Daily Archives: October 8, 2018

TALEBAN URGES AFGHANS TO BOYCOTT POLLS, REJECT PEACE TALKS

The Taleban on Monday (Oct 8) directed Afghans to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections and demanded a complete withdrawal of foreign forces as the only solution to end the 17-year-old war as...

ADB PUBLISHES ESTIMATED GDP FIGURES FOR 2018/19

The Asian Development Outlook 2018, published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), has updated Myanmar's estimated economic figures, saying that the country's growth rate of gross domestic product (GDP)...

SHUTDOWN IN INDIAN-OCCUPIED KASHMIR TO PROTEST POLLS

Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) is observing a complete shutdown on Monday after calls from the region’s joint resistance leadership to protest local government polls, reported Radio Pakistan. The shutdown was called by...

HC SCRAPS MAYA’S JAIL SENTENCE IN GRAFT CASE

The High Court on Monday cancelled relief and disaster management minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya's conviction in a graft case. Maya was sentenced to 13 years imprisonment by a lower...

DIGITAL SECURITY ACT MADE EFFECTIVE DESPITE ‘CONTROVERSIES’

President Abdul Hamid on Monday gave his assent to the Digital Security Bill 2018 amid criticism from different stakeholders of the country. The president’s press secretary Joynal Abedin told Prothom...

Bilateral maritime exercise between India, Japan begins

JMSDF has been a regular participant in the Malabar series of exercises between Indian and US Navies. JIMEX-18, a bilateral maritime exercise between India and Japan, began in Visakhapatnam on...

FATF team in Pakistan for final talks

Pakistani authorities and representatives of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will begin final round of talks in Islamabad on Monday (Sept 7). The FATF Asia-Pacific team is scheduled to arrive...

Swamy’s threat to invade Bangladesh unwarranted, says BNP

Bangladesh’s opposition BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) on Sunday (Sept 7) urged Indian BJP leader Subramanian Swamy to withdraw his remark that India should invade Bangladesh. BNP Senior Joint Secretary General...

Maldives president-elect invited to visit China

President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has been invited to make a state visit to China once he is sworn into office on November 17. The invitation was extended by Chinese ambassador...

Bhutan, India to work on Manas management

Bhutan and India have agreed to work towards an integrated river basin management plan for the transboundary Manas river which flows from Bhutan to Assam. US-based Global Environment Facility (GEF)...

Experts opine getting presidential waiver on S-400 might not be easy for India

For India, getting a presidential waiver from the biting CAATSA sanctions might not be that easy, some American experts believe referring to the changing political dynamics within the administration...

Afghanistan prepares for election amid fraud allegations, fear of Taliban

Najibullah, a 47 year-old shopkeeper in the main bazaar of Kabul’s old city, is resisting the widespread pessimism and allegations of cheating that have hung over elections to Afghanistan’s...

Won’t return to Myanmar, say Rohingya Refugees staying in Indian camps

Rohingya Refugees staying in Indian camps have expressed concern over being deported to Myanmar After the Central government deported seven Rohingya refugees to Myanmar on Friday, many now have...

US has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan: survey

More Americans are now saying that despite 17 years of war, the United States has failed to achieve its goals in Afghanistan, says a survey released on Saturday. The Pew...

How S-400 deal will affect balance of power between India, Pakistan

Moscow and New Delhi have inked a $5.4 billion contract on the supply of Russia's S-400 air defense system to India, with deliveries scheduled to start in 2020. India...

Sri Lanka’s defence deal with Russia threatened by US sanctions

Sri Lanka government’s efforts to make military procurements from Russia have hit another serious snag — the sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States, The Sunday Times in...

S-400s don’t solve India’s geostrategic dilemma

The 2018 India-Russia summit may have turned out to be one for the ages. The stakes superficially centered on whether India would seal the acquisition of five S-400 missile...

Kashmir’s civic polls today are shrouded in secrecy

A day before the Valley goes to polls, a front-page ad by the J&K government in major local dailies enumerated the benefits of people exercising their voting rights. From...

China’s BRI: after five years, is the bloom off the rose?

China credits President Xi Jinping’s massive infrastructure plan, the “Belt and Road Initiative”, with sparking a surge in the construction of railways, roads, bridges and ports across more than...

The war in Afghanistan is bad politics and bad foreign policy

On Sunday, the US war in Afghanistan will turn 17 years old, with no end in sight. President Obama called Afghanistan the “good war” — drawing a comparison to...

Rivals Sirisena and Rajapaksa to unite to oust PM Wickremesinghe

President Maithripala Sirisena was elected 15 January 2015 on the then Opposition UNP coalition ticket after having left his party, the SLFP, betraying his then President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The...