Daily Archives: September 15, 2017

Maldivian envoy picks holes in Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to kidnap him

Maldivian Ambassador designate in Sri Lanka, Md. Hussain Shareef, on Wednesday trashed former President Mohamed Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to kidnap him and deport him to the...

The harsh truth about India’s godmen

Late last month, when two Indian states and the national capital were held to ransom by rioting mobs protesting their spiritual leader’s conviction on two counts of raping minor...

Pakistan says India’s advanced military technology threatens regional stability

Pakistan on Thursday said that sale of advanced military technology and equipment by the United States to India would accentuate military imbalance and undermine strategic stability in South Asia. Responding to questions at the weekly news...

Bangladesh set to enter 4G era as gov’t approves guideline

Five years after the roll-out of 3G network, Bangladesh is now all set to enter 4G era as the government has approved relevant guideline with spectrum prices, paving the...

US State Dept official to visit Rakhine

Diplomatic sources close to the US Embassy in Yangon confirmed to The Irrawaddy that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Southeast Asia Patrick Murphy will land in Myanmar on...

Rohingya crisis can become security concern for India’s NE

The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar has to be tackled urgently as it has the potential of becoming a “huge security concern” for the entire region, including...

Pakistan, US, Afghanistan express commitment to eliminate Daesh

Pakistan-Afghanistan-US held meetings at the Ministry of Defence in Kabul with a common aim to counter Daesh, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Thursday. According to the ISPR, Pakistan...

Dokalam not last problem, Army cannot lower guard: Lt. Gen. Hariz 

The Doklam problem was not the last of its kind and the Army cannot afford to lower its guard since it has been resolved, a top military commander said...

Losing sight in Kashmir: Amnesty report highlights trauma of pellet-gun victims

“I have nightmares of pellets being shot at me. I long for peaceful sleep.” “Watching cartoons on TV, playing with my friends on the streets, reading books for hours –...

UN fears 1 million Rohingya influx into Bangladesh

With about 10,000 to 20,000 new Rohingyas arriving in Bangladesh a day, the UN agencies fear that the total number may reach one million by the year-end if the...

Pakistan at 70

Thanks to the untiring efforts of former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan Shahid Javed Burki, Research Professors at the Institute...

Pak-China Shaheen-VI joint air exercise underway at China’s Korla Air Base

A Pak-China joint air exercise is in full swing at China's Korla Air Base, Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) media department said on Thursday. The contingents from both sides participating in...

With China in mind, Japan, India agree to deepen defence ties

India and Japan agreed on Thursday to deepen defence ties and push for more cooperation with Australia and the United States, as they seek to counter growing Chinese influence...

Maldives may press Lanka to deport ex-prez Nasheed

The Maldives may seek Sri Lanka's help to deport former president Mohamed Nasheed, the country's envoy said on Thursday, a day after the exiled leader's lawyer raised fears for...

Bangladesh to raise Rohingya issue in UNGA

Bangladesh will raise the Rohingya issue in the upcoming 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session highlighting the main causes of the long standing crisis and will put forward...

Bhutan: Economic prospects dim for next six months

Bhutan maintained solid growth and economic stability in the first half of this year, according to the World Bank’s Bhutan Economic Update September 2017 report. World Bank’s resident representative, Yoichiro...

Don’t hold polls this year: Govt. tells polls commission

The government has informed the Commissioner of Elections not to hold polls till January next year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed this at a meeting...

Nepal: New president a month after new parliament

The election of the new Nepali president and vice president is proposed within a month after the election of the new federal parliament and provincial assemblies scheduled for the...