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A senior New York Times journalist on Wednesday said he had to face anger and hatred and was called "Hinduphobic" and "racist" after he did a story on how closure of slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh may have been the reason for dogs attacks humans in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi prayed at a renowned Hindu temple with his Nepalese counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli on Friday as he started a visit aiming to reset strained relations between the neighbors.

 Pakistan is considering imposing reciprocal restrictions on U.S. diplomats after Washington announced that it would impose travel restrictions on Pakistani diplomats starting from Friday, the media reported. The authorities are planning to enforce restrictions on American diplomats posted in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi, Dawn News reported.

Six Indian engineers working on a power plant project in northern Afghanistan were kidnapped along with their Afghan driver on Sunday, Afghan officials said. Gunmen snatched the seven from a vehicle on the outskirts of Baghlan provincial capital Pule-Khumri, police spokesman Zabi Shuja told AFP.

India were urged to control their emotions after a bad-tempered Commonwealth Games hockey clash with Pakistan ended in a thrilling draw on Saturday -- with the video referee proving crucial. India were 2-1 up with just seconds left when Pakistan twice went to the video referrals to earn penalty corners.

Despite the sudden cancellation of Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s scheduled trip to New Delhi, the Trump administration has declared India vital to enhancing its strategic energy security goals. Perry was to have been in India from Feb. 27 through March 1, but traveled instead to London to meet with Saudi officials to discuss Riyadh’s interest in U.S.-made nuclear reactors.

Luminaries from the Indian and Pakistani film industry gathered under one roof for the four-day festival which screened films, documentaries and shorts from Pakistan and the rest of the world. Several of the visiting Bollywood fraternity participated in various panels examining the trends, business and scope of cinema.