Daily Archives: November 16, 2017

South Asia economic summit in Nepal makes renewed regional integration call

The 10th edition of South Asia Economic Summit kicked off in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu with renewed calls for rapid development of physical infrastructure and removal of non-tariff barriers to...

Election presents an opportunity for participation, not for Gujarat Muslims

There is something different about the Gujarat election this time. After ruling the state for over two decades, the BJP faces challenge from several civil society movements. The Dalits,...

Sri Lanka to amend Hambantota port deal with China further

Sri Lanka’s cabinet revealed that Ports Minister sought cabinet approval to amend the current concession agreement of the Hambantota Port. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said on 15 November that the...

Tillerson supports for Individual sanctions against Myanmar army

US Secretary of State Tillerson said the United States would consider individual sanctions against security forces found responsible for human rights abuses against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State. More...

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but it is...

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India early next year

India is preparing to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-January in what would signal qualitative upgrade of partnership, coming less than a year after Narendra Modi’s visit...

Afghan opium production up by 87% this year: UNODC survey

Afghan opium production has jumped a by a staggering 87 percent in the past year – from an estimated 2016 level of 4,800 tons to about 9,000 in 2017. According...

Armoured vehicles operate on western, northern border: Indian Army chief

With changing patterns in terrain, armoured vehicles like battle tanks must have the capacity and capability to operate on the western as well the northern border, Indian Army chief...

Eliminate those who indulge in violence in Kashmir: Indian Govt to security forces

Anti-militancy operations will be further intensified in Jammu and Kashmir with security forces being instructed to eliminate those who continue to indulge in violence in the state, officials said. The...

TTP is backed by enemies including India: Imran Khan

Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan has said that the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) was helped and financed by the enemies of the country to carry out violent attacks inside Pakistan. While...

Five-nation Lapis Lazuli Trade Agreement signed

Afghanistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Georgia on Wednesday signed a major international trade and transport corridor deal that will connect Afghanistan directly to Europe. The Lapis Lazuli Corridor will begin...

Bhutan proposes a Buddhist approach to business

Aiming to draw up a new, sustainable paradigm for business and entrepreneurship founded on Buddhist values and principles and driven by compassion, the Kingdom of Bhutan this week launched...

IS terror suspects planning suicide attack in Maldives

Two Maldivian men charged with terrorism were planning to carry out a suicide attack in the capital Malé, officials confirmed on 15 November. Ishag Ali, from Madduvari island in Raa...

Terror attacks killed 956 in Pakistan in 2016

At least 956 people were killed in 736 terror attacks in Pakistan in 2016, according to the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) released on 15 November, a significant decline in...

No strings attached to assistance to Sri Lanka, says China

China will not attach any strings when extending financial assistance to Sri Lanka and will not use an investigation into alleged human rights violations or war crimes during the...

Hindutva’s zealots trigger Sikh militancy in Punjab

Flush with unprecedented success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 Indian parliamentary elections, and given the BJP’s alliance with the Sikh party Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD)...