All You Would Want To Know About Catalan Crisis Gripping Spain

New Delhi: The Oct 1 referendum results in the Catalonian region of Spain has kicked up a hornets’ nest in the country. The population of over 7.52 million people witnessed a nearly 42 percent turnout for the referendum. Catalan officials claim that nearly 90 percent of them voted in favour of separating from Spain and forming an independent nation.

The referendum resulted in nearly 900 people getting injured and violent scenes were seen at many polling booths. The events of last week shocked many who are used to peace and tranquillity in Western Europe. 


Forced Returns Of Afghan Asylum Seekers From Europe Condemned By Amnesty International

New Delhi: Amnesty International condemns forced return of Afghan asylum seekers from Europe. Amensty International said in Kabul that forced return of Afghan are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan.

Almost 9,500 Afghans went back to their homeland in 2016 after their applications for asylum in Europe were rejected, compared with nearly 3,300 a year earlier.

The influx of returnees from Europe coincided with rising civilian casualties in Afghanistan's bloody conflict as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back Taliban and Islamic State terrorists in the country.


Nominee For US Envoy To India Says Trump Administration Views India As A Leading Power

New Delhi: Nominee to be the US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster has said that the Trump administration views India as a leading power and a true friend.

Asserting that a strong India and a robust US-India relationship were in America's interest, he said India's international influence was important and has been growing. 

"India's role in the Indo-Pacific region and globally will be critical to international security and economic growth over the course of this century," the former top White House official told members of the Senate Committee during his confirmation hearing.


PMLN Nominates Ousted PM Sharif To Lead It

New Delhi: The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) party has nominated ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader, hours before it used its parliamentary majority to amend a law to permit him to be re-elected as party chief.

Sharif resigned as prime minister in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income. He was also forced to step down as president of PML-N, though he kept control of the party and installed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a loyalist, as prime minister.

"We feel very strongly Nawaz Sharif has to lead our party. He's the symbol of unity in our party," said Rana Afzal Khan, a PML-N lawmaker.


Human Rights Monitor Says 3,000 Killed In Syria In Deadliest Month Of 2017

New Delhi: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor has claimed that Syria's war killed at least 3,000 people including 955 civilians in September, in the deadliest month of the conflict this year. 

"More than 70 per cent of the civilians were killed in regime and Russian air strikes, or in air raids of the international coalition" fighting the Islamic State group, the Britain-based monitor's head Rami Abdel Rahman said. 

Backed by Russian air strikes, the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad are pressing a battle to retake Islamic State-controlled areas in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor.