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South Asia

Troubled Waters

IN the early 1960s, John F Kennedy said, "Anyone who can solve the problems of water, will be worthy of two Nobel prizes: one for peace and one for sciences" (cited in Likhotal 2013: 86). This statement of Kennedy implies the significance as well as challenges of resolving water problems. In South Asia, water has been constructed as a scarce resource and hence, is considered a source of conflict rather than cooperation. Therefore, it is seen that although Bangladesh-India shares...

Anwar Ibrahim’s family seeks royal pardon

Anwar Ibrahim’s family seeks royal pardon

The family of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim says they have sought a royal pardon over his conviction for sodomy. Anwar was jailed for five years earlier this month in a case which he has always maintained was brought to keep him out of politics. His family said he was a political prisoner who...

Big step in Saarc travel

Big step in Saarc travel

Four Saarc countries are close to signing a deal that would allow movement of vehicles through their borders just like in the European Union countries. Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Nepal, have drawn up a draft plan for seamless transit of passenger, cargo and personal vehicles between the countries. The agreement will allow vehicles to ply designated routes in the four countries and reduce cost and time of unloading and loading of people and goods at the borders, making cross-border trade more efficient, officials said. This sub-regional move is an initiative parallel to the proposed Saarc Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) and will be open also to other neighbouring countries, sources said. India, Bhutan and...

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today voiced hopes on striking four important deals in the coming Bimstec meeting to step up trade and investment among member states. “We believe early realisation of the Bimstec Free Trade Agreement (Bimstec FTA) to promote trade and investment is of crucial importance,” he told a seminar in Dhaka. He...

Indian intelligence warns of aircraft hijack

Indian intelligence warns of aircraft hijack

Indian intelligence agencies warned today that an Air India flight between Delhi and Kabul might be hijacked by terrorists, local media reports. A high alert raised and security at the Indira Gandhi International Airport enhanced further, The Times of India said adding authorities have put in place multi-level checking and issued instructions to ensure...

Chicago roadway named after Zia rekindles Bangladesh political feud

Chicago roadway named after Zia rekindles Bangladesh political feud

When the Chicago City Council decided to add former Bangladeshi President Ziaur Rahman’s name to join the long list of 1,500 other honorary roadways aldermen have approved for 50 years, it had little idea that it was bringing in a long-standing South Asian political feud to play out on the Far North Side. While...

Hamid seeks more Indian support in power sector

Hamid seeks more Indian support in power sector

President Abdul Hamid, now in New Delhi on a six-day visit to India, today sought more cooperation from the neighbouring country in the power sector to meet the growing electricity demand at home. The President sought the support when Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a call on him at his place of...

Actively engage to build connectivity

Actively engage to build connectivity

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday sought active support from the Saarc leaders for the development of regional connectivity by putting aside all differences in a bid to increase trade in South Asia. "Physical connectivity is important in ensuring overall peace, progress and stability across South Asia. Bangladesh approaches connectivity in a wider context. We...

Saarc leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Saarc leaders reach last-minute energy deal

Finally Saarc member states signed the Saarc Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation (Electricity) aimed at sharing and trading electricity among the member countries through a common grid. The Saarc leaders, however, failed to reach a consensus to sign the regional connectivity deal at the concluding session of the two-day long 18th Saarc Summit that...

Editorial

We top mobile users' list in South Asia

ACCORDING to a report by an international mobile research and development body called mobiforge, Bangladesh tops the list of mobile users in South Asia followed by Pakistan and India. This has been unveiled by a report in a prominent Bangla daily. The research report further says that for the first time Bangladesh has been included in the 100 million users' club of fourteen countries. The sheer number of mobile users in Bangladesh, being 75% of its population, reflects a...

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