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Modi, Sharif handshake 'significant', says Nepal PM

Kathmandu : Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said the handshake between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was "significant".

Responding to queries by journalists at a media briefing after the closing ceremony of the 18th SAARC Summit, Koirala said the meeting between Modi and Sharif means a lot to the South Asian region.

Asked if he had taken personal initiative to make Modi and Sharif meet each other, Koirala said, "It is not important who initiated it, rather what happens matters", according to the Himalayan Times.

Saudi women to get new IDs by 2019

Riyadh : Saudi Arabia has said all women will get the new electronic and smart national ID card with biometric fingerprint technology by 2019.

“Since the decision to grant women a national ID, all of the issuing agency's 27 branches across the Kingdom are crowded. We are overwhelmed, which led us to initiate the online registration service to facilitate the process," Civil Affairs spokesman Mohammad Al-Jasser was quoted as saying by Saudi Gazette Thursday.

"During the past year alone, we received over 5.6 million bookings,” he added.

Syrian army claims killing 50 rebels near Damascus

Damascus : The Syrian Army announced Thursday that it had killed at least 50 "terrorists", as it describes anti-government insurgents, in an ambush outside Damascus, the state-run Sana news agency said.

A military source quoted by the agency said the ambush took place late Wednesday when the rebels were trying to escape from the town of Mayda'a towards al-Dmayer, in eastern Ghouta, northeast of the capital.

The soldiers also destroyed several vehicles.

Modi, Sharif shake hands, chat at Saarc closing event

Kathmandu : In an ice-breaking moment, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even slapped him laughingly on the arm while sharing a light moment at the concluding ceremony of the 18th Saarc Summit here Thursday.

In a photo-op that appeared to belie any misunderstanding or animosity between the two neighbours, Modi and Sharif kept their handshake for several seconds and chatted, smiling all the while.

Indians gear up for UAE National Day celebrations

Dubai : Indian expatriates residing across United Arab Emirates (UAE) are set to celebrate the 43rd UAE National Day Dec 2.

The UAE celebrates its National Day Dec 2, which marks the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971 under Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president.

Various Indian social and welfare groups and community associations are organising events and activities to mark the Spirit of the Union National Day of the UAE's seven emirates, Khaleej Times reported.

Modi, Sharif bonhomie gives fresh boost to Saarc

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : In a final ice-breaking moment that gave a huge boost to Saarc and floundering regional cooperation, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shook hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, laughed and even patted him on the arm at the closing ceremony of the bloc's 18th summit here Thursday, to resounding applause from a relieved audience comprising leaders, diplomats and officials from the eight South Asian countries.

Ex-minister claims proof of IS presence in Pakistan

Islamabad : Former interior minister and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Rehman Malik claimed he has evidence about the presence of the Islamic State (IS) militant group in Pakistan.

"Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should sensitise the international community about the rapid penetration of IS into many countries and use the forum of Saarc for setting up of an international desk for sharing information about the activities of the group," Dawn online quoted Malik as saying Thursday.

10 killed in Jammu gunfight ahead of Modi visit

Jammu : Ten people, including four civilians, were killed in fierce gun battles in Jammu and Kashmir Thursday when security forces took on infiltrating guerrillas, just a day ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state, officials said.

The gun battle began near the international border in the morning after a group of heavily armed guerrillas infiltrated into the Indian side in Arnia sub-sector.

British couple arrested on suspicion of 'terror offences'

London: A couple in Britain has been arrested on suspicion of Syria-related "terrorism offences", police said Wednesday.

The West Midlands Police Wednesday said the couplefrom Walsall in central England were detained Tuesday evening at Heathrow Airport by the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit.

The man, 20, and the women, 19, were seized after they got off a flight from Istanbul.

Police said there was no risk to the safety of the flight last night, and the two are now in custody in the West Midlands.

Brothers sentenced on terrorism charges in Britain

London: Two brothers from London have become the first Britons to be jailed for attending terrorist training in Syria, London's Metropolitan Police said Wednesday.

Mohommod Hassin Nawaz,31, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and his 23-year-old brother Hamza Nawaz was sentenced to three years in prison after appearing at the Central Criminal Court here Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

They are the first British citizens sentenced for terrorist offences after returning from Syria, Metropolitan Police said.