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Death toll from flooding, landslides rises to 218 in South Asia

NEPAL (Web Desk) The death toll in flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, southern Nepal and Bangladesh over the past few days has risen to 218, while millions of others have been displaced.In Nepal, officials scrambled Tuesday to send relief supplies to flood-hit areas where incessant …

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Three ‘militants’, two Indian soldiers killed in IHK gun battle

SERI NAGAR (Web Desk) Two soldiers and three suspected militants were killed in an overnight gun battle in India-held Kashmir (IHK), officials said on Sunday, in the latest bloodshed in the disputed Himalayan territory.Hundreds of Indian soldiers and counter-insurgency forces surrounded Awneera, a village about 50 kilometres south of the …

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Indian army steps up ‘readiness’ on China border

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s military has increased operational readiness along the eastern border with China, sources said, as neither side shows any sign of backing off from a faceoff in a remote Himalayan region near their disputed frontier.Indian and Chinese troops have been embroiled in the seven-week confrontation on …

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India-China border crisis slams into a wall

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) India’s diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of “unavoidable countermeasures” on the unmarked border.China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote …

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Intra-Kashmir trade fails to resume

MUZAFFARABAD (Web Desk) Intra-Kashmir trade could not resume on Tuesday, as was decided last week, reportedly due to concerns expressed by a majority of traders and truckers from Azad Jammu and Kashmir.During a two-hour-long meeting on Aug 3, officials from AJK and India-held Kashmir (IHK) had decided to resume trade …

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Five Kashmiri youth martyred by Indian forces in Kupwara: KMS

SRINAGAR (Web Desk) Indian troops martyred five Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district on Tuesday, according to the Kashmir Media Service (KMS).Indian troops killed the youth during a military operation in Macchil area of the district.The bullet-riddled body of Ishtiaq Ahmad Wagay was recovered from Aalam Gunj area of Shopian. Gunshots …

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Gandhi brand no longer sells in Indian politics

NEW DELHI: (Web Desk) India’s Congress party and its controlling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has been synonymous with political power for most of the 70 years since independence, hit a new low with this weekend’s vice-presidential election. The Congress-backed candidate was crushed in Saturday’s parliamentary ballot by the nominee of Prime …

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Chabahar port may be opened next year: Indian minister

NEW DELHI: The Indian government is hopeful that the strategic Chabahar port in Iran will be operational by 2018, Union minister Nitin Gadkari has said. India’s minister for transport, highways and shipping was in Tehran on Saturday in connection with the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani’s second term in office. …

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Indian troops kill 3 Kashmiri militants in gun battle

SRINAGER (Web Desk) Three Kashmiri militants were killed in a gun battle with Indian troops on Saturday, triggering a new round of anti-India protests and clashes.The fighting began after government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were hiding in India-held Kashmir’s northwestern …

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