Daily Archives: February 17, 2018

Bangladesh plans to enroll expatriates as voters     

The Election Commission of Bangladesh has taken an initiative to introduce a voter registration system for expatriates as over 10 million Bangladeshi nationals are now living in various countries. The...

Pakistan to send troops to Saudi Arabia to train and advise

Pakistan is sending troops to ally Saudi Arabia on a “training and advise mission”, the military said, three years after it decided against sending soldiers to join the Saudi-led...

Over 3,000 civilians killed, 7,000 injured in Afghanistan in 2017: UN mission

Over 3,400 civilians were killed and about 7,000 others were injured in Afghanistan in 2017, which is a decrease of 9 percent compared to the previous year, the UN...

India, China congratulate Nepal PM Oli

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli on his appointment as the 38th Prime Minister of Nepal on Thursday. Indian PM Modi called up PM...

Maldives police interrupts opposition rally

Officers of Maldives Police Service on Firday (Feb 16) has interrupted the opposition protesters who gathered at their prime focal point. The multi-party opposition movement had its supporters come down...

Bhutan’s 3rd National Council polls on April 20

Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) announced the date to put the election process in motion in obedience to the Royal Decree issued on February 15, calling elections in pursuance...

Iranian Navy’s 50th flotilla docks at Sri Lanka’s Colombo port

Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, has ceremonially welcomed the Iranian Navy's 50th flotilla arrived at the port of Colombo on Friday (16). The Iranian naval fleet, comprising...

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca,...

UN rights envoy says Suu Kyi complicit in persecuting Rohingya

The UN Special Envoy on Human Rights in Myanmar has claimed that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could be complicit in the systematic persecution of Rohingya Muslims. In...

China slams India PM trip to disputed region

Beijing will lodge a “stern” protest with New Delhi over a trip by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a disputed area, an official said, months after the nuclear-armed...

Delhi and Maldives break the ice first time in latest chill

For the first since the Maldives government imposed emergency and arrested a former president and the Supreme Court chief justice 10 days ago, triggering alarm bells in the region...

Five Indian soldiers killed in Pak retaliation along LoC

Pakistan Army on Thursday (Feb 15) killed five Indian soldiers along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tatta Pani sector, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The retaliation by...

NATO does not believe in military solution for Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says he does not believe that there is a military solution to the Afghan conflict and that the Taliban should realize that they cannot...

US, UK joint efforts to put Pakistan on terror watchlist

Britain has joined the United States in calling on Pakistan to “tackle the threat from terrorist groups” or face being added to a list of countries deemed non-compliant with...

Pakistan slams US intelligence threat report, cites bias

Pakistan has criticized as "extremely unfortunate" a new U.S. report labeling the south Asian country's weapons a continued threat to regional American interests. The annual global threat assessment notes that...

Lankan PM says won’t quit

Sri Lanka Saturday completes six days in political limbo after former President Mahinda Rajapaksa won a landslide victory in the February 10 local government elections. With President Maithripala Sirisena’s defeated...

Amid Maldives crisis, Indian Army, Navy & Air Force begins joint exercise in Arabian...

A joint exercise of the army, the navy and the air force has begun in the Arabian Sea this week even as China and the Maldives have warned against...

Meghalaya Polls: Christians, beef and women in India’s Home of the Clouds

Its head in the clouds, India’s tiny, colorful, Christian-majoritytribal state of Meghalaya is preparing to elect a new 60-member legislative assembly onFebruary 27. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which...