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India, Japan sign USD 75 bn currency swap agreement

New Delhi, Oct 29: India and Japan Monday concluded a USD 75 billion bilateral currency swap agreement, a move that will help in bringing greater stability in foreign exchange and capital markets in the country.

The agreement will further strengthen and widen the depth and diversity of economic cooperation...

Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia sentenced to seven years in jail

Dhaka, Oct 29: Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Monday was sentenced to seven years in jail in a case involving a charity fund named after her late husband.

Judge Md Akhtaruzaman of a special court in Dhaka found her guilty of misuse of power as Prime Minister...

Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja captained Indonesian plane that crashed into sea

Jakarta, Oct 29: Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja captained the Indonesian plane Lion Air which crashed into the sea on Monday with 188 passengers and crew, the airline said.

The flight flight JT610 en-route to Pangkalpinang crashed near Kerawang, 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta Soekarno Hatta International Airport....

Indonesia says Lion Air plane crashes into Java Sea with 189 aboard, wreckage found

Jakarta, Oct 29: An aircraft with 189 people on board is believed to have sunk after crashing into the sea off Indonesia's island of Java on Monday, shortly after takeoff from the capital on its way to the country's tin-mining hub, officials said.

A spokesman for Indonesia's search and...

US Muslim groups raise funds for synagogue victims

Washington, Oct 29: A crowdfunding campaign by two Muslim American groups has raised almost USD 80,000 for the surviving victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and the relatives of the 11 killed.

The campaign reached its initial goal of USD 25,000 within six hours, its second goal of $50,000...

Jew hater Robert Bowers opens fire in US synagogue; 11 killed, many injured

Pittsburgh, Oct 28: 46-year-old Robert Bowers on Saturday opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in the US city of Pittsburgh, killing at least 11 people and injuring several others including four policemen, in the deadliest "anti-Semitic attack" in America in years.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich...

1 dead, two injured as shots fired in Sri Lanka amid political crisis

Colombo, Oct 28: The political crises in Sri Lanka took an ugly turn on Sunday when bodyguards of Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga, a loyalist of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, fired live rounds at the supporters of the new premier Mahinda Rajapaksa, leaving one person dead.

One person succumbed to...

Lanka Parl speaker recognises Wickremesinghe as PM

Colombo, Oct 28: Sri Lankan Parliament's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Sunday recognised Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country's prime minister in a major relief to the embattled UNP leader, who was sacked as the premier by President Maithripala Sirisena.

In a letter to Sirisena, Jayasuriya questioned Sirisena's decision to suspend the...

Sri Lanka's ex-president Rajapaksa sworn in as PM

Colombo, Oct 27: Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback on Friday, becoming Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions from the finance minister who termed the former strongman's return as an "anti-democratic coup".

Visuals of the former president Rajapaksa...

After $6 billion funding from Saudis, Pakistan PM now looks to China

Islamabad, Oct 26: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next week, authorities said Thursday, as the former cricketer mounts a desperate search for funds to prop up the nation’s dire finances.

The confirmation of Khan’s first visit to China as premier comes days after Pakistan...