Daily Archives: September 13, 2017

Inflection point in Kabul

India’s current plans to intensify strategic cooperation with Afghanistan could well mark an inflection point in its regional security politics. If its approach to Afghanistan has long been marked...

Nobel laureate Yunus asks Suu Kyi to start peace process now

Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus has called upon Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi to take “immediate steps” to halt the Rakhine State violence and stem the...

Khawaja Asif talks Afghanistan, regional security with Turkish leadership

Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met with Turkish leadership in Ankara on Tuesday as part of his tour to regional powers in the aftermath of the United States' new policy...

RSS doesn’t run the BJP as the BJP doesn’t run the Sangh: Mohan Bhagwat

Over breakfast at Delhi's Claridges Hotel this morning, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat explained the organisation to diplomats from 50 countries, answering questions like - does the RSS...

Pakistani PM offers joint patrols with Afghanistan

Pakistan's prime minister has offered "joint patrols' and a 'joint post' with Afghanistan as a means of bi-lateral verification of action taken against terrorist groups or their sanctuaries. "Whatever it...

Myanmar State Counselor will not attend UNGA to focus on internal issues

Myanmar’s State Counselor and de facto leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has decided not to attend the UN General Assembly session in order to focus on internal issues,...

Over 200,000 Rohingya children at risk, says UNICEF

Over 200,000 Rohingya children are at risk following their flight from Myanmar to Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar, says Bangladesh Chief of UNICEF’s Child Protection Jean Lieby. In a briefing on Tuesday,...

Nepal: Global warming poses grave threat to the Himalayas

Increasing global warming caused by greenhouse effect and its subsequent impact has posed a grave threat to the Nepal’s mountain ranges, experts said. They stressed the need of taking timely...

India, Myanmar and SL get tongue lashing from UN rights chief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad bin Hussein, has give three countries in the South Asian region a tongue lashing for their callousness towards grave...

M-777 Ultralight Howitzer’s barrel explodes during field trials in Pokhran

The Army's new long-range ultra- light (ULH) howitzer M-777 was damaged during a field trial in Pokhran firing range and a probe has been ordered into the incident, Army...

Indians could live 4 years longer if India cleaned its air to WHO standards

If India reduced its air pollution to comply with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) air quality standards, its people could live about four years longer on average, the Air...

Bangladesh and Rohingyas: Caught unprepared once more

When members of the uniformed branch try to impress international media with field visits, it usually fails embarrassingly. The Myanmar army’s effort to convince the world that it was...

Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

International divisions emerged on Tuesday ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on a worsening refugee crisis in Myanmar, with China voicing support for a military crackdown that has...

No military operations in Mattala airport India deal

Sri Lanka is insisting on the inclusion of a specific clause in the proposed deal with India on the privatization of the Mattala Rajapaksaairport that will prevent it from being used for any military purposes, in a...

Eliya movement of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – the route to Presidency?

The theatre is being constructed to make the powerful former Defence Secretary and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the savior of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism. The purpose clearly...

‘Maldives with Rohingya’: Raajje TV raises MVR4m for refugees

The private broadcaster Raajje TV has raised more than MVR4 million (US$260,000) to help Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing violence in the Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “We initially targeted for MVR1 million during...

War crimes: Exercise universal jurisdiction on Sri Lanka –UNHRC

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on Monday (Sept 11) expressed frustration over the "slow pace of reforms" in Sri Lanka and said...

Bhutan Democracy Dialogue hopes to put national interest before party interests

Bhutan Democracy Dialogue (BDD) will try and prevent the nation from being divided along party lines by ensuring that parties place national interests before individual party interests. BDD is an...