Daily Archives: November 4, 2018

Russia to host Afghan talks on Nov 9

Russia on Saturday said it will host international talks on Afghanistan on November 9, with representatives of both the Afghan government and the Taliban, the foreign ministry said in...

The Reality of Narendra Modi’s foreign policy failures laid bare

If Bharat Karnad didn’t exist we would have to invent him. He is the one person who consistently and intellectually challenges every government on strategic issues, who says what...

At current pace, Bangladesh to end extreme poverty by 2021

Sheikh Hasina, seeking reelection later this year, has vowed to eradicate extreme poverty by 2021. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, seeking reelection later this year, has vowed to eradicate extreme...

‘External linkages’ to ‘revive’ insurgency in Punjab, says Indian army chief

Attempts are being made through "external linkages" to "revive insurgency" in Punjab and if early action is not taken, it will be too late, Army Chief Gen. Bipin...

Myanmar by-election rare local test for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar voters cast their ballots in a small but key by-election Saturday (Nov 3), a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party more...

Nepal: Thai carriers to fly directly to Pokhara, Bhairahawa airports

In a first, airline companies based in Thailand will now be able to directly fly to the Bhairahawa and Pokhara international airports once the construction of the airports is...

Afghanistan: Peace at hand?

The news that the Americans recently held face-to-face talks with the Taliban suggests that longest war in US history may have reached a turning point, although the road to...

Indian Navy inducts Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel with rescue capability to depth of up...

The Indian Navy has inducted a Submarine Rescue System with a Deep Submergence Rescue Vessel (DSRV) along with associated equipment, in an effort to emerge as a centre of...

China says willing to help Pakistan over fiscal crisis

Close ally China said Saturday it was willing to offer assistance to Pakistan to help it weather its current fiscal woes but that terms of such aid are still...

Bangladesh remains lowest in Asian hydropower production

Bangladesh remained the lowest hydropower producer among other countries in Asia since 2017. However, Bangladesh, with a capacity of 230 megawatts,  and Nepal, the second lowest with 968 megawatts, are...

Tripura stresses on connectivity through Bangladesh to reduce distance from mainland

Tripura transport minister Pranajit Singha Roy on Saturday stressed the importance of extending connectivity with Bangladesh during an event named ‘Chintan Shivir’, held at Prajna Bhavan in Agartala to...

Backed by India, Maldives becomes IORA member; Myanmar’s entry blocked

As a sign of the international community’s change of heart after the presidential elections, Maldives has now become the latest member of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) after India...

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM says time running out to avert ‘bloodbath’

Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has warned time is running out to avert a "bloodbath" while voicing hope that Parliament will resolve a damaging constitutional crisis in...

Bhutan gives India a message

India was not an election issue, unlike in the 2013 poll when confusion over New Delhi disrupting kerosene subsidies had drawn attention. Bhutan is deceptively languid. However, the election to...

What will Pakistan achieve from PM Khan’s visit to China?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, on his first official visit to China, met the Chinese President Xi Jinping and lauded the way China has been able to eradicate corruption...

US takes leap of faith toward Taliban, al-Qaeda

According to reports, the Taliban disclosed on Tuesday that five former Guantanamo inmates from their leadership hierarchy have joined their political office in Qatar. This dramatic development signals that...

Singapore foreign minister in Bangladesh on 2-day visit

Vivian Balakrishnan, Foreign Minister of Singapore, is in Bangladesh on a two-day introductory trip to the South Asian country, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Saturday (Nov...