Daily Archives: August 20, 2018

TALEBAN REJECT AFGHAN CEASEFIRE, KIDNAP NEARLY 200 BUS PASSENGERS

The Taleban rejected on Monday (Aug 20) an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three...

PM MODI CONGRATULATES IMRAN KHAN, SAYS “WE ARE FOR GOOD RELATIONS”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, who was sworn in as the country's 22nd prime minister on Saturday. Prime Minister Modi said, "we...

TALEBAN KIDNAP DOZENS IN AFGHANISTAN’S NORTH DESPITE CEASEFIRE

Taleban insurgents kidnapped dozens of passengers after stopping three buses in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a government official said on Monday (Aug 20), a day after the government announced a...

16 MINISTERS FROM PM IMRAN KHAN’S CABINET SWORN IN

Sixteen members of Prime Minister Imran Khan's 21-strong cabinet took oath at a ceremony held at the President House in Islamabad on Monday morning. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath...

US, PAKISTAN WELCOME CEASEFIRE ANNOUNCEMENT

The United States in Monday welcomed the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on the Taliban’s participation. In a statement issued by US Secretary of State Michael...

B CHY, KAMAL AGREE ON GREATER UNITY, WILL HOLD GRAND RALLY

Jukto Front chairman and former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gono Forum president Kamal Hossain on Sunday announced their decision to forge an alliance of greater unity in the...

Construction of China-funded sewage treatment plant starts in B’desh capital

The construction of a China-funded mega sewage treatment plant started in Bangladesh's capital of Dhaka on Sunday. The sewage treatment project agreement, named the "Dasherkandi Sewage Treatment Plant Project," was...

Bhutan EC releases schedule for 3rd NA elections

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) released the election schedule for the third National Assembly elections at a press conference Saturday. The registered political parties intending to contest the...

Centre withdraws more than 7,000 CRPF troops from four states

The Centre has withdrawn more than 7,000 Central Reserve Police Force personnel who were deployed to conduct anti-Maoist operations from West Bengal, Bihar and Jharkhand and internal security-related duty...

Myanmar police, soldiers patrol in Maungdaw amid reports of renewed ARSA threat

Border police and Myanmar Army troops have been conducting joint patrols in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw District after local authorities received a tip off about possible militant activity by the...

Nepal gov’t recommends Thapa be appointed army chief

Nepal’s government has decided to recommend acting Chief of the Army Staff (CoAS) Purna Chandra Thapa for the top position of the Nepal Army to be effective from September...

Pakistan pivots toward Putin’s Russia after Trump gets tough

Nuclear-armed Pakistan is embracing Cold War-foe Russia amid unraveling ties with Washington. The Trump administration has penalized Islamabad for failing to rein in militants waging war on the U.S.-backed government...

US pulls its punch on new Myanmar sanctions

The United States finally backed its words with actions against Myanmar military commanders and units seen as responsible for last year’s lethal crackdown in Rakhine state that drove over...

Japan defence minister’s Sri Lanka visit to keep China in check

Japan’s defense minister has begun a 5-day tour of India and Sri Lanka on Sunday. He hopes to boost defense cooperation with the countries and secure freedom of navigation...

Chinese NGOs operating in Nepal offer key development model

A deal to let 30 Chinese NGOs work in Nepal has generated socio-political interest in the Himalayan nation. The entry of the Chinese organizations following an MoU between China...

It’s time to end America’s war in Afghanistan

A child born on this date in 2001 – just before the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – is old enough to be fighting today in the war in Afghanistan. This...

The consequences of shifting US-Pakistan military ties

The Trump administration, in its latest attempt to put pressure on Pakistan, has started to close various training programs for Pakistani military officials. Trump’s decision to shut down military...

Indian state-owned company may win bid to mint 27 million Brazilian centavo coins

Even as unconfirmed press reports have emerged, indicating that unspecified denominations of the Indian rupee are printed in China, an India-based, government-owned currency printing press has come close to...

Imran Khan takes the pitch as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Former cricket captain Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister at a ceremony of the National Assembly on Saturday, after the newly elected members voted him...

Bangladesh mulls over description of Rohingya refugees for political reasons

Bangladesh has yet to decide whether it will replace its official description of Rohingya refugees — a move some claim will limit the Rohingyas’ rights as Myanmar citizens. A Bangladesh...

New report: Myanmar army killed over 24,000 Rohingya

More than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces since August 2017, according to a new report. The figures were revealed in the report -- Forced Migration...