All South Asia

BNP allowed to hold public gatherings in Suhrawardy Udyan under 26 conditions

BSF returns deceased farmer's body after 16 days

BGB-BGP will work jointly to maintain peace on the border

Recommendation for opening immigration at Sona Masjid land port

Prime Minister Hasina receives eye treatment as a general patient

Myanmar: UN welcomes latest release of political prisoners

New York, Dec 12 : An independent United Nations human rights expert Wednesday welcomed the release of 44 prisoners of conscience in Myanmar, hailing it as an important step towards fulfilling President Thein Sein’s pledge of freedom for all political prisoners by the end of this year.

Homosexuality is illegal, rules SC

New Delhi, Dec 11: In a huge setback to the gay rights movement in India, the Supreme Court on Wednesday set aside a landmark pro-LGBT judgement of Delhi High Court in 2009, by ruling that homosexuality would continue to remain illegal in the country and would not be constitutionally invalid.

Afghanistan: UN reports uneven use of law protecting women

New York, Dec 9 : Afghan authorities registered an increased number of reported acts of violence against women and girls in the past year, but prosecutions and convictions under a landmark law remained low with most cases settled by mediation, according to an annual United Nations report released Sunday.

Tejpal's police custody extended by 4 days

Panaji, Dec 7: A local court on Saturday extended by four days the police custody of former Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal, who was arrested for sexually assaulting a woman journalist of his organization.

Malala Yousafzai receives 2013 UN human rights prize

New York, Dec 6 : A well-known Pakistani student activist and an anti-slavery campaigner from Mauritania are among the winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, it was announced Thursday.

Afghanistan: UN lauds appointment of media commission for elections

New York, Dec 5: As preparations continue for next year’s presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan, the United Nations mission there Wednesday welcomed the appointment of the Media Commission as another important step towards holding credible polls.

Delhi elections: 48% turnout till 3 pm

New Delhi, Dec 4: Around 48% voters exercised their franchise till 3 pm as polling is underway in Delhi on Wednesday to elect a new assembly.

Afghanistan: UN official urges respect for humanitarian staff

New York, Dec 3 : Expressing deep regret at the recent deaths of nine Afghan aid workers in two separate attacks, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the country has called on all actors in Afghanistan to respect and uphold the neutrality and independence of relief workers.

UN concerned over rising violence in Bangladesh

New York, Dec 2: Deeply worried by rising levels of violence in Bangladesh, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Sunday urged the country's political leaders to set their differences aside, immediately halt “destructive brinkmanship” and use their influence to ease the unrest.

Tejpal at Delhi airport; to fly to Goa

New Delhi, Nov 29: Former Tehelka Editor-in-Chief and sexual assault accused Tarun Tejpal on Friday was spotted at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi from where he will fly to Goa to face police interrogation there.

Pakistan names new Army chief

Islamabad, Nov 27 Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday appointed Lt Gen Raheel Sharif as the chief of the Pakistan Army.

Fake passport: Abu Salem jailed for 7 years

Hyderabad, Nov 28: A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Thursday sentenced extradited gangster Abu Salem to seven years in prison in a 2001 fake passport case.

Tejpal: FIR may name Shoma Chaudhury

New Delhi/Panaji, Nov 27 Tehelka Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury might be named in a First Information Report (FIR) against the magazine's Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal, who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman journalist of his magazine in Goa recently, said reports on Wednesday.

Send Tejpal to jail like Asaram: BJP

New Delhi, Nov 26: India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said Tehelka Editor-in-Chief Tarun Tejpal, who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman journalist of his magazine in Goa recently, should be sent to jail like self-styled godman Asaram Bapu.

Aarushi-Hemraj murder: Talwars convicted

Ghaziabad, Nov 25 : A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Monday convicted dentist couple Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Talwar for the mysterious murder of their 14-year-old daughter Aarushi and their domestic help Hemraj in May 2008, even as the couple said they would fight for justice in higher courts.