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India-Bangladesh project to document Bangladesh Liberation

Guwahati : Forty-three years after the Bangladesh War of Liberation, a history project is underway to collate facts and documents of the historic events of 1971 which, among others, will record the contribution of people and the government of India.

The India-Bangladesh History Project, led by well-known Bangladeshi writer and journalist Haroon Habib, will document the role of people and the government of India, the governments of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and West Bengal, political parties, the Armed Forces, Border Security Force, organizations and the mass media etc. in 1971.

Islamic scholar urges Haj pilgrims not to take selfies

Riyadh : A prominent Saudi Islamic scholar has urged pilgrims not to indulge in taking "selfies" while performing Haj, saying the new rampant phenomenon distracts worshippers from completing the rituals they came for, media reported Monday.

"People often do it to show off, potentially disqualifying their entire act of worship and affecting the divine reward they would get for coming here," the Arab News quoted Ali bin Abdul Aziz Al-Shibal, a member of a Haj awareness committee and lecturer at the Majmaah University, as saying.

New MERS case confirmed in Qatar

Doha : Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has confirmed a new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) case in the country, the first case reported this year after a gap of more than 10 months, media reported Monday.

A 71-year-old Qatari has tested positive for the deadly virus, also known as Corona, The Peninsula reported citing SCH.

This takes the total number of MERS cases in Qatar to 10. Seven Qataris and three expatriates have been infected until now and of them three Qataris and two expatriates have died.

Mukherjee dodges question on India-Pakistan tensions

Oslo : President Pranab Mukherjee praised the Nobel committee for choosing India's Kailash Satyarthi for this year's Peace Prize but declined to comment if the joint conferment of the award on Pakistan's Malala Yousufzai was possibly intended to help find a solution to the long-lasting tension between the two countries.

According to Norway's NTB news agency, the Indian president, during an interaction with the media here, was asked about his reaction to this year's Nobel Peace Prize winners - Satyarthi and Yousufzai.

Pakistan opens fire on LoC again, woman injured

Jammu : After an overnight lull, Pakistan troops Monday broke the ceasefire again, opening unprovoked firing on Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, police said.

A woman was injured in the firing, which was retaliated from the Indian side.

"Pakistan army again violated the ceasefire on the LoC, opening fire with automatic weapons at Indian army positions in Sabjian area of Poonch district Monday afternoon," a police officer told IANS here.

Kurdish fighters advance in Syrian city, kill 13 IS militants

Damascus : Kurdish fighters have advanced against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in the southern rim of Syria's northern city of Kobane, killing 13 IS militants, a monitoring group said Monday.

Iraq denies presence of IS militants near Baghdad airport

Baghdad : The Iraqi defence ministry Monday denied the reported presence of Islamic State (IS) militants in Abu Ghraib area near Baghdad international airport, stressing that security is under control.

"The reports about (IS militants) seizing Abu Ghraib area are not true," Qasim Atta, a defence ministry official said. "Life is normal in the town of Abu Ghraib."

30 killed in Egypt road accident

Cairo : At least 30 people were killed and 15 injured Monday in a road accident in Egypt's Aswan province.

The accident involving three mini buses, happened on the Aswan-Edfo road, about 700 km south of Cairo, state-run MENA news agency reported.

Aswan Governor Mostafa Yusry said that most of the victims were local fishermen.

Police have launched a probe to find the cause of the accident.

Guns silent on Pakistan, India border

Jammu : Guns on both sides of the India, Pakistan border remained silent overnight Monday, but thousands of displaced border residents were still camped in makeshift accommodations away from their homes.

"The night remained peaceful on both the LoC (Line of Control) and the international border. There was no ceasefire violation from Pakistan side during the night," said a senior police officer in winter capital Jammu.

Pakistan PM unlikely to attend Malala's Nobel ceremony

Islamabad : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is unlikely to attend the award ceremony for the Nobel Peace Prize shared by Malala Yousufzai and Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi, a top official said.

Malala has called upon Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the Dec 10 ceremony in Oslo, The Nation reported.

But Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, Sunday said that Sharif is scheduled to travel to China for an official visit on the day of the ceremony.