Daily Archives: December 22, 2017

Journalists are essential to a democracy. A few blemishes shouldn’t mean we forget that

The television news channel Times Now is getting a lot of flak on social media for running a programme suggesting that Rahul Gandhi is a part-time Congress party president on the...

750 ‘made disappeared’ in last 10 yrs: BD opposition leader

Bangladesh’s biggest opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday (Dec 21) alleged at least 750 pro-democracy activists have been made disappeared by the members of law...

1,344 farmers commit suicide in India’s Chhattisgarh state in 2.5 years

As many as 1,344 farmers committed suicide in Chhattisgarh during the last two-and-a- half years, the state government said on Thursday (Dec 21). In a written reply tabled in the...

‘Defence of Jerusalem is the core principle of Pakistan’s foreign policy’

Pakistan told the OIC Ambassadorial Group at the United Nations, which met Tuesday (Dec 19) ahead of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA) special emergency session on Jerusalem Status, that...

Punjab: Murders without murderers

New evidence reveals 8,257 “disappearances” across Punjab from the 1980s to 1995, the group Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project and leading human rights defenders from Punjab and India announced...

Myanmar rice exports highest in 50 years in 2017-18

Demand for rice produced in Myanmar has risen to its highest level in 50 years in the current 2017-18 fiscal year, with rice exports estimated to have increased to...

Indian PM Modi talks with Nepal’s top leaders over telephone

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has talked with top leaders three major parties over telephone on Thursday (Dec 21) evening. Following the result of the elections of House of...

Maldives cosponsors Palestine resolution despite US threat

Maldives has cosponsored the resolution submitted to the United Nations General Assembly criticizing the decision to United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Countries will be voting...

Hanging by a thread: The dying art of Kashmir weaving

The art of weaving was introduced in the Kashmir Valley in the late 15th century by the King Zain-ul-Abidin, who had imported the art from Persia. Kashmir carpets and shawls still follow...

Trump’s grandstanding on national security could end in tragedy

None of the capitals singled out in the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy as being the United States’ prime adversaries – Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, Pyongyang – appear to feel...

Gen Bajwa’s briefing

Amidst myriad internal and external challenges and the country teetering on the brink of crises, attempts to bridge the civil-military divide and foster dialogue between institutions are particularly welcome. Army...

Short-circuiting investment

During the 1980s the shortfall between electricity generated and consumers’ demand in Karachi widened to unmanageable proportions. Rampant over-staffing compounded by excessive non-core workers, a demoralized workforce and misaligned...

Indian armed forces have lost 35 aircraft, 14 pilots since 2014-2015

The Indian armed forces have lost as many as 35 aircraft, including 11 helicopters, and 14 pilots in crashes just since 2014-2015, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. If figures...

Another Bangladeshi shot dead by Indian BSF

A Bangladeshi national was shot dead by members of Border Security Force (BSF) of India at Shimultoli border in Patnitala upazila of Naogaon districet early Thursday (Dec 21), reports...

India to buy 2nd-hand choppers for Afghan forces

In a bid to bolster Afghanistan's air capabilities, India is considering buying several second-hand Russian-made Mi35s for the Afghan National Defence Security Forces (ANDSF) from other countries, a move...

India, Myanmar sign MoU for development of Rakhine

India and Myanmar on Wednesday (Dec 20) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) aimed at developing Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The MoU comes in the backdrop of massive migration of...

India, US discuss terrorist designation mechanisms

Even as China continued to block the listing of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar in the UN-designated list of international terrorists, India and the US discussed procedures for pursuing...

After Nepal, Maldives raises specter of waning Indian influence

A newspaper in Maldives has raked up a political storm after publishing an editorial that is critical of Indian Prime Minister Narendar Modi. This is the latest in a...

China says no political considerations in Masood Azhar’s listing issue

China on Thursday rejected India’s assertion that moves at the UN to list JeM leader Masood Azhar as a global terrorist were blocked due to narrow political considerations, saying...

BD, Myanmar form JWG on Rohingya repatriation, experts skeptical

In line with the nebulous deal inked between Bangladesh and Myanmar on November 23 for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to their homeland, the two countries on Tuesday (December...