Global News SahilOnline, Leading news portal from Coastal Karnataka, bringing you latest updates from the Coast, State, Nation and the World, in Kannada, Urdu and English. Global News 50 killed in Indonesia flash floods triggered by rains, landslides At least 50 people have been killed by flash floods in Indonesia's eastern Papua province, an official said Sunday, as rescuers raced to find more victims of the disaster. The floods in Sentani, near the provincial capital of Jayapura, were triggered by torrential rain and subsequent landslides on Saturday, and also left 59 people injured. Dozens of homes were damaged by floodwaters, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said. "The number of casualties and impact of the disaster will likely increase as search and rescue teams are still trying to reach other affected areas," he added. "The floods were likely caused by a landslide." The waters had receded but officials were still trying to evacuate people. Seven killed, 13 missing in landslide in China Seven people were killed and 13 others reported missing when a landslide toppled residential buildings in China's north Shanxi province. India, US agree to build six nuclear power plants in India India and the US said they have agreed to build six American nuclear power plants in India, in a boost to bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation. Anti-Muslim terror attack on Mosques in New Zealand - 49 dead Extremist right wing terrorist opens fire at civilians in 2 mosques in New Zealand. Pakistan fails to secure USD 3.2 billion UAE oil facility Cash-strapped Pakistan has failed to secure a USD 3.2 billion oil on deferred payments facility from the UAE, a media report Thursday quoted Finance Minister Asad Umar as saying. Terrorists wont be allowed to use Bangla soil: Sheikh Hasina to PM Modi Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday assured her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that her government would never allow the country's soil to be used by any terrorist organisation under its "zero tolerance policy". All killed on Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff from the capital Sunday morning killing all 157 thought to be on board, according to statements from the airline and the state broadcaster. No terror group will be allowed to operate on Pakistan soil: Imran Khan Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan today said no terror group would be allowed to operate on Pakistani soil and carry out attacks abroad, days after his government began a crackdown against terror organisations. "This government will not allow Pakistan's land to be used for any kind of outside terrorism," Imran Khan said while addressing a public rally in southern Pakistan. "We will not allow any terror group to function in our country now," he added. Pakistan began a crackdown against terror groups this week amid growing international pressure in the wake of the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama in which 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed. Indian diamond billionaire Nirav Modi tracked down to swanky London apartment: report Fugitive billionaire diamantaire Nirav Modi, accused in the USD 2 billion PNB fraud case, is living openly in a swanky 8-million pound apartment in London's West End and is now involved in a new diamond business, a British daily reported on Saturday. Modi, 48, is currently living in a three-bedroom flat occupying half of a floor of the landmark Centre Point tower block, where rent is estimated to cost 17,000 pounds a month, The Telegraph reported. The revelation comes a day after Modi's 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion at Kihim beach in Maharashtra was demolished by authorities using explosives.  Satellite images show madrasa buildings still standing High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group's training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants. The images produced by Planet Labs Inc, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, show at least six buildings on the madrasa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike. Until now, no high-resolution satellite images were publicly available. But the images from Planet Labs, which show details as small as 72 cm (28 inches), offer a clearer look at the structures the Indian government said it attacked. 59 Nobel laureates urge India, Pakistan to defuse tension Fifty-nine Nobel laureates have urged the prime ministers of India and Pakistan to "defuse the rising tension" before the situation "escalates to a full-fledged war", a statement said on Sunday. A letter signed by the Noble winners, under the aegis of the Laureates and Leaders for Children, a platform founded by India's Nobel peace laureate Satyarthi, was submitted to India and Pakistan's Permanent Representatives to the United Nations on Saturday, it said. Donald Trump plans to end India’s preferential trade treatment US President Donald Trump said on Monday he intends to end India's preferential trade treatment under a program that allows USD 5.6 billion worth of Indian exports to enter the United States duty free. Trump, who has vowed to reduce US trade deficits, has repeatedly called out India for its high tariffs. "I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the Government of India, I have determined that India has not assured the United States that it will