Daily Archives: November 3, 2017

Some countries increasing influence in Afghanistan: NATO

A NATO official on 2 November said the military alliance was concern about increasing influence of Pakistan, Iran and Russia in Afghanistan. The military official with the Resolute Support mission told Afghan journalists here...

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘urges people not to quarrel’ on visit to Rakhine

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on Thursday urged people “not to quarrel” as she visited Rakhine State for the first time since a military crackdown that...

The Balochistan disconnect

On the evening of Oct 22, 2017 as I was entering Quetta Club with a CPNE delegation fora dinner hosted by the Speaker of the Balochistan Provincial Assembly Ms....

Condolences pour in following Dina Wadia’s demise

Soon after news broke about the death of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's only daughter Dina Wadia on 2 November, messages of condolences started to pour in through social media. People from all...

India to purchase 111 multi-utility helicopters for $4.35 billion

India will purchase more than 100 armed helicopters for its navy to replace its outdated French-designed fleet in a military deal worth US$3.2 billion (S$4.35 billion), an official said...

How far will Adityanath take his hindutva mission?

Notwithstanding his oft-repeated proclamations of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ and his assertions about putting the state on the path of development, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Adityanath has left no...

Trump visit to China: Putting Beijing ties on an even keel

The Chinese expect that United States President Donald Trump's visit to China next week will not hit the same high notes as Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the...

Bin Laden had no help from state elements in Pakistan: CIA files

Since the 2011 raid that took out the al Qaeda head honcho, there had been much speculation in the Western world on whether Osama bin Laden had support from...

‘China can help India achieve rapid job-oriented growth’

China can be India's good economic accelerator and job creator, and a greater mutual engagement between the two can give New Delhi easier access to Southeast Asian markets, the...

Indian preacher Zakir Naik finds refuge in Malaysia

When Zakir Naik emerged from a prominent Malaysian mosque last month fans swarmed about him, seeking selfies with the Indian Muslim televangelist whose hardline views have sparked a criminal...

India has largest number of malnourished children: Study

Over the decade, there has been an overall reduction in the infant mortality rates and under-five mortality rate in India, yet the country is housing about 50% of undernourished...

Pakistan plans to build several new nuclear reactors: official

Pakistan plans to build at least three to four big reactors as it targets nuclear power capacity of 8,800 megawatts (MW) by 2030, the country’s atomic energy commission chairman...

Pakistan naval ship to visit Sri Lanka from Nov 5-8

As part of a goodwill port call and to further strengthen the relations with Sri Lanka, a Pakistani naval ship PNS SAIF is scheduled to arrive at Colombo port...

Pakistan’s top military brass review geo-strategic security environment

Pakistan’s top-level military officials in a Corps Commanders Conference at General Headquarters took stock of the geo-strategic security environment, with a special focus on recent interactions with Afghan and...

China says no change on Masood Azhar issue

China is set to block the US application to declare Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist on 2 November  when the technical hold raised by Beijing...

Indian defence minister Nirmala meets Bhutanese King, Queen

Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the King and Queen of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, in Delhi on 2 November. The Bhutanese King had begun...

A violent winter of Bangladesh politics

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s convoy was attacked on the way to Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, though the victims were almost all media workers travelling in the convoy.  On...

China wants to see ‘normal relations’ between India and Bhutan

China on 2 November reacted cautiously to President Ram Nath Kovind appreciating Bhutan’s support during the Dokalam standoff, saying it wants to see New Delhi and Thimphu developing “normal...