Daily Archives: March 16, 2018

WITH ROHINGYA GONE, MYANMAR’S ETHNIC RAKHINE SEEK MUSLIM-FREE ‘BUFFER ZONE’

Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a ‘model’ village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to repopulate an area once dominated...

INDIAN REGIONAL PARTY PULLS OUT OF PM MODI’S COALITION

A regional political party on Friday (Mar 16) pulled out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s coalition government in a row over financial assistance to a southern state the regional...

SRI LANKA LIFTS BAN ON FACEBOOK IMPOSED AFTER SPASM OF COMMUNAL VIOLENCE

Sri Lankan officials said on Thursday they had lifted a ban on Facebook after discussions with the social network, a week after blocking access on the grounds it was...

AUSTRALIA TO RAISE RIGHTS CONCERNS WITH MYANMAR, CAMBODIA AT ASEAN SUMMIT

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she will raise human rights concerns with Myanmar and Cambodian leaders during a three-day summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)...

Indian Army’s equipment is obsolete and not ready for war

In its direst warning to India’s Parliament yet, the Indian Army’s top brass stated that deep budgetary cuts have severely eroded its capabilities to fight a war. “The budget of...

Why Indian defence minister’s China visit is crucial for Delhi-Beijing relations

India’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to China will be the first Ministerial-level visit by India to China after the 73-day Dokalm standoff. However, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s...

The Maldives crisis and the China-India chess match

The continued political crisis in the Maldives began on February 6, after President Abdulla Yameen ordered the arrest of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the country...

South Asia should not become a battleground for competing interests

Recently, Sri Lanka declared a 10-day state of emergency following clashes between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community in Kandy in the central part of the...

Pakistan’s nuclear plants are heavily protected: IAEA Chief

The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano praised security arrangements of nuclear plants in Karachi. Amano visited the plants on Wednesday. At a seminar organized...

South Asia should not become a battleground for competing interests

Recently, Sri Lanka declared a 10-day state of emergency following clashes between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community in Kandy in the central part of the...

Bangladesh, Russia to form joint working group on cyber security

Bangladesh and Russia reached a consensus on forming a joint working group on cyber security as Bangladesh’s state minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak held a bilateral meeting...

Pakistan world’s largest host of refugees: UNHCR

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees has declared Pakistan as the only country of the world which has provided shelter to the largest number of refugees particularly Afghans...

It is for Iran to choose partners for Chabahar port: India

Days after Iran invited China and Pakistan to participate in development of the Chabahar port, India on Thursday (Mar 15) said it was the prerogative of the Iranian government...

Tashkent conference on Afghanistan to be held on March 26-27

An international conference on Afghanistan is set to be held on March 26-27 in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, Russian Foreign Ministry announced on Thursday (Mar 15). Speaking at a news...

EU parliament adopts resolution to impose sanctions on Maldives govt

Expressing its grave concern over the worsening political crisis in the Maldives, the European Parliament through a resolution on Thursday asked the EU council to impose targeted sanctions against...

The Maldives crisis and the China-India chess match

The continued political crisis in the Maldives began on February 6, after President Abdulla Yameen ordered the arrest of the chief justice of the Supreme Court of the country...

Why Indian defence minister’s China visit is crucial for Delhi-Beijing relations

India’s defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s visit to China will be the first Ministerial-level visit by India to China after the 73-day Dokalm standoff. However, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s...

India and Pakistan trade barbs over allegations of diplomatic harassment as ties worsen

India and Pakistan traded charges of harassment of their diplomatic staff in Delhi and Islamabad as ties between the nuclear-armed rivals hit a new low. Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

India’s biggest security concern is to prevent a 2-front war with China, Pakistan

One of the top security challenges faced by India, a country of a billion plus people with pluralistic traditions, is dealing with China along with Pakistan to prevent a...

Pakistan, Russia satisfied over defence ties

Pakistan and Russia showed satisfaction over the current level of defence and security relationship. Deputy Secretary National Security Council of the Russia Federation Mikhail Popov called on Foreign Secretary Tehmina...

Indian Army’s equipment is obsolete and not ready for war

In its direst warning to India’s Parliament yet, the Indian Army’s top brass stated that deep budgetary cuts have severely eroded its capabilities to fight a war. “The budget of...