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Bangladesh opposition confirms election boycott

Bangladesh opposition confirms election boycott

DHAKA: An alliance of 18 opposition parties in Bangladeshi confirmed on Monday that it will not take part in countrywide general election scheduled to be held on January 5, while the deadline for filing nomination papers has ended, Dispatch News Desk reported. Talking to media representatives on Monday, the vice president of the main opposition

New leadership of Pakistan Army may show zero tolerance level for Taliban

New leadership of Pakistan Army –A review Agha Iqrar Haroon Regional political observer of South Asia and central Asia Islamabad: On November 27, 2013, a new leadership of Pakistan Army has been placed in pursuance of Article 243/4(a) and 243/4(b) of the Constitution of Pakistan. Gen Rashad Mehmood is new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and

Bangladesh sets January 1 for parliamentary elections

DHAKA: The Bangladesh Election Commission announced on Monday that general elections will be hold across the country on January 5 next year, rejecting the opposition parties demand to set up a neutral caretaker government to oversee the polls prior to the election date announcement, Dispatch News Desk reported. The main opposition coalition had demanded Prime

Bhutan goes for green cars. Electric vehicles will replace biofuel cars

Bhutan has set to replace all of the nation’s cars with electric vehicles for environmental sustainability. Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has asked car makers to produce low-cost electric vehicles for the whole country. Bhutan is known for championing gross national happiness (GNH) and environmental sustainability. The electric car plan is a “pet project” of Prime

Cyclone Helen lashed coastal Andhra Pradesh

Updates   Heavy rain accompanied by strong winds lashed coastal Andhra Pradesh as cyclonic storm Helen hit the coast near Machilipatnam on Friday afternoon.   HYDERABAD:: A severe cyclonic storm swirling over Bay of Bengal has moved into India’s southern Andhra Pradesh state. It is forecasted to make landfall late on Friday with wind speeds

Abdullah Yameen wins Maldives run-off presidential polls

MALE: The 54-year-old leader of Maldives’ Progressive Party Abdullah Yameen defeated former president Muhammed Nasheed in the Saturday’s run-off presidential elections, according to the preliminary results. The polls were held on Saturday across the country, hoping that it will bring an end to two years of political turmoil. The final results of the presidential run-off

Aziz meets Indian premier; discusses possibilities for resumption of dialogue process

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday, Dispatch News Desk reported. The two sides discussed Pakistan-India relations and possibilities for resumption of dialogue process between the two countries to resolve outstanding issues, a spokesman of the

Aziz discusses ceasefire violations on LoC with Khushid

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister’s adviser on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz and Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday discussed ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) along with other bilateral issues, Dispatch News Desk reported. The two sides met on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in New Delhi

Aziz, Khurshid to discuss bilateral issues in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz will meet the Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi on Tuesday, Dispatch News Desk reported. Aziz, who arrived in India on Sunday to participate in the Asia-Europe dialogue, will again push for Pakistan’s proposal of strengthening and expanding the

Pakistan hasn’t yet fulfilled its promises: India

SYDNEY: Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has said that Pakistan has not yet fulfilled its promises made during top-level military meetings to sort out better arrangements in Kashmir. “If they can address the dismantling of the infrastructure of terrorism, that would be a good start,” Khurshid was quoted as saying in an interview in regard