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  • Panel gives clean chit to Modi

    The Nanavati Commission has given a clean chit to the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi-led government in the 2002 riots in the state where over 1,000 people, mostly of the minority community, were killed.

  • Hafiz Saeed indicted on ‘terror financing’

    A Pakistani anti-terrorism court indicted Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of deadly 2008 attacks in Mumbai, on terror financing charges yesterday, a government prosecutor and defence lawyer said. Defence lawyer Imran Gill said his client pleaded not guilty.

  • Non-Muslim Migrants: Indian parliament passes bill to give citizenship

    Indian parliament gives its seal of approval to the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which gives nationality to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan after it was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with 125 voting for it and 105 against.

  • ADB to give $33.26m for metro rail project

    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Bangladesh government sign agreements for $33.26 million in loan for a project to design the Dhaka Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line 5 (Southern route) that will help ease the traffic and pollution burden in Dhaka city.

  • Migrant workers

    Govt to introduce insurance schemes for migrant workers

    The government will bring Bangladeshi migrant workers under two compulsory insurance schemes of Tk 2 lakh and Tk 5 lakh in a bid to provide financial security to them and their family members.

  • 43 killed in Delhi factory fire

    At least 43 people, mostly labourers, died in their sleep when a fire raged through a handbag-manufacturing factory in a congested locality of Delhi in India this morning, police say. =

  • ‘One comfort woman for every 70 soldiers’

    The Imperial Japanese Army asked the government to provide one “comfort woman” for every 70 soldiers, Japan’s Kyodo news agency said, citing wartime government documents it had reviewed, shedding fresh light on Tokyo’s involvement in the practice.

  • Indian rape victim dies after being set ablaze by rapists

    A 23-year-old rape victim set on fire by a gang of men, which included her alleged rapists, has died in a New Delhi hospital, prompting protests from opposition leaders who blamed the ruling party for failing to check incidents of violence against women.

  • Genocide case against Myanmar to be heard at highest UN court

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will head a team of lawyers to hearings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague next week to defend the country against accusations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslims.

  • N Korea warns Trump

    North Korea on Wednesday warned that if the United States used military force against Pyongyang it would take “prompt corresponding actions at any level”, in response to comments by US President Donald Trump.

  • Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite smartphone price in Bangladesh

    Xiaomi follows Alibaba, Tencent with internet finance services in India

    Xiaomi Corp has launched a personal loan service in India aimed at young professionals and millennials, as the Chinese smartphone vendor looks to consolidate its presence in the country's fast-growing internet finance market.

  • Fire at Sudan tile factory kills 23

    Twenty-three people were killed and dozens injured as a fire triggered by an explosion in a gas tanker tore through a tile manufacturing factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, officials said.

  • Japanese doctor, five others killed

    Gunmen yesterday killed six people, including the head of a Japanese aid agency, in an attack on their vehicle in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.

  • Chidambaram bailed

    Indian ex-finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, 73, was granted bail yesterday, 106 days after his dramatic arrest on corruption charges that he says are part of a government witch-hunt against political opponents.

  • ‘Price must be paid’

    China warned yesterday that US legislation calling for a tougher response to Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority will affect bilateral cooperation, clouding prospects for a near-term deal to end a trade war.

  • S Korean actor Cha In-ha found dead in latest K-pop tragedy

    South Korean actor Cha In-ha was found dead in his home, police says, the country's third young celebrity to die in the past two months amid growing debate about the intense social pressures artists face.

  • Mob besieges Dawn offices in Islamabad

    A few dozen unidentified people stage a protest outside Dawn offices over publication of a news report regarding the ethnicity of the London Bridge attacker who stabbed two persons to death last week.

  • Outcry as Nepal’s mass animal slaughter begins

    The stench of raw meat hung in the air and pools of blood dotted the muddy ground yesterday as what is thought to be the world’s biggest animal sacrifice swung into action in a remote area of Nepal.

  • Man arrested for ‘making 24,000 complaint calls’

    A Japanese pensioner has been arrested after ringing a phone company 24,000 times to complain they had violated his contract, police and local media reported.

  • Najib takes stand in 1MDB trial

    Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was a “victim” of the multi-million dollar 1MDB scandal that saw state coffers drained on his watch, his lawyer said yesterday, as the ex-premier gave evidence in his own fraud trial.

  • Typhoon kills two in Philippines

    Typhoon Kammuri killed at least two people in the Philippines yesterday as it tore roofs of houses and forced the international airport in Manila to shut down.

  • Lanka suspends House ahead of snap polls

    Sri Lanka’s new president suspended parliament for a month from yesterday ahead of snap elections he wants to call in March to consolidate his sweeping victory.

  • 2 killed, 9 hurt in Pak shelling at LoC in J&K

    Two civilians - a 35-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy - were killed and nine others injured yesterday when Pakistan army heavily shelled forward posts and villages along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said.

  • Can Chinese aid go green?

    China’s Energy Research Institute has proposed a “2C Asia” initiative to survey energy supply and demand in Asian nations, and work with them to decarbonise energy systems and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, reports The Third Pole.

  • Wall collapse kills 17 people in India

    At least 17 people from four families in India were buried alive as they were sleeping yesterday when heavy rains caused a large wall to collapse on their homes, police said.

  • Lynch the rapists

    Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan led a chorus of angry and impassioned voices in parliament yesterday amid nationwide shock over the horrific rape and murder of a young veterinarian in Telangana.

  • India’s navy gets first woman pilot

    The Indian Navy has welcomed its first woman pilot, with Sub Lieutenant Shivangi taking control of an aircraft in another significant milestone for the country’s armed forces.

  • China sanctions US NGOs

    China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs yesterday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

  • Thousands flee as Typhoon Kammuri churns towards Philippines

    Tens of thousands of people are sheltered in evacuation centres as powerful Typhoon Kammuri barrels towards the Philippines, disrupting plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near the capital Manila.

  • Cyclone Fani in Khulna

    Poor nations pay price as millions flee 'climate chaos', Oxfam says

    Fiercer weather and worsening wildfires drove more than 20 million people from their homes over the last decade - a problem set to worsen unless leaders act swiftly to head off surging climate threats, anti-poverty charity Oxfam says.