Daily Archives: July 20, 2017

Bangladeshi activist detained at the Malaysian ariport

Malaysian immigration barred Adilur Rahman Khan, the secretary of Odhikar, a Bangladesh-based human rights organisation, to enter into the country on Thursday. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a Civil Society Organisation...

The India-China war of 1962 and its political after-life

Amit Das Gupta and Lorenz Lüthi’s The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives is a most topical and useful book for two reasons: For one, it revisits a topic that has...

Four ex-PPM MPs stripped of seats

The Elections Commission has declared that four lawmakers have lost their seats as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s controversial anti-defection ruling, triggering by-elections in the four constituencies. The apex court ruled...

OAG drops 23 cases in ATM scam over no-show defendants

After failing to produce defendants before the court, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) withdrew eight cases of the 51 charged in the ATM card racket from the...

Ensure majority support before tabling amendment: RJPN to govt

Top leaders of the Rastriya Janata Party Nepal (RJPN) on Wednesday urged the government to ensure the required support to endorse the constitution amendment bill before pushing it through...

Participation in constitution making process: JO Divided

The Joint Opposition (JO) consisting of SLFP and UPFA dissidents loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa broke into two factions yesterday after one of its main partners, the National Freedom...

Nation Commemorates Martyrs’ Day

At 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, sirens suddenly wailed. Many of the cars on the roads of Yangon came to a halt. Drivers blared their horns for one full minute. People walking...

ADB sees improved growth prospects for developing Asia

Economic growth prospects in developing Asia for 2017 have improved on the back of stronger-than-expected export demand in the first quarter of this year, according to a new Asian...

‘Modi will eventually defeat himself’: Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy

Jaipal Reddy, who was an important Congress strategist when the party came back to power in May 2004, insisted during an interview with The Wirethat Narendra Modi will “defeat himself” in...

Dhaka traffic three times slower, wastes 3.2m work hours a day: WB

Dhaka’s notorious traffic is costing its citizens around 3.2 million working hours every day, according to an analysis by the World Bank The city’s traffic speed has decreased from 21...

Eight policemen, one soldier killed in Zabul clash

At least eight policemen were killed and seven wounded in a clash with the Taliban in Arghandab district of Zabul province, local security officials said Wednesday. Zabul police confirmed the...

Bad weather caused deadly plane crash: Myanmar military

Bad weather caused a Myanmar military plane to crash last month with 122 people on board, state media reported on Wednesday, in one of the deadliest aviation accidents in...

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to...

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke...

China ready to attack India, claims Ex DM Mulayam in Lok Sabha

Samajwadi Party leader and former Defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed on Wednesday that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to...

Pakistan Army kills 5 Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire

Pakistan Army on Wednesday killed five Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire after three people, including a Pakistani serviceman, were martyred in an unprovoked ceasefire violation by Indian troops along...

An ever-weakening Afghan National Army

As casualties mounted to dramatic levels in 2017, even according to official figures that are most likely underestimated, the Afghan National Army (ANA) has for the first time begun...

Not religion, lynching is about Parivar vs all: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The discussion in Rajya Sabha on lynchings and atrocities on minorities and Dalits saw the Congress delinking these incidents from religion and caste on Wednesday. Leader of the Opposition...

‘No troop mobilisation by China on the border’

China has not done any major troop mobilisation close to the border, senior sources in the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. In the last two days, a couple of videos...

China’s military adapts to changing conditions 

Forced by changing conditions in the field of warfare, China this week embarked on a new program to turn its gigantic armed forces built on the old wobbly Soviet...