Daily Archives: October 18, 2018

NAT’L POLLS SCHEDULE ON FIRST WEEK OF NOVEMBER

Election schedule for the next parliamentary polls will be announced on the first week of November, Election Commission (EC) Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said today. Helaluddin Ahmed told this to...

BHUTAN VOTES IN THE COUNTRY’S THIRD GENERAL POLLS

Voters are casting their ballots to decide which party will lead the young democracy for the next five years. Voters in the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan are casting their ballots in...

SWITZERLAND JOINS EU IN SANCTIONING MYANMAR’S MILITARY GENERALS

Switzerland has imposed an asset freeze and travel ban (entry and transit) on seven high-ranking members of Myanmar’s military and security forces for human rights violations committed in the...

AFGHANS DESERVE INCLUSIVE AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS: UNAMA

With just two day to go to Election Day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) issued a statement on Thursdayand emphasized the need for credible, transparent elections. “All citizens...

Pakistan has emerged stronger from “tribulations”: Army chief

Pakistan has emerged stronger from the "tribulations" though the fight against terrorism "is still on", Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has told Italian military leaders. Gen. Bajwa, who was...

India’s union minister MJ Akbar resigns over #MeToo allegations

India’s minister of state for external affairs MJ Akbar resigned on Wednesday, buffeted by a storm of allegations of sexual misconductdating back to the years he was a journalist...

Maldives’ president says preparing to step down with no regrets on any decisions

The president of the Maldives, Abdulla Yameen, said on Wednesday he had no complaints or reservations about any of his decisions while in office, and that he was preparing...

Nine UN Security Council members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry

The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and...

India orders to move 2,000 SSB personnel to strengthen Intelligence Bureau

Over 2,000 non-combatised personnel of border guarding force – SSB – have been finally ordered to be moved to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) as part of an ambitious central...

India’s 200 miles-per-hour bullet train has starting trouble

India's bullet train project is moving at the pace of a commuter train instead. A year after the project was kicked off, only 0.9 hectares of land have been acquired...

Will Myanmar’s ‘Genocide Gems’ Become the New Blood Diamonds?

A little more than a year ago, Myanmar’s military carried out what the United Nations has called a campaign of genocide and war crimes against the Rohingya minority, driving...

Rupee-oil problem: Will Saudi Arabia agree to this Iran model for India?

Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, on Monday warned oil producers like Saudi Arabia that high crude prices are hurting the global economy+ , even as he pitched for...

Bangladesh approves works to facilitate river transit to India

Bangladesh’s Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase on Wednesday approved a number of procurement proposals including awarding a contract for development of fairway from Sirajganj to Daikhowa river route to...

The Rafale deal’s irregularities aren’t going away any time soon

The dogfight between UPA’s Rafale and NDA’s Rafale has turned into a daily ritual as the political slugfest continues. Like the surgical strikes politicised the army, airstrikes are politicising...

Pakistan likely to buy Chinese missile ‘better than’ Indo-Russian BrahMos: Report

Pakistan is likely among the potential buyers of a new Chinese supersonic missile tested successfully recently, which the state media said is better than the similar BrahMos rocket system...

With Nod to Draft Broadcast Law, Bangladesh Furthers Attempts to Curb Free Speech

Bangladesh’s cabinet on Monday approved a law which would allow the government to send someone to jail for giving “misleading and false” information in a talk show. According to cabinet...

China woos Bhutan, at the expense of rival India

Bhutan, the small mountain kingdom between China and India, is the latest beneficiary of Chinese soft power, with Beijing making quiet inroads at New Delhi’s expense. China’s annexation of Tibet...

Pakistan urges Russia to enhance defence ties

Pakistan has urged Russia to enhance the defence ties as the new partners prepare to hold joint military drills ‘Friendship 2018’ this month, officials said on Tuesday. Senior government officials...

After Assam, will Tripura be the next state to get a National Register of...

On October 8, the Supreme Court sent a notice to the Centre and the Election Commission on a plea seeking a National Register of Citizens for Tripura. The petition...

Sirisena’s denial he was target of RAW plot to kill him as stunning as...

A day after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stunned members of the cabinet when he revealed to them that India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was...

Bhutan’s ‘silence’ over Doklam continues – on the mountains and in Thimphu

At first glance, the imposing gateway appears to be the entrance to a frontier Buddhist monastery tucked away in the unending roll of Bhutan’s mountains. No sooner did our...