provide equitable and reasonable access to the markets of India," Trump said in a letter to congressional leaders. The US Trade Representative's Office said removing India from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program would not take effect for at least 60 days after notifications to Congress and the Indian government, and it will be enacted by a presidential proclamation. The US goods and services trade deficit with India was USD 27.3 billion in 2017, according to the US Trade Representative's Office. India is the world's largest beneficiary of the GSP program and ending its participation would be the strongest punitive action against India since Trump took office in 2017. US-India trade ties were hurt after India unveiled new rules on e-commerce that restrict the way Inc and Walmart Inc-backed Flipkart do business. The e-commerce rules followed a drive by New Delhi to force global card payments companies such as Mastercard Inc and Visa Inc to move their data to India and the imposition of higher tariffs on electronic products and smartphones Person who solves Kashmir issue will be worthy of Nobel Peace Prize: Imran Khan Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the person who solves the Kashmir issue will be worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize, days after a resolution was submitted in Parliament endorsing him for the prestigious award, citing his "efforts to de-escalate" tensions with India. "I am not worthy of the Nobel Peace prize. The person worthy of this would be the one who solves the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and paves the way for peace & human development in the subcontinent," the premier tweeted. On March 2, a resolution was submitted in Pakistan's National Assembly Secretariat stating that Khan's decision of releasing Indian Air Force pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman has de-escalated the hostility between Pakistan and India. JeM chief Masood Azhar 'alive', says Pakistani media India's most wanted terrorist and Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar is "alive", a Pakistani media report said on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources close to his family. India Pakistan standoff: Sushma Swaraj likely to raise terrorism issue at OIC meet in UAE External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is in Abu Dhabi to attend the foreign ministers' meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) states where she is expected to raise the issue of terrorism, amidst Indo-Pak tensions following the Pulwama terror attack. Russia offers to help mediate between India and Pakistan Russia is ready to mediate between India and Pakistan to try to calm tensions between the two nuclear powers, Russian government officials said on Thursday, warning of the risk of further clashes between the two countries. Pakistan to release IAF pilot Abhinandan tomorrow: PM Imran Khan Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan Thursday announced that IAF's captured pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman will be released on Friday as a "gesture of peace". Create trust, transparency to uproot terrorism: Kailash Satyarthi urges PM Modi, Imran Khan Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan to create an atmosphere of trust and transparency, and work together to uproot terrorism. 'No agreement' reached at Kim-Trump nuclear talks The nuclear summit between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Hanoi ended without an agreement Thursday, the White House said after the two leaders cut short their discussions. Pakistan suspends Samjhauta Express train service Pakistani authorities have suspended the Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India until further notice, a media report said Thursday, amidst tense bilateral ties in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack. The train departs on Monday and Thursday from Lahore. The Samjhauta Express train service between Pakistan and India has been suspended until further notice, DawnNewsTV reported on Thursday citing railway authorities. The biweekly train was scheduled to depart from Lahore with 16 passengers. India asks Pakistan to immediately return IAF pilot Abhinandan, ensure his safety India Wednesday summoned the acting high commissioner of Pakistan and demanded immediate and safe return of an IAF pilot who was detained by Pakistan following an aerial engagement by air forces of the two countries. China endorses India's position on cross-border terrorism China on Wednesday endorsed India's position on cross-border terrorism, adding that terrorist groups cannot be supported and used in political and geopolitical goals. 39-year-old Nepal Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari killed in chopper crash Nepal's Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Rabindra Adhikari and six others were killed when a private helicopter crashed in eastern Nepal's mountainous Taplejung district, according to a media report. Besides 39-year-old Tourism Minister Adhikari, the Air Dynasty helicopter was carrying Nepal's prominent aviation and hospitality entrepreneur Ang Tsering Sherpa, Prime Minister's personal aide Yubaraj Dahal, two officials of tourism ministry and a bodyguard of the minister. Pakistan says two Indian military aircraft shot in Pakistani airspace, one Indian pilot arrested Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested one of the pilots. Military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed in a tweet that one of the aircraft crashed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir while the other fell in Jammu and Kashmir.  