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Sheikh Hasina spots hat-trick in the Bangladesh General Elections 2018; wins over 288 seats claiming massive victory

The Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina have secured her third consecutive term with the landslide victory in the election polls scheduled yeaterday. Her ruling party and its allies have won 288((AL - 268, JP -20) of the 300 parliamentary seats contested. However the opposition party, being Jatiya Oikya Front has condemned polls demanding for the fresh elections in the country. JOF have managed to secure 7 seats in the parliament, 3 of the other parties...

Celebrating 150th anniversary of Periodic Tables, UN declared 2019 as “Year of Periodic Table of Chemical Elements”

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, catching the essence of not only chemistry but also of physics and biology...

When international cooperation works, the world wins- UN chief Guterres sends New Year message

Secretary- General of UN addressed the world on the new year eve, gave wishes of New year. In this speech, he prompted all the important events from this year and unveiled confidence about our hope in the future...

Afghanistan presidential election delayed until July 20

Afghanistan's presidential election will be delayed until July 20 next year, three months later than the ballot had been scheduled to be held. The announcement by the Independent Election Commission comes after weeks of speculation that the vote would be postponed to create space for US-led efforts to end the 17-year war with the Taliban...

Smriti Mandhana Best Player, Harmanpreet Best Captain: Indian women shine in ICC rankings

The International Cricket Council today announced today, Smriti Mandhana has been named as Best player of the year..

Full stop to aspiration of solo climbing Mount Everest

People with adventures mind sometimes go beyond all rules forgetting own safety which brings a catastrophic end. Now Nepal has come up with new rule to save climbers aspiring to reach Mount Everest. Solo climbers can no more scale mountains in Nepal including all-time favourite Mount Everest. Nepal is eying at making mountaineering safer in the country. While in this year, the country has made a record number of climbers attempting to reach Mt.Everest. But along with that, a huge nu..

North Korea thrashes the hope of any change in its ‘nuclear game’ in 2018

On the first day of 2017, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un announced about Pyongyang’s plan to launch its first intercontinental ballistic missile. The year definitely proved his pledge was true. If the really goes by his word like this, next year is again going to be rough in Korean Peninsula due to North Korea’s nuclear activity as in a statement the country would remain committed to its nuclear program even in 2018...

Russian President Putin reassures to assist Syria to uphold its sovereignty

Though it has been over 2 years since Russia deployed military force in Syria to assist Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin assured his Syrian counterpart to that Russia will continue assisting Syria in the protection of the country’s sovereignty, unity and territory integrity...

India-Myanmar to have 69 bridges, Trilateral Highway worth Rs 372cr to improve connectivity

Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the construction of 69 Bridges including Approach Roads on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the Trilateral Highway in Myanmar at a cost of Rs.371.58 crore..

PM Modi's Pak visit was a 'goodwill gesture'; two neighbours cannot live like enemies says Sharif

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif praised his Indian counterpart for visiting Islamabad saying it was a gesture of goodwill and hoped that the ties between the nations are uplifted in the future. According to Dunya News, Sharif said that the hostile neighbours and its citizens can only prosper if their conflicts had resolved...

29 Tamilian fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy

Sri Lankan naval personnel have detained around 29 fishermen when they were fishing off Trincomallee coast in Sri Lanka. The fishermen belong to Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu. ..

Sharif hails PM Modi’s surprise visit to Lahore, says "high time" India-Pak set aside their hostilities

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said it is "high time" India and Pakistan set aside their hostilities even as he expressed confidence that the spirit of goodwill generated by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi's visit to Lahore will persist...

Bangladesh: Nationwide protest on Azharul's death penalty decision gets poor response

The countrywide two-day hartal, enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the death sentence awarded to its acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam for war crimes, is continuing amid poor response on the first day on Wednesdy. ..

Baghdad needs Iran's continued cooperation to uproot terrorism: Iraq Defence Minister

Iraqi Defense Minister Khalid al-Obeidi underlined that his country needs Iran's cooperation in its ongoing fight against the Takfiri terrorists...

Lakhvi challenges his judicial remand in kidnapping case

Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai attacks, challenged his judicial remand in a kidnapping case on Wednesday, Express News reported...

