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Bangladesh eyes record $51 bn budget for 2017-18

Bangladesh eyes record $51 bn budget for 2017-18

Dhaka, Feb 27  Bangladeshi Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith has said the government will request a record $51 billion national budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year beginning in July, a media report said on Monday.Muhith told journalists on Sunday shortly...
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60 killed in Syria explosion

Damascus, Feb 25  At least 60 people were killed in a car bombing in a Syrian village on Friday, a British war monitor said on Friday.The suicide bombing that rocked the town of Susian, in said to be targeting Turkey-backed rebels, Xinhua news agency...
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Australia to host Asean special summit in 2018

Canberra, Feb 23  Australia is expected to host the Asean-Australia Special Summit in 2018, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Thursday.It will be the first time that Australia will host an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit...
India-Australia to cooperate in civil aviation security

India-Australia to cooperate in civil aviation security

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The central government on Wednesday said that India and Australia will cooperation in the field of civil aviation security. The development follows the Union Cabinet’s decision on Wednesday which approved the signing of...
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Singapore Tourism Board to woo Tamil movie producers

Chennai, Feb 22 (IANS) The Singapore Tourism Board is planning to attract Tamil movie producers to shoot their movies in that country, as it has been several decades since a Tamil movie was produced with Singapore figuring in the story plot, said a...
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Israeli PM arrives in Australia amid Palestine controversy

Sydney, Feb 22  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here on Wednesday amid controversy over his policies towards Palestine. The four-day official visit to Australia is the first by a sitting Prime Minister of Israel, EFE news reported. “We...
China to construct 74 airports by 2020

China to construct 74 airports by 2020

Beijing, Feb 20  China is planning to construct 74 more civil transport airports by 2020, an official report said.The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) report provides the blueprint and sets the goals for the development of China’s...
Bangladesh India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia : Envoy

Bangladesh India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia : Envoy

Dhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) Bangladesh is now India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia, the Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said. Speaking at the opening of the fourth Indo-Bangla trade fair on Thursday, Shringla said, “In...
Kerala Tourism to organise promotion event in Abu Dhabi

Kerala Tourism to organise promotion event in Abu Dhabi

Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 18 (IANS) To attract cash-rich Arab travelers, the Kerala Tourism Department along with retail chain Lulu Group, is organising a four-day ‘Explore Kerala @ Abu Dhabi’ event from February 22. “Considering tourist...
First cargo vessel from Kolkata arrives at Dhaka river port

First cargo vessel from Kolkata arrives at Dhaka river port

Dhaka, Feb 18 (IANS) Paving way for direct cargo vessel movement between India and Bangladesh, the first container ship from Kolkata arrived at Dhaka’s Panagon river port, media reports said. The ‘Shonartori Nou Kalyan-1′ reached the...
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Indian team in Sri Lanka to monitor progress of projects

Colombo, Feb 18 (IANS) A team from the Export-Import Bank of India was in Sri Lanka to monitor the progress of projects under India’s Lines of Credit (LoC) scheme, particularly in the railway sector, media reports said. The team visited sites of...
Sri Lankan Airlines named ‘best in South Asia’

Sri Lankan Airlines named ‘best in South Asia’

Colombo, Feb 17 Sri Lankan Airlines, the island country’s flag carrier, was named “the Best Airline in South Asia” by China’s Top Travel magazine, the airline said on Friday.Sri Lankan Airlines was recently crowned the World’s...
Afghanistan, Turkmenistan discuss TAPI project

Afghanistan, Turkmenistan discuss TAPI project

Kabul, Feb 17  Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmenian counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov have discussed on the phone implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project.Both the leaders on Thursday...
New Zealand, China meet to discuss climate change

New Zealand, China meet to discuss climate change

Wellington, Feb 18  Ministers from China and New Zealand met here on Friday to discuss climate change, and experience and expertise in the field, a media report said.After the bilateral talks, New Zealand Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett said :...
Myanmar reopens border gate with Bangladesh

Myanmar reopens border gate with Bangladesh

Yangon, Feb 16  Myanmar has reopened a border gate with Bangladesh which was temporarily closed following terrorist attacks on some three border posts in 2016, the State Counsellor’s Office here said on Thursday.The border gate (number one) was...
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India, Nepal agree to build new cross-border power lines

Kathmandu, Feb 15 (IANS) In view of the various power projects being developed in Nepal, India and the Himalayan nation have agreed to lay down new cross-border transmission lines. In this regard, laying of new Butwal (Nepal)-Gorakhpur (India) and Lumki...
Australia, Sri Lanka discuss border protection, economy

Australia, Sri Lanka discuss border protection, economy

Canberra, Feb 15  Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday discussed in a meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe the border security and economy.Turnbull on Wednesday met Wickremesinghe to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic...
Northeastern region significant for India-Bangladesh trade ties: Minister

Northeastern region significant for India-Bangladesh trade ties: Minister

Mumbai, Feb 14  Bangladesh is setting up a World Trade Centre at Chittagong port, which will help strengthen trade ties with India, a Bangladeshi Minister has said.Shahriar Alam, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs, said: “Trade...
Portugal achieved financial stability in 2016: PM

Portugal achieved financial stability in 2016: PM

Lisbon, Feb 14  Portugal achieved financial stability in 2016 and the conditions of the banking sector have improved significantly, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said in a statement on Monday.“In 2016, Finance Minister Mario Centeno achieved...
Taiwan celebrates Lantern Festival

Taiwan celebrates Lantern Festival

Yunlin (Taiwan) Feb 13 Millions of lanterns in the shape of Christian churches, Buddhist temples, and Hindu temples with Brahma, Krishna, Lakshmi and Durga lit up the night sky of Taiwan to celebrate the Lantern Festival, marking the 15th day of the...
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