Quad discusses cooperation in Indo-Pacific, regional issues (Lead) (22:20)
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Officials of the quad, revived last year comprising India, the US, Japan, and Australia that seeks to work for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, met in Singapore on Thursday on the sidelines of this year's East Asia Summit.

India, US, Japan, Australia discuss cooperation in Indo-Pacific (22:10)
New Delhi, Nov 15 (IANS) Officials of the quad, revived last year comprising India, the US, Japan, and Australia that seeks to work for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, met in Singapore on Thursday on the sidelines of this year's East Asia Summit.

Imran Khan orders inquiry into police officer's murder (20:04)
Islamabad, Nov 15 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday ordered an immediate inquiry into the murder of a police officer who was allegedly kidnapped in Islamabad and was later killed in Afghanistan.

Bangladesh court grants bail to jailed photographer (19:18)
Dhaka, Nov 15 (IANS) A Bangladeshi court on Thursday granted bail to veteran photojournalist Shahidul Alam, who was arrested in August on charges of spreading anti-government propaganda.

Sri Lankan lawmakers fight in Parliament amid crisis (19:06) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Nov 15 (IANS) Sri Lankan lawmakers scuffled in Parliament on Thursday, a day after a no-confidence motion was passed against now disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, in the latest escalation of the political crisis that has left the country without an agreed Prime Minister or Cabinet.

Bangladesh suspends repatriation of Rohingya refugees (Lead) (18:46) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka/Naypyidaw, Nov 15 (IANS) Bangladesh on Thursday suspended the first planned phase of repatriation of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, officials said, citing a lack of volunteers.

China, India pledge to step up military exchanges (18:16)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Nov 15 (IANS) India and China have agreed to step up more military exchanges and interactions at defence talks held here.

Bangladesh ready to begin Rohingya repatriation process (12:08) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Nov 15 (IANS) Bangladesh confirmed on Thursday that it was ready to begin the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as scheduled.

Indian, Pakistani origin authors make cut for South Asian lit prize (09:56) IANS Photo Service
London, Nov 15 (IANS) Four authors of Indian origin and two of Pakistani, whose novels bring alive a spectrum of themes and emotions relevant in contemporary South Asian life were short-listed on Thursday for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018.

Bangladesh set to repatriate Rohingya despite security concerns (19:46) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Nov 14 (IANS) Bangladesh on Wednesday was preparing to go ahead with the planned repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who last year fled a violent military crackdown in Myanmar, despite concerns over their safety.

Sri Lanka Parliament passes no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa (Lead) (19:10) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Nov 14 (IANS) Sri Lankan Parliament on Wednesday approved a no-confidence motion against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his controversially appointed government, a day after the Supreme Court stayed a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.

Bangladesh opposition supporters clash with police (18:00) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Nov 14 (IANS) Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supporters clashed with the police here on Wednesday, demanding a level playing field in the upcoming national elections and release of their leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia from jail.

China closely monitoring crisis in Sri Lanka (15:00)
By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, Nov 14 (IANS) China on Wednesday said it was closely following the escalating political crisis in Sri Lanka and hoped that the political parties could solve it by themselves.

Sri Lankan Parliament passes no-trust vote against Rajapaksa (13:54) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Nov 14 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Parliament on Wednesday passed a motion of no-confidence against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his controversially appointed government, a day after the Supreme Court stayed a presidential decree dissolving the legislature.

Russia slams US official's remarks on Afghanistan (03:02)
Moscow, Nov 14 (IANS) The Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday denounced a senior US official's claim about Russia's interference in negotiations over the Afghan issue as Washington's attempts to shift the blame for its own policy failures in the country.

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court stays dissolution of Parliament (Lead) (20:16) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Nov 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed until December 7 the dissolution of Parliament by the President, granting interim relief to political parties that had urged the apex court to junk Maithripala Sirisena's decision.

Sri Lanka's Supreme Court suspends dissolution of Parliament (18:24) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Nov 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, granting interim relief.

Blasphemy protests: Pakistan court refuses to try Islamists (16:50)
Islamabad, Nov 13 (IANS) A Pakistani court has refused to try for treason the Islamist leaders who organized mass protests to oppose the Supreme Court acquittal of Christian woman Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case, the lawyer who filed the petition said on Tuesday.

Girls face barriers to education in Pakistan: HRW (15:10)
New York, Nov 13 (IANS) Pakistan is failing to educate a huge proportion of the country's girls due to the government's under-investment in schools, prohibitive school fees and gender discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Tuesday.

Bangladesh plans to repatriate Rohingyas from Thursday (12:30) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka, Nov 13 (IANS) Bangladesh will obegin to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who last year fled a violent military crackdown in Myanmar, from Thursday onwards, an official said on Tuesday.

Suicide blast near Hazara protests in Kabul kills 6 (Lead) (18:26) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Nov 12 (IANS) At least six people were killed and 20 others were wounded in a suicide blast here on Monday near a protest site where hundreds of people, mostly members of the persecuted Shia minority Hazara, were demanding more security in the Hazara-dominated central and eastern districts of Afghanistan.

3 killed in explosion near Hazara protests in Kabul (17:08) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, Nov 12 (IANS) At least three people were killed and eight others wounded in an explosion here on Monday near a protest site where hundreds of people, mostly members of the persecuted Shia minority Hazara, were demanding more security in the Hazara-dominated central and eastern districts of Afghanistan.

Sri Lankan parties file petitions against Parliament dissolution (Lead) (16:24) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Nov 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main political parties filed petitions in the Supreme Court on Monday challenging President Maithripala Sirisena's dissolution of Parliament and Speaker Karu Jayasuriya called on public servants to refuse to execute any "illegal" orders they may receive in the midst of an ongoing political crisis.

Conditions not safe for Rohingya's return to Myanmar: UNHCR (15:08) IANS Photo Service
Yangon, Nov 12 (IANS) The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has warned that the condition was not safe for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar from Bangladesh, even as the two countries were preparing for the return process on Monday, set to start later this week.

Bangladesh EC defers polling date to December 30 (15:08)
Dhaka, Nov 12 (IANS) The Bangladesh Election Commission on Monday postponed the polling date for the country's general election from December 23 to December 30 amid calls for a deferral from the new opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front and other parties.

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