Daily Archives: March 13, 2018

SIRISENA SAYS CHINESE INITIATIVE MUST NOT BE USED AS A THREAT

President Maithripala Sirisena has warned that China’s Belt and Road economic initiative should not be allowed to pose a threat to the international community. Maithripala Sirisena made the remark in...

U.S. PICKING UP TALIBAN INTEREST IN AFGHAN PEACE TALKS – MATTIS

The United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, U.S. Defense...

US-BANGLA CRASH: DEATH OF PILOT ABID SULTAN, 3 OTHER CABIN CREW CONFIRMED

All four cabin crew members including pilot Abid Sultan of US-Bangla flight that crashed at Kathmandu airport have died, Rajkumer Chhetri, general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, confirmed The...

Graft Case: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda gets 4 months’ bail

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia is set to be released from jail after a court on Monday (March 12) granted her bail, her lawyer said, reports AFP. The 72-year-old leader...

Graft case: Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda gets 4 months’ bail

Bangladesh opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Monday (March 12) secured four months' bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case that saw her sentenced to five years' imprisonment, reports...

The trouble with Bangladesh’s military

The armed forces account for 6 percent of Bangladesh’s annual budget, totaling $3.2 billion in the year 2017-2018, according to official statistics. Yet Bangladesh’s military has proved to be...

Taleban capture western Afghanistan district in fresh setback for US-backed security forces

The Taleban captured a district in western Afghanistan on Monday (March 12), officials said, as security continues to deteriorate in the besieged province of Farah. The fall of the district,...

26 Bangladeshis among 49 killed in Nepal plane crash

This is the deadliest civil aviation disaster in Bangladesh's history. At least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshis, were killed when an US-Bangla flight from Dhaka crashed in Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International...

With 12% of global imports, India tops list of arms buyers

Persisting failure to build a robust defence production industry has ensured that India continues to remain in the strategically-vulnerable position of being the world’s largest arms importer, accounting for...

Iranian FM vows to increase trade to 5 bln USD with Pakistan by 2021

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Monday vowed to increase his country's trade with Pakistan to 5 billion U.S. dollars by 2021, as the current trade volume is around...

ROHINGYA CRISIS: BANGLADESH SEEKS SINGAPORE’S ASSISTANCE

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Singapore to request Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis quickly as it is a big problem and burden on Bangladesh. She made the call...

Orbital ATK contracted to provide AC-208 armed ISR aircraft to Afghanistan

The US Air Force (USAF) has awarded Orbital ATK a sole-source contract to deliver AC-208 armed intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to Afghanistan. The ‘pseudo’ Foreign Military Sale (FMS)...

Immigration denies holding back visas for Indians

Maldives Immigration on Monday denied there were problems in giving business visas or work permits to Indian expatriate workers, amid strained relations between the two countries. Personnel officers in Maldivian...

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts...

Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes

Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts...

China is the biggest arms supplier to Pakistan, Bangladesh & Myanmar

China is the fifth biggest arms supplier in the world and also supplies the most weapons to India’s neighbours, a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has...

China is the biggest arms supplier to Pakistan, Bangladesh & Myanmar

China is the fifth biggest arms supplier in the world and also supplies the most weapons to India’s neighbours, a study by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute has...

Pakistan Navy test-fires land-based anti-ship missile

The Pakistan Navy (PN) announced  that it had test-fired a land-based anti-ship missile (AShM) as part of a training drill. The PN did not disclose details, such as the AShM-type...

The trouble with Bangladesh’s military

The armed forces account for 6 percent of Bangladesh’s annual budget, totaling $3.2 billion in the year 2017-2018, according to official statistics. Yet Bangladesh’s military has proved to be...

Indian PM Modi plans Bangladesh, Nepal visit for regional push

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to visit Bangladesh and Nepal in the coming months to showcase his government’s support to the South Asian partners based on his...

China steps up “feel good” diplomacy with India

China on Monday (March 12) stepped up the on-going messaging between Beijing and New Delhi, highlighting a steady improvement in their post-Doklam ties.In response to a question, Foreign Ministry...