Daily Archives: December 6, 2017

India’s SC strikes down Guwahati HC order, major relief to Muslims living in Assam

Both the factions of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Tuesday (Dec. 5) termed the Indian Supreme Court verdict upholding the validity of panchayat certificate for citizenship in Assam as a...

Pakistan proposes joint defence production with Turkey & Azerbaijan

On November 30, the foreign ministers of Pakistan, Turkey and Azerbaijan conducted a trilateral meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan, during which Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif proposed for joint...

ADB funds $580 million for Reliance’s BD power plant project

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Board of Directors has approved debt financing and partial risk guarantees totaling $583 million to develop the Reliance Bangladesh Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and...

India’s SC adjourns hearing in Ayodhya case to Feb. 8

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday (Dec. 5) decided to hear the civil appeals filed by various parties challenging the 2010 Allahabad high court verdict on the Ram...

Pak army chief briefs top commanders on military diplomacy after Mattis visit

Pakistan’s top military commanders discussed the security situation in Afghanistan on Tuesday (5 Dec.) – a day after US Defence Secretary James Mattis urged Pakistan to “redouble” its efforts...

Sino-Afghan economic commission meets, 3 deal signed

The Afghanistan-China Economic and Trade Commission discussed greater cooperation between the two countries at its third meeting in Beijing, the Ministry of Finance said. The meeting, held on December 4,...

Israeli journalist rejects Myanmar’s attempt to discredit arms deal report

An Israeli journalist whose question prompted Myanmar’s ambassador to Israel to confirm the existence of an ongoing arms trade relationship between the two countries says she stands by her...

The distortion of a distortion: India’s Padmavati movie controversy

The only queen that ruled over the great fort of Chittorgarh when I visited it in 2004 was named Ambience. The castle, a condominium of stone and nature, is vast...

Rajapaksa-Sirisena talks abandoned as local govt. poll date confirmed

As the date of the much anticipated local government elections is confirmed as being 10 February 2018 by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, political sources say that talks between rival...

General Mattis visit to Pakistan: An ice breaker?

The United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis’s important visit to Islamabad comes on the heels of other high profile bilateral visits by functionaries of the two countries. As US-Pakistan...

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined in India’s Constitution

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from...

Curious case of missing Muslim factor in Gujarat Assembly elections

Shh, don't talk about Muslims in times of hyper-nationalism. The message is echoing loud and clear in poll-bound Gujarat. All political parties have jointly decided to take a 'maun...

Pakistan’s software exports rise to $2.9 billion in revenue

Owing to the incentives given by the Government to IT and Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) industry and various international tech startup launch pads opening up in Pakistan, Pakistan’s...

UN rights chief says can’t rule out crime of genocide against Rohingya

The United Nations' top human rights official said on Tuesday Rohingyas were continuing to flee northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, where he said the crime of genocide by state...

UN seeks talks with Afghan factions to safeguard civilians

The UN is trying to engage in discussions with the warring factions in Afghanistan to stop the targeting the civilians, says Tadamichi Yamamoto, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for...

If UP civic poll results reflect the nation’s mood, it’s good news for opposition

Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah has said the Uttar Pradesh (UP) civil poll results are a barometer of the nation’s mood. If this were true, then the nation’s...

India, China discuss challenges in attaining sustainable growth

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar and Development Research Centre of State Council President Li Wei exchanged views on world economic prospects and bilateral cooperation in the third dialogue...

Modi’s Startup India Mission failed to solve issues of startups: Survey

Even as the Modi government promised extended sops to startups in India in 2017, many small business in India felt the heat as they received frequent tax notices. According to...