Daily Archives: January 30, 2018

Growing up with a Muslim name, these are stories I recognise

Having grown up with a Muslim name in New Delhi, the stories in NaziaErum’s Mothering a Muslim: The Dar Secret in Our Schools and Playgrounds did not surprise me. Incidents of...

First Briton crosses Bangla Channel

A journalist became the first British citizen to cross the 16-kilometre Bangla Channel, stretching from Teknaf to Saint Martin's Island in Bangladesh. Becky Horsbrugh, who is also a swimming instructor,...

Pakistan EC sets March 3 for Senate elections

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has set the date of March 3 for Senate elections. According to ECP, the candidates can file their nomination papers before the returning officers...

Vijay Gokhale takes charge as foreign secretary of India

Seasoned diplomat Vijay Keshav Gokhale, who played a key role in resolving the Doklam standoff with China, took over as the foreign secretary of India today, succeeding S Jaishankar. A...

Unemployment highest among Bhutanese with middle & higher education

For every five working age population, there are three persons contributing to the production of goods in Bhutan, according to the Labour Force Survey Report 2016 the labour ministry...

India is on its way to becoming a Fragile State

It’s really the Americans who worry obsessively about other peoples’ fragile states, not us. They feel threatened by them as places where terrorism breeds and some target practice is...

China shifts stance, offers to open talks with India on CPEC

China on Monday (Jan 29) offered to open talks with India to resolve differences on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), opening the door for removing a major irritant in...

Insurgency in India likely to increase after Doklam

Insurgency is likely to increase in the north east after the Doklam stand-off with China and there are already signs of it in the region, former GOC-in-C Eastern Command...

Minorities being targeted, former Indian bureaucrats in open letter

Close to 70 retired bureaucrats wrote an open letter on Sunday expressing concern over incidents of “mindless violence” targeting the minorities and “lackadaisical response” from the law enforcement agencies...

Pakistan seeks ‘credible’ Afghan peace initiative

As the security situation in Afghanistan is fast deteriorating with the new wave of violence, Islamabad wants Kabul to come up with a ‘credible and inclusive peace plan’ to...

Eleven Afghan soldiers killed in latest attack in Kabul

Militants on Monday (Jan 29) raided a military academy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing 11 soldiers, the fourth major attack in a spate of violence over the past...

Drone attacks to continue until Pakistan ‘satisfies’ US: Washington

The United States has made it clear to Pakistan that drone attacks inside the Pakistani territory will continue until Islamabad “satisfies” Washington of indiscriminate action against all the militant...

FDI into Sri Lanka doubles in 2017 to record $ 1.63 b

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Sri Lanka doubled to an all-time high of $1.63 billion in 2017 from the previous mark as well as beat the previous best of...

Indian FM to visit Nepal this week with Modi’s message

With the left alliance set to form a new government in Kathmandu, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sending his External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Kathmandu on a...

Budget 2018: Why record harvests, Govt spending not enough for Indian farmers

 Indian farms produced record harvests in 2017, and the government’s agricultural budget rose 111% over four years to 2017-18. Yet, prices crashed, 8,007 farmers committed suicide in 2015, unpaid...

Pakistan wants to buy military supplies from Russia and China after US funding freeze

As the relationship between the United States and Pakistan continues to deteriorate, signs of a formidable axis in Central Asia emerges. In an interview with the Financial Times published Sunday...

Myanmar’s military chief’s popularity on the rise

Myanmar’s military chief has become the crucial man in the country’s increasing political crisis. While he and the country’s civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, may not trust each...