Daily Archives: October 11, 2018

RAFALE AIRCRAFT DEAL: TO GET CONTRACT, DEAL WITH RELIANCE WAS A CONDITION, SAYS DASSAULT...

FRENCH newsportal Mediapart has reported that a top official of Dassault Aviation explained to his staff in May 2017 that the firm’s joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance group...

‘INDIA WILL SOON FIND OUT’: TRUMP ON US SANCTIONS FOR S-400 DEAL WITH RUSSIA

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India "will soon find out" about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions + after India signed a $5 billion deal to...

SEVERE CYCLONE TITLI PROMPTS MASS EVACUATONS IN EASTERN INDIA

Some 300,000 people have been evacuated in India’s coastal state of Odisha, located in the east of the country, in the anticipation of the major Cyclone Titli in the...

PAKISTAN TO SEEK ITS LARGEST LOAN PACKAGE FROM IMF

Pakis­tan is seeking its largest loan package of up to $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe crisis that threatens to...

NEPAL BUYS RS 700M MANSION FOR ITS AMBASSADOR IN WASHINGTON

At a time when state agencies have been prescribed austerity to reduce burden on the public coffers, the government has purchased a lavish mansion as the residence of the...

KHALEDA’S BAIL IN ZIA ORPHANAGE GRAFT EXTENDED

The High Court today extended till October 15 its earlier order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The HC bench of...

Bhutan election 2018: Facilitation booth voting begins

Voting at facilitation booths for general election began Wednesday. The booths will remain open from 9 am to 7 pm over the next two days. There are 65 facilitation...

Bhutan counts cost of plans for green future

The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes of Bhutan's record as the world's only carbon negative country, but major challenges stand in the way of the Himalayan...

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost...

Why China is not worried with India-Russia S-400 deal

The peculiar pattern of international alliances was seen recently when India and Russia inked an agreement whereby the former will buy the game-changing S-400 air defence system military hardware...

Indian Army wants to change the way it fights enemies

The way India fights its enemies could change with Integrated Battle Groups (IBG) comprising critical elements such as artillery, mechanised infantry, armour, signals and air support likely to replace...

PTC India inks $1.8 billion power supply deal with Bangladesh

Power trading solution provider PTC India said Wednesday it has signed two new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for supplying 200 MW power to...

Afghan peace vital to long-term stability of Pakistan, region: US envoy

US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has wrapped up his visit to Pakistan after consulting Pakistani leaders on how best to "achieve a durable political settlement in Afghanistan,"...

UN tallies more than 8,000 Afghan civilian casualties so far this year

At least 8,050 Afghan civilians were killed or wounded in the first nine months of 2018, almost half of them targeted by suicide bomb attacks and other improvised devices...

Bhutan election 2018: Facilitation booth voting begins

Voting at facilitation booths for general election began Wednesday. The booths will remain open from 9 am to 7 pm over the next two days. There are 65 facilitation...

Sri Lanka enacts law to compensate war victims

Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday (Oct 10) passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island's brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which...

The Indina army has bared its iron fist in Kashmir – and wants everyone...

In the last year and a half, two images that went viral on the social media have come to represent the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir. The first...

Israel aiding and abetting Myanmar’s genocidal regime

“Historically, whenever there was a US embargo , Israel filled the gap.” – Itay Mack, a Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer and activist who fights for greater transparency in Israel’s military...

Will Modi risk US sanctions and buy oil from Iran?

Brent crude was ruling near $120 per barrel when Narendra Modi became prime minister in mid-2014. It fell to a low point of $29 in January 2016, before climbing...

Does Modi have a Pakistan policy?

Judging by the unsavory exchanges between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers at the recent United Nations General Assembly, the already deeply troubled bilateral relationship has reached a new...

India over-interpreting China-Pakistan drone deal

A reported drone deal between China and Pakistan seems to have worked up Indians recently. Last week the Pakistan Air Force's Sherdils Aerobatic Team announced on its official Facebook...