SOUTH ASIAN DIGEST

Bhutan delegation visits SAARC HQ in Nepal

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A 14-member delegation from the Bhutan Broadcasting Service paid a visit to the SAARC Headquarters in Kathmandu, this forenoon. The delegation was led by Mr. Jigme, Executive Producer, states a press note issued by Kathmandu based SAARC Head Quarters, 17 May, 2018. The Secretary General received the delegation and briefed them about the SAARC process,... More

Kashmir shuts down to protest Indian leader Modi’s visit

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Separatist leaders called for a shutdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a daylong visit to review development work and inaugurate road projects. The visit came a day after archrivals India and Pakistan shelled each other's security posts and villages, killing four civilians on each side and an Indian... More

US’s C-17s resume airdrops in Afghanistan after more than a year

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The C-17 Globemaster III has resumed combat airdrops to remote bases in Afghanistan for the first time in roughly a year and a half. One of the first drops was conducted by an Al Udeid-based C-17 over undisclosed outposts in southern Afghanistan, between May 10 and 11. “Our tasking and the aircraft selection for this mission... More

World Bank urges Myanmar to address risks as growth picks up

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As the economy picks up amid global and domestic uncertainty, the World Bank has urged the government to address emerging risks that could impact business sentiment and weaken future performance, according to its new Myanmar Economic Monitor (MEM). Real GDP growth increased to 6.4 percent in financial year 2017-18, from 5.9 percent the previous year,... More

Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence

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Sri Lanka's president Saturday (May 19) warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said government forces had failed to quash the Tamil rebels' separatism, although they were militarily conquered by May 2009 following a... More

China welcomes merger of Nepal Communist parties

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China welcomed the merger of Nepal's two Communist parties, one headed by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and the other by former premier Prachanda, saying it supports the country's choices to develop its social system. The ruling CPN-UML, led by Oli, and Prachanda's CPN-Maoist Centre Thursday merged to form the Nepal Communist Party -... More

Pakistan cries foul over India’s bid to inaugurate Kishenganga dam

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Raising serious concerns over inauguration of Kishenganga Hydroelectric Project (KHEP), scheduled for Saturday (May 19), Pakistan said on Friday that without the resolution of the dispute the attempt is tantamount to violation of the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). The 330-megawatt project on the Kishanganga River in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Bandipora district is all set to be... More

UNHRC adopts draft report on Bangladesh

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The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has adopted the draft report on the human rights review of Bangladesh, with recommendations on taking steps to halt forced disappearance, extra judicial killing, and ensure freedom of expression in media, politics and religion. During the 30th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group of the HRC... More

Maldives a friend, we share close ties, says Indian Navy

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The Indian Navy continues to maintain very good relations with Maldives, Vice Admiral M S Pawar, chief of staff, Eastern Naval Command, said on Thursday in response to a question on why the country didn’t participate in Milan ’18, a joint exercise of navies from across the world organized at Port Blair earlier this... More

TOP NEWS

Pakistan & Afghanistan find a road-map to peace


Despite the myriad odds, Pakistan and Afghanistan have been successful in charting out a mutually agreed road-map to peace and stability in the ‘Af-Pak’ region. Whereas its many phases, starting from a proposal and the behind the... More

REPORTS

BJP pushes for citizenship bill in Assam but opposes it in Meghalaya


The opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment), Bill, 2016 by the Conrad Sangma-led coalition government in neighbouring Meghalaya, in which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a partner, could not... More

India’s Modi inaugurates hydro project in Kashmir, Pakistan protests


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Saturday (May 19) a hydroelectric power plant in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, amid protests from neighbor Pakistan which says the... More

Dhaka wants stronger defence ties with Riyadh


Bangladesh plans to replicate the “Kuwaiti model” in developing its defence relations further with Saudi Arabia. The negotiation to conclude a Saudi proposed framework deal on defence cooperation is almost... More

Efforts to repatriate Rohingya refugees stumbles again


The return of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar has again stalled after Bangladesh and Myanmar officials failed to fix a start date for actual repatriation. A Joint Working Group responsible for... More

COMMUNALISM

Denying Muslims the opportunity to offer Namaz in open violates cultural liberty


Denial of open space to Muslims in Gurugram to offer namaz by some groups formed in the name of Hinduism is a negation of Sarva Dharma Sambhav which remains... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

Alien versus alien: On Assam Citizenship Bill


In Assam, where illegal migration, in fact as well as in exaggeration, has defined the political landscape since the 1980s, public hearings and meetings held by a Joint Parliamentary... More

ISSUES

Ramzan ceasefire in Kashmir is only a symbolic gesture


Two days before Ramzan started, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a surprise announcement: government forces in Jammu and Kashmir will temporarily halt counterinsurgency operations to ensure the Muslim month of fasting passes off... More

Nine years after end of Lankan war, chance of permanent peace further...


