Daily Archives: November 2, 2018

INTERNET FREEDOM RATING DROPS IN MYANMAR: FEM

Myanmar’s nascent internet freedom has declined in 2018 for the second year in a row under the NLD according to US-based Freedom House’s annual report launched today. Myanmar’s score...

Bus service between China Pakistan has nothing to do with territorial dispute: Chinese FM

Commenting over bus service between China and Pakistan, a Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson Thursday said China had a clear cut position on Kashmir issue and all the cooperation between...

Russia plans meeting on Afghan conflict

Russian Ambassador to Pakistan Alexey Dedov has said that Moscow will soon call a meeting of regional and international partners and stakeholders to work out a just solution to...

Bangladesh photographer denied bail for fourth time

Award-winning photographer-activist Shahidul Alam, who has been held by Bangladeshi authorities for three months in an internationally watched freedom of speech case, has been denied bail for the fourth...

US agrees to grant India waiver from Iran sanctions

The US has broadly agreed to grant India a waiver from Iran sanctions, which would allow Indian oil companies to continue to import about 1.25 million tonnes of oil...

Bhutan NA elects Speakers from ruling party

The National Assembly of Bhutan on Wednesday (October 31) elected Wangchuk Namgyel from the ruling party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT) as the Speaker as the Members of Parliament voted...

Pakistani envoy called on Lankan PM Rajapaksa

The High Commissioner of Pakistan, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat met Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa and Speaker Parliament, Karu Jayasuriya here on Thursday. During the meetings, the current political...

Assam NRC: SC extends deadline to December 15, allows 5 additional documents

The Supreme Court Thursday extended the deadline for filing claims and objections of people whose names were not included in the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) to...

Ghani pushes to end Afghanistan war while Taliban tightens grip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the Taliban must embrace direct talks with the nation’s government to help end the 17-year war that’s maimed and killed tens of thousands of...

Loss of market access a ‘clear possibility’ if rights issues not addressed, EU warns

The European Union has warned Myanmar that withdrawal of trade preferences is a “clear possibility” if the country fails to uphold and respect the principles enshrined in the 15...

India and China nervous spectators in Sri Lanka crisis

Rival Asian giants India and China are anxiously watching the constitutional conflict between contending prime ministers in Sri Lanka to see whose interests get the upper hand in their...

NINE MPS FROM SIRISENA’S SRI LANKA FREEDOM PARTY TAKE MINISTERIAL POSTS

The process of inducting defectors from ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Front into the Sirisena-Rajapaksa cabinet has paused after five MPs defected. On Thursday the process of...

EU TO NOT SEND POLLS OBSERVER MISSION TO BANGLADESH

A scene of casting vote in general elections in Bangladesh – Representational image by DWDoubts are abound about the ability of the election commission to hold a free and...

NO MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN DIALOGUE

Prime minister speaks at a dialogue between Awami League-led 14-party alliance and Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front, at prime minister`s official residence Ganabhaban on Thursday. Photo: BSSRuling camp and...

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ASIA BIBI’S TRIAL

Asia Bibi, a Christian mother of five, was on death row since 2010. She was accused of committing blasphemy in 2009. A trial court had found her guilty of...

Coming Soon: China’s Navy could eventually have six aircraft carriers

China's first homemade aircraft carrier left her home port of Dalian for her third sea trial on Oct. 28, 2018. The Type 001A flattop could commission into frontline service...

India to add more firepower to Soviet era M-46 field guns

India's Ministry of Defence (MoD) has approved the upgrading of the Indian Army's Soviet-era 130 mm/52 caliber M-46 field guns to the 155 mm/45 caliber model. The upgrade works,...

‘STOP USING LAWYERS’ ATTIRE IN ADS’: DELHI BAR COUNCIL TO AMITABH BACHCHAN

BCD warned of action against Amitabh Bachchan, Everest Masala, YouTube and a media house over using lawyer's attire for advertisement. BCD has issued warning letter asking Amitabh Bachcan, Everest, YouTube...

Taliban control more territory in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001, US inspector...

The Taliban have strengthened their grip in Afghanistan over the past three years, according to a new report released by the US government's own ombudsman of the war. In its...

Rohingya refugee crisis pushes ASEAN to the edge

As Myanmar and Bangladesh limp toward implementing a bilateral agreement to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is deadlocked on how...

A statue of unity in a nation increasingly disunited

On October 31, when Narendra Modi inaugurated the massive ‘Statue of Unity’, he was fulfilling at least one promise of his government. On many other fronts, this government has...