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Modi wants peace with Pak but not at security cost: US officialPM Narendra Modi. File photo

Modi wants peace with Pak but not at security cost: US official

21 Oct 2017 | 9:44 AM

WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot “pursue peace” with Pakistan in a way that “cuts his own security”, a top Trump administration official has said, asserting that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties.

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Washington, October 20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot “pursue peace” with Pakistan in a way that “cuts his own security”, a top Trump administration official has said, asserting that it is in the interest of Islamabad to build confidence with New Delhi to restart commercial ties.

Ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s maiden visit to India and Pakistan next week, the official, with an insight into the administration’s policy over South Asia, was responding to questions on what India could do to bring peace and stability in the region, in particular with Pakistan.

“It’s clear to everyone that Prime Minister Modi wants peace in the region, but he can’t pursue peace (with Pakistan) in a way that cuts against his own security. So that (having peace talks with Pakistan) is up to his judgment,” the official, requesting anonymity, told PTI on Friday.

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“We want India and Pakistan to talk. We think that is so important for them to talk and to build confidence and to get on a path to regional security and stability which we know would bring both countries to unprecedented levels of prosperity,” he said.

Noting that South Asia and the bridge in central Asia is one of the least economically integrated areas of the world, he said there is tremendous potential to be unleashed.

“And what we hope is that the dialogue, continued dialogue, continued efforts to generate a higher degree of understanding to convince those in Pakistan, including the Pakistani army, that it is really in their interest to build confidence to open commerce and to achieve the kind of peace that would lead to prosperity,” the official said.

After a series of setbacks India received from Pakistan, including the one after the Pathankot terror attack, the Indian government has decided not to talk with Pakistan unless it stopped supporting terrorists against it, he said.

India’s policy now is “talks and terror” cannot go together, as was articulated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Parliament, which has been repeated several times since then, the official said.

“I think India has to make its own judgment on that. And India will be the best judge. Certainly, President Trump has great respect for Prime Minister Modi and his wisdom, and leadership ability,” the official added. PTI

Missing Pak woman journo pursuing Indian’s case recovered after 2 yrs

Missing Pak woman journo pursuing Indian’s case recovered after 2 yrs

21 Oct 2017 | 9:19 AM

LAHORE: A Pakistani woman journalist who was allegedly kidnapped while pursuing the case of an Indian engineer two years ago had been rescued, officials said.

US lawmakers call for ‘tangible action’ against Myanmar’s military

US lawmakers call for ‘tangible action’ against Myanmar’s military

21 Oct 2017 | 9:11 AM

WASHINGTON: A bipartisan group of 21 American Senators has called for sanctions against Myanmar and suspension of military aid in the wake of more than 500,000 Rohingya fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh due to alleged human rights violations by the security forces.

Cracks in ban, but not total mess

Cracks in ban, but not total mess

21 Oct 2017 | 1:51 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi, that saw relentless bursting of crackers till late in the night despite the ban imposed by the Supreme Court, woke up to a blanket of smog today.

India tops pollution deaths: ‘25 lakh a year’

India tops pollution deaths: ‘25 lakh a year’

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

LONDON:Pollution caused 90 lakh deaths in 2015 — three times more than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined — scientists said on Thursday, calling for governments in poor countries to act.

UK MP’s motion for Jallianwala apology

UK MP’s motion for Jallianwala apology

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

LONDON:One of Britain’s seniormost Indian-origin MPs has tabled a parliamentary motion, calling for Prime Minister Theresa May to apologise for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar during the Raj in 1919.

Prof Gopal Iyer, people’s scholar, dies at 75

Prof Gopal Iyer, people’s scholar, dies at 75

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

CHANDIGARH:Wherever people fought oppression, Prof K Gopal Iyer, just had to be there.

Ranjit Kumar quits post of Solicitor Gen

Ranjit Kumar quits post of Solicitor Gen

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

NEW DELHI:Kumar is the second senior law officer to have resigned after Mukul Rohatgi, who quit as Attorney General in June.

R’sthan public servants get 180-day probe shield

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

JAIPUR:In Rajasthan, a judge, magistrate or public servant cannot be probed for on-duty actions without the government’s prior sanction.

