Daily Archives: January 5, 2018

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal

India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction. Millions of...

UNMISS receives new commander from Bangladesh

The UN Mission in South Sudan has installed Brigadier General Muhamed Masum of Bangladesh as the new commander for its eastern sector based in Bor in Jonglei. He succeeds Brigadier...

‘Japan looks to enhance counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan’

Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono came to Pakistan for a two day visit on January 3. During this time FM Toro discussed bilateral relations with Foreign Minister Khawaja...

Conflict in Afghanistan to intensify in 2018, warns ICG

With America’s new strategy raising the tempo of operations against the Taliban, the war in Afghanistan looks set to intensify during the current year, warns an independent international organisation. The...

Villagers flee homes amid fighting in Myanmar Shan state

Hundreds of villagers have fled their homes amid renewed clashes between the Tatmadaw, and the armed ethnic group Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in northern Shan State, a member...

Bhutan witnesses gender imparity rise

Ranking 124th of the 144 countries, the global gender gap report (GGGR) 2017 shows that Bhutan saw an increase in gender imparity over the past few years. This is a...

Assam’s citizen registry may have fallout in Bengal, says WB Chief Minsiter

Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee on Thursday (Jan 4) warned of trouble if Bengalis are "chased out" of Assam. Speaking at a public...

China is a reality for Nepal, a fact that India must accept

A Left parties’ alliance is set to form a new government in Nepal after a landslide victory, seen as a triumph of China over India regarding influence in Kathmandu,...

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a...

Indian or not? Muslims fret amid drive against illegal immigrants

Marzina Bibi, a Muslim woman living in India’s northeastern state of Assam, is petrified she will be declared stateless. The 26-year-old’s name was not on a preliminary list of citizens...

US carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan from Pak bases

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, in the parliamentary session held on Thursday, chaired by Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq, said that US’ claims of having given Pakistan 33 billion...

India unperturbed by China’s new underwater surveillance network

China has developed a new underwater surveillance network which helps in tracking enemy vessels more accurately as well as improves navigation and positioning along the maritime Silk Road, from...

Indian road project threatens border stability: experts

Indian road construction project connecting all border posts along the China-India frontier could lead to new military standoffs between China and India, Chinese experts warned on Wednesday (Jan 3). During...

Pakistan spent Rs67bn on border control alone

Pakistan has spent more than Rs67.3 billion during the last one and a half years in its efforts to stop infiltration of terrorists operating in Afghanistan and securing vital...

US favors supply routes to Afghanistan via Pakistan

The US favours supply routes to Afghanistan through Pakistan because of cost, but it is also flexible enough to avoid over-reliance on any single option, the Pentagon said. The US...

Aspiration for 2018

Events of national significance tend to linger on in our combined memories for some time, even then 2018 ushered in hopes of erasing some of our concerns and disappointments....

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports...

Citizen count: on Assam’s draft NRC

Prodded by an unrelenting Supreme Court Bench, Assam met its December 31 deadline for publication of the first draft of the updated National Register of Citizens. In the event,...

India relies on domestic private firms for $1.5 bln ambitious CIWS project

In what could turn the fortunes of India's private defense firms, the country's defense ministry has floated a $1.5 billion tender inviting domestic manufacturers to supply 61 air defense...