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As water shortages grow, ‘Day Zero’ becomes everyday in India

BANGKOK: Parched Cape Town, in South Africa, has managed to push back its “Day Zero” – an estimate of when taps in the city could run dry – to 2019 after successful water-saving efforts. But in India, “Day Zero” has come and gone for residents in many parts of the country, where taps failed long…

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Lifted by India, South Asia regains growth lead, still lags on jobs

ISLAMABAD, April 15, 2017 – South Asia is the fastest growing region in the world–according to the latest report by the World Bank.  This is largely driven by India’s growth rebound and is not consistent among countries. Despite accelerating global growth and trade, exports remain weak. Progress on fiscal consolidation is slow, and deficits are…

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6th SAARC Business moot in Khathmandu on March 16

KATHMANDU: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry is set to organize its sixth Business Leaders Conclave, in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 16-18, 2018. The event would be organized in collaboration with Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), in partnership with Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF) and with…

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China says it hopes India will ‘learn lessons’ from standoff

BEIJING: China said Wednesday it hopes India will “learn lessons” following the end of a months-long military stand-off in a strategically important disputed area in the Himalayas. The two nations resolved the deadlock over the Doklam area claimed by both China and Bhutan, an ally of India, just days before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

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China ups ante in high-altitude standoff with India

Beijing: China has stepped up its rhetoric in an increasingly tense border row with India, hinting at the possibility of military action in a propaganda push that analysts are calling “genuinely troubling.” For more than a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been locked in a standoff on a remote but strategically important Himalayan plateau…

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Here’s everything you need to know about the China-India border row

NEWS DESK: A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers, reported AFP. The row has festered for more than a month as India and China refuse to back down in the distant but strategically key…

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Comparison: Chinese Navy far more powerful than Indian maritime force

BEIJING: As border tensions between both India and China escalate, the world is watching and assessing the military strengths of the two countries. As far as maritime forces are concerned, China stands far more powerful and superior to India with regard to technological advantage and with its strength in numbers.  China’s Peoples Liberation Army-Navy (PLA-N)…

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India has to pay for its provocations: Chinese media

BEIJING: The Global Times, a widely respected Chinese newspaper, has published an editorial in which it has stated that it is high time that India should pay for its provocations. Things have been quite tense at the Sikkim sector between India and China over the past couple of weeks. While India contends that China does…

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India warns China over border road ‘security’ threat

NEW DELHI: India condemned a new road that China is building on the rivals’ Himalayan border on Friday, saying it raises “serious security” concerns. The two sides are trading increasingly stern diplomatic warnings over the new hotspot, a remote scrap of territory where the frontiers of China, India and Bhutan meet. Beijing made a formal…

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China issues stern warning to India: Learn from 1962 defeat

SIKKIM: China responded to Indian threats with a stern warning on Thursday–Learn from 1962 defeat and stop clamouring for war.  According to the spokesperson of the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA), Beijing has reacted sharply to Indian Army chief’s recent statement in which he said that India was ready to take on China, Pakistan and internal…

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Gunmen kill 12 in attack on market in northeast India

GUWAHATI, INDIA: Gunmen on Friday opened fire on a busy market in a restive area of northeast India, killing 12 people and wounding several others, police said. One of the men was killed by security forces after the attack, said Mukesh Sahay, director general of police for Assam state, where the attack took place. “Extremists attacked…

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Bhutanese monks visit Swat as peace returns

Bhutanese monks worshiped at the Saidu Sharif monastery after nine years as peace returned to the scenic valley. At least 13 top monks of Bhutan visited their holy places in Swat valley. They visited Buddhist archaeological sites and worshiped in ancient monasteries of Butkara and Saidu Sharif. Watch details in our report.

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William and Kate head for taste of India

LONDON: Britain’s Prince William and his wife Kate head to India on Sunday for a tour that will see them mix with glamorous Bollywood stars and children from the Mumbai slums. On their first official visit to the subcontinent, the royal couple will go to the Taj Mahal, scene of one of the most famous…

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Bhutan's king seals wedding festivities with a kiss

THIMPHU: Bhutan's love-struck young king danced in public, joked with subjects and to the delight of thousands of onlookers kissed his new queen on Saturday at the end of three days of wedding celebrations. Thousands packed the capital's sports stadium to see King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, a hugely popular 31-year-old Oxford University graduate, and…

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Bhutan king marries his commoner bride

PUNAKHA, Bhutan: The beloved king of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan married his commoner bride Thursday in an ancient Buddhist ceremony at the country's most sacred monastery fortress.King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, wearing the raven crown, came down from his golden throne in front of a huge statue of Buddha to place a smaller,…

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Indo-Pak foreign secretaries to meet in Bhutan today

Staff Report THIMPU: The foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are expected to meet in Bhutan during today’s meeting of the foreign secretaries of all member countries of South Asian Alliance for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Thimpu. Both countries’ foreign secretaries are present in the capital city of Butan, Thimpu. It is expected that during…

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Pak, India PMs hold talks in Bhutan

THIMPHU: India and Pakistan took a significant step towards resuming their frozen peace dialogue Thursday as their prime ministers held direct talks for the first time in nine months. During the discussions in the Bhutanese capital Thimphu, which both sides described as positive, the two leaders agreed that their respective foreign ministers would meet soon…

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