Pakistani stocks nosedive after rupee slides against USD (21:22)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) The Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) fell sharply on Monday as investors resorted to panic selling after Pakistani rupee slumped to a record low against the US dollar in the money market, fanning concerns over the health of the country's economy.

3 killed as explosion hits restaurant in Pakistan (21:18)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) At least three people were killed and 25 others injured when a blast hit a restaurant in Pakistan's central Multan district on Monday, the media reported.

Former CEC of Nepal nominated envoy to India (20:52)
Kathmandu, July 16 (IANS) The Nepal government on Monday recommended that former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Neel Kantha Uprety be appointment as ambassador to India.

Myanmar's peace conference with ethnic rebels ends (18:54)
Bangkok, July 16 (IANS) The third peace conference between Myanmar's government and ethnic minority rebel groups ended on Monday in Naypyidaw with the approval of 14 agreements and plans to meet again this year and twice more in 2019, state broadcaster MITV reported.

Afghan police gun down would-be suicide bomber (18:48)
Kabul, July 16 (IANS) Police in the Afghan capital Kabul shot dead a would-be suicide attacker before he could reach his target, obviously a peace rally here on Monday, police said.

Pakistan's agriculture faces major blow due to water scarcity (17:48)
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) Pakistan's agriculture is facing a major blow due to an ongoing water crisis in the country.

Sharif challenges his 10-year jail term (Lead) (15:58)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was given a 10-year jail term this month in a corruption case, challenged his conviction and sought suspension of the guilty verdict, media reports said on Monday.

Sharif challenges graft case conviction (13:48)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif along with his daughter Maryam and her husband on Monday filed an appeal against a court's verdict which sentenced them to lengthy prison terms over their ownership of properties in London.

Pakistan election meeting attack toll touches 149 (13:24)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) The death toll in the suicide attack targeting an election meeting in Pakistan has increased to 149, while the number of injured stands at 186, an official said on Monday.

18 killed in Pakistan accident (10:18)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 16 (IANS) At least 18 people were killed and 30 others injured on Monday in a road accident in Pakistan's Sindh province, police said.

Sri Lanka to build world class beach park (19:10)
Colombo, July 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government will construct a world class beach park, at a cost of $300 milliion, next to a mega multi-billion-dollar port city project in Colombo, the media reported on Sunday.

Sri Lanka's special court to begin hearing high-profile graft cases (16:02)
Colombo, July 15 (IANS) A newly set-up special court of Sri Lanka will on Monday begin hearing high-profile bribery and corruption cases including those against members of the former government, authorities said on Sunday.

Scores of Pakistanis picked up off Sicily (15:28)
Rome, July 15 (IANS/AKI) A Georgian and a Latvian accused of trafficking people were arrested after Italian Police intercepted their yacht off Sicily and 69 Pakistanis travelling aboard the boat were handed over to authorities.

Record number of Afghan civilians killed in first half of 2018: UN (14:16)
Kabul, July 15 (IANS) A total of 1,692 Afghan civilians were killed due to conflicts and terrorist attacks in the first half of this year, hitting a record high, a UN mission said on Sunday.

Family meets Sharif, Maryam in Adiala Jail (09:34)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 15 (IANS) Family members met former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi after the two began serving their prison terms for owning properties disproportionate to their sources of income.

Sri Lankan medicines to be protected under international intellectual property system (08:16)
Colombo, July 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka has announced that it is moving its centuries-old folk medicine system for protection under the international intellectual property system.

UN chief condemns Pakistan terror attack (00:38)IANS Photo Service
United Nations, July 15 (IANS) UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Saturday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Pakistan targeting political rallies and candidates, his deputy spokesman said.

Sharif, Maryam to contest verdict; no bed, AC for ex-PM in jail (Lead) (22:10)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 14 (IANS) Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and her husband have decided to appeal against the July 6 verdict by an anti-corruption court. They were convicted and jailed for owning properties disproportionate to their sources of income.

Pakistan mourns loss of 132 lives in savage poll bombing (20:32)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 14 (IANS) A number of bombings on political rallies over the past one week have shattered peace in Pakistan ahead of the July 25 polls, with the latest in the string being a devastating suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday that killed at least 132 people.

Rosatom starts work on unit 2 of Bangladesh n-project (20:20)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, July 14 (IANS) The first "concrete ceremony" marking the beginning of main construction of the second unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Project (RNPP) in Bangladesh took place on Saturday at Rooppur, Russian state-run atomic energy corporation Rosatom said in a statement.

India unveils world's largest visa centre in Bangladesh, discusses 'mutual concerns' (Second Lead) (19:32)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, July 14 (IANS) Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated here the world's largest state-of-the-art visa centre, equipped with a range of modern facilities and, promising shorter waiting times for applicants, and also discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual concerns, including menace of terrorism, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Maryam, husband to challenge verdict; Sharif lands in 'B' class jail (18:56)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 14 (IANS) Ex-Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam and her husband have decided to appeal against the July 6 verdict by an accountability court. The two along with Sharif were convicted and sentenced in absentia to lengthy prison terms in connection with their ownership of properties in London.

India unveils world's largest visa centre in Bangladesh, discusses 'mutual concerns' (Lead) (18:30)IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, July 14 (IANS) Visiting Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday inaugurated here the world's largest state-of-the-art visa centre, equipped with a range of modern facilities and, promising shorter waiting times for applicants, and also discussed a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual concerns, including menace of terrorism, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Nepal monsoon death toll rises to 56 (18:26)IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, July 14 (IANS) The death toll in floods and landslides caused by torrential rains across Nepal since the beginning of monsoon season has risen to 56, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Saturday.

Sharifs to face trial in 2 more NAB cases in Adiala Jail (14:06)IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 14 (IANS) The trial of two remaining National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases against former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family will take place in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, according to a notification issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice.

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