No ‘outside’ lawyer will be allowed to represent Kulbhushan Jadhav, says Pakistan

By Pramod Thomas PAKISTAN has made it clear that no lawyer from outside the country will be allowed to represent death-row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav. For a free and fair trial, India demanded to appoint an Indian lawyer or a Queen’s counsel in the case. A Queen’s Counsel is a barrister or advocate, appointed Counsel to […]

New bacterial infection, which affects men’s fertility, reports in China

By Pramod Thomas MORE depressing reports are coming from China again, it seems. Thousands in China tested positive for a new bacteria which will adversely affect men’s fertility. The Brucella bacteria infection was reportedly caused by contact with livestock. According to reports, the infection can have the side effect of inflamed testicles and can render […]

More children wed, risk trafficking in Rohingya camps in pandemic, UN

CHILD MARRIAGE is on the rise in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps and the risk of human trafficking grows with every day the pandemic shuts youth services, according to a recent UN-led study. Bangladesh scaled back activities in the refugee camps in April and mainly focused on providing health and emergency food to prevent the spread […]

Pakistani students back in school after more than six months

Millions of students in Pakistan returned to classes on Tuesday (15) after a break of six months, as schools and colleges began to reopen for the first time since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. Educational institutes were closed in March as the coronavirus began to spread in Pakistan, but, with daily infection numbers falling, […]

Pakistan opens criminal probes into 50 pilots, five civil aviation officials -sources

Pakistan has opened criminal investigations into 50 pilots and at least five civil aviation officials who allegedly helped them falsify credentials to secure licences, according to two senior government sources and cabinet meeting minutes seen by Reuters. The probes comes roughly three months after Pakistan grounded dozens of pilots over allegedly dubious qualifications. At the […]

Hindu man jailed in Bangladesh for insulting Prophet Mohammed

A Hindu has been jailed for seven years in Muslim-majority Bangladesh for insulting the Prophet Mohammed on Facebook, a prosecutor said on Thursday (17). Although Bangladesh is officially secular, criticism of Islam is taboo in the conservative nation of 168 million people and violent protests have previously erupted over social media posts deemed blasphemous. Jibon […]

Stricken tanker’s captain to face charges in Sri Lanka

SRI LANKA will file negligence and pollution charges against the Greek skipper of an oil tanker that leaked fuel off the island nation’s coast after a week-long fire, authorities said. Some of the 1,700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil aboard the New Diamond poured into the Indian Ocean, prompting a large effort to contain a […]

Red Cross warns coronavirus is driving discrimination in Asia

THE International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned on Thursday(17) that the novel coronavirus is driving discrimination towards vulnerable communities in Asia, including migrants and foreigners. The humanitarian agency surveyed 5,000 people in Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Pakistan and found about half blamed a specific group for spreading the coronavirus, with […]

Pakistani ruling party lawmaker seeks to criminalise criticism of military

A Pakistani ruling party parliamentarian has introduced legislation seeking to jail anyone who “ridicules or brings into disrepute or defames” the military, according to records posted on parliament’s website. Civil rights groups and opposition parties have long held that the military meddles in politics and had supported crackdowns on critical voices, an allegation the military […]

Bangladesh witnesses steep hike in onion prices after India bans exports

ONION prices in Bangladesh jumped by more than 50 per cent on Tuesday(15), following a ban on exports by largest supplier India after its crop was damaged and harvesting delayed by excessive rain, industry officials said. The surprise move, which took immediate effect on Monday(14), could help cut prices in India, but boost prices in […]

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