Daily Archives: December 13, 2017

India, Australia hold first 2+2 dialogue with focus on strategic, defence ties

In a bid to boost their bilateral strategic partnership keeping the Indo-Pacific region in mind and to increase defence cooperation, India and Australia held their inaugural 2+2 Foreign Secretaries...

Bangladeshi-origin NYC bomber motivated by ‘Israeli incursions in Gaza’: reports

Bangladeshi-origin Akayed Ullah, the perpetrator behind Monday's bomb attack in a New York City subway passageway, told police that he was motivated by Israeli 'incursions in Gaza', CNN reported. Three...

Art Deco architecture spread across Kolkata, thanks to a state law – and a...

In 2015, author Amit Chaudhuri started a movement to preserve ordinary Bengali homes in South Kolkata. The architecture of these homes, Chaudhuri said, was unique and its destruction would...

Pakistan views Palestine issue at par with Kashmir issue: COAS

Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday (Dec. 12) reassured the Ambassador of the State of Palestine His Excellency Walid A.M. Abu Ali that...

Length of Indo-Nepal border could change after re-demarcation: Officials

The length of the 1,751-kilometre porous border between India and Nepal could change as many areas left out during the previous mapping will be added after a re-demarcation process,...

Maldives bans local councils from meeting foreign diplomats

Maldives’ local councils have been banned from meeting foreign diplomats without written permission from authorities including the home affairs ministry, with the British ambassador calling it the “latest unfortunate...

Myanmar team due Dec 19 to take forward Rohingya repatriation process

A team of Myanmar will be here on December 19 to take forward the process of forming a joint working group to start repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. Foreign...

Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist ‘cover-up’

The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka’s monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded...

Russia favours dialogue with the Taliban: Lavrov

An inclusive political dialogue for peace in Afghanistan should include the Taliban and other regional countries, said Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov here on Monday (Dec. 11). He said...

Russia pitches for India’s participation in OBOR

Russia pitched for India joining China's One Belt One Road initiative and hoped that New Delhi will find a way out to benefit from the mega connectivity project without...

US, Afghan forces launch offensive to block Daesh expansion in Afghanistan

US and Afghan special operations groups are preparing an offensive against Daesh strongholds in northwestern Afghanistan in an attempt to prevent the fractured militant group from continuing their expansion...

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him...

Chinese built new roads in last 2 months in Doklam, show Satellite pics

New satellite images of the Doklam area to the east of Sikkim reveal that the Chinese have expanded multiple stretches of road in the disputed area, just a short...

Moscow, Beijing more in sync on connectivity, Quad at Delhi ministerial meet

Even as Russia, India and China talked optimistically about synergy in connectivity projects and combatting terror, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov batted for India to join China’s belt and...

DGMO-level hotline between India and China in final stage

India and China are in the final stage of setting up a military hotline at the Director General of Military Operations level. Determining the protocol, possibility of having translators...

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Abbasi visits Turkey

Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Tuesday (Dec. 12) arrived in Turkey of on an official visit. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on...

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college...

Diphtheria kills 9 in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Bangladesh on Tuesday (Dec 12) launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700, reports AFP Health...