Daily Archives: June 15, 2017

Sri Lanka: Growing with giants

Sri Lanka has the capacity to punch above its economic weight, observed State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday (14 June), pointing out the country was already well integrated...

A tale of two bridges:  Padma Bridge construction costs highest in the world

With the amount being spent on the construction of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh, India could have made 19 bridges, each the size of their biggest one, the Bhupen Hazarika...

CPI-M wants reduced Indo-US Military Ties after SCO Membership

Membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) gives a good opportunity to India to reduce its military and security ties with the US and also review its confrontationist stance...

Russia to supply five more Mi-171Sh helos to Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract with Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, for the purchase of five additional Mi-171Sh transport helicopters. The contract, the value of which...

US should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty: China

China on Wednesday said the US should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, amid reports that America may deploy more troops in the war- torn country, which borders...

No military solution to the ongoing situation in Afghanistan: UN Chief

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres made a surprise visit to Kabul on Wednesday and was expected to hold discussions, with Afghan leaders, on a number of issues. Upon arrival in...

FATA reforms essential for enduring peace and stability, says Gen Qamar

Pak Army chief General Qamar Bajwa has reiterated that mainstreaming of the Federally Administered Tribal Agencies (FATA) is essential for long-lasting peace in the region. “Our focus now is to...

US urges India, Pakistan to hold direct talks

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold his first interaction with US President Donald Trump, Washington is urging both India and Pakistan to hold direct talks...

BD Capital sees downpour, water-logging

The capital experienced a spell of downpour on Wednesday evening, which caused water-logging on the roads in many low-lying areas and disrupted vehicular movements. Many major areas, including Motijheel, Shantinagar,...

Lankan PM and cabinet issues strong messages against hate crimes

The Sri Lankan government will arrest and punish those who spread religious hate and will look at coming up with new laws to tackle religious based hate crimes, Prime...

Are you with us or with Qatar, Saudis ask Pakistan

Pakistan has told Saudi Arabia it will not take sides in the brewing diplomatic crisis in the Middle East after Riyadh asked Islamabad “are you with us or with...

One Belt One Road: Bangladesh is willing but wary

Bangladesh finds itself between a rock and a hard place. On one side, there is China’s One Belt One Road initiative, which promises seamless connectivity to the rest of...

Presidential Election: In for a surprise

WITH less than eight weeks left for the new President to be elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yet again reminds the opposition parties of the brute majority he commands...

Opposition leader Adam Azim released

Adam Azim, a senior opposition figure arrested on charges of encouraging the government’s overthrow, has been released after nearly a week in police custody. The police released him Wednesday afternoon...

Irrawaddy farmers demand return of confiscated land

Farmers in Irrawaddy Division’s (Myanmar) Myaungmya Township demanded the divisional government return more than 200 acres of land confiscated, and subsequently abandoned, by Myanmar’s military to its original owners,...

Major parties, RJP-N talks fail to make headway

A meeting between the top leaders of major political parties and agitating Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N) has ended inconclusively on Wednesday. During the meeting held at Singh Durbar on...

India, Pakistan to gain from ‘Shanghai Spirit’

After being observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for 12 years, India and Pakistan were admitted as full members to the bloc at the SCO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan,...

As Indian wins place on ITLOS, government likely to back Dalveer Bhandari for ICJ...

After getting its nominee elected to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Wednesday, the Indian government is likely to re-nominate Justice Dalveer Bhandari to...

Bhutan: Man sentenced for impersonating a reporter

Gelephu dungkhag court recently sentenced a 23-year old man to five years and two months imprisonment for repeated impersonating. According to the verdict, Jigme Thinley, who is from Lauri, Samdrupjongkhar,...