Daily Archives: December 29, 2017

Canada welcomes Pakistani tech start-ups with open arms

According to a new visa programme offered by the Canadian government, Pakistani tech start-ups and entrepreneurs will be given greater access to the Toronto-Waterloo region, often branded as the...

BD to handover first list of 100,000 names in upcoming JWG session

Bangladesh is working to finalise a draft on the physical arrangement to begin the repatriation of Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar district through an effective and efficient way. The National...

Lok Sabha passes triple talaq bill

India’s lower house of parliament passed a Bill on Thursday (Dec 28) aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce. The Bill...

Practical work on TAPI project to kick off next year

Afghan officials said at a gathering on Wednesday (Dec 27) that the practical work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline project will kick off in 2018. Senior advisor to President Ashraf...

Indo-Maldives joint exercise concludes in Belagavi

The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', came to an end at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bangalore, on Thursday (Dec 28). The bilateral annual...

Murshidabad can teach the rest of India how to restore heritage and market the...

In the eighteenth century, it accounted for 5% of the world’s gross domestic product. Legendary for its opulence and Nawabi culture, it was once renowned for fine muslin, ivory carvings,...

SL president adds loyalist to govt, makes bid to strengthen party ahead of local...

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena included a veteran politician and his loyalist in the Council of Ministers, in a bid to strengthen his party ahead of local-level elections. Piyasena Gamage,...

India’s circle of friends may shrink in 2018

The South Block and Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi must anxiously count the nineteen days ahead as they spread the red carpet to receive Benjamin Netanyahu who will...

India should control its border troops, says Chinese military

Highlighting the Doklam standoff as its major achievement of international cooperation this year, the Chinese military on December 28 said India should "strictly control" its troops and implement border...

Islamabad must ‘demonstrate’ its desire to partner with the US, says Tillerson

United States (US) is prepared to partner with Pakistan to defeat terrorist organisations seeking safe haven, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in an op-ed published in the...

Pakistan occupies significant place in Russia’s foreign policy: Russian envoy

Pakistan and Russian relations had strengthened in last three to four years and the two countries were making efforts to find ways in bringing peace in the region, claimed...

Elections 2018

Squabbling and endlessly bickering on issues not of any public importance, our parliamentarians may clam our passionately for early elections, yet not enough senators showed up for weeks to...

Local Govt election results may lead to Sirisena-Rajapaksa brotherhood

A senior member of President Maithripala Sirisena’s faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and cabinet minister has said that that the local government election to be held...

Suicide bombers kill 41 at Shi’ite center in Afghan capital

Suicide bombers stormed a Shi‘ite cultural center and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing more than 41 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending...

Time for Afghanistan and US to do more for Pakistan: Pak Army

"It is time Afghanistan and the US do more for Pakistan," Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor remarked on Thursday while addressing a press...

UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses...

India haunted by containment delusion

The first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue took place in Beijing on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted that Beijing and Islamabad are willing to proactively discuss with Kabul...

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The theories behind the murder

Ten years after former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, was killed in Rawalpindi the unanswered questions about her assassination still fuel...

‘Pak-China joint air force training highlights int’l military cooperation’

The successful conduct of joint training between Chinese and Pakistani air forces was one of the highlights of China’s international military cooperation this year, Chinese Defense Ministry’s Spokesperson Senior...

Lanka head onto 2018 on rickety bridge

As Sri Lanka speeds away towards the end of the remaining days of 2017, a giant red stocking stands at the Galle Face Green seaside promenade in Colombo in...

UN cuts budget of military group monitoring India-Pak ceasefire line

The United Nations has reduced by 11.39 per cent the budget of its military observer group tasked with monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan for the year...