Daily Archives: October 18, 2017

China to take 70 percent stake in strategic port in Myanmar

China has agreed take a 70 percent stake in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, at the lower end of a proposed range amid local concerns about Beijing’s...

Three drone strikes near Pak-Afghan border kill 31, Islamabad says ‘clear violation’

At least 31 people have died in three drone strikes targeting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over 24 hours. At least 12 people were also injured in the...

Sir Lanka to support Pakistan holding next SAARC Summit, says Sirisena

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena said that his country would extend support to Pakistan to hold the next Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and said...

Indian Air Force worried about future of fifth generation fighter deal with Russia

The Narendra Modi government now has a problem on its hands. The Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Programme (FGFA) was planned about a decade ago and several billion dollars have...

China speeds up work on $2 billion power project in Azad Kashmir

China is working to complete the Karot Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir ahead of schedule, and the sponsor of the China Three Gorges South Asia Investment project...

Breakthrough eludes QCG talks on Afghan peace in Oman

The four-nation talks on finding ways to revive peace process in Afghanistan, held in Oman on Monday (October 16), appeared to have ended without any breakthrough. All sides preferred...

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks greater Indian role, warns ‘fire may engulf entire region’

Bangladesh today pitched for a greater Indian role in containing the influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in Myanmar, saying the issue may not be directly affecting India now,...

Paktia police chief among 41 killed in attacks on Afghan police center

The death toll in a suicide and gun attack on police in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 41 with more than 200 wounded, an official said, in the latest...

Nepal PM Deuba relieves all Maoist ministers of portfolio

Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has relieved all the ministers representing CPN (Maoist Center) of their portfolios. According to Govinda Pariyar, Press Coordinator of PM Deuba, the decision came...

India, Russia to hold first ‘tri-service’ war games starting this week

India and Russia will hold large-scale military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, said the Defence Ministry. The two countries have held annual naval...

Bhutan to set aside Hydropower revenue as part of stabilisation fund

The revenue generated by Bhutan’s three major hydropower projects- Mangdechhu and Punatsangchhu I and II will be set aside as part of the government’s stabilization fund. This is to help...

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences...

UN says 582,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh

Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, the United Nations said Tuesday (Oct 17), warning that thousands more were still stranded at the...

Afghan president Ghani to visit India prior to Pakistan

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is expected to visit India within two weeks before his travel to Pakistan. Earlier, Pakistan chief of army staff Javed Qamar Bajwa invited President Ghani to...