Daily Archives: December 15, 2018

December 30 and the cycle of violence  

Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades and public rallies continue unabated....

GD FILED AGAINST KAMAL HOSSAIN FOR ‘THREATENING’ JOURNOS

A general dairy (GD) was lodged with Islamic University police station in Kushtia on Friday against Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on allegation of threatening journalists, reports UNB. Acting...

Kamal seeks president’s appointment

Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain has sought an appointment with President Abdul Hamid on December 17 to discuss on the upcoming general election. A 10-member delegation, led by Kamal...

PAKISTANI FM ARRIVES IN KABUL FOR TRILATERAL MEETING

It is the second meeting of the three foreign ministers after their kick off meeting in Beijing last year. Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Kabul on Saturday...

MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA RESIGNS AS PM

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26, has informed UPFA MPs that he has resigned from PM post, MP...

‘6 PARAMILITARY SOLDIERS KILLED IN PAKISTAN’

At least six paramilitary troops were killed Friday when their convoy came under attack by unidentified gunmen in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, officials said. The incident took place in...

INTRODUCTION OF SOLAR BOAT ON WATERWAYS ON THE CARDS

The government has adopted a plan to introduce solar-powered passenger boats on the waterways aiming to check water pollution, provide a safe home to aquatic species and enhance the...

‘We’re all handcuffed in this country.’ Why Afghanistan is still the worst place in...

It was a sunny morning in early December last year when 23-year-old Khadija set herself on fire. She kissed her three-month old son Mohammed goodbye and said a short...

Pakistan and India

Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, the commander-in-chief of the British Indian Army, was initially in favour of a joint military command for India and Pakistan. This idea was impractical...

Second $1bn deposit received from Saudi Arabia: State Bank

A State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) official on Friday confirmed that a second $1 billion bailout package from Saudi Arabia had been received by Pakistan. SBP Spokesman Abid Qamar, confirming...

India expecting China to propose concrete deal on middle sector border – sources

After the 21st round of border talks in November this year, China revived the term “early harvest consultations” on border disputes. During Wang Yi's upcoming visit, New Delhi expects...

SECRET POW WOW AMONG PRESIDENT, UNP LEADER AND SPEAKER

A secret meeting had been held between President Maithripala Sirisena, UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Thursday night, political party sources said. They said the meeting held...

Bhutan – Canada sign MoU

The foreign ministry and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on December 12 in Thimphu to establish a bilateral...

Maldives court freezes ex-president Yameen’s bank accounts

A court in the Maldives has frozen bank accounts owned by former President Abdulla Yameen, two sources told Al Jazeera on Friday, as part of an investigation into allegations of financial...

India has 140 nuclear warheads – and more are coming

India has 130 to 140 nuclear warheads—and more are coming, according to a new report. “India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads,...

China launches Pakistan Navy’s new survey ship

The Pakistan Navy has launched a new survey vessel in China. The launching ceremony was held at Dajin Heavy Industry shipyard on December 11, 2018. The 3,000-ton newbuilding was launched into...

India’s assembly polls show BJP is no longer invincible

The assembly polls of the three states belonging to the Hindi heartland – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh – have shown that India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is...

Afghan contentions derail peace prospects

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the US Department of State Zalmay Khalilzad began his third foray to pursue peace in a country that has experienced civil conflict and...

Is the United States really concerned and willing to help Pakistan protect its economy?

Adam Malpass, the U.S Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs, while talking to a congressional panel stated that the United States wants to help Pakistan in reviving its...

US CONGRESS RESOLUTION URGES FOR FREE, FAIR, CREDIBLE ELECTION

A Congress resolution asking the US government to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh has been agreed in the house. It was approved on Wednesday. The resolution, put...

MOTORCADE OF DR KAMAL ATTACKED

Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain's motorcade came under attack near the Martyred Intellectuals' Memorial in the capital's Mirpur yesterday. At least 25 people were injured in the attack carried...