With the death of the Taliban chief within a year of taking over, focus is now on the Taliban’s future and strained US-Pakistan ties
Pakistan’s own mapping law had faced the same sort of objections from digital activists as are being lobbed at the draft of the Indian bill.
Sympathies flow in for the dead through political and cultural alignments. There is politics involved in these sympathies.
A pilot project led by the Punjab provincial government is providing farmers with biogas equipment at a subsidised rate.
India will continue to be affected by the spill-over of internal turbulence in Nepal. India’s challenge is also becoming more formidable with the emergence of China as an assertive competitor for greater economic and strategic space in the sensitive Himalayan region.
Meanwhile, a new bill going through the US Congress attempts to block $450 million in aid to Pakistan for its failure take action against the Haqqani Network.
A draft bill proposes punishing protesters for spreading “wrong” information and makes straying away from pre-registered chants an offence.
India’s women and child development ministry said delegates from the eight South Asian countries adopted a series of measures to boost cooperation to end child exploitation.
Ali Haider Gilani had been abducted outside a Pakistan Peoples Party office in Multan two days before the country’s landmark May 11, 2013 general election.
Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight, after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal.
New Delhi’s policy of hustling its smaller neighbour comes at a time when the Wickremesinghe government’s mismanagement of the economy is apparent and will end up helping the xenophobic political forces in the country.
The freedom of navigation operation by the USS William P. Lawrence, was to “challenge excessive maritime claims of some claimants in the South China Sea,” Defense Department spokesman Bill Urban said.
The comments were in response to Bangladeshi police and central bank officials saying that SWIFT technicians introduced security holes into the bank’s network while connecting SWIFT to Bangladesh’s first real-time gross settlement (RTGS) system.
Even with attention-grabbing moves like the last-minute cancellation of the president’s India trip, it is getting increasingly harder for Nepal’s prime minister to credibly blame India for his own failures.
A few hours before his assassination, Zaki posted a scathing critique of Pakistanis for their euphoric reaction to the election of Sadiq Khan as the mayor of London. “Can we in Pakistan ever elect an Ahmadi or Hindu or Christian PM?” he asked.
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court in January upheld the death penalty for Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of top intellectuals during the 1971 war.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore, said it had issued two-year detention orders for the men, who it says called themselves the Islamic State in Bangladesh.
Increasing public anger at the prime minister has led the Maoists to conclude that he was an obstacle to ending the Constitutional standoff.
Police official Abdul Jalil, quoting witnesses, said the attackers fled the scene after killing 50-year-old Nikhil Chandra Joardar outside his shop in the town of Tangail, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka.
The training encompasses search and rescue operations, contending with disasters at sea, and “safeguarding Chinese sovereignty”, said the advisor who focuses on the South China Sea.
The two sides also said their navies will hold talks on anti submarine warfare (ASW), an area of sensitive military technology and closely held tactics that only allies share.
World rice production is expected to decline for the first time this year since 2010, as failing rains linked to an El Nino weather pattern cut crop yields in Asia’s rice bowl.
The murder highlights the stigma and danger faced by the LGBTQ+ community and its supporters, and is also part of a larger threat to rational thought and speech that has been mounting for several years.
An IMF official said substantial progress had been made in repairing Pakistan’s economy and that Islamabad was right to be saying is does not need another package.
Bangladesh’s capital city of 20 million people is growing by close to 5% a year, in part as rural families migrate to the city seeking work or having lost their homes to worsening river erosion and storm surges.
Twenty-two female garment workers have left their jobs to pursue undergraduate degrees in a first-of-its-kind course at the Asian University for Women.
Given that Sajeeb Wazed has already asserted that Shafik Rehman was directly involved in the plot to kidnap and kill him, it is difficult to see how the police can walk back from the path set out for it.
US court findings conflict directly with the basis of the criminal case that led to the arrest in Dhaka last Saturday of the prominent journalist Shafik Rehman.
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Kirpal Singh’s family has been assured by Sushma Swaraj that his mortal remains will be brought back to India as soon as possible. Pakistan has said Singh died of a heart attack.
India’s attitude towards its smaller neighbour has pushed it towards China and given it a false sense of comfort and security which could land it into trouble sooner than later.
The president and the parliament speaker are also women, further signs of change in a society with a tradition of male domination.
“India is the most important friend of Maldives… Maldives pursues an India-first foreign policy… Maldives’ security is intimately linked to the security of India”, President Abdulla Yameen told reporters in New Delhi.
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The government also said it is planning to pardon another 100 political prisoners.
The Maldivian opposition is unhappy but New Delhi’s desire for rapprochement is driven by China-linked strategic concerns.
Expressing concern at the growing number of cases of murdered bloggers in Bangladesh, organisations and individuals raise questions on what the government is doing.
Nazimuddin Samad, a student and liberal blogger in Dhaka, was killed on Thursday. Five secular writers and one publisher were killed by militants last year.
Flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 55, as rescuers try to help thousands of survivors.