Daily Archives: August 25, 2018

POLITICAL FLARE-UP LIKELY IN SEPTEMBER

The country’s two main contenders for power may be locked in street battles ahead of the next general elections expected in December. Leaders of the ruling Awami League and the...

INDIA REVOKES AL JAZEERA’S SECURITY CLEARANCE AFTER OCCUPIED KASHMIR DOCUMENTARY

India withdrew the security clearance granted to Qatar’s Al Jazeera network after a documentary on Indian-occupied Kashmir was aired by the channel. The country’s home ministry revoked the clearance and...

GOVT SEEMS TO INFLUENCE AUG 21 VERDICT: RIZVI

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed today alleged that the government is trying to influence the verdict in the August 21 grenade attack case. Listening to the speeches made...

GHANI CALLS FOR ENTIRE SECURITY CABINET TO STEP DOWN

Reasons given for the call for resignations include this week's rocket attack on Presidential Palace, the recent Ghazni attack and increasing ANDSF casualty toll. President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday asked...

PERPETRATORS OF ANTI-SIKH RIOTS SHOULD BE PUNISHED: RAHUL GANDHI

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said that he stands with the victims of 1984 anti-Sikh riots and those guilty of violence should be punished as per law. “If violence...

PAKISTAN, INDIA PARTICIPATE TOGETHER IN MILITARY EXERCISE

Army contingents from Pakistan and India are taking part in a joint counter-terrorism exercise as part of multi-national war games in Russia, reported The Times of India. The war games...

OPPOSITION PARTIES MEET IN MUREE TO SELECT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

Representatives of the divided opposition have huddled together at incarcerated former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's opulent Muree residence today to hammer out an agreement over a joint candidate for...

‘IDENTIFICATION PARADE’ OF KASHMIR SCHOOL KIDS

Security forces looking for a militant carried out an "identification parade" at a Valley school on Friday, not even sparing three-year-olds, their bemused teachers said. The cordon-and-search at the reputable...

INDIA-MYANMAR BORDER CROSS OPENING SHOWS ACT EAST POLICY IN ACTION: PANELISTS

The opening of an international border crossing in August 2018 linking Myanmar with northeast India has been heralded as an important breakthrough in terms of connectivity, trade and development...

ROHINGYA PROTEST FOR ‘JUSTICE’ ON CRACKDOWN ANNIVERSARY

Thousands of Myanmar nationals of Rohingya Muslim community held protest rallies on Saturday and demanded guarantee of their safe return to their motherland. They demonstrated for justice on Saturday, marking...

DISCRETIONARY FUNDS ABOLISHED, GOVT OFFICE WORKING HOURS REVISED

In what appears to be unfolding of its agenda for ‘change’, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government on Friday revised working hours in government institutions, abolished discretionary funds of the...

Kofi Annan, the peacemaker who knew how to play big-power politics

Kofi Annan’s career was inextricably entangled with power politics. The former United Nations secretary-general, who died on Saturday, spent decades grappling with tensions between the organization’s members over crises...

Myanmar buries its head in the sand, one year after the Rohingya crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech on democratic transition this week was particularly notable for one thing – its omission of the word Rohingya. It was notable because the Rohingya crisis...

Magnificent mausoleum

A milestone in Indo-Islamic architecture, Humayun’s Tomb introduced several architectural innovations in the tradition of tomb and garden landscape in India. Located on the banks of the Yamuna, as it flowed...

Traditional grass mats of South Asia

The Sylhet-born Gurusaday Dutta, a noted civil servant of yesteryears, a famous folklorist and writer, was renowned for his contribution to the preservation of the folk arts and crafts...

US Secretary of State will visit Pakistan on Sept 5

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday confirmed that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would visit Pakistan on September 5 and termed Pak-US bilateral relations as important...

Unidentified helicopters support militants in Afghanistan: Russia

Russia has recorded flights of unidentified helicopters delivering weapons to the Taliban and Daesh militants in Afghanistan, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday. “We...

438,663 voters on Bhutan electoral roll

More than 60 percent population of Bhutan will cast their votes during the primary round of the National Assembly elections of the third parliament on September 15. The election commission...

Nepal, China agree on rail study

Nepal and China have agreed on the technical details of the Kathmandu-Kerung railway line, and will soon begin the process of preparing a detailed report for what has been...

USS Anchorage pulls into Sri Lanka on Western Pacific deployment

US Navy’s amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) arrived in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, on August 24 as part of her Western Pacific deployment. The ship got underway from San...

Pakistan strengthens its supply line with ammunition dump, helipads close to India

The Border Security Force (BSF) in a report to the Union Home Ministry has said that Pakistan is trying to strengthen its security deployment along the International Border with...