Tue, May 23, 2017 | updated 04:46 AM IST

Russians protest against new anti-terrorism laws with a rare permit

Updated: Aug 10, 2016 13:09 IST      
Russians protest against new anti-terrorism laws with a rare permit

Moscow, Aug. 10 (ANI): Hundreds of critics of the Russian Government gathered in Moscow to protest against a new set of anti-terrorism laws, signed into law by President Vladimir Putin in July this year.

Critics have called this new legislation as intrusive measures, including requirements to store all communications data for six months, and phone and texting records for one to three years, reports the New York Times.

The protest was held with a rare permit, on Tuesday evening in a secluded section of Sokolniki Park, a location chosen by the city government after it rejected more central sites.

The protesters condemned the legislation as an assault on privacy and internet freedom.

Speakers at the rally, activists, politicians and technology experts, called on the citizens to resist government attempts to tighten control over the internet, which many view as the last safe space for dissent in Russia.

The Russian Libertarian Party pitched that "the internet belongs to us" while others limited their criticism to the encroachment on internet freedom. Many condemned the new law as part of the corruption and injustice pervasive in Russia.

Opposition politician Leonid Volkov also railed against the "countless laws passed for the sole purpose of putting money in officials' pockets."

The storage capacity needed to enforce the new law is expected to cost at least USD 15 billion. (ANI)

Ankara [Turkey], May 23 (ANI): The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the United States' ambassador in Ankara to protest against what it called as "aggressive and unprofessional actions" of American security personnel towards Turkish security guards in Washington during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent visit to the country.

Full Story >>

Four African nations join International Solar Alliance

Updated: May 23, 2017 02:06 IST     

Gandhinagar [Gujarat][India], May 23 (ANI): Four African nations Djibouti, Cote d'Ivoire, Somalia and Ghana have joined Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) whereas another African country Comoros is expected to join on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

PTI holds protests against 'harassment' of party workers

Updated: May 23, 2017 01:43 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 23 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders and workers on Monday took to streets in major cities across the country to protest against raids conducted at the office of party's social media activist in Peshawar and Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) alleged crackdown in connection with the suspected violations of cyber crime law.

Full Story >>

London [U.K.], May 22 (ANI): After his meeting with the Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia, United States President Donald Trump has said that the meet was "a rare opportunity" to bring peace to the strife-torn Middle Eastern region.

Full Story >>

Geneva [Switzerland], May 22 (ANI): Criticising the "brutality" of the Pakistani forces for burning several houses in the Kech district during a military operation, Baloch Republican Party spokesperson Sher Mohammad Bugti has appealed to all the human rights organisations and the international community to take notice of the "war crimes" being committed against the Baloch people.

Full Story >>

Vienna [Austria], May 22 (ANI): Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan visited Vienna for co-chairing the 2nd India-Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Institutional Dialogue at the OPEC headquarters and strongly reiterated that as a large import destination there should be no 'Asian Premium' on the crude supplied to India and Asian buyers.

Full Story >>

Nepal Budget session adjourned till May 23

Updated: May 22, 2017 18:11 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal]. May 22 (ANI): With less than three weeks left for commencement of the second phase local polls in the Nepal plains, the new session of parliament began on Monday starting with discussions over the budget.

Full Story >>

Pak SC rules out extra time for Panama Papers JIT

Updated: May 22, 2017 16:54 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday ruled out giving more time to the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to conduct its probe on the Sharif family's business dealings abroad.

Full Story >>

Pakistan: Five killed in Khyber Agency blast

Updated: May 22, 2017 16:36 IST     

Khyber Agency [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): At least five people were killed in an IED explosion targetting peace committee workers near Dars Jummat area in Akka Khel of Bara tehsil on Monday.

Full Story >>

Trump lands in Tel Aviv for his tour's second stop

Updated: May 22, 2017 16:16 IST     

Tel Aviv [Israel], May 22 (ANI): Donald Trump landed in Tel Aviv, Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as United States President.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Domestic manufacturing in Pakistan is likely to be adversely affected by the USD 51 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, a Pakistan-origin freelance columnist has cautioned in an editorial for the Dawn.

Full Story >>

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Prominent leaders of political and religious parties, and members of civil society, have united together to condemn the killing of Mashal Khan and called for exemplary punishment for his murderers.

Full Story >>

Nepal's RPP calls for emergency meeting at Dhumbarahi office

Updated: May 22, 2017 14:13 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 22 (ANI): In the wake of its bad performance in the first phase of local body elections, Nepal's Rastriya Prajatantra Party (RPP) has called for an emergency meeting of its Central Executive Committee on Monday.

Full Story >>

Pak Govt. sets aside Rs.44 billion for CPEC western route

Updated: May 22, 2017 13:26 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): The Pakistan Government is reported to have set aside Rs.44 billion for giving a serious push to projects lined up on the western route of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Full Story >>

24 injured in bomb explosion in Bangkok

Updated: May 22, 2017 13:03 IST     

Bangkok [Thailand], May 22 (ANI): At least 24 people have reportedly been injured in a bomb explosion near the Phramongkutklao Hospital here on Monday.

Full Story >>

Pak Embassy delivers JIT letter to Qatari prince

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:54 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Embassy in Qatar has reportedly delivered a sealed letter to Qatar's Prince Hamad Bin Jassim, that possibly contains a questionnaire from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), which is probing the Sharif family's offshore properties in relation to the Panamagate case.

Full Story >>

Australia: Indian cabbie hospitalized post racial attack

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:20 IST     

Hobart [Australia], May 22 (ANI): An Indian cab driver suffered injuries and fell prey to a racist attack in Sandy Bay, Tasmania, on Friday.

Full Story >>

Pak lawyer Khawar Qureshi represented India once in U.S. case

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:20 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 22 (ANI): Lawyer Khawar Qureshi who represented the Pakistan Government at the Inter­national Court of Justice (ICJ) hearing in The Hague in connection with the Kulbhushan Jadhav case, represented India 15 years ago in an arbitration matter in the United States.

Full Story >>

Pak's FIA cracks down on 'anti-army campaigners'

Updated: May 22, 2017 12:08 IST     

Islamabad/Lahore [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly identified dozens of suspects involved in what it calls an "organised" campaign against the country's armed forces on social media.

Full Story >>

Mardan [Pakistan], May 22 (ANI): Mardan's Abdul Wali Khan University reopened on Monday, more than a month after one of its students, Mashal Khan, was lynched by an angry mob for allegedly posting blasphemous content online.

Full Story >>