Nine years after the bloody civil war grinded to a halt Sri Lanka is moving further away from the permanent peace that its citizens want, with the chasm between the Tamils and the Lankan... More

A stable and strong Pakistan would be in India’s best interest


In a damning admission, the former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, in an interview given to a prominent newspaper, has tacitly admitted to Pakistan’s role in 26/11 attacks, though he did not name... More

New US sanctions pose dilemma for India’s defense


A request for proposal released this month to Russian Helicopters by India for co-producing 200 Kamov Ka-226T helicopters, a deal to be signed on two S-400 air defense systems, and another one on Russian... More

DEFENCE

Indonesia gives India military access to strategic island of Sabang


In an event hosted this week by New Delhi titled "Indonesia's Maritime Policy and Thinking of ways forward for India-Indonesia as Maritime Neighbours," it was informed that India would be investing in the port... More

Pakistan seeks JV with Korea to develop defence products


Pakistan’s   Federal Minister of Defence Production Barrister Usman Ibrahim has said that Pakistan deeply values its relations with Korea, and is willing for Joint Ventures for development of different defence products. In a meeting with... More

Lake Placid

A correlation between the departure of one of India’s longest serving foreign secretaries, S. Jaishankar, and a visible improvement in Sino-Indian relations is lik­ely to be seen as a tenuous argument meriting an outright dismissal from seasoned Indian diplomats. Yet, sections within and beyond the... More

COLUMN

Pressure mounts on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

Myanmar’s civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. The UN, the US and China have all chipped in, to make the Lady’s life increasingly difficult, in one-way or another. But if the government was not facing enough trouble trying to arrange the... More

Khulna elections: AL won, BNP lost and the EC didn’t win

Municipality polls in the Khulna city polls drew as much interest as any national elections tussle. It was an intense politically combative one with BNP leader Khaleda Zia still held in jail. She is fighting to get bail which is proving to be rather elusive. BNP had claimed that its... More

Citizenship Bill amendment protests rocks Assam

The ruling BJP is clearly on the defensive over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and seems to playing for time on the issue. The Bill proposes to provide citizenship or stay rights in India to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The political calculation behind the move was to ensure the... More

Yameen’s toughness and geo-political changes restore balance in Indo-Maldivian ties

Toughness and grit on the part of the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, coupled with changes in the geo-political environment in South Asia, has resulted in a thawing of the icy relations between India and the Maldives. With a tough customer like Yameen at the helm in the Maldives running an... More

The US softens up on Pakistan to find ‘peace’ in Afghanistan

After experiencing months of cold, it seems that the US is starting to realize the folly of disengaging Pakistan, and is accordingly warming up. While underlying tensions remain, the recent change in emphasis on the role that Pakistan can play in Afghanistan does signify a US willingness to accommodate... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Modi-Putin tete-a-tete in Sochi to mend ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests. Photo: Reuters/ Danish Siddiqui Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Putin is flexible and pragmatic but harshly unwavering on Russian interests.... More

India is failing the test on J-K

Mr Ram Madhav is the pointsman of the RSS and the BJP-led Central government for India’s foreign relations and Jammu & Kashmir. (Is there an irony in that?) On the government’s J&K policy, he once said: “The government will stand firm, eruption or no eruption.” Mr Madhav is safe and... More

Rohingya advocates urge Ottawa to consider resettling Muslim refugees

When more than half a million Rohingya fled their villages in Myanmar last year and crossed into Bangladesh by foot and by boat, Anwar Arkani’s three sisters were among them. Arkani, who came to Canada in 1998 after living as a refugee for a decade in Bangladesh and Thailand, knows... More

Guns vs. butter at Wuhan meeting

The anxiety syndrome in the American write-ups on the Wuhan summit is truly tragi-comic. An analyst at the Brookings Institution confidently predicted even before the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping that the event was much ado about nothing. The US government-funded Voice of America in an... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor


Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More
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Anxious and angry

“OF all the terror cases in India, the Mecca Masjid case is a typical one, as it was once again Muslims who were terrorised.... More

‘I wanted to show the female characters encountering their bodies’:...

In You Can’t Go Home Again, Sarvat Hasin strings together stories of Pakistan’s urban young – shuttling between Karachi and London, the past and... More

Honey, I shrunk the city: Chennai’s quirks and charms get...

In the winter of 2017, artist Hemlatha Venkataraman sat sketching at the local tea shop in Chennai’s Anna Nagar while sipping on hot tea.... More

Sri Lanka’s Tea Museum, giving life to a legacy

Bridging the island’s colonial past with the present is Sri Lanka’s museum dedicated to the Lankan heritage of tea. Standing atop the scenic mountains... More

Pakistani English fiction’s search for approval and recognition

Authors of Pakistani origin writing in English are on fire abroad. And in Pakistan, they are igniting a frisson of excitement and minor pyrotechnics... More

One Year On, Indian Army’s ‘Human Shield’ Still Awaits Justice

Last year, on the morning of April 9, Farooq Ahmad Dar – a 27-year-old shawl weaver from Chill Brass village in central Kashmir’s Budgam... More

Beyond boundaries

When news of the noted Sufi singer Pyarelal Wadali breathing his last at a private hospital in Amritsar after a prolonged battle with diabetes... More

The Betrayal of India: A close look at the 2008...

These days we rush from one media story to another, trying to keep up with the latest terrorist attack. Yesterday Paris; today London; tomorrow,... More