Daily Archives: August 19, 2017

Ladakh-like incidents not in interest of India or China: Indian MEA

India said on Saturday it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, but underlined that incidents like one in Ladakh...

New US strategy for Afghanistan

As the new US administration mulls over how to best deal with the Afghan imbroglio, the Taliban have sent an open letter to Trump advising him to completely pull...

BD Railway losses multiply

Bangladesh Railway’s net operating losses almost doubled last fiscal year and its losses in the past 10 fiscal years increased by about 176 per cent, according to official data. The...

US’ $8.5 billion campaign to fight drugs in Afghanistan a ‘failure’, Moscow says

The US anti-drug campaign in Afghanistan, on which Washington spent $8.5 billion, has failed: the production of drugs in that country is still high, the Russian Foreign Ministry said...

Yogi Adityanath: If I cannot stop namaz on road, I have no right to...

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Wednesday said that if he cannot stop the offering of namaz on roads during Eid, he has no right to stop celebration of...

Pakistan wants credit for terror fight, not money, Gen Qamar tells CENTCOM chief

Amid relentless criticism of Pakistan from the Trump administration, Pak army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told a top US military commander that Pakistan doesn’t need aid, all...

Constitution won’t permit foreign judges, says FM Marapana

Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, on Friday said foreign judges couldn’t be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the Constitution. He said so when The Island asked him...

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a war of mercenaries?

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace...

Myanmar state-owned airline to extend wing to China’s Chengdu

Video PlayerCloseMyanmar National Airlines (MNA), a state-owned airline, will extend wing to China's Chengdu, a report quoted a chief executive officer of the airline as reporting Friday. The planned schedule-flight...

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he is merely...

Trump, top aides seek to overcome divisions delaying Afghan strategy

U.S. President Donald Trump huddles with his national security team on Friday to try to agree on a strategy for Afghanistan which includes options ranging from a pullout or...

China offers aid to Nepal, unsettling India’s attempt to woo back old ally

The development is important as it comes on the eve of Nepalese president's India visit next week and it could circumscribe India-Nepal efforts to restore friendly ties after the...

Bandwidth to be sold to Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bhutan

The four countries will take 102.5 GB/s bandwidth from Bangladesh Bangladesh is building a link to sell 100 GB/s bandwidth to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, and talks are on with...
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister...

Red Cross says floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation...

Fuel card introduced for government pool vehicles

Bhutan Government pool vehicle drivers in the country will now have to use a card while refuelling their vehicles. The finance ministry, in collaboration with Bank of Bhutan, launched...

Sirisena makes history by appointing a Tamil as navy chief after 47 years

Sri Lankan President Maithripal Sirisena made history on Friday, when he appointed Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, from the minority Tamil community, as Commander of the Sri Lakan Navy (SLN)...

Nepal: MCC Board approves $500 million ‘Compact Programme’ with Nepal

The US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has approved a $500 million (approximately Rs52 billion) ‘compact programme’ with Nepal. This is MCC’s first compact in South Asia. Nepal has committed...