In his first visit to Jammu & Kashmir after assuming office, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a railway line in the state and a hydel power project in the Kashmir valley. However, his visit was marred by a protest strike called by separatist groups.
Google Inc. has announced the shutdown of its early social media platform Orkut. Orkut which was launched in 2004, the same year as Facebook Inc., failed to put Google ahead in one of web’s most popular businesses.
Forty six Indian nurses, who were held captive by the Islamic State militants in Iraq, returned home safely. The nurses boarded a special plane from city of Erbil, the Kurdish regional capital.
Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of Iraq’s new parliament after Shia’ites failed to name a replacement of PM Nuri al-Maliki, further dimming the prospect of national unity to fight Islamic State militants.
North Korea threatened the US of “merciless” retaliation if the forthcoming movie depicting the assassination of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un is released. The film’s teaser trailer was recently posted on Youtube.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in China on a three-day visit with trade and other economic issues high on the agenda. After the US, China is Germany’s largest export market.
Clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinian protestors rose after a Palestinian youth was killed in apparent revenge for the death of three Israeli teenagers. There have been several casulaties after Israel bombed Gaza.
Pakistani jets bombed militant hideouts in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan, killing “scores” of militants, mostly Uzbeks. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), an Al- Qaeda affiliate, has a large presence in Pakistan’s tribal belt.
On the occasion of the Dalai Lama’s 79th birthday, the Tibetan government in exile vowed to resolve outstanding issues with Beijing using the spiritual leader’s Middle Path approach.
Ukraine launched fresh air and land strikes after the much-violated 10-day ceasefire expired. Strikes were carried out in the eastern part of the country where rebels continue to control key points.
Isis fighters have seized large chunks of Iraqi territory and have declared an ‘Islamic State.’ Group leader Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi has proclaimed himself as the “Caliph.” The move has been criticised by prominent Muslim clerics.
Australia has acknowledged that it returned asylum seekers, mostly Tamils, to Sri Lankan authorities. Human right groups have raised concerns over the fate of the refugees as it is likely that the returned asylum seekers will be arrested and detained by Sri Lankan authorities.
Following deadly communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims, authorities have imposed a curfew in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second largest city. The riots began when a mob attacked a tea shop owned by a Muslim man who was accused of raping a Buddhist woman.
Russian Deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin visited New Delhi in the first major diplomatic interaction between Moscow and New Delhi since Narendra Modi took over as India’s Prime Minister in May.