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ARMY DEPLOYMENT BY 24 OR 26 DEC


Military personnel will be deployed any day between 24 and 26 December to maintain law and order during the national elections due on 30 December. The troops would remain on duty till 1 January, according to an election... More

CEC WANTS LAWMEN TO CURB VIOLENCE


Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has instructed lawmen to curb violence arising in the country ahead of the upcoming general elections. Referring the recent spate of incidents and fatalities taking place, the CEC instructed lawmen to avert... More

FACEBOOK NAMED ON ‘DIRTY LIST’ FOR HUMAN RIGHTS’ VIOLATION IN MYANMAR


“The Dirty List” names international companies doing business with the military in Myanmar or is involved in projects where there are human rights violations or environmental destruction, according to pressure group Burma Campaign UK. The group compiled the... More

UNGA ADOPTS BANGLADESH’S RESOLUTION ON CULTURE OF PEACE


Like each year, the United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted Bangladesh's flagship resolution on the 'Culture of Peace'. Chargé d' Affaires and Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) of Bangladesh Permanent Mission to UN Tareq Md Ariful Islam floated... More

SAUDI TO MAKE BIGGEST FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN PAKISTAN’S HISTORY: FINANCE MINISTER


"The ball is in our court. We have to get cabinet approval next week, after which an announcement will be made," he said, addressing an event in Islamabad. He added that he keeps getting messages from Saudi Crown... More

PAKISTAN’S POWER SECTOR CAUSES $18BN LOSS A YEAR: REPORT


Estimating about $18bn annual loss to Pakistan economy due to inefficient power sector, the World Bank has warned the government against increasing power rates as a tool to address fiscal challenges in the sector. In a report “In... More

CONGRESS CM RACE LIVE UPDATES: ALL EYES ON RAHUL GANDHI


Assembly elections result for Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh were out on Tuesday, but two days on, the Congress, which won in all three, still faces a dilemma of selecting chief ministers. All eyes will be on... More

CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY RECOMMENDS SC JUSTICE RANA FOR CHIEF JUSTICE POST


The Constitutional Council (CC) on Thursday recommended Supreme Court Justice Cholendra Shumsher Rana for the post of Chief Justice. According to Dilli Malla, Press Co-ordinator to Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara, a meeting of the council held this morning... More

FIRST LADY BUSHRA MANIKA WAS PAKISTAN’S MOST GOOGLED PERSON IN 2018


And it's that time of the year again. With 2018 coming to an end, Google let us know who the top trending people were for the year, and the results are fascinating. Google released its lists containing most searched... More

INDIA NEGOTIATING PURCHASE OF RUSSIAN IGLA-S MISSILE SYSTEM – INDIAN DEF MIN


Indian defense ministry has stated that Russia's Igla-S is the winner of multi-billion tender for very short range air defense missiles (VSHORADS) on Wednesday. The defense ministry has also added that it is aware of US financial sanctions... More

KHALEDA’S POLLS BID: CJ ASSIGNS ANOTHER HC BENCH TO HEAR HER PETITIONS


Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain yesterday assigned a High Court bench to hear and dispose of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's writ petitions regarding the cancellation of her nomination papers. The bench of Justice JBM Hassan fixed 2:00pm today... More

KAMAL LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN, CALLING FOR STOPPING POLLS MANIPULATION


Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain offers fateha at the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (R)in Sylhet on Wednesday. Photo: Anis RahmanJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain started the opposition coalition's election campaign from Sylhet on Wednesday. He also renewed... More

HASINA WANTS MANDATE TO CELEBRATE COUNTRY’S GOLDEN JUBILEE


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoAwami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday launched her party's election campaign seeking vote for 'boat' in the upcoming national elections, UNB reports from Tungipara, Gopalganj. "Hope hope, you'll give us... More

TWITTER CEO JUSTIFIES SILENCE ABOUT MYANMAR ATROCITIES


Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey gestures while interacting with students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on 12 November 2018. Dorsey hosted a town hall meeting with university students on his visit... More

IEC RESUMES RECOUNTING OF KABUL VOTES UNDER NEW METHOD


The Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday said the election management body has resumed the recounting process of Kabul votes following an agreement with the Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on a new method aimed at ensuring transparency... More

KHALEDA’S POLLS BID: CJ SEEKS IN DETAIL ORDERS FROM HC JUDGES


The two-member High Court bench which delivered split orders yesterday on Khaleda’s appeals will include the reasons behind their orders, the CJ said. The chief justice made the decision as the judges sent the dissenting order in a... More

CEC EMBARRASSED AT POLLS VIOLENCE


Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said the commission had been embarrassed by the acts of polls violence that claimed two people on Tuesday. "Yesterday we were glad to say that no cases of polls violence had... More

PM HASINA STARTS ELECTION CAMPAIGN TODAY


Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina left Dhaka for Gopalganj on Wednesday to kick off her party's election campaign, reports UNB. She started her journey by road around 8:22am from her official residence Ganabhaban. At first, she... More

EIGHT TALIBAN KILLED IN URUZGAN AIRSTRIKE


At least eight Taliban militants were killed in an airstrike in Tarinkot, the capital city of Uruzgan province, on Tuesday, the 205th Atal Corps said in a statement on Wednesday. The statement said four other militants were wounded... More

PAKISTAN REJECTS ‘POLITICALLY MOTIVATED’ LISTING AS VIOLATOR OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS BY US


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had on Tuesday said that Pakistan was joining Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, North Korea, Burma, Eritrea, Sudan and Tajikistan on a list of countries that have "engaged in or tolerated systematic,... More

UTTAR PRADESH CM YOGI ADITYANATH ARRIVES IN JANAKPUR


Chief Minister of the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath arrived in Janakpur to attend Bibaha Panchami, a special Hindu religious event, on Wednesday. A private plane carrying the team of Yogi landed in Janakpur. Federal... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

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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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