Daily Archives: August 23, 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy

President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed formula. It is...

Kofi Annan arrives in Yangon

Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, arrived in Yangon on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Annan...

Trump’s Afghan strategy sticks to old script

In his new strategy for Afghanistan released Monday, US President Donald Trump said he would put more US troops into the nation. His predecessor Barack Obama was clear in pulling...

Taliban responds to Trump’s Afghan strategy

The Afghan Taliban has warned Donald Trump is "wasting" American soldiers' lives after the US president approved sending thousands more troops to the war-ravaged country. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Afghanistan would become...

Narayanganj 7 murders: Death upheld for 15 convicts in High Court

The High Court has confirmed death sentences for 15 convicts who had murdered seven people in Narayanganj. It has reduced to life in prison death penalties awarded by the trial...

Doklam stalemate may continue, says Indian defence ministry officials

The stalemate at Doklam is likely to continue till the BRICS summit early next month, Defence Ministry officials believe. “Though there may not be any talks on the standoff, there...

China urges world community to recognise Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror

China has urged the international community to recognise Pakistan’s sacrifices in fighting against terrorism following US President Donald Trump’s comments accusing Pakistan of “harbouring terrorists” in the country. Beijing’s reiterated...

China lambastes Trump as the battle lines are drawn in South Asia

China has come out in full support of its ally Pakistan after President Trump called it a sponsor of terrorism while unveiling the much-awaited Afghan and South Asia strategy...

Analysts say Trump’s warning to Pakistan could backfire

President Donald Trump’s warning to Pakistan to put an “immediate” end to harboring militants operating in Afghanistan didn’t spell out the consequences of defiance or suggest a new strategy...

Army preempts Trump’s speech; puts forward Pakistan’s perspective

Director-General of the ISPR announced the successful completion of Operation Khyber 4 in the Rajgal valley, which was launched last month in order to forestall ISIS-K. Maj Gen Asif...

Lankan PM advises President to sack Justice Minister Wijeyadasa

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised President Maithripala Sirisena to sack Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Raja pakshe for acts not compatible with the policies of the government of...

Pro-Awami League lawyers call for Chief Justice Sinha to resign

A forum of lawyers allied with the ruling Awami League has called for Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to step down, venting anger over the top court’s verdict that...

India constructing 73 roads on border with China

Even before the unrest in Dokhlam broke out, India had been constructing a number of roads along its border with China. The combined length of the roads is around...

In 2016-17, India’s derailment death toll highest in a decade

India’s death toll from train derailments in 2016-17 is now the highest it has been in a decade, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data tabled in the upper...

The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter...

Oli urges PM Deuba to raise issues of national interest during India visit

Main opposition CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba to raise the issues of national interest including the problem of inundations in the...

Highways to be leased out to Chinese Co: PHU

The government is attempting to lease out the three expressways to a Chinese Company called ‘Shandong’, the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) claimed today. It said a proposal was to be...

Majlis resumes with soldiers surrounding speaker

The Maldives People’s Majlis resumed after a three-week hiatus Tuesday morning with soldiers surrounding embattled Speaker Abdulla Maseeh Mohamed as opposition lawmakers called for his resignation. Speaking over the clamour...

First ever surveys confirm below average quality of education

The quality of Bhutan’s education and also the related issue of the inability of educated youth to go beyond government jobs has been two much discussed issues. Two domestic assessments...