River flowing from China dries up in India

A major river in India’s northeast that originates in Tibet has suddenly dried up, triggering speculation that China might be responsible, a local official told AFP on Thursday.

The river has its source in China’s southwestern Tibet region, where it is known as the Yarlung Tsangpo, and it enters India in the mountainous and remote north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh where it it is called the Siang.

Pakistan to normalise trade with India by year end

Pakistan will normalise trade with arch-rival India by the end of this year, the government said Wednesday, phasing out major restrictions on Indian imports.

Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan said Islamabad will gradually scrap a “negative list”, which bans hundreds of items from India and places barriers on other trade, in a bid to improve ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

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India to build two more nuclear powered submarines

As the induction of the first locally built Indian nuclear powered submarine, INS Arihant is almost complete, the Indian government has decided to build two more of its type.

INS Arihant, which is the first nuclear powered submarine of the Arihant class submarine genus, was fully developed by the Indian agency Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is expected to complete its marine trials by early next year. The Indian Navy’s capabilities are already boosted significantly, after they recently inducted the Russian built INS Chakra in to its fold. However defence sources were sceptical whether the Indian Navy was technically advanced enough to operate two additional nuclear submarines without overstretching the resources.