Balakot air strike: Pakistan summons India's diplomat over 'violation of its territorial sovereignty' Pakistan on Tuesday summoned India's acting High Commissioner here and condemned the "violation of its territorial sovereignty" by Indian fighter jets. Australia asks India, Pakistan to 'exercise restraint' & engage in dialogue Australia on Tuesday urged India and Pakistan to "exercise restraint" and engage in dialogue to ensure issues are resolved peacefully even as it asked Islamabad to take "urgent and meaningful" action against terrorist groups including JeM operating from its soil. Pakistan 'will choose time and place to respond' to India's aggression: Pakistan PM Imran Khan Pakistan on Tuesday "strongly rejected" India's claim" of targeting terrorist camp near Balakot and causing heavy casualties even as it vowed to respond "at the time and place of its choosing" to what it called India's "uncalled for aggression". Pakistan calls 'emergency meeting' after India carried out air strikes Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called an "emergency meeting" Tuesday after India carried out air strikes across the LoC and destroyed terror camps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. No relief for Sharif as Pakistan court rejects bail plea in corruption case A court in Pakistan rejected the bail application of deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, refusing to grant him relief on medical grounds in a corruption case. Give peace a chance: Imran to PM Modi Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan asked his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to "give peace a chance" and assured him that he "stands by" his words and will "immediately act" if New Delhi provides Islamabad with "actionable intelligence" on the Pulwama attack. Don't dare to look at Pak with evil eye: FM Qureshi to India Pakistan wants peace, but India is creating a "war frenzy", Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed on Sunday, amidst simmering tensions between the two countries following the Pulwama terror attack that killed 40 CRPF soldiers. Trump says India looking at something 'very strong' after Pulwama attack Asserting that there is a lot of problems between India and Pakistan, US President Donald Trump has said New Delhi is looking at something "very strong" in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack. Forty CRPF personnel were killed and five injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir when a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) rammed a vehicle carrying a huge quantity of explosives into their bus in Pulwama district. 'Not concerned if India stops flow of water': Pakistan Pakistan is not concerned over India's plan to stop the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from the Ravi, Sutlej and Beas rivers under the Indus Waters Treaty, a top official said. The response came hours after Union minister Nitin Gadkari said in New Delhi that India has decided to "stop" the flow of its share of water to Pakistan from rivers under the Indus Waters 70 killed as massive fire breaks out in chemical warehouses in Dhaka At least 70 people were killed as a massive fire on Wednesday night ripped through several multi-storey buildings, many of them housing chemical and plastic warehouses in a crammed old part of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka. The fire broke out at a chemical warehouse on the ground floor of a five-storey building named Hazi Wahed Mansion behind a mosque in Old Dhaka's congested Chawkbazar area and the flames then quickly spread through four other buildings nearby, including a community centre where a wedding party was on, fire officials said. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) officials said the fire spread rapidly due to the multiple chemical godowns that were situated in the area. Pakistan will retaliate if India attacks: Imran Khan Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said his country will have no other option to retaliate if India wages war against it in the wake of the February 14 suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir that killed 40 CRPF troopers. Saudi Crown Prince vows to calm tensions between neighbours after Pulwama Saudi Arabia vowed to "de-escalate" rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad on Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi. The kingdom's foreign minister spoke at a press conference in Islamabad as Pakistan recalled its envoy from Delhi for "consultations", the latest development in a fresh diplomatic crisis between the neighbours. India has vowed to retaliate after the suicide attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama that killed 41 CRPF soldiers last week, the deadliest attack in the state in decades. The attack has sparked widespread calls in the country for action against Pakistan. "Our objective is to try to de-escalate tensions between the two countries, neighbouring countries, and to see if there is a path forward to resolving those differences peacefully," said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. The pledge came as the crown prince, widely known as "MBS", prepared to head for India later Monday, at the conclusion of his two-day visit to Pakistan. 