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Pakistan minister says information ministry to table bill on journalists' protection

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said Tuesday his ministry planned to table a bill in the National Assembly for the protection of journalists. The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Indian Army centenarian honored

Lt Col Daljit Singh, a veteran of Indian Army Service Corps, was felicitated in Gurjinder Vihar, AWHO Township, Greater Noida on November 18 on reaching the rare milestone of 100 years.

Saved from gallows in Pakistan: Blasphemy laws violate international law

Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom for ADF International on Pakistan SC's acquittal of Pakistani-Christian Asia Bibi, who was convicted of blasphemy.

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J&K: Safety of civilians should not be compromised, says Amnesty

Authorities should conduct effective, independent and impartial investigations into the killings of seven civilians by a blast in the aftermath of the Kulgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty India said on October 24.

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 


Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.