Daily Archives: October 9, 2018

US ENVOY ON AFGHAN PEACE TAKES HIS MISSION TO PAKISTAN

Washington’s newly named point man tasked with finding a peaceful end to Afghanistan’s 17-year war is in Pakistan to seek the help of the new government in Islamabad in...

NINE YEARS AFTER WAR’S END, SRI LANKANS WAIT FOR GOVERNMENT TO RETURN PROPERTY

Sri Lanka has failed to fulfil pledges to return properties to thousands of people forced from their homes during decades of war, many of whom now live in desperate...

PAKISTAN TO SEEK IMF LOAN TO AVERT MELTDOWN

Washington, which recently suspended military aid to Pakistan over its alleged failure to crack down on the Taliban, has expressed concern about IMF funds being used to repay Chinese...

MYANMAR ‘UNWILLING’ TO PROBE ROHINGYA ABUSE, UN MUST ACT: RIGHTS ENVOY

Given Myanmar’s refusal to hold itself accountable, she added, it was up to international courts to seek justice. Myanmar is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a...

BANGLADESH’S NEW DIGITAL LAW WILL SILENCE CRITICS, RIGHTS GROUPS SAY

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid has approved a controversial new digital security law that rights groups fear could be used to further erode press freedoms and dissenting voices online. The Digital...

‘Govt has deceived editors’, says BNP

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Monday slammed the government for formulating the much-debated Digital Security Act, saying the law's enactment reflected the government's intention to fortify its “illegitimate rule” and...

Pakistan conducts training launch of nuclear-capable Ghauri Missile System

Pakistan on Monday successfully conducted the training launch of Ghauri Missile System having a range of up to 1,300 kilometres. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the launch was conducted by...

Nepal-Bangladesh energy meet on Nov 15-16

The government of Nepal has proposed to the Bangladeshi authorities to hold the first joint energy mechanism meeting on energy cooperation on November 15 and 16, in Kathmandu. The...

WB cuts Myanmar’s growth forecast to 6.2%

The World Bank has revised downwards its forecast for Myanmar’s economic growth by 0.5 percentage points to 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2018-19. The World Bank East Asia and...

Sri Lanka arrests MP for hailing defeated Tamil rebels

A Sri Lankan MP who called for the return of the outlawed Tamil Tiger rebel group because she said they were better at enforcing law and order than the...

Afghanistan’s mineral wealth catches Trump’s eye

The Ghurian iron mine in Afghanistan’s Herat province is a perfect pilot investment target for a proposed US/Uzbekistan mining venture underwritten by the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC),...

BRI could catapult Nepal to a regional geostrategic force

With China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marking its fifth anniversary, Nepal and China have witnessed a flurry of activities aimed at elevating their bilateral relations to higher level. Nepal's...

China has quietly altered its boundary with Bhutan after Doklam stand-off with India

China has altered its boundary with Bhutan, a year after the tense 71-day face-off with India in the tri-junction area of Doklam had prevented a similar attempt. Analysis of satellite...

India-Russia negotiation on lease of nuclear submarine deadlocked over price issues

Negotiations for the acquisition of an Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) from Russia are currently dead locked on price issues. This is one of the reasons an agreement could not...

Polling amid shutdown call, Kashmir sees abysmally low voter turnout of 11%

The Kashmir Valley witnessed an abysmally low voter turnout of close to 12 percent in the first phase of the municipal elections. The polls on Monday were held in...

River Water Sharing: India denying Bangladesh its right

India has been denying Bangladesh the right to the water of shared rivers, said Mashiur Rahman, economic affairs adviser to the prime minister, Monday. “The interesting question is that a...

Khalilzad calls on govt, Taliban to form negotiating teams

US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad on Monday afternoon called on the Taliban to come up with an authorized team of negotiators for peace talks. He also...

India wants US sanctions waiver after cutting Iran oil imports: Officials

India hopes to secure a waiver from US sanctions on Iran before they take effect on November 4, as it had significantly cut Iranian oil imports before the deadline,...

Can India feel the Dragon’s heat in Nepal’s Terai?

The alacrity with which China is drawing Nepal into its orbit has raised eyebrows, but the process began almost seven decades back, with Mao Zedong calling Tibet the “palm...

South Asian nuclear stability: Anticipations and fear

The advent of Nuclear weapons in the International system preserved peace and security by maintaining nuclear deterrent capability. In the South Asian framework, India and Pakistan thrive to get...

High time for Afghan government to put its own house in order first

Pakistan not only shares a porous 2430-km border with Afghanistan but the cultural, religious and extended familial ties also link these two Muslim brethren states. In contrast to Afghan...