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US President Seeks To Choke Off Illegal Migration From Latin America

New Delhi: Donald Trump moved to restrict asylum claims by people who illegally cross the US border with Mexico, as the president seeks to choke off migration from Latin America.

The new policy begins at 12:01 am. Saturday and covers anyone who crosses the southern border illegally, said a Homeland Security official who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

The change to asylum procedures was published Thursday by the Justice Department and invoked by a proclamation Trump signed Friday morning. Trump announced the change as he departed the White House Friday for a trip to Paris to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I.

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Pakistan Expresses Concern Over Recent Deployment Of India’s Nuclear Submarine INS Arihant

New Delhi: Pakistan expressed concern over the recent deployment of India’s nuclear submarine INS Arihant, saying there should be no doubt about Islamabad’s resolve and capabilities to meet the challenges in the nuclear and conventional realms in South Asia.

“This development marks the first actual deployment of ready-to-fire nuclear warheads in South Asia which is a matter of concern not only for the Indian Ocean littoral states but also for the international community at large,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said.

Nuclear-powered submarine INS Arihant successfully completed its first deterrence patrol this week, taking India into a club of a handful of countries which have the capability to design, construct and operate such a submarine or SSBN.

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In Highly Polarised Midterm Elections, More Than A Dozen Indian-American And Others Elected Aacross US

New Delhi: Four Indian-American Congressmen from the Democratic Party were re-elected to the US House of Representatives and more than a dozen others won various other races across the country in the highly polarised midterm elections.

In the eighth Congressional District of Illinois, Raja Krishnamoorthi was re-elected for the second term by a comfortable margin of more than 30 percentage points. He defeated his Indian American Republican opponent J D Diganvker.

Three-term lawmaker Dr Ami Bera was re-elected for a record fourth consecutive time from the seventh Congressional District of California. Unlike the previous three elections, Bera did not had to wait for weeks for recounting of votes. He defeated Andrew Grant of the Republican party by a small five percentage margin.

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Pakistan-China Launch A Luxury Bus Service Between Lahore And Kashgar Despite India’s Objection

New Delhi: Pakistan and China have launched a luxury bus service passing through PoK from Lahore to Kashgar city in China’s Xinjiang province despite India’s objection.

The Kashgar-bound bus left on its maiden journey from Gulberg in Lahore on Monday night. It is part of an initiative to connect the two countries via road under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The bus service was to begin on last Saturday but was rescheduled for Monday midnight following widespread protests by radical Islamists over the acquittal of Christian woman Aasia Bibi in a blasphemy case.

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Sri Lankan Speaker Not To Recognise Rajapaksa As New Premier Unless He Wins Floor Test

New Delhi: Sri Lankan Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has said that he would not recognise Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new premier unless he wins a floor test. He slammed President Maithripala Sirisena’s “unconstitutional and undemocratic” actions to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and suspend Parliament.

The tough statement from Jayasuriya came after Sirisena announced on Sunday that parliament would reconvene on November 14, a week later than he had promised.

The Speaker said Sirisena had gone back on previous commitments to recall parliament on November 7.