Another convict in Musharraf attack case executed

Niaz Mohammad, a former Pakistan Air Force junior technician, convicted in the Pervez Musharraf assassination attempt case, was executed early on Wednesday, DawnNews reported...

Egypt to decrease diplomatic representatives abroad: Abdel

Egypt is working on decreasing the number of its diplomatic representatives abroad in an effort to cut down on expenses, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Tuesday...

UNSC rejects Palestinian resolution to end Israel's occupation within 3 yrs

The U.N. Security Council, in a close 8-2 vote with five abstentions, on Tuesday voted down a Palestinian statehood resolution that set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian territories by 2017...

Pak Military courts will try only hardcore terrorists: Nawaz

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to review progress on the implementation of the National Action Plan for countering terrorism in the country...

Pakistan's KP govt decides to issue arms permit to private schools

In wake of December 16 terrorist attack on Peshawar school, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has decided to issue weapon permits to private schools to ensure security of the students and staff members...

Palestinian statehood resolution fails at UNSC

The UN Security Council has failed to adopt a Palestinian statehood resolution that set a deadline for the withdrawal of Israeli forces from Palestinian territories by 2017...

Bangladesh opposition's senior leader held over violence

A senior leader of Bangladesh's main opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was arrested Monday evening as he came out of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia's house...

One arrested for attack on Indian student in Australia

The Indian consulate in Melbourne is in touch with police and kin of an Indian student who was attacked and is in coma in a hospital. One suspect has been arrested...

Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners

Israel has freed a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of a US-brokered agreement for resuming direct peace talks, BBC reported Tuesday...

Iraqi lawmakers protest against Govt's moves on Sunnis

Forty-four members of Iraq's parliament announced their resignation on Monday to protest against the government's latest moves on Sunni Arabs, including the demolition of a protest site and the arrest of a Sunni MP in the western Anbar province...

Hindu school teacher Sapna Rani goes missing in Pakistan

A new case of kidnapping of a Hindu girl has been recorded in Pakistan. A Hindu school teacher was allegedly kidnapped by unidentified people while on her way back home from school near the Pakistan Radio Colony on 21 December...

Pakistan Shariat court gets first woman judge

Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan Monday administered the oath of office to Justice Ashraf Jehan, the first woman judge to be appointed to the Federal Shariat Court in the country...

Khalida Zia will change Bangladesh's name if returns to power: AL

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's party has said that opposition leader Khaleda Zia may change the country's name in case she returns to power...

India-born educationist named for top British honour

Asha Khemka, an India-born educationist in Britain, has been named for the highest British civilian award for women for her services to education. ..

Girls' school blown up in Pakistan

Extremists blew up an all-girls school in Pakistan's Khyber Agency, a tribal area, leaving one person killed, Geo News reported Monday...

UN chief condemns violence in Pakistan

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the ongoing violence in Pakistan, describing it as "escalating terrorist violence" and expressing the UN's support for the country to counter terrorism...

Hillary Clinton hospitalised after blood clot

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hospitalised Sunday after doctors found a blood clot during a follow-up exam related to a concussion which she suffered earlier this month, CNN reported...

Car bomb blast kills 13 in Quetta: Baluch insurgents claim responsibility

Car bomb blast kills 13 in Quetta: Baluch insurgents claim responsibility ..

North Korea names Kim Jong Un Supreme Commander

North Korea announced on Saturday that Kim Jong Un has been officially named supreme commander of the military, further strengthening his authority after the death of his father, longtime North Korean.....

Looking forward to deepen strategic partnership, PM Modi congratulates Alberto Fernandez, new President of Argentina

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the new President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez for an impressive victory in presidential elections. Modi said that he is looking forward to working with him to further expand and deepen the strategic partnership between India and Argentina...

Nation wishes you best for diplomatic career! Pavan Kapoor takes charge as new Indian Ambassador to UAE

The 1990 cadre IFS officer Pavan Kapoor today took charge as the new Ambassador of India to UAE. The Consulate General of India in Dubai today welcomed Pavan Kapoor as India’s new Ambassador to the cuntry. Kapoor has replaced Navdeep Singh Suri, who had been heading the Indian mission in UAE since 2016...

