Daily Archives: July 11, 2017

U Zaw Htay: Kofi Annan Commission is Govt ‘Shield’

U Zaw Htay, government spokesperson and director-general of the President’s Office recently talked to The Irrawaddy about the threats facing Rakhine State and press freedom in Myanmar. Question: Fourteen parties...

McCain claims U.S ‘losing’ in Afghanistan due to lack of strategy

U.S Senator and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee John McCain has criticized President Donald Trump’s Administration for delaying the announcement of America’s new war strategy in Afghanistan. He...

Case against Qasim thrown out of court

The three cases against the Leader of the Jumhooree Party, Qasim Ibrahim has been dismissed from the court after the state prosecutor failed to show up at the Criminal...

Exports trickle up 1.69 percent in FY2017; growth hits 15-year low

Bangladesh exports have grown by a meagre 1.69 percent in the year to June, with its slowest pace in 15 years. Exports fell 15.27 percent year-on-year to $3.04 billion in...

Ram Mandir will be constructed: Union minister Mahesh Sharma

Union minister Mahesh Sharma claimed on Monday that the construction of the Ram Mandir is a feeling of millions of "Ram Bhakts" of this country and it will be...

Drying water thwarts rice self-sufficiency dream

If Bhutan cultivated all the land left fallow, the country would produce additional 10,323.315 metric tonnes (MT) of paddy every year. According to the 2015 agriculture statistics, 6,345 acres of...

Nepali Congress asserts supremacy in Biratnagar

The Nepali Congress (NC) emerged victorious in Biratnagar—the only metropolitan city in Province 1, with the party clinching both the mayoral and deputy mayoral positions.  Scripting the biggest comeback in...

Congress in a spot after Rahul meets Chinese envoy

Congress found itself tied in knots after first vehemently denying and then acknowledging that party vice-president Rahul Gandhi had met Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui amid the continuing stand-off between...

Myanmar Govt. launches reform plan for civil service

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi launches Civil Service Reform Strategic Action Plan on Monday. United Nations Development Programme and other development partners have been supporting this initiative. Aung...

Govt’s priority is to hold federal, province elections on time: PM Deuba

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said the government has accorded first priority to holding elections at the federal and province level within the stipulated time (by January...

WB asks SL to show progress in improving business atmosphere

The World Bank says Sri Lanka’s window of opportunity to improve investment climate is time-bound and it is important for Sri Lanka to show progress in improving business atmosphere...

Top military commanders review geo-strategic security environment

Pakistan’s geo-strategic security environment in regard to the evolving situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan was discussed in the Corps Commanders’ Conference chaired by army chief Gen Qamar...

Supreme Court asked to disqualify lawmakers who switch parties

Attorney General Mohamed Anil has asked the Supreme Court to declare that MPs who leave their party, joins another party or is expelled from the party will lose their...

IPFT launched indefinite road, rail blockade in Tripura for separate tribal land

Amid high security and incessant rain, a few thousand of activists belong to tribal based opposition Indigenous Peoples' Front of Twipra (IPFT) began road and rail blockade at Baramura...

7 Amarnath pilgrims killed in terror attack

Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed and 12 injured when terrorists opened fire at a patrol vehicle on the Srinagar-Jammu Highway on Monday night. A police official said the vehicle...