Daily Archives: September 7, 2017

Death of an activist: on Gauri Lankesh

The murder of journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru has set off a wave of protests across the country; the chill that has set in is difficult to miss. It is a fool’s...

The folly of jeopardizing US-Pakistan ties

Taking his country back to Square 1, President Donald Trump’s Afghanistan policy offered nothing new except forsaking old frontline ally Pakistan and coercing new strategic ally India to deliver. Having...

Myanmar has launched a diplomatic offensive

The Myanmar government has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend off international criticism of its handling of the violence in Rakhine. The State Councilor’s National Security Advisor, Thaung Tun...

BRICS declaration signifies no change in policy towards Pakistan: Chinese ambassador

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong on Wednesday assured Pakistan that nothing new has been demanded of it with respect to the recently-adopted BRICS declaration against terrorist groups. The leaders...

Turkey First Lady Emine Erdogan arrives in Bangladesh to meet Rohingyas fleeing Myanmar

Turkey's First Lady Emine Erdogan has arrived in Dhaka early Thursday to meet Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. A special aircraft carrying her and her...

Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations. “Prime Minister Modi...

Aung San Suu Kyi and the death of a political fiction

For a very long time she upheld the perfect image of the liberal Western values, liberating her military controlled people by leading them in protest and later in house...

High-level govt meeting held for Rakhine conflict

A high-level meeting including the members of National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) was held in Naypyidaw on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation in Rakhine State and issues...

Giving Bhutan its due

The Doklam stand-off, from the beginning, has been dominated by an India-and-China narrative, but a largely silent but firm Bhutan held some of the most important keys to the...

Afghanistan: US apologises for ‘offensive’ leaflets in Parwan

A senior US commander has apologised after a series of controversial leaflets were dropped in Afghanistan. The pamphlets, distributed on Tuesday in Parwan province, north of Kabul, were deemed "highly...

UN secretary-general calls for ‘holistic solution’ in Rakhine

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called for the prevention of further escalation and a holistic solution to conflict in Rakhine State, as the UN has confirmed that 125,000 self-identifying...

Crack down on cow vigilantism, Supreme Court to states, centre

The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday asked all States and Union Territories to appoint nodal police officers district-wise to crack down on and prosecute cow vigilante groups that engage...

Two-front war with Pakistan and China cannot be ruled out: Indian army chief

A two-front war with Pakistan and China cannot be ruled out, Indian Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat said, dismissing the "myth that democracies or nuclear armed" neighbours...

Pope offers prayers for flood victims in southern Asia

After leading thousands of pilgrims in praying the Angelus, Pope Francis offered prayers for flood victims in Asia where monsoon rains have killed thousands in Bangladesh, India and Nepal...

The world must do more against terrorism: COAS Gen Bajwa at 52nd Defence Day...

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa called on the world to "do more" against terrorism at a tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war...

Justice Wahhab Miah acting CJ during Sinha’s leave

Justice Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, a senior judge of the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court, will discharge the responsibility of chief justice during the absence of Chief...

Maldives: Petrol and diesel prices hike

State Trading Organization (STO) - largest supplier of petrol and diesel oil in Maldives - has added to their petrol prices by 30 Laari per liter while diesel prices...

Nepal: Controversial Bohora set to become minister again

Nepali Rastriya Prajatantra Party (Democratic) leader Dipak Bohora, whose involvement in the corruption involving the controversial land procurement deal made by the state-owned Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) was revealed recently,...

Perpetual Treasuries Chief Dealer reveals: Aloysius received inside info from Lankan Central Bank

The Presidential Commission of Inquiry, probing alleged bond scams, resumed sittings on Wednesday, with Chief Dealer of Perpetual Treasuries (PTL), Nuwan Thilina Salgado, testifying. He said the company had...