Unveiling the hidden deceit, ICJ exposes Pakistan stating it violated Vienna Convention in Jadhav case

While its nothing new when Pakistan claims it has done something and finally it proves to be wrong. On a similar note, when Pakistan said that it provided consular access to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) countered it exposing Pakistan that it violated the Vienna Convention by not granting his consular access to India. President Judge Abdulqawi Yusuf said that Pakistan wrongly stated that its provisions were not applicable to prisoners suspected of espionage. ..

Surpassing Michael Jackson's record of most AMA awards, singer Taylor Swift peaks receiving Artist of the Decade award

Possessing a chance to surpass Michael Jackson's record of winning most American Awards, singer Taylor Swift is slated to be conferred with the Artist of the Decade award at 2019's American Music Awards.The announcement was made by Dick Clark Productions on Wednesday, saying that singer Swift will be honoured during its November 24 ceremony...

US condemns ban on Hafiz Saeed’s JuD, FIF; cites it runs counter to Pakistan’s commitment to fight terrorism to UN

Expressing its views on lifting ban on Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, the United States on Tuesday said two terrorist groups runs counter to Pakistan's commitment to the FATF and would jeopardise the country's ability to meet its commitments to fight terrorism under the UN Security Council resolution...

Malala Yousafzai to be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education. Harvard's Kennedy School said Yousafzai will be conferred with the 2018 Gleitsman Award at a ceremony on 6th December...

Doing it the Modi way! South Korean Prez Moon Jae-in suits up wearing ‘Modi Vests’ gifted by PM Modi

Setting a new trend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not just attracted country leaders with his exemplary work but also with his style. Taking note of PM Modi’s style, South Korean President Moon Jae-in wore a ‘Modi Vest’ in his recent meeting which was presented to him by Prime Minister Modi after he appreciated the style of the apparel...

Myanmar State Counselor Suu Kyi invites ethnic armed organizations to join peace process anytime

The noble peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor of Myanmar has again called for initiating a peace process and welcomed ethnic armed organizations which had not yet signed Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement to join the reconciliation process. ..

Japan, Russia plan to end decade old conflict over disputed islands through joint economic activities

A long-term conflict between Russia and Japan exists regarding the disputed Kuril Islands. The bilateral relation between two countries has faced various issues regarding the islands captured by Russia but claimed by Japan. The dispute may solve as the countries have agreed to set up a task force to jointly develop tourism and four other businesses there...

US president Trump gets major setback after federal court blocks military transgender ban

The United States Federal Court on Monday blocked President Donald Trump's ban on transgender personnel from serving in the US military. Notably, President Donald Trump earlier in the month of August this year signed a memorandum that directed the US military to not accept transgender individuals as recruits and banned Obama-era plan...

China’s National anthem law to be implemented in HK, Macao SARs

China's largely rubber-stamp parliament heard draft decisions to apply the newly-adopted National Anthem Law in Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions...

Bahrain denies participation in Gulf Corporation Council opposing Qatar’s support for terrorism

Amidst Gulf crisis, Bahrain acting tough on Qatar said that it will not participate in any summit or meeting attended by Doha which has fallen in major diplomatic crisis since five months. Notably, The king of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Monday said his country will not take part in any summit or meeting attended by Qatar unless Doha unless and until Doha corrects its approach on the terrorism issue...

Iraqi city Mosul slowly regaining lost identity

The Islamic State (IS) has failed in its plan to destroy Mosul and its multicultural identity, according to the President of the Commission on Security and Defence of the northern province of Iraq, Mohammad Al Bayati...

World powers urges UN for attempting new set of diplomatic meet for peace goal in Syria

In an another attempt for peace. United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations have asked the United Nations Friday to start a new diplomatic process between Syrian government and opposition groups..

UN chief seeks help against female genital mutilation

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called on the media Thursday to speak out and help put an end "within this generation" to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a practice suffered by 130 million girls and women around the world...

India in touch with Sri Lanka over death penalty to fishermen

India is in touch with the Sri Lankan government following the Colombo High Court sentencing five Indian fishermen to death, the external affairs ministry said on Thursday...

Russia, Ukraine agree on gas supplies

Russia, Ukraine, and the European Commission (EC) have signed an agreement on gas supply and transit conditions until March 2015, media reported on Friday...

