Daily Archives: August 7, 2018

IRAN’S NON-OIL TRADE WITH AFGHANISTAN UP BY ALMOST 30%

Iran traded almost 2.2 million tons of non-oil commodities worth $1.1 billion with Afghanistan during the first four months of Iran’s current fiscal year, the Financial Tribune reported. According to...

PAKISTAN ELECTIONS FREE AND FAIR, FORMER INDIA CEC SAYS

Former India chief election commissioner (CEC) SY Quraishi has dismissed allegations of rigging in the recently-held Pakistan general elections, The Hindu reported on Sunday.  “The elections in Pakistan in July were free and...

EU WANTS PROBE INTO ATTACKS ON PROTESTERS, JOURNOS

The European Union (EU) on Tuesday expressed concern and sought investigation into the actions taken against protesters and journalists during the ongoing student protests for safe roads, reports UNB. "Incidents...

The dilemma of representation in Afghan peace negotiations

The meeting of Alice Wells, the top US diplomat for South and Central Asia, with Taliban representatives in Doha in late July was regarded as the start of intense...

KHALEDA BAIL IN CHARITABLE TRUST CASE EXTENDED

A Dhaka court on Tuesday extended the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia until 5 September in Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. Acting judge Sheikh Nazmul Alam passed the order...

MINISTER SUSPECTS FOREIGN INVOLVEMENT IN OPPOSITION TO KALABAGH DAM

Caretaker Minister for Water Resources Ali Zafar suspects foreign involvement in the opposition to the construction of the Kalabagh Dam (KBD) and has asked the incoming government to work...

MAN KILLED IN RAB ‘GUNFIGHT’

A suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Bamandanga area of Sundarganj, Gaibandha early Tuesday, reports UNB. The deceased was identified...

EU extends LTTE ban for 6 months as Lanka tightens grip to prevent any...

Heavy lobbying by Sri Lanka has succeeded in the European Union deciding to continue the ban of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization, amidst...

Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that...

John McCain, American extraordinary

John McCain III was born into a Naval family to John S McCain Jr and Roberta McCain at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. His...

Japan Tobacco buying Bangladesh Akij’s tobacco business for $1.5 billion

Japan Tobacco Inc (2914.T) is buying the tobacco business of Bangladesh’s Akij Group for around $1.5 billion, its second major purchase in five months as the world’s third-biggest cigarette...

Indian forces ambush left-wing rebel hideout, at least 15 killed

Until now, 15 bodies have been recovered and a large number of firearms have also been seized from the site of the encounter. An area committee member who had...

US firm set to discover ‘huge oil reserves’ in Pakistan

A well-known multinational oil and gas firm in the United States ‘Exxon Mobil’ is on the point of exploring huge oil reserves near the Pakistan-Iran border, which could reportedly...

No political condition to Maldives aid, says  China

The China government has always respected the willingness of the Maldives government and its people in aiding the development of the archipelago, Chinese Ambassador to Maldives Zhang Lizhong said...

Bhutan Airlines receives the second airbus319

With the arrival of the second Airbus 319 on August 4 in Paro, the Bhutan Airlines now has a fleet of two aircraft. Two Airbus 319 are on lease for...

Afghan leader confirms US official met Taliban in Qatar

In its first official reaction to contacts for peace between the U.S. and the Taliban, the Afghan government on Monday acknowledged the contacts, but rejected the idea of ceding...

Sri Lanka may allow visa-free entry for Indian tourists soon

Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka may soon be exempted from visa requirement as the government is mulling granting visa -free entry to visitors from countries like India and China,...

Corporate feud delays crucial Indian Navy warship project

One of India's most crucial naval asset projects meant for the domestic industry is stuck in a corporate feud. Despite being flagged as an urgent requirement for influencing maritime...

Corporate feud delays crucial Indian Navy warship project

One of India's most crucial naval asset projects meant for the domestic industry is stuck in a corporate feud. Despite being flagged as an urgent requirement for influencing maritime...

Army on track for BIMSTEC exercise in Sept

The Indian army conducted the final co-ordinating conference for the Joint Military Exercise (MILEX-18) in Pune on Thursday and Friday. MILEX-18 will be held at the Foreign Training Node...