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  • Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

    Sri Lanka's ruling alliance was humiliated in local elections seen as a test of its leadership and the party of ex-president Mahinda

  • Lanka's ruling coalition faces local vote test

    Polling was under way in Sri Lanka yesterday to elect local councils in what is seen as a crucial mid-term test for the uneasy coalition of

  • Top judge faces death threat

    The Maldives' top judge received death threats before his arrest in a regime crackdown, his lawyer said yesterday ahead of a United

  • Nepal Communist parties poised to take power

    Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said yesterday,

  • Top militant freed, police official killed

    Two gunmen yesterday opened fire in a hospital in Indian Kashmir where a Pakistani militant was brought for treatment, an official said, escaping with the high-profile prisoner and killing a police officer in the daring assault.

  • Suicide bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan

    At least 11 soldiers are killed and 13 wounded in a suicide attack near an army base in northern Pakistan, officials say, in a region that was once controlled by a local faction of the Taliban.

  • Rohingya women

    World failed to protect Rohingya women: UN

    The world has failed to protect the Rohingya women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says. “I think their [Myanmar] government to begin with. Their country has failed them in a massive way,” she said.

  • India-Asean trade on the rise

    India-Asean trade on the rise

    India-Asean trade relations have been growing steadily, with Asean being India’s fourth largest trading partner. Both sides have set a target of at least US$200 billion in two-way trade by 2022 compared to US$ 71 billion in 2016-17.

  • Pak minister shoots wife thrice before killing self: Police

    Pakistani provincial minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, who was found dead in his house along with his wife, first killed her and then committed suicide with the same weapon, police say.

  • Myanmar mass grave

    Myanmar govt denies AP report of Rohingya mass graves

    Myanmar’s government has denied a report by The Associated Press documenting at least five mass graves containing Rohingya Muslim civilians killed by the military with help from Buddhist neighbors, saying that only “terrorists” were killed and they were “carefully buried.”

  • Pakistan court issues notices to Sharif, aides

    The legal woes of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family mounted on Wednesday when a top court issued notices

  • India's budget focuses on rural economy ahead of elections

    India unveils its budget for the fiscal year starting April 1 on Thursday, in what is being seen as a test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to maintain fiscal discipline without stifling economic growth ahead of general elections next year.

  • ‘Super blue blood moon’ in Bangladesh sky

    If you miss it tonight, you will have to wait for another 35 years to get the chance to see it. On Bangladesh sky, the entire lunar event – also named “super blue blood moon” -- started at 4:49pm and will end at 10:09pm (local time).

  • India's 69th Republic Day

    India observes 69th Republic Day

    India displays its military muscle, socio-cultural diversity and its unprecedented outreach to South East Asian countries as it celebrates the 69th Republic Day with a grand parade at the Rajpath in New Delhi, the principal promenade of the Indian capital.

  • Convict gets prison break to father child

    An Indian court has freed for two weeks a convicted murderer serving a life jail term so that he can try to become a father, his lawyer said yesterday.

  • Newsweek reviews Pak franchise ties

    US publication Newsweek said it was reviewing ties with its Pakistan franchise after the magazine's local editor made offensive remarks about child abuse and rape.

  • Padmaavat opens in India amid violence threats

    Thousands of police in riot gear yesterday guarded cinemas across India amid threats of violence by Hindu hardliners opposed to the release of a movie about a legendary Hindu queen and a Muslim king.

  • Kabul hotel attack toll rises to 25

    An Afghan official yesterday said at least 25 people were killed in the attack on a Kabul hotel, as confusion reigned over the true toll with

  • Md Shahedul Islam

    Charges against Bangladeshi diplomat dismissed in NY

    A court in the United States yesterday dismissed all felony charges (33 counts) against Bangladesh's deputy consul general in New York, seven months after he was indicted in a case filed by the diplomat’s former domestic help.

  • Pak principal shot dead by student

    A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies

  • Bangladesh garment worker

    Global brand to pay $2.3m for RMG worker safety in Bangladesh

    In a victory for labour unions, a global clothing brand has agreed to pay $2.3 million to meet fire and building safety regulations in 150 garment factories across its supply chain in Bangladesh, unions say.

  • India onion export price

    Traders to import Indian onion at cheaper prices

    Bangladeshi traders hope to do good business as India cuts onion prices by $150 per tonne, nearly two months after they raised it to $852. As the decision came into effect yesterday, importers in Bangladesh can now buy each tonne of onion from the neighbouring country at $702.

  • Vidya Balan and Irrfan Khan

    Vidya Balan, Irrfan Khan reign in 63rd Filmfare awards

    Vidya Balan and Irrfan Khan win in the best actor (female) and best actor (male) categories respectively for their performance in Hindi feature films ‘Tumhari Sullu’ and ‘Hindi Medium’ at the 63rd edition of the Filmfare awards.

  • delhi factory fire

    17 killed in Delhi factory fire

    Seventeen people, including ten women and two children, were killed and 30 injured as a major fire ripped through a factory in north Delhi of India last night.

  • Myanmar finalises Rohingya repatriation preparations

    Myanmar was making final preparations to take back the first batch of Rohingya Muslims who had fled conflict in troubled Rakhine state, state media says, despite growing doubts about the plan among refugees and in the United Nations.

  • Maldives promises to block radical websites

    The Maldives has promised to block websites seeking to radicalise its Muslim population, officials said, as the US warned extremist

  • Three women killed as India, Pak trade fire

    Three female civilians and a soldier have been killed in cross-border firing by the Indian and Pakistani armies, officials said yesterday,

  • Mother-daughter polio team shot dead in Pak

    A mother and daughter polio vaccination team were yesterday gunned down in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta as they were

  • Jessore-Benapole road trees

    India mulls nationalising river-linking plan

    India is mulling giving “national” tag to all projects under the ambitious inter-linking of rivers plan which would make it easier for generating huge funds, including from foreign agencies at softer interest rate, for them and expedite their implementation.

  • Rohingyas try to enter Bangladesh

    Myanmar sends 1300 names of ARSA men to Bangladesh

    Myanmar sends a list containing names of more than 1,300 Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) members to Bangladesh.