Daily Archives: June 8, 2017

New imaginations for an ancient region

A key factor now influencing the changing face of the south is not from South Asia but a slightly far away neighbor, China.  From an India-dominated South Asia, the...

Madhya Pradesh farmer’s defy curfew

Following the violent turn of events at the Mandsaur farmer agitation in Madhya Pradesh, the state government on Thursday removed Superintendent of Police O P Tripathi and the district...

PM Deuba assumes office, Constitution implementation top priority

Newly elected Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has assumed office on Wednesday. After assuming the office, PM Deuba held a Cabinet meeting at Singha Durbar in Kathmandu Thursday. While...

Survey: 56.4% people think proposing budget leads to price hike

A new survey states that more than half the people in the country believe that the price of essentials go up whenever a national budget is announced. The survey, conducted...

Indian Navy chief to visit Israel next week after signing billions in weapons deals

Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will visit Israel next week close on the heels of Israel signing two major defence contracts with India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s planned...

Jamiat official calls for early elections to fix current crisis

A top member of Jamiat-e-Islami party, Ismail Khan, has called on the international community to stop funding the Afghan government saying it has failed to fix the deteriorating situation...

Indian naval ship Sumitra on goodwill visit to Yangon

Indian Naval Ship Sumitra, an Offshore Patrol Vessel is visiting Myanmar on a goodwill visit from 6-8 June to hand over disaster relief material to the Government of Myanmar...

Assembly endorses media Bill

The National Assembly passed the Bhutan Information Communications and Media Bill 2016 on Tuesday. Forty of the 41 members present in the House voted “Yes” for the Bill, while one...

The government is seeking to muzzle media that is critical of the regime

Whichever way one looks at the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raids conducted on the NDTV offices and the residence of its promoters, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that...

14th Asia Media Summit in China

The 3-day Asia Media Summit 2017 opened on 6 June by the Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong in Qingdao China. A packed audience of delegates heard Ms Liu outline China’s achievements and...

Tackling terrorism: China defends Pakistan ahead of SCO summit

China has defended Pakistan on the issue of terrorism ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, saying tackling the threat posed by terrorism was not something one country...

Maldives announces campaign to intercept ocean plastic

Maldives Fisheries Minister Dr Mohamed Shainee has announced a campaign by Maldivian fishing vessels to intercept and collect ocean plastics from the country’s exclusive economic zone. The announcement was made...

SL adopts wait-and-see policy on Qatar

A special report on the situation in Qatar will be presented to the Cabinet by freshly-minted Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake next week as Sri Lanka adopts a wait-and-see policy...

Soldiers killed in action are not martyrs. ‘Martyr’ has religious overtones

I have a problem with calling soldiers killed in action martyrs. I know it’s meant as respect and I’m well aware it’s intended as an honour, but that still...

China slams Pentagon report on overseas military bases

Beijing on Wednesday dismissed as ‘irresponsible’ an annual US Defense Department report that predicted China would expand its global military presence, building overseas bases in countries including Pakistan. Published on...

India will choose Pranab’s successor as president on July 17, NDA has votes edge

With the term of President Pranab Mukherjee set to expire on July 24, the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday, June 7, announced the schedule for the presidential elections. It said voting,...

Sri Lanka Freedom Party at crossroads

A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at crossroads. Its members are wondering whether they...

Debris of Myanmar plane with over 100 on board found in Andaman Sea

Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late Wednesday, a local official...