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Imran Khan's Party Nominates Dr Arif Alvi As Its Candidate For President Of Pakistan

New Delhi: Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan's party said that it nominated party's veteran lawmaker Dr Arif Alvi as its candidate for the President of Pakistan. The Election Commission of Pakistan had announced on Thursday that the presidential election will be held on September 4 - five days before the expiry of the five-year term of President Mamnoon Hussain.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has "nominated Dr Arif Alvi as its candidate for President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan," party spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry tweeted today. The announcement came hours after party chief Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd prime minister of the country.

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Donald Trump Cancels Military Parade Planned For November Due To High Costs

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump said that he had canceled a planned military parade for November due to high costs and would instead visit Paris to commemorate the end of World War I, a day after the Pentagon postponed the event to at least next year.

Trump had requested a parade to honour US military veterans and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, after marvelling at the Bastille Day military parade he attended in Paris last year.

But, on Thursday, a US official said the cost of such an event could top $90 million, nearly three times as much as the White House had earlier estimated. The Defense Department ultimately postponed the event, originally planned for November 10 in Washington.

Trump, in a pair of tweets, said he would instead celebrate the occasion in Paris on November 11, the US Veterans Day holiday.

He also said he would attend a parade at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, but gave no date. A spokeswoman at the base was not able to immediately provide the date for the event.

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London's Metropolitan Police Returns to India 12th Century Buddha Statue Stolen 60 Years Ago

New Delhi: A 12th century bronze Buddha statue stolen from a museum at Nalanda in Bihar nearly 60 years ago was returned to India today by the London's Metropolitan Police as part of a ceremony here to mark India's Independence Day.

The bronze statue with silver inlay is one of the 14 statues stolen in 1961 from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) site museum in Nalanda and changed several hands over the years before surfacing at a London auction.

Once the dealer and the owner were made aware the sculpture was the same one that had been stolen from India, the Metropolitan Police said they cooperated with the Met's Art and Antiques Unit and agreed for the piece to be returned to India.

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Indian-Origin Restaurateur In The US Racially Targeted By Referring Him As "A Tribe From India"

New Delhi: An Indian-origin restaurateur in the US has been racially targeted by a customer who referred to him and his family as "a tribe from India" and went on to comment that he "probably just funded Al-Qaeda" by eating at the hotel.

TajSardar, the owner of 'The Kings Diner' in Ashland, Kentucky, was targeted by racial posts by the man after eating at his restaurant, WSAZ-TV reported. The small eatery serves a combination of home cooking and Indian dishes. Later, the man took a photo of the restaurant and wrote on Facebook to voice his displeasure with the food and also the people inside, it said.

"I reluctantly entered to order meatloaf special and was greeted by a tribe from India. I'm ashamed that I probably just funded Al-Qaeda," the post on Facebook said. "When I first read the thing on the Facebook, I was like, 'Oh my gosh, is this serious?' " Sardar said.

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US Administration Detains Over 100 People Including Indians For Illegally Entering In The Country

New Delhi: The US border patrol and immigration officials have in separate enforcement actions detained over 100 people for illegally entering and living in the country.  Among the detained are several Indians. This has been a a major crackdown on illegal immigration.

The exact number of Indian national detained has not yet been revealed. Individuals from Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Argentina, Cuba, Nigeria, Chile and Turkey are also said to have been detained along with Indian nationals.

Federal Officers from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 45 people in the Houston area for violating US immigration laws during a five-day enforcement action. The local enforcement operation targeted at-large criminal aliens, many of whom had absconded from prior immigration proceedings, ICE statement said.