Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas, PM to IOM DG   


BD Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) William Lacy Swing to create pressure on Myanmar government to take back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. She made... More

Pakistan wants ‘zero’ political or military role for India in Afghanistan


Pakistan has vowed to remain engaged with the United States in fighting regional terrorism and stabilizing Afghanistan, but said “any political or military” role for its archenemy India in the war-torn country will be... More

Ghani meets Trump in NY, says ‘victory within sight’


President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump Thursday said “a cloud of uncertainty has been lifted and victory is within sight as a result of the new Afghan policy.” For his part,... More

Two killed, 6 injured in grenade attack on J&K Minister’s cavalcade


Two civilians were killed and six persons, including two policemen, injured in a grenade attack on a cavalcade of senior Jammu and Kashmir Minister at Tral in Pulwama district on Thursday, police said. The Minister for Public... More

Myanmar, Britain cease officer training over Rakhine operations


The Myanmar Army said on Wednesday they will never again send officers to Britain for training after the the British government announced it was suspending its training program with Myanmar’s military in light of... More

Govt. insults judiciary by introducing reforms through backdoor: MR


Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the government has openly insulted the judiciary and flouted the Constitution by introducing changes to the Provincial Councils Election Bill through the backdoor. Issuing a statement, he said these... More

Nepal, China discuss opening 13 border points to ease connectivity


Nepal is pushing for opening nine more border points with China, beyond the four that the two neighbours have agreed upon, a media report said. Both sides held a meeting in Kathmandu on Wednesday on... More

A Fatwa office inaugurated for the first time in Maldives!


Government has created a Fatwa office for the first time. The office is located in STO Trade Center. The office was inaugurated officially by Islamic Minister Dr.Ahmed Ziyad Bagir. Under the religious harmony legislation, a... More

RemitBhutan records USD 2M in remittances


Exactly a year after the launch of RemitBhutan, the country received over USD 2M in remittances from about 850 Bhutanese living abroad against the initial target of USD 1M. The USD 1M target was achieved... More



Apex committee drafting Lanka’s new constitution presents interim report 

The Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional Assembly” presented its Interim Report to parliament on Thursday. The present parliament is the “Constitutional Assembly” charged with the responsibility of drafting... More


West Bengal restrictions on immersion of Durga lifted

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee doesn’t learn from the past, despite being admonished by the court repeatedly. It is a repeat of 2016, when immersion of the goddess Durga was restricted to a... More

India presses on with Myanmar defense supplies in show of support

India is considering supplying arms to Myanmar’s government in a sign of strong support for a neighbor that faces criticism for its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The arms were discussed during a visit by the... More

Indian BSF seals border with Bangladesh to stop Rohingya infiltration

The BSF has sealed the Indo-Bangla border and stepped up its vigil along the area in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis. "We have alerted our troops and mobilised resources on the entire 4,096-km... More

Second Indian journalist killed in one month

A reporter covering political unrest in India’s northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said on Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist. Shantanu Bhowmick was set upon with... More


Himalayan Hydro Expo in the offing

Independent Power Producers' Association Nepal (IPPAN) and Expo & Event Management Services Private Limited (EEMSPL) are jointly organizing Himalayan Hydro Expo 2018 in Kathmandu on January 5-7, 2018. The expo, which will be organized at... More


Targeting refugees — Centre’s position on Rohingya

The Union government’s position that it considers Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state as a potential security threat is a disturbing attempt to paint the persecuted community in a poor light so that it... More


Musharraf accuses Zardari of involvement in murders of Murtaza, Benazir Bhutto

Former president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday directly accused PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of being complicit in Benazir Bhutto's assassination, reasoning he had "the most to gain from ", in a... More

Iran seeks to lead islamic nations’ “crusade” against ‘genocide of Rohingya’

Iran has stepped in to facilitate the resolution of the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar by calling upon Islamic nations, most notably rich Gulf States, to demonstrate solidarity with Burmese Muslims and... More

Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind stage massive protest in support of Rohingyas

As several Muslims organizations are protesting against Indian government's stand of deporting 40,000 Rohingyas Muslims to Myanmar, the Delhi division of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind (JUH) held a massive protest on Thrusday appealing the Indian... More

Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday,  asked the international community to support Sri Lanka’s “slow but steady progress’ towards... More


‘Dhaka can’t wait until India and China change their stance on Rohingya issue’

In an interview with the Dhaka Tribune’s Tarek Mahmud, Professor Ali Riaz of Politics and Government Department of Illinois State University in United States of America talks about the ongoing Rohingya crisis. With Bangladesh’s diplomatic friends... More

Over 1,000 killed in Myanmar violence, says UN Special Rapporteur

UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, has said that the number of people killed in the violence since August 25 in Myanmar has... More

Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech

The much discussed speech by Congress scion Rahul Gandhi at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the guest of honour, can be singled out from his previous speeches on one visible count –... More


Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) and the National University of... More

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was Muslim-Bengali Rohingyas who were responsible for the recent mayhem fared... More


Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the... More



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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What is the future of the media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping... More

Writing on the wall for bookstores in Quetta

Sajid Baloch, 22, is holding on to two books: In the Shadow of History, a compilation of scholar Dr. Mubarak Ali’s articles, and In... More

As India warms, farm-suicide ‘epidemic’ will worsen: US scientist advises...

Every one-degree-celsius rise in temperature beyond 20°C (degrees Celsius) during the growing season on India’s farms causes 67 suicides, with 59,300 suicides since 1980... More

From Iraq to Burma: These recipes show that Bengalis aren’t...

Bengali’s beloved Ilish is all set to earn its Geographical Indication tag as a product unique to Bangladesh. According to reports and data from World Fish,... More

Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on...

The division of British India was poorly planned and brutally carried out, as fear and revenge attacks led to a bloody sectarian On 3... More

Bleeping out Amartya Sen

The censor board’s objection to the use of words such as “cow”, “Hindutva” and “Gujarat” in a documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning economist is... More

Pakistan’s defense production: More efficient than India, why?

Indian Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Sarath Chand has recently acknowledged that Pakistan’s Defense Production base is bigger and working more efficiently... 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