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TALIBAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY WILL ATTEND MOSCOW PEACE TALKS


The Afghan Taliban will join multilateral peace talks hosted by Russia on Friday, senior Taliban officials said on Tuesday, after the United States and Afghanistan turned down their invitations.But Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said they had not... More

EC WILL DELAY ELECTION ON ALL-PARTY CALL


The upcoming general election can be delayed if all political parties want, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said today. “But there is no scope to defer the announcement of polls schedule,” he told reporters at a programme... More

TOURISTS GIVING SRI LANKA A MISS AMID ITS CRISIS


A political crisis in Sri Lanka, where two prime ministers are fighting for power, is scaring away tourists and raising questions over foreign aid, ringing alarm bells for the economy as the currency slumps to record lows. The... More

FACEBOOK SAYS HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT SHOWS IT SHOULD DO MORE IN MYANMAR


Facebook Inc on Monday said a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it had not done enough to prevent its social network from being used to incite violence. The report by San Francisco-based... More

PM’S MEDIA BRIEFING OVER DIALOGUE 8 OR 9 NOV: QUADER


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will brief the media about the outcomes of the ongoing dialogue with political parties at a press conference either on 8 or 9 November, said road, transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on... More

INDIA’S DARUL ULOOM DEOBAND ISSUES FATWA AGAINST NAIL POLISH FOR WOMEN


Deoband-based Darul Uloom called the use of nail polish and trimming fingernails un-Islamic, urging women to use mehendi (henna) instead, according to Times Now News. “Darul Uloom Deoband has issued a fatwa against Muslim women using nail polish... More

SOUTH KOREA’S FIRST LADY IN INDIA TO DEEPEN TRADITIONAL LINKS


South Korean President Moon Jae-in's wife Kim Jung-sook is visiting India as both countries look to commemorating an ancient connection. According to legend, a young Indian princess from the city of Ayodhya was sent to Gimhae to marry... More

JAILED MYANMAR REUTERS REPORTERS FILE APPEAL


Lawyers for two Myanmar Reuters journalists filed an appeal Monday against their seven-year jail sentence linked to their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, the news agency said. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty... More

THICK SMOG ENGULFS DELHI AHEAD OF DIWALI, AIR QUALITY FALLS TO ‘HAZARDOUS’...


People in Delhi woke up to a thick blanket of smog spread all across the national capital on Monday amid warnings by weather officials of falling air quality. The air quality deteriorated with pollution level breaching the ‘hazardous’... More

INDIA UNDECIDED ON ATTENDING MOSCOW MEET ON AFGHANISTAN


India is in a dilemma on attending the 9 November multi-nation meet being hosted by Russia to bring the Taliban and the Ashraf Ghani regime to the negotiating table to work towards a peace settlement. Informed sources in... More

PM MODI WANTS TO DO TO INDIA WHAT HITLER DID TO GERMANY:...


Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to do to India what dictator Adolf Hitler did to Germany, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge Sunday said. The Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka was speaking at a "Samvidhaan Bachao Parishad" organised in... More

INDIA WATCHFUL AMID DEVELOPMENTS IN SRI LANKA


The return of Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa to power in Sri Lanka amid political turmoil has triggered concern in India, with analysts warning it could lead to a deterioration of ties with the island nation to its south-east... More

‘PM SHEIKH HASINA AGREES TO 2ND ROUND OF TALKS WITH OIKYA FRONT’


The prime minister will hold the second phase of small-group talks with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front on Wednesday morning over the next general elections. The talks will be held at Ganabhaban at 11:00am, said Awami League general... More

LANKAN ARMY CHIEF SAYS INDO-LANKA FISHING ISSUE AFFECTING NORTHERN FISHERMEN


Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says the Indo-Lanka fishing issue is having a negative impact on the livelihood of fishermen in the North. He said this while delivered the prestigious ‘Colonel Henry Steel Olcott’ oration to a... More

PAKISTAN, CHINA TO UTILISE CURRENCY SWAP DEAL IN TRADE


Pakistan and China on Sunday agreed to trade in their local currencies in an effort to reduce dependence on the US dollar. The currency swap arrangement (CSA) between State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and People’s Bank of China... More

RBI CHIEF SERVED NOTICE FOR NOT DISCLOSING WILFUL DEFAULTERS’ LIST


Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel has been served a show-cause notice by the Central Information Commission, the Right to Information watchdog, for "dishonouring" a Supreme Court judgment on the disclosure of the names of individuals... More

CHINA-MYANMAR PORT DEAL NEARS OUTCOME: SOURCE


Chinese sources close to the matter confirmed with the Global Times on Thursday that the Myanmar government and China's State-owned CITIC Group are expected to sign a framework agreement next week for the construction of the Kyaukphyu... More

ASIA BIBI: DEAL TO END PAKISTAN PROTESTS OVER BLASPHEMY CASE


Pakistan's authorities have struck a deal with a hard-line Islamist party to end a protest over the acquittal of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy. As part of the deal, Asia Bibi will be barred from leaving the... More

B CHY CALLS DIALOGUE WITH PM HASINA SUCCESSFUL


Jukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday night said their dialogue with the 14-party alliance has been successful as prime minister Sheikh Hasina agreed in principle on most of their demands. "The prime minister responded positively to... More

PM RANIL HOLDS FAST TO POST


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had in fact insinuated that an Indian spy agency was involved in plotting his assassination at a heated Cabinet meeting two weeks ago. Details of the explosive Cabinet... More

US AGREES TO INDIA, 7 NATIONS BUYING IRAN OIL DESPITE SANCTIONS


The United States will allow eight countries to continue importing Iranian oil but only at much lower levels after the reimposition of sanctions on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. The US Treasury will also demand... More

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Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

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

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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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