Daily Archives: December 18, 2017

Cross overs, trade overs, factions and splits heralds Lanka govt polls

The February 2018 local government polls, the litmus test of President Sirisena’s power over the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the popularity of RanilWickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP)...

Rohingya repatriation: Myanmar team visits Bangladesh today

A six-member Myanmar delegation arrives in Bangladesh today (Dec 18) to finalise the formation of much sought-after joint working group for Rohingya repatriations, local media reported. The high level delegation,...

Two women in India harassed every day at workplace in 2017: Survey

Two women were harassed every day at their workplaces in India in 2017. News reports said Sunday (Dec 17) that the National Commission for Women (NCW) received an average of...

Pak army chief to brief senators on security situation for the first time

For the very first time in Pakistan’s parliamentary history, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa will brief a Senate committee over the country’s security situation and...

Nepal’s Left Alliance urges govt to pave out way for smooth transition of power

CPN-UML chairperson KP Sharma Oli has urged the government to pave out a way for the smooth transition of power. Speaking in a joint press conference organized by the...

Two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Dec 16. Bangladesh Coast Guard ships Mansoor Ali and...

11 police killed in attacks in Afghanistan

At least 11 Afghan policemen were killed on Sunday (Dec 17) when Taliban fighters attacked two checkpoints in the volatile southern province of Helmand, authorities said. The assaults were the...

Pakistan and India are racing to tap the Himalayas

Several hundred metres underground, thousands of labourers grind away day and night on a huge hydroelectric project in contested Kashmir, where India and Pakistan are racing to tap the...

Interpol refuses to issue notice against Zakir Naik

The Interpol has rejected India’s request to issue a red corner notice (RCN) against Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. The founder of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) is wanted by the...

Ties with Pak military critical to US success in Afghanistan: Pentagon report

The US Department of Defence has acknowledged its relationship with Pakistan's military as critical to the success of interests in the region, and proposed that Pakistan must make fundamental...

Wang Yi’s India visit was meant to deter another Doklam

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s message to India for maintaining border peace has been supplemented with fresh troop deployments to deter a confrontation in the Doklam area, says a...

UN identifies ‘significant challenges’ to personal liberty in SL

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the...

Afrazul: Brutally murdered and burnt alive

On December 6, a 50-year-old migrant labourer, Mohammed Afrazul, was brutally murdered and burnt alive (apparently due to suspicions that he was in a relationship with a Hindu woman) by...

Catholics singing Christmas carols detained in India

Indian police detained dozens of Catholics singing Christmas carols for allegedly trying to convert people, officials said on Friday (Dec 15), as fears grow over religious freedom in the...

Insurgent camps on Bangladesh soil reduced to zero, says Indian BSF

In a major development reported after decades of cross-border insurgency along India's eastern frontier, the BSF has said that camps and hideouts of Indian Insurgent Groups (IIGs) across the...

Rahul Gandhi is Congress President, now what?

Now that Rahul Gandhi has formally taken over the reins from his mother, Sonia Gandhi, as the Congress party president, what is in store? That is a question many...

Facing challenge at sea, Indian navy embarks on long road to upgrade chopper fleet

Indian navy is preparing a fresh case for buying new multi-role helicopters (MRH) after failed attempts to fill a key area of deficiency in its capabilities, a senior navy...