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Soon the situation in Chittagong Hill Tracts will be calm: Obaidul Quader

KNF attack to loot money and show capability: RAB

Kidnapped manager of Sonali Bank returns to his family

Home Minister to visit Bandarban tomorrow to inspect situation

Prepartion for Afghan polls creating positive environment: UN

New York, Oct 4 : The most senior United Nations official in Afghanistan said on Thursday the quality of preparations for next year’s elections is leading to a more positive environment about the country’s prospects after the 2014 transition.

Maldives urges inclusion of vulnerable countries in agenda

New York, Oct 2 : Tough challenges faced by vulnerable countries, such as small island developing States (SIDS), must be addressed by any future global development agenda, even if progress has been made in boosting the well-being of their people, the Acting Foreign Minister of the Maldives told the General Assembly Tuesday.

6.8 earthquake hits Pakistan

Karachi, Sept 28 : A major earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale shook Pakistan's Sindh and Balochistan provinces on Saturday, reported Geo TV.

Myanmar must continue making gains in transition: Ban

New York, Sept 27 : Commending Myanmar for its remarkable progress, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday stressed that the South-east Asian country must continue its democratic transition and overcome the inter-communal violence that is threatening it.

Sri Lanka urges UN to study global inequality

New York, Sept 25 : Citing his efforts to ensure that economic growth benefits all segments of society in his own country, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Tuesday called on the United Nations to study the international community’s failure to improve the lot of the impoverished worldwide.

Pakistan: Ban appalled by terrorist attack on church

New York, Sept 23 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is “appalled” by Sunday's terrorist attack on a Christian church in north-western Pakistan, and urged the Government to do everything possible to find and bring the perpetrators to justice.

UN seeks international support for Afghan transition

New York, Sept 21 : “Predictable and sustained” international support for Afghanistan will be critical as the country proceeds with its transition, prepares to hold elections next year and international forces draw down by the end of 2014, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said Friday.

Maldives: Ban urges respect for democracy ahead of vote

New York, Sept 20 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Thursday urged all political leaders in the Maldives to live up to their responsibilities and respect the democratic process in the second round of the presidential election on 28 September.

Human rights gains in Afghanistan remain fragile: UN

New York, Sept 18 : A United Nations senior official Tuesday called on the Afghan authorities to boost efforts to strengthen human rights in the country, noting that despite progress in recent years, they remain fragile as the nation continues its transition period.

UN condemns killings of female Afghan officials

New York, Sept 17 : The head of the United Nations body tasked with promoting women’s rights Monday condemned the intimidation and targeted killings of female Afghan officials and called for bringing the perpetrators to justice.

UNSC condemns Taliban attack on US consulate in Herat

New York, Sept 14 : Strongly condemning the Taliban bombing attack against the United States Consulate in Herat, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Friday urged broad cooperation to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice and reiterated that “no terrorist act can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan.”

Myanmar: UN aid convoy reaches displaced in Kachin

New York, Sept 11 : The first aid convoy in nearly two years has delivered food, medicine and other supplies to thousands of displaced people in Myanmar’s Kachin state, the United Nations relief arm Tuesday reported.

USAID, IRC to launch Pakistan Reading Project

Islamabad, Sept 9 : The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded the International Rescue Committee $160 million to implement the Pakistan Reading Project, an extensive education program in Pakistan aimed at tackling one of the highest child illiteracy rates in the world.

Zardari to get guard of honour

Islamabad, Sept 7:Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is all set to get a farewell guard of honour to mark the end of his Constitutional term in the Presidential House on Sunday, media reports said.

Ban calls for peaceful elections in Maldives

New York, Sept 5 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on the people of the Maldives to ensure that the presidential elections, set for Saturday, are conducted peacefully.