reach New Delhi Today For 3-Day Visit

NEW DELHI: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will reach New Delhi today on a three-day visit which comes in the backdrop of controversial media reports that the Sri Lankan President has accused Indian intelligence agency RAW of plotting his assassination, a claim firmly rejected as “false” by Colombo. Mr Wickremesinghe, who will arrive in […]

Canada Makes Cannabis Legal; Smokers Rejoice on Twitter

The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less after Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace Wednesday. A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a pardon. The official was not authorized […]