Anti-migration party records large gains in German regional elections

Berlin : Germany's anti-migration party, the Alternative for Germany (AfD), has recorded remarkable gains in Germany's regional elections on Sunday and is able to break into three more German state parliaments, according to first projections.

Eligible voters have cast their ballots in the southwestern states of Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate as well as eastern Saxony-Anhalt to elect three new regional parliaments, Xinhua reported.

Two killed, 3,000 displaced in Indonesian floods

Jakarta: At least two people were killed, three went missing and around 3,000 forced to flee their homes as floods hit Indonesia's Java province, official said on Sunday.

The floods occurred on Saturday as heavy rain caused waters of the Citarum river in Bandung district to overflow and submerge large areas in the district, Xinhua quoted an official of disaster agency as saying.

The flood waters affected over 24,000 people in the district, said the official.

23 Indian fishermen arrested in Sri Lanka

Colombo: At least 23 Indian fishermen were arrested in Sri Lanka for poaching in the country's waters, the media reported on Sunday.

The fishermen were arrested by Sri Lankan navy in the seas off the town of Mannar and were handed over to the police, Xinhua news agency reported.

The police said that the navy handed over the fishermen and three boats to them in Mannar.

The fishermen are between the age of 15 and 56, the police said. They will be produced before a court on Sunday.

Azad compares RSS with ISIS, BJP demands apology

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday sought to compare the RSS with the Islamic State (IS) while saying he equally opposes both organisations but drew an angry protest from the BJP which demanded an apology.

"We oppose ISIS with equal might as we oppose the RSS," Azad said addressing a meeting of religious minorities and opposition parties held under the aegis of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind.

Religion should not be an issue, he said adding: "Even from among us if someone does any wrong thing, then he is also no less than the RSS."

Why was Mallya allowed to leave India, Kejriwal asks Modi

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why beleaguered business tycoon Vijay Mallya was allowed to leave India.

"Since CBI directly reports to Prime Minister, Modi owes an answer why Mallya was allowed to leave India. Central Bureau of Investigation couldn't have allowed without approval from top," Kejriwal tweeted.

Mallya left the country on March 2, days before a group of creditor-banks led by the State Bank of India moved the Supreme Court to restrain him from leaving India.

US foreign policy unlikely to change radically post-elections: Experts

New Delhi : The broad contours of the American foreign policy are not likely to change post-elections no matter whether a Republican becomes the president or it is a Democrat, feel experts.

Taking part in a discussion on the topic "The 2016 US elections and their impact on foreign policy", organised by the American Embassy here on Thursday, international affairs experts C Raja Mohan, Chintamani Mahapatra and Sam Solomon deliberated on various aspects of US foreign policy.

Salmaan Taseer's abducted son freed after 5 years

Islamabad: Shahbaz Taseer, son of erstwhile Pakistani Punjab governor Salman Taseer, was freed from his captors on Tuesday, five years after he was kidnapped by unidentified gunmen from Lahore.

Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped from Lahore on August 26, 2011, near his company�s head office a few months after the assassination of his father Salman Taseer -- who was then Punjab governor -- at the hands of his bodyguard Mumtaz Qadri.

India must improve rights of its minorities: Pakistani daily

Islamabad : India has long struggled to protect minority religious communities or provide justice when crimes occur, creating a climate of impunity, said a Pakistani daily which added that the need for India to improve on the rights of its minorities is similar to the situation in Pakistan.

An editorial "Rising intolerance" in The Nation on Monday said that India’s denial of visas for a delegation from the US government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedom has raised many eyebrows in the international sphere.

IMRC's health camp in Kozhikode kicks off, 1,000 people provided free treatment in two days

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Kozhikode: The seventh annual India Health Initiative, a social outreach programme by the India Muslim Relief and Charities (IMRC) to provide free medical services to economically disadvantaged members of society in India, started in Kozhikode district of Kerala.

In the first two camps,held at Omassery and Chennamangalore, around 1,000 people with various ailments were provided free specialty treatment.

US religious body disappointed at denial of Indian visas

Washington : The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), a bipartisan body that monitors religious freedom abroad, has expressed disappointment at the denial of visas for what it said was a long planned trip to India.

The goal of the Commission's trip was to discuss and assess religious freedom conditions in India, it said.

"We are deeply disappointed by the Indian government's denial, in effect, of these visas," said Robert P. George, Chairman of USCIRF, in a statement.