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SMEs can promote women’s economic empowerment

Nepali women working in the fields in Dhulikhel, Nepal. Photo by Sana Jamal

International Women’s Day 2016 Feature Article  “I seek training, not for me, but for my family members, so that they understand what I am doing when I go out of the home to attend trainings, sell the product, and liaise with traders and officers”: Nepali women vegetable farmer By Dr Kamala Gurung and Dr Pranita Bhushan Udas On 21 January ... Read More »

Mumbai set up no-selfie zones after fatal accidents

Mumbai sets ‘no-selfie zones’ as India becomes selfie death capital of the world MUMBAI (India) – India is home to the highest number of people who have died while taking photos of themselves, with 19 of the world’s 49 recorded selfie-linked deaths since 2014, according to San Francisco-based data service provider Priceonomics. The statistic may in part because of India’s ... Read More »

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank launches with $100bn in capital

Jin Liqun, president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), speaks at a press conference in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 17, 2016. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is designed to revamp aging infrastructure in emerging Asian economies. The Chinese-led bank starts with 57 member states and a capital stock of $100 billion. BEIJING (China) — The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) opens with $100bn in capital contributed by its 57 member nations and is expected to lend $10-$15bn annually over the first ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia defence minister assured of Pakistan’s support

Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince and Defence Minister, Mohammed bin Salman and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at PM House in Islamabad on January 10, 2016.

Saudi defence minister arrived in Islamabad to discuss Pakistan’s cooperation in the 34-nation anti-terror coalition of Islamic countries the KSA has recently formed ISLAMABAD – The Deputy Crown Prince and Minister for Defence of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a day-long official visit. Defence Minister Khawaj Asif and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz ... Read More »

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia agree on joint counter-terrorism efforts

Saudi Foreign Minister meets Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his recent visit.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir  held meetings with Pakistani leadership during his official visit to Pakistan ISLAMABAD – Pakistan and Saudi Arabia agreed to promote work together to defeat their common enemy – terrorism. This development came forward during a visit by the Saudi Foreign Minister Dr Adel Al-Jubeir to discuss the ongoing diplomatic standoff between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Foreign Minister, ... Read More »

Pakistan, Sri Lanka finalize JF-17 Thunder jets deal


COLOMBO (Sri Lanka) – Pakistan and Sri Lanka have signed an agreement under which the former would sale eight JF-17 Thunder aircraft to the latter in the initial stage despite Indian pressure. The agreement is part of several memorandum of understanding (MoUs)inked between Pakistan and Sri Lanka during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s three-day visit to the island earlier today. The ... Read More »

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.

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 »

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