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FIRST LADY BUSHRA IMRAN’S VEIL IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS


PTI Chairman Imran Khan was officially sworn in as Prime Minister today and it looks like there was as much scrutiny over his oath as there was over First Lady Bushra Imran's attire. Bushra's choice to veil herself... More

PM IMRAN KHAN FINALISES NAMES OF 21-MEMBER CABINET


The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Saturday announced that Prime Minister Imran Khan has finalised the names of his 21-member cabinet, Radio Pakistan reported. The announcement comes hours after Imran Khan took oath as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan... More

7 KILLED IN KHAGRACHHARI TURF WAR


United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF) Organizer Michael Chakma has blamed rival group MN Larma Jana Samhati Samiti (JSS), and UPDF Democratic for the killings At least seven men, including a pedestrian, have been killed during a clash between... More

DIGITAL SECURITY BILL TO SQUEEZE PEOPLE’S FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IF PASSED


Journalists, authors and rights activists today expressed their deep concern over the proposed Digital Security Bill 2018, saying that the freedom of press and expression would shrink if the bill is passed. Once the bill is passed in... More

SIDHU UNDER FIRE IN INDIA FOR HUGGING PAKISTAN’S ARMY CHIEF


At times it appears that Indian media doesn’t want normalisation between Pakistan and India. It feeds on anti-Pakistan controversies. It is always on the lookout for opportunities to spark controversies and ignite tempers in a bid to disrupt... More

KOFI ANNAN, DIPLOMAT WHO REDEFINED THE U.N., DIES AT 80


Kofi Annan, a soft-spoken and patrician diplomat from Ghana, who became the seventh secretary general of the United Nations, projecting himself and his organization as the world’s conscience and moral arbiter despite bloody debacles that left indelible... More

INDIAN NAVY TO DROP IN TO YANGON PORT


To further strengthen close and strong bilateral relations between India and Myanmar, Indian Naval Ship Khanjar will call into Yangon, Myanmar from 18-20 August. INS Khanjar (P-47) is a Khukri-class Missile Corvette and was commissioned into the Indian Navy on 22 October, 1991.... More

IMRAN SWORN IN AS 22ND PRIME MINISTER


Imran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan at the Presidential house. The oath was administered by President Mamnoon Hussain. The oath took place after the national anthem and the recitation of... More

KAMAL HOSSAIN URGES PM TO FREE ARRESTED STUDENTS


Eminent jurist Kamal Hossain on Friday urged prime minister Sheikh Hasina to unconditionally release before Eid-ul-Azha the students arrested during demonstrations for quota reforms and safe roads, reports UNB. “The demonstrations for quota reforms and road safety were... More

MYANMAR, THAILAND REACH COOPERATION AGREEMENTS


Myanmar and Thailand have reached an air service agreement and a memorandum of understanding on development of shrimp culture in Rakhine state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday. The signing of the agreements took place... More

RANDOM ARREST ON THE STREETS


Woman entrepreneur Barnali Chowdhury Rupa was heading towards Dhanmondi after buying clothes from New Market on 5 August. She was intercepted by 'some people' who handed her over to the police near Medinova Medical Centre. The police... More

ATTORNEY GENERAL TO GIVE EXPERT OPINION ON QUOTA REFORM SOON


Attorney General Mahbubey Alam will give expert opinion about the quota for freedom fighters' children and grandchildren in the civil service to the government by Monday. “I have received a letter from the committee formed by the government... More

IMRAN KHAN 22ND PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN


Imran Khan was elected as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan during a special session of the Lower House on Friday after the majority of National Assembly members voted for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman. “Imran Khan has secured... More

IMRAN KHAN IS HEARTTHROB TO MILLIONS: NAVJOT SINGH SIDHU


Former Indian cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu has said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan is heartthrob to millions, after arriving in Lahore via Wagah Border on Friday. Sidhu was invited by Khan for the ceremony which is scheduled to... More

MITSUBISHI AGREES TO BUY 25% STAKE IN SUMMIT LNG TERMINAL


Mitsubishi Corporation will purchase a one-fourth stake in Summit LNG Terminal, a unit of Summit Power International, the Japanese conglomerate has said. “Mitsubishi Corporation has agreed to acquire a 25 percent interest in Summit LNG Terminal Co to... More

FO CONFIRMS US STOPPED PAKISTAN MILITARY OFFICERS TRAINING


Islamabad on Thursday officially confirmed that Washington has suspended training programme for the Pakistan military as part of President Trump administration’s decision in January to suspend all security assistance to the country. “The US has been provided training... More

22ND PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN TO BE ELECTED TODAY


With the general elections out of the way and the resultant national and provincial assemblies having taken shape, today at 3:30 pm is when the parliament elects its new leader of the house — the person who... More

HOUSEWIFE PICKED UP FROM DHANMONDI FOR ‘SPREADING RUMOURS’


Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members have picked up a housewife from Dhaka’s Paschim (West) Dhanmondi area for allegedly trying to create unrest by spreading rumours on social media during the recent student protests for safe roads. A team... More

INDIA MOURNS VAJPAYEE, POET-PRIME MINISTER, STATESMAN. FUNERAL TODAY


Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a towering politician mourned by millions across the nation, was taken on a last journey through the streets of Delhi today on a flower-decked gun-carriage to the office of the ruling... More

Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies at 93; tributes pour in


Atal Bihari Vajpayee dead: "It is with profound grief that we inform about the sad demise of former prime minister of India, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee at 5.05 pm on 16.08.2018," AIIMS announced. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime... More

BNP won’t join general polls under current govt: Nazrul Islam Khan


BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan today said that his party will not take part in the upcoming general elections if it is held under supervision of the current government. “We won’t take part in a farcical election... More

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Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Why is the US switching sides in Afghanistan?

In a recent twist of events, the Afghan war seems to have turned away from a ‘war on terror’ on the Taliban to a ‘war of cooperation’ with the Taliban. Face-to-face meetings between the US officials and Taliban in Qatar and the Taliban’s calculated and successful attacks against the Islamic State rather than either... More

Setting the tone for the Future

Without significant progressin the political scenefor years Imran Khan was mercilessly mocked by many, but none so viciously as Declan Walsh, the Guardian's former correspondent for Pakistan. He chosethe ultimate in ridiculing Imran in an August 31, 2005 articlewhen he called him "a miserable politician whoseideas and affiliations since entering politics in 1996 have... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is formed, this will... More