N Korea Sought $1 BnIn Cash From Israel For Not Selling Missile Technology To Enemies Of Israel

New Delhi:  North Korea had sought $1 billion in cash from Israel for stopping selling missile technology to the Jewish state's major enemies, including Iran, a former senior North Korean diplomat, who has now defected, has revealed.

The revelation came in 'Password from the Third Floor', a recently published book by Thae Yong Ho, a member of a prominent family in North Korea who defected with his wife and children two years ago while serving as a senior diplomat in the North Korean embassy in London, the report added. The news about Thae's defection came out in August 2016 when a newspaper in South Korea said that the man had escaped with his family "to a third country".


Ahead Of Polls Imran Khan Unveils Election Manifesto Of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Titled Road to Naya Pakistan

New Delhi: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Monday unveiled the election manifesto of his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf partyTitled “Road to Naya Pakistan”.  The manifesto’s primary point is to turn the country into an Islamic welfare state, on the lines of Scandinavian countriespromising to turn the country into a welfare state if voted to power.

He said his party would safeguard national security and defeat the terrorists’ narrative, human resources, finances and weaponry to tackle the internal threats Pakistan faces. In order to curb the proliferation of arms and ammunition at the international level, the PTI government would also invite India for strategic discussions, Khan said.

Khan said: “We will make the National Accountability Bureau (anti-graft body) autonomous and pursue all cases of corruption,” Khan said, adding that “we will empower the people and devolve the power to the village level”.


Rupee May Hit 70 Mark This Week Amid Oil Price Hike And Dollar Strength

New Delhi:Bankers are of the view that continued strengthening of the US dollar, lack of foreign investment inflows and concerns over rising oil prices are likely to keep the rupee under pressure and push it down to the 70 mark this week.

They added 69.30 remains a crucial level for the domestic currency, which if breached, could further plumb down to the 70 mark against the dollar.The Reserve Bank of India (RBI), however, will not be comfortable with the currency touching 70 and would strongly defend the same, according to them.The rupee had touched an all-time low of 69.10 against the dollar on June 28. It closed at a lifetime low 68.95 on Thursday and 68.87 on Friday.

"Concerns over widening current account deficit due to higher crude prices and demand for dollar from oil companies and general importers is impacting the rupee. It may briefly touch the 70 mark this week but would not remain there," said a senior bank official.


Zardari And His Sister Banned From Travelling Abroad In View Of Fake Bank Accounts Case

New Delhi:Supreme Court of Pakistan has banned former president and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his sister FaryalTalpur from travelling abroad in the wake of the recent revelations in a fake bank accounts case.

Chief Justice SaqibNisar ordered the names of 20 people, including Zardari and Talpur, be placed on the Exit Control List, Geo TV reported.Those persons on the list are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.

The order came as Chief Justice Nisar took notice of the slow pace of inquiry into a fake bank accounts case.The apex court has summoned the seven fake bank account holders and 13 beneficiaries on July 12.


Malaysian PM Refuses To Send Zakir Naik To India Wanted For Terror-Related Activities

New Delhi:Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamaddenied sending controversial Indian Islamic preacher ZakirNaikallegedly wanted in his home country for terror-related activities and hate speech.

ZakirNaik, a radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.According to Indian media reports, New Delhi asked for him to be extradited in January. The two countries have an extradition treaty.

“As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status,” Mahathir said at a news conference in administrative capital Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur, when asked about the reports.