Daily Archives: December 24, 2018

Tradition and spirituality grace Bangladesh at Christmas

Christmas is a time of relaxation and joy for Susmita Ruga, a Catholic from the Garo tribe of predominantly indigenous Mymensingh Diocese in northeast Bangladesh. The Garo are a matrilineal...

Foreign observers shunning Bangladesh polls: A sign not all is okay with Dec 30...

The controversy regarding foreign observers for the forth coming Bangladeshi election, particularly the latest spat between the Sheikh Hasina government and the United States, is unfortunate. The result, however,...

Ghani nominates new heads for defense, interior ministries

President Ashraf Ghani in a decree on Sunday nominated Amrullah Saleh as Minister of Interior and Assadullah Khalid as Minister of Defense. Saleh and Khalid have served as head of...

India successfully tests Agni-IV nuclear-capable missile – reports 

India carried out on Sunday yet another successful launch of its Agni-IV ballistic nuclear-capable missile at the Integrated Test Range located on Abdul Kalam Island, The Economic Times newspaper...

25 JAMAAT MEN STAY IN THE RACE

The Election Commission yesterday said there is no scope now for scrapping the candidacy of 25 Jamaat-e-Islami leaders who are contesting the parliamentary election despite cancellation of the party's...

BAN ON MOTOR VEHICLES ELECTION DAY

Authorities have imposed a general bar on all types of motor vehicles on election day, with special emphasis on motorcycles. While motor-driven vehicles, including public and private transports, have been...

PRODUCTION OF 36 RAFALE JETS NOT FEASIBLE IN INDIA, SAYS HAL CHAIRMAN R MADHAVAN

The Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman R Madhavan has claimed that producing 36 Rafale aircrafts in India is not feasible, even though he maintained that HAL was fully capable...

BANGLADESH CIVIL AVIATION TURNS DOWN DELHI PROPOSAL

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) has turned down India’s proposal for conventional routes between Kolkata and Dhaka with further connectivity to Guwahati. “Proposal for conventional and now...

This was the deadliest year in a decade in Kashmir – but 2019 could...

The security forces arrived in the Kashmiri village of Sirnoo in the middle of the night and surrounded their targets: three separatist militants fighting Indian rule. Early Saturday morning, locals...

US troop drawdown in Afghanistan raises big questions

The 17-year-old US war in Afghanistan took a new turn this week when President Trump ordered the withdrawal of 7,000 American troops from the country. Trump has long questioned...

Soft power needed to further improve Sino-Indian ties

The high number of top-level meetings between Chinese and Indian officials is a sure sign that relations are back on track after last year’s tense border stand-off. President Xi...

A comeback for Congress

The stunning victory this month of the opposition Indian National Congress in three elections to state assemblies – the local “parliaments” that decide who governs federal India’s 29 provincial...

US forces withdrawal from Afghanistan was a Taliban demand

Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Saturday said that Shakil Afridi was not being released by Pakistan in exchange for Dr Aafia Siddiqui. Talking to the media at Qila Qasim...

India relaxes hydro power import rules to allow Nepal-Bangladesh trade

India has amended its cross-border power trading regulations, paving the way for Nepali power producers to export electricity to third countries such as Bangladesh. Before the amendment, only state-run companies...

China denies any military deal under CPEC

China on Saturday outright rejected reports that Beijing had struck a deal with Islamabad on military facilities, including building fighter jets, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), stressing that...

India and Bhutan see fresh opportunities as new govt in Thimphu gets down to...

India and Bhutan are in a good mood these days. Both countries have seen a number of high-level exchanges and events since October, when the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa swept...

Sino-Pakistan military ties normal: experts

Defense cooperation between China and Pakistan is a normal and necessary practice which should not be linked to the Belt and Road initiative (BRI), experts said. The remarks to the...

Indian military delegation in Myanmar to boost trust, cooperation

A tri-services delegation of senior military officials Sunday left for Myanmarese capital city of Nay Pyi Taw as part of a first ever exchange programme, aimed at enhancing mutual...

Bhutan aims to reduce youth unemployment by three per cent

Bhutan Ministry of Labour and Human Resources said it aims to reduce youth unemployment rate by three per cent in the next five years. This was stated by Bhutan Labour...

Opposition alleges Nasheed-Solih power struggle

Opposition Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Sunday alleged an ongoing power struggle between former president Mohamed Nasheed and incumbent president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih for control of the main...

Qureshi to embark on 4-country tour for promoting economic cooperation

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will leave on Monday for a four-nation tour as part of the government’s policy of outreach in the neighbourhood. He will visit Afghanistan,...