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

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Four Indians, facing charges for their roles in Singapore’s worst riot in four decades in December last year, have withdrawn their applications for judicial review proceedings against the government.

Sunday

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.

Monday
    
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.

Tuesday

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.

Wednesday

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”.

Thursday

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.

Friday
    
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.

PTI

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