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  • Pakistan has highest newborn mortality rate

    Pakistan has the world's highest newborn mortality rate, with one in every 22 babies born dying within a month, according to a Unicef

  • Nepal's ruling party merges with Maoist

    Nepal's ruling party has merged with a former Maoist rebel group to form a super bloc that experts say will reshape politics after years of

  • Rohingya Repatriation

    Myanmar needs to ‘focus on addressing underlying problems’

    Diplomatic missions in Myanmar have urged the Myanmar authorities to address the underlying problems, including security, freedom of movement, access to livelihoods, health and education, and citizenship issues.

  • Rohingya repatriation

    Pressure on Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation: Norway

    Norway has laid emphasis on keeping up pressure on Myanmar authorities to create necessary conditions in Rakhine State to make the return of thousands of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh to their homeland 'sustainable'.

  • Pakistan's Imran Khan ties knot for 3rd time

    Pakistani cricketer-turned-politican Imran Khan tied the knot for the third time, his party says, confirming his marriage to a woman local media call a "faith healer".

  • Make income sources public, Indian SC asks candidates in polls

    The Supreme Court of India asks candidates in elections to make public the source of their income along with that of their spouses and dependents. , apex court of India, , India,

  • Zainab rape, murder: Accused gets death

    An anti-terrorism court finds Imran Ali -- the man accused of raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur -- guilty of the charges brought against him, hands him four counts of the death penalty, one life term, a 7-year jail term and at least Rs 2 million in fines.

  • Stéphane Dujarric

    UN hopes for free, fair polls in Bangladesh

    United Nations secretary general’s office has expressed its hope that “a climate could be created where free and fair elections could take place,” in Bangladesh.

  • Myanmar, Bangladesh home ministers’ meeting begins

    Myanmar Home Minister Lt Gen Kyaw Swe sits in a meeting with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan at the home ministry in Dhaka.

  • Nepal gets new PM

    The leader of Nepal's largest Communist party was sworn in as prime minister yesterday, two months after leading his party to a

  • Pakistan seizes assets from JuD militant group

    Pakistan on Wednesday began seizing assets from Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD), a UN-designated terrorist organisation, whose leader Hafiz

  • Indian firm NTPC wins deal for 300MW power supply

    Indian firm wins deal for 300MW power supply

    Indian state-owned cross-border power trading arm National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd wins a contract for supplying 300 megawatts electricity to Bangladesh for 15 years. The power supply is expected to start from June this year.

  • Donors losing interest in providing food for Rohingyas: WFP

    Executive Director of World Food Programme (WFP) David Beasley has said donor agencies are gradually losing their interest in providing food assistance for the displaced Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh.

  • myanmar violence

    2 ethnic groups sign up to Myanmar’s ‘broken’ peace process

    Two armed ethnic groups will sign on to a ceasefire in Myanmar in a ceremony the government hopes will showcase a significant victory for a peace process derided as “broken” by critics.

  • Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

    Sri Lanka's ruling alliance was humiliated in local elections seen as a test of its leadership and the party of ex-president Mahinda

  • Lanka's ruling coalition faces local vote test

    Polling was under way in Sri Lanka yesterday to elect local councils in what is seen as a crucial mid-term test for the uneasy coalition of

  • Top judge faces death threat

    The Maldives' top judge received death threats before his arrest in a regime crackdown, his lawyer said yesterday ahead of a United

  • Nepal Communist parties poised to take power

    Nepal's Communist parties have secured a majority of seats in the upper house of parliament, the election commission said yesterday,

  • Top militant freed, police official killed

    Two gunmen yesterday opened fire in a hospital in Indian Kashmir where a Pakistani militant was brought for treatment, an official said, escaping with the high-profile prisoner and killing a police officer in the daring assault.

  • Suicide bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan

    At least 11 soldiers are killed and 13 wounded in a suicide attack near an army base in northern Pakistan, officials say, in a region that was once controlled by a local faction of the Taliban.

  • Rohingya women

    World failed to protect Rohingya women: UN

    The world has failed to protect the Rohingya women, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says. “I think their [Myanmar] government to begin with. Their country has failed them in a massive way,” she said.

  • India-Asean trade on the rise

    India-Asean trade on the rise

    India-Asean trade relations have been growing steadily, with Asean being India’s fourth largest trading partner. Both sides have set a target of at least US$200 billion in two-way trade by 2022 compared to US$ 71 billion in 2016-17.

  • Pak minister shoots wife thrice before killing self: Police

    Pakistani provincial minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, who was found dead in his house along with his wife, first killed her and then committed suicide with the same weapon, police say.

  • Myanmar mass grave

    Myanmar govt denies AP report of Rohingya mass graves

    Myanmar’s government has denied a report by The Associated Press documenting at least five mass graves containing Rohingya Muslim civilians killed by the military with help from Buddhist neighbors, saying that only “terrorists” were killed and they were “carefully buried.”

  • Pakistan court issues notices to Sharif, aides

    The legal woes of Pakistan's ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his family mounted on Wednesday when a top court issued notices

  • India's budget focuses on rural economy ahead of elections

    India unveils its budget for the fiscal year starting April 1 on Thursday, in what is being seen as a test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to maintain fiscal discipline without stifling economic growth ahead of general elections next year.

  • ‘Super blue blood moon’ in Bangladesh sky

    If you miss it tonight, you will have to wait for another 35 years to get the chance to see it. On Bangladesh sky, the entire lunar event – also named “super blue blood moon” -- started at 4:49pm and will end at 10:09pm (local time).

  • India's 69th Republic Day

    India observes 69th Republic Day

    India displays its military muscle, socio-cultural diversity and its unprecedented outreach to South East Asian countries as it celebrates the 69th Republic Day with a grand parade at the Rajpath in New Delhi, the principal promenade of the Indian capital.

  • Convict gets prison break to father child

    An Indian court has freed for two weeks a convicted murderer serving a life jail term so that he can try to become a father, his lawyer said yesterday.

  • Newsweek reviews Pak franchise ties

    US publication Newsweek said it was reviewing ties with its Pakistan franchise after the magazine's local editor made offensive remarks about child abuse and rape.