Daily Archives: November 5, 2018

A portrayal of Pakistan as a rich tapestry of cultures

If you are looking for a nice bedside reading or something to occupy you during a short-haul flight then pick Raza Rumi’s Being Pakistani. It is not an academic...

THICK SMOG ENGULFS DELHI AHEAD OF DIWALI, AIR QUALITY FALLS TO ‘HAZARDOUS’ CATEGORY

People in Delhi woke up to a thick blanket of smog spread all across the national capital on Monday amid warnings by weather officials of falling air quality. The air...

INDIA UNDECIDED ON ATTENDING MOSCOW MEET ON AFGHANISTAN

India is in a dilemma on attending the 9 November multi-nation meet being hosted by Russia to bring the Taliban and the Ashraf Ghani regime to the negotiating table...

Bangladesh fights for future of its garment industry

A two-hour drive south from the crowded streets of Dhaka, a modern apparel factory stands along dusty streets lined with ramshackle stalls and busy with rickshaws. The state-of-the-art factory...

Double trouble: Why Ruble-priced S-400s for India are big problem for Washington

On Wednesday (October 31), Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov confirmed that the S-400 deal with India was signed in rubles, becoming the first major non-dollar denominated defense deal...

Indian Navy emerges as a key instrument for India’s foreign policy

Amidst China's expansion of its naval forays into the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Indian Navy has emerged as a key instrument of India’s foreign policy and developing an...

Pak, China Joint Statement speaks of expansion in ties, no mention of ‘immediate support’

Ties between China and Pakistan will be significantly deepened across a range of areas, from economic and cultural cooperation to foreign policy in regional as well as global platforms,...

Myanmar by-election results ‘a lesson’ for Suu Kyi’s party

Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said on Sunday, conceding...

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says US, Japan freeze aid over political crisis

Sri Lanka's deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United States and Japan had frozen more than a billion dollars of development aid after his abrupt dismissal raised doubts...

Afghan High Peace Council to attend Moscow summit, says MoFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said that discussions are still ongoing between Afghanistan and Russia about the nature and details of a possible peace meeting on...

PM MODI WANTS TO DO TO INDIA WHAT HITLER DID TO GERMANY: CONGRESS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to do to India what dictator Adolf Hitler did to Germany, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge Sunday said. The Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka was...

Beijing won’t hesitate to aid Pakistan, but efficient use of funds is crucial issue

Although China has not yet announced the details of an economic aid package to Pakistan, saying more discussion is needed, there has been no change in China's attitude toward...

The China factor in South Asia

On October 25, 2018 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena suspended Parliament (till November 16, 2018) and sacked his Prime Minsiter, Ranil Wickremesinghe, replacing him with Mahindra Rajapaksa (who served...

INDIA WATCHFUL AMID DEVELOPMENTS IN SRI LANKA

The return of Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa to power in Sri Lanka amid political turmoil has triggered concern in India, with analysts warning it could lead to a deterioration of...

Resuming peace talks

Afghanistan’s anarchical situation has frustrated both internal and external stakeholders. The recent parliamentary elections presented the continuity of the democratic process in Afghanistan. But the surge in violence and...

‘PM SHEIKH HASINA AGREES TO 2ND ROUND OF TALKS WITH OIKYA FRONT’

The prime minister will hold the second phase of small-group talks with Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front on Wednesday morning over the next general elections. The talks will be held...

After murder of Pakistan’s Sami ul-Haq, who can build bridges with the Taliban?

Students, teachers and staff are mourning the gruesome murder of Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, a well-known cleric and chancellor of Pakistan’s Darul Uloom Haqqania, a seminary. Taliban chief Mullah Omar had received...

LANKAN ARMY CHIEF SAYS INDO-LANKA FISHING ISSUE AFFECTING NORTHERN FISHERMEN

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake says the Indo-Lanka fishing issue is having a negative impact on the livelihood of fishermen in the North. He said this while delivered the...

PAKISTAN, CHINA TO UTILISE CURRENCY SWAP DEAL IN TRADE

Pakistan and China on Sunday agreed to trade in their local currencies in an effort to reduce dependence on the US dollar. The currency swap arrangement (CSA) between State Bank...

RBI CHIEF SERVED NOTICE FOR NOT DISCLOSING WILFUL DEFAULTERS’ LIST

Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel has been served a show-cause notice by the Central Information Commission, the Right to Information watchdog, for "dishonouring" a Supreme Court judgment...