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SECURITY OF ROYAL VISIT ASSIGNED TO ARMY


Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high level preparatory meeting on Thursday, ahead of the upcoming visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as the officials concerned finalised the security plan for the royal tour. The meeting... More

EC MAHBUB THINKS DEMOCRACY NOT ONE-PARTY AFFAIR


mahElection commissioner Mahbub Talukder. File PhotoClaiming that the upcoming upazila parishad election has lost its glamour as it is not a participatory one, election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday said democracy cannot take a shape unless there... More

BISWA IJTEMA BEGINS TODAY


Biswa Ijtema, one of the largest Muslim congregations in the world, will start on the bank of the Turag river in Tongi on Friday, according to UNB. The Ijtema to be held for four days this time will... More

PM HASINA FLIES TO GERMANY


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has left for Germany and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend a security conference in Munich and a defence exhibition in Abu Dhabi. She left Dhaka for the one-week visit on Thursday morning. The... More

BANGLADESH, BHUTAN TO EXPLORE NEW AREAS IN TRADE


Despite good relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan, the bilateral trade volume is relatively small and limited to few goods. At the 7th Bhutan-Bangladesh commerce secretary level meeting yesterday, the commerce secretary of Bangladesh, Md. Mofizul Islam pointed out... More

ISLAMABAD TO SEEK PREFERENTIAL TRADE AGREEMENT WITH RIYADH


Pakistan will formally propose to Saudi Arabia for initiation of a dialogue on preferential trade agreement (PTA) to promote bilateral trade and investment. The proposal will be raised among other issues during the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin... More

NEPAL GOVERNMENT TIGHTENS SCREWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA


The government has proposed a new law that seeks to curtail freedom of expression by introducing harsh punishment for posting “improper” contents on social networking sites that the authorities can construe as a character assassination and an... More

PAKISTAN TO HOST US-TALIBAN TALKS ON FEB 18


Pakistan will host the next round of talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban in a development that suggests significant progress in the ongoing negotiations to end the 17-year-long war in the neighbouring country. The talks... More

US WARNS INDIA AGAINST BUYING VENEZUELAN OIL


Washington, February 13 (The Statesman): The hardline US National Security Adviser John Bolton has issued a warning to India against buying Venezuelan oil, saying it “will not be forgotten”. But Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Alberto Arreaza has countered... More

PM LEAVES FOR GERMANY THURSDAY MORNING


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is set to leave home tomorrow (Thursday) for Germany in her maiden overseas tour in the third consecutive term in office which would take her to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as well... More

AHMADIYYA VILLAGE ATTACKED IN PANCHAGARH


More than 50 people sustained injuries and properties of Ahmadiyya Muslims were burnt when local bigots went on a rampage at Ahmadnagar of Panchagarh on Tuesday night. The attack was carried out ahead of the national convention of... More

ELDERS, SCHOLARS CALL ON TALIBAN TO SPEED UP PEACE TALKS


Residents, tribal elders and religious scholars in Nangarhar province on Wednesday called on the Taliban to accelerate peace talks and said they were tired of the war. Attending a gathering in Jalalabad city, the residents, elders and scholars... More

FOREIGN MINISTER DEPOSITS RS6.35 MILLION IN SAUDI GIFTS IN GOVT TOSHAKHANA


Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has deposited gifts worth millions of rupees received from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in the Toshakhana (gift depository), Foreign Office sources told DawnNewsTV on Wednesday. FO documents dated January 9 and... More

NEPAL FINALLY GETS ITS FIRST SUPERCOMPUTER


Kathmandu University has installed the first supercomputer in the country at IT Park, Banepa. The supercomputer—which consists of high performance computing (HPC) servers—was donated by CERN based in Switzerland. A supercomputer is a type of computer that is... More

PRIYANKA GANDHI BREAKS SILENCE AS CONGRESS ALLIES WITH UP REGIONAL LEADER


Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's new lieutenants in Uttar Pradesh, today announced an alliance with regional outfit Mahan Dal. The two leaders had taken charge earlier this week and have been working... More

US CONGRESS URGES ACTION ‘TO PROTECT DEMOCRACY IN BANGLADESH’


US Congress has expressed grave concerns by the “negative trajectory of democracy” in Bangladesh and called upon the Trump administration to address what it said the threat to democracy in the country, particularly in light of "serious... More

11,000 RMG WORKERS FIRED


Around 11,000 apparel workers of 99 factories in the capital as well as Ashulia, Savar, Gazipur and Narayanganj were fired and 3,500 others implicated in 34 cases as fallout of their movement held in January to press... More

PM MODI’S RAFALE DEAL NOT ‘BETTER’, GOVERNMENT’S NEGOTIATORS SAID: REPORT


Since the controversy over the Rafale deal erupted, most of the government's firefighting has hinged on two key claims: the new deal signed with France by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in was better than the Congress-era... More

NATO CHIEF HAILS WASHINGTON’S PEACE EFFORTS


NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg on Tuesday hailed Washington’s efforts to find a diplomatic and peaceful solution to the 17-year long war in Afghanistan and said that a potential peace deal between the US and the Taliban... More

NEPAL: TOURIST ARRIVALS UP 25PC IN JANUARY


Foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal rose 25.4 percent year-on-year in January with the strongest growths recorded from India, China, the US, Thailand and Japan. According to the Nepal Tourism Board, 91,793 foreign visitors streamed into the country... More

LNG TENDER GOES TO A CHINESE COMPANY


The Cabinet yesterday decided to award the tender for the construction of the LNG power plant in Kerawalapitiya to a Chinese company. Controversy surrounds this move because Lakdhanavi, a local company which made a lower bid for the... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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