|On Dec.12 1971, a psy-op that aided the Tangail pradrop: Bangla war
12/12/2013 1:24:00 PM
New Delhi, Dec.12 (ANI): I had the unique opportunity of being the Public Relations Officer of the Army in New Delhi during the the 1971 India Pakistan operations.
As an officer in the Directorate of Public Relations, I was attached to the office of the Army Chief, General S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, who later became a Field Marshal for his role in the war.
Pakistan had nearly four divisions in its eastern wing. Three divisions were deployed along the border with India to plug the main
|HRW calls on Bangladesh to halt executions of war crimes accused
12/9/2013 1:40:00 PM
New York, Dec. 9 (ANI): The death sentence against Abdul Qader Mollah, a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence, should immediately be stayed due to fair trial concerns, Human Rights Watch has said.
Mollah should be granted a right to appeal against the conviction and death sentence.
Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an irreversible, degrading, and cruel punishment, Brad Adams,
|Bangladesh court orders Abdul Kader Mullah to be hanged
12/9/2013 11:35:00 AM
London, Dec. 09 (ANI): A Bangladeshi war crimes court has ordered prison authorities to hang Abdul Kader Mullah of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, months after he was sentenced to death.
According to the BBC, Mullah could now be hanged at any time, unless President Abdul Hamid or the Supreme Court intervenes.
The Islamist party has called for a national strike in protest, the report added.
Meanwhile, the human rights groups have said that the war crimes tribunal falls short of international
|UN team in Dhaka to encourage pre-poll dialogue
12/7/2013 2:33:00 PM
Dhaka, Dec.7 (ANI): A six-member United Nations team led by Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, has arrived in Bangladesh capital Dhaka with the objective of encouraging political parties to sit down for a dialogue and create an environment conducive to holding an inclusive, non-violent and credible election.
Fernandez-Taranco is leading a five-member delegation.
According to the Daily Star, it includes two senior officials from the Department
|Bangladesh: Does it really matter that Khaleda Zia is not contesting elections?
12/7/2013 1:38:00 PM
Dhaka, Dec.7 (ANI): December 2, 2013 was the last date for the filing of nominations for the tenth parliamentary elections being held on January 5, 2014. The BNP, which had declared its intention of not participating in the elections under a Sheikh Hasina led election-time government, confirmed its decision by not filing nominations.
Now, that it is sure that the BNP will not participate in the elections, what is the significance and impact, if any, of this decision?
|Ex-Bangladesh dictator Ershad threatens to commit suicide
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Islamabad, Dec. 5 (ANI): Former military dictator of Bangladesh, Hussain Muhammad Ershad, has threatened to kill himself.
The move from Ershad comes after security forces besieged his home following his decision to boycott next month's elections.
According to Dawn News, Ershad told a local television crew during an interview inside his home that he has loaded four pistols and told the government that if they play any tricks with him, he would kill himself.
Ershad said that
|Sri Lankan military blamed for summary executions of 17 aid workers in 2006
12/4/2013 11:22:00 AM
Sydney, Dec. 04 (ANI): The Sri Lankan government has allegedly protected the security forces, who had executed 17 local workers in 2006, a French aid group said.
Action Against Hunger accused the security forces of having lined up the victims at their office in the eastern town of Muttur, forcing them to their knees and shooting them in their heads, News.com.au reports.
The group has compiled a report with information implicating army, navy and police personnel and said its sources
|Bangladesh opposition announces fresh 72-hour blockade
11/30/2013 2:18:00 PM
Dhaka, Nov. 30 (ANI): Bangladesh's main opposition has announced a 72-hour blockade starting Saturday over its demand for a non-party caretaker government to oversee the January 5 national elections.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) made the announcement of rail, road and waterway blockade demanding cancellation of the election schedule and holding a free and fair election, the Bangladesh Chronicle reports.
BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that the
|Bangladesh: Why Khalida Zia will not contest?
11/29/2013 1:41:00 PM
Dhaka, Nov. 29 (ANI): The BNP-led 18 party alliance outrightly rejected the election schedule that called for elections on January 5, 2014.
It held the announcement a 'unilateral' move to hold a 'farcical' election without trying to reach an understanding with the opposition on the poll-time government.
It also called for a 48-hours hartal starting November 26 that was later extended till November 29 morning.
Not content with rejecting the poll schedule, the
|'Defiant' Rajapaksa says Sri Lanka would 'take own time in probing alleged HR abuses
11/17/2013 10:41:00 AM
London, Nov. 17 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has reacted defiantly to Britain's call for an inquiry into alleged human rights abuses.
Speaking on the second day of the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa said people living in glass houses should not throw stones at others.
According to the BBC, British PM David Cameron had urged Rajapaksa to ensure an independent inquiry or face a UN investigation.
