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Ex-Bangla minister's family to decide on his deportation

Shillong : The family of Salahuddin Ahmed, a former Bangladesh minister held here on charges of illegally entering India, is yet to decide on whether they would demand his deportation to Bangladesh or he would face trial in India, a Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) official said on Friday.

Ahmed, former communications minister during the government of BNP leader Khaleda Zia from 2001 to 2006, was arrested on May 11 from Golf Link area.

Efforts on locate Iraq hostages: Badal

Sangrur (Punjab) : A day after a Punjabi youth who survived and escaped from Iraq claimed that 39 Indians taken hostage in the war-torn country were killed by IS terrorists, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Friday said that the central government was making "strenuous efforts for locating the whereabouts of the Punjabis trapped in Iraq".

He said that the Punjab government was in constant touch with the central government on the issue of locating the 39 trapped Indians and bringing them back.

Peace process only way forward in India-Pakistan relationship: Sayeed

Jammu : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on Friday said the peace process between India and Pakistan was the only way forward and needed to be continued despite hiccups.

"Peace process between India and Pakistan is the only way forward in relationship between the two countries and the same must continue despite hiccups," he told media during a luncheon here.

India building infrastructure along Bangladesh border to tighten vigil

Agartala : The Border Security Force (BSF) is strengthening infrastructure to enhance vigil along the border with Bangladesh, a senior BSF official said here on Friday.

"There are 245 BOPs (Border Out Posts) along India-Bangladesh border within Tripura of which 65 BOPs are being converted to composite BOPs for strict vigil and domination in the frontiers," Inspector General of BSF, Tripura Frontier, B.N. Sharma told reporters.

Regular missile tests maintain India-Pakistan status quo

By Abheet Singh Sethi,

New Delhi : Last month, India tested its indigenously-developed 3,000-km Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) Agni III, while Pakistan tested its 1,300-km Medium Range Ballistic Missile (MRBM) Ghauri.

Both missiles are part of an ever-growing arsenal capable of reaching every corner of rival territory (including India’s Andaman Islands) and carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads. Ironically, these tests are also a good way of ensuring the two countries do not go to war.

Bus service between northeastern states and Kolkata via Bangladesh soon

By Sujit Chakraborty,

Agartala : India might operate direct bus services soon between the northeastern states and Kolkata via Bangladesh to ferry people easily from the mountainous region, a top official said on Friday.

"A meeting was held in the road transport and highways ministry in New Delhi on Thursday and some modalities were finalised to operate direct bus services between the northeastern states and Kolkata via Bangladesh...," a ministry official told IANS from New Delhi by phone.

17 terrorists killed in Pakistan airstrikes

Islamabad : At least 17 suspected terrorists were killed on Friday when Pakistan military jets bombarded their hideouts in North Waziristan tribal agency.

According to security sources, the aerial strikes targeted three militant dens in Shawal district, also destroying four vehicles belonging to the terrorists, Geo News reported.

The airstrikes came two days after terrorists stormed a bus in Karachi and killed 46 people belonging to the Ismaili community, a sub-sect of Shias.

Airstrikes continue against IS targets in Syria, Iraq

Washington : The US-led coalition continues to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria and Iraq over the past two days, the US Defense Department has said.

During the period, fighter and bomber aircraft conducted a total of nine airstrikes in Syria and 22 airstrikes in Iraq, the Defense Department said in a statement on Thursday.

135 detained over Karachi bus attack

Islamabad : At least 135 people have been detained over an armed attack on a bus in Karachi which claimed 46 lives, media reported on Friday.

Raids were carried out by the Pakistan Rangers and police in different parts of Karachi late Thursday night until early Friday morning, Geo News reported.

Sources said a unit-in-charge of a political party was among those detained.

The detained individuals have been shifted to a yet undetermined location for interrogation.

Yemen's Houthis agree to talks if Riyadh halts bombing

Sanaa : Yemen's Shia Houthi group has agreed with the visiting UN envoy to resume UN-brokered talks as long as the Saudi-led air campaign is halted, government officials have said.

According to an information ministry official, representatives of the Houthi group and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh said they were ready to resume the UN-brokered talks after the alliance suspended air strikes, adding that they believed Geneva, instead of Riyadh, should be picked to host the talks, Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.