Daily Archives: November 16, 2018

NO REFUGEES CROSS INTO MYANMAR UNDER RETURN DEAL: OFFICIAL

Not one Rohingya refugee crossed back into Myanmar from Bangladesh on Thursday under a disputed repatriation programme, officials said, with Yangon blaming Dhaka for bungling efforts to start returning...

MORE THAN 28,000 AFGHAN MILITARY DEATHS SINCE 2015

More than 28,000 Afghan police officers and soldiers have been killed since 2015, the Afghan President revealed this week, breaking with his government's long-standing suppression of casualty totals. The admission...

WHAT LANKAN PREZ MEANT WHEN HE ASKED OPPOSITION TO FOLLOW PROCEDURE VIS-À-VIS NO CONFIDENCE...

Keheliya Rambukwella, spokesman of the Sri Lankan government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Friday clarified what the President meant when he asked opposition...

PAK GOVT FACES TOUGH CHOICE AS IMF RECOMMENDS HARSH TAX MEASURES

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has asked Pakistan to slap new taxes worth nearly Rs160 billion including raising the standard general sales tax (GST) to 18%, putting the Pakistan...

GOVERNMENT RECALLS NEPAL’S AMBASSADOR TO ISRAEL THAPA

The government has recalled Nepali Ambassador to Israel Niranjan Thapa on Thursday. The Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had appointed Thapa as the Nepali Ambassador to Israel in 2016. A Cabinet meeting...

Pakistan to get $3 billion in aid in next few days: Saudi envoy

Saudi ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf Saeed Al-Malki said on Wednesday the first installment of financial aid amounting to $3 billion will be released in the next few days. The Arab...

India, Russia will host joint military exercise in Jhansi, UP

The joint military exercise between India and Russia, 'INDRA 2018' aimed at combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN) will began on November 18, 2018 in India. The...

Taliban attacks in western Afghanistan kill at least 30 security forces

Major assaults by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah bordering Iran, mounted with the aim of weakening the government’s grip on the region, have killed at least...

Nepal’s first robot waiter is ready for orders

"Please enjoy your meal," says Nepal's first robot waiter, Ginger, as she delivers a plate of steaming dumplings to a table of hungry customers. The poor Himalayan nation is better...

China’s military must move beyond simple self-defence strategy, PLA says

Planners with China’s ground forces must not be caught out by the rapid evolution of warfare and technology in the 21st century and must prepare to move beyond a...

Punch-up in Sri Lankan parliament as thousands rally

Sri Lanka’s political crisis descended into farce Thursday (Nov 15) with MPs throwing punches and projectiles in parliament, a day after voting the disputed prime minister out of office...

Top India, China officials agree to step up military exchanges

Top officials of India and China held the ninth Annual Defence and Security Dialogue after a one-year gap due to the Doklam standoff, as both countries agreed to enhance...

Mamata sees “dirty politics” behind NRC in Assam

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that "dirty politics" is going on in the name of publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens...

Bangladesh admits no Rohingya willing to take repatriation offer

Bangladesh has conceded that it will be unable to voluntarily repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as it had planned because it cannot find anyone willing to go back, though...

Decoding Chinese submarine ‘sightings’ in South Asia, eroding New Delhi’s strategic primacy

Last month, the Indian navy spotted a People’s Liberation Army navy (PLAN) submarine in the Indian Ocean, the first sighting of a Chinese sub in the region since the...

Did Indian Air Force mislead the Supreme Court on Rafale deal?

The government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing one of its gravest political challenges, just a few months ahead of general elections, scheduled for April. A deal...

Demographic dividend cannot guarantee India’s rise

Without enough jobs, India's current demographic dividend may instead turn into a burden. People have been talking about India's rise since the end of the Cold War, and the...

PENCE TAKES SUU KYI TO TASK OVER RAKHINE CRISIS

The violence which drove 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar into Bangladesh was "without excuse", US Vice President Mike Pence told Aung San Suu Kyi in stinging comments on Wednesday. Suu...

BISWA IJTEMA TO BE DELAYED FOR ELECTION

The Biswa Ijtema will not be held as per its schedule this year due to the national election. It was decided at a meeting with two factions of Tablig Jamaat...

SRI LANKA’S UNP SAYS READY FOR ELECTIONS, BUT ONLY IF HELD LEGALLY

Sri Lanka’s ousted Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on Thursday reiterated that his party held a majority in Parliament as a mass political demonstration led by his party got underway...

Sri Lanka’s political crisis: The choice between India and China

The Sri Lankan Parliament has won a no-confidence vote against the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the man who brought the 26-year long civil war to end in 2009. Rajapaksa...