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  • ISLAMABAD— The Latest on efforts to compensate the victims of an oil tanker fire in Pakistan last month that killed 215 people:. Wednesday's statement from Shell Pakistan Limited says the money was paid to Pakistan's Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority. A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell says it will pay compensation to the victims of an oil tanker fire in Pakistan...

  • ISLAMABAD— A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell said Wednesday that it made full payment in damages and compensation to the victims of an oil tanker fire in Pakistan that killed 215 people last month, hours after Pakistan's oil and gas regulator threatened legal action. Pakistan subsequently asked Shell to pay $2.4 million, or $9,500 to the families of each person...

  • SRINAGAR, India July 10- Seven Hindu pilgrims, most of them women, were killed in a gunbattle that erupted in Indian Kashmir on Monday following two militant attacks on police, stoking outrage and protests nationwide. The attack has stirred the ire of hardline Hindu groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party who have long sought tough action...

  • The attack is likely to raise the ire of hardline Hindu groups tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party who have long sought tough action against militants fighting Indian rule in Muslim majority Kashmir. India has been struggling to restore normality in Muslim-majority Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule in part.

  • SRINAGAR, India July 10- At least six Hindu pilgrims were killed in Indian Kashmir on Monday when militants attacked police guarding them during their trek to a remote mountain shrine, police said, an attack likely to raise tensions in the region. Police inspector general Munir Ahmad Khan said the attack was aimed at a police commando group in Anantnag town, which...

  • Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) hold a joint press conference following their meeting in Jerusalem on July 05, 2017.

    India and Israel were ramping up cooperation on clean water technology, science and agriculture.

  • SINGAPORE, July 5- Pakistan State Oil is seeking 905,000 tonnes of gasoline and fuel oil for September, three tender documents showed on Wednesday. It is also looking for 55,000 tonnes of low sulfur fuel oil for September delivery into Kaemari or Port Qasim in Karachi on a cost and freight basis. The tenders close on July 24, remaining valid until Aug. 7.

  • ISLAMABAD, July 4- Pakistan's oil and gas regulator expects the first report this week on a road tanker explosion, involving a Shell Pakistan contractor, that killed 209 people, a spokesman for the regulatory authority said on Tuesday. "We are actively pursuing the issue and expect our third party investigators to issue a report by Thursday and we will then begin...

  • MUMBAI, July 1- Some of India's biggest automakers and retailers announced price cuts on Saturday as Asia's third-largest economy switched to a new nationwide sales tax at the stroke of midnight, replacing a host of provincial and national levies. The Goods and Services Tax, India's biggest tax reform in the 70 years since independence from British colonial...

  • *Anxiety that India has lost diplomatic ground. *India pushing to buy surveillance drones from U.S. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.

  • *Anxiety that India has lost diplomatic ground. *India pushing to buy surveillance drones from U.S. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.

  • *Anxiety that India has lost diplomatic ground. *India pushing to buy surveillance drones from U.S. Trump met Chinese President Xi Jinping in April and has also had face time with the leaders of nations including Japan, Britain and Vietnam since taking office in January, prompting anxiety in New Delhi that India is no longer a priority in Washington.

  • *Anxiety in New Delhi that India has lost diplomatic ground. NEW DELHI/ WASHINGTON, June 22- India is pushing for U.S. approval of its request to buy a naval variant of the Predator drone, officials said, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi tries to revitalise relations with Washington when he meets President Donald Trump for the first time. Trump met Chinese President...

  • MONTREAL, June 15- Saudi Arabia, one of four Arab states that have cut ties with Qatar, said on Thursday that the rift was a bigger political issue than airspace rights and could not be resolved at the U.N.' s aviation agency, according to a source familiar with talks. Qatar asked the International Civil Aviation Organization to intervene after its Gulf neighbors...

  • MONTREAL, June 15- Gulf aviation officials met on Thursday to discuss the airspace standoff resulting from the Arab world's biggest powers decision to cut ties with Qatar, prompting Doha to invoke a 1944 international agreement to try to ease the logjam. Qatar has asked the United Nations aviation agency, International Civil Aviation Organization, to...

  • Qatar had asked the International Civil Aviation Organization to intervene after its Gulf neighbors closed their airspace to Qatar flights. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt last week severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran. In response, ICAO- a U.N. agency that regulates international air travel...

  • MONTREAL, June 15- Gulf states transport ministers and aviation officials kicked off a meeting on Thursday at the U.N. aviation agency's headquarters in Montreal to discuss the airspace standoff resulting from the Arab world's biggest powers decision to cut ties with Qatar. Qatar had asked the International Civil Aviation Organization to intervene after...

  • Qatar had asked the International Civil Aviation Organization to intervene after its Gulf neighbors closed their airspace to Qatar flights. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt last week severed diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of support for Islamist militants and Iran. In response, ICAO- a U.N. agency that regulates international air travel...

  • ISLAMABAD, June 14- Last year, Pakistan held informal talks with General Electric, Siemens and Switzerland's ABB to build the country's first high-voltage transmission line. In Pakistan, whose geographical position makes it central to Beijing's " Silk Road" plans, contracts have been awarded for projects worth more than $28 billion all by Chinese companies...

  • ISLAMABAD, June 13- Pakistan expects China to fund a long-delayed Indus river mega dam project in Gilgit-Baltistan, part of disputed Kashmir, with work beginning next year, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said in an interview. "This water reservoir is most critical for food security in Pakistan, so is a very high priority project for Pakistan," Iqbal told Reuters...