Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court today resumed the hearing of high-profile Panamagate graft case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, a week after a probe panel in its final report recommended filing of a graft case against him and his children. Strict security measures are in place in and around the Supreme Court. Around 700 policemen, along with Rangers personnel and officials of the local administration, have been deployed
United Nations: India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations, according to a report by the UN migration agency. The UN migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in its report ‘Measuring Global Migration Potential 2010-2015’, which analyses people’s migration intentions globally for the period 2010-2015, noted that globally 1.3 per cent of
Taipei: Taiwan’s parliament descended into chaos for a second consecutive day today with lawmakers wielding chairs above their heads and throwing water balloons as they brawled over a controversial infrastructure project. It followed repeated disruption yesterday when rival legislators grabbed each other’s throats in angry scuffles during a review of the budget for the project. The plan is one of President Tsai Ing-wen’s signature proposals and includes building light rail
Shenyang (China): China’s Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo died yesterday while still in custody following a battle with cancer, authorities said, after officials ignored international pleas to let him spend his final days free and abroad. The prominent democracy advocate died aged 61, more than a month after he was transferred from prison to a heavily- guarded hospital to be treated for late-stage liver cancer. The legal bureau in the northeastern city
The Hague: The Netherlands’ third-largest bank ABN Amro said yesterday that it is ratcheting up its battle against smoking and will no longer extend credit to clients in the tobacco industry. The Amsterdam-based bank’s decision came as it announced a new partnership with the national Heart Foundation in the fight against smoking, which kills some 20,000 people every year in the country of 17 million, according to a recent study.
Mosul: Iraq’s Prime Minister has congratulated his fighters on “the big victory in Mosul” even as fighting with Islamic State militants continued in Mosul’s Old City neighborhood where Iraqi forces are about 250 meters from the Tigris River and facing increasingly fierce resistance. Haider al-Abadi spoke during a press conference in Baghdad, less than a week after he declared an end to IS’ self-styled caliphate after Iraqi forces achieved an incremental