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BAJRANG DAL’S WOMEN WING ALLEGEDLY HOLD ‘AARTI’ IN TAJ MAHAL; SAYS, ‘NAMAZ...


A video has went viral on the social media wherein three Rashtriya Bajrang Dal women workers have defied the Supreme Court’s order and conducted “aarti” inside the premises of the Taj Mahal. The Archeological Survey of India (ASI)... More

BANGLADESH: NO OUTDOOR CELEBRATION OF NEW YEAR


The government has imposed a restriction on all kinds of outdoor celebrations on the 31st night on the eve of New Year 2019 due to the general election. “No one will be allowed to use any public place,... More

NEPAL POLICE RESCUE 7,029 WOMEN AND CHILDREN FROM TRAFFICKERS IN LAST 5...


Nepal Police has rescued 7,029 women and children from human traffickers at various border posts of the country over the last five years, a senior police official said here on Saturday. Nepal Police Spokesperson and Senior Superintendent of... More

BOOK ON FORMER PRIME MINISTER KHALEDA ZIA’S LIFE, STORY RELEASED


A book on different events of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s political life has been released in Dhaka. The Universal Academy has published the book, ‘Begum Khaleda Zia: Her Life, Her Story’, by Mahfuz Ullah. The 718-page book is... More

TARIQUE INTERVIEWS NOMINATION-SEEKERS THRU’ VIDEO CONFERENCE


BNP's parliamentary board starts interview of the party’s nomination-seekers for the 11th parliamentary election at party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Party acting Chairman Tarique Rahman is conducting the interviews through a... More

AT LEAST THREE KILLED IN GRENADE ATTACK AT RELIGIOUS GATHERING IN AMRITSAR...


At least three killed in grenade attack at religious gathering in Amritsar village At least three people were killed and several others injured in a grenade blast at a religious gathering in Amritsar’s Adhiwala village on Sunday, police... More

LANKAN PRESIDENT TO MEET PARTY LEADERS TODAY


President Maithripala Sirisena met Heads of State institutions including Ministry Secretaries and District Secretaries at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday afternoon. In the wake of the tense situation in Parliament and to bring an end to the political instability... More

GNH INDICATORS FOR COMMUNITY VITALITY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING DETERIORATING


GNH indicators for community vitality and psychological wellbeing deteriorating The causes of happiness may be subjective and diverse but the experience of happiness is objective. One indicator of this experience, said the president of centre for Bhutan studies and... More

SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVES OF INDIA, CHINA TO HOLD BOUNDARY TALKS


The Special Representatives (SRs) of India and China on the vexed boundary dispute are expected to meet later this month ahead of a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Argentina on... More

OFFICIALS EMBARRASSED AS POLICE ASK FOR POLITICAL IDENTITY


The police in different districts are collecting personal information including political connection of the election officials such as presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers, according to polls officials. The officials said such moves taken by police... More

PM IMRAN TO LEAVE FOR UAE ON DAY-LONG VISIT TODAY


Prime Minister Imran Khan will once again visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to seek billions of dollars in aid as the International Monetary Fund becomes unusually tough on Pakistan on the fiscal and monetary fronts, which... More

TWO INDIAN NATIONALS HELD IN SAUDI FOR TAKING PICTURES WITH TRI-COLOUR, RELEASED...


Two Indian nationals from Vadodara were detained by the Saudi Arabia police Friday for posing and taking pictures with the Indian Flag inside the Haram in Mecca. While 12-year-old Uzair Ali was released immediately after the intervention... More

US MULLS REVISION OF DUTY-FREE ACCESS TO NEPALI GOODS


In a move enhancing trade relations with Nepal, the US Government said it would revise the list of Nepali products eligible for US duty free access under the Trade Preferences Act (TPA). While there are 77 such products... More

INDIA BEATS CHINA TO BECOME COUNTRY WITH MOST SEVERE AIR POLLUTION; HERE’S...


India beats China to become country with most severe air pollution; here’s disturbing real-time map Air Pollution in India has not only been turning toxic but has also surpassed pollution levels in China in recent years, a real-time... More

CONFLICT VICTIMS, ARMY OFFICIALS WILL JOIN BANGKOK JUNKET


Nepal Army officials and conflict victims will accompany cross-party leaders on the Swiss-funded junket to Bangkok where they will discuss a possible course to conclude the transitional justice process that has been going on for more than... More

KEEP WATCH ON POLLS-TIME GOVT, OIKYA FRONT TELLS EDITORS


Main opposition, Jatiya Oikya Front, has urged the media to keep an eye on the polls-time government for holding a free and fair election. The leaders of Oikya Front made the call while exchanging views with the editors... More

BOMB KILLS TWO, INJURES EIGHT IN KARACHI


A bomb killed at least two people and wounded eight others in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Friday (Nov 16), police and hospital officials said. The blast reportedly damaged buildings and triggered panic in the densely populated... More

MODI HEADS TO MALDIVES AS ISLAND SHIFTS TOWARD INDIA FROM CHINA


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president, signalling a shift in the island nation toward India and away from China. The Saturday (Nov 17) visit -... More

TRAIN 18, INDIA’S FIRST ENGINE-LESS TRAIN, TO GO ON TRIAL RUN TODAY


The trial run of the country's engine-less train will be conducted today on the Bareilly-Moradabad section. "Train 18", developed by the Integral Coach Factory and seen as a successor to the Shatabdi Express, was unveiled last month... More

SIRISENA REFUSES TO ACCEPT SECOND VOTE


President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to accept the second vote on the no confidence motion yesterday, setting the stage for the constitutional deadlock to continue into next week. Despite three weeks lapsing since President Sirisena replaced sitting Prime... More

NO REFUGEES CROSS INTO MYANMAR UNDER RETURN DEAL: OFFICIAL


Not one Rohingya refugee crossed back into Myanmar from Bangladesh on Thursday under a disputed repatriation programme, officials said, with Yangon blaming Dhaka for bungling efforts to start returning the stateless minority. Bangladeshi officials waited hours at a... More

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Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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