Daily Archives: December 19, 2017

Chinese president may visit Nepal in March

Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to visit Nepal in March 2018. High-level political sources said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had listed Nepal among the countries that the...

Warship visit puts Russia-Myanmar military ties into focus

Last week, a Russian Pacific Fleet ship detachment paid a visit to Myanmar in a little-noticed development. Though the interaction was just one activity within the broader bilateral relationship,...

China partners UNDP in BD flood support

The Chinese government in partnership with UNDP is providing $4 million to support recovery efforts for 13,910 most flood affected families in Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, and Bogra districts...

Why India-Nepal ties are likely to worsen

The election victory of a coalition of two Communist parties in the recent elections in Nepal signals difficult days for Indo-Nepal relations. The coalition of the Communist Party of...

Indian exports to China goes up by over 53% in October

India's exports to China registered a sharp increase of over 53 per cent year-on-year to reach USD 1.24 billion in October, but the trade deficit continued to mount, according...

Pakistan’s NSA Janjua accuses US of fomenting unrest in South Asia

Retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua, special adviser to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on national security, on Monday (Dec 18) said the United States (US) seems to be...

Russia signals support for Pakistan’s NSG candidature

A Russian diplomat speaking at a seminar on “Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Strategic Stability” signaled support for Pakistan’s lobbying since last year to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), which...

UN’s Zeid toughens warning of ‘genocide’ in Myanmar

The top U.N. human rights official has said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya...

Myanmar govt says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

Myanmar’s civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters...

China lavishes aid on Pakistani town, US, India suspicious over Beijing motive

China is lavishing vast amounts of aid on a small Pakistani fishing town to win over locals and build a commercial deep-water port that the United States and India...

Trump’s security strategy draws India closer, targets Pakistan and China

The first National Security Strategy from the Trump administration offers lots of support to India, while taking a tough stance against Pakistan. The US National Security Strategy paper, being...

Bangladesh, Bhutan, India hydropower treaty soon

The government of Bangladesh says a hydropower agreement with neighbours Bhutan and India is imminent, with Power Division officials saying it could happen as soon as January. Power Cell Director...

India’s muted response to Trump’s Jerusalem move stokes Arab unease

A dozen Arab ambassadors have asked India to clarify its position on the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, diplomatic sources said, after New Delhi's muted response suggested...

Myanmar govt says case against Reuters journalists can proceed

Myanmar’s civilian President Htin Kyaw, a close ally of government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has authorized the police to proceed with a case against two detained Reuters reporters...

Sri Lanka, Malaysia agree to strengthen co-operation in several sectors

Sri Lanka and Malaysia, on Monday (Dec 18) agreed to expand ties in several areas including trade and investment, agriculture and to curb the smuggling of drugs and human...

US forces conduct over 2,000 missions in Afghanistan in last 6 months

US Special Force members have conducted more than 2,000 missions in Afghanistan during the past six months, Pentagon says. The missions have consisted of either enabling or advising Afghan forces,...

 50 Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka

Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday (Dec 17) in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the...

Ties with India will not severe despite relations with China, says Maldives

Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim has assured neighboring ally India that the ties between the two nations will not be severed over China-Maldives free trade agreement. Asim had assured the...

29.1% Bhutanese male children not interested in education

Although six years is the official minimum age for entering primary school, 42 percent of the population aged six years and above do not have education according to the...

Narrow defeat in Modi’s Gujarat signals Congress comeback

The narrow defeat that the Congress party suffered in the just concluded Gujarat State Assembly elections clearly signals the re-entry of the Congress into the Indian political arena as...