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       HEADLINES: BJP activist hacked in Thrissur                                              Vigilance noose tightens around K Babu; arrest feared                                              Biker run over by Tanker lorry near General hospital                                              CBI registers FIR against UK-based arms dealer in Embraer deal                                              Card data breach: Govt promises prompt action                                              Card data breach: Govt promises prompt action                                              Jayalalithaa interacting and progressing gradually: Apollo Hospital                                              Philippine's Duterte announces separation from USA                                              Petition seeking elevation of Pak army chief to FM dismissed                                              Ladakh army drill not aimed at 'third country': China                                              SC freezes BCCI's transactions with state cricket bodies                                              BCCI relents on DRS, to be used in Test series vs England                                              Ministry blames coach Nikolai for Jaisha's water fiasco at Rio                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Ladakh army drill not aimed at 'third country': China    
BEIJING: China today described as "normal exchange" the first-ever Sino-Indian joint military exercise in eastern Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir and said the drill was not targeted against any "third country" nor it had "anything to do" with its stance on Kashmir issue.

         Petition seeking elevation of Pak army chief to FM dismissed    
ISLAMABAD: A petition seeking Field Marshal's status for Pakistan's Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif was today dismissed by the Islamabad High Court, weeks ahead of his retirement from the powerful post.

         Philippine's Duterte announces separation from USA    
MANILA: President Rodrigo Duterte's shock "separation" from the United States has thrown Philippine foreign policy into confusion, with the Americans saying they are baffled and some of his top aides contradicting him. The firebrand leader rarely lets a day pass without taunting or abusing the United States but his latest comments, made during a state visit to Beijing, were the strongest signal he wants to torpedo a 70-year alliance in favour of China and Russia.

         IS leaders 'abandon' Mosul as Iraq forces close in    
QAYYARAH: Jihadist leaders are fleeing Mosul, a top US general in the coalition battling the Islamic State group said today as Iraqi forces closed in on the northern city. Mosul was where IS supremo Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his "caliphate" two years ago but is now the group's last major stronghold in Iraq. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who announced the launch of a broad offensive to retake the city on Monday, visited the front line today.

         Pakistan warns of action if India breaches Indus Water Treaty    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today warned of "appropriate action" if India violates the Indus Water Treaty and said it is closely monitoring the situation, amid reports that New Delhi may revisit the key water sharing accord. "Appropriate action will be taken in line with the Treaty in case of any violation by India," Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said at the weekly briefing.

         Pakistan SC issues notice to Sharif, others in corruption case    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court today issued notice to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members in the 'Panama Papers' leaks case, acting on petitions seeking his disqualification over alleged corruption and illegally possessing assets abroad. The court heard several petitions, including by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, which accused Sharif and his family members of illegally transferring money abroad after the Panama Papers leaks showed his family of possessing pro

         'Calls to boycott Chinese goods in India won't have political effect    
BEIJING: A campaign to boycott Chinese goods in India due to differences over India's bid for NSG membership and UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar will not have much "political effect" and will fail to "fundamentally change the bilateral trade ties, state-run Chinese media said today. Quoting Indian media reports, an article in the state-run Global Times said that "some politicians and citizens in India have recently launched campaigns to boycott Chinese products".

         Ban terrorists not artistes: Taslima on boycott of Pakistanis    
NEW DELHI: Noted Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen today slammed those who are boycotting Pakistani artistes, saying terrorists should be banned not artistes, and cautioned that such actions were similar to Hitler's idea of 'blood purity'. In a series of tweets, Taslima, who is living in exile in India after facing death threats from fundamentalists in Bangladesh, said, "Ban terrorists. Don't ban artists. Artistes belong to the places where art is honoured.

         Gujarat riots accused extradited from UK    
LONDON: A 40-year-old man wanted in connection with the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Gujarat was today extradited from the UK to stand trial in India, becoming the first person to be sent back from Britain 24 years after the two countries signed an extradition treaty. Samirbhai Vinubhai Patel had been arrested by Scotland Yard in west London in August on a Red Corner Notice issued by Indian authorities.

         Saudi prince executed for murder    
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia today executed a member of the royal family for murder, in a rare case involving one of the thousands of members of the House of Saud. Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was put to death in the capital Riyadh for shooting dead Adel al-Mahemid, a Saudi, during a brawl, the interior ministry said in a statement. Kabir was the 134th local or foreigner put to death this year, according to an AFP tally of ministry statements.

         Catholic church in US sold to Muslim group to clear debts    
NEW YORK: A closed Catholic church in the US state of Pennsylvania has been sold to a Muslim cultural group for nearly two million dollars to clear debts, a media report said today. The Immaculate Conception BVM Church, situated in Bristol township in Bucks county, was sold for USD 1,775,000 on Friday to the United American Muslim Society (UAMS) of Brooklyn, reported.

