Daily Archives: December 15, 2017

6,700 Rohingyas killed in Myanmar, including 730 children, says Int’l aid group

Doctors Without Borders, a private charitable organization consisting of doctors and medical workers, said at least 6,700 Rohingyas have been killed in Myanmar. The aid group which provides assistance to people...

Pakistan off-limits to US forces: Centcom official

US troops in Afghanistan are targeting enemies inside Afghanistan and they do not have the authority to conduct any operations in neighbouring Pakistan, Brigadier General Lance Bunch, the director...

Nepal govt-in-waiting to revive scrapped Chinese dam project, officials say

The leftist alliance that is likely to form Nepal’s new government wants to attract more Chinese investment, including reviving a cancelled dam project, according to a senior member of...

The missing Muslim representation in Gujarat assembly election 2017

According to 2011 census, Muslims are the biggest minority in Gujarat accounting for 9.65 per cent of the population. Despite this high representation, only two Muslims were elected as...

US backs Russian investment in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline

The United States supports infrastructure investment by Russia – an arch rival of America in global politics – in laying an offshore gas pipeline from Iran as it will...

Bangladesh topped in tourist arrivals to India in November 2017

Bangladesh topped in tourist arrivals to India in November, accounting for 16.77% of tourist arrivals according to the Ministry of Tourism's monthly data. The data showed the percentage share of...

Pakistan directs its High Commission in Delhi to issue visas to Jadhav’s family

Pakistan on Thursday  (Dec 14) directed its High Commission in New Delhi to issue visas to the wife and mother of Indian death row prisoner Kulbhushan Jadhav, official sources...

India welcomes parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal

India has welcomed the conduction of Federal Parliament and Provincial Assembly elections held for the first time after the adoption of new constitution in Nepal. In a weekly media briefing...

Sri Lanka green-lights PPP for Port City tunnel link with Chinse subsidiary

Sri Lankan government  has green-lighted a proposal by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development to enter into a public-private partnership (PPP) with Port City developer CHEC Port City...

UN chief presses for release of arrested Reuters journalists in Myanmar

The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can...

Indo-Maldives joint military exercise in Karna from Friday

The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', will be conducted from Friday (Dec. 15) at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bengaluru. The bilateral annual exercise...

Poverty rate drops to 8.2 percent in Bhutan

A total of 56,865 people in Bhutan live below the poverty line, according to the Bhutan Poverty Analysis Report (PAR) 2017. This means that one out of 12 people belongs to...

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion,...

Afghanistan wants US to send A-10 aircraft

The Afghan government wants the US to redeploy the A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft to bolster efforts in the fight against the Taliban, according to a Military Times report. A senior...

Indian police ambush Maoist rebels, killing eight

At least eight suspected Maoist rebels were killed in a gunfight with police who ambushed their hideout in southern India on Thursday (Dec 14). The deaths are the latest in...

Pak FO denies China has halted payments for CPEC projects

Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday (Dec 14) rubbished reports that Beijing had halted payments on any of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country. FO Spokesperson Dr...

Trump signs a bill allocating $700 million under the coalition support fund

American President Donald Trump has signed a mammoth $700 billion defense bill to modernize and bolster US military might including the allocation of up to $700 million to reimburse Pakistan...

INS Kalvari submarine commissioned but Indian Navy’s sub-sea power is below par

Almost 18 years after India cleared an ambitious submarine-building programme to scale up its undersea warfare capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India-built INS Kalvari into the navy in...

De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of...

China overtakes India as Sri Lanka’s single largest trading partner

India has been the single largest trading partner of Sri Lanka for a very long time; especially since 1977. But in 2016, China overtook India by a small margin,...