Daily Archives: October 29, 2018

EU WITHDRAWAL OF GSP UNLIKELY TO IMPACT INVESTMENT IN MYANMAR

The European Union (EU)'s probable withdrawal of its Generalized Scheme of Preference (GSP) will not impact the foreign investment flow in Myanmar, Xinhua reported. This will be due to the...

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SPLIT AMID INDIA, CHINA RESISTANCE TO IRAN SANCTIONS

Shortly after US President Donald Trump announced in May he would reimpose sanctions on Iran, the State Department began telling countries around the world, that the clock was ticking...

SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE DATE OF HEARING OF AYODHYA CASE IN JANUARY

Ayodhya hearing: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said an appropriate bench will fix a date and adjourned the hearing till January The Ayodhya temple-mosque dispute will be taken up...

RANIL’S SECURITY SLASHED TO 10 ON IGP’S ORDERS

The UNP last night raised the alarm that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe – whose shock sacking on Friday threw the country into political turmoil – had been slashed to...

KHALEDA, 3 OTHERS GET 7YRS’ JAIL IN ZIA CHARITABLE TRUST GRAFT CASE

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others including Harris Chowdhury, former political secretary to the then PM Khaleda were sentenced to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Charitable Trust...

S-400 Deal: Implications for South Asia

Finally, the contentious deal of an air defence missile system (S-400) between India and Russia has been signed by the President Viladmir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

President Sirisena addresses nation, says assassination plot prompted removal of Wickremesinghe  

An alleged assassination plot which had the involvement of a cabinet minister and the ‘tremendous pressure to avoid investigations’ under the UNP led government were the main reasons behind...

President Xi to visit Pakistan pavilion at CIIE

Chinese President, Xi Jinping will visit pavilion being set up by Pakistan at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) which is scheduled to be held in Shanghai from November...

NSG military operations post headless for six months; force seeks MHA’s intervention

India's elite counter-terror force NSG has been functioning without a regular military operations commander for the past six months, posing serious questions on the effectiveness of its combat readiness...

No decision yet on Moscow talks: Afghan foreign ministry

The Afghan government is yet to take a decision on whether to participate in the planned Moscow talks on peace in the country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA)...

Maldives pres-elect to be sworn in on Nov 17

Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to be sworn in on November 17 after the parliamentary committee reviewed the motion on the hugely debatable swearing in date. Deputy...

What ails ingenuously developed cruise missile Nirbhay

Nirbhay can be a formidable weapon for the armed forces, but the indigenously developed subsonic cruise missile just keeps failing in the tests. The Nirbhay is a land attack...

Bhutan’s new PM’s economic agenda to “affect relations” with New Delhi

Bhutan’s new Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering’s economic agenda could affect the Himalayan Kingdom’s relations with India, foreign policy watchers in India have said. “If they carry out their economic...

There is growing civil-military dissonance and acrimony in India’s defence ministry

The Twitter episode involving the ministry of defence spokesperson’s outburst this week has revealed deep tensions in India’s civil-military relations. When it was pointed out that a civilian officer’s car...

Shifting toward China, Sri Lanka’s political crisis is deepening

A leadership struggle in Sri Lanka is the latest skirmish in the broader battle for influence in South Asia between India and China and has left the tiny island...

In snub to India, Trump declines R-Day celebrations invite

In a perceived slight to India, US President Donald Trump has declined the invitation to be the chief guest at the country's Republic Day celebrations, reports claimed. This was...

The never-ending Rohingya genocide

The genocide against the (remaining) Rohingya in Myanmar is “ongoing” and the government has no interest in establishing a fully functional democracy. That was the conclusion of the most...

China consolidating its string of pearls

China’s growing naval build-up in the Indo-Pacific region is to overcome its ‘Malacca Dilemma’ as the narrow Malacca Strait is the conduit from where over 70 per cent of...

China to give Pakistan ‘grant’ as UAE mulls $6B in aid

China plans to provide an unspecified financial "grant" to Pakistan while the United Arab Emirates is actively considering Islamabad's request for a fiscal relief package of up to $6...

Pakistan to attend Moscow meeting on Afghan peace

Pakistan will attend the upcoming meeting of the representatives of regional countries in Russia on peace in Afghanistan next month, officials said Saturday. Previously scheduled for September 4, the Moscow...