Bangladesh Won’t Extend Lockdown

The Bangladesh government has decided not to extend the ongoing shutdown over the coronavirus pandemic, allowing offices to reopen on May 31, the media reported. Offices and other workplaces will be allowed to operate on a limited scale until June 15, subject to their compliance with several health and hygiene directives, bdnews24 quoted State Minister

Afghans want Ceasefire longer than Eid

The announcement of the three-day Eid ceasefire by the Taliban has raised hopes among Afghans who have said that it should continue in order to begin the intra-Afghan negotiations and move the peace process forward. “We hope that the three-day ceasefire turns into a permanent ceasefire,” a Kabul resident told TOLO News on Monday. “We

Afghanistan Releases 900 Taliban Inmates

The Afghan government on Tuesday released another batch of 900 Taliban inmates in the latest move to further advance the intra-Afghan peace talks with the militant group, a spokesperson for the Office of the National Security Council confirmed. “The government released 900 Taliban prisoners today to further advance peace efforts, including an extended ceasefire and

PIA Plane Crashes Minutes Before Landing

At least 60 people were killed as a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) passenger plane from Lahore to Karachi crashed minutes before landing at the Jinnah International Airport on Friday. The PIA A320 passenger aircraft was carrying at least 90 passengers and eight crew members in the flight PK 8303, when it crashed into the densely

Bangladesh Incurs Losses due to Cyclone

Bangladesh has incurred losses worth 11 billion taka ($129 million) due to cyclone Amphan which has caused damages to housing, infrastructure, fisheries, livestock, water resources and agriculture, according to initial government estimates. Enamur Rahman, state minister for disaster management and relief, revealed the figure in a virtual press conference on Thursday, reports bdnews24. At least

Cyclone Rips through Bengal

Severe cyclonic storm Amphan made a landfall in West Bengal on Wednesday and caused severe damages in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas districts and their nearby areas, with a wind speed ranging from 155 to 185 kmph, accompanied by heavy rainfall. Addresing the media, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “We

War Veteran Passes Away

Major General (Retired) Kashmiri Lal Rattan, the architect of one of the bravest battles of the 1971 war fought to defend Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir, breathed his last on May 16, a senior Indian Army officer said on Wednesday. Major Gen. Rattan, a Maha Vir Chakra awardee, passed away at his home in Uttar

People Evacuate in Preparation for Cyclone

 The District Collectors of cyclone Amphan vulnerable areas had started evacuating people as the cyclone was likely to make landfall between West Bengal and Bangladesh on May 20, said the Odisha government, here on Monday. “As per the latest report from the Collectors, evacuation of people from vulnerable areas has started. We are targeting to

Pakistan Cases Top 40,000

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has risen to 40,151 with 873 deaths, according to the country’s Health Ministry on Sunday. A total of 1,352 new cases and 39 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, Xinhua news agency quoted the Ministry as saying in its latest update. Overall, 27,937 patients are