Daily Archives: September 2, 2018

NO HASTY IMPOSITION OF EVM, PM SAYS

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has spoken against hasty imposition of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Her comments come on the heels of widespread discussion regarding EVMs...

SHAHIDUL’S HC BAIL HEARING MIGHT BE HELD TODAY

The defence will try to push up the schedule of High Court bail hearing for Shahidul Alam and pursue the court to hold it tomorrow, his lawyer says. Jyotirmoy Barua,...

US GENERAL MILLER TAKES OVER COMMAND IN AFGHANISTAN

US Gen Austin Scott Miller officially took over as commander of US Forces-Afghanistan and of Operation Resolute Support on Sunday at a ceremony in Kabul. Miller takes over from Gen...

PLANE SKIDS OFF RUNWAY IN NEPAL, AIRPORT SHUT FOR MORE THAN 11 HOURS

Incoming and outgoing flights to Nepal's sole international air gateway were diverted while authorities tried to remove the aircraft, which had become stuck in mud. Nepal's only international airport had...

PENTAGON MOVES TO SCRAP $300M AID TO PAKISTAN

The US military is seeking to reallocate $300 million in aid to Pakistan due to Islamabad's lack of “decisive actions” in support of regional American strategy, the Pentagon said...

DEMONSTRATORS CALL ON MYANMAR TO RELEASE REUTERS JOURNALISTS

Dozens of people marched through Myanmar's largest city Yangon on Saturday, calling on the government to release Reuters journalists on trial for allegedly collecting state secrets, and to demand...

New general takes over in Afghanistan amid questions about the U.S. military’s future there

Army Lt. Gen. Austin “Scott” Miller faces a stark central question as he becomes the United States’ newest commander in Afghanistan this weekend: With local forces struggling and questions...

Pakistan closes consulate in Jalalabad over ‘interference’

Pakistan has temporarily closed its consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad over alleged interference by the provincial governor and a lack of security, its embassy in Kabul...

President Srisena attends Nepal-Sri Lanka trade and investment conference

President Maithripala Sirisena participated in the Nepal-Sri Lanka Trade,  Tourism, and Investment Conference held in Katmandu on Friday (31). The Institute for Strategic and Socio-economic Research of Nepal organized this...

India agrees to build gas pipeline to Nepal

India is currently building an oil pipeline linking Motihari and Amlekhgunj. Seventeen km out of the 36.2-km section of the pipeline has been completed Sep 1, 2018-India has agreed to...

Modi Holds Bilateral Talks With Leaders Of Thailand, Myanmar And Bhutan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday had a series of bilateral meetings, including discussions with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha and Myanmar President Win Myint, on the sidelines of...

FFM’s report detrimental for social cohesion in Myanmar’s Rakhine state: Foreign Affairs Ministry

The report of the Independent International Fact Finding Mission (FFM) on Myanmar is detrimental for social cohesion in Myanmar's Rakhine state and undermines the Myanmar government's efforts to bring...

Making the most of our trade relationship with China

According to the Financial Times (US), the USD 3.7 billion Padma Rail link, for which Beijing has provided more than USD 3 billion, will serve as “a physical reminder...

Japan Is Trying To Catch Up With China In Sri Lanka

Japan is getting more serious about preventing China’s dominance of the Indian Ocean. Last week, Tokyo donated two coast guard patrol craft to Sri Lanka, according to ChannelNewsAsia. The craft...

India to Help Nepal Construct a Rail Link to Kathmandu

India will help Nepal construct a rail link between capital Kathmandu and an Indian border town for smoother movement of passengers and cargo to the landlocked Himalayan nation, while...

Modi’s ‘PMO tells’ women ministers to write positive articles in newspapers

The PMO has asked the ministers to counter the notion that there has been little improvement in women’s lives since Narendra Modi came to power. In the last 10 days,...

Japan to extend over Rs 2.6 billion grant assistance to Pakistan 

Japan has agreed to extend over Rs 2.6 billion grant assistance to Pakistan for two projects, according to a media report on Saturday. The notes to this effect were signed...

Bhutan’s tryst with democracy turns 10

The third general election in the Himalayan nation, to be conducted later this month, will see a four-cornered race, bringing to the fore the complexities of a multi-party democracy. The...

Iran’s India-operated Chabahar port in limbo due to US sanctions and regional security issues

Indian investment in Iran’s Chabahar port could be disrupted by economic sanctions as the Trump administration, increasingly hawkish on Iran, cracks down on any dealings with the Gulf nation. India...

What’s Wrong With the US Afghanistan Strategy?

The United States’ Afghanistan-centric South Asia strategy aimed at outlining a plan for victory in its more than one-and-a-half decade long war with the Taliban. A combination of tools...

Can Russia End the War in Afghanistan?

On August 27, Mohammed Jawed Hejri, a senior official in Afghanistan’s Takhar province, alleged that Russian or Tajik border aircraft launched a bombing raid against narcotics smugglers in northern...