Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

Raping Pakistan Steel Mills

Employing more than 40000 workers, Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) was a gigantic force-multiplier for employment downstream in directly contributing to the national economy. Once a prized asset, the PSM...

Pakistan will participate in SCO ‘Peace Mission 2018’ exercise

Speaking to the Russian news agency RIA Novosti, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Russia Kazi Khalilullah stated that Pakistan will participate in the multi-lateral Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) exercise ‘Peace Mission...

India hikes defence budget by 7.81% for 2018-19

India's defence budget has been hiked by a measly 7.81% to Rs 2,95,511 crore from Rs 2,74,114 crore last year, once again dashing the hopes for any major jump...

Islamabad promises action on information from Kabul

Pakistan has promised taking concrete action on information provided by a visiting Afghan delegation regarding the involvement of Pakistan-based militants in the latest wave of terror attacks in Kabul. Hundreds...

‘Swaraj’s Nepal visit ill-timed’

Nepali Congress leader Shekhar Koirala has remarked that Indian External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Nepal is untimely. Indian EAM Sushma Swaraj arrived here in Kathmandu on...

Maldives suspends councillors ahead of opposition rally

Five councillors from Maldives’ Haa Alif Ihavandhoo have been suspended without pay for three months by the Local Government Authority (LGA), local media reports. The suspension comes as the opposition...

Increasing number of vehicle poses threat to Bhutan’s pristine environment

As Bhutan opens up to modernization, the number of vehicles and pollution level are increasing, thereby threatening the small Himalayan country’s pristine environment. The constitution of Bhutan requires the government...

Modi’s embrace of Netanyahu and its consequences

In a much hyped visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed in India, for a five-day official visit on 14 January, with a large entourage of professionals and businessmen....

Trump’s arrogance

US President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was an opportunity to allay the anxieties of much of the outside world that has been roiled by a...

India wants the world to buy its ‘obsolete’ weapons

On Jan. 26, India celebrated Republic Day by parading troops and locally made weapons in front of New Delhi’s colonial-era sandstone buildings and past 10 Southeast Asian heads of...

US commanders authorised to deal with ‘safe havens’ in Afghanistan, Pakistan

The Trump administration’s South Asia strategy gives US commanders in the region the authority and resources they need to deal with “terrorist safe havens in both Afghanistan and Pakistan”,...

India wary of China’s Sri Lanka plans

Hinting at security concerns over Sri Lanka handing over its strategic southern port of Hambantota to China, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has raised doubts whether that country would confine...

Indian Budget 2018: Farming, infrastructure get big boost

In the last full budget by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance before the election in 2019, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley increased the allocation for agriculture by...

India pushing back refugees at border, Rohingya tell Supreme Court

The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan 31) sought the Centre’s response to a plea which alleged that Rohingya refugees who wanted to enter India after fleeing persecution in...

India sanctions 7,000 troops to BSF for Pakistan, Bangladesh borders 

The Indian Border Security Force (BSF), which guards the country's volatile border with Pakistan, will raise six new battalions comprising around 7,000 personnel, official sources said on Thursday (Feb...

Modi to visit Palestine in less than a month after hosting Israeli PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a historic move, is set to visit the West Bank during his three-nation tour of Palestine, UAE, and Oman on 9-12 February 2018....

Nepal losing out to China as Mount Everest operators cross mountain

Poor regulation and overcrowding are pushing Everest climbers away from Nepal to China, which is investing millions to boost a rival path to the top of the world. Veteran climbing...

Petrol bomb thrown at Suu Kyi’s lakeside villa: Myanmar govt

A man threw a petrol bomb at the lakeside Yangon compound of Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday (Feb 1), officials said, a rare attack on a...

The Nagas are on a collision course with India – again

On 14 August 1947, as the Flag of Pakistan was being hoisted in Karachi and Dacca (now Dhaka), a group of Christian tribesmen and descendants of headhunters in the...