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Sri Lanka arrests Indian fishermen after Modi talks COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's navy said Sunday it had seized 29 Indian fishermen, the first arrests since President Mahinda Rajapakse and India's new premier held talks on resolving the thorny issue of poaching.The navy arrested the Indians along with six trawlers off the island's northwest coast on Sunday, a navy statement said."The arrested fishermen and the trawlers were handed over to the officials of the department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources... for legal action," it said.It was the first arrest since Rajapakse ordered the release of all Indian fishermen from Sri Lankan jails as a goodwill gesture marking the swearing-in of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Sri Lanka did not say how many were freed last week, but official sources said there were only five Indian fishermen in custody at the time for alleged drug-smuggling. They had been languishing in jail since 2011. During their bilateral talks in New Delhi, Rajapakse and ...

Three dead in Iran floods, 600 rescued after landslide TEHRAN: Floods have killed three women in northeastern Iran and emergency workers rescued 600 people from a neighbouring region hit by a landslide, media and the Red Crescent reported Saturday.Heavy rains hit Iran hard in the past week, with the fatalities being recorded in Khorasan province."Following the floods in the province, three women lost their lives on Friday," Hojat Ali Shayanfar, head of a crisis management unit, told the official IRNA news agency.Meanwhile, relief workers ...
Five suspects in custody over India cousins gang-rape KATRA SHAHADATGUNJ: Five men have been arrested over the gang-rape and deaths of two girls found hanging from a mango tree in a northern Indian village, police said Saturday.The discovery of the two cousins, aged 14 and 12, in the Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday is the latest sexual violence case to have stirred national outrage."Rape on both the girls has been confirmed. The cause of their death was asphyxia," Budaun district police ...
New Indian govt fights power cuts in Delhi, biggest state NEW DELHI: India's new energy minister pulled an all-night work session to tackle power cuts caused by a dust storm in New Delhi on Friday and provide more electricity to the country's largest state that is suffering outages in sweltering summer heat.The power crunch is a test of whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in power for less than a week, can live up to the reputation for reliable services he built during more than a ...
India rape victim's mother 'beaten by accused's father' LUCKNOW: The mother of an Indian rape victim was allegedly beaten by the father of the accused after her family refused to withdraw allegations against his son, police said Friday.The mother, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was critically ill in hospital after suffering multiple fractures in the attack at the family's home in the Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh, police and medics said. The father of the accused has been arrested and police ...
China premier urges Malaysia to find a new search plan for missing jet BEIJING: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Thursday to set a new plan to find a missing Malaysia Airlines jet.Li made the remarks during Najib's six-day visit to China, according to the official Xinhua news agency.Najib expressed condolences to families of the victims of the plane, which disappeared while en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur in March, the official Xinhua news agency reported. About two thirds of the passengers ...
China suggests US may have fabricated evidence for cyberattacks BEIJING: China's suggested on Thursday that the United States had fabricated evidence to underpin accusations of cyber attacks and had incited China's neighbors to "stir up trouble" in disputed waters.The strongly-worded comments by the defence ministry come as relations between the world's two largest economies are increasingly strained by a row over cyberespionage. The United States last week accused five Chinese military officers of hacking into U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.Asked about proof behind ...


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