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900,000 Afghan refugees return from Pakistan and Iran

Updated: Nov 15, 2016 21:02 IST

Kabul [Afghanistan], Nov. 15 (ANI): About 900,000 Afghan refugees have returned this year from Pakistan and Iran surpassing all previous years, said Afghanistan's Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations (MoRR) on Tuesday.

More than 600,000 refugees have returned from Pakistan whereas 300,000 from Iran, according to the MoRR.

"Government has announced the allocation of $100 million USD for the returnees, some financial cooperation has been considered for each returnee," the Tolo News quoted media advisor to MoRR, Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail as saying.

Meanwhile, the World Food Program (WFP) has said that among those return-refugees there are about 23,000 children of which many are suffering from malnutrition.

Spokesman to WFP, Wahidullah Miakhail said, "There are about 23,000 children among the families repatriated and these children either suffer from malnutrition or are threatened with malnutrition and we are trying to help these children."

An Afghan returnee Rozi Khan said, "Government has failed to deliver on its promises regarding the refugees; the refugees are living in very bad conditions."

"We left Pakistan five days ago, now there is no shelter for us to live in and no food to eat, we have a lot of problems," said another refugee Mohammad Jan. (ANI)

Dubai [UAE], Mar. 29 (ANI): The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Cabinet today approved a decision to grant Indian passport holders 'visa on arrival' provided they have a valid US visa or a green card holder.

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Indian Army gifts seven horses to Nepal Army

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 21:20 IST

Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar. 29 (ANI): Organising a special function, the visiting Chief of Army Staff of India, General Bipin Rawat, handed over a stallion light breed, two brood mares, two gelds and two donkey stallions to his Nepali Counterpart General Rajendra Chhetri today.

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Kathmandu [Nepal], Mar. 29 (ANI): Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was conferred with the title of 'Honorary General of the Nepal Army' by Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari in a grand ceremony on Wednesday.

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London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): The UK government has kick started the Brexit process for Britain to formally leave the European Union (EU) in two years time by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 29 (ANI): Investigators in Bangladesh have started preliminary investigation against controversial businessman Moosa Bin Shamser after they received information that he had committed crimes during the 1971 war.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 29 (ANI): India has become a net exporter of electricity from being a net importer of electricity as the country exported 5,798 million units of electricity to Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar this year, according to an official release.

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Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 29 (ANI): Four members of a new faction of the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) were detained by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) from Dhaka's Dohar area.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India will be delighted to welcome Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to the country, adding that his counterpart's visit will boost relations between the two countries.

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Dubai [UAE], Mar. 29 (ANI): Pakistan is pursuing a two faced policy of trying to befriend Iran and at the same time maintaining close ties with Saudi Arabia, according to informed sources and in the process is angering both Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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Trump attacks NYT, asks it to be more honest

Updated: Mar 29, 2017 06:46 IST

New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Citing a report in United States' news daily New York Post, President Donald Trump has attacked New York Times stating that the news daily's deteriorating readership could have improved had it been honest about its reports.

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London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for First Lady of the United States Melania Trump to move into the White House or to foot the security bill for staying in the Trump Tower in New York.

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London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): British Prime Minister Theresa May will today trigger Article 50 that will kick-start the Brexit process for Britain to formally leave the European Union (EU) in two years' time.

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Beijing [China], Mar. 29 (ANI): China and the Philippines will hold the first meeting of a bilateral consultation mechanism on the South China Sea issue in May.

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New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The United States has expressed its concerns over the irregularities, ?which it said impeded a free and fair vote in the Maldives Parliament, during the no-confidence motion against speaker Abdulla Maseeh.

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London [UK], Mar. 29 (ANI): Takeoffs and landings have temporarily been halted at London Stansted Airport after pro-migrant activists stormed the runway in an attempt to keep a "deportation flight" of failed asylum seekers grounded at the Essex airport.

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Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 29 (ANI):U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that could be the end of Obama-era environmental policy.

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Scotland, Mar. 29 (ANI): First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has won a key vote for a second independence referendum, triggering accusations from British ministers that her demands are premature.

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Washington D. C. [USA], Mar. 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to visit Washington later this year.

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