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Trump ready to mediate on Kashmir if asked by India, Pakistan: senior State Department official

Trump ready to mediate on Kashmir if asked by India, Pakistan: senior State Department official

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Updates from :  the hindu “He [Trump] certainly is prepared to play a mediation role, if both the countries ask. It has been India’s position not to seek outside mediation,” said the official in response to a question. U.S. President Donald Trump is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir only if asked by both the countries, a senior administration official said on Thursday reiterating that the onus for peace talks lies on Islamabad by taking sustained and irreversible actions against terrorist groups. President Trump obviously has expressed his concern over the level of tension between India and Pakistan. And he discussed Kashmir directly in his meetings with Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and Imran Khan, a senior State Department official said. “H
Pakistan mulling complete closure of airspace to India

Pakistan mulling complete closure of airspace to India

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Updates from :  the hindu Pakistan had shut its airspace following the Balakot air strike in February and reopened it after nearly five months in mid-July. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering a complete closure of air space to India, a federal Minister said on Tuesday amid growing tensions between the two countries following New Delhi’s decision to end Kashmir’s special status. “PM is considering a complete closure of Air Space to India, a complete ban on use of Pakistan Land routes for Indian trade to Afghanistan was also suggested in cabinet meeting, legal formalities for these decisions are under consideration... #Modi has started we will finish!” Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry tweeted on Tuesday. Mr. Chaudhry later told The Hindu that Pri
Hong Kong protests and Brexit may end up profiting financial elites

Hong Kong protests and Brexit may end up profiting financial elites

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Updates from :  the scroll.in Both London and Hong Kong have flourished as offshore financial centres, acting in many ways as secrecy jurisdictions or tax havens since the 1960s. Protests in Hong Kong have captured the world’s attention in recent weeks, with demonstrators closing streets and the airport and Chinese forces amassing near the border with a none too subtle threat of violent reprisal. The protests began in response to a new extradition law, but have spilt over into a general unease about the future of Hong Kong’s special administrative status. This special status sets Hong Kong apart from mainland China in a number of ways. As well as enjoying various social and political freedoms, it has a free market economy and is one of the world’s biggest financial centr
In Manasarovar, Chinese lend a helping hand to Indian pilgrims

In Manasarovar, Chinese lend a helping hand to Indian pilgrims

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Updates from :  the hindu Well-equipped reception centres greet yatris on the arduous trek in Tibet For Indian pilgrims on the difficult trek to the high altitude Kailash Manasarovar, the Hindu holy site in Tibet, things might have just got easier from this year. Accommodation facilities, called reception centres, have been built at various points of the pilgrimage, thanks to an initiative by the Chinese government to improve the material comforts of the pilgrims undertaking the arduous journey. The reception centres, each with about 150 beds, have rooms with charging points, a common kitchen and a common washroom, and provide food for the yatris. According to Awang Chering, Director-General of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ali Prefecture, all the four new reception centr
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