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MPs Ask President Ghani To Step Down

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The Wolesi Jirga’s (Lower House of Parliament) administrative board on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani of inability to lead the country and said he has an autocratic behavior towards the parliament. The MPs said the president should step down if he cannot lead the country. “Government has been damaged... More

UK sees ‘no improvement’ in Bangladesh human rights situation in 2016

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The UK has said in a report it saw no improvement in the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh in 2016. The report titled Human Rights and Democracy also added that the 2016 Global Slavery Index (GSI) placed Bangladesh at 21 out of 167 countries. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson... More

Fake Chinese parts in India-made Bofors gun: CBI books Delhi firm

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CBI booked a Delhi-based firm and unidentified officials of the Gun Carriage Factory in Madhya Pradesh on Friday for selling fake Chinese spare parts to Jabalpur’s ordnance factory, which falls under the Ministry of defence’s department of defence production. CBI registered an FIR under criminal conspiracy, cheating and... More

House committee breached NA Act and RoP: Speaker

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Speaker Jigme Zangpo has informed the National Assembly’s house committee members in writing that their recent decision to dissolve the committee has violated the National Assembly (NA) Act and the Rules of Procedure (RoP). The letter, which was issued on Thursday, asked the committee members, who wish to... More

Maldives continues to be named a FCO ‘Human Rights Priority Country’

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On the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) made public its annual Human Rights Report for 2016. Maldives is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs), countries with which the UK looks for positive engagement that contributes to addressing human rights concerns. The Report notes that democratic... More

Shan general: 2017 not a ‘Year of Peace’

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Gen Yawd Serk, chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has said that 2017 may not be the “year of peace” that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President U Htin Kyaw envisioned. He made the remark at a Friday press conference regarding the military’s objection to a... More

Constitution amendment not possible before phase III elections: DPM Gachhadar

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has said that the amendment to the constitution was not possible before the third phase of local level elections slated for September 18. “I do not see the possibility of amending the constitution at the present,” he... More

Constitution making process: JO raises UN interference with Feltman

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Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015. MP Gunawardena has said that the JO that represented a large segment of people strongly opposed to... More

Pakistan urges world, UN to stop India from bloodshed in India-occupied Kashmir

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Pakistan on Friday urged world fraternity and the United Nations (UN) to impress upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris in India-occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the Foreign Office of Pakistan (FO). In response to India's denial to offer Friday prayers to Kashmiris in occupied valley,... More

TODAY'S NEWS

SUNDAY SPECIAL

Will Bhutan exert its independent stand in the Doklam conflict?


Five weeks have passed since the confrontation between China and India at Doklam, but the crisis remains unresolved. It has become an issue of pride, with no one willing to step down first and... More

REPORTS

Indian ammunition stock faces critical shortfall to sustain 10 days of war fighting:...

As tensions remain high with China over the stand-off in Doklam, the army faces a shortfall of 40 per cent of types ammunition to fight a 10-day long war, as per... More

UN envoy ‘strongly urges’ Myanmar to accept fact-finding mission

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee told reporters on Friday that she would “strongly urge the government” to allow an international independent body to investigate allegations of... More

Doklam stand-off: Pentagon tells China, India to engage in direct dialogue

India and China should engage in direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects” to reduce the tension over a military standoff in Dokalam, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have... More

Lankan Minister says extremism will be quashed in constitution reform

Mano Ganeshan, Lankan Minister of Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages, and leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), is a prophet of optimism on a new constitution seeing the light of... More

EVENT

Nation Commemorates Martyrs’ Day

At 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, sirens suddenly wailed. Many of the cars on the roads of Yangon came to a halt. Drivers blared their horns for one full minute. People walking on the... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

Military conflicts to escalate if India refuses to withdraw troops

Addressing the ongoing border face-off between China and India, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told her country's parliament on Thursday that "all countries are in India's support," and said India is... More

ISSUES

Is Bangladesh headed towards economic recession?


Bangladesh has been the only country is South Asia over the past seven years with an average economic growth exceeding six percent. And the government has predicted that the growth is... More

Terrorist activities decreases worldwide, increases in Bangladesh: US State Dept


Bangladesh experienced a significant increase in terrorist activity in 2016, according to the US State Department’s annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism-2016’, released in Washington on Wednesday (19 July). The report said that... More

Border standoff: India seeks face-saving way to deal with China


Although the Indian media has been creating hype over the country’s military standoff with China near the Bhutan-China-India tri-junction since middle of June, New Delhi is now studiously playing down the... More

An ever-weakening Afghan National Army


As casualties mounted to dramatic levels in 2017, even according to official figures that are most likely underestimated, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has for the first time begun experiencing serious... More

INTERVIEW

‘Modi will eventually defeat himself’: Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy


Jaipal Reddy, who was an important Congress strategist when the party came back to power in May 2004, insisted during an interview with The Wirethat Narendra Modi will “defeat himself” in 2019 as... More

‘It is terrorism of a different nature’


It is generally believed that the making and construction of identities necessitates the creation of certain historical facts. The creation of a pan-Hindu identity and, by corollary, a Hindu Rashtra has... More

Israeli-Indian ties reach new heights

When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on Tuesday for the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian prime minister, it will mark the apex of a century-old relationship that has plodded forward... More

COLUMN

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... More

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READER'S VIEWS

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor


Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them... More
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Valley of death: Being young and restless in Kashmir

It’s 5:45 am. Thousands of people walk towards a ground. Some of them are carrying a dead body draped in a woolen blanket. Others... More

The India-China war of 1962 and its political after-life

Amit Das Gupta and Lorenz Lüthi’s The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives is a most topical and useful book for two reasons: For one, it... More

Book will tell story of Pakistan, Bangladesh through architecture

An assistant professor in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design, the Bangladesh native has received a Mellon-Volkswagen Fellowship to complete the... More

Yoga not as safe as people thought: Study

Yoga's appeal is growing in India, Australia and worldwide but new research released on Wednesday suggests it is not as safe as previously believed. A... More

The woes of Bengalis and Burmese of Karachi

Even on a Sunday morning, Ibrahim Hyderi is abuzz with activity. Bazaars are brimming with motorcycles, cars, autorickshaws. Buyers and sellers are trading all... More

A diet of Cricket at Colombo Cricket Club Café

It is a turf of a different kind where one gets bowled over by a soup named after Muttiah Muralitharan and knocked out by... More

Enterprising Pakistanis are gearing up for a Chinese influx

Pakistan is becoming a home away from home for many Chinese citizens looking for better business opportunities If you pass him by in his electronic... More

The ‘Banksy of Bangladesh’ is asking someone called Subodh to...

Is the artist reflecting on the social, economic and political crisis in the country? The graffiti started to appear a few month ago in Bangladesh’s... More

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