Daily Archives: December 20, 2017

Pakistan rejects ‘unfounded’ allegations made in Trump’s first foreign policy

Pakistan on Tuesday (Dec 19) categorically rejected the allegations levelled in the Trump administration’s first foreign policy announced a day earlier, saying they "trivialise" its counterterrorism efforts and sacrifices...

Turkey to continue support to Rohingyas, improve economic ties with BD 

Visiting Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Tuesday (Dec 19) expressed his country’s intention to further improve the existing strong trade and economic relations with Bangladesh, and assured of...

318 killed in J&K in operations in 2017, says India

As many as 318 people, including 203 terrorists and 75 security personnel, were killed in terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir this year, the Lok Sabha was informed on...

Malaysian PM Najib flies into Male for official visit to Maldives

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak arrived Maldives Tuesday (Dec 19) for a two-day official visit. Najib and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were greeted on arrival at the...

With the Left Alliance now dominant in Nepal, India must reach out with positive...

In the recently concluded elections in Nepal, the Left Alliance of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) (MC) – has registered an impressive victory. They may...

India wants Nepal to pay more for its electricity

India has proposed that the price of electricity Nepal has been buying from the southern neighbour be increased. Officials at the Ministry of Energy say India has been pushing Nepal...

Sri Lanka local govt polls on February 10

The local government polls will be conducted on February 10 next year, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said on Dec 18. He said the date was selected after much deliberation...

Arrested Reuters reporters were ‘set up,’ says NLD spokesman

Two Reuters journalists arrested last week were deliberately “set up,” according to National League for Democracy spokesperson U Win Htein, who added that he felt sorry for the pair. Thet...

BD-Myanmar joint working group formed to repatriate Rohingyas

Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday (Dec 19) formed a joint working group to start next step of work for repatriation of Rohingyas living in Bangladesh and signed the terms...

Pakistan, China will say goodbye to US dollar, CPEC long-term plan launched

Pakistan’s Minister for Planning, Development and Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said the Chinese currency RMB would be used for transactions under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor. Pakistan and China agreed...

Pak Army Chief briefs Senators on national security

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday (Dec 19) briefed a parliamentary committee on issues related to national security, foreign visits he has undertaken during...

SSB has got its own ‘G’ section at Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan border

India’s border guarding force ‘Sashastra Seema Bal’ (SSB) has got its new intelligence section installed at its Siliguri Frontier to ensure better operational efficiency. The frontier guards 315 km...

India fears losing Nepal to China after Communist return to power

The left-wing coalition formed by the two Communist factions in Nepal this month comes as the end-result of a stunning upset in the country’s parliamentary elections, in which the...

The Gujarat voter has punctured BJP’s invincibility

A win is a win and a defeat is a defeat; but, sometimes, a win is less than a victory and a defeat is not exactly an ignominious loss....

China has India surrounded in their new Great Game

Think of South Asia as a giant Othello board. The squares are countries and slices of coveted territory. The players trying to cover the board with their black or...

Pakistan’s new strategy for future relations with US almost finalized

The work on a new strategy for future relations with the United States has entered an important phase as Pakistan is gradually finalising its policy keeping in view the...

China says lessons should be learnt from Doklam ahead of border talks with India

India and China will hold another round of boundary talks in New Delhi on Friday (Dec 22), in the first parleys under the special representative mechanism since the 73-day...

Bangladesh to buy drone, releases RFP

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has released a request-for-proposals (RFP) for an unmanned aerial system (UAS) for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The UAS is to comprise of a...

Beijing beckons to embattled Myanmar

China is increasingly bringing Myanmar into its geopolitical orbit. As international pressure mounts, over the treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority -- with some even calling for the country’s...