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London, 9 Aug 2017/--/A media scholar at Birmingham City University has begun a first of its kind study in decades to highlight the representation of marginalised people in Indian cinema as he believes stereotyped depictions of such people on screen is fuelling further social stratification....

Tehran, 9 Aug 2017/--/Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed two female vice presidents today, a day after coming under fire from reformists for nominating no women ministers. Massoumeh Ebtekar, known internationally for her role as spokesperson during the 1980 US embassy hostage crisis, was...

Gaza City, 9 Aug 2017/--/Three people were injured, including one critically, as Israel bombed Hamas sites in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian security and medical sources have said, hours after a rocket hit the Jewish state. A security source told AFP that Israeli warplanes had struck two bases...

London, 9 Aug 2017/--/A consortium of 12 British and Indian universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, has received a 7-million-pound grant from the UK government to build five self-sufficient solar-powered buildings in remote Indian villages. The grant is part of a new solar project 'SUNRISE'...

SEOUL, 9 Aug 2017/--/North Korea today said that it is considering strikes near US strategic military installations in Guam with its intermediate range ballistic missiles, state news agency KCNA reported. The threat came hours after US President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with "fire and fury...

Islamabad, 9 Aug 2017/--/Pakistan's ousted premier Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that he wants Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to continue as Prime Minister till the completion of the PML-N government's tenure. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court last month in connection with the Panama Papers...

Islamabad, 3 Aug 2017/--/Punjab chief minister Shehbaz Sharif has been barred by the Election Commission of Pakistan from taking part in his own by-election campaign to a National Assembly seat left vacant after the disqualification of his elder brother and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif....

Washington, 3 Aug 2017/--/The World Bank has said that discussions between India and Pakistan over Kishanganga and Ratle hydroelectric power plants are ongoing and no decision has been made yet. “The meetings earlier this week were held in a spirit of goodwill and cooperation. The parties have...

Washington, 3 Aug 2017/--/US President Donald Trump has endorsed a legislation that would drastically cut the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country and implement "merit-based" visa scheme which could benefit highly-educated and technology professionals from countries like India. The...

Tokyo, 3 Aug 2017/--/Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe today was set to announce new defence and foreign ministers as part of a cabinet revamp he hopes will stem a decline in public support after a series of scandals and missteps. Political blueblood Abe, in office since late December 2012, has...

Boston, 3 Aug 2017/--/A letter written by renowned German physicist Albert Einstein in 1919, concerning the arrangement of divorce to his wife and the education of his children, is expected to fetch over USD 15,000 at an auction. The noble award winner signed the two-sided letter dated December 5,...

Washington, 3 Aug 2017/--/Christopher Wray on Thursday assumed charge as the new FBI Director and pledged to work for the good of the US and the cause of justice. A former US Assistant Attorney for the Criminal Division, Wray, 50, replaces James Comey, who  was abruptly fired by President Donald...

Tehran, 3 Aug 2017/--/Iran`s President Hassan Rouhani was officially sworn in for a second term on Thursday at a ceremony overseen by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamanei. "I confirm the vote and appoint you as President of the republic," Khamenei said in front of a packed audience of Iranian...

Zurich, 3 Aug 2017/--/Former Gambian interior minister Ousman Sonko will remain in a Swiss jail for another three months after the country`s attorney general (AG) broadened an investigation into whether he committed crimes against humanity.  Sonko has been in pre-trial custody since January after...

United Nations, 3 Aug 2017/--/The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons and asked nations to take appropriate legal actions against those who knowingly engage in providing arms to militants. The Council "strongly condemned"...

United Nations, 3 Aug 2017/--/China has again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK- backed proposal to list JeM chief and Pathankot terror attack mastermind Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN. China had in February this year blocked the US move to...

Islamabad, 28 Jul 2017/--/Nawaz Sharif today resigned as Pakistan Prime Minister after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding public office and ruled that graft cases be filed against the beleaguered leader and his children over the Panama Papers scandal. It is the third time the 67-year-...

Islamabad, 28 Jul 2017/--/Pakistan's Punjab province chief minister Shehbaz Sharif is likely to be made Prime Minister after his brother Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over the Panama Papers scandal, according to a media report. After a consultative session of the ruling PML-N,...

Beijing, 28 Jul 2017/--/National security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and other top security czars of the BRICS nations today called on Chinese President Xi Jinping, who praised their efforts in enhancing mutual trust and cooperation despite the vast geographical distance among the member nations. The...

Islamabad, 28 Jul 2017/--/Nawaz Sharif, known as the 'Lion of Punjab', became the Prime Minister in the politically unstable Pakistan for a record three times, but every-time he was forced to quit in the middle of his term - first by the presidency, then the military and now the judiciary. Sharif,...

Beijing, 25 Jul 2017/--/China today accused India of "abusing" trade remedy measures and called for settling trade disputes through consultation. Reacting to India's move to launch an anti-dumping investigation over photovoltaic cells and units imported from the China, Taiwan, and Malaysia, Wang...

Beijing, 18 Jul 2017/--/China has started commercial production of its CH-5 Rainbow drone, touted to be a rival to the US unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 Reaper, which could attack targets on the ground. Wang Song, an associate professor with the school of aeronautic science and engineering at China's...

Karachi, 15 Jul 2017/--/Pakistan's top military officer today accused India of targeting the USD 50 billion China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project through "subversive activities". The CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking southern Pakistan, and the...

Dhaka, 15 Jul 2017/--/A 25-year-old MBBS student from India was allegedly stabbed to death by his compatriot following an altercation between them at a flat in Bangladesh's Chittagong city, police said today. Ateef Sheikh died after being stabbed by Winson Maisnam Singh, 23, on the fourth floor...

Washington, 15 Jul 2017/--/The Trump administration has moved the Supreme Court to block a federal judge's ruling that weakened the president's ban on travellers from six Muslim- majority nations by expanding the list of family relationships with US citizens that visa applicants can use to get into...