The abuses are alleged to have been committed mainly
|HRW says Bangladesh factory deaths could have been prevented
11/15/2013 2:39:00 PM
New York, Nov. 15 (ANI): Seven deaths at an October fire in a fabric mill in Bangladesh could have been prevented, Human Rights Watch has said.
In interviews, workers from the Aswad Composite Mills told Human Rights Watch that the fire hydrant system at the plant did not work properly, allowing the flames to spread quickly.
The fire is the latest in a series of garment-manufacturing catastrophes that have killed more than a thousand workers in the last year alone.
It is also
|CHOGM set to begin in Sri Lanka amidst boycott calls
11/15/2013 11:35:00 AM
Colombo, Nov 15 (ANI): Sri Lanka is all set to host the three-day Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) today amidst boycott calls over allegations of war crimes.
Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will chair the three-day summit in Colombo.
The agenda for the three-day summit, which will be opened by Britain's Prince Charles, includes sessions on debt restructuring and climate change.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will lead the Indian delegation
|Manmohan Singh's letter to me does not address Tamil issue: President Rajapaksa
11/14/2013 2:36:00 PM
Colombo, Nov.14 (ANI): President Mahinda Rajapaksa of Sri Lanka on Thursday said Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's letter to him has not addressed the issue of alleged human rights violations against Sri Lankan Tamils.
Speaking a day before the start of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) here, President Rajapaksa said: The letter that PM (Manmohan Singh) had sent me, doesn't address the Tamil's issue.
The Sri Lankan Government has of late been criticised
|More than 100 Tamils stopped en route to Colombo ahead of Commonwealth summit
11/14/2013 12:02:00 AM
London, Nov. 14 (ANI): More than 100 Tamils have been allegedly prevented from travelling to Colombo ahead of the Commonwealth summit.
The family members of those who disappeared during or after Sri Lanka's civil war were stopped by the military from leaving the north for attending the human rights festival due to begin on Friday, the BBC reports.
According to the report, a team from the UK's Channel 4 TV was also prevented from visiting the former war zone in the north after
|Khurshid arrives in Colombo for CHOGM
11/13/2013 1:01:00 PM
Colombo, Nov. 13 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid arrived in Colombo a short while ago to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Khurshid will attend the first session of the Pre-CHOGM Ministers' meeting later today, which finalises the agenda for the main summit that will start on Friday.
Wednesday's meeting will focus on the special CHOGM theme 'Growth with Equity: Inclusive Development'.
|Now, Mauritian PM boycotts Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit over human rights abuses
11/13/2013 12:09:00 AM
London, Nov. 13 (ANI): Mauritian Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam is boycotting this week's Commonwealth summit in Colombo over Sri Lanka's human rights record.
Ramgoolam has become the third leader to boycott the summit after Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.
Sri Lanka is accused of committing widespread abuses in the final months of its war against Tamil Tiger rebels, the BBC reports.
Ramgoolam told Mauritius' parliament
|Sri Lanka faces calls for civil war inquiry ahead of Commonwealth summit
11/10/2013 2:54:00 PM
London, Nov. 10 (ANI): British Prime Minister David Cameron will confront Sri Lankan president as the Commonwealth leaders meet in Colombo over new evidence that show Mahinda Rajapaksa's government forces carried out atrocities against Tamil civilians.
Cameron has come under renewed pressure to boycott the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit (Chogm) in Colombo.
The move came after reports emerged that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will not be attending the summit because
|Nepal proves human, tiger co-existence possible with few landscape changes
10/22/2013 3:01:00 PM
Kathmandu, Oct. 22 (ANI): A new study has revealed human and tiger co-existence was possible, if a few landscape changes were made.
Conservation scientist Neil Carter, who has been studying the interactions between humans and tigers in Nepal's Chitwan National Park, said when Nepalese villagers were empowered to make some local land management decisions, it benefited both villagers and tigers.
Carter showed that in areas near the national park border, where local people were
|ILO to team up with Bangladesh govt. to improve garment factory safety
10/21/2013 4:54:00 PM
Beijing, Oct. 21 (ANI): The Bangladesh Government and the International Labor Organization (ILO) have agreed to launch a new program to improve working conditions in garment factories.
The specialized United Nations agency said the three-and-a-half year initiative will focus on improving ready-made garment factory building safety, and workers' rights and conditions in Bangladesh.
ILO also said that the program will contribute to safety work, which is already underway in the country
|Sri Lanka arrests 37 Indian fishermen
10/15/2013 4:41:00 PM
Colombo, Oct. 15 (ANI): The Sri Lankan navy arrested 37 Indian fishermen for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, a navy spokesman has said.
Navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya told Xinhua that the fishermen had been arrested overnight after they crossed the international maritime boundary line in the northern seas.
A group of 22 fishermen were arrested and their boats seized off Thalaimannar in the north while another group of 15 Indian fishermen were arrested off the Delft Islands,