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Rahul Gandhi terms Indian exit polls predicting Modi victory ‘fake’

NEW DELHI: Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dismissed "fake" Indian exit polls predicting a clear election victory for his opponent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a day before the scheduled release of results. A slew of exit polls released after the world's largest election ended on Sunday projected that Modi and his allies would return to power with between 282 and 313...

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Accused Christchurch gunman to face 50 murder charges: NZ police

The man accused of carrying out the Christchurch mosque attacks last month will face 50 murder charges when he appears in court this week, New Zealand police said Thursday. Australian Brenton Tarrant was previously charged with one murder as a holding measure, but police said all the deaths and injuries in the March 15 attacks would be reflected in upgraded...

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Defensive Partner: US approves $2.6 billion sale of MH-60R helicopters to India

WASHINGTON: The United States said Tuesday it had approved the sale of 24 MH-60R helicopters to India, significantly boosting its emerging ally's firepower to target submarines as China expands in the Indian Ocean. In a quick reply to an Indian request submitted late last year, the State Department said it was informing the US Congress as legally required that it...

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Rich and poor united in desperate quest for water in Venezuela

Crippling power blackouts are subjecting Venezuelans to the second phase of deprivation — massive water shortages that make no distinction in income or social class, forcing rich and poor alike to wait in long lines for drinking water, while some hoist it from sewers to be able to flush their toilets. On the hill in the Caracas neighbourhood of Petare...

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New tax amnesty scheme on the cards, says Umar

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Finance Minister Asad Umar said on Tuesday a new tax amnesty scheme will be launched soon by the government prior to the upcoming budget which will permit both foreign and local assets to be declared. Talking to journalists in state capital, the Finance Minister said although the scheme has not been finalised yet, the ministry was still...

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Nasa head Jim Bridenstine terms India’s destruction of one of its satellites a ‘terrible thing’

The head of NASA has branded India's destruction of one of its satellites — that created 400 pieces of orbital debris and led to new dangers for astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) — a “terrible thing”. Jim Bridenstine was addressing employees of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Monday, five days after India shot down a low-orbiting...

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Four Kashmiris martyred by Indian soldiers in Pulwama

In a latest wave of terrorism, four Kashmiris on Monday embraced martyrdom at the hands of Indian soldiers in Pulwama district of the Indian-occupied Kashmir. According to the Kashmiri Media Service (KMS), the incident took place during a search operation at Lassipura. In March 2019, 26 Kashmiris including a child embraced martyrdom at the hands of Indian soldiers. Also in...

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Petrol price increased by Rs6 per litre by the govt.

KARACHI: Federal Government on Sunday increased petrol and high-speed diesel prices by Rs6.00 per litre upon proposal of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra). The Ministry of Finance, after consulting with the Prime Minister, finalised the rates as light diesel and kerosene oil prices have also been increased by Rs3.00 per litre. New rates are as follows: Petrol Rs98.89...

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Nine Afghan police officials killed by Afghan Taliban in Ghazni

Nine Afghan policemen were killed when Taliban fighters stormed their checkpoints and launched a follow-up ambush in the eastern Afghanistan city of Ghazni, officials said Saturday. The assault began early Friday when the Taliban attacked two adjacent checkpoints, Ghazni police spokesman Ahmad Khan Seerat told AFP. The Taliban then ambushed a group of police rushing to the scene, killing the...

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New Silk Road critics are ‘prejudiced’, China’s top diplomat says

BEIJING: China has never forced debt upon participants of its new Silk Road project as “prejudiced” critics have suggested, the country’s top diplomat said on Saturday in a strongly worded defence of a key policy platform of President Xi Jinping. Xi’s Belt and Road Initiative, as it is formally called, envisions rebuilding the old Silk Road to connect China with...

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Inevitable defeat for May’s Brexit deal: Lawmakers reject by 344 to 286

LONDON: Lawmakers rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a third time on Friday, sounding its probable death knell and leaving Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the very day it was supposed to leave the bloc. The decision to reject a stripped-down version of May’s divorce deal has left it totally unclear how, when or...

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Modi confident about victory in Indian polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday his ruling coalition would increase its majority in India's upcoming election, despite some independent analysts suggesting it could disappear due to discontent over lack of jobs and depressed farm incomes. Involving around 900 million voters, India's general election will be the world's largest democratic exercise, with the vote taking place in seven phases...

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Educationists, professors, bright students arming themselves against Indian atrocities in IOK: Report

Washington Post in a report published on Friday said growing numbers of young Kashmiris turned to resistance in 2018, according to official figures. However, not just the youth but professors have also started standing up against India's atrocities in the occupied valley. The WaPo story shared the account of Mohammad Rafi Bhat — "the kind of professor students adored, always...

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Bangladesh skyscraper inferno death toll rises to 25

DHAKA: The death toll from a horrific blaze that ripped through a Bangladesh skyscraper rose on Friday to 25, including some who leapt to their deaths, as firefighters combed through the charred shell of the building. A day after flames tore through the 22-storey FR Tower in Dhaka, trapping hundreds of office workers, police said they intended to talk to...

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Quebec to prohibit public employees from wearing religious symbols

OTTAWA: The Canadian province of Quebec will ban public sector employees from wearing religious symbols, in legislation introduced on Thursday, a controversial move that critics say targets Muslim women who wear hijabs or other head coverings. The proposed law sets the province’s right-leaning Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) government on a collision course with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promotes religious...

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Three more Kashmiris embrace martyrdom in IoK

SRINAGAR: On Thursday, Indian troops martyred three Kashmiris in occupied Kashmir's Shopian and Hindwara districts. Indian forces conducted raids on homes in Shopian and Hindwara districts and opened fired killing three. As the news of the killings spread, several took to the streets to protest against Indian state terrorism. Nearly 70,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Indian military...

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In US pursuit of peace talks, perilous rift opens with Afghan leader Ghani

WASHINGTON/KABUL: Washington’s relationship with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani appears increasingly at risk of permanent damage, the consequence of a US policy shift that has so far excluded his government from talks with the Taliban and of his own determination to retain power and manage peace efforts himself. The feud threatens to undermine the already narrow chances for a peace accord...

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