Will Bangladesh polls be stalled due to violence: 13 policemen injured in BNP attack

Violence is once again back in Bangladesh and as BNP supporters clashed with police torching two police vehicles. Political experts are keeping fingers crossed as they are apprehensive that this might lead to postponement of the polls which is scheduled in end December. The former PM Khaleda Zia is right now in jail facing corruption charges and for which her daughter in law might join politics to lead BNP in the polls. Again Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman is now in London and he too s facing several charges under corruption…

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Missing Pakistani police officer’s body found in Afghanistan

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s foreign ministry and the Afghan ambassador have confirmed that the body of a Pakistani police officer who went missing in Islamabad last month has been found in neighboring Afghanistan. Tahir Khan Dawar disappeared on Oct 27 and was presumed abducted by militants. The case baffled authorities as Islamabad is one of the safest cities in Pakistan. Then, photographs purporting to show Dawar’s badly beaten and tortured body surfaced on social media. The body was later found in Afghanistan’s volatile Nangarhar province, which borders Pakistan, with a hand-written note…

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Sri Lanka grinds to political halt amid parliamentary chaos

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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka appeared to have ground to a political halt on Thursday with the Speaker of parliament saying there was no functioning prime minister or cabinet after Wednesday’s no-confidence vote. His comments came after weeks of political turmoil in the island, culminating in noisy chaos in parliament on Thursday. Parliament passed the no-confidence motion against recently appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government on Wednesday, with the backing of 122 lawmakers from the 225-member legislature in a voice vote followed by a signed document. But President Maithripala Sirisena,…

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Bangladesh court bails jailed photographer who was critical of government

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NEW DELHI: A court in Bangladesh on Thursday granted bail to award-winning photographer Shahidul Alam, his lawyer said. Alam had been arrested in August on suspicion of spreading “propaganda and false information” during widespread student protests. “We’re delighted that ultimately the court has granted him bail,” said the lawyer, Sarah Hossain, adding she expected her client to be out soon. Alam was picked up from his home hours after giving an interview to television channel Al Jazeera, in which he accused the government of extrajudicial killings and corruption – accusations…

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