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  • Turkey pledges support to end Rohingya crisis

    Turkey is committed to working with Bangladesh in regional and international levels to bring an end to the Rohingya crisis that has been affecting Bangladesh in socio-economic, environmental and even diplomatic fronts.

  • Exit polls show Modi-led alliance likely to win majority

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies are likely to return to power for a second consecutive term after the parliamentary elections that ended today, according to different exit polls.

  • Troops, cops patrol Lanka

    Troops and police patrolled parts of Sri Lanka yesterday as international pressure mounted on Colombo to contain anti-Muslim riots that killed one man in a backlash against the Easter terror attacks.

  • Myanmar Rakhine State

    'People are dying': UN official urges aid access for Rakhine

    A UN official has urges Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last year, saying lack of aid has cost lives.

  • Situation tense in Lanka

    Sri Lanka’s police arrested over 100 suspects and re-imposed night curfews in violence-prone areas yesterday after anti-Muslim riots left one man dead and caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and mosques.

  • Four cops killed in Pakistan bombing

    Four police were killed and nine other people wounded when militants detonated a bomb hidden under a motorbike in the southwestern

  • Snap financial ties with Myanmar military: UN investigators

    The world must cut off financial and other support for Myanmar's armed forces, a UN fact-finding mission said today, repeating a call for top generals to be prosecuted for abuses against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

  • CPJ urges Myanmar not to harass local top journo

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges the Myanmar authorities to stop harassing and threatening to arrest Aung Marm Oo, editor-in-chief of the privately-owned Rakhine state-based news agency Development Media Group.

  • Sri Lankan software engr under Indian surveillance

    A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators say.

  • New Delhi hit by rare summer air pollution alert

    New Delhi suffered a rare summer air pollution alert yesterday as dust storms and heat over northern India took smog to hazardous

  • Lanka under night curfew after anti-Muslim riots

    Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide night curfew yesterday, after anti-Muslim riots spread to at least three districts just north of the capital in a violent new backlash against the Easter suicide bombings.

  • ‘No laughing matter’

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been roundly mocked for suggesting that radars are affected by clouds and boasting that he sent an email attachment years before the technology to do so was invented.

  • Biman resumes Dhaka-Delhi flights

    Biman Bangladesh Airlines resumes Dhaka-Delhi direct flights.

  • Lanka town under curfew after anti-Muslim attacks

    Sri Lankan troops in a northern town fired shots into the air and police imposed a curfew yesterday after mobs attacked a mosque, in renewed religion tensions in the wake of the Easter terror attacks.

  • A bid to ‘sabotage prosperity’ of Pak

    An attack on a luxury hotel in the southwestern city of Gwadar was a bid to “sabotage prosperity”, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan said yesterday, as police confirmed all the attackers had been killed.

  • Record 378 people eye to summit Everest this year

    The tented city at the foot of Mount Everest is bustling as mountaineers brace for potentially the busiest year yet on the world’s highest

  • Gunmen storm luxury hotel

    At least one person has been killed after three gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military said yesterday.

  • Gunmen kill guard in Pakistan hotel attack

    At least one person has been killed after three gunmen stormed a five-star hotel in the southwestern Pakistani city of Gwadar, the centrepiece of a multi-billion dollar Chinese infrastructure project, the military says.

  • Pak Christian Asia Bibi now in Canada

    After 10 years of political turmoil, assassinations and violent demonstrations, Asia Bibi’s exit from Pakistan was met largely with silence, as the country appeared to seek a quiet close to a turbulent chapter.

  • In Bhutan, PM is a doc on Saturdays

    It’s Saturday in Bhutan and Lotay Tshering has just completed urinary bladder repair surgery on a patient at the Jigme Dorji Wangchuck National Referral Hospital.

  • Ex-Pak PM returns to jail after medical treatment

    Pakistani former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned to prison on Wednesday to complete a sentence for corruption after being released

  • Indian SC dismisses claim Rahul Gandhi is secret Brit

    India’s top court yesterday threw out a petition seeking to bar Rahul Gandhi from contesting the ongoing general election over claims he

  • Lanka Catholic schools to reopen after attacks

    Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church yesterday announced it will reopen its schools next week for the first time since Easter Sunday bombings

  • China, India boost global booze binge: study

    The world consumed ten percent more alcohol per adult in 2017 than in 1990, due in large part to heavier and more widespread drinking

  • Asia Bibi leaves Pakistan

    Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the centre of a decade-long blasphemy row, has left Pakistan, local media said yesterday, months after her death sentence was overturned to mass protests by Islamist hardliners.

  • Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman

    Shooting of film on Bangabandhu likely to begin in November

    Legendary filmmaker Shyam Benegal says he plans to start shooting of a film on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman by November this year expecting to get it released before the end of ‘Mujib Year 2020-21’.

  • 'All suspects in Sri Lanka bombings arrested or dead'

    All suspected plotters and those directly linked to Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings have either been arrested or are dead, the country's acting police chief says.

  • Lankan Catholics turn to TV mass

    Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church will televise a private Sunday mass after cancelling regular services over fears of a repeat of Easter suicide bombings that killed 257 people, a spokesman said.

  • In photos: Bracing for Fani

    The very severe cyclonic storm Fani is about to reach Bangladesh through Khulna region and its approach is already being felt from capital Dhaka.

  • Cyclone Fani moving towards West Bengal

    As severe cyclonic storm Fani hits Puri coast in Odisha, the impact of landfall process has started.