Impeachment motion against Nepal's Chief Justice, Home Minister resigns (20:18)
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu, April 30 (IANS) The Nepal government on Sunday registered an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki, leading to the automatic suspension of the first woman to hold the top legal post.

43 militants killed in Afghan operation (Lead) (15:40) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, April 30 (IANS) At least 43 militants were killed in military operations in Afghanistan, the Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Nine Haqqani militants killed in Afghan air strikes (13:54) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, April 30 (IANS) Nine Haqqani Network militants were killed in two airstrikes within the last 24 hours in Afghanistan, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday.

11 die in Pakistan accident (13:44)
Islamabad, April 30 (IANS) At least 11 persons were killed on Sunday when a passenger bus plunged into a ravine in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, police said.

Bhutan government planning to save BBIN bill from being scrapped (Lead) (21:10)
Thimphu, April 29 (IANS) The Bhutan government is preparing to move a motion to withdraw the controversial Motor Vehicle Agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) during the joint sitting of the Parliament next month, in order to save it from being scrapped in Parliament, a media report said.

Dawn leaks: Sharif sacks special adviser, army rejects move (Lead) (20:38) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday approved the sacking of his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi due to his alleged role in "Dawn leaks", but the countrys army rejected the directives as "incomplete".

Hindu temple desecrated in Sindh (20:34)
Karachi, April 29 (IANS) Police have registered cases of blasphemy and terrorism against unidentified men for smashing idols at a Hindu temple in Sindh. The broken idols were found in a sewerage line on Saturday morning.

India to provide Rs 350 mn to descendants of Bangladeshi freedom fighters (18:32)
Dhaka, April 29 (IANS) India will give Rs 350 million to descendants of freedom fighters in the next five years under the new 'Muktijodha scholarship scheme for Bangladesh, Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said.

Sharif sacks special adviser over Dawn leak (15:54) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday approved the sacking of his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi due to his alleged role in "leaking" to Dawn newspaper vital information from a National Security meet alleging a confrontation between the civil and military leadership.

Pakistan Foreign Office mum over Jindal meeting Nawaz Sharif (15:18) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, April 29 (IANS) The Pakistan Foreign Office has refused to comment on the hush-hush visit of Indian steel magnate Sajjan Jindal to Murree to meet Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, amid speculation that it was a move to revive the stalled dialogue process between the two countries.

Hekmatyar calls on Taliban to lay down arms (15:10)
Kabul, April 29 (IANS) In his first public appearance after 20 years, former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Saturday called on the Taliban to lay down their arms and join the peace process.

Bhutan unable to ratify sub-regional transport accord (14:40)
Kathmandu/Thimphu, April 29 (IANS) Unable to ratify the Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicles agreement, Bhutan has asked the three other members to go ahead without it, leaving them in a fix, the media reported.

'Pact on Nepal-China rail project in final stage' (14:06) IANS Photo Service
Kathmandu, April 29 (IANS) The much-talked about pact on the Kathmandu-Kerung rail project, a cross-border rail network between Nepal and China, is in the final stage of signature, said Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara.

Myanmar plans to set up satellite system (13:58)
Nay Pyi Taw, April 29 (IANS) Myanmar is planning to set up a satellite system of its own and to form a steering committee for the purpose, officials said on Saturday.

Friendly fire may have killed US troops in Afghanistan (09:42)
Washington, April 29 (IANS) Two US soldiers who died this week during an operation targeting Islamic State (IS) militants in Afghanistan may have been killed by friendly fire, the Department of Defence said.

After US warns N.Korea 'military action' on table, Pyongyang tests missile (08:44)
By Arul Louis IANS Photo Service
United Nations, April 29 (IANS) Hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a grim warning on Friday that "military action" should be considered an option to deter North Korea's nuclear programme, Pyongyang responded by defiantly testing a ballistic missile.

Pakistan opposition questions Jindal-Sharif meeting (Lead) (21:24) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Pakistani opposition parties on Friday questioned the government's silence over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal.

PIA suffers over Rs 340 bn in liabilities (18:30)
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has incurred more than Rs 340 billion liabilities, a media report said on Friday.

Pakistani opposition 'concerned' over Jindal, Sharif meeting (16:00) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party has moved a resolution in the Punjab assembly airing its concern over the meeting between Indian businessman Sajjan Jindal and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Pakistan facing shortage of 36,000 PhDs (15:54)
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Pakistan is facing a shortage of 36,000 PhDs, an independent body that overseas the country's higher education efforts said in a report published on Friday.

China to solely fund Pakistan's railway project (14:46)
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Pakistan has refused part financing from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for its Karachi-Peshawar rail line following China's interest in "single-handedly funding the project".

Taliban launches annual offensive in Afghanistan (13:20)
Kabul, April 28 (IANS) The Taliban on Friday announced the start of their annual rebel offensive in Afghanistan, a media report said.

4 militants killed in police raid on hideout in Bangladesh (19:40)
Dhaka, April 27 (IANS) Four bodies of suspected militants were found after police stormed a hideout of the Neo-JMB members in the country's western Chapainawabganj district on Thursday.

US drone strike kills 7 militants in Pakistan (19:24)
Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) At least seven militants were on Thursday killed in missile strikes by a US pilotless aircraft in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria receive highest polio vaccines (18:54)
New York/New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria -- the only three polio endemic nations in the world -- received highest doses of vaccines in 2016, said a Unicef statement on Thursday.

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