Daily Archives: January 10, 2018

An ominous new year for India

You’d think the Indian economy had returned to rosy health. It seems to have recovered from two enormous disruptions -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision just over a year...

Preserving the past through art in India’s Amaravati

Putting in place the building blocks to erect a new capital city from scratch is no mean feat, but that is precisely what a Singapore consortium is doing in...

Eastern Afghanistan proving deadliest region for US forces worldwide

Nangarhar Province, along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, was the deadliest place in the world for US troops over the last year, according to a new report that comes...

US conveys ‘concrete’ steps Pakistan must take to resume security aid flow

The United States has told Pakistan what it must do if it wants Washington to resume paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid, the Pentagon said...

Child murder, rape on the rise in Bangladesh: Report

As many as 28 children are murdered and 49 raped in Bangladesh every month, according to a report by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF), a network of non-government organisations. It...

China says Gwadar naval base report is speculation

China on Tuesday (Jan 9) counselled the “outside world” not to speculate on Beijing’s reported intent to open a naval base in Gwadar, the starting point of the China...

India, Nepal agree to resolve border issues, rebuild pillars 

India and Nepal have reached an agreement to resolve differences on reconstructing damaged pillars along the mutual border and clearing the encroachment on the "No Man's Land", an Indian...

Maldivian FM’s India visit is a test for New Delhi’s trust

The foreign minister of Maldives, Mohamed Asim is set to visit India today (Jan 10) and will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow (Jan 11), after the small island...

Bhutan working with India on GST

While India’s goods and services tax (GST) has cut the competitive edge of Bhutan’s export-oriented industries, Bhutan still has a few advantages, the country’s Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said. The...

Pakistan’s evolving nuclear doctrine

If Pakistan has not released a nuclear doctrine, it does not mean that it has not got one. It is understandable that a small nuclear power that espouses a...

India investigating alleged breach in citizen database Aadhaar

Indian police have started investigations into a possible breach of India's massive biometric ID system following a report that data of registered citizens could be bought for as little...

Modi’s plans to visit Arunachal could worsen China-India ties: China Daily

After China and India defused the two-month long border standoff between their troops last year, both Beijing and New Delhi expressed their aspirations for smoother and more stable ties. Thus...

Pakistan demands rationale behind addition on ‘Special Watch List’ placement

Pakistan’s ambassador to US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry demanded justification from US authorities over addition in “Special Watch List” for severe violations of religious freedom.  Chaudhry asked for explanation and...

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

A Bangladesh court on Monday (Jan 8) upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in...

‘Chinese nationals top list of expats obtaining work permits’

While thousands of Nepalis leave the country every year for job opportunities, Nepal too is attracting its reasonable share of migrant workers of late. Among the foreign nationals seeking...

Bangladesh’s ambitious military modernization drive

At the end of the 1990s, Bangladesh decided to buy eight MiG-29 multirole fighters. This model was a top-ranked, deadly fighter jet at that time and the deal cost...

Is Japan out of sync with South Asia’s concerns?

Deeply concerned about China flexing its muscles in the South China Sea, and its expansionist moves in South Asia and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), Japan has become diplomatically...