Sharif rakes up Kashmir at UNGA, says Burhan Wani symbol of 'Kashmiri intifada'

United Nations : As expected, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday majorly raised the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly, saying that Pakistan fully supports Kashmiris' right to self-determination and demanded an "independent enquiry" into the "extrajudicial killings" in Kashmir.

Sharif said that Hizbul militant Burhan Wani, whose killing on July 8 sparked off the current unrest in the Kashmir valley, had become "the symbol of the new Kashmiri intifada that was led by common Kashmiris".

Bangladesh to work with Myanmar on Rohingya issues: Hasina

New York : Bangladesh, which has over 500,000 Muslim Rohingyas residing in its refugee camps, has said it is looking forward to working with Myanmar to find a permanent solution to the issue.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this in her address at the UN General Assembly 'Leaders' Summit on Refugees'.

In her address at the summit hosted by US President Barack Obama, Hasina said she was 'already in touch' with Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, Press Secretary to the PM Ihsanul Karim was quoted as saying by bdnews.24.


Transparency, civic participation vital for democracy, say leaders at UN

United Nations : Transparency and civic participation in decision-making are vital for democracy, the economy and sustainable development, government and civil society leaders said on Tuesday as they celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) here.

"Democracy has become quite fragile, quite vulnerable," French President Francois Hollande said. "The real peril (to democracy) is indifference, and that happens when decisions are made without the people.


'Muslims Get Out' sign owner invited to mosque

Washington : The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) said they were reaching out to a business owner who put up a "Muslims Get Out" sign outside his restaurant to invite him to mosque.

The hope is that by giving Treats Family Restaurant owner Dan Ruedinger an opportunity to come to a mosque and interact with Muslims, he will learn more about Islam and the local Muslim community, reported on Tuesday.

Review meeting discusses Pakistan bid to internationalise Kashmir

New Delhi : A review meeting on Tuesday convened by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the wake of Uri terror attack is learnt to have discussed expected efforts by Pakistan to internationalise the Kashmir problem using Kashmiri diaspora.

Britain, Bangladesh, Armenia condemn Uri terror attack

New Delhi : Britain, Bangladesh and Armenia on Tuesday joined the international community in condemning Sunday's cross-border terror attack from Pakistan on an Indian army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that left 18 soldiers dead.

"The UK condemn all forms of terrorism, and stands shoulder to shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism and in bringing perpetrators to justice," Britain said in its statement, according to a tweet by Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup

Indian journalist asked to leave Pakistan press briefing in US

New York/New Delhi : Indian media was not allowed to attend a press briefing addressed by Pakistan Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in New York, and an Indian journalist of NDTV news channel was asked to leave the room -- an apparent outcome of the simmering bilateral relations.

'Hijacked' Saudi passenger plane isolated at Manila airport

Manila : A Saudi Arabian passenger plane, carrying 300 persons on-board, was suspected to have been hijacked and placed at an isolated position in Manila's Ninoy Aquino International Airport immediately after it landed here on Tuesday afternoon, media reported.

The passengers of Saudi Arabian Airlines flight SV 872, which took off from Jeddah shortly before midnight (local time), were being checked one-by-one to confirm whether or not it had been hijacked, reported.

The alarm followed the pilot having reportedly pressed a hijack 'panic button'.

Junaid Ahmad takes over as World Bank's India director

New Delhi : Junaid Ahmad has taken over as the World Bank's new Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl, who completed his four-year term, an official statement said here on Tuesday.

Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

Uri attack draws condemnation from around the world

New Delhi : The terror attack on an Indian army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri base which killed 18 soldiers, has drawn condemnation from around the world, including Russia and the UN.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed hope that the perpetrators of the Uri attack will be brought to justice and all stakeholders in the region will meet their responsibilities to maintain peace and stability.