India to invite Pakistani PM to October regional summit Jan 17, 2020 0 121 12345 DPANew DelhiNew Delhi will invite Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit when it hosts the event later this year, Indian officials said on Thursday.“India will be hosting the heads of government summit later this year. As per established practice and procedure within SCO, all the eight members as well as four observer states and other international dialogue partners will be invited,” Foreign Office spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters in New Delhi.The SCO is a China-led economic and security bloc to which India and Pakistan were admitted in 2017. India is hosting the SCO meet for the first time.A final decision on whether Khan attends the meeting, slated for October, is to be made by Islamabad. In past years, countries have sometimes sent their foreign ministers instead of their head of government, officials said.If Khan decides to come, it will be his first visit to India as prime minister, setting the stage for a meeting with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and a possible thawing of ties.In August, India’s decision to revoke the special constitutional status of its part of Kashmir and impose a lockdown on the region further spiked tensions between the neighbours, which have fought two wars over Kashmir. RELATED ARTICLES Philippines says danger high despite volcano ‘lull’ Jan 17, 2020 0 134 Taliban propose brief Afghan ceasefire to the US, say sources Jan 17, 2020 0 103 THE ‘INTERCEPTOR’ — MALAYSIA’S LATEST WEAPON TO PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT Jan 17, 2020 0 1553 Putin’s new PM promises ‘real changes’ for Russians Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s new prime minister promised “real changes” on Thursday as he was approved by lawmakers after the Kremlin announced sweeping reform plans. Putin tapped Mikhail Mishustin for .. Secret mission saves Australia’s ‘dinosaur trees’ from bushfires AFP Sydney A secret operation by specialist firefighters has saved the world’s last stand of Wollemi Pines, a pre-historic species known as “dinosaur trees”, from Australia’s unprecedented bushfires, officials .. Japan reports case of mystery virus behind China outbreak Tokyo: Japan has confirmed a case of a mystery virus that first emerged in China and is from the same family as the deadly SARS pathogen, authorities said on Thursday. It appears to be only the second time the novel .. Former Philippine police chief indicted for drugs war corruption Manila: The former chief police enforcer of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly war on drugs will be charged with corruption for allegedly protecting officers linked to the narcotics trade, the justice .. Alleged slap in face costs 300,000 dollars and a sheep in Afghanistan Kabul: A traditional council of elders in Afghanistan has told a former lawmaker to pay an Afghan minister 300,000 dollars in cash along with a sheep to compensate for an alleged slap in the face. A tribal leader and deputy ..