Daily Archives: July 3, 2017

Ibn Battuta and His Times

Battuta’s stories continue to enthral us since his travels across the Islamic worlds in the 14th century – an enduring character in folklore, his journeys illustrate that medieval society...

BD SC scraps parliament’s power to impeach judges

The Bangladesh  parliament has lost its authority to impeach any apex court judge as the Supreme Court on Monday upheld a previous High Court verdict and declared illegal the...

Amid Sikkim Standoff, China Cancels Indian Journos’ Tibet Trip

China has cancelled a trip of Indian journalists to Tibet and this was conveyed to the scribes by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Sunday. The cancellation of the...

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I...

Saints likely to push for Ram temple from Guru Poornima

A push for construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya is likely to gain momentum from Guru Poornima next week when saints gather at the Naradanand Ashram in Sitapur...

BD Cabinet approves draft law increasing defense chief’s tenure

The Bangladesh Cabinet on Monday approved a draft law increasing the tenure of defence chiefs from three years to four years. The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting...

Mosque shown as noise pollutant in class 6 textbook, sparks controversy

A science textbook prescribed for Class 6 in certain schools under ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) board has identified a "mosque" as a source of noise pollution, sparking...

Census report: Half a million young people in Myanmar cannot read or write

A new census report by the UNFPA reveals that while youth literacy in Myanmar is relatively high at 94 per cent, this still means that more than half a...

Rights Group exposes plight of Indian Muslims

The latest report on the plight of Indian Muslims by the London-based Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism (CSSS) has...

Khalili Sworn In As New HPC Chief Amid Peace Talks Stalemate

President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday officially introduced Mohammad Karim Khalili, a former vice president to ex-president Hamid Karzai, as the new head of the Afghan High Peace Council (HPC). This...

Bangladesh’s remittance nosedives 14.5% to five-year low in FY2017

Bangladesh's fiscal 2016-17 has ended with a sharp decline in the inflow of money sent by migrant workers. They remitted nearly $12.77 billion in the last fiscal year, which is...

Sri Lanka deploys troops to tackle dengue crisis

Sri Lanka deployed hundreds of soldiers to destroy mosquito breeding grounds as the country battles the spread of deadly dengue fever that has killed a record 215 people this...

Maldives Government drops electricity price

The price of electricity being provided nationwide by the government companies has been received. Speaking at a press conference at the PSM Radio Building on Sunday, The Minister for Environment...

Water shortage: Slow death of rural communities

It’s been more than a year seventy-six-year-old Tshering has been begging water from her neighbour. The muddy pond at Dhampheyjuk that served as the main source dried completely. And now...

Chinese-built armed police academy handed over to Nepal

China on Friday handed over an aid project of the National Armed Police Force (APF) Academy to Nepal following the completion of construction. Amid a special ceremony at the APF...

Washington’s stance on Kashmir unchanged, assures McCain

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz met on Sunday a five-member delegation of US senators led by Senator John McCain in Islamabad. During the meeting, Aziz said that the strategic partnership...

India, Israel and Palestine: A triangle that does not sum up

It is the 50th year of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It has been 50 years since Israel annexed the Palestinian territories of West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza...

IS beheads 10 Taliban militants in Afghanistan

The Islamic State (IS) militants have beheaded 10 Taliban men in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province. The IS militants captured Aqbalaq village in Darzab district last week and arrested 10 Taliban militants. They...