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  • COLOMBO, July 21- Sri Lanka's cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, a government minister said on Thursday, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft. State-owned SriLankan Airlines aims to reduce its debt and is looking for an international partner to...

  • COLOMBO, July 21- Sri Lanka's cash-strapped national airline is in talks to lease four of its Airbus A330 planes to Pakistan International Airlines Corp, a government minister said on Thursday, months after cancelling an order for four Airbus A350 aircraft. "A team from the airline is in Pakistan for negotiations. We will lease one A330, latest next month, on wet...

  • *Pakistan has world's fifth-highest TB rate. ISLAMABAD, July 20- Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Novartis AG said it has stopped making tuberculosis drugs in Pakistan in a dispute over pricing, prompting fears of a health crisis due to a shortage of drugs in a country with the world's fifth-highest TB rates. Of 18 companies licensed to manufacture TB drugs in...

  • *Low concentration of smartphones hampers Uber in Pakistan. LAHORE, Pakistan, June 20- As taxi hailing giant Uber enters Pakistan, a little-known local competitor is counting on a mix of new ideas and old technology to tap what could be a big chunk of the market: low-income residents who travel in rickshaws, not cabs. Pakistan has more than 130 million cellphone...

  • *Pakistan boasts Asia's best performing stock market in 2016. After a turbulent decade in which Islamist militants staged frequent gun and bomb attacks on cities, some investors still refuse to visit Pakistan and insist on meeting Saigol in Dubai. "Most people have never been to Pakistan.

  • WASHINGTON, June 8- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a closer security relationship between his country and the United States on Wednesday, in an address to the U.S. Congress stressing the importance of warming ties between the two countries. He dedicated much of the speech to the importance of fighting terrorism, thanking Congress for U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, June 8- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a closer security relationship between his country and the United States on Wednesday, in an address to the U.S. Congress stressing the importance of warming ties between the two countries. He dedicated much of the speech to the importance of fighting terrorism, thanking Congress for U.S....

  • Almost 46 million people are living as slaves globally, with the greatest number in India, according to the Global Slavery Index released on Tuesday.

  • Nawaz Sharif, leader of political party Pakistan Muslim League-N

    "It's natural and understandable that the Prime Minister will be off from any activities when [he] is actually operated on by the doctors."

  • Narendra Modi announcing $500M in Iranian Port of Chabahar

    The strategic southern Iranian Port of Chabahar will open a sea-land access route to central Asia.

  • President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani shake hands after they signed Chabahar transit agreement in Tehran, Iran on May 23, 2016.

    India's also signed an agreement with Iran and Afghanistan to develop a transport and transit corridor between the three countries through Chabahar.

  • BEIRUT, May 23- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the southern Iran port of Chabahar, in a move to give his country trade access to Iran, Afghanistan and central Asia. The deal, which runs in conjunction with the development of road and rail links through Iran to Afghanistan, also represented a strategic victory for...

  • LONDON, May 23- Pakistan will begin the marketing process next month to sell a 49 percent stake in Pakistan International Airlines and plans to list shares in several power utility firms this year, privatisation minister Mohammad Zubair said on Monday. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had made the privatisation of Pakistan International Airlines a top goal when...

  • *Graphic- Militant violence in Kashmir: http://tmsnrt.rs/1XDQ7qa. TRAL, India, May 23- Rebels like Burhan Wani, more adept at spreading their message via smartphone than wielding an assault rifle, are becoming a rallying point in disputed Kashmir for youth who reject the authority of India's federal government. "All of Kashmir supports his cause," Wani, the...

  • *Graphic- Militant violence in Kashmir: http://tmsnrt.rs/1XDQ7qa. TRAL, India, May 23- Rebels like Burhan Wani, more adept at spreading their message via smartphone than wielding an assault rifle, are becoming a rallying point in disputed Kashmir for youth who reject the authority of India's federal government. "All of Kashmir supports his cause," Wani, the...

  • NEW DELHI, May 20- India will on Monday sign a commercial contract with Iran to build and run a strategic port on Iran's southern coast, the Indian government said on Friday, to help it gain a foothold in Iran and win access to central Asia and Afghanistan. Talks to build the Chabahar port have been on for years but since the scaling back of Western sanctions against...

  • Want to live in peace with India: Fmr PM

    When it comes to fighting extremism, do countries need boots on the ground as well as air power? Former Pakistan prime minister, Shaukat Aziz weighs in.

  • Need to be more open on trade: Fmr Pakistan PM

    Free trade is the “catalyst for growth” in the world, and we should be more open on the concept says Shaukat Aziz, Former Pakistan prime minister.

  • Connectivity will create economic activity: Fmr PM

    China’s “one belt, one road” initiative should be seen as a “real game-changer” for the region, says former Pakistan prime minister, Shaukat Aziz, when talking about connectivity and growth.

  • Pakistan, India both have many domestic challenges: Fmr PM

    Former Pakistan prime minister, Shaukat Aziz explains how Pakistan needs to work together with India, to improve their relationship and growth prospects.