Daily Archives: June 29, 2017

The troubling caste politics in India’s upcoming presidential election

The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) choice of a Muslim, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in 2002, and of a Dalit (a member of the lowest caste in India), Ramnath Kovind, in...

A saga of an arrest, a bail and a fundamental rights petition

Arrested and released on bail in quick succession, following his surrender to the Courts after weeks of evading the law on several charges including racial and religious based hate...

Trump triumphs over Modi in Washington talks

Despite holding hands and giving bear hugs three times publicly to show exceptional closeness, India’s pushy Prime Minister Narendra Modi got precious little from US President Donald Trump in...

The woes of Bengalis and Burmese of Karachi

Even on a Sunday morning, Ibrahim Hyderi is abuzz with activity. Bazaars are brimming with motorcycles, cars, autorickshaws. Buyers and sellers are trading all kinds of household goods and...

A diet of Cricket at Colombo Cricket Club Café

It is a turf of a different kind where one gets bowled over by a soup named after Muttiah Muralitharan and knocked out by a Saurav Ganguly food platter....

By naming Salahuddin, is Trump mediating in Kashmir?

It was like an Eid gift from US president Donald Trump to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. The Muslims of the sub-continent were celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr on the night of June...

Religion Minister rejects nationalists’ criticism, intends to ‘purify’ Buddhism in Myanmar

Myanmar’s religious affairs minister U Aung Ko rejected calls for his resignation from nationalists, including monks, accusing him of favoring Islam over Buddhism in the country and said he...

Maldives taken off US human trafficking watch list

The Maldives has been removed from a human trafficking watch list of the US State Department following the first successful prosecution and conviction of traffickers. The Maldives was on the tier...

China may be giving a diplomatic message via tri-junction

The Army chief is expected to visit Sikkim as early as Thursday to review the tense standoff between Indian and Chinese troops, even as military officers said that such...

GST regime in India to impact every sector in Bhutan

As the Indian government embarks on a new goods and services tax (GST) regime from July 1, Bhutan will experience two-edged implication. Imports may become cheaper, but exports could...

Phase II local polls in Nepal: EC puts turnout at 70.5%

The Election Commission (EC) has estimated that 70.5 per cent voters cast their ballots in the second phase of local polls held in three provinces—1, 5 and 7. The second...

CPEC going smoothly despite challenges: Ahsan Iqbal

Pakistan has been smoothly implementing an ambitious plan to build an economic corridor with China, despite experiencing some challenges, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said on...

New political front ’emerging’ amid ongoing tension within Afghan govt

Amid continued tension between national unity government leaders – namely President Ashraf Ghani and First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum – some senior government officials have reportedly held discussions...

SriLankan Airlines ranked 81st among top 100 airlines

National carrier SriLankan Airlines has been ranked 81st among the Top 100 airlines of the world in 2017. At the World Airline Awards held at the Paris Air Show on...

Govt suspends 15% uniform VAT decision for two years

The Bangladesh government will follow the existing multiple rates of value-added tax for the next two fiscal years, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said in parliament. It means the government...

Air Corridor Important but we will not give up efforts for rail-road connectivity: Afghan...

Afghan ambassador Shaida Abdali discusses the creation of the Afghanistan-India Air Freight corridor, regional connectivity, bilateral trade and more. Last week, India and Afghanistan established the first direct air freight corridor,...

In Shanghai Eight

India, along with Pakistan, becomes a full-fledged member of the SCO, an umbrella organisation to promote cooperation in trade and counterterrorism efforts. Will it join OBOR next?  India and...

Myanmar embraces responsible business

Myanmar’s economic performance is increasingly causing foreign investors to shy away from the country, while local businesses complain of government inertia. But the government insists that the country is...

India’s expanding trade ties a strategy to counter-balance CPEC: Chinese daily

Chinese state-run daily Global Times recently termed India's efforts towards establishing trade linkages in the region 'geopolitical stubbornness' and urged New Delhi to develop economic and trade relations with...

Govt. says no to LNG power plant in Sampur

In a surprising turn of events, the government has decided not to go ahead with the two proposed Indian and Japanese-funded Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) power plants in Sampur,...

Madhesis ignore call to boycott Nepal local elections

The Madhesis, a people of recent Indian origin who had sworn that they would boycott the second phase of the Nepalese local body elections on June 28, ended up...
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