Daily Archives: January 1, 2018

Sirisena ignores PM, appoints new Law and Order Minister

Showing the ruffled state of affairs within Sri Lanka’s National Unity regime, President Maithripala Sirisena, who is head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has appointed Piyasena Gamage,...

First draft of NRC out, 1.9 crore names in Assam legalised as Indians

The much-awaited first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was on Sunday published with the names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore total applicants...

15 killed as suicide bomber targets funeral in Afghanistan

A suicide bomber targeted the funeral of local official in eastern Afghanistan on December 31, killing at least 15 people, officials said. Noor Ahmad Habibi, deputy spokesman for the Governor...

Bhutan cuts multidimensional poverty by almost half

Bhutan’s multidimensional poverty rate has come down to 5.8 per cent from 12.7 per cent in 2012, according to the Bhutan Multidimensional Poverty Index 2017. The National Statistics Bureau...

Nepal bans solo climbers from Everest

Nepal has banned solo climbers from scaling its mountains, including Mount Everest, in a bid to reduce accidents. The cabinet late Thursday (Dec 28) endorsed a revision to the Himalayan...

Bangladesh to build two new air bases, says PM Hasina

Expressing her firm optimism that Bangladesh Air Force would be turned into a most modern air force soon, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday (Dec 31) said two...

Pak-Afghan border fencing to be completed by the end of 2018

Pakistan says that almost 92 per cent of its 2,611-kilometer largely porous border with Afghanistan will be fenced by end of 2018, hoping the massive unilateral undertaking will effectively...

Indian Muslim bodies to move SC if triple talaq bill passed by Rajya Sabha

Alleging “illegality” in provisions of the bill that criminalises instant triple talaq, an Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader on Sunday said Muslim bodies would challenge it in the...

Maldives main opposition sets out roadmap to beat Yameen in 2018

The Maldives main opposition will support a presidential candidate from another party if its own candidate is jailed or barred from contesting next year’s elections, one of several official...

Artillery gun Dhanush’s induction into Indian Army delayed

After accidents during the final phase of user exploitation trials, the induction of the Dhanush artillery gun into the Indian Army has been delayed. The Dhanush is an upgraded version...

India, Pak NSAs met in Bangkok a day after Christmas

A day after the mother and wife of retired Naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav met him in Islamabad in exceptional and controversial circumstances, the National Security Advisors (NSAs) of India...

US-Pakistan relations hit a new low in 2017

US-Pakistan relations hit a new low in 2017 and a series of high-level contacts between the two countries exposed the weakness in this relationship instead of strengthening it. It was...

Modi backs India-Myanmar-Thailand highway’s Indochina extension

India is pushing an ambitious highway initiative through Myanmar and Thailand to connect with Vietnam through Cambodia and Laos, which observers of Southeast Asia see as part of its...

5 Indian soldiers killed in attack on CRPF training centre in J&K

At least two heavily-armed terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF training centre in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama Sunday (Dec 31), leaving five security personnel dead. Two...

Pakistan to set up $1.51 billion hydropower project in Azad Kashmir

Pakistan is set to increase the share of hydropower production in the total energy mix by adding a new project of over 700 megawatts in Azad Jammu and Kashmir...

Whither Naga Accord!

Another Christmas has passed. The Nagas, India's most embattled nationality, still await the gift that Santa Claus Narendra Damodardas Modi promised them when his interlocutor for the Naga peace...