Daily Archives: September 11, 2018

Jailing of Reuters journalist ‘hammer-blow’ to Myanmar’s fragile press freedom

A Myanmar court’s decision to jail two Reuters journalists for seven years a week ago represented a near-fatal hammer-blow to the country’s fragile press freedom, and gravely undermines the...

12 STUDENTS PUT ON REMAND

A Dhaka court on Monday placed 12 students, who were allegedly picked up by detectives on Wednesday, on a two-day remand, reports UNB. Metropolitan magistrate Nurunnahar Yasmin passed the order...

QUOTA REFORM ACTIVISTS LIVE IN FEAR

Quota reform activists are finding it difficult to lead a normal life following their implication in a number of cases. Those who have already been released on bail have become...

NO ROLLBACK OF CPEC, PAKISTAN ASSURES CHINA

Pakistan and China have reacted angrily to a report in the London-based Financial Times (FT) newspaper that quoted some cabinet ministers as saying that Islamabad is considering renegotiating some...

DHAKA COURT REJECTS BAIL FOR PHOTOGRAPHER SHAHIDUL ALAM IN ICT CASE

A Dhaka court has turned down a bail appeal filed by photographer and activist Shahidul Alam who was arrested in a case under the Information and Communication Technology Act. Judge...

“INDIA CALLED US THE OTHER DAY, SAID THEY WOULD LIKE A TRADE DEAL”: TRUMP

US President Donald Trump has said India wants a trade deal with the US despite the tough stance taken by his administration on the issue. Donald Trump wants to stop...

PROTESTS IN INDIA OVER RISING FUEL PRICES

India was gripped by a strike and protests nationwide yesterday as opposition parties launched a campaign against rising fuel prices in what is described as their biggest political action...

Bangladesh to buy Kaplan medium tanks

Bangladesh and the Philippines have put an order for 100 Kaplan medium tanks which are co-produced by Turkish defense contractor FNSS and Indonesia’s PT Pindad, said Windu Paramata, the...

Indo-US joint military drill in Uttarakhand from September 16

As part of the ongoing Indo-US defence cooperation, a joint military training exercise "Yudh Abhyas 2018" will be conducted in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand's Chaubattia from...

Taliban kills dozens of Afghan forces in multiple attacks

At least 37 members of Afghan security forces and pro-government fighters have been killed in separate attacks carried out by the Taliban in the country's north, according to provincial...

Qatar begins regular LNG loadings to Bangladesh

Qatar has begun regular shipments of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Bangladesh after a five-month hiatus since the maiden cargo arrived with the South Asian country’s first floating storage...

India joins elite club possessing air-to-air fighter jet refueling capability

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has successfully completed air-to-air refueling in actual terms on the domestically built fighter aircraft Tejas MK1 with an IL-78 MKI tanker. India's state-owned aerospace...

Nepal Army to participate in BIMSTEC drill as observer

A day after withdrawing its participation from the controversial BIMSTEC joint military exercise, Nepali officials decided on Sunday that Nepal will participate as an observer in the drill. On Friday,...

Bhutan Election: Job creation remains every party’s priority

The 12th Five Year Plan (FYP) projects 66,000 fresh job seekers with secondary and university education to enter the labour market in the next five years. Against this backdrop,...

Pakistan introduces new dimensions to broaden CPEC

Pakistan‘s new government has agreed with China to formally invite third-country investors to be part of the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. After a lengthy four-hour meeting between the...

In India’s tribal-dominated NE, caste poses fresh challenge

If the idea of minority is central to democracy, the principle of equality is critical to the Constitution of India. Inherent in that principle of equality are the provisions...

White America & Hindu India: A marriage of convenience?

Wednesday’s short visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph F. Dunford to Pakistan was a pit stop...

Myanmar military chief in a political firing line

It could not have been a worse day for the ambition and standing of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s increasingly maligned armed forces. On August 27,...

US-Pak ties strained by anti-terror accusations hard to thaw

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a brief visit to Pakistan on September 5, during which he met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi...

Too close for comfort? On the India-US 2+2 meeting

The India-US 2+2 meeting on September 6 between the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the two countries appeared to be a singularly one-sided affair. Washington was calling the shots,...