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Cameroon frees German hostage taken by Boko Haram

Yaounde : A German hostage abducted by the Boko Haram Islamist militants was freed by the Cameroonian army with help from the forces of other countries, an official source said Wednesday.

The source said that the hostage, Nietzsche Herbet Robert, was freed following a special military operation Tuesday, and was taken to Cameroon's northern town of Maroua, according to a Xinhua report.

The kidnapping was never made public, hence the surprise of many people when Robert's liberation was announced.

India issues travel advisory over Yemen violence

New Delhi : In view of the turbulent situation in Yemen where militiamen have seized control of the presidential palace, India Wednesday issued an advisory asking Indian nationals to avoid travel to Yemen.

"In view (of the) fragile security situation in Yemen, Indian nationals are advised to avoid all travel to Yemen," external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin tweeted.

'Middle East's tragedies unfolded as Lawrence ignored'

By Vikas Datta,

Jaipur : Nearly a century of tragedy and instability seen in the Middle East could have been avoided or at least mitigated if the promises made to the leaders of the Arab Revolt during World War I had been honoured instead of dividing the region into "artificial nations", said a biographer of Lawrence of Arabia.

HC notice to Centre on banned Pakistan channels

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday asked the central government to respond to a petition that seeks adequate steps to stop the broadcast of banned Pakistani channels in India.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw asked Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain to apprise the court by April 15 of "steps taken by Centre on banned Pakistan channels as well as programmes available in India".

130 bombs seized in Dhaka, five arrested

Dhaka : Police in Bangladesh seized 130 hand-made bombs and raw materials Wednesday from a house in Dhaka's Mohakhali, police said.

Mostafizur Rahman, 23, president of Bangaldesh Islami Chhatra Shibir's Banani unit, was arrested with four others during a raid at the house at TB Gate area in Dhaka around 4 a.m., said Banani police office chief Bhuiyan Mahbub Hossain, reported.

The rest are the activists of Jamaat-e-Islami's student wing, he said.

Emirates Islamic Bank to use Infosys product

Bengaluru: Dubai-based Sharia-compliant Emirates Islamic Bank has selected Finacle banking software product of Indian IT bellwether Infosys for its operations across the Gulf region.

"Finacle will enable the Islamic bank to serve its customers with greater efficiency, manage its operations more effectively and meet reporting and compliance obligations," the software major said in a statement here Tuesday.

With Finacle, the bank will also be able to create a range of products and services that are compliant with the stringent Sharia business rules and accounting rules.

IS flogs musicians for playing 'un-Islamic' keyboard

Damascus : Brutal Islamic State (IS) jihadis have been shown to be mercilessly beating musicians in Syria for playing an electronic keyboard, which they hold to be un-Islamic, a media report said Tuesday.

According to the Daily Mail, the musicians were pictured being hit across the back and legs with a wooden stick in a public square after IS enforcers ruled that the electronic keyboard was “offensive to Muslims”.

Pakistan ex-chief justice sues Imran Khan

Islamabad : Former Pakistan chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry filed a Pakistani Rs.20 billion ($1.9 million) defamation suit against cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan Tuesday.

In August last year Khan had accused Chaudhry of being involved in rigging the 2013 general election, The News International reported.

Chaudhry's legal team Raja Mudassir, Taufiq Asif and Ahsanuddin finalised the draft of the suit, which was filed in a district court here.

Last year, Chaudhary had sent a legal notice to Imran over the defamatory remarks made against him.

BNP calls for strike from Wednesday

Dhaka : The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called a 48-hour strike in Dhaka and Khulna divisions of the country from Wednesday, alongside the ongoing transport strike.

"The strike will begin at 6 a.m. Wednesday and continue until 6 a.m. Friday," said the party's joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reported.

"The joint forces are tormenting our leaders through their operations. Several Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (student-wing of BNP) leaders have been killed in the past few days."

Pakistan approaches India over closure notice to PIA office

New Delhi/Islamabad : The Pakistan high commission Monday approached the Indian government over closure notice to PIA properties in the Indian capital, officials said.

Pakistan foreign office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said in Islamabad that Pakistan International Airlines has been directed to initiate litigation over the property row.

India has asked PIA to shut its office in New Delhi, alleging that the property in Connaught Place was bought without the mandatory clearance of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).