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When Modi turns photographer

When Modi turns photographer

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday surprised journalists when he decided to wield the camera at the BJP headquarters for a 'Deepawali Milan' an interaction exclusively with members of the media. It was attended by BJP President Amit Shah, senior Cabinet ministers and party leaders, reports the Indian news portal NDTV. Right after addressing journalists,...

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Deal struck for new Asian bank

Twenty-one Asian countries that are willing to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as founding members yesterday signed the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the Bank. Chinese President Xi Jinping met the representatives of the 21 countries after the signing ceremony in the morning. The countries are Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, the Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The AIIB aims to fund rail, road, power and other projects across the region. The Bank's authorised capital is $100 billion while the initial subscribed capital is expected to be around $50 billion. The paid-in ratio will be 20 percent. The AIIB...

JMB men behind Burdwan blast

India's National Investigation Agency last night said the accused persons in the Burdwan town blast case and their associates were members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh. In a press statement, the NIA, which is probing the October 2 explosion in a house in Burdwan, said investigation so far revealed the accused and their accomplices were members of JMB, a terrorist organisation proscribed in Bangladesh. They were preparing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which were being transported to Bangladesh. "NIA is conducting a thorough...

BSF kills Bangladeshi in Chapainawabganj frontier

BSF kills Bangladeshi in Chapainawabganj frontier

Indian Border Security Force (BSF) members shot dead a Bangladeshi youth at Jaminpur frontier of in Chapainawabganj early today. Mohammad Soleman, 25, son of Ejabul Haque was a resident of Shibganj upazila in the district, reports our Chapainawabganj correspondent. The Bangladeshi was shot dead 100 metres away from Jaminpur frontier near pillar 179 around 4:00am,...

AL-Jamaat relations historic, Khaleda tells Time of India

AL-Jamaat relations historic, Khaleda tells Time of India

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said the governing Awami League has a long history of close relations with the Jamaat-e-Islami and other extremist religious groups. “Our alliance with Jamaat is only an electoral understanding. It is by no means an ideological one,” said the former prime minister in an exclusive interview with The Times...

Editorial

Barrages on the Ganges

WE are concerned about India's reported plan to undertake the construction of 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges under the Ganges waterway Project. If implemented, this would have a disastrous impact on the river Ganges and harm the ecology of both Bangladesh and India. In light of India's promise to not harm Bangladesh's interests, we are surprised that India has planned to build the barrages in an international river without consultation with Bangladesh as the lower...

India gives fourth instalment of $200m

India yesterday handed over a cheque of $25 million to Finance Minister AMA Muhith as the fourth instalment of the $200 million grant approved in 2012 by the Congress government. This is the first instalment of the grant after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government assumed power in India this year. Indian High Commissioner Pankaj Saran handed over the cheque at Muhith's official residence in Minto Road. With this tranche, India has completed disbursement of $175 million assistance to Bangladesh. India approved...

Southwest may turn wasteland

Southwest may turn wasteland

India's decision to build 16 barrages, one in every 100 kilometres of the Ganges, would ultimately kill the river and spell disaster for ecology in Bangladesh, say green campaigners. The Indian government plans to construct the barrages under the Ganges waterway Project to ensure three-metre navigability for plying of vessels in 1,620 kilometres of...

Indian firework factory blast: Death toll rises to 17

Indian firework factory blast: Death toll rises to 17

The death toll from the blast at a fireworks factory in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh has risen to 17. The explosion on Monday afternoon started a fire and destroyed the Manikanta Fireworks factory. The blaze took place in the village of Vakatippa in East Godavari district. Accidental explosions are common at Indian factories...

India suspend tours to West Indies

India suspend tours to West Indies

India have suspended all future tours to the Caribbean following the West Indies' decision to withdraw from their visit to India last week. The Windies left India after Friday's fourth one-day match because of a pay dispute between board and players. India were scheduled to tour the Caribbean in February and March 2016. However, a statement...

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