Monthly Archives: February 2017

Russian involvement giving Afghan conflict a new twist

 (Exclusive): With Russia repeatedly hosting conferences on Afghanistan and with the US, under the Trump administration, signaling its intentions to increase the current level of troops in Afghanistan, dynamics...

India endorses Pakistan’s nomination for SAARC post

According to Pakistan Today report, in a major development to repair ties between Islamabad and New Delhi, India finally lifted its ‘objection’ to the nomination of Ambassador Amjad Hussain...

China protests over raid on Yangon plant

China has asked Myanmar to take effective measures to protect Chinese citizens and investors after a Chinese garment factory in Yangon was targeted on Thursday by strikers who damaged...

Bangladesh’s proposed hike in gas prices sparks protests

Bangladesh has announced plans to raise natural gas prices for the second time in under two years, meeting with immediate protests from political parties and industry groups, including the...

Mehbooba Is Kashmir’s Big Disappointment

The snows are melting. Spring is in the air. But Kashmir's Winter of Discontent is far from over. As for the union  and state governments, they seem to have...

Al-Qaeda suddenly relevant in Bangladesh? 

Seemingly of out of nowhere a high-ranking US commander has claimed that international terrorist organization Al-Qaeda is active in Bangladesh. Sentinel magazine from an organization called "Combating Terrorism Center" which is known...

India talks of positive significance, says China

China said the strategic dialogue with India was of positive significance to ties and that extensive agreements were reached. It however, skirted any reference to the persisting differences over...

India approves 10.51 billion dollar missile deal with Israel

Ahead of a possible visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel later this year on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries,...

Tajikistan to join Pakistan road link bypassing Afghanistan

While Kabul is reluctant to finalise a transit trade agreement with Islamabad, Tajikistan is poised to join a separate initiative which will connect Pakistan to Central Asia, bypassing Afghanistan...

Jaishankar’s visit: Bringing BD back to the fold?

Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is on a short visit to Bangladesh. What messages is he bringing in for Bangladesh? Speculations abound. Indian sources say that his tour is...

Beijing wants India to be “Open Minded” about CPEC

Despite the strategic dialogue, China and India are still nowhere near in solving their differences on CPEC project. India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during a meeting with his Chinese...

The Jinnahs, Gandhi And Khilafat

It seemed that Gandhi had learnt nothing from the failure of his experimental ­anti-Rowlatt agitation. The only reforms Gandhi seemed to be interested in were personal ones, including Jinnah’s....

Super foods to control blood pressure

Hpertension has reached epidemic proportions in South Asia. Last year, a survey by Cardiological Society of India (CSI) revealed that one in every three Indians suffers from hypertension, of...

SL Foreign Minister’s call for action

In a National Unity Government that has grown increasingly skittish about crafting Sri Lanka’s post-conflict future, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has steadfastly championed justice and reconciliation issues. Speaking in...

Thousands of chilli peppers create a stunning carpet of red in the fields of...

  Thousands of chilli peppers create a stunning carpet of red as labourers worked on fields at Bogra district in Bangladesh. More than 2,000 people work in almost 100 chilli...

Operation “Raadul-Fasaad”: The Decisive Battle

Chairing a high-level security meeting in Lahore on Wednesday (22 February) attended by all the Corps Commanders in the Punjab, the COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa announced the launching...

Arakanese Politicians Threaten to Boycott Panglong Peace Conference

Arakanese politicians say they will boycott the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference unless the government approves a national-level political dialogue for Arakan State. In early February, the government’s Union...

Pakistan Army kills two high profile JuA terrorists

Pakistan Army has achieved a major success in newly launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad as two high profile terrorists of Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) were killed at Afghan border, security sources said. Pakistan Army...

Maharashtra civic polls: Shiv Sena on top in BMC, but BJP makes decisive gain...

The Shiv Sena on Thursday emerged as the single largest party in the cash-rich BMC winning 84 seats, closely trailed by BJP which bagged 82 seats in a total...

A glimpse into the saga of Sri Lanka’s constitutional reforms

The attempts by Sri Lanka’s National Unity government to draft a new constitution in order to seek a permanent solution to the long drawn Tamil ethnic question is afloat...

UN Human Rights experts asks Bangladesh to stop enforced disappearances

Geneva- February 24: The issue of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh, has risen from a few isolated cases a few years ago to more than 40, United Nations Human Rights Experts...