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Pakistan Seeking Bilateral Transit Trade with Central Asia


KABUL – The Pakistani government has decided to change the regulatory framework related to transit trade to extend its scope to the landlocked Central Asian states, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. A Pakistani official confirmed that the government has decided to streamline the regulatory framework to ensure …

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Virus Epidemic will Slow Global Economic Growth This Year: IMF


GENEVA – The global spread of the new coronavirus has dashed hopes for stronger growth this year and will keep world production gains in 2020 at their slowest pace since the 2008-2009 financial crisis, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Wednesday, Kristalina Georgieva. The IMF …

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Democracy Setbacks Report Highlights US and India

India, US

WASHINGTON – Study by government-funded NGO in the United States has sounded the alarm about deteriorating levels of freedom in democratic and authoritarian countries, including much criticism of India, China and the United States themselves. The Freedom in the World 2020 report assessed 195 countries, including 83 as “free”, 63 …

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India Summons Iran’s Ambassador Over Zarif’s Remarks


TEHRAN – The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has summoned Iranian Ambassador to New Delhi, Ali Chegeni, after the Iranian Foreign Minister condemned “organized violence” against Indian Muslims. India’s foreign ministry launched a move to the Iranian ambassador, saying that Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s remarks were “totally out …

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Modi and Amit Shah Harvest Hate in India: Gulf News


DUBAI – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah are harvesting hatred in India and that the bumper crop is blood, Gulf news said in an Article on Monday. In an article, Swati Chaturvedi said that Modi is the father of this hate-filled new India …

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Pakistan and Qatar Agree to Expand Economic Ties


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, reaffirmed on Thursday their commitment to further strengthen the strong political and economic partnership between the two brotherly countries. Imran Khan paid a day trip to Doha on Thursday. He was accompanied …

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OIC Condemns Organized Violence Against Muslims in India


RIYADH – The Permanent Independent OIC Commission for Human Rights (CPIDH) on Thursday strongly condemned the organized violence against Muslims in India by extremist Hindus. In a tweet, the human rights commission called on the Indian government to protect its Muslim minority in accordance with its obligations under international human …

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GCC to Take Measures Against New Coronavirus


RIYADH – The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) announced Wednesday that it would take preventive measures at GCC border crossings in a bid to counter the deadly new coronavirus. The GCC issued a statement following an extraordinary meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh attended by the health ministers of Saudi Arabia, …

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Internet Shutdown Paralyses Research in Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir

JAMMU AND KASHMIR – The crackdown on communications over the past six months in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir has paralyzed research activities in academic and scientific institutions. The region has two central universities and nine state universities in addition to two leading engineering institutes and 93 university colleges. Even though, …

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