'Immediately end support to terror groups': US to Pak on Pulwama attack The White House asked Pakistan to immediately end "support" and "safe haven" to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack. Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday that left over 40 personnel dead and many critically wounded. Will initiate appeal against extradition order: Vijay Mallya Hours after his extradition to India was approved by the UK government, fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya on Monday said he will initiate the appeal process. The 63-year-old business tycoon had been found to have a case to answer before the Indian courts by Westminster Magistrates' Court in London on December 10, 2018. Pakistan has no intention to interfere in India's internal matters: Shah Mehmood Qureshi after phone call to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Pakistan has no intention to interfere in India's internal matters and New Delhi should not make an issue out of his telephonic conversation with Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. Strong 6.1-magnitude quake hits western Indonesia A strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the Indonesian island of Mentawai on Saturday, but no tsunami warning was issued. Cannot allow trade deficit with China to continue: Prez Trump President Donald Trump has said US' massive trade deficit with China cannot be allowed to continue, a day after the officials from both countries concluded their latest round of negotiations on trade issues. More people die after surgery than from HIV, TB, and malaria combined: study Nearly 4.2 million people around the world die every year within 30 days after surgery, more than than those who die from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria combined, according to a study. Brexit deal not open to renegotiation: EU leaders European leaders moved quickly Tuesday to reject an attempt by Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May to re-open talks on the Brexit divorce deal, as British lawmakers voted to demand changes. Nearly 5,000 garment workers sacked over Bangladesh strikes Nearly 5,000 low-paid Bangladeshi garment workers stitching clothes for global brands have been sacked by factory bosses for joining strikes over wages this month that turned violent, police said Tuesday. Suman Kumari becomes Pakistan's first Hindu woman judge Suman Kumari has become the first Hindu woman in Pakistan to be appointed as a civil judge, according to a media report. Trump to deliver State of the Union Address on February 5 Donald Trump will deliver the State of the Union Address on February 5 after it was delayed due to a government shutdown over the US president's demand for funding for a wall along the border with Mexico. Will resume talks with India only after elections: Pakistan Information Minister Pakistan will try to resume peace talks with India only after election results are out as it is "useless" to talk to New Delhi because no big decisions are expected from the present Indian government, a senior minister has said. Afghan president calls for 'serious talks' with Taliban Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Monday the Taliban should "enter serious talks" with his government, after the insurgents and Washington both touted progress during unprecedented negotiations in Qatar last week. India needs to boost exports with ASEAN countries: Indian High Commissioner to Singapore India's trade with the South East Asian nations is below potential, the Indian High Commissioner to Singapore Jawad Ashraf said on Saturday, as he underlined the need to give priority to micro, small and medium enterprises to boost exports to these countries. BSF gifts sweets to Pakistan Rangers on Republic Day at Attari-Wagah border On the occasion of India's 70th Republic Day, the Border Security Force (BSF) offered sweets to its Pakistani counterparts at the International border here on Saturday. Brazil dam collapse leaves at least 34 people dead, hundreds missing Thirty-four people were confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing Saturday, with hopes fading of them being found alive, after a dam collapsed at a mine in southeast Brazil. Donald Trump says he wants people to come to the US legally President Donald Trump has said he wants immigrants to come to the US legally and through a system based on merit so that they can enjoy safety and liberty, insisting that Americans cannot surrender operational control over the nation's borders to foreign cartels. White House preparing draft national emergency order The White House is preparing a draft proclamation for President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency along the US-Mexico border and has identified more than USD 7 billion in potential funds for his border wall should he go that route, according to internal documents. 