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Over 900 new HIV cases in Pakistan

Islamabad : At least 994 new HIV/AIDS cases have been detected across Sindh province in Pakistan this year, according to a media report.

"These numbers could be alarming for everyone, but this reflects the efficiency of our monitoring and reporting system," Dawn online quoted Sindh AIDS Control Programme project director Sikander Ali Shah as saying.

The report said that "905 out of 994 people tested HIV/AIDS positive in Sindh were men. Eighty-three of them were women and six others were children - four boys and two girls - aged less than seven years."

Pakistan releases 36 Indian prisoners

Islamabad : Pakistani authorities Friday released 36 Indian prisoners from the Karachi district prison Malir.

Thirty-five fishermen and one civilian were released after they completed their sentences, Dawn online reported.

The prisoners will be repatriated to India through the Wagah border check post near Lahore.

The prisoners said they were very happy to be released and could not wait to be reunited with their loved ones.

They also said they were treated fairly in Pakistan.

Pakistan wants meaningful dialogue with India: Sharif

Islamabd: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Thursday said that his country wants a meaningful dialogue with India on all issues, media reported.

Sharif said during an in-flight press briefing late night on his return from the 18th Saarc Summit in Nepal that Pakistan wants to discuss all issues including Kashmir with India through a proper dialogue, Dawn online reported.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Sharif, laughed and even patted him on the arm at the closing ceremony of the bloc's summit in Kathmandu Thursday.

Jordan calls for solution to Palestinian issue

Amman: King Abdullah II of Jordan Thursday said Middle East will continue to suffer from instability and lack of security if no solution to the Palestinian issue is found, media reported.

In a letter sent to the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, the king said the region will continue to witness fear, tension and lack of hope if no permanent peace is reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis, Xinhua reported citing the state-run Petra news agency.

Modi, Sharif handshake 'significant', says Nepal PM

Kathmandu : Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the handshake between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was "significant".

Responding to queries by journalists at a media briefing after the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit, Koirala said the meeting between Modi and Sharif means a lot to the South Asian region.

Asked if he had taken personal initiative to make Modi and Sharif meet each other, Koirala said, "It is not important who initiated it, rather what happens matters", according to the Himalayan Times.

Saudi women to get new IDs by 2019

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has said all women will get the new electronic and smart national ID card with biometric fingerprint technology by 2019.

“Since the decision to grant women a national ID, all of the issuing agency's 27 branches across the Kingdom are crowded. We are overwhelmed, which led us to initiate the online registration service to facilitate the process," Civil Affairs spokesman Mohammad Al-Jasser was quoted as saying by Saudi Gazette Thursday.

"During the past year alone, we received over 5.6 million bookings,” he added.

Syrian army claims killing 50 rebels near Damascus

Damascus : The Syrian Army announced Thursday that it had killed at least 50 "terrorists", as it describes anti-government insurgents, in an ambush outside Damascus, the state-run Sana news agency said.

A military source quoted by the agency said the ambush took place late Wednesday when the rebels were trying to escape from the town of Mayda'a towards al-Dmayer, in eastern Ghouta, northeast of the capital.

The soldiers also destroyed several vehicles.

Modi, Sharif shake hands, chat at Saarc closing event

Kathmandu : In an ice-breaking moment, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even slapped him laughingly on the arm while sharing a light moment at the concluding ceremony of the 18th Saarc Summit here Thursday.

In a photo-op that appeared to belie any misunderstanding or animosity between the two neighbours, Modi and Sharif kept their handshake for several seconds and chatted, smiling all the while.

Indians gear up for UAE National Day celebrations

Dubai : Indian expatriates residing across United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to celebrate the 43rd UAE National Day Dec 2.

The UAE celebrates its National Day Dec 2, which marks the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971 under Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president.

Various Indian social and welfare groups and community associations are organising events and activities to mark the Spirit of the Union National Day of the UAE's seven emirates, Khaleej Times reported.

Modi, Sharif bonhomie gives fresh boost to Saarc

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : In a final ice-breaking moment that gave a huge boost to Saarc and floundering regional cooperation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even patted him on the arm at the closing ceremony of the bloc's 18th summit here Thursday, to resounding applause from a relieved audience comprising leaders, diplomats and officials from the eight South Asian countries.