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Oman ambassador-designate meets Kerala CM

Thiruvananthapuram: Indian ambassador-designate to Oman Indra Mani Pandey on Monday called on Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and said the embassy in the sultunate will become a one-stop destination for all Indian expatriates.

"I have met Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Minister for Diaspora, K.C. Joseph, and other top officials. My visit to Kerala was to call on the chief minister and others to seek their support," said Pandey, who will take charge of his new assignment on August 10.

Pakistan may purchase military equipment from Russia

Washington : Pakistan might purchase weapons and military equipment from Russia and counts on cooperation with Moscow in the energy sphere, a senior official has said.

The efforts of last couple of years made in the Russian-Pakistan relations "are now bearing fruit," Tass quoted Tariq Fatemi, the special assistant to prime minister on foreign affairs, as telling reporters here.

Over the last one-and-a-half years, Russia and Pakistan "made significant progress in moving forward," he said, adding "a memorandum on mutual understanding on cooperation in defense was signed."

Indo–Kuwait Friendship Society hands over 25 Eid kits to needy people from India

By TCN News,

Kuwait: The Indo–Kuwait Friendship Society (IKFS), known for its activities in human rights and finding solutions for various problems of NRIs abroad, distributed Eid Kits for 25 people based in Indian state of Kerala.

The IKFS selected poor people and those under privileged for the Eid dresses on July 15. This is the 2nd time that the IKFS has distributed Eid dresses, a statement from IKFS said.

54 missing soldiers believed to be in Pakistan: Parrikar

New Delhi : As India prepares to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 war with Pakistan, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Lok Sabha that 54 defence personnel missing during 1965 and 1971 wars were believed to be in Pakistan custody.

"Fifty-four missing defence personnel of the 1965 and 1971 wars are believed to be in the custody in Pakistan. The (central) government has repeatedly been taking up with the Pakistan government the release of the missing defence personnel," Parrikar said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Turkey allows US to use airbase to strike IS targets

Ankara: Turkey will let the US carry out airstrikes against the Islamic State terror group from a key military base near the Syrian border, US officials said.

The agreement, yet to be confirmed by Ankara, follows months of negotiations.

The deal comes after 32 people, mostly university students, were killed in a suicide attack in a Turkish town on the Syrian border on Monday. Turkish authorities blamed the IS for carrying out the attack.

Pakistan floods affect thousands: UN

United Nations: An estimated 285,000 people have been affected by floods in Chitral district, north-west Pakistan, said a UN spokesperson here.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that heavy monsoon rains, rapid snow melting from glacial lakes in the past week have led to flooding in various locations UN spokesperson Vannina Maestracci told a daily briefing on Thursday.

Don't take Pakistan threats lying down, Thackeray tells Modi

Mumbai : Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to take lying down any threats from Pakistan and to give a "tit for tat" reply to Islamabad.

"Pakistan threatened to attack India with nuclear bombs...with such a possibility, the government must respond in the same manner...a tit for (Pakistan) can do anything as it has nothing to lose," Thackeray said here.

Obama invites Pakistan PM for US visit

Islamabad: US President Barack Obama has invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for a visit to Washington to expand and deepen bilateral ties, a Pakistani diplomat said.

The visit is expected to take place in October, Dawn online quoted the diplomat as saying.

Sharif's visit will be separate from his New York trip in September when he will attend the UN General Assembly session.

The White House invitation has not yet been officially announced.

Kerala mulls schools in Middle East

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Education Minister P.K. Abdu Rabb told the assembly on Thursday that the education department would conduct a feasibility study to see if state-run schools can open in Middle East countries.

Rabb was responding to a submission raised by Congress legislator Anwar Sadath.

"There are lots of practical difficulties in opening a state-run school in the Middle East due to technical and diplomatic reasons," said Rabb.

Obama discusses security partnership with Afghan leaders

Washington : US President Barack Obama discussed with Afghan leaders ways to deepen security partnership between the two countries, the White House said late Wednesday.

In a video conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Obama praised the Afghan security forces' performance during the current fighting season, Xinhua news agency quoted a statement issued by the White House as saying.