6 Indian sailors killed, 6 missing in Kerch strait ship accident At least six Indian sailors were killed and an equal number of them went missing after two fuel ships carrying Indian and Turkish crew members caught fire in the Kerch Strait, where the blaze was still raging following the accident on Monday, officials said on Wednesday. WhatsApp limits message forwarding worldwide to curb hoaxes, rumours After limiting the number of times you can forward a message in India, WhatsApp is reportedly spreading the policy to include other countries as well. Drone disrupts air traffic into Newark airport A drone briefly disrupted air traffic Tuesday at Newark airport, one of New York's three major hubs for air traffic, US officials said. Flooding, landslide kill 8 in Indonesia At least eight people have been killed and thousands forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rain triggered devastating flash floods and landslides in Indonesia, authorities said on Wednesday. Putin and Erdogan to hold Syria talks Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold Syria talks in Moscow on Wednesday, with Turkey saying they will focus on Ankara's so-called "security zone" in northern Syria. Nawaz Sharif shifted to hospital from jail following heart issues Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who is serving a seven-year imprisonment in a Lahore jail, was rushed to a hospital on Tuesday after he complained of heart related complications. Sharif (69) was taken to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore from Kot Lakhpat Jail in high security. WhatsApp to limit message forwarding to five chats globally WhatsApp will now globally limit message 'forwards' to five chats at a time, a practice it had introduced in India in July last year to crack down on spread of rumours and fake news through its platform. Donald Trump to make 'major' announcement on shutdown, border issue on Saturday President Donald Trump has said he will make a "major" announcement Saturday on the ongoing federal government shutdown and the humanitarian crisis on the US-Mexico border. Malaysia says it won't host any more events involving Israel Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel. Indian killed in Afghan bomb attack: MEA An Indian national was among those killed in the terror attack in Afghanistan's capital on Monday, the Ministry of External Affairs said and called for the perpetrators of the assault as well as those who provide them shelter to be brought to justice expeditiously. Rahul Gandhi To Meet Indian Community On First UAE Visit Congress President Rahul Gandhi who will interact with the Indian overseas and student communities during his maiden visit to the UAE was accorded a warm welcome by the Indian diaspora at the Dubai airport on Thursday, the party said. Rahul Gandhi arrives in Dubai Congress President Rahul Gandhi arrived in Dubai in the wee hours of Friday for his two-day maiden visit to the United Arab Emirates. Sheikh Hasina to be sworn in as Bangladesh PM for fourth term Sheikh Hasina will be sworn in as Bangladesh's prime minister for a record fourth term on Monday after her Awami League's landslide victory in the December 30 election. Only 500 Sikh pilgrims to be allowed per day, says Pakistan's draft agreement on Kartarpur Corridor ISLAMABAD: Not more than 500 Sikh pilgrims will be allowed per day through the Kartarpur Corridor and a database of the pilgrims with their travel history will be maintained, Pakistan has said in a draft agreement that it plans to send to the Indian Government for signing. In the agreement, Pakistan government has also said that three-day prior information of the visiting pilgrims and security clearance by the Indian side will be needed before the entry of Sikh pilgrims through the planned Kartarpur Corridor. According to the proposed agreement, which is widely circulated in the Pakistani media, Islamabad will reserve the rights to refuse entry into its territory, reduce the period of stay or terminate the stay of any pilgrim despite the grant of permit if it considers him/her a threat to the country or finds undesirable for security or other purposes. The draft also underlines that entry in Pakistan territory will be permitted based and a passport is compulsory and the pilgrims will not be exempted from the obligation to respect laws and regulations of Pakistan after entering in its territory. "All laws must be respected not just concerning entry and exit," the proposal stated. The pilgrims will be subjected to several terms and condition including the creation of a database which contains information about their names, travel history and other relevant information. Ties between India and China 'back on normal track': report Ties between India and China have returned to a "normal track" and there have been positive developments like Beijing giving market access to Indian products, but much is yet to be done in addressing the widening trade deficit, official sources said. Relations between the two countries were severely hit by the 73-day face-off between the Indian and Chinese armies at the strategically sensitive Doklam tri-junction in the Sikkim sector last year. Sources told news agency Press Trust of India that that the political relationship between the two countries not just restored, but heightened in the past one year. At the same time, they said India was seriously concerned over China's Belt and Road Initiative and the way international norms and standards in giving contracts under the project were being flouted. The sources also told news agency PTI that India expects China to walk the talk on the issue of giving market access to Indian products. "The positive development is that relations with China have returned to the normal track," said a senior official, while summing up India's diplomatic engagement in 2018. Calling the Indo-Pacific a major area of India's interest, the sources said that New Delhi was keen to talk about it with Beijing and the issue was likely to figure regularly in bilateral talks between the two nations. They said that there was no total unanimity between India and the US on all issues relating to the Indo-Pacific and that New Delhi wants all major powers to be engaged over key matters. