Daily Archives: December 23, 2018

ANFREL QUESTIONS EC’S SINCERITY TO HOLD TRANSPARENT POLLS

The Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) has criticised Bangladesh’s election commission for creating hurdles for observers from home and abroad who were interested in monitoring the 30 December...

DHAKA MOVES FOR VISA EXEMPTION DEALS WITH 32 COUNTRIES

Over the last few years Bangladesh has implemented bilateral agreements of visa exemption with quite a number of countries and is working to finalize such agreements with 32 other...

UN EXPERTS CONCERNED OVER SECURITY

Public fears and apprehensions over the coming eleventh parliamentary election in Bangladesh have been echoed in the joint statement issued by eight special rapportuers or human rights experts of...

TAKHAR CIVIL ORDER POLICE COMMANDER KILLED IN MILITANTS ATTACK

Takhar police said the attack on the Civil Order Police commander happened in Kunduz province. A commander of the Afghan National Civil Order Police in Takhar province, Shah Tawoos, was...

On the road in the Karakoram

The snowed-over Khunjerab Pass, at 4,934 meters, stands eerily silent on a freezing late autumn morning. On the Pakistani side, a wooden house serves as a small customs office fronted...

BANGLADESH MEDIA PLAYING INADEQUATE CRITICAL ROLE

Journalists, academics, jurists, economists, researchers and politicians said Saturday that the media in Bangladesh was playing inadequate critical role in upholding people’s democratic rights in the election process monopolized...

Indian Navy commissions fifth Mk IV landing craft

The Indian Navy commissioned its fifth L55 landing craft ship, following a ceremony at Port Blair. The Mk-IV class ship is indigenously designed and built by the state-owned Garden...

President Alvi launches first Maritime Doctrine of Pakistan

President Dr Arif Alvi has said that the Pakistan Armed Forces have more experience in combating terrorism than other forces of the world, adding that focus on the maritime...

Taliban welcomes partial US withdrawal from Afghanistan

The Taliban has welcomed news of the US plan to withdraw half its troops from Afghanistan by the summer, as Afghan generals warned it would be a blow to...

Bhutan earns Nu 10B from electricity export

The five operational hydropower plants in Bhutan have generated about 6.31B units of energy as of October this year, with generation peaking in August. This is according to the statistical...

Nepal urges China to fund feasibility study

Nepal has requested the Chinese Railway Authority to provide fund to conduct a feasibility study for the proposed Kathmandu-Kerung railway. A decision to this end is expected be made...

Pakistan supports Afghan-owned peace process for regional stability: COAS

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Saturday that Pakistan supports Afghan-led peace plan to help bring lasting peace in the neighboring state, informed ISPR. The...

Lanka gets new govt and new finance plan

The United National Party has donned once again the mantle of government, following the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Premiership he was bestowed with on October 26 by...

Bangladesh opposition website shut down ahead of polls: party

Bangladesh's main opposition website has been shut down, the party said Saturday, amid accusation the government is muzzling dissent ahead of next week's general election. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)...

Mattis exit has worrisome implications for Asian allies

Allies from the Kurdish zone in Syria to Australia are left questioning US credibility, the Japanese/South Korea bulwark in Northeast Asia is rapidly imploding and Vladimir Putin is applauding...

With Jim Mattis resignation, India loses strong advocate in US government

In July this year, agitated over Russian meddling in its elections, the US Congress wanted to punish countries which dealt with Moscow, and India was one of those countries....

‘A blow to morale’: Afghanistan generals bemoan US withdrawal plans

Afghan generals have voiced concern over rumors of US forces' withdrawal from the country, fearing that this would give the Taliban radical movement the upper hand and completely disinterest...

India’s opponents say Modi creating surveillance state

Several Indian government agencies have been armed with sweeping powers to intercept, monitor and decrypt information from any computer in the country, a move that critics say aims to...

PAKISTAN’S PM HOUSE TURNED INTO UNIVERSITY

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday announced to establish Islamabad National University at PM’s House, fulfilling one of his election promises. Speaking at the launch ceremony for Islamabad National University...

Pakistan doesn’t give citizenship on religion, but India is dangerously tilting towards it

Justice S.R. Sen’s provocative statement that India should have been declared a Hindu country in 1947 and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government should save the nation led to...