Daily Archives: January 22, 2018

After China, India begins talks with Russia for Triumf missile shield deal

India has begun final contract negotiations with Russia for the Rs 39,000 crore (over $5.5 billion) acquisition of five advanced S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems, which can detect,...

President approves EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators were on Sunday disqualified from the Delhi Assembly for allegedly holding offices of profit. President Ram Nath Kovind approved a recommendation by the Election...

Kabul hotel attack death toll could rise to 43

The death toll from the deadly attack on Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul climbed to 18 by late Sunday but one source said the number of dead could be as...

Nepal Provincial Assembly members sworn in

Nepal Provincial Assembly members took the oath of office in all the seven provinces on Sunday (Jan 21). The respective governor administered the oath to the senior-most Provincial Assembly member,...

Singapore PM to sign FTA with SL during visit

Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong would visit Sri Lanka on January 22 on a three-day official visit, at the invitation of President Maithripala Sirisena, the Foreign Affairs...

Pakistan & China must undertake serious efforts to intensify their relationship

When in 1960 Mao Zedong sent off General Gengbiao, his second ambassador to Pakistan, he reportedly advised him: “Look after Pakistan; it is China’s window to the West”. Mao’s depiction...

Outrage in Bangladesh about a viral photo of Pranab Mukherjee should give India cause...

The potency of a recent social media firestorm in Bangladesh over a photograph that went viral – where former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee is seen sitting on a chair...

India to set up model villages along border with China

As part of efforts to improve security along the China border in Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre is planning to create model villages to in those areas around which the...

Moving past Doklam, China warms up to Indian leaders

On January 6, 150 comrades gathered at a five-star hotel in the capital to listen to a detailed presentation by Meng Xiangfeng, central committee member of the Chinese Communist...

Pakistan, US clash at UN over Afghanistan

Pakistan and United States have clashed at the United Nations over Afghanistan. The US urged Pakistan not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organisations” – and Pakistan demanded that the Trump...

India needs to re-calibrate its neighbourhood foreign policy

In early May 2009, the then Indian ambassador to Nepal, Rakesh Sood, invited a few of us visiting journalists from India for breakfast to his office in the Indian...

BD to sign MoU with UNHCR on Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh will sign a document with the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, to carry forward the repatriation process as the international community reiterated its call for ‘safe, voluntary and...

Reconstruction loan delayed as India insists on selecting projects

Nepal has found itself in a difficult position, with India including a caveat in the use of a soft loan amounting to around US$750 million pledged by New Delhi...

Taliban should engage in talks with Afghan govt: US

A senior US official said that US would send more troops to Afghanistan to end years long conflict as he urged the Taliban to engage in peace talks with...

UN sanctions monitoring team due in Islamabad tomorrow 

The United Nations Security Council’s sanctions monitoring team will visit Islamabad on a two-day trip starting tomorrow (Jan 23) for an assessment of Pakistan’s compliance with the world body’s...