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Israel cuts power to Palestinian territories over unpaid debt

Jerusalem: Israel's Electric Company (IEC) on Monday cut power supply to two Palestinian cities in the West Bank for nearly an hour, due to an unpaid debt by the Palestinian Authority.

The power supply to the town of Jenin and Nablus was cut for 45 minutes on Monday over an unpaid debt of two billion shekels (nearly $500 million) by the Palestinian Authority and the east Jerusalem Electric Company.

Bahrain foreign minister meets Modi

New Delhi : Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Khalid Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Monday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and conveyed his government's commitment to deepen bilateral relations in areas such as defence, security, counter terrorism, trade and investment.

A PMO release said that the prime minister appreciated the continuous support and cooperation being extended by the Bahrain government to over four lakh members of the Indian community in that country.

Palestinian authority plans to develop Gaza gas field

Ramallah : The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) plans to develop a natural gas field off the Gaza Strip coast at a cost of $1 billion, a PNA minister said Monday.

Mohamed Mustafa, minister of economy, said in an emailed press statement that British Gas Co. and the Palestinian unity government will work together on developing the gas field, Xinhua news agency reported.

Main Peshawar school attack perpetrator arrested

Islamabad : One of the main perpetrators of the Dec 16 attack on the Army Public School in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has been arrested, a media report said Monday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Monday said terrorist Taj Muhammad was arrested by security forces during an intelligence-based operation, Geo TV reported.

Taj Muhammad, 27, was commander of the second group which attacked the school.

The other terrorist group was led by Atique Ur Rehman alias Usman who has already been apprehended by security forces.

1,465 IS militants killed in five months by coalition in Syria

Beirut : At least 1,465 members of the Islamic State (IS) Sunni radical group have been killed in five months of airstrikes by the US-led international coalition in Syria, according to data released Monday by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).

According to the SOHR, most of the dead were foreign fighters and were killed in the coalition's aircraft raids and missile strikes that targeted IS positions in the provinces of al-Raqqa, al-Hasakah, and Deir al-Zur in the northeast of the country, Homs and Hama in the centre, and Aleppo in the north.

Egypt dissolves 169 Muslim Brotherhood NGOs

Cairo : Egypt's ministry of social solidarity Monday ordered the dissolution of 169 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) affiliated with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, Xinhua news agency reported citing state-run Ahram Online.

The move comes in line with a previous ruling issued by the Court of Urgent Matters banning the activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordering the seizure of all the group's assets, the ministry said in a statement.

Pakistan school books to have Quranic verses against corruption

Islamabad : The textbook board of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has incorporated some verses of the holy Quran, Hadith and wise sayings on the inner titles of the school books to discourage corruption and promote harmony in the society, media reported Monday.

The move is aimed at scaling up awareness about the evil of corruption in society, Dawn online reported.

IT gains a strong foothold in Pakistan

By Azka Naeem,

Analysing the growth that has taken place in Pakistan since its inception in 1947, a lot can be said in terms of infrastructure development, agricultural growth and progress in education. However, it is important to shed light on one sector that barely existed at the time of independence and has now grown to be a deep-rooted and well-established part of the economy, and one upon which many of us greatly depend.

Bangladesh daily hails Mamata's assurances on Teesta, land deals

Dhaka : Terming West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's three-day trip to Dhaka, which concluded Saturday, as “heart-warming”, an editorial in Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper Monday said the Bangladeshis believed in Banerjee's assurances for the Teesta water sharing and land boundary deals.

“In practical terms, as the chief minister of the most important neighbouring Indian state to Bangladesh, she (Banerjee) has had a say on two vital issues for us -- the Teesta water sharing (deal) and the land boundary agreement (LBA),” the editorial said.

'Political reasons preventing Sir Creek dispute resolution'

Islamabad : The resolution of the Sir Creek dispute between India and Pakistan is held up as a result of political, rather than legal reasons, an article in leading Pakistani daily Dawn said Monday.

"The Sir Creek dispute is not hard to resolve as a legal matter. Political considerations rather than legal issues are preventing its resolution," Sikander Ahmad Shah, the former legal advisor to Pakistan's foreign ministry, stated in an opinion piece.