The Guardian newspaper says the British eavesdropping agency GCHQ repeatedly hacked into foreign diplomats’ phones and emails when the U.K. hosted international conferences, even going so far as to set up a bugged Internet café in an effort to get an edge in high-stakes negotiations.
The report — the latest in a series of revelations which have ignited a worldwide debate over the scope of Western intelligence gathering — came just hours before Britain was due to open the G-8 summit Monday, a meeting of world’s leading economies that include Russia, in Northern Ireland. The allegation that the United Kingdom has previously used its position as host to spy on its allies and other attendees could make for awkward conversation as the delegates arrive for talks. Continue reading
Government officials say at least 23 people have died and about 50 are missing after three days of torrential rain washed away buildings and roads in northern India.
Amit Negi, an official in Uttarakhand state, said Monday that more than a dozen people were killed in one district alone.
A landslide triggered by the monsoon rains buried a bus, killing three people in Almora district. At least three other people were washed away when a three-story apartment building toppled into a river and was carried away by the swift-moving current. Continue reading
Sri Lanka barged into the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a 20-run victory over holders Australia in the last league match at the Oval in London on Monday.
The Islanders, who needed a win to remain in the competition, rode on aggressive half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne to score 253-8 after being sent in to bat.
Seamer Nuwan Kulasekara then picked up three wickets, effected a run-out and took a catch as the Australians were bowled out for 233 in 42.3 overs. Continue reading
Prime Minister, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday said that the budget for fiscal year 2013-14 was prepared with the objective to give maximum relief to the common man and to stabilize the country’s economy.
The Prime Minister was talking to Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, who called on him here at the PM House. Continue reading
A meeting held in Quetta on Sunday reviewed the situation after bomb blast incidents in Quetta and overall all Law and order situation of Balochistan province. Federal Interior Minister‚ Chaudrary Nisar Ali Khan presided. Important decisions were taken at the meeting to create peaceful environment in the province.
Interior Min-ister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday said a hidden war was continuing in Balochistan and all stakeholders would have to play a joint role for curbing militancy and restoring peace in the province.
He was speaking to media persons here at the Chief Minister House. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid, Minister of State Jam Kamal, National Party leader Mir Hasil Bizenjo and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party leader Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal were present on the occasion.
ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah on Monday assured the government for full cooperation from the opposition benches to eliminate terrorism from the country.
Speaking on a Point of Order in National Assembly he said, “We will not politicize the issue and extend full cooperation to eliminate terrorism but it is the responsibility of the interior minister not to conceal anything and share whole information with the House.” He said Quetta and Ziarat incidents were not due to incompetence of the government while it was the continuity of the terrorist incidents taking place in the past. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Ishaq Dar has said that one percent increase in sales tax would not be withdrawn.
He told the Senate’s Standing Committee on Finance on Monday that the increase would be applicable from July 1.
The committee meeting was presided over by its chairperson Senator Nasreen Jalil. The participants of the meeting opposed the increase in the sales tax as well as 10 percent raise in the salaries of government employees. They said that the salary increment for the government employees was not sufficient. Continue reading
Islamabad: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Monday said a female suicide bomber carried out bomb blast in the bus of the woman university in Quetta on Saturday which left 14 students martyred.
”A joint investigation team has been constituted to probe into attack on Quaid-e-Azam’s residency in Ziarat”, Nisar Ali Khan told the National Assembly. Continue reading
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (TPI) Chairman Imran Khan will take oath as a member of the National Assembly on June 19 (Wednesday).
“I will be taking oath in NA on 19th and speaking on the budget the same day,” Imran tweeted on Monday.
He has also planned to lay down his policy on national issues particularly on budgetary related matters before the Parliament on the same day. Continue reading