Daily Archives: January 2, 2018

How my love for the mountains took me from Hyderabad all the way to...

I grew up in the plains of Hyderabad, Sindh. Often travelling to and from Karachi, I would notice the mountains near Thano Bola Khan with wonder and excitement. How would...

Over 354 Rohingya villages destroyed since August crackdown

In the four months since the Myanmar military began a crackdown after Rohingya militants attacked an army base and police posts on August 25, around 655,000 members of the...

Atmosphere not conducive for Pak-India cricket series: Indian FM

Accusing Pakistan of cross-border firing, Indian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sushma Swaraj has said that the high number of ceasefire violations do not provide a conducive atmosphere for the...

India appoints Vijay Gokhale as new Foreign Secretary

In yet another big-ticket appointment by the Narendra Modi government, Vijay Keshav Gokhale has been named as the new Foreign Secretary. This was revealed by an official order on...

Nepal PM Deuba defiant despite debacle

Nepal’s Prime Minister and Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba on Sunday (Dec 31) cited intra-party reasons behind the party’s humiliating defeat in the recently concluded elections to the...

17 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan in 2017

Seventeen foreign soldiers, most of them Americans, lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2017, but the Taliban claimed killing hundreds of foreign soldiers. In 2016, 15 foreign troops fell in...

Tension along border in Manipur after Myanmar work in no man’s land

Some tension prevailed along the India-Myanmar border in Manipur's Tengnoupal district on Sunday (Dec 31), a day after Myanmar Army started levelling the no-man's land, officials said. Tengnoupal's Collector K....

Bhutanese industries suffer post GST

The application of Indian goods and services tax (GST) has hit some of the largest export-oriented manufacturing industries in the country. Since all imported goods coming into the country from...

2017: Maldives cozy up with China, irks India

Incumbent president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom made a resounding statement early in his term. His government would look to the east for a progressive partnership. The statement though veiled,...

Nepal learns to strike a balance in ties with China and India to reap...

Nepal needs to handle its relations with the two Asian giants - China and India - in a prudent and pragmatic way to harness the immense potential of economic...

Pakistan, India eye peace with US help

Pakistan and India are eyeing peace in 2018 with the help of the United States as Washington presses both sides to end the confrontational attitude, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials...

President Xi delivers New Year speech vowing resolute reform in 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping Sunday (31 Dec) vowed that China would resolutely carry out reform in 2018, when delivering a New Year speech. "We will take the opportunity of celebrating...

Indian troops killed 291 Kashmiris in 2017

In India administrated Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism killed 291 Kashmiris including six women and 18 young boys during the year 2017. According to the...

Pakistan approves Gwadar Shipyard program

The Pakistan Navy Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi announced that the Pakistani government approved plans to construct a new shipyard in Gwadar, the country’s new...

Pakistan plans takeover of charities run by Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan’s civilian government detailed its plans in a secret order to various provincial and federal government departments on Dec. 19, three officials who attended one of several high-level meeting...

Chetna is the loser

There were moments last week when the high-octane media publicity over the visit by the wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Chetna, accompanied by her mother-in-law, to Islamabad was playing out,...

India, Pak exchange list of nuclear installations under 30-year-old pact

India and Pakistan on Monday (Jan 1) exchanged a list of nuclear installations that the two countries have under a three-decade-old bilateral pact to maintain transparency and avoid attacking...

Pak-US spat will do the US little good

While the list of accusations the US vice president Mike Pence presented during his latest surprise visit to Afghanistan included old claims on Pakistan providing ‘safe heavens’ to terrorists...