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FGN39 PAK-PULWAMA-LD MINISTER Pak minister admits Pakistan's role in Pulwama terrorist attack in J-K Islamabad: In a sensational admission, a senior Pakistani minister on Thursday admitted that Pakistan was responsible for the Pulwama terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019 that killed 40 CRPF personnel and brought the two countries to the brink of a war.

FGN43 PAK-2NDLD ABHINANDAN 'Legs were shaking' at Pak's top leaders' meeting as Qureshi pleaded to release Abhinandan Islamabad: 'Legs were shaking and forehead perspiring' at a meeting of Pakistan's top leaders, including Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, wherein Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi pleaded to release Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, saying if he was not released, India would attack Pakistan, a top Pakistani opposition leader has said.

FGN47 PAK-TEMPLE No constitutional, Sharia constraints on construction of temple: Pak religious body Islamabad: Pakistan's supreme religious body has said that there are no constitutional or Sharia restrictions on the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad or any other part of the country.

FGN40 CHINA-US China asks US to walk with it instead of continuing provocations Beijing: The US should walk with China toward the same goal instead of continuing provocations in the sea and air spaces around it, Chinese Defence Ministry said on Thursday as it vowed to protect its sovereignty and security interests.

FGN44 UK-INDIAN-HISTORY-PRIZE British Indian author’s Jallianwala Bagh story shortlisted for history prize London: British Indian journalist and author Anita Anand’s book that tells the story of a young man caught up in the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar has been shortlisted for a prestigious history-literary prize in the UK.

FGN19 UK-INDIA-INFRASTRUCTURE UK's deep liquid capital markets can help India's infrastructure needs: Rishi Sunak London: UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has hailed a series of 'ambitious' new UK-India initiatives across investment, trade, infrastructure, sustainable finance and research as he highlighted the role to be played by the UK's capital markets in India's infrastructure development.

FGN30 PAK-LD IMRAN Pak anti-terrorism court acquits PM Khan in 2014 Parliament attack case Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was acquitted by an anti-terrorism court on Thursday in the 2014 Parliament attack case but other senior ministers, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, were summoned on November 12 for the indictment.

FGN27 PAK-BLAST-PROBE Probe team completes initial report on Pak seminary blast Peshawar: The investigation team probing the bomb blast at a religious seminary in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar city has completed its initial report and arrested one student in connection with the attack that killed eight persons, officials said on Thursday.

FGN23 VIRUS-UK-INDIA-RESEARCH India, UK strike new COVID-19 research tie-ups London: India and the UK have clinched new partnerships to boost bilateral cooperation on combating the coronavirus pandemic as part of the 10th UK-India Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD), held virtually following the COVID-19 lockdown and travel constraints.

FGN17 US-INDIA-2+2-LAWMAKERS 2+2 ministerial dialogue brought 'unprecedented cooperation' between India, US: lawmakers Washington: Two eminent American lawmakers have welcomed the successful conclusion of the 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and the US, saying that the deliberations brought 'unprecedented cooperation' between the two countries.

FGN12 US-H1B Trump admin proposes to scrap computerised lottery system to select H-1B visas Washington: The Trump administration has proposed to scrap the computerised lottery system to grant H-1B work visas to foreign technology professionals and replace it with a wage-level-based selection process, a move that is expected to counter the downward pressure on the wages of US workers.

FGN33 CHINA-TIBET-DATA CENTRE China setting up world's highest-altitude data centre in Tibet Beijing: China is building the world's highest-altitude cloud computing data centre in Tibet that will meet the data storage needs of the country and South Asian nations like Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, official media reported On Thursday. PTI PMS PMS