Daily Archives: August 28, 2018

NAT’L POLLS: EC TO HOLD TALKS WITH POLITICAL PARTIES OVER EVM USE

The Election Commission today said that it is getting ready to hold talks with political parties over the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the upcoming national election...

BARAPUKURIA POWER PLANT SHUT DOWN AGAIN AFTER 9 DAYS

One of the power generation units of the Barapukuria 525MW Coal Fired Power Plant in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur was shut down this afternoon, after operating for nine days. “We...

UK MP TULIP SIDDIQ SEEKS RELEASE OF SHAHIDUL ALAM

British MP Tulip Siddiq, who is the niece of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has called on her aunt to release arrested photojournalist Shahidul Alam, according to the British...

CHINA SAYS PRESSURE UNHELPFUL IN RESOLVING ROHINGYA ISSUE

China said on Tuesday that exerting pressure was not helpful in resolving the issue of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar after UN investigators said Myanmar's military had carried out mass...

WILL MYANMAR’S MILITARY FACE JUSTICE OVER ROHINGYA ‘GENOCIDE’?

A UN probe has called for Myanmar's military leaders to face justice for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity against the Rohingya, but the road to a tribunal will...

ROHINGYA DEMAND JUSTICE AFTER UN PROBE CALLS FOR GENOCIDE PROSECUTION

Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh on Tuesday challenged the United Nations to ensure Myanmar's generals stand trial after investigators called for top military commanders to be prosecuted for genocide against...

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince...

TWO KILLED IN RAB ‘GUNFIGHTS’

Two persons were killed in what the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called gunfights in Natore and Gazipur districts early Tuesday. The law enforcement claimed that the deceased -- Meher Ali...

PAKISTAN RECEIVES $439M IN FOREIGN LOANS IN JULY

International creditors have disbursed $439 million loans to Pakistan last month, an amount that still seems insufficient to meet the country’s growing external sector requirements. About two-thirds of the total...

MALDIVES CALLS INDIA ENVOY AFTER TWEET BY SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY TO INVADE

With barely a month to go for elections in Maldives, tension between New Delhi and Male has escalated following a tweet by BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy, calling...

BJP CHIEF MINISTERS’ MEETING TO BE HELD TODAY; PM MODI, AMIT SHAH TO BE...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet chief ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled states in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss plans about reaching out to beneficiaries of the...

FACEBOOK MOVE ON MYANMAR RAISES THORNY POLITICAL QUESTIONS

Facebook's ban of Myanmar's military leaders marks a new step for the leading social network against state "actors" -- and raises thorny questions on how the company deals with...

PM SEEKS SUGGESTIONS TO RECOVER WEALTH STASHED ABROAD

Amid legal and administrative hindrances, Prime Minister Imran Khan has given an ambitious deadline of two weeks to a task force set up to recover unlawfully acquired foreign assets...

Bangladesh urges Sri Lanka to implement free trade deal

Bangladesh government Monday urged Sri Lanka to implement a free trade agreement (FTA) designed to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries. Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the call...

UN, EU reject invite to observe Maldives elections

The United Nations (UN) along with the European Union (EU) had refused to accept an invitation to observe the upcoming presidential elections, Maldives' electoral watchdog revealed Sunday. Speaking during a...

Russia postpones peace talks with Taliban: Afghan President

Russia has agreed to postpone multilateral peace talks with the Taliban, a week after the insurgents accepted an invitation to go to Moscow for a Sept. 4 summit, the...

China hails first-time participation of India, Pakistan in SCO counter-terror drill

China on Monday welcomed the participation of militaries of India and Pakistan for the first time in a mega anti-terror drill of the SCO and hoped that the two...

Why Trump’s new Afghanistan strategy isn’t much different from Obama’s

United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the 17-year war nor amounted...

Bhutan gearing up for national elections

The Second National Assembly of Bhutan was dissolved in the afternoon of August 1, 2018 as mandated by Article 19 of Bhutan Constitution. By a Royal Order, an interim government...

Reason for optimism on Pakistan-India relations

Under the auspices of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Pakistan and India are participating in six days of anti-terrorism exercises in Chebarkul, a town in Chelyabinsk Oblast in Russia. There...

Qureshi, Sushma may meet in New York next month

Foreign Ministers of Pakistan and India may meet in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) annual meeting next month, diplomatic sources in the...