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FGN50 CHINA-LD INDOPAK China 'pleased' over Pakistan's 'positive interactions' with India: FM spokesman Beijing: China said on Monday that it was 'pleased” over Pakistan's 'positive interactions' with India and it will work with Islamabad to 'inject' positive energy into regional peace, stability and development. By K J M Varma FGN44 JAISHANKAR-IRAN Jaishankar meets Iranian counterpart; discusses bilateral cooperation Dushanbe: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif here on Monday and discussed bilateral cooperation, including on the strategic Chabahar Port.

FGN46 CHINA-WHO-VIRUS-US-REAX China refutes Blinken’s charge it helped to write WHO experts' report on COVID-19 origin Beijing: China on Monday questioned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's charge that Beijing has helped the WHO scientists to write the soon-to-be-released report on the origins of the coronavirus, saying that Washington is making such allegations to put pressure on the experts team. By K J M Varma FGN41 UK-LOCKDOWN UK PM urges caution, hails Great British summer of sport as lockdown eases London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called on people to remain cautious as he officially lifted the stay-at-home order to allow the first phase of easing the strict COVID-19 lockdown, allowing for more outdoors activities. By Aditi Khanna FGN15 PAK-QURESHI-JAISHANKAR-MEETING Meeting with Jaishankar not 'finalised or requested': Pak FM Qureshi Islamabad: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said no meeting has been 'finalised or requested' so far with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' conference on Tuesday at Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, according to a media report on Monday. By Sajjad Hussain FGN33 PAK-COURT-SENTENCE Pakistan's apex court commutes sentence of convict on death row for 23 years Islamabad, Mar 29 (PTI) Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of a convict who spent 23 years on death row, after concluding that he was a juvenile when he committed a murder almost three decades back, according to a media report.

FGN13 PAK-TEMPLE-ATTACK Hundred-year-old Hindu temple in Pakistan's Rawalpindi attacked by unidentified people Islamabad: An over 100-year-old Hindu temple undergoing renovation in Pakistan’s garrison city of Rawalpindi has been attacked by a group of unidentified people, according to a complaint registered by the police. By Sajjad Hussain FGN1 US-BIDEM-MYANMAR Biden expresses outrage over civilian killings in Myanmar Washington: US President Joe Biden has expressed outrage over the recent killings of innocent people by the security forces in Myanmar, where military junta overthrew a democratically elected government. By Lalit K Jha PTI RS RS RS