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A female militant blew herself up during a police raid in a militant hideout at Dhaka’s Ashkona, marking the first time a woman acted in the capacity of a suicide bomber in Bangladesh. Yesterday’s fatal detonation of an explosive by a female militant during a 16-hour police raid gave another example that the new wave of violent extremists in Bangladesh, notably the New Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh outfit, is fielding an unprecedented number of female jihadists, reports the Dhaka Tribune.  
 
With India looking at full exploitation of its rights under the Indus Waters Treaty+ (IWT) with Pakistan, a high-level inter-ministerial task force held its first meeting on Friday, focussing on bringing Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir on board for speeding up work on the ground through better co-ordination.  
 
For the first time, Bangladesh will beat China to emerge as the largest importer of Indian cotton and cotton products, such as yarn and fabric, in 2016-17, reports Banikinkar Pattanayak in New Delhi. According to official data, India’s exports of such items to China, the world’s largest textile and garment exporter, dropped to just $416.14 million in the first half of the current fiscal, while those to Bangladesh touched $613.16 million.  
 
In keeping with government’s declared policy, the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) on Friday okayed defence requirements with an eye to promote indigenisation.  
 
China will strongly oppose any attempt to label Pakistan as "supporting terrorism", Chinese official media today said and suggested India to accept the "olive branch" extended by a top Pakistani military General to participate in the USD 46 billion economic corridor.  
 
The Syrian government took full control of Aleppo on Thursday for the first time in four years after the last opposition fighters and civilians were bused out of war-ravaged eastern districts, sealing the end of the rebellion's most important stronghold.  
 
The Obama administration on Thursday officially scrapped the last vestiges of a U.S. registration system for Muslim immigrants. If President-elect Donald Trump now wants to introduce an expanded version of the program, he will have to start from scratch.  
 


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