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       HEADLINES: Moral policing victim found dead                                              BMC results: Shiv Sena victorious on 84 seats; BJP gets 80                                              Pankaja Munde offers to quit after Beed results                                              Shiv Sena will retain Mayor's post: Uddhav                                              Azhar's actions well-documented: India on China's proof demand                                              Kim autopsy 'illegal and immoral': North Korean state media                                              8 killed, 35 injured in Lahore bomb blast                                              China says talks positive, skips reference to NSG,Azhar issues                                              India, China hold strategic dialogue                                              Now Jharkhand captain, Dhoni motivates wards in unique style                                              Umesh shines but defiant Starc takes Australia to 256/9                                              Kaumudi Facebook
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         China says talks positive, skips reference to NSG,Azhar issues    
 
 
BEIJING: China said today that the strategic dialogue with India was of "positive significance" to ties as "extensive agreements" were reached but skirted any reference to the persisting differences over issues like India's NSG bid and efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.

 
         8 killed, 35 injured in Lahore bomb blast    
 
 
LAHORE: At least eight persons were killed and 35 others injured today in a powerful bomb blast in a posh defence locality here, the second such incident in the city this month as Pakistan witnesses a surge in terror attacks. Panic gripped the Defence Housing Authority a little before noon when the loud explosion resonated across Z-Block. "Eight persons have been killed and 35 suffered injuries," officials said.

 
         Kim autopsy 'illegal and immoral': North Korean state media    
 
 
SEOUL: Pyongyang's state media today blasted Malaysia for an "illegal and immoral" autopsy on a man believed be the half-brother of North Korea's leader, breaking a 10-day silence on the airport assassination. "Malaysia is obliged to hand his body to the DPRK (North Korea) side as it made an autopsy and forensic examination of it in an illegal and immoral manner", the North's Korean Jurists Commitee said, in comments carried by KCNA. Malaysia has not released the corpse "under the

 
         India, China hold strategic dialogue    
 
 
BEIJING: China and India today held their upgraded strategic dialogue to shore up bilateral ties amid hectic parleys to resolve differences over Beijing's reluctance to support India's NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Welcoming Jaishankar, co-chair of the dialogue, Wang said China and India are two major developing countries and emerging markets besides important nat

 
         Muslim-Americans raise USD 55,000 to repair Jewish cemetery    
 
 
WASHINGTON: In a demonstration of solidarity, an online donation drive by Muslim Americans to help repair a vandalised Jewish cemetery has raised more than USD 55,000 - almost three times its target.

 
         Trump's immigration plans could impact 3 lakh Indian-Americans    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Nearly 300,000 Indian-Americans are likely to be impacted by the Trump administration's sweeping plans that put the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

 
         India, China hold strategic dialogue    
 
BEIJING: China and India today held their upgraded strategic dialogue to shore up bilateral ties amid hectic parleys to resolve differences over Beijing's reluctance to support India's NSG bid as well as a UN ban on JeM chief Masood Azhar. Just before the dialogue, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Welcoming Jaishankar, co-chair of the dialogue, Wang said China and India are two major developing countries and emerging markets besides important nat

 
         Hafiz Saeed can pose a serious threat to Pak: Defence Minister    
 
 
LAHORE: Pakistan has said Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, who has been listed under an anti-terrorism law, can pose a "serious threat" to the nation, and was thus placed under house arrest in the country's "larger interest". The acknowledgement of the danger the Mumbai attacks mastermind poses came from Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif during an international security conference in Munich, Germany.

 
         7 killed, 14 injured in suicide blast outside Pak court    
 
 
PESHAWAR: At least seven persons were killed and 14 injured in a suicide blast and firing by terrorists outside a court in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today. Security forces killed three suicide attackers outside the court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district, police said. The three attackers attempted to enter the court premises in Tangi town through the main gate. They opened fire and threw grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by security forces deployed there. One bomber

 
         Bodies of 74 migrants wash up on Libya beach: Red Crescent    
 
 
TRIPOLI: The bodies of 74 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe have washed up on a beach west of the Libyan capital, the Red Crescent said today.

 
         Pak cancels licenses of weapons issued to Saeed and his aides    
 
 
LAHORE: Pakistan has cancelled the licenses of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons.

 
         Pak army rejects report on Bajwa's 'read book on India' advice    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: After days of silence, Pakistan Army today dismissed as "disinformation" a media report that said army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa urged officers to read a book about how India succeeded in keeping the military out of politics. The Nation newspaper reported on February 12 that Bajwa addressed a gathering of senior army officers of Rawalpindi Garrison in the General Headquarters in December and recommended 'Army and Nation: The Military and Indian Democracy Since Independence' w

 
         South Sudan declares famine in parts of war-torn country    
 
 
JUBA: South Sudan's government said today that the country's over three-year war has led to famine in parts of the nation, while nearly five million people -- half the population -- is going hungry.

 
         US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil    
 
 
BAGHDAD: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said today the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders. Mattis' arrived on an unannounced visit in Iraq as the battle to oust Islamic State militants from western Mosul moved into its second day, and as the Pentagon considers ways to accelerate the campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria.

 
         Pak shrine victims' bodies desecrated, Sindh CM vows action    
 
 
KARACHI: Pakistan authorities today were left embarrassed after body parts of some of the victims of the suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine which claimed 88 lives were found dumped in a garbage, sparking protests from relatives.

