Daily Archives: May 23, 2017

10 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base in Afghanistan

At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed and several others wounded after Taliban attacked an army base in southern province of Kandahar overnight, a provincial source said on Tuesday. "Hundreds...

Sheikh Hasina’s blunder: Bangladesh PM uses piety to mask misrule

Sheikh Hasina Wajed has inflicted many injuries on Bangladesh’s democracy. She has pursued a dogged vendetta against her main rival for the job of prime minister, Khaleda Zia, hounding...

Govt adds 23 local units, elevates Birgunj and Biratnagar as metros

The government has added 23  local units and elevated two sub metropolitan cities to metropolis in Tarai districts, making the total number of local units 767. A Cabinet meeting on...

OBOR: A vision as smooth as silk

Silk and spices, jade and jewels… the Silk Route conjures up exotic images of travel and trade, of the yesteryear. And now, as China presents the world with the...

Iran continues deporting undocumented Afghan refugees

Nearly 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have been forced by the Iranian government to go home this year, heading to an uncertain future with the resurgent Taliban now holding more...

CJ’s opinion shall have primacy: BD HC

The chief justice is the key person in forming opinion as to the eligibility of persons for appointment in the higher judiciary and his opinion shall have primacy over...

Book to commemorate Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother’s birth anniversary

In commemoration of Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck’s 87th birth anniversary, a book titled “The Heart of a Sacred Kingdom, Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother...

India uses up more groundwater than US and China

Right on the edge of the Ganga basin that spans 11 Indian states lies Naujhil block, a few kilometres west of the Yamuna in UP's Mathura district. You would...

Maldives SC will make final decision on all no confidence motions at the parliament

Supreme Court of the Maldives has passed a verdict saying that they would be making the final decision in all of the no confidence votes being taken at the...

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was...

Islami Bank Bangladesh in dire straits

Islami Bank, the largest and most profitable bank in the country, has plunged into a bout of infighting within just five months of wholesale restructuring of the board of...

Govt invites non-NCA signatories to Panglong peace conference as ‘special guests’

The government invited nine ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to the upcoming Union Peace Conference as “special guests,” The Irrawaddy has...

Pakistan would not let its soil be used against Afghanistan: Army Chief

US Ambassador David Hale met with Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday, a US embassy press release said. According to the press release, the US ambassador lauded...

Major who tied Kashmiri man to jeep gets Army Chief’s recommendation

In a surprising move, Army on Monday announced that the Major who tied a Kashmiri to a military vehicle as a precaution against stone-pelters has been awarded a commendation...

‘India should remove non-trade barriers on Sri Lankan products’

India should remove non-tariff barriers on Sri Lankan imports and the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the two nations should be implemented in phases, said a top...

No room yet for India in NSG, says China

China on Monday said it would oppose India’s unilateral entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), pending a consensus on the membership of the nuclear weapon states that have...

Militant Buddhist extremism resurfaces in Lanka

After a lull following the election of the new Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in 2015, the months of April and May this year has seen heightened attacks on mosques...

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next...