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Dhaka sends Delhi list of criminals

Dhaka has handed Delhi a list of criminals it wants back. The list includes Nur Hossain, the alleged mastermind behind the Narayanganj seven-murder. The issue will be discussed today at the three-day long home secretary-level talks that began yesterday, said Additional Home Secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed, adding that India wanted Anup Chetia, leader of India's separatist outfit United Liberation Front of Asom, who is currently behind bars in Bangladesh. "At the Joint Working Group meeting, we have fixed several important issues,...

Biman halts Delhi, HK flights to carry hajis

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has suspended flight operations on Dhaka-Delhi and Dhaka-Hong Kong routes as it has engaged three of its wide-body aircraft for this year's Hajj operations start today. As per an earlier decision of the Biman board, the flight operations on the two international routes will remain suspended until the Hajj operations end on November 8, said Biman officials. The national carrier resumed twice weekly service each on the routes in May last year, a year after it suspended operations...

Is Modi avoiding the media?

Is Modi avoiding the media?

Is India's new PM Narendra Modi avoiding the media? Two months after leading his party to a historic victory in May's general election, Modi has preferred social media over India's thriving mainstream press - hundreds of newspapers and 275 news channels - to communicate to the people, writes Shantanu Guha Ray, a Delhi-based senior...

Shariat courts have no legal sanctions: Indian SC

Shariat courts have no legal sanctions: Indian SC

India’s top court today ruled that shariat courts have no legal sanction and it cannot issue fatwas trampling on individuals’ rights. The court’s remarks came in response to a petition filed by a Delhi-based advocate who challenged parallel religious courts run by institutions like the Darul Qaza and Darul-Iftaa. A Supreme Court bench headed by...

Dhaka's growing engagement with Delhi positive

The United States sees Bangladesh's growing engagement with major global players like India as positive and wants friendly relations between Bangladesh and India as partners in the interest of ensuring peace in South Asia. This was stated by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal in New Jersey and US Ambassador Dan Mozena in Dhaka. They consider Indo-Bangladesh relations as a good thing that brings gain for everyone. Biswal, while speaking at an Indian diaspora...

India building collapses kill 20

India building collapses kill 20

Police in southern India detained two construction company directors Sunday as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 20 people. The 12-storey apartment structure, which was being...

Verdict delayed ‘at Delhi’s instruction’

Verdict delayed ‘at Delhi’s instruction’

BNP senior leader ASM Hannan Shah today alleged that the verdict against Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami in war crimes trial has been deferred “at the instruction of New Delhi”. “Why the verdict was not announced today? Information available from Raw (Research and Analysis Wing--Indian Secret Service Agency) indicates that the verdict was deferred due to the upcoming visit of Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Dhaka,” said the BNP standing committee member. The retired brigadier general added that Jamaat might have enforced hartal if verdict was announced and a conflicting situation could be created in the country, causing damage to the Sheikh Hasina government’ image. “That’s why the verdict was...

Delhi first kerosene-free Indian city

Delhi first kerosene-free Indian city

The Delhi Government today announced that the national capital has become the first 'kerosene-free city' in the country, reports Press Trust of India. "With the successful implementation of 'Delhi: A Kerosene-Free City Scheme, 2012', no subsidised kerosene is being issued in the national capital and the country can save upto Rs 200 crores every...

Fourth Indian woman hanged in weeks

Fourth Indian woman hanged in weeks

A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging from a tree in a village in northern India, the third such case in a month in Uttar Pradesh state. The body was found in the Moradabad area, three hours' drive from Delhi. Her family told police she was raped. A post mortem examination is under way. Another...

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Modi government and Bangladesh diplomacy

AFTER the massive victory of BJP leader Narendra Modi, it is natural to discuss what kind of relations the new BJP government will have with Bangladesh. Will there be a qualitative change or business as usual, or accelerated engagement with Bangladesh? The Bangladesh prime minister reportedly took the first diplomatic initiative by congratulating Modi over telephone and writing a letter inviting him to make Bangladesh his first destination when he went abroad, and to make Bangladesh his “second home.” Since...

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