Daily Archives: February 15, 2018

It’s vendetta in Dhaka, India must not meddle

The general election in Bangladesh is due in December this year and the leader of the main Opposition, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia,...

China’s CSSC launches C-13B corvette for Bangladesh

The China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) launched the third Shadhinota-class C13B corvette for the Bangladesh Navy on 12 February 2018, the Chinese media reported. According to the Sina, the Bangladesh...

India’s strategic oil reserve to receive first shipment from UAE in May

The Indian government has expressed confidence that the first shipment of crude oil from Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to fill the country's strategic petroleum reserve at Mangalore...

KIA in Myanmar forms 2 new brigades

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has formed two new brigades, increasing its total number of brigades to 10. The KIA is active in Kachin State and northern Shan State, and...

Maldivian opposition MPs removed from parliament compound

Madivian opposition lawmakers were manhandled and removed from the parliament compound in Malé on Wednesday (Feb 14) by the army, which had spent hours blocking their access to the...

KP Sharma Oli formally named as Nepal’s next PM

The CPN-UML has picked party Chairman KP Sharma Oli as the next Prime Minister of Nepal. A Standing Committee (SC) of the party held in Laltipur on Wednesday (Feb 14)...

Sri Lanka keen to sign FTA with China once issues are resolved

Sri Lanka is keen to sign the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China once some issues related to the proposed deal are resolved. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku...

European MPs expect ‘less confrontation’ in BD in coming months

An European Parliamentary delegation on Wednesday (Feb 14) hoped that the political environment in Bangladesh would become ‘less confrontational and hostile’ in the coming months with an inclusive election...

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a...

India-China ties may worsen, uneasy truce could lead to escalation: US spy chief

India's ties with China and not just Pakistan are likely to get even worse than they already are, according to the US's intelligence chief. "We expect relations between India and...

Pakistan starts crackdown against Hafiz Saeed’s JuD, FIF

The government of Pakistan’s Punjab province on Wednesday (Feb 14) banned two charities linked to Hafiz Saeed, just days before a global watchdog is due to vote on a...

US urges UN to hold Myanmar military accountable for ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States described Myanmar denials of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as “preposterous” as it called on the UN Security Council to hold the military accountable and pressure...

India, China in race for stake in BD Stock Exchange

Two economic giants -- India and China -- are in a race to buy 25 percent stake in the Dhaka Stock Exchange of Bangladesh. A consortium of the Shanghai Stock...

Any US effort to bully Pakistan will be counterproductive: Ahsan Iqbal

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that any unilateral action by the United States in Pakistan will not only bring the bilateral relations to an irreparable stage but...

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia launch second stage of joint naval exercises

Joint naval training between the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RSNF) and the visiting Pakistani Navy continue in the Persian Gulf, the latest expression of the special relationship between the...

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn...

Taliban confirms senior leader killed by US air strike

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), better known simply as the Pakistani Taliban, confirmed that the deputy head of the group had been killed by a drone strike. US missile strikes that...

Nepal-India passenger railway to resume in Oct

The long-awaited cross-border passenger railway service from Bardibas of Nepal to Jaynagar of India, which stretches 69 km, will finally come into operation in October this year. In the first...