Daily Archives: November 1, 2018

INDIA COURT SENTENCES 16 POLICEMEN TO LIFE FOR KILLING 42 MUSLIMS IN 1987

An Indian court on Wednesday sentenced 16 police officers to life imprisonment for rounding up and massacring dozens of unarmed Muslims during historic riots in the country’s north decades...

DIALOGUE WITH AL ALLIANCE: OIKYAFRONT LEADERS TO SIT TO DECIDE TOPICS OF DISCUSSION

Jatiya Oikyafront leaders will sit in a meeting to decide topics of discussion prior to the dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the president of ruling Awami League. The...

LANKAN PARLIAMENT TO MEET ON NOVEMBER 5, PRESIDENT SIRISENA TELLS FOREIGN ENVOYS

The Sri Lankan parliament will meet on November 5 as originally scheduled, President Maithripala Sirisena told the four Ambassadors who had presented their credentials on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Speaker formally...

PAKISTAN’S IMRAN KHAN CALLS FOR CALM AS PROTESTS ERUPT AFTER BLASPHEMY VERDICT

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan hit out at religious hardliners and appealed for calm on Wednesday (Oct 31) after extremists called for the country's Supreme Court justices to be...

BNP OBSERVES MASS HUNGER STRIKE PROTESTING KHALEDA’S JAILING

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders and activists started observing a six-hour mass hunger strike in the city on Thursday, protesting the conviction of its chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia...

EASE OF DOING BUSINESS INDEX: PAKISTAN’S RANKING IMPROVES BY 11 NOTCHES TO 136TH POSITION

Pakistan has jumped up 11 places on the Word Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index and clinched 136th position — for the first time in 15 years — due...

Pakistan, Iran underscore the need to promote bilateral relations

Pakistan and Iran have underscored the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas including political, economic and defence cooperation. The understanding reached during a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah...

Russia inked S-400 deal with India in rubles, says deputy PM

The contract on supplying Russia’s S-400 missile systems to India has been signed in rubles, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said on Wednesday. "The contract has been signed in...

Bhutan’s cabinet ministers to receive Dakyen on November 7

Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa’s (DNT) spokesperson and MP-elect Dr Tandi Dorji, said on Tuesday that the DNT could not form the government on the dissolution of the interim government as...

25 killed in Afghan army helicopter crash

An Afghan army helicopter carrying 25 people crashed in western Afghanistan on Wednesday (Oct 31), killing all those on board, officials said. The aircraft crashed due to "bad weather" in...

Maldives’ parliamentary committee backs motion to repeal anti-defection law

A special parliamentary committee on Wednesday backed the motion to repeal the contentious anti-defection law. Maldives’ parliament on Wednesday voted to accept the motion and forwarded it to a special...

US Defence Secretary says Sri Lanka lost sovereignty over harbour

US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that Sri Lanka lost sovereignty over its own harbour as a result of the deal with China. Mattis was referring to the deal...

Israeli company to outfit Indian Navy, Army after $1.3 billion in defense deals

Israel Aerospace Industries announced two deals worth a total of $1.3 billion with India between Oct. 24 and 29. One deal will see IAI outfit the Indian Army with...

Training jets assembled in India using inferior engines, recent audit says

Pilots training to join the Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Indian Navy are flying jets fitted with inferior engines and “Category B” or “second-hand components” that seriously affect...

Why Northeast matters for India-Japan collaboration in Indo-Pacific

With India's northeastern region being a pivot area of New Delhi's Act East Policy, its importance again came into focus during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's annual bilateral summit with...

No guarantees in upcoming Bangladesh elections

Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is heading to parliamentary elections by early January. Nestled between India and Myanmar, Bangladesh has actively cooperated with the US in the...

Afghanistan: A failed state?

A suicide bomber targeting a bus carrying employees of Afghanistan´s biggest prison killed at least seven people on Wednesday, officials said, in the latest militant attack in the war-torn...

Why India looks the other way on Myanmar

While the West moves to re-isolate Myanmar after a short period of re-engagement, neighboring India is taking a more realpolitik approach to reports of massive rights abuses by the...

Statehood sought for Assam’s Barak Valley

A students’ organisation has advocated statehood for southern Assam’s Barak Valley because of a “sharp division” between linguistic groups created by the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship (Amendment)...

INDIA JUMPS 23 SPOTS IN WORLD BANK’S ‘EASE OF DOING BUSINESS’ INDEX, RANKS 77

India has shot up by 23 spots to reach the 77th position among 190 nations in World Bank's Ease of Doing Business ranking. The advance - the second big...

India has world’s largest statue, but satisfying Modi’s ego still a tall order

More than 5,000 police personnel guarded the world’s tallest statue as local people threatened protests – including a campaign of letters written in blood – ahead of its inauguration...