Daily Archives: February 12, 2018

The people who know no war: Afghanistan’s most isolated corner

"Taliban -- what's that?" asks Sultan Begium shyly from her freezing home in Afghanistan's mountainous Wakhan Corridor, a region so remote that its residents are untouched by the decades...

Mahinda storms back, Sirisena ‘shell-shocked’

The Sri Lankan people have clearly spoken at the February 10 local government elections by according a stellar comeback to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this time representing his new...

How ‘India First’ turned into ‘China First’ for Maldives

It was only a few weeks ago that Maldives foreign minister Mohamed Asim arrived in India as a special envoy for President Abdulla Yameen, swearing by his ostensible "India...

Direct shipment of Pakistan seafood to Xinjiang a milestone in connectivity

The first shipment of about 1,150 kilograms of seafood imported directly from Pakistan has arrived in Urumqi, Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Pakistani newspaper the Express Tribune said....

Pakistani human rights champion Asma Jahangir dies

Pakistani human rights campaigner Asma Jahangir, who faced death threats by fighting for unpopular causes and was jailed in the 1980s for her pro-democracy work during military rule, died...

Pro-Pakistan slogans raised in India-held Kashmir’s assembly

An Indian lawmaker raised pro-Pakistan slogans in the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly on Saturday (Feb 10) after his counterparts from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) allegedly chanted...

Over 160 Afghan companies licensed to operate through Chabahar

Iranian embassy officials in Kabul said on Saturday (Feb 10) that among the 500 companies licensed to operate in the free trade zone of Chabahar Port, 165 of them...

Nepal EC submits NA poll results to Prez Bhandari

The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal submitted the National Assembly poll results to President Bidya Devi Bhandari. Election commissioners led by Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhee Prasad Yadav handed over the...

Security forces facing action over village killings, says Myanmar

Action will be taken against 10 members of Myanmar‘s security forces in connection with the killing of captured Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, a government spokesman said on Sunday...

US hits Uighur terror group to impress China

The Trump administration has made a significant overture to Beijing this week over the war in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, during the testimony before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee,...

10 killed in attack on Indian army base in Kashmir

The death toll from a militant attack on an army base in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir has risen to 10, police said on Sunday (Feb 11), as a...

‘Khaleda verdict an obstacle to fair polls’

Former professor of Dhaka University Mahbub Ullah feels the verdict in a graft case that jailed BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) Chairperson Khaleda Zia will hamper a participatory and fair...

India, China vie for influence as crisis unfolds in Maldives

As a political crisis plays out in the Maldives, a quiet tug of war is taking place around it, with heavyweights China and India vying for strategic dominance in...

Attack on army camp, 5 Indian soldiers dead

Nine people were killed in a gun battle between Indian soldiers and militants that raged into its second day at an Indian army camp in northern Jammu and Kashmir...

Indians pay $600 million for stake in Abu Dhabi oil concession

Indian companies agreed to pay $600 million for a stake in one of Abu Dhabi’s biggest offshore oil concessions, securing a share in the emirate’s crude production for the...

Success eludes second round of Pak-Afghan security talks

The second round of Pakistan-Afghanistan talks on an engagement plan on peace and security issues ended on Saturday (Feb 10) without making any headway on its key elements because...

Vital joint exercises between Pakistan, Saudi Arabia naval forces commence

The joint naval exercises between the Pakistan Navy and Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF), Naseem Al-Bahr-11 and Deraa Al Sahil-4, commenced on Sunday (Feb 11) in the Arabian Gulf...

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its...