Investigators find ‘black boxes’ of crashed Indian airliner

KOZHIKODE: Investigators have recovered the “black box” flight recorders from an Air India Express plane that crashed in southern India killing at least 18 people, the aviation minister said on Saturday. The plane carrying 190 people crash-landed during bad weather on Friday night and tore into two, injuring scores of passengers. The Boeing 737, on a special […]

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Looking forward to high-level visits between Sri Lanka, Pakistan: PM Rajapaksa

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday said he was looking forward to mutual-high level visits between Islamabad and Colombo after Prime Minister Imran Khan extended congratulations to him on his re-election. “Many thanks to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan for your phone call and warm wishes. I look forward to mutual high-level […]

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‘Keeping quiet not an option’: Imran thanks Mahathir for speaking against Indian injustices in IOK

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday thanked Mahathir Mohamad for again speaking in support of the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir, as the former Malaysian prime minister vowed to continue to raise the issue of New Delhi’s “injustices” in the disputed region. “I want to thank Dr Mahathir Bin Mohamad for speaking in support of Kashmiris […]

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Death toll from Indian passenger aircraft accident rises to 18

The death toll from an Indian passenger aircraft accident has risen to 18, while 16 people have been severely injured, a senior government official said on Saturday. The Air India Express plane, which was repatriating Indians stranded in Dubai due to the coronavirus pandemic, overshot the runway of the Calicut International Airport in heavy rain […]

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At least 15 dead as Indian Covid repatriation flight crashes on landing

At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when an Air India Express passenger plane overshot the runway and broke into two after landing in the southern city of Calicut in heavy rain on Friday, officials said. The Boeing-737 flight from Dubai was flying home Indians stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic. There […]

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India hits 2 million coronavirus cases as health volunteers strike

As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. Even as India has maintained comparatively low mortality rates, the disease trajectory varies widely […]

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Indian forces keep Kashmiri leaders confined to their homes

SRINAGAR: With a heavy deployment of troops and curbs on public movement, Indian forces kept a tight lid on potential protests in occupied Kashmir on Wednesday, the first anniversary of the revocation of its semi-autonomous status. Local politicians were not permitted outside their homes, most likely to prevent them from calling street demonstrations or even […]

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New Delhi imposes curfew in Kashmir ahead of one-year anniversary of Aug 5 move

New Delhi in fear of protests has imposed a curfew across Indian occupied Kashmir just two days ahead of the first anniversary of India’s move to abolish the disputed valley’s semi-autonomy, officials said late Monday, citing intelligence reports. “These restrictions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force on 4th and […]

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Kashmir remains volatile a year after India’s August 5 move

Indian occupied Kashmir remains volatile a year after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the disputed region’s autonomy on August 5 of last year. Ahead of Wednesday’s one-year anniversary, AFP examines the background to the contentious move, the harsh security crackdown and its aftermath, and a deadly June border clash with China. Why is Kashmir such a […]

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With a heavy hand, India rides out occupied Kashmir’s year of disquiet

The scars of last summer remain in Soura, an enclave that became a symbol of occupied Kashmir’s resistance to India’s central government a year ago on Wednesday. Coils of concertina wire, remnants of makeshift road blocks, lie close to the broken tar of roads dug up to keep the security forces of Prime Minister Narendra […]

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