Category: South Asia

Sonia Gandhi arrives Dhaka tonight

Sonia Gandhi, president of India’s ruling Congress party, will arrive in Dhaka Sunday night on a 24-hour visit to attend an autism conference and receive a posthumous award on behalf of former Indian premier Indira Gandhi.

Her tour holds a special significance as it takes place ahead of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s official visit here on September 6-7. Read more →

Senior aide to Karzai assassinated

Ref: A group of armed men have killed a senior adviser to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a member of the parliament in a daring attack in the capital, Kabul.

Initial reports about the fate of Jan Mohammad Khan, the Karzai aide, and Mohammad Hashim Watanwal, the parliamentarian, were conflicting, but a senior government official confirmed to Al Jazeera that both men have been killed and the attack is ongoing.

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Mumbai blasts probe: Man dies after questioning

Ref: Faiz Usmani, who was questioned by Mumbai police in connection with Wednesday`s Mumbai blasts, has died in hospital. He was sent home a day after questioning.

His family alleges that Faiz died after being tortured by the police. But the preliminary medical report has confirmed that Faiz`s death was natural and that he died due to hypertension.

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Mumbai blasts: NIA searches home of Ranchi man

Ref: A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team on Friday searched the home of a man in this Jharkhand capital in connection with the Mumbai triple bombing, police sources said.

However, Manzar Imam, said to be in his 30s, was not at his home in Bariatu locality when the team from India`s premier anti-terror agency went. Police sources said the NIA sleuths spoke to his family and searched his computer for information.

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Terror strikes Mumbai again, 21 dead

Ref: The financial capital of India, Mumbai, has been rocked by three near-simultaneous blasts on Wednesday evening, killing at least 21 and injuring over 141 others, say media reports.

The explosions took place during the evening peak hour in the crowded areas of Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazar of the port city.
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10 killed, 100 hurt in Mumbai blasts

Ref: At least 10 people have been killed and over 100 others injured in three bomb explosions that rocked Mumbai on Wednesday evening.

The blasts took place during the evening peak hour in the crowded Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazar areas, police have said.
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India clarifies, then clarifies more…

Ref: India has said its prime minister Manmohan Singh’s recent remarks about Bangladesh were by no means intended to be judgmental and it recognised the stability of the democratically elected government in its eastern neighbourhood.

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Manmohan's 'anti-India' comment startles many

Ref: Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion that a quarter of people in Bangladesh are “anti-Indian” has raised diplomatic eyebrows in his country, according to an influential Indian daily.

Former diplomats found it intriguing, according to a report published in The Hindu on Friday. ran a report from New Delhi on the comments on Thursday.

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India: Rajasthan in `cars for sterilisation` drive

Ref: Health officials in the Indian state of Rajasthan are launching a new campaign to try reduce the high population growth in the area.

They are encouraging men and women to volunteer for sterilisation, and in return are offering a car and other prizes for those who come forward.

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Forty militants killed in Mohmand operation

Ref: Pakistani troops backed by jets and helicopter gunships have killed 40 militants in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan in the past three days, a military commander said Thursday.

Brigadier Aftab Ahmad told AFP by telephone that his forces had destroyed 17 militant hideouts in the Baizai region under his command in the lawless tribal area of Mohmand.

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