Daily Archives: November 8, 2018

FO DISMISSES REPORTS OF AASIA BIBI LEAVING THE COUNTRY

The Foreign Office on Thursday denied reports that Aasia Bibi had left Pakistan and said she was still present in the country. Speaking to The Express Tribune, FO Spokesperson Mohammad...

CHINA HOPES TO STRENGTHEN WITH MYANMAR CONSTRUCTION OF ECONOMIC CORRIDOR

China hopes to strengthen with Myanmar the construction of the two countries' economic corridor under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, head of the International Department of...

PAKISTANI CHRISTIAN WOMAN FREED AFTER BLASPHEMY DEATH SENTENCE REVERSED

A Pakistani Christian woman has been freed from prison a week after the Supreme Court overturned her conviction and death sentence for blasphemy against Islam, and she is now...

KHALEDA ZIA SHIFTED BACK TO JAIL IN NIKO GRAFT CASE

Prison authorities have transferred Khaleda Zia to the Old Dhaka jailhouse from hospital for a court appearance in the Niko graft case. The move followed a decision to set up...

Bangladesh rejects opposition plea for caretaker government

Bangladesh’s ruling party has rejected an opposition party’s demand for a caretaker government it says is essential for a free and fair general election due to be held in...

Pak to host ‘IDEAS 2018’ in Karachi later this month

The 10th International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS) 2018 will be held in Pakistan's port city of Karachi later this month and will have local Sindhi culture and sports...

Taliban says to seek end of US presence in Afghanistan at Moscow conference

The Taliban group has announced to send a delegation to the Moscow Peace Conference, at which it will discuss an end to the US presence in Afghanistan, a statement...

Bhutan King confers Dakyen to PM, appoints ministers

The King of Bhutan conferred Dakyen to Dr Lotay Tshering, officially making him the new Prime Minister of Bhutan’s third democratically elected government at the Tashichhodzong Wednesday (Nov 7). The...

A slice for all with coalition govt set for ‘mega’ cabinet

Maldives' president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is set to be sworn in later this month to lead the coalition government with a 22 member cabinet, it has emerged. The new...

Concern grows in India over Sri Lankan constitutional crisis

A constitutional crisis is unfolding in Sri Lanka – and that is causing concern in New Delhi as it may enable China to expand its influence in the island...

Hotline linking India, China military headquarters on the cards

New Delhi and Beijing will consider linking up military headquarters and regional commands with hotlines during the Defence Secretary level dialogue next Tuesday in an attempt to prevent any...

Sri Lankan political crisis grows with resignation of deputy minister

A deputy minister resigned on Tuesday from Sri Lanka’s government after the appointment of a former strongman as prime minister plunged the country into a political crisis. Sri Lanka has...

US Navy trains with Bangladesh in Bay of Bengal during CARAT’s latest leg

The US and Bangladesh navies are training together in a series of bilateral exercises aimed at strengthening professional skills and relationships across South and Southeast Asia. The 24th annual Cooperation...

Two years after demonetisation, crisis in rural India

Two years after demonetisation was announced, rendering 86% of currency in the system invalid, the big impact seems to have been on rural India in two ways – one,...

BNP cancels Rajshahi ‘long march’ as party decides to launch national agitation after talks...

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will launch a countrywide, peaceful and non-violent agitation in response to the Awami League government’s refusal on November 7 to accede to five of...

Pakistan’s MIRV technology can be effective against India’s BMD system

Both India and Pakistan have been developing a variety of missiles with varying capabilities and range to assert supremacy in the subcontinent. These missiles can carry both conventional and...

Differences over pay modality delay Nepal army’s bid to buy US rifles

Nepal Army’s bid to procure lethal rifles from the United States has been delayed after the US government demanded the entire payment in a single sum, which is against...

Russia flaunts Taliban talks snubbed by Afghan government

Seventeen years after launching its war to oust Taliban insurgents in Аfghanistan, the United States is discovering that an old adversary has wedged itself into the conflict: Russia. The foreign...

Trump’s decision to exempt India from Iranian oil sanctions is not good news

Last Friday, the United States granted India and seven other nations waivers that allow these countries to continue importing oil from Iran. The waivers shifted the US administration’s earlier...

Why China’s influence in BIMSTEC is growing

How is it that China's influence in BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Scientific, Technical and Economic Cooperation) member countries is increasing so rapidly? Even though Prime Minister Modi...

The US cannot force stability on Afghanistan

Afghan officials have begun counting ballots from the country’s parliamentary elections, even as a suicide bomber targeted the election headquarters in Kabul early Monday morning. Voters in the Kandahar...