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James Comey, FBI director, fired by Donald Trump

James Comey, FBI director, fired by Donald Trump

USA
US President Donald Trump has abruptly dismissed the director of FBI, saying that James Comey was no longer able to effectively lead the law-enforcement agency. Comey had been leading an FBI investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. His dismissal on Tuesday is likely to prompt concerns about the integrity of the inquiry and renew calls for an independent investigation. Comey had been embroiled in a controversy surrounding his investigation into whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while US secretary of state during Barack Obama's first term as president compromised national security. "It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trus...
International Court stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

International Court stays Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence

International
The International Court of Justice on Tuesday stayed the hanging of retired Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan. Senior advocate Harish Salve is representing India before ICJ. Tweeting about the development Minister of External affairs, said, “I have spoken to the mother of Kulbhushan Jadhav and told her about the order of President, ICJ under Art 74 Paragraph 4 of Rules of Court.”  Jadhav was given death sentence on the charge of “espionage” by the Field General Court Martial last month. India acknowledges that Jadhav had served with the navy but denies that he has any connection with the government. Pakistan claims its security forces had arrested Jadhav from the restive Balochistan province on March 3 last year after
China threatens India before Dalai Lama’s visit in Arunachal Pradesh

China threatens India before Dalai Lama’s visit in Arunachal Pradesh

China
China warned today that it will take “necessary measures” to defend its territorial sovereignty and interests after India “obstinately” allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the “disputed” parts of Arunachal Pradesh causing “serious damage” to the bilateral ties. China also lodged a protest with India’s Ambassador in Beijing Vijay Gokhale over the Dalai Lama’s visit. “India in disregard to China’s concerns obstinately arranged the Dalai Lama’s visit to the disputed part of the eastern part of China-India border, causing serious damage to China’s interests and China-India relations,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters. China firmly opposes this move, she asserted. “China’s stand on the eastern part of the borders is consistent and clear. India is keenly
UK condemns Pakistan’s move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province and says it belongs to India

UK condemns Pakistan’s move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth province and says it belongs to India

UK
The British Parliament has passed a motion condemning Pakistan's move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as its fifth frontier, saying the region is a legal and constitutional part of Jammu and Kashmir illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947. The motion was tabled on March 23 and sponsored by Conservative Party leader Bob Blackman. It stated that Pakistan by making such an announcement is implying its attempt to annex the already disputed area. "Gilgit-Baltistan is a legal and constitutional part of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, which is illegally occupied by Pakistan since 1947, and where people are denied their fundamental rights including the right of freedom of expression," the motion read. It was further noted that the attempts to change the demography of the region was in v...
Pakistani Parliament Passes Bill Of Hindu Marriage Law

Pakistani Parliament Passes Bill Of Hindu Marriage Law

Pakistan
The Pakistani parliament has received the landmark Hindu Marriage Law to manage the community’s marriages in the nation. The Hindu Marriage Bill, collectively passed on Thursday, will be the main individual law to regulate marriages in the Hindu people group living in Pakistan. Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael exhibited the bill, which was endorsed by the Senate in February, in the National Assembly. It now needs President Mamnoon Hussain’s mark to end up distinctly a law. As indicated by Mr Michael, it was a constitution obligation to shield the honest to legitimate rights and interests of minorities and to secure the marriage, the family, the mother and the tyke. He said the government was focused on ensuring and advancing the human rights, including the privilege
Conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange

Conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange

Pakistan, USA
Testifying before powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command or CETCOM, said there is continued ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India. “India remains concerned about the lack of action against India-focused militants based in Pakistan and even responded militarily to terrorist attacks in India-held territory earlier this year,” Votel told top American Senators. “We assess that these types of attacks and the potential reactions, increase the likelihood for miscalculation by both countries,” he said. “Furthermore, India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan hinders any prospects for improved relations. This is especially troubling as a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could
Iran finds 2 billion barrels shale oil reserves: Agency

Iran finds 2 billion barrels shale oil reserves: Agency

Iran
Iran has found shale oil reserves of 2 billion barrels of light crude in its western Lorestan province, a senior official at the state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) was quoted as saying on Saturday. “Based on studies, it is estimated that the shale oil reserves in Ghali Koh in Lorestan amount to 2 billion barrels of oil in place,” Bahman Soleimani, NIOC’s deputy director for exploration, told the semi-official news agency Tasnim. “The oil is light.” Soleimani said exploration was also being carried out for shale gas reserves in the area, and the studies were expected to be completed by October, 2017. Iran’s proven oil reserves of about 160 billion barrels, almost 10 percent of the world’s total, rank it fourth among petroleum-rich countries.
Pakistan lists Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed under anti-terrorism act: Here’s what it means

Pakistan lists Lashkar founder Hafiz Saeed under anti-terrorism act: Here’s what it means

Pakistan
Pakistani authorities on Saturday listed Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed and four of his aides under the country’s Anti-Terrorism Act, imposing further restrictions on his movements and ability to speak to the media. Saeed and his aides, who were placed in “preventive detention” or house arrest on January 30, were listed under the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act by the government of Punjab province, Pakistani media reported. According to Section 11EE of the act, persons who are involved in terrorism, members of an organisation that is banned or on the interior ministry’s watch list or suspected to be involved with a group involved in terrorism can be included in the Fourth Schedule. Saeed currently heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, which has not been banned but is on the watch
Nikki Haley Doing An ‘Awfully Good Job’: Trump

Nikki Haley Doing An ‘Awfully Good Job’: Trump

USA
US President Donald Trump has praised Indian-American Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, saying that she is doing an “awfully” good job. Haley is the first Indian American to hold the Cabinet-level position and served as the 116th governor of South Carolina from January 2011 to January 2017. “I want to also thank your former governor, Nikki Haley, who is doing an awfully good job for us, ” Trump said to a crowd during a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. “She’s representing America very well as our ambassador to the United Nations. She is doing a spectacular job. It’s early, but she has just been really great,” he added. Trump comments came as he was attending the unveiling of the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, a new commercial aircraft design
Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 final in jeopardy after Lahore bomb blast

Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2017 final in jeopardy after Lahore bomb blast

Pakistan, Sports
To decide on the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore as the venue for the Pakistan Super League 2017 final by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) was nothing but a message to the various cricket nations across the world that Lahore still has the capability to host high-intensity matches, with the best safety and security. A major blow to those hopes was dealt after Monday night’s Lahore bomb blast, that left at least a reported 15 people, which included top police officers, dead and several injured. The bomb blast, which reportedly has been carried out by a suicide bomber from the Islamist terrorist group ‘Jamaat-ur-Ahrar’, took place outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore. The shocking terror attack has sent shockwaves across the domestic and international cricketers participating in the o