Daily Archives: February 27, 2018

Calls for strong Nepal-Bangladesh ties, connectivity

Diplomats, experts and officials have called for maximising trade and investment opportunities by enhancing connectivity between Nepal and Bangladesh. Speaking in the second edition of the Nepal-Bangladesh Business Forum (NBBF)...

Iranian air force chief, Pak COAS discuss matters of professional interests

Iranian Air Force chief Brigadier General Hassan Shahsafi called on Paskistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Monday...

Afghanistan prepares for second Kabul Process Conference

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani on Monday (Feb 26) said the Afghan government will propose an inclusive proposal to Pakistan and the Taliban during the Kabul Process conference which is...

Bhutan’s first satellite to orbit earth soon

By the end of summer, Bhutan will have its first satellite orbiting the earth. The miniature satellite is called Bhutan-1, and weighs less than two kilograms. Four Bhutanese studying space...

EU asks Maldives govt to lift SOE, warns ‘targeted measures’

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) on Monday (Feb 26) adopted a series of conclusions on the Maldives, in light of the recent deterioration of the...

Nepal government willing to amend constitution

he Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN- UML), which earlier had opposed moves to amend the Constitution, is now willing to make changes in it. According to sources, the...

Hambantota Port final tranche of USD 580 million on May 9

The final payment of US$ 580 million, for the Hambantota Port joint venture, is expected to be paid by China Merchants Port Holdings Company on 9 May, Minister of...

India’s Assam state preparing to deport tens of thousands of ‘foreigners’

Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, authorities in the north-east Indian state of Assam published a list of 19 million names. But not Hanif Khan’s. Early the next morning...

Innovation corridor, business council to help Singapore expand economic ties with India’s Andhra Pradesh

Singapore companies will be able to pilot innovative urban solutions in the capital city of Andhra Pradesh, with an eye to expanding these to other parts of India and...

Rakhine a human slaughterhouse of recent times: UN

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has described Northern Rakhine in Myanmar as one of the most prolific ‘slaughterhouses’ of humans in recent times. He said...

Major lapses in India’s weapons procurement process revealed

A report from Indian defence ministry has listed out in black and white what is ailing India’s weapons procurement process, which promises years of delay between drawing up a...

Lankan Air Force seeks runway access, land at Mattala Airport ahead of possibility of...

The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is seeking access to a runway at the Mattala International Airport near Southern  Hambantota, to be used in case of emergency and for...

India reaches out, invites Pakistan Minister for WTO talks in Delhi

In what amounts to a significant diplomatic outreach to Pakistan, India has invited its Commerce Minister, Pervaiz Malik, to participate in the informal WTO ministerial meeting taking place in...

China’s ocean observatory in Maldives sparks fresh security concerns for India

A Joint Ocean Observation Station which China is looking to establish in the Maldives could prove to be another security challenge for the Indian government with the Maldivian opposition...

EU agrees to prepare sanctions on Myanmar generals

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday (Feb 26) to prepare sanctions against Myanmar generals over the killings of Rohingya Muslims and to strengthen the EU arms embargo, accusing...

India naval exercises inflame tensions with China, expand potential conflict from land to sea

India is hosting a naval exercise with 23 participating nations in March, prompting Chinese observers to warn that Sino-Indian tensions are spreading from the land to the sea and...

Pakistan may find itself on FATF blacklist after June

Pakistan may find itself on the blacklist of a global financial watchdog if it does not prepare a comprehensive action plan to eradicate terrorist financing by June, official sources...

Rakhine bombings spread Myanmar’s ethnic conflict

Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state was riven with more violence early Saturday morning (February 24) when three small bombs detonated in the state capital of Sittwe. The bombs, one of which...

Hindu BJP battles Christian hostility in Nagaland & Meghalaya polls

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with its ‘Hindu – Hindutva’ ideology faces an uphill battle in two of the three Christian-majority states of the country which go to...