Category: South Asia

Accused shooter acquitted in BSF court

Ref: The special court, constituted by the Border Security Forces in India, in its verdict has acquitted BSF constable Amiya Ghosh of the charge of killing Bangladeshi girl Felani Khatun on Koch Bihar border.


Accused shooter acquitted in BSF court

Accused shooter acquitted in BSF court

Felani, 15, was shot dead by a BSF troop while she was entering Bangladesh over the barbed-wire fences along Anantapur border point in Kurigram district on January 7, 2011. Read more →

Kerry signals end of drone strikes

The United States is seeking to end drone strikes in Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday.

Kerry told a Pakistani television station that President Barack Obama has a “very real timeline” for ending the strikes.

Photos: Military drones Photos: Military drones

“We hope it`s going to be very, very soon,” Kerry said, according to a transcript of the interview provided by the State Department.

“I believe that we`re on a good track. I think the program will end as we have eliminated most of the threat and continue to eliminate it,” Kerry said.
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Triple suicide bomb attack targets Afghan government building

Ref: KABUL (Reuters) – A coordinated attack involving at least three suicide bombers and a powerful car bomb took aim at the headquarters of the Kabul traffic department on Monday, followed by a clash between at least one insurgent and security forces, police said.


The attack took place just days after six suicide bombers attacked the Afghan spy agency in Kabul, killing two. The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack. Read more →

China unveils new leadership

Ref: China’s ruling Communist Party unveiled its new leadership line-up on Thursday to steer the world’s second-largest economy for the next five years, with Vice President Xi Jinping taking over from outgoing President Hu Jintao as party chief.

China unveils new leadership

China unveils new leadership

Xi was also named head of the party’s Central Military Commission, state news agency Xinhua said. Read more →

Europe urges end to Myanmar killings, pledges aid

Ref:   European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso called on Saturday for an end to sectarian killings in Myanmar, following talks with the president of the nation which is emerging from decades of brutal military rule.

In western Myanmar, 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas, according to the latest official toll covering the last 10 days of October. Many thousands more have been displaced by the violence.


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Sunil Gangopadhyay dies

Ref: Sunil Gangopadhyay, famous Bengali writer, passed away at the age of 78 in the early hours of Tuesday.

Indian media reported that Sunil breathed his last at his residence in Kolkata around 2am and that he was suffering from various ailments for quite a while.

Sunil – a poet, novelist, short-story writer, journalist and columnist – was born in Bangladesh’s Faridpur district on Sep 7, 1934. He left for Kolkata along with his family at the age of four and did his masters from Kolkata University in 1954.
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Afghanistan’s government ‘could collapse’ after 2014 – report

Ref: A new report on Afghanistan warns that the departure of Nato forces in 2014 could be followed by the government’s collapse and even civil war, unless steps are taken now.

Afghanistan's government 'could collapse' after 2014

Afghanistan’s government ‘could collapse’ after 2014

The International Crisis Group (ICG) says the Afghan police and army are unprepared for security responsibility.

It added that polls in two years’ time would be “plagued” by fraud unless the state acted to ensure a clean vote. Read more →

SKorea and India sign nuclear deal

South Korea’s ambitions to enter the Indian energy market have received a big boost as the two countries signed a civil nuclear deal.

The agreement will allow South Korea to export its nuclear energy technology to India.

The deal comes at a time when India has been struggling to keep up its energy supply to meet the increased demand in wake of its rapid expansion.

South Korea is the ninth country to sign a nuclear deal with India.

“We look forward to Republic of Korea becoming one more partner in the development of civil nuclear energy in India,” said Sanjay Singh, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, India.

Sonia visits Bangabandhu museum, joins conference

President of India’s Congress party Sonia Gandhi has visited the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in the city’s Dhanmondi area.

Arriving in Dhaka on Sunday night, she went to the museum at around 9:15am on Monday. Read more →

China bullet train accident toll up to 32

At least 32 people died when a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train in front of it in China’s eastern Zhejiang province on Saturday, state media said, raising new questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network.

The accident occurred on a bridge near the city of Wenzhou after the first train lost power — possibly after being hit by lightning — and a following bullet train crashed into it, the official Xinhua news agency said. Read more →