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Maldives to pull out of FTA with China: Nasheed

The new government in the Maldives will pull out of a free trade agreement (FTA) it signed with China, former President Mohamed Nasheed said on Monday. It was a mistake for the tiny nation to strike such a pact with the world's second biggest economy, he explained.

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Bangladesh opposition to take part in polls

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)- led 18 party opposition alliance Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF), announced on November 11 that it would participate in the forthcoming parliamentary election, but demanded that the polls be deferred by a month.

UN Secretary General concerned over Sri Lankan crisis

Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General, has expressed concern over the dissolution of parliament by the Sri Lankan President and his calling for snap elections for January 5, 2019.

India committed to world peace, Modi reiterates

Paying tributes to the Indian soldiers who fought in  World War I a hundred years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reiterated India's commitment towards world peace and pledged to create an atmosphere where wars do not occur.

Bhutan’s new government assumes office

Bhutan’s new government has assumed charge after being sworn into office by the King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, three weeks after the elections threw up a surprise winner.

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Cyclonic storm Gaja batters South India

A severe cyclonic storm, Gaja, battered the coast of the southern Indian state Tamil Nadu on Friday, leaving at least 15 people dead and causing widespread destruction.


Japan seeks to boost connectivity with India's Northeast

Japanese Ambassador Kenji Hiramatsu has said his country is serious about boosting connectivity in India's north-eastern states by building roads and bridges.