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AT LEAST THREE KILLED BY BLAST IN AFGHAN CAPITAL KABUL


An explosion in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday (Mar 17) killed at least three people and wounded two in an apparent attack on a foreign contractor company, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said all those... More

PAK PM, US VICE PRESIDENT REVIEW AFGHAN PEACE PUSH AMID SIGNS OF...


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had an unscheduled meeting with US Vice President Michael Pence in Washington on Friday (Mar 16) and their talks focused on finding a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan, official sources... More

AUSTRALIAN LAWYERS SEEK PROSECUTION OF SUU KYI FOR CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY


Lawyers in Australia’s Melbourne have filed a private prosecution application against Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who is in Australia, on charges of crimes against humanity. The private prosecution application faces significant barriers to proceeding – a... More

WITH ROHINGYA GONE, MYANMAR’S ETHNIC RAKHINE SEEK MUSLIM-FREE ‘BUFFER ZONE’


Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a ‘model’ village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to repopulate an area once dominated by Rohingya Muslims. The new arrivals are moving to... More

INDIAN REGIONAL PARTY PULLS OUT OF PM MODI’S COALITION


A regional political party on Friday (Mar 16) pulled out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coalition government in a row over financial assistance to a southern state the regional group governs, two sources said. “The Telugu Desam Party... More

SRI LANKA LIFTS BAN ON FACEBOOK IMPOSED AFTER SPASM OF COMMUNAL VIOLENCE


Sri Lankan officials said on Thursday they had lifted a ban on Facebook after discussions with the social network, a week after blocking access on the grounds it was being used to fuel communal violence. At least two... More

AUSTRALIA TO RAISE RIGHTS CONCERNS WITH MYANMAR, CAMBODIA AT ASEAN SUMMIT


Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she will raise human rights concerns with Myanmar and Cambodian leaders during a three-day summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that begins in Sydney on Friday (Mar 16). Australia... More

BANGLADESH MOURNS DEATH OF US-BANGLA PLANE CRASH VICTIMS


Bangladesh is observing one-day state mourning with due solemnity in memory of the victims of the US-Bangla plane crash in Kathmandu, Nepal. The national flag is being hoisted half-mast across Bangladesh on Thursday (Mar 15). Besides, special prayers will... More

PAKISTANIS HAPPIER THAN INDIANS: WORLD HAPPINESS REPORT


India ranked 133rd in the global list of the happiest countries, coming after terror-riven Pakistan and poorest-of-poor Nepal, according to a UN report published on Wednesday (Mar 14). India dropped 11 places from its previous rank of 122... More

INDIA EYING BOEING’S SUPER HORNET IN LATEST TWIST TO AIR FORCE PROCUREMENT


Boeing Co, considered the front runner in the race to supply the Indian navy with new fighter jets, is now in contention for a much bigger $15 billion order after the government abruptly asked the air force... More

SUICIDE BLAST TARGETING POLICE KILLS SEVEN IN EASTERN PAKISTANI CITY OF LAHORE


A suicide bomb blast claimed by the Taleban ripped through a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday (March 14), killing seven people and wounding 18, officials said. Jam Sajjad Hussain, spokesman... More

BHUTAN REPORTS OUTBREAK OF SEVERE H5N1 BIRD FLU: OIE


Bhutan has reported an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu virus among backyard birds, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said, citing a report from the country’s agriculture ministry. The virus killed 36 out... More

YAMEEN CITES KASHMIR, TELLS INDIA TO BACK OFF


In a clear snub to India’s efforts to get the Abdulla Yameen government to lift emergency and restore democratic functioning, Maldives asked New Delhi to stay away from its “internal matter” just as the island nation will... More

SRI LANKA TO LIFT SOCIAL MEDIA BAN


Sri Lanka is likely to lift a ban on social media networks this week, a government minister said on Tuesday, almost a week after blocking access to prevent the spread of communal violence. At least two people were... More

BANGLADESH SC STAYS BNP LEADER KHALEDA’S BAIL IN TRUST GRAFT CASE


The Supreme Court today stayed till next Sunday the High Court order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. A four-member bench of the Appellate Division of the SC led by... More

SIRISENA SAYS CHINESE INITIATIVE MUST NOT BE USED AS A THREAT


President Maithripala Sirisena has warned that China’s Belt and Road economic initiative should not be allowed to pose a threat to the international community. Maithripala Sirisena made the remark in an interview with NHK ahead of his visit... More

U.S. PICKING UP TALIBAN INTEREST IN AFGHAN PEACE TALKS – MATTIS


The United States is picking up signs of interest from Taliban elements in exploring the possibility of talks with Kabul to end the more than 16-year-old war, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday as he... More

US-BANGLA CRASH: DEATH OF PILOT ABID SULTAN, 3 OTHER CABIN CREW CONFIRMED


All four cabin crew members including pilot Abid Sultan of US-Bangla flight that crashed at Kathmandu airport have died, Rajkumer Chhetri, general manager of Tribhuvan International Airport, confirmed The Daily Star this morning. The three other cabin crew... More

ROHINGYA CRISIS: BANGLADESH SEEKS SINGAPORE’S ASSISTANCE


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged Singapore to request Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis quickly as it is a big problem and burden on Bangladesh. She made the call during her meetings with Singapore President Halimah Yacob... More

MYANMAR BUILDS MILITARY BASES IN ROHINGYA HOMES, MOSQUES: AMNESTY


After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar's military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery. A harsh security... More

TENS OF THOUSANDS OF INDIAN FARMERS STAGE PROTEST IN MUMBAI


Tens of thousands of Indian farmers protested in Mumbai on Monday (March 12) after walking more than a hundred kilometres to demand better crop prices and land rights. The farmers, wearing red caps and carrying red flags, arrived... More

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Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... 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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