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News Watch- (12-1-2019)

January 12, 2019 00:00:00

Pakistan arrests five over attack on Chinese consulate

KARACHI (Pakistan): A Pakistani police officer says investigators have arrested five suspects charged with aiding a separatist group accused of attacking the Chinese Consulate in Karachi last year, killing two civilians and two policemen. At a news conference on Friday, officer Amir Sheikh said the men arrested confessed to their role in facilitating three assailants, who were killed during the Nov. 23 attack at the consulate. He claimed the detainees were linked to Baluch Liberation Army, a Baluchistan-based group which claimed responsibility for the attack on the Chinese Consulate at the time. Sheikh alleges that India's intelligence helps the BLA. Spokesmen for the BLA and India were not available for comment. — AP

Nepal wants India to replace demonetised currency

Nepal has sought assurance from India about the exchange of demonetised notes lying in Nepal Rashtra Bank, the national bank of Nepal. It has also sought assurance about future of Indian currency which is being used by Nepal. Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali, who held meetings with his Indian counterpart on Thursday said that Nepal had raised the issue with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. "What we are asking India is that we want an assurance that there should be no problem in future for possessing the new currency. Want assurance that in future if there is any decision, there should not be such problems that we faced", said Foreign Minister Gyawali. Nepal is facing another problem with Indian currency. The Nepal Rashtra Bank still holds around seven crore of the demonetised Indian currency. — India Today

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