Daily Archives: October 19, 2018

DHAKA-DELHI PORTS DEAL NEXT WEEK

Dhaka and New Delhi are going to sign next week three important agreements, including one allowing India to use Chittagong and Mongla ports to transport cargoes to its north-eastern...

PM KHAN TO ATTEND INVESTMENT CONFERENCE IN SAUDI ARABIA NEXT WEEK

Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia to attend the Future Investment Initiative Conference (FIIC) on the "special invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz", according to a...

US TO PRESS PAKISTAN FOR SHIFT IN AFGHAN POLICY: OFFICIAL

While calling recent meetings between United States officials and the new Pakistani government useful, acting Deputy Secretary of State Henry Ensher said the US would continue to apply pressure...

6 ROHINGYA DIED IN FIRE AT SITTWE IDP CAMP

Six Rohingya were killed in a fire at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Rakhine State’s Sittwe on Thursday. The fire started around 11 p.m. after embers from...

INDIA WATCHES MALDIVES’ TRANSFER OF POWER WITH FINGERS CROSSED

In view of the evolving political developments in the Maldives after the defeat of President of Abdulla Yameen in the recently concluded elections, India's Ministry of External Affairs has...

BJP ALLY INPT MAY MOVE SUPREME COURT SEEKING NRC FOR TRIPURA

The Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) is likely to be a petitioner before the Supreme Court, joining the plea to demand the introduction of an Assam-type National Register...

India, Lanka and the shadow of Prez Sirisena’s denied allegation of assassination plot

India has graciously handled what could have led to an outright diplomatic furore following President Sirisena’s now denied claim (that the The Hindu newspaper first reported citing many witnesses...

Bangladesh allocates 2,000 acres in distinct areas for Saudi investors

Bangladesh has allocated 2,000 acres of land in one of the exclusive economic zones for Saudi Arabian investors to develop and operate them as per their own requirements, said...

PM Khan invites Malaysian counterpart to visit Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasised Pakistan's "close and cordial" relations with Malaysia in a phone call on Thursday with Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohammad. PM Khan, highlighting the "need...

Vote-winning Maldives party seeks travel ban on President Yameen

The party of the incoming president of the Maldives has urged police to impose a travel ban on outgoing President Abdulla Yameen so he can face investigations in connection...

Sri Lanka reverses $300-mln China housing deal ahead of PM’s India visit

Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of...

Pakistan biggest importer of Chinese arms: report

Pakistan accounts for 42 per cent of China’s total arms sales over 2000-14, a report by RAND revealed recently. At the Dawn of Belt and Road: China in the...

Afghan-style democracy faces test in legislative election

At least 10 election candidates have been killed, thousands of polling centres closed, and many voters are likely to stay home due to the threat of militant attacks. This is...

Ties close and complex, PM Modi to get another Nepal invite

Nepal Prime Minister KP Oli has decided to invite his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for a religious festival in December - an occasion that is expected to provide another...

Growing nervousness over Chinese behaviour brought India closer to US: Ashton Carter

India's growing nervousness over China's behaviour in the region played a pivotal role in bringing it closer to the US, according to former US defence secretary Ashton Carter. Carter, who...

Iran and the US confrontation: what can Pakistan do?

The EU, France, Germany, China, and Russia; signatories of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the IAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the monitoring and...

S-400: False sense of security

India’s weapons shopping spree, development of ballistic missile defense systems and continuous upgrading of nuclear arsenal negatively influence the regional strategic stability. Recently, India signed S-400 missiles deal with...

Indian, Chinese armies to resume annual military drill in December

The armies of India and China will resume their annual bilateral military exercise 'Hand in Hand' in December, Army sources said Wednesday. The drill will be held in China, the...

Myanmar has changed, but remains firmly in China’s grip

April 2018 marked the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi assuming the position of state councillor of Myanmar. Despite predictions that Myanmar’s tentative steps towards democracy would weaken...

Afghan leader blindsided by US meeting with Taliban, officials say

When the White House ordered American diplomats this summer to engage the Taliban directly in the hopes of jump-starting an Afghan peace process, many in Afghanistan welcomed it as...

Young guns: The smouldering anger of Kashmiri youth

A silver lining can, at times, be eclipsed by clouds. A young scholar from Kashmir has made it to one of the most prestigious scientific institutions in the United...