PM celebrates Diwali with jawans

PM celebrates Diwali with jawans

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

SRINAGAR:For the fourth consecutive year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with soldiers, this time near the Line of Control (LoC) in the landlocked Gurez area of Bandipore district in north Kashmir on Thursday.

30 lakh Americans carry loaded handguns daily: Survey

30 lakh Americans carry loaded handguns daily: Survey

21 Oct 2017 | 1:50 AM

WASHINGTON:An estimated 30 lakh adult American handgun owners carry a loaded firearm on a daily basis, and 90 lakh do so on a monthly basis, a study has found.


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Three youths with suspected terror links arrested in Jaipur

21 Oct 2017 | 9:53 AM

JAIPUR: Three youths were arrested for suspected terror link in Jaipur on Friday. The three were arrested in a joint operation by Jammu and Kashmir Police and Railway Police Force.

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NoAkal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh is contemplating steps to check the activities of ‘parallel’ jathedars. Tribune photo

Rivals seek to loosen SAD hold on Sikh politics

21 Oct 2017 | 1:16 AM

AMRITSAR: The increasing tension between the official jathedars and the ‘parallel’ ones, nominated at an ‘unofficial’ Sarbat Khalsa in 2015, may well be a proxy war between political parties vying for influence in Sikh politics.

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Rise of ‘parallel’ jathedars

21 Oct 2017 | 1:16 AM

NABHA: Three days after the murder of an RSS leader in Ludhiana, “Khalistan zindabad 2020” slogans were found written on the boundary wall of Government Ripudaman College here this morning.

NIA to probe RSS leader’s killing

21 Oct 2017 | 1:16 AM

CHANDIGARH: The state government has decided to hand over the murder case of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

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Brother-in-law got Harshita killed: SP

Brother-in-law got Harshita killed: SP

21 Oct 2017 | 12:21 AM

PANIPAT: Harshita Dahiya, a Haryanvi singer and dancer, was murdered on the direction of her brother-in-law and notorious gangster Dinesh Karala by his four accomplices, the police said on Friday.

‘Braid-chopping’: Mob tries to set challenged youth afire

‘Braid-chopping’: Mob tries to set challenged youth afire

21 Oct 2017 | 12:16 AM

SRINAGAR: A mob in a north Kashmir town thrashed and attempted to set ablaze a deranged youth on Friday morning on the suspicion of his being a braid-chopper, the police said, as the region struggles with violent vigilantes who see strangers as potential suspects.

PM’s visit a big disappointment: Cong

21 Oct 2017 | 12:24 AM

DEHRADUN:Uttarakhand Congress has criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing his today’s visit to Uttarkhand as mere formality and a big disappointment for the people of Uttarakhand.

Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king

Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king

21 Oct 2017 | 10:11 AM

BANGKOK: Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners.

Now, buy NSC, MIS from banks

Now, buy NSC, MIS from banks

21 Oct 2017 | 12:14 AM

NEW DELHI: To encourage savings, the government has allowed banks, including top three private sector lenders — ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank, to accept deposits under various small savings schemes such as National Savings Certificate (NSC), recurring deposits and monthly income scheme (MIS).

Denmark Open: Srikanth beats Viktor Axelsen to reach semi-finals

21 Oct 2017 | 10:23 AM

ODENSE: Ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth on Friday beat World Champion Viktor Axelsen in three games to reach the semi-finals of the Denmark Open after Saina Nehwal and HS Prannoy lost their respective quarter-final matches.

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India seek more Pak delights

21 Oct 2017 | 2:27 AM

DHAKA:High on confidence following their impressive string of performances, an in-form India would look to maintain their unbeaten run when they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in their third and final Super 4 match of the 10th men’s Asia Cup tomorrow.

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Prannoy shocks Chong Wei, again

21 Oct 2017 | 2:28 AM

ODENSE:HS Prannoy’s second successive win over three-time Olympics silver medallist Lee Chong Wei was the highlight of a day when Saina Nehwal crashed out while Kidambi Srikanth made it the quarterfinals of the Denmark Open Super Series.

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