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PHOTOGRAPHER SHAHIDUL ALAM SENT TO JAIL


Award-winning Bangladesh photographer Shahidul Alam was in jail on Monday (Aug 13), 10 days after being arrested following an interview with Al Jazeera about massive student demonstrations, police said. Alam, 63, who accused police of assaulting him in... More

MILITARY OFFICERS TO GET TRAINING IN RUSSIA


ISLAMABAD: Pakistani military officers will receive training in Russian Federation military institutes under a recent agreement signed between the two countries. The deal underscores Pakistan’s increasing reliance on Russia for its military needs amid strained relations with the US. It... More

PTI INVITES PML-N PARLIAMENTARY LEADERS TO IMRAN’S OATH-TAKING CEREMONY


ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) invited Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) parliamentary leaders to be a part of Imran Khan’s oath-taking ceremony. The development came during a meeting of Imran’s top party leaders with incumbent National Assembly Speaker Ayaz Sadiq on... More

MALDIVES JOINT OPPOSITION PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE SOLIH ASSURES CONTINUATION OF “GROWING TIES” WITH...


The Maldivian opposition coalition backed Presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has assured that the growing ties between Maldives and China will remain intact. Responding to queries on a RaajjeTV program, the opposition presidential stressed the importance of maintaining... More

PM MODI TO ANI ON MOB LYNCHINGS: ‘PERVERSE MINDSET’ OF OPPOSITION TO...


PM Narendra Modi in ANI interview: "My party and I have spoken in clear words, on multiple occasions against such actions (lynching) and such a mindset." Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in an exclusive interview with news agency ANI, termed... More

AT LEAST SIX WOUNDED IN PAKISTAN SUICIDE ATTACK TARGETING BUS CARRYING CHINESE


QUETTA, PAKISTAN: A suicide attack on Saturday (Aug 11) in southwest Pakistan targeted a bus carrying Chinese engineers, wounding at least six people including three Chinese nationals, officials said. The attack came in Dalbandin region, around 340 kilometres from Quetta,... More

INDIA’S EXIM BANK PROPOSES STAKE IN INFRASTRUCTURE BANK


Exim Bank of India, an undertaking of the government of India, is exploring an investment opportunity in Nepal, potentially setting up its own infrastructure bank or making equity investments in an existing Nepali bank. Officials of the southern... More

TALIBAN, KABUL GOVT BOTH CLAIM EMBATTLED AFGHAN CITY


KABUL: Both Taliban and government forces claimed they were in control of the eastern Afghan city of Ghazni Saturday, after insurgents stormed the provincial capital, triggering fierce fighting. Afghan officials said they were in control of Ghazni late Friday... More

BNP’S ARIFUL HAQUE CHOWDHURY WINS IN SYLHET CITY CORPORATION POLLS


Ariful defeated ruling Awami League candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran by a margin of 6,196 votes in a close contest. Ariful bagged 92,593 votes while Kamran got 86,397 votes, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman. Earlier,... More

AMIT SHAH BORROWS MAMATA BANERJEE’S “PARIVARTAN” SLOGAN. SHE’S THE TARGET


At a rally in central Kolkata, BJP chief Amit Shah's message and target were clear. "We are here to uproot Mamata Banerjee," he said right at the beginning of his speech that ripped into the Bengal Chief... More

THREE POLICEMEN MARTYRED IN GILGIT ATTACK


Three policemen were martyred in a militant attack on a police checkpoint in Gilgit’s Kargah area on Saturday. The police checkpoint was attacked by at least ten militants and two were killed in retaliatory firing by police officials, the remaining... More

IMRAN TO TAKE OATH AS PM ON AUGUST 18: PTI


Putting an end to speculation about the election of prime minister expectedly on Independence Day, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) on Friday declared that Imran Khan would take the oath as the country’s 21st prime minister on Aug 18. After a... More

AMIT SHAH RALLY IN KOLKATA, SETS UP FACE-OFF WITH MAMATA BANERJEE


BJP president Amit Shah has landed in Kolkata this afternoon on a visit that turned contentious soon after it was announced. First, the BJP claimed Kolkata Police was not giving it permission to hold the public rally... More

SIX INJURED IN BALOCHISTAN ‘SUICIDE’ ATTACK


At least six people, including two Chinese nationals, were injured on Saturday in an alleged suicide attack on a convoy of Saindak Copper-Gold project employees in the Chaghai area of Dalbandin district. A pickup vehicle driving ahead of... More

SECURITY BEEFED UP FOR AMIT SHAH RALLY


No drone cameras can be used for Amit Shah’s rally at Mayo Road on Saturday, sources at Kolkata Police (KP) said on Friday. Adequate security arrangements has been made for the rally. To maintain law and order, as... More

AFGHANISTAN, INDIA DISCUSS DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS


Officials from Afghanistan and India exchanged views on different ongoing development projects on capacity building, infrastructure, education, healthcare, good governance and human resource development during the second meeting of India-Afghanistan Joint Working Group on Development Cooperation (JWG-DC)... More

FURTHER SANCTIONS WILL BE SEEN AS ‘DECLARATION OF ECONOMIC WAR’: RUSSIA WARNS...


Moscow: Russia warned on Friday that if the US followed through with threats to impose further harsh economic sanctions it would be seen as a "declaration of economic war". The warning by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev came after Washington... More

NAWSHABA ON REMAND AGAIN


A Dhaka court on Friday put actress Quazi Nawshaba Ahmed on a two-day fresh remand in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, reports UNB. Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Amirul Haider Chowdhury passed the order... More

RAPE CASE REGISTERED AGAINST UNION RAILWAY MINISTER RAJEN GOHAIN


A rape case has been registered against senior BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Railways Rajen Gohain. Nagaon police on August 2 registered a case against Rajen Gohain after a woman accused him of raping her. Gohain, a... More

DEFENCE RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA HAVE MADE PROGRESS, SAYS PAKISTAN


Islamabad: Pakistan has said that its defence relations with Russia have made progress. The remarks by Pakistani Foreign Ministry's spokesman Mohammad Faisal came on Thursday, two days after Russian Deputy Defense Minister Colonel General Alexander V. Fomin visited Pakistan... More

QUAID’S GRANDSON NUSLI WADIA STAKES CLAIM TO JINNAH HOUSE


Nusli Wadia, the maternal grandson of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, has been allowed by the Bombay High Court to replace his deceased mother Dina as petitioner in a decade-old ownership contest over the star lawyer-politician’s sprawling Mumbai... More

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With Afghan elections in April, Ghani regime caught in a bind...

Notwithstanding the importance of the on-going talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US and the participation of the former in the recently-held Moscow summit on Afghanistan, there is a stark absence of the Afghan government in these parleys. While part of the reason for this absence is the Taliban’s own refusal to engage in direct talks with Kabul, even the US, Afghanistan’s main ally, didn’t consider including representatives... More

December 30 and the cycle of violence  

Election related violence is already at its peak and more is expected. This was not quite unexpected. Arrests, court cases and attacks on motorcades and public rallies continue unabated. With just three weeks to go for elections to Bangladesh’s parliament, there is anxiety in the air: it could be one of the deadliest elections in a long time. The incidents of violence are well spread out and, going by media... More

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

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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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