Daily Archives: February 23, 2018

TEA PORTRAITS: The human landscape of Lanka’s tea

In July 2018 Sri Lanka will mark 151 years of tea being introduced to the country by the British pioneer James Taylor, after the country’s first cash crop experiment,...

British defence industry body ADS Group quits India

Even as New Delhi and London talk up the importance of their “strategic partnership” and exchange top-level political visits, the UK defence industry is thinning out from India. Business Standard...

The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis....

BD Police to use FBI’s DNA indexing technology from now on

The United States has provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) to Bangladesh Police as part of cooperation between the two countries and to...

‘Eastern neighbor using Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan’

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday (Feb 22) said that Pakistan’s eastern neighbour was constantly using Afghan soil to destabilise Pakistan, thus hampering its endeavours to fight against...

Delhi’s ‘lost’ Mughal garden reopens as public park

A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi reopened on Wednesday after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India’s sprawling and smog-choked...

Saudi Prince comes out in support of Afghan peace process

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come out in full support of the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, said a statement from the National Security Advisor Mohammad...

Nepal to hold Presidential election on March 13

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to hold the presidential election on March 13. The election act has authorised the EC to announce the date for the election of...

Myanmar to get five more TV channels

Five privately-run Myanmar companies will start television broadcasting as early as this year in a major step toward the democratization of the country's media. The companies, including DVB Multimedia Group,...

Army chief’s remark stokes political row in India

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat has sparked a political row with his remarks that the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) has been growing faster than the BJP...

Pakistan-Malaysia military ties in the headlines with Navy chief visit

This week, Malaysia’s navy chief paid an official visit to Pakistan. The trip, which saw a long series of engagements and was widely covered in Pakistan media outlets, was...

India media uses fake news to drive a wedge between China and Pakistan: expert

Pakistan's senate on Tuesday (Feb 20) denied that the country will include Mandarin as an official language, saying the country is merely encouraging the learning of the language to...

S Arabia, Turkey, China blocked US-led motion to put Pak on FATF watchlist

Saudi Arabia joined Turkey and China in a move to block a US-led attempt this week to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list, top US daily WSJ...

Bangladesh fears exodus of Bengalis from Assam

The ongoing process of compiling the National Register of Citizens in Assam may trigger an exodus of Bengalis and create one more Rohingya-like refugee crisis for Bangladesh, senior officials...

China rejects reports of talks with Baloch rebels to protect CPEC investment

China has rejected a report claiming that it had been engaged in low-key dialogue with Baloch separatists for over five years in a bid to secure the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan...

India’s public statements ‘unhelpful’, says Maldives

The Maldives Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released a statement expressing disappointment over the public statements issued by the government of India citing they "ignore the facts and ground...

India, China, Nepal should step up interaction for win-win outcomes: Beijing

India, China and Nepal should step up "sound interaction for win-win outcomes", Beijing on Thursday (Feb 22) said as it congratulated the new Nepalese government headed by K P...

India’s drone crashes into farmer’s field during trial

A video has emerged that shows a small drone or an unmanned aerial vehicle that crashed during a trial in a farmer's field near Chitradurga in Karnataka, about 200...

Bipin Rawat on Bangladesh: Part of a Sino-Pak proxy war against India?

Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat’s accusation on Indian NTV that Pakistan and China were conducting proxy war by facilitating immigrants from Bangladesh to Assam is both serious but...