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NEW OPPOSITION ALLIANCE: AL NOT WORRIED AT ALL: HASINA


Welcoming the formation of Jatiya Oikyafront, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said Awami League was not worried about it at all. “We want them to do a good job. But Awami League is not worried about it... More

AUSTRALIA IMPOSES SANCTIONS ON MYANMAR GENERALS FOR ROHINGYA ATROCITIES


Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel as members of the Myanmar security forces stand guard in Inn Din village. Photo: ReutersAustralia's government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar's powerful military who are... More

42 TALIBAN INSURGENTS KILLED IN ANSF OPERATIONS


Security officials said that during the operation at least another 40 Taliban fighters were wounded. The 201 Selab Military Corps in eastern Nangarhar claim that at least 42 armed Taliban insurgents were killed during Afghan national security forces... More

INDIAN FOREIGN SECRETARY MEETS WITH MYANMAR STATE COUNSELLOR


During the visit, he called on the State Counsellor, H.E. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. All matters relating to bilateral cooperation as well as matters pertaining to international and regional matters of common interest, including developments in... More

MODI WON’T BE PM AFTER 2019 ELECTION: SHARAD PAWAR AT MUMBAI MANTHAN


Senior parliamentarian and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar has said that there would be a change of government at the Centre in 2019 Lok Sabha election. Sharad Pawar was speaking at India Today's Mumbai Manthan... More

US GENERAL CONFIRMED WOUNDED AFTER AFGHANISTAN SHOOTING


US Army Brigadier-General Jeffrey Smiley was confirmed as one of two Americans wounded in last Thursday's (Oct 18) attack that killed the police chief of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, a spokesman for the Nato-led Resolute... More

RMG WORKERS TORCH LORRY IN N’GANJ, CLASH WITH COPS


At least 15 people were injured during a clash between readymade garments workers and law enforcers in Naryanganj’s Export Processing Zone (EPZ) this morning. Law enforcers lobbed tear gas canisters on the agitating workers who set a lorry... More

PAKISTAN PM SET TO ATTEND SAUDI INVESTMENT CONFERENCE


Prime Minister Imran Khan is all set to leave for Saudi Arabia on Monday (today) to attend a key investment conference being held in Riyadh from October 23 to 25. The three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), dubbed “Davos... More

SHELL BLOWS UP LATE, KILLS 15 PEOPLE IN KASHMIR


An unexploded shell went off belatedly at an encounter site killing several civilians on a bloody Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir that witnessed the deaths of 15 people: seven civilians, five militants and three soldiers. Shortly before the... More

OIKYAFRONT GETS NOD FOR SYLHET RALLY


Police finally gave permission to the newly formed Jatiya Oikyafront to hold a rally in Sylhet on Wednesday. “We hope people of all walks of life will join the rally,” said Dr Kamal Hossain, president of a component... More

CURFEW LIFTED FOR 4 HOURS IN KRISHNANAGAR


The Kapilvastu District Administration Office has lifted the curfew it had imposed in Krishnanagar for four hours on Monday. Achyut Prasad Pudasaini, Chief at the District Police Office, Kapilvastu said that the curfew has been lifted from 8... More

MONKEYS STONE 72-YEAR-OLD TO DEATH IN INDIA, FAMILY AND POLICE TUSSLE OVER...


A 72-year-old man was stoned to death by a troop of monkeys in India last Thursday (Oct 18), resulting in a tussle between the family and the police over who to name as the accused in the... More

COUNTING UNDER WAY IN AFGHAN POLL MARRED BY DEADLY VIOLENCE, CHAOS


Afghan election workers began counting votes on Saturday (Oct 21) following a partial legislative ballot tarnished by scores of deadly militant attacks, technical glitches and administrative chaos. Nearly 170 people - civilians and security forces - were killed... More

J&K REALITY CHECK FOR BJP


The BJP on Saturday trumped the Congress in the municipal elections but must have been left with a sobering thought after the erosion in support in Jammu and Ladakh and the realisation that gains in Kashmir might... More

WORST IS OVER FOR PAKISTAN’S BELEAGUERED ECONOMY: UMAR


Finance Minister Asad Umar has said the worst is over for Pakistan’s beleaguered economy, which will turn around in the third year of the current government. “I think year three (FY21) will be the break even point…and onwards... More

OIKYA FRONT ONCE AGAIN DENIED PERMISSION FOR SYLHET RALLY


Jatiya Oikya Front has been denied permission again for its rescheduled public rally in the Sylhet's Registry Field on Wednesday, according to UNB. "We didn't give Oikya Front permission for its rally here on security grounds," Sylhet Metropolitan... More

BODIES OF 4 YOUNG MEN FOUND IN NARAYANGANJ


Bodies of four young men with their heads smashed were found in Araihazar upazila of Narayanganj early today. On information, police recovered the bodies from beside the Dhaka-Sylhet highway in front of Panchrukhi Government Primary School at Shatgram... More

8000 ROHINGYAS TO RETURN TO MYANMAR SOON, FM TELLS ASEM SUMMIT


Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has expressed hope that the first batch of eight thousand Rohingya people would be able to return to their original villages in Rakhine State of Myanmar soon. Citing the issue of forcibly displaced... More

J&K: COUNTING UNDERWAY FOR MUNICIPAL POLLS, RESULTS TO BE DECLARED TODAY


The counting of votes for the 52 civic bodies that recently went to polls in Jammu and Kashmir commenced on Saturday. The counting started at 8 a.m. and all the results would be declared later in the day. For... More

CHINA, SE ASIA TO HOLD MARITIME DRILL TO EASE TENSIONS


China and Southeast Asian states will hold their first joint maritime exercises next week, officials said Friday, in a move aimed at easing tensions but which may spark US alarm. Beijing's expansive claims to the South China Sea... More

PAKISTAN’S PROGRESS ON FATF REQUIREMENT TERMED UNSATISFACTORY


A delegation of the Asia-Pacific Group (APG) has expre­ss­ed dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s progress to comply with international best practices against money laundering and counter-terror financing. Informed sources told Dawn that the APG delegation shared its final findings with the authorities... More

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Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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