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[30 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Letter criticising envoy ‘comes at a difficult time’: by Anwar Iqbal in Dawn, August 30th, 2017
WASHINGTON: A scathing letter allegedly written by a former Pakistani envoy to the country’s ambassador in Washington comes at a time when the embassy is busy countering a slew of statements, articles and TV talks targeting the country.
“Discrediting [Paki­stan’s] Ambassador [to the United States] Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry at a time when he is dealing with a very difficult situation is no service to Pakistan,” said a senior diplomatic observer in Washington. “It will definitely not …

Bangladesh, Featured »

[30 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

The National Human Rights Commission yesterday expressed concern over the recent incidents of enforced disappearance and abduction and asked the government to find the victims and return them to their families immediately.
It also urged the authorities concerned to take necessary steps in this regard so that repetition of such incidents could be prevented, said a press release of the NHRC.
The rights body yesterday held a discussion on some incidents of reported enforced disappearance and abduction.
It asked the authorities concerned to submit a report after investigating the abduction of Aniruddha Kumar …

Headline, Terrorism »

[30 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Myo Myo and James Hookway in The Wall St Journal, Aug 30, 2017
YANGON, Myanmar—Myanmar security forces Tuesday stepped up their claims that Muslim militants were hoping to take advantage of the turmoil in the West of the country by establishing an Islamic state there, and alleged that international aid groups were assisting them.
The country has come under widespread criticism for its heavy-handed response to a series of attacks on Friday, when a small group of ethnic-Rohingya insurgents launched what they called a pre-emptive strike against security forces in northern …

China, Headline, India »

[29 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

By JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and JAVIER C. HERNÁNDEZ
NEW DELHI — India and China agreed on Monday to back away from their confrontation over a tiny slice of territory high in the Himalayas, easing tensions between the world’s two most populous countries.
For weeks, worries had been growing of a major conflict between the two nuclear powers, in what had developed into one of the worst border disputes between the countries in 30 years — punctuated by a rock-throwing, chest-bumping fracas between the Chinese and Indian soldiers.
Both sides agreed to give some ground …

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[29 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Sarah Zheng, Liu Zhen & Kristin Huang in South China Morning Post, Aug 29, 2017
China has put on hold building work in a disputed area of its border with India as part of an agreement to end the two-month military stand-off with its neighbour, but will maintain patrols in the area, according to Chinese diplomatic analysts.
The two nations have agreed to withdraw troops from an area on the Doklam plateau at the centre of the dispute, India’s foreign ministry said on Monday.
The stand-off was sparked in June when China …

China »

[28 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Stephen Chen in South China Morning Post, 27 August, 2017, 11:03pm
Every year in April, Jiang Xingquan sets aside part of his farm in northern China to grow cannabis. The size of the plot varies with market demand but over the last few years it has been about 600 hectares.
Like every other hemp farmer in Hexin in Heilongjiang province near the Russian border, Jiang is growing the plant legally.
The growers sell the stems of the crop to textile factories to make high-quality fabric, the leaves to pharmaceutical companies for drugs, …

China »

[28 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua report in Global Times Aug 28, 2017
Two former officials of the welfare lottery distribution and management center under the Ministry of Civil Affairs were expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) and dismissed from public office for corruption and violating the Party’s code of conduct.
The center’s former director Bao Xuequan acted against the Party’s eight-point frugality code by using an office that was bigger than the standard, according a statement by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
He also accepted cash as gift and shopping vouchers, had …

China »

[28 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

y’s combat ability: expert
By Liu Caiyu in Global Times Published: 2017/8/27 23:03:39
The promotion of Li Zuocheng as the new military chief of staff demonstrates China’s determination to improve the military’s combat capability, experts said on Sunday.
According to the Ministry of National Defense, Li Zuocheng has been promoted to the post of chief of the Joint Staff Department of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), replacing Fang Fenghui.
The ministry didn’t directly announce Li Zuocheng’s promotion but said in a news report that he attended the Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination forum with Pakistan …

Bangladesh »

[28 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Prothom Alo, Aug 27, 2017 at 21:39 hrs
A suspected militant was killed in a bomb explosion at a house in Kashor of Bhaluka upazila in Mymensingh on Sunday evening, reports news agency UNB.
The deceased could not be identified yet.
Officer-in-charge of Bhaluka police station Mamunur Rashid said the bomb went off at the house around 6:00pm.
The deceased ‘militant’ along with his wife and a child rented the house only three days back, he said, adding that they encircled the house for conducting a drive inside.
The OC also said they …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[27 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

 by Shariful Islam and Mohammad Jamil Khan in The Daily Star, Aug 27, 2017
Militant group “Neo JMB” is still posing a security threat as its members are making efforts to carry out suicide attacks individually, said counterterrorism officials.
Law enforcers are worried about possible militant attacks on public gatherings with the militant group shifting its target from non-Muslims, foreigners and law enforcers.
The “Neo JMB”, an ultra-radical offshoot of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), lost much of its organisational strength in the last one year following the killings of its chief coordinator Tamim …