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have held bilateral meetings three times and also had an informal summit in Wuhan this year, which the sources described as "unprecedented". They said the second informal summit between the leadership of the two countries is likely to be held in the second half of 2019. On partnerships with leading powers, the sources said India's ties with the US proceeded on a positive track, while "significant trust" has also been built with Russia. The sources reiterated that the so-called 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor' or 'CPEC' is a direct challenge to India's sovereignty and territorial integrity. India has been strongly opposing the so-called 'CPEC', which is part of the Belt and Road Initiative, as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. On the Belt and Road Initiative, the sources highlighted how the overall project should follow international norms, ensure transparency and most importantly, respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries. Though China claims that the Belt and Road Initiative is aimed at economic benefit for the region, the sources said India strongly feels it could destabilise the region. The sources went on to say that contracts are being awarded under the Belt and Road Initiative flouting well established international norms and rules which was a matter of great concern. "You now have a situation where an entirely different set of rules have been put in place. Technical specifications and customs rules are being changed," a source said. Adding to this, the sources highlighted how some countries have started raising concerns about the debt problem arising from the Belt and Road Initiative. Asked whether India would rethink on joining the Belt and Road Initiative if its concerns are addressed, the source said, "There is no change in our position. Hypothetically, if they were to address these concerns, how we would react is something I can't say." On market access to Indian products, the sources said some positive developments are taking place on allowing market access for certain agricultural products. "We are seeing unblocking of applications and requests for market access for a number of our products, including Basmati and non-Basmati rice, sugar among others," said the source. Bilateral trade between India and China rose by 18.63 per cent year-on-year and reached a historic high of USD 84.44 billion last year. However, the trade deficit continues to remain high at USD 51.75 billion in 2017. India has been voicing its concerns to China over the huge trade deficit for several years. Both sides have held several rounds of talks on the issue in the last few years. 5 dead, 21 hurt in China as hijacked bus ploughs into pedestrians Beijing: News reports say an attacker with a knife who tried to hijack a bus in southeastern China killed five people and wounded 21. The Beijing News newspaper said on its website the attack occurred Tuesday afternoon aboard a public bus in Longyan in the coastal province of Fujian, south of Shanghai. Ousted Pak PM Nawaz Sharif gets 7-year jail term in corruption case An anti-corruption court in Pakistan on Monday sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case while acquitting him in the Flagship Investments corruption case in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal.Accountability Court II Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik announced the verdict in the two remaining corruption cases against the Sharif family, after reserving the decision last week.In its decision, Judge Malik said there was concrete evidence against the 68-year-old former premier in the Al-Azizia reference, and that he was unable to provide a money trail in the case, Geo TV reported. 222 Killed, Over 800 Injured In Indonesia Tsunami Set Off By Volcano A volcano-triggered tsunami has left at least 222 people dead and hundreds more injured after slamming without warning into beaches around Indonesia's Sunda Strait, officials said Sunday, voicing fears that the toll would rise further. Pakistan PM Imran Khan raised Kashmir issue with UN chief: UN spokesman Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned UN chief Antonio Guterres and raised the issue of Kashmir, a UN spokesman has said. UAE to provide USD 3 billion to Pakistan to overcome financial crunches The UAE will soon give USD 3 billion to cash-strapped Pakistan to support its financial and monetary policies, the state media reported on Friday. Victory for democracy, says reinstated Sri Lankan PM Wikremesinghe Ranil Wickremesinghe staged a triumphant comeback on Sunday as Sri Lankan Prime Minister to end the unprecedented political turmoil in the country, 51 days after he was sacked by his bete noire and President Maithripala Sirisena, who also dissolved Parliament, controversial decisions which were nullified by the Supreme Court. Wickremesinghe, the 69-year-old United National Party leader, was administered the oath of office by President Sirisena, who had sacked him on October 26 and installed former rival and ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place. The UNP leader had refused to step down asserting that his sacking was illegal. Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns as Lanka's PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move, resigned Saturday as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership untenable.     Rajapaksa informed the lawmakers of United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) that he has resigned from the post, MP Shehan Semasinghe told reporters. UK court orders Mallya's extradition to India A UK court Monday ordered Vijay Mallya's extradition, in a major boost to India's efforts to bring back the fugitive wanted for alleged fraud and money laundering charges amounting to an estimated Rs 9,000 crores. Delivering the verdict, Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief Magistrate Judge Emma Arbuthnot said that there was "no sign of a false case being mounted against him". "Having considered evidence as a whole. There is a case to answer," Judge Arbuthnot said as she ruled that 62-year-old Mallya could be extradited to India to stand trial on the charges brought by the CBI and the ED. Vijay Mallya offers to return 100% of public money: UK Fugitive liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday said his extradition from the UK to India will take its own legal course, while offering to pay back 100 per cent of "public money". Mallya, who has been fighting a legal battle against his extradition to India, claimed that he has been falsely dubbed as a "defaulter" by politicians and media. “I see quick media narrative about my extradition decision. That is separate and will take its own legal course,” he said in a series of tweets. In September, a UK court had fixed December 10 as the date to deliver its verdict on whether beleaguered liquor baron can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crore. He further said, "The most important point is the public money and I am offering to pay 100 per cent back. I humbly request the banks and government to take it. If payback refused, WHY (sic)," he added. Vajpayee said Kashmir issue would've resolved if BJP won 2004 polls: Imran Khan Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said war is not a solution to the Kashmir issue, which can be resolved through talks. In an interview to a group of television journalists in Islamabad, Imran Khan said unless there was a dialogue, various options on resolution of Kashmir cannot be discussed. When asked about the formula to resolve the Kashmir issue, the Pakistan Prime Minister said there were two or three solutions, which have been in discussions. He, however, refused to share more details, saying it was "too early to talk about them". India sees US as an important defence partner: Sitharaman Commencing her five-day official visit to the United States, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Monday asserted that New Delhi sees the US as an important partner in the field of defence. In her remarks at the start of her bilateral talks with the US Defence Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon, Sitharaman said mutual trust and confidence in defence partnership between the two countries were growing. The defence minister added that she was encouraged by the importance attached to the India-US defence relationship in the new US National Security Strategy.  Trump writes to Imran Khan; seeks help in bringing Taliban to negotiating table US President Donald Trump has written to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking Pakistan's support in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal war in trouble-torn Afghanistan, officials here said on Monday. The development came weeks after Trump said Pakistan does not do "a damn thing" for the US, alleging that Islamabad had helped al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Abbottabad. The Foreign Office (FO) said that the President, in a letter, has sought Pakistan's cooperation in bringing the Taliban to negotiating table. Sri Lanka court suspends Mahinda Rajapaksa's powers as PM A Sri Lanka court on Monday suspended Mahinda Rajapakse's powers as prime minister and ruled that his cabinet could not function until its legitimacy was established. India to host G-20 summit for the first time in 2022 For the first time, India will host the annual G-20 summit in 2022, coinciding with the country's 75th anniversary of Independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement at the closing ceremony of the 13th G-20 summit here in the Argentinian capital on Saturday. He thanked Italy for allowing India to play the host. Italy was to host the international forum of the world's top 20 economies in 2022. The 14th edition will be held in Japan while Saudi Arabia will host the 15th. G-20 summit: Perceptible improvement in India-China relations, say Modi and Xi "On the political side, they welcomed the visit of the Chinese defense minister, of the holding of the counter-terrorism military exercise next week in India and the recently concluded special representative talks. "Both leaders (said) that there had been a positive improvement in border management along the India-China border areas following the Wuhan summit," the foreign secretary said. Modi and Xi also said that they were looking forward to the first meeting of the high-level mechanism on people-to-people exchanges in New Delhi in December. "Both sides also specifically mentioned that the first bilateral cooperation that had begun in Afghanistan which is the training of Afghan diplomats, had been successful and that they were looking for further such opportunities," Gokhale said. After the meeting, the PMO tweeted that the two leaders held productive discussions. