Xi Assures Neighbours To Resolve Disputes Through Dialogue

New Delhi: President Xi Jinping has assured China's neighbours that Beijing is ready to resolve its disputes through dialogue but not at the expense of its strategic interests.

Xi, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC), called the progress China had made under his watch "truly remarkable," but told the over 2,000 delegates attending the 19th Party Congress that more needed to be done as the country moves towards a goal of "national rejuvenation".

"Our party, our people, our forces, and our nation have changed in ways without precedent," the 64-year-old top leader said from the Great Hall of the People adjoining the Tiananmen Square in the heart of Beijing on the opening day of the week-long meeting.


UN Discloses 582,000 Rohingya Have Now Crossed Into Bangladesh

New Delhi: United Nations has said that some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, warning that thousands more were still stranded at the border.

The UN said between 10,000 and 15,000 new refugees have arrived at the border in the last 48 hours alone, fleeing violence in Myanmar, where Rohingya villages are being burned to the ground.

It expressed deep concern about newly arrived refugees including children and elderly people dehydrated and hungry from the long journey who are stranded near the border.


Panama Papers: Car Bomb Kills Journalist Who Exposed Malta's Ties to Tax Havens

New Delhi: Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist from the island of Malta known for exposing corrupt officials in offshore tax havens was killed in a car bomb Monday.

The 53-year-old journalist wrote scathing news reports about the Malta government's inability to punish corrupt officials.
Police said the bomb exploded on Monday afternoon when she was driving through the village of Bidnija in northern Malta. 


Pak Court Rejects Dar's Exemption Plea, Adjourns Hearing Till Oct 18

New Delhi: A court has rejected Pakistan's embattled Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's plea to be exempted from personal appearance in the anti-graft court, observing that the accused should be present when the witnesses record their statements and are cross-examined.

The Accountability Court had indicted Dar, 67, last month in a case pertaining to his owning "assets beyond his known sources of income".

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court.


After Mao And Deng, Xi May Be Named Mentor In Communist Party’s Statute

New Delhi:China's Communist Party has apparently firmed up its mind to mention President Xi Jinping as a mentor in the party constitution, an honour reserved so far for Communist stalwarts Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. 

Two past presidents, Jiang Zeming and Hu Jintao, who jointly ruled for two decades, have not been mentioned by name in the party constitution.

The party is holding its five-yearly congress, which will elect the new generation of leaders, from October 18. Xi is widely expected to be confirmed as party general secretary and the country's president for a second five-year term.