Daily Archives: January 17, 2018

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

Bangladesh has agreed to complete the process of returning Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar within two years after repatriation begins, the south Asian nation said on Tuesday, following a meeting...

Top US general says ‘not giving up’ on Pakistan ties

The top US military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday (Jan 15) he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as...

India withdraws Haj subsidy

The government of India on Tuesday (Jan 16) withdrew its subsidy for Haj pilgrims. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the decision was in line with...

Maldives looks to block extremist websites

The counter terrorism unit of Maldives was working with the communications authority of Maldives (CAM) to block websites that are used as a tool for radicalizing and recruiting jihadists...

Private equity comes to Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the fastest-growing economies in Asia, but the Himalayan kingdom has a fundamental problem: Its private sector is relatively underdeveloped and starved for capital. The Asian Development...

Gen Bajwa meets top Sri Lankan military leadership, discusses ways to improve ties

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sri Lanka on a two-day official visit on Tuesday (Jan 16) and held meetings with the top Sri...

China should prepare for more Indian border clashes: expert

China should remain alert of possible border disputes with India in 2018 as India regards China as the biggest threat and some of its military officials have an unfavorable...

Pragmatism should determine India’s engagements with Israel and the Middle East

Congress Member of Parliament Shashi Tharoor had, back in 2010, famously described Jawaharlal Nehru’s foreign policy as a “moralistic running commentary” on international affairs. He was certainly not denigrating...

Beyond the Modi-Netanyahu bonhomie, India and Israel struggle to add heft to ties

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu praised one another for “revolutionising” the bilateral relationship, the nine agreements signed – on subjects ranging from...

India army lost a soldier on duty every third day in the last 13...

The 1.1 million strong Indian Army lost one member every third day in last 13-years. The data of Indian army, between the period of January 2005 to December 2017, revealed...

An emotional Sirisena storms out of Cabinet meeting

A day after the Supreme Court decreed that President Sirisena has only a 5 year term and not 6, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has stormed out of a...

Bangladesh, India, Nepal okay vehicle movement procedure

Bangladesh, India and Nepal have given nod to operating procedures for movement of passenger vehicles in the sub-region under Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) motor vehicles agreement, the government said on Monday. For...

Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, in a book unveiled by the government on Tuesday (Jan 16). For years, the...

US envoy to Pakistan tries damage limitation in wake of Trump’s tweet

A senior US diplomat had talks in Pakistan on Monday (Jan 15) following an outcry over President Donald Trump’s accusation that the nuclear-armed South Asian state had engaged in...

GDP growth to slump to 4-year-low is bad news for Modi government

India's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow at 6.5 per cent this fiscal (2017-18) from 7.1 per cent last fiscal - a four-year low - according to...

India’s sense of superiority miffs neighbors

Maldivian Foreign Minister Mohamed Asim's three-day visit to India last week during which he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj is regarded as an...

Trump turning on Pakistan highlights American naivety

Henry Kissinger rightly noted that it’s often more dangerous being an ally of the United States than its enemy. The latest victim of this sad truism is Pakistan, a...

Indo-US joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ to be held in Seattle

In line with the increasing military cooperation between India and the US, yet another edition of the joint military exercise ‘Vajra Prahar’ will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord...

Myanmar’s peace process attracts increasing Western interest

Myanmar’s peace process is set to progress this year, with the next peace conference – dubbed the 21st Panglong – scheduled to convene at the end of this month....