Daily Archives: November 23, 2017

Pakistan court orders release of Hafiz Saeed

A Pakistani court on November 22 ordered the release from house arrest of an Islamist leader accused by the United States and India of masterminding attacks on the Indian...

The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from surface-to-air missile...

Chinese, Nepali companies launch hydropower projects in Nepal

Three Chinese companies have joined hands with a Nepalese company to develop at least 1,000 MW hydropower projects in Nepal in the next five years. The joint venture between the...

US also calls Myanmar moves against Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States on Wednesday (Nov 22) called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” and threatened targeted sanctions against those responsible for what it called...

Maldives awards mega housing project to China firm

Maldives government has awarded the recently announced mega housing project in the reclaimed suburb Hulhumale to a prominent China firm, according to Chinese media reports. Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul...

India test-fires supersonic Brahmos missile from Sukhoi-30MKI

With the flight test of world's fastest supersonic cruise missile BrahMos from the Indian Air Force's (IAF) Sukhoi-30MKI frontline fighter aircraft, India has given a major boost to its...

Bhutan NA passes -Bangladesh double tax avoidance agreement

The National Assembly of Bhutan endorsed the double taxation avoidance agreement between Bhutan and Bangladesh. Signed during the visit of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Bhutan in April 2017,...

Turkish military manufacturers push for business with Pakistan

Turkish producers of tactical military goods, Askeri Elektronik Sanayi, Military Electronic Industries (ASELSAN), and Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) have set their sight on expanding their activities in Pakistan after...

Indian navy the odd man out in Asia’s ‘Quad’ alliance

The Trump administration is pushing security ties between the United States, India, Japan and Australia, but the revival of the Asian “Quad” must overcome lingering mistrust in New Delhi...

New military exercise highlights India-Myanmar defense relations

This week, India and Myanmar kicked off a new military exercise between them that focuses on peacekeeping operations. The drills once again placed the spotlight on a budding defense...

Anti-Muslim riot in Lanka raises its head ahead of local polls

The Sri Lankan government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe face the risk of losing votes of the ten percent Muslim community in Sri Lanka ahead...

High hopes and expectations over pope’s visit to Bangladesh

Bangladeshi leaders of different faiths hope the upcoming visit by Pope Francis will promote harmony and tolerance in this Muslim-majority nation. However, one hardline Muslim group warned it would protest...

Pakistan, China agree to push on with Economic Corridor plan

China and Pakistan have agreed to move ahead on the segment of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative which runs through Pakistan. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is...

Bangladesh sentences another Islamist leader to death

The International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh (ICT,B) on Wednesday (Nov 22) sentenced six people, including former Jamaat lawmaker Abdul Aziz, to death for committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation...

China’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario,...

Islamic State claims first attack in Indian Kashmir

International terror group Islamic State has claimed its first attack on Indian government forces in violence-torn Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim majority state bordering Pakistan. The propaganda wing of...

India, Russia to join forces against terrorism

India’s home minister Rajnath Singh is expected to visit Russia November 27 onwards, during which a pact on cooperation in tackling all forms of terrorism will be signed, a...