South Asia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28245/all en Bangladesh, India sign extradition and visa deals http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/bangladesh-india-sign-extradition-and-visa-deals <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Serajul Quadir</p> <p>DHAKA, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Bangladesh and India on Monday signed an extradition treaty and struck a deal to relax business visa restrictions between the neighbouring countries.</p> <p>The extradition treaty could pave the way for Bangladesh to put on trial several crime bosses who crossed the border into India but are still running their gangs by telephone, a senior official at Bangladesh's Home Affairs Ministry told Reuters.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130128/bangladesh-india-sign-extradition-and-visa-deals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anup Chetia Political geography South Asia Thomson Reuters Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:15:48 +0000 5740503 at http://www.globalpost.com 17 dead as bus plunges into Bangladesh river: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/17-dead-bus-plunges-bangladesh-river-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A bus carrying pilgrims to Bangladesh's beach resort town of Cox's Bazaar plunged into a dried up river Monday, killing at least 17 people and injuring another 26, police said.</p> <p>The bus crashed onto the Matamuhuri's parched river bed after the driver lost control of the vehicle which then smashed through railings on a bridge.</p> <p>"So far we have 17 people dead. Sixteen died on the spot and another on the way to the hospital," Cox's Bazaar police chief Azad Miah told AFP, adding that 18 of the 26 people injured had been admitted to hospital.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/17-dead-bus-plunges-bangladesh-river-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Political geography South Asia AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:01:27 +0000 5752358 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan's envoy to U.S. accused of blasphemy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/pakistans-envoy-us-accused-blasphemy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Islamabad, Feb 22 (EFE).- Police in Pakistan are investigating the country's ambassador to the United States for allegedly blasphemous remarks made in 2010 on a television news program, an investigator told Efe Friday.</p> <p>The complaint leading to the probe of Sherry Rehman originated with a businessman living in the town of Multan, police official Javed Ali said.</p> <p>Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered police to look into the complaint.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/taxonomy/term/35779/130226/pakistans-envoy-us-accused-blasphemy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Hospitality Law Politics Religion Religious law South Asia Agencia EFE Tue, 26 Feb 2013 15:26:33 +0000 5767279 at http://www.globalpost.com US 'saddened' by deaths in Bangladesh clashes http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/us-saddened-deaths-bangladesh-clashes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States called for calm Friday after dozens were killed in clashes that erupted in Bangladesh when a senior Islamist leader was convicted for crimes in the 1971 war of independence.</p> <p>"We're saddened by the loss of life during protests across Bangladesh," said State Department deputy acting spokesman Patrick Ventrell.</p> <p>"While engaging in a peaceful protest is a fundamental democratic right, we believe violence is never the answer," he told journalists.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/us-saddened-deaths-bangladesh-clashes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Islam Political geography Politics South Asia AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:46:05 +0000 5771386 at http://www.globalpost.com Death sentence for Islamist sparks deadly clashes in Bangladesh http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/death-sentence-islamist-sparks-deadly-clashes-bangladesh <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>New Delhi, Feb 28 (EFE).- At least 34 people died in disturbances that broke out after the leader of the main Islamist party was sentenced to death for atrocities committed during Bangladesh's 1971 war of independence, the official UNB news agency said Thursday.</p> <p>Partisans of Delawar Hossein Sayedi's Jamaat-e-Islami party clashed with security forces and supporters of other parties in incidents across Bangladesh.</p> <p>JeI militants also attacked members of Bangladesh's minority Hindu community.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130303/death-sentence-islamist-sparks-deadly-clashes-bangladesh" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bangladesh Liberation War Political geography Social Issues South Asia War Agencia EFE Mon, 04 Mar 2013 02:46:54 +0000 5772526 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan axes police commander after attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/pakistan-axes-police-commander-after-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistan axed the chief of police in southern Sindh province on Wednesday over a bomb attack that killed 50 people in a Shiite Muslim area of Karachi, following stinging criticism by the country's top judge.</p> <p>Sunday's car bomb in the Abbas Town area of Pakistan's largest city was the fourth major attack on the minority Shiite community with blasts killing more than 250 people since January 10.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130306/pakistan-axes-police-commander-after-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Law Political geography Politics Social Issues South Asia AFP Wed, 06 Mar 2013 11:47:39 +0000 5774878 at http://www.globalpost.com Peace requirement for fair Pakistan vote: judge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/peace-requirement-fair-pakistan-vote-judge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Pakistan's top court warned Friday that upcoming elections had to be peaceful to be fair, heavily criticising the government and security forces for failing to stop endemic violence in Karachi.</p> <p>"If your family lives in fear, then how can a fair election be held peacefully, which is a constitutional requirement?" said Khilji Arif Hussain, one of five Supreme Court judges investigating a massive bombing in Karachi.