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6 MYANMAR COPS HURT IN RAKHINE


Six Myanmar border guard police have been wounded in an attack by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, government media reported on Saturday, amid fears of escalating violence in the region. About 10 armed attackers from the Arakan... More

SUICIDE ATTACK TARGETS LOGAR OFFICIALS’ CONVOY


A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Logar governor and the provincial NDS chief on Sunday, said Nasir Ghairat, member of Logar Provincial Council. Ghairat said the incident occurred in Safid Sang area in Mohammad Agha district of... More

ARREST WARRANT AGAINST KHALEDA IN 2014 CASE


A Dhaka court yesterday issued an arrest warrant against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in a case filed over making derogatory remark on the ruling Awami League in 2014. Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim passed the order, based on the... More

ANARCHISM IS THRIVING IN NEPALI CONGRESS, SAYS DEUBA


Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba has remarked that the party will form a separate discipline committee to end the thriving anarchy in the party. Addressing a meeting with party cadres in Damauli, Tanahun on Sunday, leader... More

PHILIPPINES TO ASSIST SL TO ERADICATE ILLEGAL DRUG TRAFFICKING


The Philippines to send a specialist team to Sri Lanka to inquire on the technical expertise that can be provided to eradicate drug smuggling. The Philippine government agreed to assists Sri Lanka to eradicate illegal drug smuggling, the... More

EGYPTIAN BILLIONAIRE OFFERS TO BUILD 100,000 HOUSING UNITS IN PAKISTAN


Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain confirmed that an Egyptian billionaire has offered to build 100,000 housing units in Pakistan. In a tweet, he said Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris offered to build 100,000 housing units in Pakistan to help... More

MILITANTS PLANNED TO SNATCH DHAKA ATTACK PRISONERS: RAB


'Arms supplier' held in Gazipur -- Money, arms brought in by militants from a neighbouring country The banned militant outfit JMB was planning to snatch away prisoners of Gulshan café attack in a manner similar to the incident in... More

IRAN DENIES TIES TO AFGHAN HELD IN GERMANY FOR SPYING


Iran on Saturday denied having any link to an Afghan-German man suspected of spying for Tehran, suggesting his arrest in Germany was part of efforts to mar EU-Iran relations, the state news agency IRNA reported. Germany’s federal prosecutor’s... More

US READY TO ‘ADDRESS LEGITIMATE CONCERNS’ ON AFGHAN PEACE


US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who visited Kabul on a multi-nation trip last week, says US wants peace in Afghanistan as he mentioned that he is responding to cocnerns which say that United States... More

MODI GOVT PAST EXPIRY DATE


Indian opposition gathers in Kolkata for 'Unite India' rally Modi calls alliance not against him, but India India's opposition parties drew half a million supporters to Kolkata's streets yesterday for the largest show of force yet against Prime Minister... More

FIRST ROBOTIC SURGICAL PROCEDURE PERFORMED AT CIVIL HOSPITAL KARACHI


On the concluding day of the three-day international multidisciplinary robotic surgery workshop at the OT Complex Civil Hospital Karachi and the Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) on Saturday, a “successful” robotic surgical procedure was performed... More

12 YEARS AFTER MADHES MOVEMENT, GAINS ARE YET TO BE INSTITUTIONALISED


The Madhesi people’s fight against oppression, injustice and discrimination has a long history, dating back to the times when the Ranas ruled the country. But the one movement that indeed brought the Madhesi agenda directly to the... More

UN CALLS FOR ‘MEANINGFUL TALKS’ IN POLITICS


The stakeholders in Bangladesh politics should engage in meaningful dialogues, spokesperson for the UN chief has said. “We encourage the different areas of the Bangladeshi political sphere to engage in meaningful forms of dialogue in order for the... More

OPPOSITION PARTIES JOIN HANDS AT MAMATA RALLY, VOW TO OUST PM MODI


Leaders from over a dozen opposition parties came together on Saturday, vowing at a mega rally here to put up a united fight in the coming Lok Sabha elections and oust Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. Over... More

SIX CHINA-LED FIRMS ON TRACK FOR 3 LIGHT RAIL PROJECTS


Six China-led companies have qualified for the execution of three light rail projects in Colombo, it is learnt. The Megapolis and Western Development Ministry held talks with the international bidders for the execution of these projects. Among them,... More

UN HR EXPERT LEE DUE SATURDAY IN BANGLADESH FOR DISCUSSING ROHINGYA ISSUES


The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee is due to arrive in Bangladesh on Saturday to observe the Rohingya situation in the Cox's Bazar district, despite being barred from entering Myanmar. Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur... More

ON MEGA RALLY DAY, SONIA GANDHI’S MESSAGE TO UNITED OPPOSITION


UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Saturday wished the opposition rally all the success and said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be an election to restore the nation's faith in democracy and fight the "arrogant and divisive" Narendra... More

AFGHAN TALIBAN RULE OUT TALKS WITH US IN PAKISTAN


The Afghan Taliban rejected media reports that they were prepared to resume meetings with US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in Islamabad and repeated their refusal to deal directly with the Afghan government. Media reports suggested that a meeting... More

UN CHIEF SAYS BANGLADESH POLLS NOT PERFECT


Branding Bangladesh’s December 30 parliamentary elections not perfect, the United Nations secretary general has called for engaging in meaningful dialogue in Bangladeshi political sphere as positive as possible. UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres came up with the remark during a press conference held... More

GHANI TO JOIN ELECTION RACE WITH FOUR-MEMBER TEAM


Sources said President Ashraf Ghani's election ticket has been completed and that he will enter the race for 2019 presidential elections in the near future. The presidential elections race is in full swing and more teams are emerging in the arena... More

CLASHES IN RAKHINE STATE: MYANMAR ARMY KILLS 13 REBELS


Myanmar's army has killed 13 rebel fighters in the western Rakhine State, a military spokesman said yesterday, as government troops battle to contain a new insurgency in the troubled region. Fighting between security forces and the Arakan Army,... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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