Daily Archives: October 27, 2017

India loses the plot on the Rohingya issue: Hands the game to China

India appears to have lost the plot on the Rohingya issue. Despite having a measure of clout both in Bangladesh and Myanmar, and appeals by Dhaka to mediate, New...

Pressure on Pakistan

Rare is the minister who goes to parliament and briefs its members in a candid manner. On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif briefed the Senate on US Secretary of State...

A diplomatic dispatch for an ambitious India: How Shyam Saran sees the World and...

Over the generations, officers of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) have produced a scintillating array of memoirs that are excellent statements of the politics of their time, but also...

What the end of the Deng era and the Beginning of Xi’s ‘new era’...

The Congress ended with the insertion of the ‘Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese characteristics for a New Era’ into the Party constitution, confirming Xi as the most...

DIPLOMACY: China defends Pakistan after India, US slam terror ‘safe havens’

China on Thursday (Oct 26) said Pakistan was "at the forefront of counterterrorism efforts" as it mounted a defence of its "all weather" ally after the India and United States both...

Letting a 100 dams bloom

For a country blessed with many rivers, the perennial scarcity of water in Pakistan is because of the shortage of storage capacity. While problematic presently, a full blown crisis...

After editor’s exit, Hindustan Times pulls down controversial ‘hate tracker’

The Hindustan Times appears to have taken down its hate tracker initiative, a microsite that aimed at being a “national database on crimes in the name of religion, caste...

India’s NIA files charge sheet against Zakir Naik in incitement case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday (Oct 26) filed a charge sheet in a special court here against controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik for allegedly inciting youth to...

Shed reservations and join ‘Belt and Road Initiative’, China tells India

China asked India to shed its objections and join the ambitious ‘Belt and road initiative’. Beijing also reiterated that the project’s goal is to promote common prosperity and that...

Indian Christians arrested again over forced conversion charge

Police have arrested two Christian women in central India on charges of kidnapping children for conversion, which church leaders say is the latest example of Christians being harassed. However, there...

Chevron not winding up business in BD

Bangladesh’s state minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid on Thursday (Oct 26) said US oil major Chevron is not leaving Bangladesh; rather, it will invest $400 million in...

India for constructive approach to Rohingya crisis

Seeking a ‘constructive’ approach to dealing with the exodus of the Rohingya, India said that the displaced members of the community will have to return to their place of...

Mitra Shakti: India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise concludes

The two-week long joint military exercise involving India and Sri Lanka, ‘Mitra Shakti’ concluded on Thursday (Oct 26). In the last few days, forces from both sides participated in...

Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for ex-PM Sharif

A Pakistani court on Thursday (Oct 26) issued arrest warrants for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two cases of corruption spiralling from the Panama Papers leak, his lawyers...

Tillerson-Ghani meeting speaks volumes of American failures in Afghanistan: Asif

The meeting between United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Bagram airbase tells a story of American failures, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif...

Indian establishment urges RJP to forge electoral alliance with NC

Indian establishment and Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri have piled pressure on the Rastriya Janata Party (RJP) to forge electoral alliance with Nepali Congress (NC) for the...

UN rejects Myanmar’s claim of nod for houses for refugees

A United Nations settlement programme, UN-Habitat in Myanmar, on Thursday rejected a state media report that it had agreed to help build housing for people fleeing violence in the...

Swiss tourist couple beaten up in India

A Swiss couple have been attacked at Fatehpur Sikri, a monument 44km (27 miles) from the Taj Mahal, Indian police say. A group of men, reported to number three or...

In 2015, 2.5 million Indians died due to pollution, highest in the world

India accounted for 27% of all deaths attributed to pollution with 2.5 million deaths in 2015, according to a global study. China, with 1.8 million, had the second-most deaths, and...

Bhutan to generate 6.5MW renewable energy

Bhutan is expected to invest more in renewable energy sector in the next five years, according to the Department of Renewable Energy (DRE) director Mewang Gyeltshen. “We’re planning to generate...

US Orders Six More A-29 Super Tucano Aircraft For Afghanistan

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) and its partner Embraer Defense & Security have received orders from the US Air Force's A-29 Afghanistan Program for six more A-29 Super Tucano aircraft. According...