Daily Archives: December 7, 2017

Bhutan’s Thorthormi glacier recedes by 1.2kms in last 16 years

The Thorthomi glacier has receded by 1.2kms in the last 16 years, according to a research by a volunteer expert with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Jun Saito. Jun Saito...

Afghan HPC ready for talks with Taliban without any pre-condition

The High Peace Council (HPC) Chairman Mohammad Karim Khalili at a ceremony in Kabul on Wednesday (Dec. 6) said the council is ready to start peace talks with the...

China says UN resolutions ‘cannot solve’ Rohingya crisis

China said Wednesday (Dec. 6) that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve...

The Brahmaputra conundrum

Indian strategists should prepare for a possible river diversion by China The news that China is planning to divert the waters of the Yarlung Tsangpo (the upper stream of India’s...

The past as present

The attacks on medieval Muslim rulers by the Hindu right wing constitute not only an attempt to rewrite the past but also to interpret the present in a way...

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t...

Rahul Gandhi has much to prove as Congress chief

For all the contrived drama - 89 nomination papers bearing a single name, seeking the blessings of party elders, insistence on "due process" etc - Rahul Gandhi's impending shedding...

‘All Indians have the right to speak for the Mahatma’

TUSHAR Arun Gandhi, the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, is in the news all over again. The Gandhi scion, who led a re-enactment of the historic Dandi March in 2005,...

Indian Supreme Court to hear Rohingya petition on January 31

The Supreme Court of India has scheduled the hearing for Rohingya refugees deportation on January 31. The apex court has posted all petitions relating to the deportation of Muslim Rohingya refugees for...

China, Pakistan hold joint naval drill in Shanghai

The Chinese and Pakistani navies held rich exchange activities during the on-shore planning stage of the “Friend-2017” China-Pakistan joint military exercise. Captain Shahzad Iqbal, captain of the Pakistan Navy Ship...

Sri Lanka to hand port to Chinese firm, receive US$300 mil

Sri Lanka will hand over commercial activities in its main southern port to a Chinese company on Saturday (Dec 9)and receive around US$300 million (S$404.2 million) out of a...

India using scare tactics on US over China’s submarine program: Expert

India wants to incite the US to partner with it in containing China by saying that China's submersible development program is a challenge to the US Navy's aircraft carriers,...

Rohingya crisis alters pattern of India-Myanmar-China engagement

The humanitarian crisis in Southeast Asia triggered by the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to other countries including Bangladesh and India has created a situation wherein Chinese diplomacy...

The Dalai Lama wants to return home

The impact of the 19th Communist Party of China congress and affirmation of President Xi Jinping as China’s ‘most powerful’ leader in decades seems already to be having a bearing on India...

India for verification of Rohingyas for repatriation

India has said Bangladesh and Myanmar should implement a systematic process of verification to facilitate the repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh. The neighboring country said the UN Human Rights...

India looks to Iranian port as Central Asia gateway

Some call it a potential game-changer for India, noting that the new port facility will offer the country a gateway into Central Asia and a counter to Chinese moves...

In a first, Indian army to train Afghan women military personnel

In a first, Indian Army will train a group of Afghan women military personnel at Officers Training Academy in Chennai. The women officers have been selected from different provinces...

India-Russia multi-modal transportation route all set to open next Month

The first consignment of goods to be transported via the International North-South Transportation Corridor (INSTC) will depart from India's financial capital Mumbai to St Petersburg, Russia next month. This...

Bangladesh: The politics of political minorities

The birth of a new Front, an alliance of four political parties of sorts, not famous for their clout or size hasn’t created waves as expected. The leaders themselves...

Nepal votes today, China and India watching closely

Nepal goes to polls today (Dec. 7) in a landmark election that is closely watched by neighboring India and China, each hoping for a win for their domestic allies...