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Kerry arrives in India for trade, security talks NEW DELHI: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in India on Monday for talks on ambitious plans to hike trade between the world's two largest democracies five-fold to around $100 billion. Kerry will meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the two-day visit to the capital New Delhi and take part in a "strategic dialogue" between the two nations.Kerry arrived from neighbouring Bangladesh where he held talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on efforts to combat extremism following a recent series of deadly attacks. US President Barack Obama and Modi launched the "strategic and commercial dialogue" in 2015 in efforts to deepen security and economic cooperation. US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, who will take part in this week's talks, has said the idea of increasing trade from $100 billion to $500 billion was ambitious. A US State Department senior official said India needed to further reform its economy if ...

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Sindh Police directed to submit report on Dr Asim's leaked video ISLAMABAD: The sub-committee of the National Assembly's Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Monday asked the Sindh government to submit a detailed report before its next meeting on September 26, with regard to the agency in whose custody the PPP leader Dr Asim Hussain was when his leaked video was made.The sub-committee met here with its convener Imran Leghari of the PPP in the chair and was attended by Tallal Chaudhry.The panel ...

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Provinces to get one economic zone each under CPEC: Sartaj ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday said each province would get an economic zone under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).Chairing a session titled 'Sharing the fruits of regional development' at the CPEC Summit and Expo held here at the Pak-China Friendship Centre, Sartaj said a total of five economic zones would be established under the mega project.Sartaj Aziz said CPEC would benefit the entire region, adding the 21st ...

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Police arrest 106 Afghan students, seal madrassa in Quetta QUETTA: Pakistani police raided a madrassa in the restive southwestern city of Quetta and detained 106 illegal Afghan students, officials said Monday, as the government stepped up a campaign to rein in rogue religious schools. The detentions were made Saturday, and the students, aged between 14 to 18 years – who had no documents giving them permission to be in the country—will eventually be deported to Afghanistan, senior police official Nadeem Hussain told AFP. "We ...

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Curfew lifted in IoK after 52 days but fresh clashes erupt SRINAGAR: Authorities lifted a curfew in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) after 52 days of lockdown amid deadly violence, but street clashes broke out again Monday between protesters and security forces.Restrictions were lifted throughout most of the tense IoK Valley including the main city of Srinagar "following improvement in the situation", police said in a statement late on Sunday.It was unclear whether the relaxation of restrictions would continue in the northern Himalayan region, where 68 civilians ...