Daily Archives: December 23, 2017

Afghanistan-China-Pakistan talks in Beijing next week

The first round of Afghanistan-China-Pakistan trilateral foreign ministers' talks will be held in Beijing on December 26, China’s Foreign Ministry said. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Acting Afghan Foreign Minister...

How deceased organ donation is saving lives in Pakistan

Syed Sulaiman Akhtar, 43, was born with a defective bladder. He had to go through three surgeries when he was only three months old. Even after the surgeries, his...

Maldives and China sign free trade agreement

Maldives President Abdul Yameen made his first state visit to China early this month to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), underscoring the growing partnership between the two countries....

Nuclearisation of Indian Ocean undermining SA’s strategic stability: Pak NCA

Pakistan’s The National Command Authority (NCA) on Thursday (Dec 21) expressed concern over the stockpiling of nuclear arms and plans for installation of Ballistic Missile Defence system by Pakistan's...

Indian IT companies establishing firm presence in China amid receding US demand

In a first, India's IT industry has joined hands with Chinese authorities to establish the business equivalent of a marriage portal. The matchmaking platform will help Indian companies to...

Pakistan hits back after Pence remarks

Pakistan and the United States engaged in verbal duel on Friday (Dec 22) after Vice President Mike Pence claimed that the Trump administration had put Islamabad on notice to...

‘Rohingya bypass Bangladesh to directly enter India’

Following increased vigil by India along the border with Bangladesh, Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims fleeing the country have discovered new routes to sneak into India. The recent arrest of an...

Communist Party of India urges govt to have friendly ties with Nepal

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Thursday (Dec 21) urged the Indian government to establish close relation with Nepal without interfering in its internal affairs, Indian media reported. Reacting...

India downplays Maldives diplo drama

India has scotched rumours of a rift with the Maldives, saying the two countries enjoyed a close relationship with shared development and security interests. External Affairs spokesman Raveesh Kumar made...

Sri Lanka awards expressway contract to Chinese companies

Sri Lankan cabinet approved the awarding of a contract for the construction of the Ruwanpura Expressway from the Kahatuduwa entrance to the Southern Expressway up to Pelmadulla via Ratnapura. Higher...

India wary of China’s South Asia push

China and Maldives signed a free trade agreement this month, and Sri Lanka recently handed over a major port to Beijing. These moves by China have led New Delhi to...

Is India’s growing hardline nationalism giving Hindu majority a licence to kill?

A lawmaker from India’s ruling party called the Taj Mahal a blot on Indian culture, saying in October that the famous tourist site had been built by Muslim traitors....

US Vice President Meets with troops, Afghan leaders on surprise trip

US Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on December 21, meeting with both Afghan President Ashraf Ghani as well as making a speech before US...

‘Make in India’ ended before it began for India’s defence sector

Despite announcements almost every month, not one big project has taken off. With just about a year left, Modi govt unlikely to have much to showcase in 2019. It is...

India, China agree on early settlement of boundary question

India and China on Friday (Dec 22) agreed that an early settlement of boundary question served the fundamental interests of both countries, India's external affairs ministry said. After a meeting...

India pledges US$25mil for Myanmar’s Rakhine to help refugees return

India will provide Myanmar with US$25 million (S$33.6 million) for development projects including prefabricated houses in troubled Rakhine state to enable the return of Rohingya Muslims who have fled...

Indo-Asean Summit on January 25: India to host to 10 Asean leaders

The government of India is preparing for the mega Indo-ASEAN show which will be attended by all the 10 leaders from SE Asia in January amid growing demand for...

Trump’s National Security Strategy eyes a more ‘obedient’ Pakistan

The US president Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) places the country at the centre of an increasingly ‘dangerous world’ and accordingly identifies the steps it needs to...