Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

Bhutan signs up for UN peacekeeping rapid deployment

Bhutan has become the first country to pledge rapid deployment troops to the UN peacekeeping operations, keeping them at the ready for participation in missions within 60 days. Under-Secretary-General for...

Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Pope Francis's embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to...

US will act if Pakistan does not destroy safe havens, warns CIA

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has warned Pakistan that if it does not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the United States will do “everything we can” to...

Bangladesh Army Chief to review IMA parade on Dec 9

The Chief of the Army staff of Bangladesh will be the reviewing officer for December 9 passing out parade at the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. Bangladesh Army Chief General Abu...

Pak-Saudi special forces hold joint counter-terrorism exercise in Riyadh

Pak-Saudia Special Forces are taking part in a joint counter-terrorism exercise ‘Al-Shehab-2’ in Prince Naif Security City, Riyadh, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a press release. The two-week...

Beijing hosts Afghanistan-China economic talks today

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Sunday (Dec. 3) said the third meeting of the Afghanistan-China Joint Economic and Trade Commission will be held in Beijing on Monday (Dec....

Indian Navy to push for new naval base in Chennai

The Indian Navy is in an advanced stage of consultation with the State government and Central agencies regarding the expansion of the Naval footprint in Tamil Nadu by building...

India silent on Maldives, China FTA

India maintained cautious silence on the free trade agreement that the Maldives signed on 29 November with China. Senior officials at the Ministry of External Affairs said the government...

Nepal to host international conference on climate change

Nepal will hold an international conference to draw attention on climate change and its adverse effects on people in the Hindu Kush mountain range. President Bidya Devi Bhandari will...

Sri Lanka calls troops to support power restoration, relief work

With gale force winds and heavy rain battering many districts across the country, the army was called in for search, rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas. Army Headquarters said...

UP civic polls indicate BJP’s waning appeal at grassroots

The results of the just concluded municipal electionsin the populous North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh indicate the possibility of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) returning to its...

Pakistan’s collaboration with Poland over critical military equipment on cards

The possibility of Pakistan striking a deal with Polish Armaments Group (Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, PGZ) over collaboration in the provision of critical military equipment may just be in play...

India’s Rohingya terror problem: Real or imagined

Myanmar’s recent military crackdown on its Rohingya Muslim population has led to an exodus of Rohingyas from the country into neighboring Bangladesh. The government of Myanmar has faced severe...

Indo-Pacific strategy will likely share the same fate as rebalance to Asia-Pacific

The Indo-Pacific strategy proposed by US President Donald Trump during his maiden trip to Asia in November received positive responses from Japan, India and Australia and drew wide global...

1,600 personnel die every year without India going to war

Without going to war, India loses around 1,600 military personnel every year. And the single biggest killers are road accidents and suicides, much more than counter-insurgency operations or firing...

Iran’s Chabahar port opens, India hops to bypass Pakistan

New Delhi views the Chabahar port project as a strategic response to China’s development of the Gwadar port in Pakistan, and its aggressive pursuit of the Belt and Road...

Pope says his defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

Pope Francis defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting...

A paradox in this year’s memorialization of dead Tamil Tiger cadres

The conflict in Sri Lanka over the memorialization of Tamil Tiger militants through the annual observance of Maaveerar Naal or Great Heroes’ Day on November 27, is showing signs...