Daily Archives: October 10, 2018

Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is...

LT GEN ASIM MUNIR APPOINTED DG ISI

The army's media wing on Wednesday announced that Lt Gen Asim Munir has been appointed the new director general (DG) of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Following reports that former DG...

NEGOTIATION STALLS ON 35 PROPOSED BRI PROJECTS

While Nepali leaders have committed time and again to the Belt and Road Initiative, China’s flagship foreign policy initiative led by President Xi Jinping, officials said little progress has...

RULING PROGRESSIVE PARTY OF MALDIVES IS SET TO OUST DEPUTY PG LEADER

Ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) is set to oust top lawmaker Riyaz Rasheed as its deputy parliamentary group leader amid a struggle to quash what appears to be...

RAFALE DEAL: SC ASKS CENTRE TO SUBMIT IN SEALED COVER DETAILS OF DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Central government to provide details in a sealed cover of the decision-making process in the Rafale fighter jet deal with France by...

BABAR, 18 OTHERS GET DEATH; TARIQUE AWARDED LIFE FOR AUG 21 GRENADE ATTACK

Over 14 years after the deadly attack that left 24 dead and hundreds injured, Judge Shahed Nuruddin of the Speedy Trial Tribunal-1 delivered the verdict in the two cases...

Sri Lanka’s Tamil diaspora could boost country’s economy but challenges on ethnic divide persist

For the past nine years the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora has had strong reservations about investing in their country of origin, claiming that they would withhold themselves from committing...

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka to sign coastal shipping deal

Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have finalised the much awaited coastal shipping agreement between the two countries. Sri Lankan Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama told a recent forum...

Pakistan seeks up to $7bn bailout from IMF

Pakistan will ask for one of its largest bailouts from the IMF when its finance minister travels to Bali this weekend for the fund’s annual meeting, officials told the...

India to continue buying Iranian oil despite possible US sanctions: Minister

Indian companies will continue buying Iranian crude oil in November even despite the possible US objections and sanctions, Indian Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said. "We have to...

Ahead of polls, Bhutan issues no entry notice to Indians

Ahead of the Bhutan elections, the Himalayan nation has issued a notification stating that Indians, who wish to visit the neighbouring country, will have to carry either voter ID...

Sri Lanka to sell hotel stakes to bolster its finances: Finance minister

Sri Lanka plans to put two state-owned hotel companies up for sale within the next six months in a sale that could raise $500 million for the island nation...

Pakistan navy quits anti-piracy task force amid worsening US ties

Pakistan's navy is no longer part of the counterpiracy Combined Task Force (CTF) that operates in the western Indian Ocean. The decision to leave the task force was taken after...

To counter India, Pakistan plans to buy high-end drones from China

Shortly after India announced it was buying the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia, China said it would sell 48 advanced Wing Loong II military drones to Pakistan. While the...

Are local body elections in Jammu and Kashmir a farce?

Local body elections are underway in Jammu and Kashmir. Despite calls for a boycott from all quarters, it appears that the Election Commission has felt that there is a...

How the US-led Afghan mission is going awry

The fact that US forces are still in Afghanistan after 17 years of fighting and the incumbent administration has not found any workable solutions to the Afghan conundrum is...

Sri Lanka has become key to Pacific struggles

China's growing presence in the Pacific and Indian oceans has its neighbors on guard, and their competition for influence has recently kept Sri Lanka's capital and port city of...

Denial, defiance and propaganda: Myanmar’s reply to decries to Rohingya abuses

Plainclothes police hovered around him. The elderly Rohingya man was too afraid to talk. He was gathered with dozens of other men, staring blankly at journalists on a government-led trip...

Washington in a fix over India-Russia weapons trade as sanctions likely to backfire

With a $5-billion contract signed on Friday during Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to India, New Delhi will finally acquire the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system despite a threat...

Next 5 years a tight ropewalk for whosoever wins election in Bhutan

While voters in Bhutan on October 18 will choose between Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) and Druk Phuensum Tshogpa (DPT) to lead the new government, it is going to be...

Israel concerned by Russian aggression in the lucrative Indian defence market?

Is India trapped between two staunch allies, Russia and Israel? Israel has been concerned about the warming relations between Russia and India after Delhi agreed to purchase the S-400...