Category Archives: Asia

Hard-line Hindu priest a handful for Modi in heartland Indian state

Since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stunned the political establishment by promoting a hard-line Hindu priest to one of the country’s most powerful positions, Yogi Adityanath has sounded more statesman than rabble-rouser. Gone is the fiery anti-Muslim rhetoric and promotion

New Zealand and China plan to expand free-trade deal

New Zealand and China announced Monday they would open talks soon to expand a successful free-trade deal in place for nearly a decade. The announcement came during a visit by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English

Pakistan opposition fury over ex-army chief role in Saudi-led military alliance

Raheel Shariif

News confirming Pakistan’s former army chief General Raheel Sharif leading the Saudi-led military alliance ‘against terrorism and extremism’ is lilely to be met with criticism from the opposition in the country, it has been revealed. According to a news report,

Crackdown creates meat shortage in most populous India state

India’s most populous state is running out of meat. After the Hindu right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party came to power in Uttar Pradesh this month on the back of a resounding electoral victory and named a Hindu priest-cum-politician as the state’s

Myanmar army chief defends military campaign in Rakhine

Min Aung Hlaing

Myanmar’s army chief defended a military crackdown in Rakhine State on Monday after the UN pledged to probe claims security forces carried out a campaign of killing and torture against Rohingya Muslims there. Almost 75,000 people from the persecuted minority

Canada eyes Asia for oil exports

Canada’s natural resource minister said Saturday despite the approval of Keystone XL pipeline, his government remains determined to diversify its oil exports beyond the US. The minister, Jim Carr, told The Associated Press that President Donald Trump’s approval of the

Pakistan to build fence along disputed Afghan border

Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks, a move that could worsen tensions with Afghanistan, which has never accepted the colonial-era frontier. General Qamar Javed

Explosions claim 6 lives in Bangladesh

At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants holed up with an ammunitions cache, police said Sunday. The explosions Saturday in Sylhet city also wounded at least 25 people,

Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. The majority

Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Afghanistan

Qari Yasin

A senior Al-Qaeda commander linked to major attacks in Pakistan including the bombing of a luxury hotel and an assault on a cricket team has been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan, Washington said Saturday. Qari Yasin, a member

Student clashes leave two killed, 14 hurt in home state of India’s Modi

Two people were killed and 14 injured in violence following a scuffle between Hindu and Muslim school students in Gujarat state, according to a senior official, media sources reported on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday at Vadavali village

US strike kills senior al-Qaeda leader behind deadly attacks

A US counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaeda leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Expat remittances play key role in national growth

Mohammed Shahriar Alam

March 26 is our great Independence Day. This is the day of breaking the shackles of 24 years of subjugation — a day of reaching the enlightened world from the abyss of darkness. On this very day in 1971, the

Bangladesh: A vibrant economy with many opportunities for Saudi investors

When Bangladesh finally became independent on Dec. 16 1971, after declaration of independence on March 26, 1971 by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman which led to a bloody War of Liberation of nine months, many doubted

Duterte rebukes EU for ‘idiotic’ drug rehab solution

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hit out at the EU on Friday for hypocrisy after its lawmakers issued a resolution calling for restraint and a rethink in his bloody war on drugs. Duterte castigated the EU for urging him to focus

Myanmar rejects UN investigation of anti-Rohingya crimes

Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict. The Geneva-based body agreed Friday to “urgently” dispatch a fact-finding

South China Sea installations ‘primarily’ civilian: Li

Li Keqiang

China is not militarising the disputed South China Sea, the country’s premier said Friday in Australia, claiming defense equipment Beijing has installed on artificial islands is “primarily” for civilian use. The sea is a source of growing regional tension, with

‘Russia may be supplying the Taliban’ as they fight US, NATO

Russia is “perhaps” supplying the Taliban as they fight US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, a top US general said Thursday. General Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander who also heads the US military’s European Command, told lawmakers he had

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