Namibia goes to polls with Indian EVMs

London : Namibia Friday became the first African country in Africa to go to presidential and legislative polls using EVMs made in India.

Opposition parties had challenged the electronic voting machines (EVMs), voicing concerns that lack of a paper trail could encourage vote rigging, BBC reported.

But the case was dismissed by the country's high court earlier this week.

Polling officers will verify voter cards on a device containing the national voters' roll. In the booth, the voter selects his or her party of choice by pressing a button on an electronic ballot unit.

100 countries at World Human Rights Forum in Marrakech

Marrakech : The 2nd World Forum on Human Rights has begun here with the participation of more than 6,000 people from a hundred countries.

The forum, which will last till Nov 30, is a platform to tackle several issues, including the rights of children, women, disabled people and migrants, in addition to other unresolved issues from the Vienna Conference on Human Rights and other issues related to the new generation of human rights, MAP news agency said.


India, Indonesia set to boost defence ties

Jakarta : Close on the heels of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the India-Asean meeting earlier this month, bilateral defence ties got a boost with the visit of Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force Arup Raha to the southeast Asian nation.

Victoria's ruling party opts for Indian Australian candidates

By Paritosh Parasher,

Melbourne : In a classic case of a flood following a drought, political parties have fielded a large number of Indian-Australian candidates for Saturday's state elections in Victoria, an indication of the growing profile of the Indian community Down Under.

The ruling Liberal Party has taken a lead by nominating nine Indian-Australian candidates for the lower and upper houses of the state parliament. The number assumes significance considering the fact that the total number of Liberal Party candidates (for the two houses) is 94.

18th Saarc Summit concludes with one pact, several understandings

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : The 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) Summit concluded in Kathmandu Thursday with the adoption of a 36-point Kathmandu Declaration.

During the Summit, a Saarc Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation was signed while leaders of the South Asian nations directed their respective ministers to hold a meeting within three months to finalise the Saarc Motor Vehicles Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger and Cargo Vehicular Traffic, and the Saarc Regional Agreement on Railways.


Sri Lanka's election monitors warn of violent presidential poll

Colombo : Sri Lanka's election monitors have warned that the run-up to the presidential election in January could become violent and called on the Elections Commissioner for necessary action, an official said Thursday.

Wheels have been set in motion to make history in Sri Lanka after incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa called for snap presidential election seeking an unprecedented third term in power last week.


Nepal ex-PM's daughter hosts Saarc leaders' wives

Kathmandu : Sujata Koirala, daughter of former prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala, is hosting the wives of the heads of state of Saarc member countries Thursday.

She is hosting them at Bhaktapur and will take them on a tour of the historical and cultural site. Bhaktapur features on the Unicef's list of world heritage sites.

The two-day Saarc Summit with heads of state and government from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan ends Thursday.


Brown case highlights alarming pattern: Rights panel

Miami:The grand jury decision not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, spotlights "an alarming pattern of law enforcement use of excessive force against people of colour", the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has said.


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.