World

China creates three new Army units to modernise military

Beijing: Jan 2; China has created three new military bodies as part of reforms to modernise its military and improve its fighting capacity.

State television showed on Saturday President Xi Jinping giving military flags to the leaders of the three new units - a general command for the People's Liberation Army, a missile force and a strategic support force. Mr. Xi and PLA officers and soldiers sang the national anthem at the inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

Mr. Xi said the three new units had been created as part of a modernisation reform and "to realise the Chinese dream of a strong military".

China's military is currently 2.3 million strong but there are plans to cut it by 300,000.

Mr. Xi has promulgated the idea of a "Chinese dream" involving "the great renewal of the Chinese nation" and sees a strong military as key to this.

Other reform plans include phasing out old equipment, developing new weapons systems and reducing troop numbers.

B'desh: Nearly 600 women raped in last six months

Dhaka : At least 592 incidents of rapes were reported in Bangladesh in last six months, revealed a report of the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP).In a...

Avenfield verdict: Islamabad HC to hear Sharif family's pleas

Islamabad : The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday was expected to take up the appeals filed by former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter...

US considering direct talks with Taliban

Washington DC : The United States is considering to join the direct talks with Taliban, in an attempt to end the 17 year long war in Afghanistan.The p...

Peru declares 60-day state of emergency

Lima : Peru declared a 60-day state of emergency on its Colombian border to ensure security from the menace of drug trafficking in a region.As per a r...