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  • Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen

    Momen emphasises importance of South-South Cooperation

    Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen underscores the importance of South-South Cooperation (SSC) in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in developing countries.

  • Myanmar temple town violence injures eight

    Fighting between Myanmar's military and ethnic Rakhine rebels in Mrauk U, the ancient capital of the Rakhine kingdom,

  • Don't reintroduce citizenship bill

    The Mizoram state assembly yesterday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the Indian government not to reintroduce the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which aims at giving citizenship to religious minorities from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, in any form in future.

  • Bhutan PM coming for official visit in Apr

    Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering is expected to visit Bangladesh in April with an aim to strengthen ties, especially in the sector of bilateral trade.

  • Myanmar military court to probe Rohingya atrocity allegations

    Myanmar's army says it has set up a military court to investigate its conduct during a crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017 that forced more than 730,000 to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

  • Four killed in train blast in Pakistan

    Four people were killed and 10 injured in Pakistan yesterday when a bomb went off on a train track in the resource-rich province of

  • 4 killed in Pakistan railway track blast: police

    A blast targeting a passenger train kills four people and injures another six in Balochistan's Dera Murad Jamali area, police say.

  • India, Pak hold 'cordial' meet

    Pakistan and India held "very positive" talks yesterday, as the arch-rivals sat down to discuss a visa-free corridor for Sikh pilgrims just weeks after soaring tensions brought the two nuclear-armed powers to the brink of war.

  • China blocks move to designate JeM chief as global terrorist again

    India says it was “disappointed” after China for the fourth time blocked a bid in the United Nations (UN) Security Council to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed’s chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by putting a technical hold on the proposal.

  • Rahul woos women with jobs promises

    India's main opposition Congress party will reserve a third of federal government jobs for women if it comes into power, its chief Rahul Gandhi said yesterday, in a sign women's rights are rising up the political agenda for next month's election.

  • Prosperous Bangladesh, India's vital interest: Kovind

    Indian President Ram Nath Kovind says that a strong, prosperous and progressive Bangladesh is in India’s fundamental national interest.

  • Former Taliban leader lived under US nose

    A biography of one-eyed former Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar says he lived near a US base in Afghanistan for years, not in Pakistan as US officials have said, exposing Western failure to track him down, but a spokesman for the Afghan president described the claim as "delusional".

  • Pak PM's income drops in 3 years

    Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's net income has dropped sharply by Rs 3.09 crores in the last three years even as the income of some Opposition leaders continued to rise, according to a media report yesterday.

  • Myanmar's land law to hurt ethnic minorities

    A UN expert has expressed grave concern over implementation of a new land law in Myanmar that has disastrous implications for traditional farming communities in ethnic minority regions and would affect a third of the country.

  • Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi

    Hasina, Modi jointly inaugurate 4 projects in Bangladesh

    The prime ministers of Bangladesh and India jointly inaugurates four projects in Bangladesh, including the supply of 1,100 buses and trucks to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

  • India general election from April 11

    Indian parliamentary elections will be held in seven separate phases from April 11 to May 19 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23, the Election Commission announces.

  • MH370 families seek answers, five years on

    Emotional relatives of those aboard Flight MH370 yesterday demanded answers to one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries and called for the hunt to resume, five years on from the plane's disappearance.

  • Opposition demands graft probe

    India's opposition yesterday called for a corruption probe into a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet deal, raising pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as government lawyers threatened a leading newspaper with legal action for revealing details.

  • 118 religious schools seized; 121 detained

    Pakistan intensified its crackdown against Islamist militants yesterday, with the government announcing it had taken control of 182 religious schools and detained 121 people as part of its push against banned groups.

  • Obaidul Quader's Present Health Condition

    Quader will return home in two weeks: Hanif

    Ruling Awami League casts a bright light on the condition of its General Secretary Obaidul Quader and says he will return home in a week or two.

  • Satellite images show Jaish school standing after Indian bombing

    High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants.

  • Pakistan detains dozens

    Pakistan has detained dozens of alleged militants after a suicide attack in Indian-held Kashmir last month which sent tensions between the nuclear-armed foes soaring, its interior minister said yesterday.

  • Border Security Force (BSF), Lalmonirhat, Patgram border, BSF

    India launches 'smart fencing' in Assam border

    India launches “smart fencing” comprising electronic surveillance along a difficult stretch of its border in Assam with Bangladesh.

  • Khulna to Kolkata Train Service Bandhan Express

    Bandhan Express to have stoppage at Jashore from Thursday

    Bandhan Express will make a three-minute stoppage at Jashore Railway Junction from Thursday (March 7), allowing passengers to get on and off the train during their journey to and from Kolkata.

  • Modi, Imran bask after Kashmir crisis

    As tempers cool after an alarming confrontation between India and Pakistan, analysts say their leaders have emerged stronger -- with Narendra Modi burnishing his nationalist credentials and Imran Khan cast as a peacemaker.

  • Pakistan resumes firing at Indian border posts

    Breaking a two-day lull, Pakistan’s troops resort to firing from mortars and small arms targeting Indian forward posts and villages along the de facto border in Akhnoor sector of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian defence officials say.

  • [WATCH] Legendary folklore of Sindh

    You may see desert and sand, but Sindh is actually the land that has been home to one of the oldest civilisations in the world.

  • Pakistani soldiers

    Pakistan plans decisive crackdown on militant outfits

    A decisive crackdown on extremist and militant organisations in Pakistan looks imminent. “The action would soon be visible as things progress,” a source told a group of journalists in Pakistan.

  • Myanmar army man

    Bangladesh hands over ‘detained’ Myanmar army man

    Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) handed over a member of Myanmar Army to Myanmar today, 39 days after he was “detained” along the border in Bandarban on January 24, an official of the Bangladeshi paramilitary force has said.

  • CAF World Giving Index 2018

    Bangladeshi generosity ranks 9th in Asia

    Bangladesh stands in the ninth position among its Asian neighbours in an international ranking as the most generous country. With an overall score of 31 per cent, the country has been ranked 74 in the world and fourth in South Asia in the CAF World Giving Index 2018.