Daily Archives: February 4, 2018

Desert defeat: on Congress victory in Rajasthan

Byelections are not clear pointers to the direction of the political wind, even when they are held close to a general election. A host of local factors are often...

J&K govt. okays withdrawal of stone-pelting cases against 9,730 people

The Jammu and Kashmir government has approved withdrawal of cases registered against 9,730 people involved in stone-pelting incidents, including first-time offenders, between 2008 and 2017, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti...

Hindustan Aeronautics tests indigenous flight control system for Light Combat Helicopter

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) has carried out the first flight of a Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) using an indigenously developed Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), the state-owned aerospace...

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this...

Sri Lanka’s independence: Lost and regained

Temple and church bells started ringing. Ships berthed in Colombo harbour blew their sirens. It happened 70 years ago at sharp 12 midnight on 4 February 1948 to mark...

The drama of replacing PM, jailing Gotabaya and de-franchising Mahinda

As President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party  (SLFP),  gets increasingly critical of his National Unity government’s coalition partner, the United National...

Kabul Intercontinental Hotel

It was in July 1987 that I stayed in Kabul Intercontinental Hotel – the same hotel that became target of the recent Taliban attack which left 22 killed. My...

Maldivian President Yameen in deep trouble but plays it cool

Faced with a sudden and unexpected challenge from the Supreme Court with far reaching domestic and international consequences, Maldivian President Abdulla Yameenis undoubtedly in deep trouble, especially considering the...