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ravish Kumar tweeted, "Working together to strengthen the Wuhan spirit. "PM @narendramodi had a warm & productive meeting with President Xi of #China, their 4th this year, on sidelines of #G20Summit. Discussed joint efforts to further enhance mutual trust and friendship across all aspects of our ties," he added. H-1B visa norms to change to target the most-skilled, highest-paid The Trump Administration on Friday proposed major changes to the H-1B application process, including a new rule requiring companies to electronically register their petitions in advance, aimed at awarding this popular American work visa to the most skilled and highest paid foreign workers. Air India plane with 179 on board hits building at Stockholm airport, Sudan  An Air India plane carrying 179 passengers struck a building at Stockholm's Arlanda airport with its wingtip as it taxied to gate on Wednesday, but no injuries were reported, police said. Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Mortaza to contest parliamentary polls  Bangladesh ODI skipper Mashrafe Mortaza is all set to contest the 11th parliamentary elections of the country on ruling party Awami League's ticket. 26/11 Mumbai attacks: Ten years on, trial drags on in Pakistani anti-terror court As India Monday marked the 10th anniversary of the 26/11 carnage,  the mastermind of the attack LeT operations commander Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi has virtually secured his acquittal and his six accomplices are expecting their exoneration anytime in the near future. Fresh parliamentary polls need of hour in Sri Lanka: Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka's controversially appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said Sunday that stability in the country could only be restored through a fresh round of parliamentary elections. Pakistan welcomes India's move to send two ministers for Kartarpur corridor's groundbreaking ceremony Pakistan on Sunday welcomed India's decision to send its two Union ministers to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur corridor next week, terming it a "positive response". Rajapaksa's opponents win control of key panel in Lankan Parliament Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe's alliance on Friday won control of a powerful panel in Parliament, dealing a major blow to President Maithripala Sirisena and his prime ministerial appointee Mahinda Rajapaksa. Blast at Pakistan market kills at least 25 A suicide bomb attack on a crowded festival and market in northwest Pakistan's northwest has killed at least 25 people and wounded 20, a government official says. Terror attack on Chinese consulate in Karachi foiled; 5 including 3 suicide bombers killed Three heavily-armed suicide bombers on Friday stormed the Chinese consulate in Pakistan's largest metropolis Karachi, killing two policemen before being shot dead by security forces which foiled the daring attack in the high-security zone, authorities said.  India, Australia ink five pacts as President Ram Nath Kovind meets PM Morrison India and Australia signed five agreements on Thursday to boost investments and enhance cooperation in key sectors like disability, agricultural research and education as President Ram Nath Kovind met Australian Prime minister Scott Morrison in Sydney. California searches for 1,000 missing in deadliest fire Recovery teams with cadaver dogs pressed on with their search for more victims in a flame-ravaged northern California town on Friday as authorities sought clues to the fate of more than 1,000 people reported missing in the deadliest wildfire in state history. Saudi Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi’s killing: CIA The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, despite the Saudi government’s denials that the de facto ruler was involved, according to a senior US official. Pence Condemns Suu Kyi over Rohingya persecution Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. White House bars CNN reporter after ‘heated’ exchange with Trump The White House has said that it has suspended the press pass of CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Zimbabwe: 47 people killed as two buses collide along the Harare-Mutare highway Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern town of Rusape, police said. China lauds Pakistan efforts to make peace with India In a statement that is unlikely to go down well in New Delhi, China on Sunday endorsed Pakistan’s “efforts for improvement of Pakistan-India relations and for settlement of outstanding disputes between the two countries”. Sheikh Hasina announces to build 560 model mosques, Islamic university in Bangladesh Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday announced that her government will construct 560 model mosques and an Islamic university with the Saudi assistance, in an attempt to woo hardline Islamists ahead of the parliamentary elections scheduled next month.