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Bogra-Sirajganj rail project: Travel time to Dhaka to be reduced by 3 hours

Bangladesh against war but will defend sovereignty: PM Hasina

Habibul Bashar appointed as the new head of BCB women's wing

Azmeri Haque Badhon to become chief judge at international film festival in India

PM Hasina emphasizes importance of mother tongue as main medium of education

Demand for medicinal plants to boost Nepal\'s economy: UN

New York, Mar 1: The growing global demand for medicinal and aromatic plants could help drive Nepal’s green economy, particularly in poor communities where many types of such plants are harvested, says a new study released Thursday by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Government of Nepal.

Afghanisan: The Growth of Neo-radicalism

By Abbas Daiyar/Afghanistan Analysts Network There are indications about the involvement of neo-radical – both neo-Salafist and Iranian-inspired Shia - groups in the Ashura clashes that occurred last November at Kabul University. AAN guest blogger Abbas Daiyar argues that an increase of the activities comes in the wake of the rise of Salafi groups during the Arab Spring and as a result of insufficiently monitored activities of regional countries. He fears for the harmony between Muslims of different sects who so far have mostly lived together peacefully in Afghanistan.

UN condemns conviction of editor in Thailand

New York, Jan 24: The United Nations human rights chief Wednesday condemned the harsh conviction of an editor and activist in Thailand for publishing two articles considered to be critical of the monarchy, and stressed that this puts at risk freedom of expression in the Southeast Asian country.

Ban welcomes ceasefire in Kachin

New York, Jan 21: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the government of Myanmar\'s recent announcement of a cease-fire in its northern state of Kachin and has been following the various reports from the ground on its implementation, the spokesperson for the world body\'s chief said Sunday.

UN deplores removal of Sri Lankan Chief Justice

New York, Jan 19: The United Nations human rights chief Friday spoke out against the impeachment and removal of Sri Lanka’s Chief Justice, saying it is a “calamitous setback” for rule of law in the South Asian nation, as well as for accountability and reconciliation.

Pakistan: NAB chief refuses to arrest PM

Islamabad, Jan 17: Amid political crisis in Pakistan, the country\'s anti-corruption chief has refused to arrest Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in connection to Rental Power Projects (RPP) case as was directed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday, media reports said on Thursday.

Ban condemns deadly attacks in Pakistan

New York, Jan 12: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “strongly condemns” the multiple attacks that took place in Quetta and the Swat Valley, in Pakistan, which reportedly killed at least 100 people and injured at least 200 more, according to his spokesperson.

Myanmar: Over 2,000 flee following violence in Rakhine

New York, Jan 12: More than 2,000 people have fled the Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state and Bangladesh on boats run by smugglers putting their lives at risk, the United Nations refugee agency said Friday, warning that the situation of those displaced by the violence in Rakhine grows more desperate every day.

Pakistan: US drone attack kills 4

Islamabad, Jan 10: At least four people were killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan\'s North Waziristan tribal region on Thursday, reports said.

UN to give special focus on terrorism in Pakistan

New York, Jan 4: United Nations peacekeeping and tackling terrorism, issues which are particularly relevant for Pakistan, as well as for the wider international community, will feature prominently in the work of the Security Council in January, the 15-member body’s president said Thursday.

Myanmar: Ban urges political reconciliation in Kachin

New York, Jan 3: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday took “serious note” of the most recent reports indicating air strikes against targets in Myanmar’s Kachin state, where tens of thousands of civilians were forced from their homes last year due to fighting between the government and rebels.

Suicide blast kills Pakistan minister

Peshawar, Dec 23: A senior Pakistan minister was assassinated at Qissa Khwani Bazaar here on Saturday evening.

Benazir Bhutto\'s son launches political career

Islamabad, Dec 27: Bilawal Bhutto, the son of Pakistan\'s slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, on Wednesday launched his political career on the anniversary of his mother\'s death, pledging to continue the fight for the poor and against \"anti-democratic forces\".

Pakistan: Taliban kill 21 soldiers

Peshawar, Dec 30: Twenty-one Pakistani security personnel kidnapped by the Taliban on Thursday, were killed on Sunday, reports said.

Afghanistan: Suicide bomber targets US base

Kabul, Dec 26: A suicide bomber and three Afghan civilians were killed when the vehicle driven by the attacker exploded at the gate of a US military base in eastern Afghanistan\'s Khost city on Wednesday, reports said.