Kerry urges restraint, expresses worry over tensions in Jerusalem

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday he was worried about the escalation of tensions across Jerusalem and urged leaders to reopen Temple Mount to Muslim worshippers...

US body probes India's trade policies under Modi

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation to examine "significant changes" to India's trade and investment policies since the new Modi government came to power...

Will appeal Sri Lankan death sentence to fishermen: India

India Friday indicated there may have been "miscarriage of justice" in the death sentence handed down to five Indian fishermen for alleged drug trafficking in Colombo and said it will appeal...

China re-elected to UN Economic and Social Council

China was re-elected to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) here Wednesday, Xinhua reported...

Afghan peace delegation can meet Taliban leader: Pakistan

Pakistan said Wednesday that the Afghan High Peace Council delegation can meet a senior Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar in a bid to promote peace in the neighbouring country...

'US says it won't monitor UN communications'

The UN said Wednesday that "the US authorities have given assurances that United Nations communications are not and will not be monitored"...

'India should take cognisance of changing perceptions in neighbourhood'

India needs to take cognizance of changing perceptions in its neighbourhood - in Sri Lanka rising antagonism against likely downgrading of India's participation in CHOGM, in Bangladesh a feeling of New Delhi being insensitive to its concerns and in Pakistan a rising anti-US sentiment that could help India take steps for long-lasting peace, experts said here Wednesday...

Khurshid, Aziz to meet next month

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's adviser on foreign affairs and national security Sartaj Aziz will meet External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on the sidelines of an event in Gurgaon next month, an official said Thursday. ..

37 countries confirm CHOGM participation

Thirty-seven countries have confirmed their attendance for the Commonwealth summit to take place in Sri Lanka next month despite ongoing protests over alleged human rights violations in the island nation, a top official said here Thursday. ..

Chinese firm to build port city in Colombo

A mega project to build a $1.43-billion port city along the shoreline of Sri Lanka's capital Colombo will be placed for cabinet approval next month with construction expected to begin in December, an official said here Thursday. ..

Edward Snowden finds job with Russian website

Former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden, who has been granted temporary asylum by Russia, has found a job with a website, The Guardian quoted his lawyer as saying Thursday...

Indian American couple gifts $12 mn to US varsity

An Indian-American entrepreneur couple has gifted $12 million to the University of Dallas, the single largest donation in the university's 57-year history, to fund construction of a new academic building...

Thailand hopes flooded factories back up in 3 months

Thailand hopes industrial estates swamped in its worst floods in half a century can be up and running within three months.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Monday, that the centre of the capital finally appeared to have escaped a similar fate. ..

Gurtej Sandhu, Meet World’s 7th best inventor who have more patents on his name than Thomas Edison

While Edison had 1,084 patents to his name, the 58-year-old Gurtej Sandhu has secured 1,325 patents and is 7th on the worldwide list of most prolific inventors...

All attempts seeking support seems futile, Pakistan finally gives a call for ‘conditional bilateral talk' with India

Mounting tension between India and Pakistan has aggravated the relations between the two countries. As Pakistan tries hard to seek support from international community on Kashmir issue, India has swiftly shifted its attention by visiting nations and strengthening its relations. Amid the rift, Pakistan has given a call for conditional bilateral dialogue with New Delhi. ..

World welcomes teen climate activist Greta Thunberg at UN ahead of Climate Summit

Two days after disembarking from her carbon-free yacht in New York, teen climate activist Greta Thunberg paid a visit to UN Headquarters on Friday, after joining participants of her global climate strike movement, Fridays for Future, at the Organization’s gates...

Presenting India in the Indian Ocean Conference, EAM S Jaishankar to visit Maldives on Sept 3

Securing relations and enhancing connectivity, India and Maldives ties have emerged strong with tested times. Continuing to fortify the same, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar is slated to participate in the fourth Indian Ocean Conference 2019, which will take place in the Maldives from September 3 to 4. He is listed as one of the speakers at the event...

Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull resigns from parliament, government loses majority

Australia’s former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today resigned from parliament, a source familiar with the matter said, stripping the government of its one-seat parliamentary majority...

PM Modi, PM Oli jointly inaugurate Pashupatinath Dharmashala

PM Modi, PM Oli of Nepal inaugurate Pashupatinath Dharmashala..