Jaipur lit fest's US edition begins Saturday

New Delhi: The Jaipur Literature Festival will open its account in the US with its first overseas edition beginning on on Saturday in Boulder, Colorado.

The two-day festival, touted as the "greatest literary show on earth" will feature more than 100 notable writers, thinkers, poets and performers.

Lift ban on YouTube, demands Pakistani daily

Islamabad: A leading Pakistani daily on Thursday demanded that the ban on YouTube in Pakistan must be lifted and wondered whether it was "one of the most ridiculous bans slapped by the state".

An editorial "YouTube: pointless ban" in the Dawn on Thursday said it has been three years since access to YouTube within Pakistan was "curtailed, following a furore in the Muslim world caused by a certain mischief-making film trailer".

"Back then, it was promised that some way of filtering content, or getting YouTube's parent company, Google, to do this, would be found," it said.

“ISIS is not Islam”: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

By Shafeeq Hudawi,

Kozhikode: Saying the actions, being carried out by the terror outfit, went against the humanity and the basic tenets of Islam, the Jamaate- e Islami Hind, Kerala, has come down heavily against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“By killing thousands and creating floods of refugees, the ISIS is challenging the humanity,” said Jamaate- e- Islami, Kerala, Ameer M I Abdul Azeez while attending a press conference, held here at Hira Centre, the headquarters of the organisation, on September 16.

Pakistan violates ceasefire again: Indian Army

Jammu: Pakistan on Wednesday evening again violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch sector, an army official said.

"Pakistan again violated the ceasefire in Balakot and Hamirpur areas of Poonch today (Wednesday)," a defence spokesman told IANS.

"Heavy firing started at 8.40 p.m. today (Wednesday) from the Pakistan side, which was the fourth ceasefire violation in the last 48 hours (two days) by Pakistani troops... Our troops are retaliating very effectively," he said.

Two more Indians abducted in Libya

New Delhi: Two more Indians, one from Andhra Pradesh and one from Odisha, were abducted in Sirte in Libya, that has been overrun by the Islamic State terror group. Two other Indians, abducted last month, continue to remain in captivity.

External affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a statement that the two Indians, Pravash Ranjan Samal from Odisha and Ramamurthy Kosanam of Andhra Pradesh, "have apparently been taken from Ibn-e-Sina in Sirte where they had been working, and detained".

Iran awaits lift of sanctions to resume crude exports

Tehran: Iran has signed a preliminary document with South Africa to resume its oil exports when the western sanctions against Tehran are lifted, a senior Iranian oil official was quoted as saying by Press TV on Wednesday.

"An initial document has been signed by the two sides but since South Africa's crude oil import terminals belong to international companies such as Shell, exports are not possible for now because of sanctions," director for international affairs of the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) Mohsen Qamsari said on Wednesday.

Won't accept temporal division of al Aqsa, says Palestine

Ramallha : Palestinians won't let pass the Israeli measures in Jerusalem and the Israeli scheme for the temporal division of Al Aqsa Mosque, President Mahmoud Abbas said here on Wednesday.

Abbas made remarks at a meeting he held at his office with Palestinian leaders from east Jerusalem, and added that "there will be no Palestinian state without east Jerusalem as its capital," Xinhua reported.

Pakistan violates ceasefire on LoC: Official

Jammu : Pakistan army on Wednesday resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at Indian positions on the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu region, police said.

"In the early hours of morning today (Wednesday), Pakistan army used 82 mm mortars and automatic weapons to target Indian positions on the LoC in Krishna Ghati sector of Poonch district," a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu.

This is the third such violation of ceasefire by Pakistan in 48 hours in the same sector, the officer said.

Palestinians draft first state constitution

Ramallah: Palestinians announced on Monday the finalising of the State of Palestine's first Constitution draft, according to an official.

Ahmed Al-Khaldi, who headed the drafting committee, told Xinhua that an official committee was commissioned to prepare a constitution for the state, not for a national authority nor an interim authority.

He explained that intensive work has been carried out since May to prepare the 273 constitution articles which will merge parliamentary and presidential governing systems.

Another LoC ceasefire violation by Pakistan: Army

Jammu: Pakistani troops opened unprovoked shelling at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district on Monday evening, a defence official said.

"Pakistan army used 82 mm mortars to violate ceasefire in Balakot sector today (Monday) evening. Pakistan shelling and firing started at 6.45 p.m. and continued till 7.45 p.m.," defence spokesman, Lt.Col. Manish Mehta told IANS here.

"Our troops effectively retaliated. No casualty or damage has been reported from our side till last reports came in," he said.