Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

Yameen’s toughness and geo-political changes restore balance in Indo-Maldivian ties

Toughness and grit on the part of the Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, coupled with changes in the geo-political environment in South Asia, has resulted in a thawing of the...

Soldiers under siege for months, but officials busy with other issues: Afghan CEO

Afghan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah on Monday (May 14) sharply criticized government for not addressing security problems adding that a large number of soldiers have lost their...

US PUSHES FOR UN RESOLUTION ON ROHINGYA CRISIS

US envoy Nikki Haley called for the United Nations Security Council to take rapid action on the Rohingya crisis, which has seen over 700,000 people driven from their homes...

MODI’S RULING PARTY SEEN WINNING IN SOUTHERN INDIAN STATE

A BJP-led government in Karnataka would prove a major boost for Modi ahead of the 2019 elections, silencing critics who said his popularity had faded over the rocky adoption...

MODI TO VISIT RUSSIA ON MAY 21 FOR INFORMAL SUMMIT WITH PUTIN

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Russia on May 21 for an informal summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the ministry of external affairs (MEA) announced. The informal summit...

UN body suggests BD to probe all cases of enforced disappearance, extrajudicial killing

UN-member states have recommended Bangladesh to thoroughly investigate all the cases of alleged abductions, enforced disappearances, tortures and extrajudicial killings taking place within law enforcement agencies and bring the...

Modi govt permits import sugar from Pakistan

Consignments of sugar imported from Pakistan has become the latest bugbear of the opposition parties in Maharashtra. State Congress chief Ashok Chavan on Monday (May 14) condemned the Centre for...

Pakistan, Afghanistan to work towards regional peace under new security plan

The new Pakistan-Afghanistan bilateral engagement framework — Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) — became operational on Monday (May 14) with both sides hoping that its implementation...

India ramps up Myanmar ties to gain foothold in ASEAN

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with senior Myanmar officials during a two-day visit last week to discuss implementation of agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister...

India ramps up Myanmar ties to gain foothold in ASEAN

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met with senior Myanmar officials during a two-day visit last week to discuss implementation of agreements signed during the visit of Prime Minister...

Pakistan’s economy goes from bad to worse as growth seen slowing

Pakistan’s outgoing government expects the economy will grow at the fastest pace in more than a decade in the coming fiscal year, but economists are doubtful. Standard Chartered Plc, Elixir...

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on bilateral dialogue mechanism

Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday agreed on a mechanism for formal and bilateral dialogue and to establish six joint working groups for discussions on all key areas, officials said. The...

A thaw in India-Pakistan relations?

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think tank on international defence and security, in its latest commentary on India-Pakistan relations has pointed out a significant shift in...

A thaw in India-Pakistan relations?

The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British think tank on international defence and security, in its latest commentary on India-Pakistan relations has pointed out a significant shift in...

Modi’s desperate move to rebuild his image in Nepal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a state visit to India’s northern neighbor from May 11-12. It was his third visit since taking office in 2014, and the first...

Modi’s desperate move to rebuild his image in Nepal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a state visit to India’s northern neighbor from May 11-12. It was his third visit since taking office in 2014, and the first...

Islamabad seeks deployment of top army Generals in Afghanistan and Pakistan

As the fourth round of bilateral talks between Kabul and Islamabad concluded in the format of the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APPS), reports have emerged...

UAE oil giant to buy stakes in Indian refinery

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) is considering picking up stakes of the planned Ratnagiri oil refinery in India's central state of Maharashtra. The UAE's state-owned oil firm would...

Nepal army chief embarks on three-day visit to Pakistan

Nepal army chief General Rajendra Chhetri on Monday (May 14) embarked on a three-day visit to Pakistan to strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries. Chhetri is visiting Pakistan on...

China approves $1 bln loan for Sri Lanka highway

The Chinese government has approved a $1 billion loan to Sri Lanka to build a highway and its export-import bank has been instructed to process the borrowing, Sri Lankan...

Costly helicopter rides for US officials show Afghanistan’s security decline

The deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan is turning up in a new way: The cost for US personnel to take a three-mile helicopter flight to Kabul’s airport is surging. The...