Daily Archives: March 22, 2018

MALDIVES LIFTS STATE OF EMERGENCY AFTER 45 DAYS

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen lifted a 45-day state of emergency on Thursday (March 22) imposed amid political upheaval on the Indian Ocean island chain. “Though there still exists a diminished...

FROM LDC TO DEVELOPING NATION: CELEBRATION STARTS TODAY

The government has chalked out a two-day programme from today to celebrate the country's eligibility to graduate to a developing country from a least developed one. As part of the...

India should have annexed Bangladesh: Assam BJP MLA

A India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Hojai, a district in the Indian state of Assam, Shiladitya Dev courted controversy yet again, calling the creation of Bangladesh...

LITTLE ACTION ON PROMISED JUSTICE, REFORMS IN SRI LANKA: HRW

The Sri Lankan government should announce a time-bound plan to carry out its pledges to the United Nations Human Rights Council since October 2015, Human Rights Watch said on...

Opposition in Seychelles to block India’s military deal

Seychelles’s opposition coalition, which holds a majority in Parliament, said on Tuesday that it would not ratify a deal signed with India to build a military base on one...

Suicide bomber kills more than 30 near shrine in Afghan capital Kabul

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a shrine in Kabul on Wednesday (March 21), killing at least 32 people and wounding dozens, as the Afghan capital celebrated the...

Campaign begins for Bhutan NC election

Campaigning officially started on 21 March for the third election of the Bhutan’s National Council (NC) slated for April 20. The month-long campaign period will end on April 18. Spokesperson of...

More trouble in paradise as Maldives ex-dictator is charged with terrorism

Maldives authorities have charged former strongman Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and several senior judges with “terrorism” for attempting to topple President Abdulla Yameen, the government said Wednesday. Eighty-year-old Gayoom and 10...

Sri Lankan president to attend Pakistan Republic Day as chief guest

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Islamabad on Thursday (March 22) to attend the Pakistan Republic Day celebrations on March 23 as chief guest on an invitation...

Second BIMSTEC security chiefs’ meeting next week in Dhaka

The second meeting of the BIMSTEC National Security Chiefs will be held in Dhaka next week, the Indian High Commissioner says. Harsh Vardhan Shringla said this meeting would “deepen” the...

India’s aid to Nepal up 73% to check China’s infra push

The Centre has decided to hike its financial aid for the financial year beginning April this year to Nepal to Rs 650 crore, a 73% increase from the previous...

No hot pursuits into Pakistan, says Pentagon

The US Department of Defence has ruled out hot pursuits into Pakistan to take out terrorists who flee Afghanistan. In a briefing for Indian and Afghan media outlets, a Pentagon...

India disappointed with Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter

Officials with the Indian Air Force believe that Russia's fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet does not correspond to required characteristics and is inferior to the American F-35 and F-22. Therefore,...

India disappointed with Russia’s fifth-generation Su-57 fighter

Officials with the Indian Air Force believe that Russia's fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet does not correspond to required characteristics and is inferior to the American F-35 and F-22. Therefore,...

India to locally upgrade 130mm M-46 Russian artillery guns

The M-46 Russian artillery guns being operated by the Indian Army will soon be upgraded from their existing target range of 27 kilometers to 36 kilometers. The upgrade will...

China’s presence in Doklam: ‘Will Modi Ji hug, cry in public this time’, wonders...

Congress president Rahul Gandhi today tweeted wondering how Prime Minister Narendra Modi will react to news that China has resumed road and other military infrastructure construction in Doklam by...

Doklam dispute keeps Sino-Indian relations ‘challenging’

The dispute over territorial limits in the Doklam region remains the top source of friction between India and Beijing, the visiting Indian ambassador to China said even as he...

Indian political parties gear up for general elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is having trouble with the exit of one ally and criticism from others in what analysts say is a sign of...

Who Will Be Myanmar’s Next President?

The resignation of President U Htin Kyaw came as no surprise but ended months of speculation in Myanmar. U Htin Kyaw has been receiving medical treatment in Bangkok and...

Israel’s top arms client: India, Vietnam, Azerbaijan

Arms sales do not ensure support in international forums, as the top three markets for Israeli military equipment – India, Vietnam and Azerbaijan – almost always vote against Israel...

Who Will Be Myanmar’s Next President?

The resignation of President U Htin Kyaw came as no surprise but ended months of speculation in Myanmar. U Htin Kyaw has been receiving medical treatment in Bangkok and...