Daily Archives: December 28, 2017

From hope to despair in Myanmar

To say that 2017 was a year of disappointment for Myanmar would be a gross understatement considering the earlier sky-high expectations for peace, prosperity and democratic transformation. Many of those...

Unesco recognizes Bangladesh’s shital pati as cultural heritage

A traditional handcrafted mat produced in the low-lying villages of Bangladesh has been included in the Unesco’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The art of making...

Indian armed forces facing shortage of nearly 60,000 personnel

The Indian armed forces are facing a shortage of nearly 60,000 personnel with the army topping the list with over 27,000 vacant posts, the government said Wednesday (Dec 26). According...

Foreigner or citizen? Assam finds out at stroke of midnight on Dec 31

At the stroke of midnight on December 31, when the world embraces a new year, Samsul Haque, a rickshaw puller, and Abul Kalam Azad, a researcher with Tata Institute...

Pakistan appoints economist to head finance ministry in run-up to election

Pakistan has appointed an economist, who was recently chairman of the board of investment, to take charge of the finance ministry after the former minister was relieved of his...

Myanmar extends curfew in northern Rakhine to ensure security

Myanmar local authorities extended the curfew order in Maungtaw, a sensitive area of conflict in the northern part of Rakhine state, for another two months to ensure further security,...

No unrest in Maldives-India relationship; says envoy

Maldives ambassador to India Ahmed Mohamed affirmed the relationship between India and Maldives has not worsened and remains steadfast. Speaking to India's "National Herald" Mohamed assured the unity between South...

China investing $140 million in Nepal’s cement industry

The Investment Board of Nepal is preparing to sign an agreement with a Chinese company to bring in around $140 million (Rs 14 billion) investment in Nepal’s cement industry. The...

Sri Lanka records highest-ever tourist arrivals of 2.3 mln in 2017

Sri Lanka received more than 2.3 million tourists so far this year, the highest ever recorded in history, a minister here said on Wednesday (Dec 27). Sri Lankan tourism promotion...

India’s WB govt to construct road near the border of Bhutan

The government of India’s West Bengal state has decided to construct a new road near the border of Bhutan which will help strengthening the tourism infrastructure in the region....

China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to battle terror together

Ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China met in Beijing where they agreed to work together to tackle the threat of terrorism tied to China’s vast western Xinjiang region. On December...

CPEC’s extension to Afghanistan not directed against India: China

China on Wednesday (Dec 27) said that its ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is not directed against India and the project should not be influenced or disturbed by any third...

Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days

Two Reuters journalists who have been detained in Myanmar for the past two weeks were remanded in custody for a further two weeks on Wednesday (Dec 27) as a...

Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest

Nepal has rejected India's offer to jointly re-measure the height of the world's highest peak Mount Everest following the massive earthquake in 2015 and will carry out the exercise...

China hopes India, Pakistan can peacefully resolve their disputes

China on Wednesday (Dec 27) expressed hope that India and Pakistan can continue to make efforts to resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying...

War on Indian cities key to victory in Kashmir: Al-Qaeda

In A video released online on jihadist forums on Tuesday night, al-Qaeda has said the key to victory in Kashmir lies in waging war on Indian cities. “India is...

India isolated by One Belt One Road Initiative

From the Indian perspective, today’s announcement by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that Beijing and Islamabad are open to extending the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan dramatically changes the...

Yameen’s two-pronged strategy to win the 2018 Presidential election

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, who has been drawing intense flak from the opposition and the Western powers for allegedly flouting democratic norms and fostering Islamic radicalism, is hoping to...

Afghan religious scholars urge govt to open office for Taliban in Kabul

A number of religious scholars on Wednesday (Dec 27) suggested President Ashraf Ghani should consider allowing the Taliban to open a political office in Kabul. The request comes after a...