Bangladesh to execute rapists after protests

Bangladesh introduced the death penalty for rape on Monday (12) after days of protests sparked by a string of sexual assaults, the government said. Demonstrations have broken out across the country after harrowing footage of a group of men stripping and attacking a woman went viral on social media. The clip sparked outrage in the […]

Pakistan bans TikTok over ‘immoral content’

Pakistan on Friday (9) banned the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok, as authorities press their clampdown on “immoral” content. Chinese-owned TikTok which has become a global sensation with its short video clips has a huge user base among young Pakistanis, with some attracting millions of followers. But it has come up against backlash in […]

Gang war in Rohingya camps displaces around 2,000 families

AS MANY AS 2,000 Rohingya families were displaced following a turf war between criminal armed groups in Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh. Police and humanitarian workers said that at least eight people have been killed in clashes in recent days. Authorities have arrested 12 people after days of gunfire, arson, and abductions by gangs […]

Sri Lanka indicts skipper of fire-stricken oil tanker; slaps $108,000 penalty

SRI LANKA on Thursday(8) indicted the Greek skipper of a fire-damaged supertanker for causing an oil spill and failing to report the environmental damage to the island’s waters. The Panamanian-registered New Diamond, travelling from Kuwait to India with 270,000 tonnes of crude oil, was passing by Sri Lanka’s east coast when the fire broke out […]

UN urges Bangladesh to take proactive steps to stop child marriages

THE UN has asked Bangladesh to take steps to end child marriage as new report found out that almost half the nation’s female population are married before they were 18. The UN report has urged Bangladesh do more to tackle child marriage if it is to meet its own goal of eliminating the crime by […]

Pakistani man’s death penalty overturned in blasphemy case

A Pakistani court has overturned the 2014 conviction of a Christian man sentenced to death for blasphemy in a case that prompted a mob to set churches and hundreds of homes ablaze. Sawan Masih, a sanitation worker and father of three, was first arrested in 2013 in the eastern city of Lahore on charges of […]

Bangladesh sends troops as seven dead following fight between rival Rohingya drug gangs

DAYS of fighting between rival Rohingya drug gangs, in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, left seven people dead. Bangladesh police on Wednesday(7) said it has sent more troops to bring the situation back to normal. Two armed gangs of refugees from Myanmar are waging a deadly turf war in the sprawling camp, home […]

Bangladesh rocked by fresh protests over sexual assaults

Hundreds of Bangladeshis staged protests and scuffled with police for a second day on Tuesday as anger mounted over the latest instance of sexual violence towards women. The protests in Dhaka and elsewhere erupted after video emerged showing several men stripping and attacking a woman from a disadvantaged community in the southern district of Noakhali. […]

US seeks to rally Asian ‘Quad’ allies against Chinese ‘malign activity’

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Tuesday (6) visited Toyko to meet with some of Washington’s closest allies in Asia, Japan, Australia and India, to shore up support against what the US says is China’s dangerous and growing regional influence. It is Pompeo‘s first trip to East Asia since July 2019 and comes as ties between the […]

Sedition charges against Nawaz Sharif, daughter for comments against Pakistani military

PAKISTAN former prime minister Nawaz Sharif his daughter Maryam Nawaz and dozens of his party leaders are facing sedition charges over comments criticising the interference of the military in national politics. Pakistani police has filed sedition charges against them on Monday(5). In September, Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League and eight other opposition parties came together to […]