         CPEC could turn into another East India Company: Pak lawmakers    
ISLAMABAD: Several Pakistani lawmakers have warned the government that the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) could turn into another East India Company if the country's interests were not protected. "Another East India Company is in the offing; national interests are not being protected. We are proud of the friendship between Pakistan and China, but the interests of the state should come first," Senator Tahir Mashhadi, chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Plann

         Iraqis push toward IS-held Mosul in long-awaited offensive    
KHAZER: The long-awaited offensive to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group has begun with a volley of US-led coalition airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardments on a cluster of villages along the edge of Iraq's historic Nineveh plain east of the militant-held city. Iraq's Kurdish peshmerga fighters led the initial assault yesterday, advancing slowly across open fields littered with booby-trapped explosives as plumes of black and orange smoke rose overhead - the opening phase of an un

         US refrains from commenting on Modi's 'mothership' remark    
WASHINGTON: India and Pakistan should look for ways to resolve their deeply-held differences peacefully, the US has said even as it refrained from making any comment on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks calling Pakistan as the "mothership" of terrorism. "I have to admit, I have not been briefed on those comments. What I can say in general is that we have encouraged India and Pakistan to look for ways to resolve peacefully their deeply-held differences on a range of issues," White Ho

         Clinton takes near unbeatable lead over Trump    
WASHINGTON: Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has a nine-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump, according to a latest poll which comes just three weeks before the general election.

         China defends Pak after Modi's 'mothership' remark on terror    
BEJING: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Pakistan a "mothership of terrorism", China today strongly defended its all-weather ally, saying it is against linking any country or religion with terror and asked the world community to acknowledge Pakistan's "great sacrifices". In a sharp reaction to a question about Modi's characterisation of Pakistan at the BRICS Summit in Goa, spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Hua Chunying said China is opposed to linking any count

         Shahbaz Taseer's kidnapper among 6 terrorists killed in Pak    
ISLAMABAD: Six Taliban terrorists, including the alleged kidnapper of the son of slain governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer, have been killed in an encounter with security personnel in Pakistan's Punjab province. Acting on a tip off, a team of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) on Saturday raided a house near Sheikhupura bypass where nine to ten members of banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were hiding.

         'BRICS balancing influence against US-dominated world order'    
BEIJING: BRICS countries have changed US- dominated post-Cold War world order and emerged as the "balancing influence" in global affairs, state media here said today even as it criticised India, Brazil and Russia for opposing Chinese investments over "narrow-minded populist sentiments".

         Nepal wants to become dynamic bridge between India, China    
KATHMANDU: Pitching Nepal as a "dynamic bridge" between India and China, Prime Minister Prachanda floated a proposal for a trilateral strategic partnership during a meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a media report said on Sunday.

         Six Taliban militants killed in Pakistan    
LAHORE: Six Taliban militants who were plotting to attack offices of Pakistani law enforcement agencies were on Sunday killed by security forces in Sheikhupura district of Pakistan's Punjab province.

         India, US would be 'best friends' if elected as president: Trump    
EDISON (NEW JERSEY): Terming India as a "key strategic ally", Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has promised that if voted to power India and the US would become "best friends" and have a "phenomenal future" together.

         Cannot have differences on terror: Modi to Xi, raises Masood issue    
BAUNAULIM: India today made some plain speaking to China that countries cannot afford to have differences on the issue of tackling terror and put forward its concerns over Beijing blocking UN designation of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. The Indian position was conveyed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting here that came against the backdrop of China putting on hold India's move to get Azhar, the brain behind the Pathankot

         B'desh, China firms sign deals worth USD 13 bn as Xi ends trip    
DHAKA: Bangladeshi and Chinese companies have signed trade and investment deals worth over USD 13 billion, mainly covering infrastructure and energy sectors, in addition to the USD 20 billion in loan agreements the two governments signed during President Xi Jinping's visit to the country.

         Indian move to seal border 'contrary' to its peace claims: Pak    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that the Indian move to completely seal the 3,323-km-long border between the two countries by December 2018 would be "contrary" to the Indian position of establishing a peaceful neighbourhood. Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said the announcement by Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier this month that India will "completely seal" the border with Pakistan by December 2018 was contradictory to the Indian stand of establishing a peaceful neighbour

         Delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on your soil: US tells Pak    
WASHINGTON: The US on Saturday told Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil.soil. "We continue to urge Pakistan to take action to combat and delegitimise all terrorist groups operating on its soil," State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.

         China refuses to budge on India's NSG bid, Azhar's banning    
BEIJING: On the eve of President Xi Jinping's India visit, China today stuck to its guns saying that there was no change in its stand on India's NSG membership bid and New Delhi's attempts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a terrorist by the UN. As Xi is due to arrive in Goa tomorrow to take part in the BRICS Summit, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said the relations between India and China made "great headway" despite some "disputes" but there was no change

         China to give Bangladesh $24 billion, overtakes India's $2 billion credit line    
DHAKAL/BEIJING: China is set to sign off on loans worth over $24 billion to Bangladesh during President Xi Jinping's visit on Friday, Dhaka's biggest foreign credit line to date that will help it build power plants, a seaport and railways. Xi's trip, the first by a Chinese president in 30 years, is aimed at boosting China's involvement in infrastructure projects at a time when India is pushing investments of its own in Bangladesh, a country New Delhi considers its area of influence.

         India 'nervous' after diplomatic offensive on Kashmir: Pak    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today claimed that India was "nervous" due to its diplomatic offensive highlighting "human rights violations" in Kashmir. Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria also accused India of violating the ceasefire on LoC to "divert attention" from Kashmir.

         No backdoor diplomacy with India: Pakistan    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today said there was no "backdoor" diplomacy going on with India and the composite dialogue process between the two countries remains suspended. "There was no backdoor or track-II diplomacy going on between Pakistan and India, as such kind of contacts were established on the desire of two sides," Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told Express News channel.

         China Counters India's $2 billion with $24 billion for Bangladesh    
DHAKA: China is set to sign off on loans worth over $24 billion to Bangladesh during President Xi Jinping's visit today, Dhaka's biggest foreign credit line to date that will help it build power plants, a seaport and railways.

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