Pakistani student accused of blasphemy beaten to death on campus

A mob beat a Pakistani student to death at his university campus on Thursday after he was accused of sharing blasphemous content on social media, university and police officials said. A group of about 10 students shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack on fellow student Mashal Khan, who was stripped naked and beaten with planks […]

Tributes to Sri Lankan doctor killed in Oxford Street collision

TRIBUTES have been paid to an accomplished Sri Lankan doctor who was killed at Oxford Street in central London following a collision with a bus on April 9. Dr Chesmal Siriwardhana, 38, was an associate professor in the department of population health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. He was working on […]

Malala receives highest UN honor to promote girls education

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres appointed Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai a UN Messenger of Peace on Monday (10)  to promote girls education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head on her school bus in 2012. At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by […]

Pakistani court sentences accused Indian spy to death

A Pakistani military court on Monday sentenced an Indian accused of espionage to death, ratcheting up longstanding tensions between the nuclear-armed states. Pakistani authorities say Kulbushan Sudhir Jadhav, a naval officer, was arrested in March 2016 in the turbulent province of Baluchistan, which has seen a long-running conflict between Pakistani security forces and a militant […]

Modi: Pakistan has to shun terror for friendship

India’s doors are always open for cooperation, but for that Pakistan has to shun terrorism, prime minister Narendra Modi said today. Hitting out at Pakistan, Modi said it breeds, inspires and encourages terrorism and this “thought” is a roadblock to peace within the region and the world. He emphasised that “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” is […]

Malala to become youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is set to become the UN’s youngest-ever Messenger of Peace after she was selected by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the highest honour bestowed by the world body on a global citizen. The designation ceremony will be held next week at the UN’s headquarters here. “Even in the face of […]

Pakistan passes landmark Hindu marriage bill

The president of mainly Muslim Pakistan has signed into law a bill allowing the Hindu minority to register their marriages for the first time since partition from India in 1947. The bill, signed by president Mamnoon Hussain, will “safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families”, a government statement said. It will also allow […]

Top Pakistan and Afghan officials reportedly meet in London to ease tensions

The UK has quietly hosted a meeting of top officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan where they discussed ways to ease tensions between two countries after a series of terror attacks in Pakistan, according to a media report. The meeting between Pakistan’s Adviser to the prime minister on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz and Afghanistan’s national security adviser Hanif Atmar was hosted […]

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for those responsible for 2004 attack on British envoy

Bangladesh’s Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of banned Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami’s former leader and two of his accomplices for a grenade attack in 2004 on Britain’s then envoy to the country. HuJI leader Mufti Hannan lost the legal battle to save himself from the charges of an attempt on life of the former UK envoy to Bangladesh. An Appellate […]

Family appeals for bone marrow donor to save father

THE family of a man urgently in need of a bonemarrow transplant has appealed to the Asian community to donate their stem cells in the hope of finding a suitable match to save his life. Father of two, Yevi Ilangakoon, was diagnosed with myelofibrosis in 2009. It is a rare condition where scar tissue builds […]