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Maldivian government dismisses Al Jazeera program on rampant corruption as bad journalism

Maldivian government dismisses Al Jazeera program on rampant corruption as bad journalism

Male, September 9 (NIA): The Maldivian government has dismissed the Al Jazeera program “Stealing Paradise” on rampant corruption and a US$ 1.5 billion money laundering scheme in the country as “defamatory and biased” and smacking of bad journalism, Maldives Independent reported. A statement issued Wednesday evening pointed out that the evidence against President Abdulla Yameen was based on material gathered from...

Bangladesh High Court orders government to recognize 1971 liberation war guerrillas as freedom fighters

Bangladesh High Court orders government to recognize 1971 liberation war guerrillas as freedom fighters

Dhaka, September 9 (NIA): The Bangladesh High Court on Thursday asked the government to recognize 2,367 guerrilla fighters of the 1971 liberation war as freedom fighters and restore the certificates issued to them earlier, Dhaka Tribune reports. The High Court bench of Justice Gobinda Chandra Tagore and Justice Abu Taher Md Saifur Rahman, also declared as “illegal” the revocation of ...

Indian PM to visit Sri Lanka next year

Indian PM to visit Sri Lanka next year

Sept 9 (NIA) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Sri Lanka on an official visit next year, the government information department announced on Friday. Modi's visit was discussed when an Indian delegation including the Indian Health Minister J.P. Nadda, and India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, V.K. Singha met with Sri Lankan Health Minister Rajitha Senarathne alongside the...

Bangladesh gets kudos for keeping a sharp eye on terror financing

Bangladesh gets kudos for keeping a sharp eye on terror financing

Dhaka, September 9 (NIA): The Bangladesh Central Bank spokesperson, Subhankar Saha, has said that the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), a global body that ranks countries, has declared that Bangladesh has put in place effective instruments to check terror financing. Saha told Bangla Tribune that the APG came to this conclusion after Bangladesh submitted its report at the APG...

Modi: India’s wannabe

Modi: India’s wannabe

Naveed Ahmad/Express Tribune Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not just the odd man out anywhere he travels, but he also suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). While attending the premier forum of international economic cooperation in Hangzhou, China, this week, he felt the urge to repeatedly single out Pakistan for its alleged role in terrorism. Vikas Swarup, India’s obedient civil...

Bangladesh Govt removes former President Ziaur Rahman’s Swadhinata Padak from National Museum

Bangladesh Govt removes former President Ziaur Rahman’s Swadhinata Padak from National Museum

Dhaka, September 7 (NIA): The Bangladesh government on Wednesday removed the Swadhinata Padak (Freedom Medal) of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) founder Ziaur Rahman from the National Museum, a museum official told The Daily Star. Authorities from the Secretariat held a meeting with the acting Director of the museum and removed Zia’s crest and other accessories. The Swadhinata Padak is the...

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