South Asia | The Daily Star
  • Rajapakse clan steps up new bid for power

    Sri Lanka’s election commission yesterday agreed to let the brother of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse stand in the country’s presidential election, despite a string of corruption cases against him.

  • Nepal’s former House speaker arrested over rape allegations

    Police have arrested the former speaker of Nepal’s parliament after a female employee in the assembly accused him of rape. A police van arrived at Krishna Bahadur Mahara’s residence late Sunday and took him into custody after the district court ordered his arrest.

  • BNP demands PM’s resignation for signing ‘anti-state’ deal with India

    BNP demands immediate step down of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for signing “anti-state” agreements with India “ignoring the country’s national interest”.

  • 'Long-term plan needed to stop violent extremism'

    Stressing the necessity to stop violent extremism with long-term integrated plan, speakers at a conference in Belgium say that the threat is no longer limited in South Asia, rather Europe and the US are also affected by its destructive impacts.

  • Bangladesh allows India to withdraw Feni river water

    Bangladesh has agreed to allow India to withdraw 1.82 cusec of water from trans-border Feni river to meet the demand of drinking water for the people of of Tripura’s Sabroom town.

  • India shelves plan to ban single-use plastic

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold plan to tackle single-use plastics has been scrapped. In a sweeping Independence Day address on August 15, Modi suggested that he would ban single-use plastic across the country from Wednesday, the 150th anniversary

  • Indo-Pak nuke war could kill 100m

    The year is 2025 and militants have attacked India’s parliament, killing most of its leaders. New Delhi retaliates by sending tanks into the part of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan.

  • India open-defecation free

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday declared the country free of open defecation, a feat he said was a major milestone for a country of 1.3 billion people, despite scepticism about his bold claim.

  • Hong Kong mops up, braces for fresh protests

    Hong Kong awakes to widespread damage and calls for more protests following some of the most violent clashes in nearly four months of unrest, including the shooting of a teenage demonstrator by police.

  • Nepal’s parliament speaker steps down after rape claim

    The speaker of Nepal’s parliament stepped down yesterday after a female employee of the parliament secretariat accused him of rape.