Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Photos emerged of a Norinco VT4 main battle tank (MBT) in Pakistan, ostensibly for trials for an off-the-shelf MBT procurement to complement the Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) al-Khalid-series. Revealed at...

President for three more years or two? Ramifications of Sirisena seeking extra year in...

In the backdrop of the third anniversary of the current regime’s coalition partnership - of President Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party...

India rice exports seen surging to record as Bangladesh boosts buying

India's rice exports likely jumped 22 percent in 2017 to a record 12.3 million tonnes as neighbouring Bangladesh ramped up purchases after flooding hit its crops, industry officials said. The...

Over 1,370 Afghan civilians killed in 8 months

As many as 1,372 civilians lost their lives and 2,360 others sustained wounds in violent incidents during the last eight months of 2017 in Afghanistan, the Civilian Protection Advocacy...

Reuters journalists charged with violating Myanmar law

Prosecutors in Myanmar formally charged two journalists from the Reuters news agency on Wednesday (Jan 10) with violating the Official Secrets Act, signaling the case will go forward despite...

Maldives’ ex-Prez security detail increase translates to ‘house arrest’

The opposition has initiated waves of criticism on government's move to increase an unsolicited security detail at the residence of former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, which is being described...

Nepal EC publishes calendar for NA election

The Election Commission on Wednesday (Jan 10) published the calendar for the election of National Assembly members scheduled to be held on coming February 7. Accordingly, the voters list will...

Pakistan Army testing Norinco VT4 main battle tank

Photos emerged of a Norinco VT4 main battle tank (MBT) in Pakistan, ostensibly for trials for an off-the-shelf MBT procurement to complement the Heavy Industries Taxila (HIT) al-Khalid-series. Revealed at...

India to deploy sniper squads to take down separatists in J&K

A specially trained squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Jammu & Kashmir Police (JKP) is likely to take down the...

Tribunal restrains enforcement directorate from taking over Zakir Naik’s assets

A tribunal under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act has restrained the Enforcement Directorate from taking possession of immovable assets it has attached in connection with a money laundering...

Military-intel cooperation with US suspended, says Pakistan

Pakistan’s Minister for Defence Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan said that intelligence and defence cooperation with the United States (US) had been suspended and it was high time for Pakistan...

US program to revive Afghan economy fails: SIGAR

A report by the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says a program by the Defense Department of the United States has spent $675 million USD to revive...

Pak threat to cut off US supply route, US may be talking to Russia

As Washington's relations with Islamabad hit an all-time low, the US may be considering not using Pakistan as a route to send supplies to Afghanistan, a US State Department...

China to fund construction of counter-terrorism base in northern Afghanistan

China will fund the construction of a counter-terrorism base in Badakshan province in northern Afghanistan to block cross-border infiltration of the ethnic Uyghur militants. Fergana News Agency (FNA) quoted Gen....

India’s SC to form special team to probe anti-Sikh riots cases

In a relief to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan 10) decided to set up its own three-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe...

Violence erupts in Sri Lankan parliament over bond sale scandal

A tense situation erupted in the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday (Jan 10) as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe read a statement to the House over a Treasury bond scam...

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral...