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[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Zia Shahin in bdnews24.com, Aug 15, 2017 at 23.25hrs
Bogra: A madrasa student has been allegedly assaulted in Bogra over his poetry praising Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The attackers beat the 18-year-old and shaved his hair off at Majhira of Shahjahanpur Upazila on Friday night, his family has said.
The madrasa student, now in hiding, said he posted his poetry titled ‘An Extraordinary Poem on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’ around 10:30pm on last week’s Thursday.
The victim’s distant cousin Shariful Islam, son of neighbour Abu Bakar Siddiki, came to his house with friends …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[16 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

 by Golam Mortuja in Prothom Alo, Aug 12, 2017 at 17:26 hrs
Alleged militant outfit, Ansar al Islam, said to be the Bangladesh chapter of al-Qaeda and which claimed the responsibility of killing bloggers, is disseminating its ideologies online.
The militant group is circulating al-Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri’s ‘general instructions to jihad’ in Bangla which is seen by many terrorism experts as its political objective purpose.
However, the government is apparently unconcerned over the activities of Ansar al Islam as law enforcement agencies are busy tackling another militant group, Neo JMB.
The government is also …

China, Headline »

[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Laura Zhou in South China Morning Post, Aug 13, 2017
Beijing might have got its way over the language used in last week’s communique from Asean foreign ministers, but observers say its sweeping claims to the South China Sea are facing fresh challenges.
At the gathering in Manila, Association of Southeast Asian Nations members avoided using any expressions that might displease Beijing in their statement regarding the territorial disputes.
But Beijing is facing a more vocal rival claimant in Hanoi, and ties are strained with Singapore, which is edging closer to the …

China, Headline »

[14 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, Aug 13, 2017
It’s been almost a year since Communist Party rising star Chen Quanguo took the reins of Xinjiang, China’s Uygur heartland, and police jobs have seen an explosive surge. In the past 11 months, more security staff jobs have been advertised than the combined total over the last decade, latest research has revealed.
The far western frontier publicly has advertised more than 84,000 security-related positions since September 2016, nearly 50 per cent more than it did in the past 10 years, according …

Business, China, Headline »

[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Wendy Wu in South China Morning Post, Aug 10, 2017 at 11.17pm
A rare run on a bank has occurred in eastern China, with hundreds of depositors trying to withdraw their cash from a local branch, reflecting the fragility and risks in the nation’s financial system.
Linshang Bank, a lender with 61 billion yuan (US$9.1 billion) in deposits, said in a brief statement on its website that the spate of withdrawals at one of its branches in Linyi in Shandong province on Monday was caused by “a few individuals spreading rumours” …

Headline, Pakistan »

[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Washington: Pakistan has built a “hardened, secure, underground” complex in a remote mountainous region in the restive Balochistan province that could serve as a storage site for nuclear warheads, an American think tank said.
The Institute for Science and International Security, a nonprofit and non-governmental institution, said its observation is based on satellite imagery and investigation.
It said in a report that the underground complex in the southwestern province “could serve as a ballistic missile and nuclear warhead storage site”.
The purpose of the complex is not yet available publicly.
But, the report authored …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[11 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

report on bdnews24.com, Aug 11, 2017
US investigators have uncovered a global financial network run by an Islamic State leader from Britain to Bangladesh, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The network also funnelled money to an alleged ISIS operative in the US through fake eBay transactions, according to a recently unsealed FBI affidavit.
The alleged recipient of the funds was an American citizen in his early 30s who had been arrested more than a year ago in Maryland after a lengthy Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance operation that found the first clues to …

Business, China, Headline »

[10 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Xinhua report Aug 10, 2017
Prosecutors in north China’s Tianjin Municipality have approved the arrest of nine suspects involved in a pyramid scheme, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) said Wednesday.
The nine, suspected of organizing and leading a pyramid scheme, belong to a group called “Diebeilei.” Since September 2016, the suspects have recruited nearly 400 members in Tianjin’s Jinghai District, the SPP said in a statement.
Nearly 4.9 million yuan (about 730,000 US dollars) was involved in the case.
The suspects, aged between 20 and 30, recruited members under the pretext of job interviews …

Headline, PAK US AFGHAN TIES »

[9 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in the News, Aug 9, 2017
Islamabad: Pakistan can avoid ‘rupture’ in relations with the United States by helping it stabilise Afghanistan.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf, Associate Vice President of the Asia Centre at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) Washington, expressed this viewpoint while speaking on ‘Trump Administration’s prospective policy towards Pakistan’ here at the Centre for International Strategic Studies (CISS).
Dr. Yusuf proposed that Pakistan should act against Haqqani Network and Taliban in a verifiable manner. He gave an overview of the ongoing reassessment of US policy on Afghanistan by Trump …

Bangladesh, Headline »

[9 Aug 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Manik Miazee in Dhaka Tribune, August 09, 2017
Jamaat-e-Islami is moving forward with efforts to shake off its association with the war crimes of 1971 as part of a long-term action plan to regain ground in the battle for ballots.
The right wing Islamist party, a key ally of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), will meet BNP chief Khaleda Zia in London and ask for 82 seats in the next parliamentary election, sources in the party said.
According to the sources, the party’s central leaders will meet alliance chief Khaleda …