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  • Railways to be more pro-people

    Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan yesterday vowed to make the sector more service-oriented and pro-people.

  • Hekmatyar enters presidential race

    A former warlord accused of historic war crimes entered Afghanistan's presidential race yesterday in a new challenge to President Ashraf Ghani who allowed him to return from exile two decades he was forced out by the Taliban.

  • Pakistan's 'poetic justice' takes oath

    Pakistan's new chief justice was sworn yesterday, pledging reform of a Supreme Court whose controversial decisions include ousting a prime minister and freeing a Christian accused of blasphemy.

  • Pak PM slams opposition for pressure tactics

    Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday lashed out at the opposition for disrupting National Assembly proceedings by staging regular walkouts.

  • Rohingya refugees issue

    No easy solution to Rohingya crisis: Foreign minister

    The newly appointed Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen termed the Rohingya influx “a very serious issue” and said there is no easy solution to the humanitarian crisis.

  • Rakhine sparking security concern

    ‘Aid groups barred in Rakhine sparking security concern’

    The Rakhine State government has banned all humanitarian assistance groups from villages in northern Rakhine State where renewed violence recently has sparked security concerns, reports Myanmar Times.

  • Ram Rahim Singh, Indian Guru,

    Ram Rahim Singh held guilty in murder of journalist

    Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is convicted in the murder case of journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.

  • Ayodhya case hearing adjourned till Jan 29

    A new five-judge Constitution bench of the Indian Supreme Court will hear the Ayodhya title dispute case on another day as one of the

  • Delhi cows, elderly to moo-ve in together

    Delhi plans to create a special home for both elderly people and some of the Indian megacity's thousands of cows, in a new animal welfare blitz also aimed at reducing numbers of monkeys and stray dogs.

  • Lanka struggles to repay record foreign debt: PM

    Sri Lanka's prime minister said yesterday the country was struggling to pay back its ballooning foreign debt, blaming a recent political crisis for dealing a "death blow" to the economy.

  • Modi-led panel removes Verma as CBI chief

    India's federal police chief was ousted on Thursday by a panel led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government said, drawing criticism from the main opposition Congress party.

  • Pak PM sacks heads of gas utilities over crisis

    Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday sacked the chiefs of Sui Natural Gas Pipeline Limited (SNGPL) and Sui Southern Gas

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    'ARSA, Arakan Army Bases': Dhaka protests 'baseless' claim by Myanmar

    Dhaka is utterly disappointed and aggrieved at Myanmar's allegation of existence of Arakan Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) bases in Bangladesh, the foreign ministry said yesterday.

  • Indian lok sabha

    Non-Muslim Migrants: India passes bill to give citizenship

    After a walkout by the main opposition Congress Party, the contentious constitution amendment bill seeking to give Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan was passed by the Lok Sabha (LS) yesterday.

  • Bangladesh ranked 41st largest economy in 2019

    Bangladesh 2nd largest economy in South Asia

    Bangladesh has been ranked 41st among the largest economies in the world in 2019, up from the 43rd position since last year, according to an analysis by a UK based think tank.

  • gold mine collapse in Afghanistan

    ‘30 killed in Afghanistan gold mine collapse’

    At least 30 people are killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan, officials say, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country.

  • India SC slams govt over trapped miners

    India's Supreme Court yesterday slammed authorities for their failure to rescue 15 workers trapped for 21 days in a flooded coal mine in the country's remote northeast.

  • India deports second group

    India on Thursday deported a Rohingya Muslim family of five to neighbouring Myanmar, the second such group expelled in four months during a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

  • Protests paralyse Indian state

    Conservative Hindu groups forced India's southern state of Kerala to a standstill yesterday as they protested against the state government for allowing two women to defy an ancient ban and enter a Hindu temple.

  • Public holidays

    Cambodia enjoys most public holidays in the world

    Cambodia enjoys the most number of non - working days with 28 public holidays in a year among the countries of the world, according to date collected by the World Atlas.

  • India, Pakistan exchange list

    New Delhi and Islamabad yesterday exchanged a list of their nuclear installations and prisoners, officials said.

  • PM Sheikh Hasina

    Hasina’s win ‘good news’: Indian newspaper editorials

    Leading Indian newspapers editorially commented on the outcome of parliamentary elections in Bangladesh saying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s return to power is “good news” for relations with India, but cautioned against her government’s “authoritarian” strait.

  • PIA fires pilots with fake school degrees

    Pakistan's national flag carrier has fired 50 staffers including three pilots for holding fake high school degrees, an airline official said yesterday, in the latest embarrassing mishap to hit the troubled airline.

  • 278 skeletons found at Lanka mass grave

    Some 278 skeletons have been found at one of the biggest mass graves uncovered in Sri Lanka since the end of civil war almost a decade ago, an investigator said yesterday.

  • Rebels breach Myanmar ceasefire in army attack

    Myanmar's army yesterday accused rebels of attacking and killing "some" of its soldiers, the first skirmish acknowledged by the military in the wake of a rare ceasefire with ethnic armed groups.

  • India to send crew on space mission

    India will send a three-member team into space for up to a week when it launches its first manned mission expected in 2022, the government announced yesterday.

  • Assad's net tightens

    Syrian troops deployed in support of Kurdish forces around a strategic northern city yesterday, in a shift of alliances hastened by last week's announcement of a US military withdrawal.

  • Leave Afghanistan or face Soviet-style defeat

    The Taliban warned the United States yesterday that it would face the same fate as the Soviet Union in the 1980s if it did not leave Afghanistan, as Washington considers slashing troop numbers.

  • 3 Andaman islands to get new names

    Indian government has decided to rename three islands in Andaman and Nicobar - Havelock Island to Swaraj Dweep, Neil Island to Shaheed Dweep and Ross Island to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island.

  • Blast rocks Kabul govt compound

    Militants detonated a car bomb before storming a Kabul government compound in an ongoing attack yesterday, officials and witnesses said.