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‘Beloved Delhi’: Exploring how Dilli became the city of poets and of Urdu


September 22, 2018

“Delhi gives me permission to be obnoxious” — this was the reply I got from a Pakistani friend when I asked her why she insisted on living in the city even though her Indian husband did not want to. Delhi’s charms are unpredictable. The chaotic streets, the unruly traffic and polluted air, the aggressive inhabitants and their hurried life, the …

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Japan’s Abe re-elected as party head, to stay on as PM


September 20, 2018

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected as head of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in a landslide on Thursday, paving the way for up to three more years as the nation’s leader. The decisive victory may embolden Abe to pursue his long-sought revision to Japan’s US-drafted pacifist constitution, although the hurdles remain high and doing so would carry political …

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India bans instant divorce by Muslim men


September 20, 2018

India’s government on Wednesday approved an ordinance to implement a top court ruling striking down the Muslim practice that allows men to instantly divorce. The government decision came after it failed to get approval of parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of triple “talaq” violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women. Most of the 170 million …

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Indian flight returns after passengers ill by pressure loss


September 20, 2018

A Jet Airways flight returned to Mumbai, India’s financial capital, on Thursday after dozens of passengers complained of ear pain and nose bleeding due to the loss in cabin pressure. An airline statement said Flight 9W697 with 166 passengers and five crew members landed normally in Mumbai. Medical help was given to 30 passengers. Oxygen masks were deployed during the …

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PM Khan responds to Modi ‘in positive spirit’ to resume talks, resolve all issues


September 20, 2018

Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling for the resumption of the peace dialogue between the two countries, Times of India reported on Thursday. “PM has responded to PM Modi, in a positive spirit, reciprocating his sentiments,” shared Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Twitter, without specifying whether the communication was via a …

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Anger as Turkey jails 24 over airport protests


September 20, 2018

ISTANBUL: Turkish activists and the opposition on Wednesday expressed outrage after a court jailed 24 workers ahead of a trial over their actions in protests against labour conditions at Istanbul’s giant new airport. Activists said that the authorities should be listening to the workers’ grievances rather than jailing them as work continues at breakneck speed to ensure the facility is …

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Pakistan, Saudi Arabia pledge to defeat terrorism


September 20, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Reaffirming their intention to stand by each other at all times, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have pledged to continue their decades-old partnership to defeat the scourge of extremism and terrorism. The two countries reiterated the pledge during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meetings with Saudi leadership in Jeddah on Wednesday. The PM called on Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Crown …

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EOBI, LNG import among issues to be discussed by CCI


September 20, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Centre has called the first meeting of the reconstituted Council of Common Interests (CCI) here on Monday (Sept 24) to take up a six-point agenda besides reviewing status of five decisions of the previous inter-provincial body. Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over the meeting, expected to be attended by all the four provincial chief ministers and federal …

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