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130308/peace-requirement-fair-pakistan-vote-judge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Law Political geography Politics Social Issues South Asia War AFP Fri, 08 Mar 2013 13:46:13 +0000 5777159 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 7-Alleged ringleader in India gang-rape case found dead in cell http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130310/update-1-bus-driver-accused-delhi-gang-rape-hangs-himself-cell <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Ram Singh found hanged in Delhi cell</p> <p>* "We can't rule out foul play," his lawyer says</p> <p>* Singh ringleader of gang who raped, killed student -police</p> <p>* Death a "major lapse" in prison security, minister says (Adds quote from Supreme Court lawyer)</p> <p>By Annie Banerji and Satarupa Bhattacharjya</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130310/update-1-bus-driver-accused-delhi-gang-rape-hangs-himself-cell" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Abuse Business Entertainment Ethics Hospitality Law Politics Punjab Punjabi people Ram Singh Rape Revolutionary movement for Indian independence South Asia Tihar Prisons Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 03:00:03 +0000 5779299 at http://www.globalpost.com Dead India gang-rape suspect was heavy-drinking migrant http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/dead-india-gang-rape-suspect-was-heavy-drinking-migrant Singh was accused by police of being the ringleader in the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student on a moving bus in New Delhi last December in a case that prompted outrage and soul-searching over India's treatment of women.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/dead-india-gang-rape-suspect-was-heavy-drinking-migrant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Labor Law Punjab Punjabi people Ram Singh Sikhism Social Issues South Asia AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:01:00 +0000 5779576 at http://www.globalpost.com REFILE-India rape accused made our lives hell, neighbours say http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/refile-india-rape-accused-made-our-lives-hell-neighbours-say <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Repeats to fix typo in headline)</p> <p>By Anurag Kotoky and Arup Roychoudhury</p> <p>NEW DELHI, March 11 (Reuters) - Some of Ram Singh's neighbours grimaced with disgust as they remembered a man they described as a menace, who was violent, drank heavily and used to harass women by peeking at them as they undressed.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/refile-india-rape-accused-made-our-lives-hell-neighbours-say" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Hospitality Human Interest Law Politics Punjabi people Ram Singh Social Issues South Asia Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:15:36 +0000 5779981 at http://www.globalpost.com Bangladesh in mourning after president's death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/bangladesh-mourning-after-presidents-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Flags flew at half-mast across Bangladesh on Thursday as the country mourned its president Zillur Rahman, following his death in a Singapore hospital at the age of 84.</p> <p>Bangladesh has declared a three-day period of national mourning and a public holiday on Thursday for the leader with one of the most illustrious political careers who played a leading role in the country's independence struggle.</p> <p>Political parties set aside their bitter rivalries to pay tribute to the veteran politician whose job as president was largely ceremonial.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/bangladesh-mourning-after-presidents-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Political geography Politics South Asia Zillur Rahman AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 06:46:20 +0000 5789526 at http://www.globalpost.com New routes for public transport okayed http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/new-routes-public-transport-okayed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> With a view to facilitate the residents of newly developed Sector E-11/3 and emerging Sector D-12 as well as the residents of Golra and adjoining villages, Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Amer Ali Ahmed has directed initiation of a new route number 139, which will commence from Tramri Chowk and terminate at E-11 Markaz.</p><P>The residents and the trader community of E-11 had been demanding this for a considerable time since a large population centre has emerged in the vicinity yet there were no transport links prior to this action of the administration.</p><P>In another move, route number 1</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/new-routes-public-transport-okayed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Islamabad Politics South Asia Asianet Tue, 02 Apr 2013 14:31:11 +0000 Asianet 5799319 at http://www.globalpost.com No US role in my appointment: Sethi http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/no-us-role-my-appointment-sethi <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Punjab caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Friday said that directions of the Election Commission of Pakistan would be implemented in letter and spirit.</p><P>Addressing a press conference, Sethi said that he was not going to make any policy decisions, as the task of the caretaker government was to extend cooperation to the ECP in ensuring free, fair and transparent elections.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130402/no-us-role-my-appointment-sethi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Najam Sethi Punjabi people South Asia Asianet Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:19:22 +0000 Asianet 5799481 at http://www.globalpost.com Sethi heralds admin reshuffle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/sethi-heralds-admin-reshuffle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi on Tuesday announced undertaking reshuffle in Punjab administration to make the coming elections free and transparent.</p><P>“Homework has been completed for the transfer of officers from SHO up to Secretary level to ensure fair and free elections”, he said while talking to media men at the residence of a leader of Pakistan People Party and former opposition leader in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz Ahmed, here on Tuesday.</p><P>President PPP central Punjab Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo and other leaders were also present on the occasion.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/sethi-heralds-admin-reshuffle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Najam Sethi Punjabi people South Asia Asianet Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:17:12 +0000 Asianet 5800582 at http://www.globalpost.com Farmers attend workshop http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/farmers-attend-workshop <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Directorate of Land Reclamation Punjab is involved for executing the Groundwater Monitoring and Management Component of PISIP for the upgradation and improvement of the irrigation system in project areas.</p><P>For this purpose, localized stakeholders’ workshop was organised in project area of Faisalabad (West), Pabbar’walla Rajbah Village recently as per decided schedule of PISIP for capacity building and awareness of farming community.</p><P>Director Rana Muhammad Iqbal and experts delivered their lectures on the farmers’ local problem on the topic of “Modern agriculture technology and m</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130403/farmers-attend-workshop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Punjab Punjabi people South Asia Asianet Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:45:27 +0000 Asianet 5800634 at http://www.globalpost.com