 
         Don't believe media, all is well with White House: Trump    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump today stepped up his attack on the press crititical of his presidency, calling them "enemy of the American people" and asked his supporters to not believe the stories put out by the "fake news" media. "Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media. The White House is running VERY WELL," Trump tweeted. "I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it," he said in another tweet.

 
         Pakistan lists Saeed under anti-terrorism act    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Mumbai attack mastermind and JuD chief Hafiz Saeed has been listed under Pakistan's anti- terrorism act by the provincial Punjab government, a tacit acknowledgement of his links to militancy. Dawn News reported that the Punjab government has included names of Saeed and one of his close aides, Qazi Kashif, in the fourth schedule of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA). Three other men were also added to the list -- Abdullah Obaid from Faisalabad, and Zafar Iqbal and Abdur Rehman Abid from the

 
         Pak crackdown after Sufi shrine blast; 39 militants killed    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan security forces killed at least 39 militants in a nationwide crackdown today after an Islamic State suicide bombing at a crowded Sufi shrine in Sindh province claimed 80 lives and injured nearly 250.

 
         Need 'solid evidence' to back Azhar ban at UN: China    
 
 
BEIJING: Ahead of its strategic dialogue with India, China today said "solid evidence" was needed for it to back efforts to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and China's Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will hold a new round of strategic dialogue in Beijing on February 22, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang told a media briefing here.

 
         Samsung heir arrested in corruption probe    
 
 
SEOUL: The heir of South Korean giant Samsung was today arrested as part of a probe into corruption and influence-peddling that caused President Park Geun-Hye to be impeached. "It is acknowledged that it is necessary to arrest (Lee Jae-Yong) in light of a newly added criminal charge and new evidence," a court spokesman said in a statement. Lee Jae-Yong, Samsung Electronics vice chairman, is accused of paying nearly USD 40 million in bribes to Park's secret confidante to secure policy favours.

 
         Sundar Pichai responds to 7-year-old's Google job application    
 
 
LONDON: Google's India-born CEO Sundar Pichai surprised a seven-year-old British girl by personally responding to her hand-written job application. Chloe Bridgewater from the town of Hereford in England was so fascinated with her tablet and the idea of robots that she decided to apply for a job at the global tech giant.

 
         Displaced people of Syria's 'beehive' villages dream of return    
 
 
ALEPPO: The sculpted mud domes of the villages southeast of Aleppo are collapsing from war damage and neglect after years on the front line between Syria's army and Islamic State militants, their inhabitants long since gone. But in Aleppo's Jibreen shelter, home to refugees who have been unable or unwilling to return to their houses or flee further afield, the inhabitants of Qalayah, one of the villages from that area, swear they will one day recover their land.

 
         Pak most dangerous country for world: Former CIA official    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Pakistan is probably the "most dangerous country" for the world, a former CIA official has said, citing the potential dangers emanating from its failing economy, rampant terrorism and one of fastest growing nuclear arsenal. Kevin Hulbert, a former CIA Station Chief in Islamabad, warned that the "failure" of Pakistan would have implications for the world.

 
         Hafiz Saeed asks Pak gov't to remove his name from ECL    
 
 
LAHORE: Jamaat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has asked the Pakistan government to immediately remove his name from a list that bars him from leaving the country, claiming he was neither a security risk nor his outfit ever engaged in terrorist activities. In a letter to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, in which 166 people died, said: "A memorandum issued on January 30, 2017 placing 38 individuals should be withdrawn forthwith."

 
         Chinese media warns India against playing Taiwan card    
 
 
BEIJING: China's official media today warned India against playing the 'Taiwan card', saying New Delhi will suffer losses by challenging Beijing over the sensitive issue. The warning came after a Taiwanese women Parliamentary delegation visited India."By challenging China over the Taiwan question, India is playing with fire," state-run Global Times said in an op-ed article titled 'New Delhi will suffer losses if it plays Taiwan card'.

 
         North Korea slams UN condemnation of missile launch    
 
 
SEOUL: North Korea defended its latest ballistic missile launch and slammed UN Security Council condemnation in a defiant statement today, as tensions escalate over the reclusive state's recent behaviour.

 
         Six killed in suicide attack in northwestern Pakistan    
 
 
PESHAWAR: Four security personnel were among at least six persons who were killed when two Taliban suicide bombers today attacked a government compound in northwestern Pakistan's restive tribal region. The explosion took place at the headquarters in Ghalanai in the Mohmand tribal region when two suicide bombers tried to enter the colony and when signaled to stop – one blew himself up while the other was killed by firing of security forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.

 
         Record 27 US Congressmen travelling to India this month    
 
WASHINGTON: A record number of 27 US Congressmen will visit India later this month, reflecting the growing bipartisan support for strengthening the Indo-US strategic ties.

 
         Pak court allows private channels to show Indian films    
 
 
LAHORE: A Pakistani court has allowed private television channels having valid licences to show Indian films as per their terms of agreement with the country's regulatory authority. Lahore High Court Chief Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah yesterday granted the permission to private television channels in the light of the report put by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) before the court.

 
         Pak needs to shut down terrorism factory: Jaishankar    
 
 
MUMBAI: Pakistan needs to shut down "terrorism factory" and there is now international concern about it, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar today said.

 
 
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