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International news of week


Digest of international news for week May 31- June 6, 2014


Lahore: A ruling PML-N legislator and an ISI official are allegedly kidnapped by the Taliban from Pakistan’s Punjab province.

Singapore: Four Indians, facing charges for their roles in Singapore’s worst riot in four decades in December last year, have withdrawn their applications for judicial review proceedings against the government.


Dubai: A 54-year-old Indian man has been found hanging in a labour camp in the UAE in an apparent suicide, a media report said.

Kathmandu: Two teenage Indian mountaineers, including a 13-year-old girl, were today felicitated in Nepal for successfully climbing Mount Everest from the Chinese side of the world’s highest peak.

Kathmandu: At least 16 people are killed when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims, including Indians, fell into a river in western Nepal.

Kabul: An Indian aid worker is abducted from Herat in Afghanistan by unidentified gunmen, days after the Indian consulate in the province was attacked.


Dhaka: A huge cache of illegal weapons, including around 200 anti-tank rocket shells, is seized by Bangladesh’s elite security force in a jungle bordering Tripura, the single biggest arms recovery since the 2004 Chittagong case.

Kathmandu: At least 18 Indian pilgrims are killed and 53 others injured when an overloaded bus carrying them veers off a mountain road and rolled about 100 meters before plunging into a river in western Nepal.


Colombo: Sri Lanka says it had made it clear to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that devolving police powers to the provinces, including the Tamil-dominated areas, is not possible saying “it has nothing to do with ethnic considerations”.

United Nations: Appalled by the brutal rape and murder of two teenaged girls in India, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has demanded action against sexual violence and appealed to the society to reject the destructive attitude of “boys will be boys”.


Dubai: An Indian expatriate in the UAE is set to enter record books by becoming the first person to cultivate rice and wheat as a crop in the Gulf nation.

Beijing: China’s fast-track courts sentences 81 people, including 12 to death, and arrested 29 others in the restive Xinjiang province for terrorism-related crimes as part of a nationwide crackdown on Islamist militants blamed for a spate of recent attacks.

Islamabad: Pakistan suspends the licence of Geo News for 15 days for defaming the army and the powerful ISI, a day after the leading television channel decides to sue authorities for maligning its image and demanded a public apology and Rs 50 billion as damages

Beijing: China says it is open to holding talks with a personal envoy of the Dalai Lama about the future of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader but rules out any “independence or semi-independence under disguise” for the restive Himalayan region.


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