Daily Archives: November 8, 2017

NATO to increase troops in Afghanistan to 16,000

NATO is set to agree to increase its Afghanistan training mission by some 3,000 troops, alliance officials said, after the United States switched tack in long-running efforts to defeat...

Bangladesh elected vice-president of UN graft body

Bangladesh has been elected vice-president of the Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). The Bangladesh embassy in Vienna made the disclosure in a press...

International conference on GNH, themed ‘GNH of business’ begins

The seventh International Conference on Gross National Happiness started Bhutanese capital Thimphu on 7 November. Themed “GNH of Business”, the three-day conference proposes development of alternative business model by...

Maldives accused of intimidating, silencing media

The Maldives is tightening its grip on the media and freedom of speech by using the broadcasting regulator to silence and intimidate journalists, a leading NGO has warned, as...

Nepal’s Leftist alliance’s manifesto a ‘commitment to nation building’, says ex-PM Oli

CPN -UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli has said that election manifesto of the leftist alliance was commitment to nation building. At a news conference to unveil the election manifesto of...

Bank of China begins operations in Pakistan

Bank of China has formally launched its operations in Pakistan, with its first branch inaugurated in Karachi on Tuesday (Nov 7). Speaking to the inauguration ceremony in Islamabad, Bank of...

Chinese naval ship to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 13 Nov

The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will visit Sri Lanka Friday (Nov 10) for a four-day goodwill visit, the Chinese Embassy...

US Navy carrier drills with Japanese, Indian navy in Sea of Japan

The US Navy carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, conducted three days of drills with a Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships in the Sea of Japan, Japan's navy said...

Beyond big game hunting: The ‘Quadrilateral’ meeting

By accepting an invitation to join the Japan-proposed, U.S.-endorsed plan for a “Quadrilateral” grouping including Australia to provide alternative debt financing for countries in the Indo-Pacific, India has taken...

Tillerson’s Myanmar visit shows Trump’s renewed interest in South-East Asia

As part of his six-nation trip to Asia, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson will visit Myanmar on November 15. The main focus of Tillerson’s meeting with senior government...

Chinese envoy slams comments on Sri Lanka by top US official

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang rejected comments made by a top US official with regards to Chinese assistance to Sri Lanka. Yi Xianliang, in an opinion article...

Pakistan not diplomatically isolated after Trump’s speech: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed that Pakistan has neither been diplomatically isolated nor has its position weakened following US President Donald Trump's speech outlining the country's policy on...

India for naval alliance to tackle China

Much as China seeks to exploit 'India fears' amongst smaller South Asian nations to make inroads into the region, India is trying to play on fears of China's neighbors...

In India left-wing extremism at a low, but deaths of security officials still in...

Even as violence in regions affected by left-wing warfare this year reached an all-time low since 2010, number of security forces killed battling Maoist guerrillas seems to have increased...

US says no group will be allowed to attack Pakistan from Afghan soil: Janjua

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Tuesday (Nov 7) informed the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs that the United States (US) had assured Pakistan that no group, including...