Pakistani journalists and rights activists have rallied in support of a leading newspaper in Islamabad and elsewhere, days after Islamists gathered at the newspaper, threatening staff and demanding its editor be hanged.
At Thursday's rally, activists and journalists condemned this week's besieging of English-language newspaper Dawn's office in Islamabad.
They criticized the anti-newspaper protesters who want editor Zaffar Abbas and publisher Hameed Haroon hanged for reporting that the London Bridge attacker was of "Pakistani origin."
The Islamists' threats at their rally Tuesday outside Dawn's office were condemned by international media watchdogs and Pakistani journalists who say the protesters blocked the entrance to the building that houses the newspaper and its sister TV channel, Dawn TV.
No arrests have been made so far.
At least nine people were killed and 20 others injured after a passenger bus hit a stationary goods truck Thursday in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police said.
The accident took place in the morning at 6:30 (local time) in Rewa district, about 500 km northeast of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.
"In a tragic road accident here today at Gud Bypass, nine passengers were killed and 20 others injured after a bus carrying them rammed into a stationary goods truck," a police official said. "The injured were immediately removed to the nearest hospital."
Following the accident, the police rushed to the spot and along with the rescue team.
Police officials have registered a case and initiated investigations to ascertain the cause of the accident.
Preliminary investigations carried out by the police suggest the bus carrying local passengers was being rashly driven.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath expressed grief over the deaths in the accident and directed authorities to extend all help to the injured.
"Have received sad news about the accident in Rewa. My condolences to the families of all the passengers who died in this horrific accident," a statement from chief minister's office said. "Instructions have been given for the proper treatment of all the injured passengers in this accident."
Deadly road accidents, caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving, are common in India.
Indian government last month released a report saying 151,471 people were killed in road accidents during 2018 across the country. The maximum deaths during road accidents in 2018 were caused due to overspeeding.
Officials say on an average over 400 deaths take place every day in India due to road accidents.
Experts say the aquamarine color the Mekong River has recently acquired may beguile tourists but it also indicates a problem caused by upstream dams.
The water usually is a yellowish-brown shade due to the sediment it normally carries downstream. But lately it has been running clear, taking on a blue-green hue that is a reflection of the sky. The water levels have also become unusually low, exposing sandbanks in the middle of the river.
Low water levels pose an obvious problem for fishermen and farmers, but experts say the decline in sediment exposes a different danger that can result in erosion of the river banks.
Conservationists say a large hydroelectric dam upstream in Laos that began operating in October is a major contributor to both problems.
A former Indian finance minister just released on bail in a bribery case joined a protest Thursday of the government's economic policies, which are being blamed for India's slowest economic growth in six years.
Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the lower growth rate was pushing millions of people into poverty and he will raise the issue in Parliament. He joined his Congress party's protest hours after his release on bail.
On Wednesday, India's Supreme Court ordered Chidambaram released in the case involving alleged bribery and money laundering benefiting his son's company when he was the finance minister in 2006. He denied the allegations and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of pursuing a political vendetta.
India's economic growth was 4.5% in July-September, down from 7.4% in February this year, Chidambaram said on Thursday.
He also said that there was no demand in the market because people have less money and they were also not confident about their future.
India's central bank on Thursday lowered India's economic growth to 5% in 2019-2020 financial year as compared to its earlier projection of 6.1%. India's financial year runs from April to March.
Many economists believe the economy was weakened by the currency demonetization by Modi's government in 2016 and a hasty rollout of a goods and services tax.
The government recently announced a series of steps to check faltering consumer spending and corporate investment.
The government rolled back a surcharge on foreign portfolio investment and announced steps to lower interest rates on home and auto loans to boost the country's faltering economy.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also announced that the government will withdraw a tax on investments by startups to help raise private investment and create jobs.
Sitharaman also lowered the base corporate tax rate to 22% from 30%.
Hong Kong must enhance the education and implementation mechanism for the national Constitution and the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said here on Wednesday.
At a symposium to mark China's sixth Constitution Day, Lam said that the Constitution and the HKSAR Basic Law together form the constitutional basis of the HKSAR government, and Hong Kong citizens must clearly understand that "one country" is the premise and basis for the implementation of "two systems".
"We must enhance the education about the Constitution and the Basic Law, so as to strengthen the national identity in the whole society, especially among public servants and young people," Lam said.
She pointed out that the HKSAR should improve its system and mechanism for implementing the Constitution and the Basic Law in accordance with the requirement of "one country, two systems".
"At the same time, we should pay close attention to the overall development of our country, safeguard the country's political system, and actively participate in the construction of the country's economic, political, cultural, social and ecological civilizations, so that Hong Kong can play its unique role in the country's development and seize new opportunities to expand new space and inject new impetus into its future development," she added.
The symposium, the third of its kind held in Hong Kong to mark the national Constitution Day, was attended by several hundred people, including over 100 secondary school students.
Wang Zhimin, director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR, pointed out at the symposium that to firmly uphold the constitutional order established by the Constitution and the Basic Law is the fundamental requirement for the comprehensive and accurate implementation of the "one country, two systems" principle, as well as the fundamental guarantee for Hong Kong to maintain prosperity and stability and for people here to live and work in peace and contentment.
Han Dayuan, a law professor at the Beijing-based Renmin University of China, also called on Hong Kong to enhance young people's sense of national and constitutional identity as well as confidence in the "one country, two systems" principle.
One of the Constitution's significant contributions to our country's development is that it has provided a strong constitutional guarantee for the smooth return of Hong Kong and Macao to the motherland and for the implementation of the "one country, two systems", he stressed.