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Monsoon fury in north India , 60 dead

Monsoon fury in north India , 60 dead

New Delhi: With incessant rains lashing most parts of North India for the past few days – Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh are worst hit – normal life has been severely affected, leaving over 60 people dead and thousands stranded. The Dispatch News Desk reported. Flashfloods in the Ganga and its tributaries triggered by incessant rains

Iran asks Pakistan to accelerate gas pipeline project

Islamabad: Pakistan should accelerate the gas pipeline project with Iran or the latter would impose financial punishments on Islamabad, an Iranian source has revealed. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. The source, on conditions of anonymity, said that if Pakistan did not revise its behaviour on construction of the peace pipeline, it will be fined

UN chief slams deadly attacks in Pakistan

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the terror attack in Pakistan that left 20 people dead, saying “no cause can justify such violence”. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. “The secretary-general strongly condemns the attacks in Quetta and Ziarat, Pakistan, in which at least 20 civilians were reportedly killed and many more injured,”

5-yr-old girl gang-raped in Gurgaon, critical

Gurgaon, India: The condition of five-year-old gang-rape victim is stated to be critical as she continues to battle for her life at Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. The victim was kidnapped and gang-raped in the suburbs of Delhi by unidentified men on Saturday and later dumped near Sikanderpur metro

Nepalese government reviewing climbing permit fee

Kathmandu : The Nepalese Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has formed a taskforce to review royalty fee of different mountains in the country. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. Among others, the taskforce will suggest to the government to open more peaks for mountaineering and the solution to address different problems facing

6th Asian International Trade & Tourism Expo to be held in Dhaka

Dhaka: The 6th Asia International Trade & Tourism Expo will be held in Dhaka from 2-8 July 2013, says a press release issued here by CEMS-GLOBAL, the organizers of the Expo. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. The main focus of Bangladesh’s biggest and only 7-day Expo on Trade, Tourism and Consumer. is to provide business information

Pakistan demands filters before lifting YouTube ban

Islamabad: Pakistan is pushing Google to install a “proper filtration system” before lifting a nine-month ban on its video-sharing website, YouTube. Officials in Ministry of Information Technology Ministry dismissed rumours that Islamabad had threatened to ban Google’s search site and other products if the tech giant failed to comply with its request to remove what Pakistanis

Indian jets violate Pakistan airspace: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan’s air force Tuesday scrambled fighter jets in response to the alleged violation of its airspace by two aircraft belonging to India, officials said. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. The incident occurred at about 10:40 am (0540 GMT) when two planes intruded into Pakistani airspace by “three nautical miles” (5.5 kilometres) in the eastern

Pak appoints Achakzai as new governor of Balochistan

Islamabad: Nationalist politician Muhammad Khan Achakzai was today appointed Governor of Pakistan’s province of Balochistan. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reported. “President Asif Ali Zardari today, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Muhammad Khan Achakzai as Governor, province of Balochistan,” presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said. Achakzai is the elder brother of Mahmood Khan

Pakistan’s Ziarat Juniper Forest declared by UNESCO as the World Network of Biosphere Reserves

Ziarat, Pakistan: International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) has finally declared Ziarat, Balochistan’s Juniper Forest as the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The Dispatch News Desk reported. The announcement was made at MAB in Paris the other day. IUCN said that it will help nature conservationists to highlight the importance