Daily Archives: February 3, 2018

China’s latest move in the graveyard of empires

The latest plot twist in the endless historical saga of Afghanistan as a graveyard of empires has thrown up an intriguing new chapter. For the past two months, Beijing...

Political crisis brews as police file murder charges against army in India’s Kashmir

The alliance between India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the local People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the restive Jammu and Kashmir province is being severely tested...

Bangladesh appoints news CJ

Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, the second senior most judge of the Appellate Division, has been appointed as the new chief justice of Bangladesh. President Abdul Hamid signed the file approving...

Pak Army chief, Prince Salman hold meeting in Riyadh

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa stressed the importance of mutual ties between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan in a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,...

Pak, Afghan joint working groups to meet in Kabul today

Pakistan’s foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua will head a Pakistani delegation visiting Kabul today (Feb 3), where the first scheduled meeting of Pakistani and Afghan joint working groups is scheduled...

Bhutan opens consulate in Guwahati

Bhutan on Friday (Feb 2) became the second country after Bangladesh to open a consulate in Guwahati. The consulate office was jointly inaugurated by Bhutanese Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and...

Maldives says will comply with court ruling which frees Nasheed

The Maldives Government said it will abide by a supreme court ruling which ordered the release of nine key political prisoners, including exiled former leader Mohamed Nasheed. The Maldives President’s...

Indian Minister Swaraj wraps up two-day Nepal visit

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj returned home on Friday (Feb 2), wrapping up her two-day ‘goodwill’ visit to Nepal. She had arrived in Kathmandu on Thursday afternoon. During her...

US says ‘deeply troubled’ by reports of Myanmar mass graves

The U.S. State Department said on Thursday it was “deeply, deeply troubled” by new reports of mass graves in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where the military has been accused of...

Courage fails, rhetoric remains

Every budget has a context, every budget must have a goal. The context of Budget 2018-19 was graphically described in the Economic Survey: The macro-economic situation was vulnerable, the...

China in talks over military base in remote Afghanistan

Worried about militants sneaking into a restive Chinese region from war-torn Afghanistan, Beijing is in talks with Kabul over the construction of a military base, Afghan officials say, as...

Indian magazine acknowledges Jadhav as spy on RAW payroll

One of the reputed Indian magazines, Frontline, has acknowledged that India is engaged in a covert war against Pakistan. These revelations have come from one of India’s well-known and...

US new strategy in Afghanistan may lead to more casualties: Joint Staff Chief

The new US strategy in Afghanistan that implies sending more troops to the crisis-torn state could result in the growth of casualties within the ranks of US servicemen, US...

7,000 Daesh militants, thousands of ‘Reservists’ acting in Afghanistan, says Moscow

Almost 7,000 militants and several thousand “reservists” of Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia) are currently operating in Afghanistan, Russian Special Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan and the Foreign Ministry's...

Pakistan kills over 17,600 militants in counter-terrorism ops

Pakistan on Friday (Feb 2) said it had killed more than 17,600 militants in counter-terrorism operations started after the 9/11 terror attacks and destroyed training camps in the restive...

India to build tunnel in Arunachal Pradesh to counter China

To ensure faster movement of troops in Tawang, a strategically located town in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China, the government plans to build a tunnel at an elevation of 13,700...

India launches new diesel subs, but China not impressed

The Indian Navy has commissioned the nation’s third homemade diesel-electric Scorpene submarine. The Karanj was launched with much fanfare on Wednesday at the Mazagon shipyard in Mumbai. The Indian Navy...

Why is the US hiding the actual ground realities of Afghanistan?

After 16 years of war, the US has now decided to officially restrict the amount and the kind of data that can be released for public information. While the...

A spate of attacks in the Afghan capital rattles the government

Three murderous attacks in Kabul in little more than a week have thrust Afghanistan back into the headlines. They included the siege of a luxury hotel, a massive blast...

Bangladesh plans to build power plant in India

Bangladesh is planning to build a power plant in India through the Bangladesh-India Friendship Company (BIFCL). The initial plan is to build a solar or coal-based power electricity general plant. A...