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Six killed, over 100 injured as quake hits India, near Myanmar border

People work on the outer wall of a house that collapsed in an earthquake in Imphal. Photo: Yurreipem Arthur/AP

At least six people were killed and over 100 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit India’s Manipur region today, causing damage to buildings and triggering panic. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was 57 kilometers (35 miles) deep, and initially reported that it had struck inside Myanmar. Manipur is also close to India’s border with Bangladesh. Associated Press ... Read More »

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Heart of Asia Conf. delegates call for unified approach against terrorism

Conference stress enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region ISLAMABAD – Dignitaries from Afghanistan, India, China, Turkey, Iran and other Asian countries called for enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Asian region at the Heart of Asia conference. The ‘Heart of Asia’ summit is jointly hosted by ... Read More »

Afghan, US and EU officials meet on sidelines of Heart of Asia Conf.

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The three sides agreed to work together to support preparations for the 2016 Warsaw and Brussels Conferences on Afghanistan and the latest regional security and economic developments ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – Afghan, United States and European Union officials, in their meeting in Islamabad, urged for strong Afghan ownership in preparing for the 2016 Warsaw and Brussels Conferences on Afghanistan and called on all ... Read More »

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake hits Tajikistan, shakes Pakistan, India, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has hit Tajikistan, according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake’s epicenter was located 109 kilometers (68 miles) west of Murghob, Tajikistan and 133 kilometers (83 miles) northeast of Khorugh, Tajikistan. The depth of the quake was 29 kilometers. But buildings shook as far away in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan,  sources report. A ... Read More »

Music and sports help children recover from Nepal quake

Student and teacher at a school in Nepali village. Photo by Susan Hale Thomas

Nepal’s approach to dealing with children that have suffered through great trauma can set an example for other countries. “Playing games and singing songs bring smiles back on the faces of terrified children who were otherwise too scared to come to school.” By Sana Jamal (for Crisis Response Journal) KATHMANDU, (Nepal) – The crumbled buildings and big cracks in the walls ... Read More »

Pakistan can become bridge between South and Central Asia: Experts

German scholar Dr. Dietrich Reetz speaking at a seminar in Islamabad.

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan should focus on regional developments and boost cooperation with its neighbors to become a bridge between South and Central Asia, speakers urged at a seminar in Islamabad. Enhanced regional cooperation can facilitate Pakistan to act as a connecting bridge in the Asian region, experts agreed. The world is moving from away from the Cold War binary to ... Read More »

More than 600,000 people killed due to weather disasters in last 2 decades

Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events

Weather-related disasters have become more frequent over the last 20 years, claiming more than 600,000 lives, a new UN report claimed on Monday, urging nations to take serious action on climate change. Around 90 percent of disasters in the last 20 years have been caused by 6,457 floods, storms, heatwaves, droughts and other weather-related events — and these weather-spawned disasters are ... Read More »

Pakistan has the potential to become Internet transit hub for region: ISOC study

(L to R) Yoonee Jeong, Research Director, Rajnesh Singh of ISOC,, Ismail Shah, Chairman PTA and Matthew Perkins of UNESCAP at the Report briefing in Islamabad. Photo by Sana Jamal

ISLAMABAD (Pakistan) – Despite having the lowest Internet user density of 13.8% in the region, Pakistan has the potential to become the Internet transit hub for Central and South Asia, according a new study. Pakistan’s geostrategic location and access to coastlines, offers the country great potential to become a supply route for the neighboring landlocked countries for Internet and communication ... Read More »

40 countries participate in Asia Art Festival in Quanzhou, China

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BEIJING — Artists and art troupes from over 40 countries and regions are participating in the 14th Asia Arts Festival & the 2nd Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival that began with a fabulous opening ceremony on Sunday in Quanzhou- a starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in southeast China’s Fujian Province. The weeklong Asia arts festival, organized by ... Read More »

Climate experts warn of threats to Mountain Communities, call for action on Adaptation

(L to R) Water expert Nisar A. Memon, ICIMOD Director Dr David Molden, IG Forest Mahmood Nasir, G-B Minister Haji Wakeel, AJK Minister Farzana Yaqoob, SDPI head Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Chairman PARC Ifthikhar Ahmad, at the Climate Change Conference in Islamabad.

By Sana Jamal ISLAMABAD – As floods are ravaging several parts of Pakistan, climate scientists issue a wake-up call to political leadership to take urgent action on threats from climate change. Experts also warned of more extreme events such as floods and droughts in Hindu Kush Himalyas particularly Indus Basin. “Time has never been more opportune for the governments of ... Read More »

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