Daily Archives: October 26, 2018

ISLAMABAD DISMISSES POMPEO’S STATEMENT

Dismissing the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that Washington will hold Islamabad accountable if it did not act decisively against terrorists, the Foreign Office insisted that no...

AMNESTY SAYS RAID AT INDIA OFFICE AIMED AT SILENCING GOVT CRITICS

Human rights watchdog Amnesty said that a 10-hour raid at its southern Indian office by the financial crime investigating agency on Thursday (Oct 25) was part of the government's...

MYANMAR-SINGAPORE JOINT VENTURE INCREASES CAPITAL IN AVIATION FUEL IMPORT

A Myanmar-Singapore joint venture company has increased its capital injection by 10.2 million U.S. dollars in aviation fuel import, storage and distribution businesses, Xinhua has reported. The National Energy Puma...

PROBE AGAINST CBI CHIEF ALOK VERMA TO BE COMPLETED IN 2 WEEKS, RULES SC

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a Central Vigilance Commission inquiry against CBI Director Alok Verma which is to be completed within two weeks. The inquiry will be conducted...

CBI WAR: RAHUL GANDHI TO LEAD PROTESTS OUTSIDE CBI HEADQUARTERS; SC TO HEAR ALOK...

Congress president Rahul Gandhi will lead the party as it stages protests outside all CBI offices across the country on Friday, demanding reinstatement of CBI Director Alok Verma, who...

Geopolitical factors contributing to Afghan quagmire

Afghanistan’s strategic position between the Eurasian heartland and the Indian Ocean made it the focus of the “Great Game,” the historical competition between the British and Russian empires for...

Amnesty India calls for ‘impartial’ probe into civilian deaths in Kashmir’s Kulgam

Amnesty India on Wednesday called for an “independent” as well as an “impartial” probe into the October 21 deaths of seven civilians in a blast at Kulgam district in...

Pakistan to send their first human to space in 2022 with China’s help

Pakistan would send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China's help, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced today, ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden...

Nepal keen to boost trade ties with Pakistan

Ambassador of Nepal in Pakistan Sewa Lamsal has asked the Sialkot exporters to come forward and explore the trade markets of her country to promote business relations between the...

Maldives’ opposition agrees to appoint JP leader Gasim as new speaker

Maldives' opposition coalition has agreed to appoint Jumhoory Party (JP) leader Gasim Ibrahim as the country's new speaker after removing Abdulla Maseeh from the post. During a joint parliamentary group...

The rocky road to an India-Japan relationship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Tokyo on October 28 for an annual summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. This is Modi’s third visit to Japan as...

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Modi govt may take ordinance route if it is not passed...

In the case of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has two options left now: either to try getting it passed before the...

Mountain echoes for India

The recent elections to Bhutan's national assembly produced a victory for the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), a left-of-the-centre party led by Dr Lotay Tshering. This was the third national...

Why did India and China sign their new security agreement?

The signing of an internal security agreement by India and China last Monday is an indicator of the special nature of their relationship. This features competition, conflict and cooperation....

Pakistan PM to visit China next week

New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China next week, Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday (Oct 25), on a trip seen as vital to Islamabad's efforts to...

China and Myanmar railway talks back on track

China and Myanmar have decided to look into the feasibility of constructing a railroad from Muse near the Chinese border to Mandalay in central Myanmar, the South China Morning...

Rafale deal takes center stage in intense infighting in India’s top probe agency

The Indian government has ordered a probe against the country's top investigative agency after two of its most senior officers accused each other of bribery and interference in police...

Bangladesh opens Chattogram, Mongla ports for India trade

India and Bangladesh on Thursday signed an agreement to use the Chattogram and Mongla ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India. The countries also decided to...

With Rs 10k-cr unpaid dues, armed forces add to HAL woes

Defence PSU HAL, grappling with delayed fund release from its budgetary allocation and depleting order book that has has resulted in its cash-in-hand dip to as little as Rs...

Sri Lanka’s post-civil war reconciliation mechanisms mired in controversy

Sri Lanka once again finds itself trapped between the Western prescription for its post-war reconciliation path and local fears of an equality-driven emphasis on healing its traumatic past which...