22 pilgrims killed as train rams van in Pakistan

AT LEAST 22 Sikh pilgrims — 19 from the same family — were killed on Friday (3) when a train smashed into a van in eastern Pakistan, authorities said. The vehicle was going through an unmanned level crossing when it was hit by an oncoming train near the small city of Farooqabad. “The crossing was […]

Bangladesh shuts jute mills, lays off 25,000 workers

Bangladesh has shut its loss-making jute mills and laid off 25,000 employees, saying the state-owned plants could not compete with the private sector. Jute, a vegetable fibre spun into coarse threads, grew in popularity over the past decade after a long decline, as it became an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic bags. But the state-run […]

Four in Daniel Pearl case to remain jailed in Pakistan for now

Pakistani authorities renewed the detention orders on Thursday for four men whose convictions in the kidnapping and killing of US journalist Daniel Pearl had been overturned, meaning they will remain jailed at least three more months, an official said. A Karachi court sparked outrage in April when it acquitted British-born militant Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh […]

EU safety agency suspends Pakistani airlines’ European authorisation for six months

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) authorisation to fly to the bloc for six months, the airline said on Tuesday, a blow to the carrier’s operations. Separately, the safety agency said it took the action because of concerns about Pakistan’s ability to ensure compliance with international aviation standards […]

EU safety agency suspends Pakistani airlines’ European authorisation for six months

THE European Union Air Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) authorisation to fly to the bloc for six months, the airline said, a blow to the carrier’s operations. Separately, the safety agency said it took the action because of concerns about Pakistan’s ability to ensure compliance with international aviation standards at all […]

Imran Khan says ‘no doubt’ India was behind attack on Karachi stock exchange

PAKISTANI Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted on Tuesday (30) that he had no doubt that India was behind an attack on the stock exchange building in the southern city of Karachi. Four gunmen armed with grenades attacked the Pakistan Stock Exchange on Monday, killing two guards and a policeman before security forces killed the attackers. “There is no […]

Separatists say stock exchange attack targeted China, Pakistan

Separatists from Pakistan’s Balochistan province attacked the national stock exchange in Karachi on Monday (29), killing four people in a brazen daylight assault the breakaway group said also targeted Chinese interests. Four gunmen drove up to the entrance gate of the Pakistan Stock Exchange around 10:00 am (05H00 GMT) then lobbed a grenade before opening […]

US, Bangladesh renew commitment to support safe return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

The US and Bangladesh on Monday renewed their commitments to support the voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as Secretary of State Michael Pompeo spoke to his Bangladeshi counterpart Masud bin Momen. During the call, Pompeo reaffirmed the importance of the US-Bangladesh relationship and discussed continued cooperation to address the […]

At least 32 die in Bangladesh ferry accident

At least 32 people died after a ferry capsized and sank on Monday in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka following a collision, said rescuers, who found one man alive in a “miracle” hours later. A dozen people were initially listed as missing. The Morning Bird was hit from behind by another ferry around 9:30 am local […]

Bangladesh sex workers face hunger, abuse as coronavirus hits trade

THOUSANDS of sex workers in Bangladesh are going hungry and many face abuse because they are unable to pay their brokers due to the coronavirus pandemic, charities working with them have warned. Bangladesh is home to about 100,000 sex workers and charities estimate that seven out of 10 are struggling to survive, three months after […]

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