Monthly Archives: May 2017

State Counselor: Peace conference agreements ‘A significant step’ for Myanmar

The stakeholders’ negotiations at the Union Peace Conference (UPC) “mark a significant step” toward future democratic federalism, said the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the closing...

Next Door Nepal: Waiting for a PM

Several parallel and contradictory trends are clearly visible in Nepal’s politics, an area which has been a victim of a prolonged transition process and the resultant adhoc-ism over the...

1.28 trillion rupees budget for the FY 2017/18

The Nepal government has tabled a budget of Rs 1.278 trillion for the Fiscal Year 2017/18, and this budget is  different from past ones as it has allocated sizable...

Kashmiri separatists slam Army chief’s statement

Separatists have criticised Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s remarks about protesting youths, calling it a ploy to incite them. Rawat had described the situation in Kashmir “as a dirty proxy...

Drug abuse among students highest in Thimphu

Of the total 4,668 students recorded for abusing drugs in 2016, about 4,000 are from schools in Thimphu, education minister Norbu Wangchuk said at the National Assembly during the...

Police summons issued to liberal bloggers with threat of trial in absentia

The Maldives Police Service has summoned three liberal bloggers living overseas and threatened to seek prosecution in absentia if they fail to return to the Maldives within two weeks. The...

BD Chief justice warns law ministry

Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha on Monday said it would be a serious mistake on the part of law ministry officials if they try to dominate the Supreme...

Gunmen kill district governor, son in eastern Afghanistan

Gunmen have killed a district governor and his son in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province. Abdul Raouf Massoud, a provincial police official, said the attack took place on Sunday in the...

Pakistan draws redlines for joining Saudi alliance

Pakistan has decided to draw certain ‘redlines’ for becoming part of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT) in an effort to avoid the negative fallout of its...

ICJ cannot release or acquit Kulbushan Jadhav: Khawar Qureshi

Khawar Qureshi, the lawyer representing Pakistan in the Indian spy Kulbushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), remarked that ICJ will neither release the spy nor...

Ma Ba Tha Lay members announce plan to form political party

Leading laypersons from Burma’s biggest Buddhist nationalist group, the Association to Protect Race and Religion—commonly known as Ma Ba Tha—have announced that they will soon form a political party. Maung...

Myanmar and China strengthen their alliance

In recent weeks, several signals have emerged that show Myanmar is opting to be part of Beijing’s orbit rather than strengthen relations with the West, particularly Washington. This is...

Signal 7 at maritime ports as Cyclone Mora near to Bangladesh

Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox's Bazar have been advised to hoist danger signal number seven while Mongla and Payra ports signal number five as cyclonic storm “Mora” heads...

India should either come up with a better plan for Sri Lanka or send...

When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean.  And it has a...

Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan, say US spy chiefs

The US intelligence community, in a rare acknowledgement of Pakistan’s concerns, has informed Congress that Islamabad does not want heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan and will likely turn to...

Chinese footprint on the Pakistani budget

The Nawaz Sharif government’s last budget is more or less an extension of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative. It is an effort by the government to complete the energy and...

IAF’s Sukhoi-30 jet crash: Black box recovered

The black box of the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet that went missing with two pilots on board has been recovered from a dense forest in Arunachal Pradesh, two days...

Process forwarded to end impeachment motion against CJ Karki

Processes have been initiated not to proceed with the impeachment motion registered in the Legislature-Parliament against Chief Justice Sushila Karki. The main proposer of the motion Nepali Congress lawmaker Min...

China pledges $ 2.2 m disaster relief support for Sri Lanka

The Chinese Embassy in a statement released on Sunday said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent messages of condolence to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and...

9pc graduates, undergraduates unemployed: BBS

The number of unemployed youths in the country has increased to 2.6 million, having an equal ratio from men and women. The total number of unemployed people of the country...

Assembly passes annual budget

The National Assembly endorsed the annual budget 2017-18, the third pay commission report, and the supplementary budget for the financial year 2016-17 on Saturday. The house did not endorse the...