Pakistan to buy 160 MRAP vehicles from U.S.

The U.S. will provide 160 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles with spare and repair parts to Pakistan for an estimated cost of USD 198 million, Dawn reported.In a release... »
Children wait on the road margin in Haputale, to collect notebooks to be distributed by a parliamentarian. Photo: Meera Srinivasan.

Elections hold little hope for ‘plantation Tamils’

“What elections! We have voted in election after election. Our lives have not changed one bit,” says A. Christopher, leaning his palm against the low ceiling.Ahead of elections to Sri Lanka... »
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Pakistan court to try Sharif, Zardari for money transfer

The Lahore High Court on Friday decided to start ex-parte proceedings against 61 politicians, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former President Asif Ali Zardari, in a case against alleged... »
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala in Kathmandu on Thursday
NEW DELHI, September 19, 2014

Radical groups pose threats to South Asia, says Rajnath

Stressing that terrorism remains a major concern for the South Asian region, India has said that groups with radical and extremist ideologies pose threats across national boundaries in the volatil... »
KATHMANDU, September 19, 2014

GMR to build Nepal's largest hydro power plant

Nepal’s government has endorsed plans for GMR to build the Himalayan nation’s largest hydro power plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment, officia... »
Lahore, September 18, 2014

Pakistan girl stoned to death by brother for having affair

In a case of honour killing, a man allegedly stoned to death his sister for having an affair with a youth in Punjab province of Pakistan, where about 860 women became victim of such crimes last ye... »
DHAKA, September 18, 2014

Bangladesh empowers parliament to impeach judges

Bangladesh’s parliament now has the authority to impeach Supreme Court judges after lawmakers late Wednesday voted to approve a much-debated amendment to the Constitution. The amendment... »
Islamabad, September 17, 2014

13 new polio cases found in Pakistan

At least 13 new cases of crippling poliovirus have been detected in Pakistan, taking this year’s total of the new victims to 158, reports said on Wednesday.The new cases were confirmed on T... »
September 17, 2014

Key aspects of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India

* 20 MoUs and agreements are expected to be signed by the two countries on issues related to infrastructure development, cultural ties among others during Mr. Xi's visit. »
Islamabad, September 17, 2014

Murder case against Nawaz Sharif, ministers

A murder case has been registered against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his ministers and other top officials for their alleged involvement in the killing of anti-government protesters in... »
DHAKA, September 17, 2014

Top Jamaat leader Sayedee to be in prison until death

Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayeedi Revising death sentence, the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court has reduced sentence of top Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee to ‘imprisonment till death’ for crimes ag... »
COLOMBO, September 17, 2014

Pre-election sops?

Minutes after his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping, President Mahinda Rajapaksa announced a reduction in fuel prices and electricity tariff with effect from Tuesday night.<... »
Kabul, September 19, 2014

Afghanistan bus collision kills 17

Seventeen people were killed and 35 injured in a bus collision in eastern Afghanistan, officials said on Friday.“A bus with 46 passengers heading to Kabul from Ghazni province collided with... »
DHAKA, September 18, 2014

Dhaka to push for resolution on pending issues

Bangladesh Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmud Ali, who left for Delhi on Thursday, said unresolved issues between the two neighbours should be resolved to take forward bilateral ties.Admitting th... »
Islamabad, September 18, 2014

Two new polio cases reported in Pakistan

Two new polio cases were reported in Pakistan on Thursday. According to health officials, the cases were confirmed from Karachi, Dawn online reported. The first case was a... »
Islamabad, September 17, 2014

Pakistan suspends execution of Shoaib Sarwar

Pakistan called off the scheduled hanging of Shoaib Sarwar convicted on murder charges in what would have been the first execution of a civilian in six years, officials said on Wednesday.Sh... »
Islamabad, September 17, 2014

40 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes

The Pakistan army on Wednesday said fighter jets bombed positions of militants in the North Waziristan tribal region and killed 40 local and foreign militants. “Today in precise aerial st... »
KABUL, September 17, 2014

Taliban kills 6 Afghan policemen in ambush

A provincial security official said on Wednesday that Taliban fighters killed six Afghan policemen in an ambush in western Afghanistan. Raouf Ahmadi, spokesman for the provincial police... »
COLOMBO, September 17, 2014

Chinese President Xi Jinping inaugurates Colombo Port City

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday inaugurated a $1.4 billion port city being built on an artificial island near Colombo. The Colombo Port City, funded largely by Chinese loans, is d... »
KATHMANDU, September 17, 2014

Nepal all-party conference called off

Citing non-compliance of their agenda by major parties, the CPN-Maoist on Tuesday decided not to attend the previously agreed all-party national political conference. A 33-party alliance led by th... »