Daily Archives: November 17, 2018

India, China should improve mutual trust: Chinese defence minister

India and China should boost military exchanges and improve mutual trust and properly manage and control any "disparities", Chinese State Councillor and Defence Minister Gen Wei Fenghe has said. Defence...

Pakistan, China agree to expedite Gwadar projects

Pakistan and China on Thursday agreed to expedite implementation of Gwadar projects, particularly development of the social sector, recommending the New Gwadar International Airport (NGIA), China-Pakistan Friendship Hospital and...

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...

MPs ready themselves for parliamentary roles

Newly elected Members of Parliament are readying themselves for the implementation of their constitutional mandate by attending a five-day induction programme that began in the capital on November 12. The...

CONFLICT VICTIMS, ARMY OFFICIALS WILL JOIN BANGKOK JUNKET

Nepal Army officials and conflict victims will accompany cross-party leaders on the Swiss-funded junket to Bangkok where they will discuss a possible course to conclude the transitional justice process...

KEEP WATCH ON POLLS-TIME GOVT, OIKYA FRONT TELLS EDITORS

Main opposition, Jatiya Oikya Front, has urged the media to keep an eye on the polls-time government for holding a free and fair election. The leaders of Oikya Front made...

BOMB KILLS TWO, INJURES EIGHT IN KARACHI

A bomb killed at least two people and wounded eight others in Pakistan's port city of Karachi on Friday (Nov 16), police and hospital officials said. The blast reportedly damaged...

MODI HEADS TO MALDIVES AS ISLAND SHIFTS TOWARD INDIA FROM CHINA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president, signalling a shift in the island nation toward India and...

TRAIN 18, INDIA’S FIRST ENGINE-LESS TRAIN, TO GO ON TRIAL RUN TODAY

The trial run of the country's engine-less train will be conducted today on the Bareilly-Moradabad section. "Train 18", developed by the Integral Coach Factory and seen as a successor...

SIRISENA REFUSES TO ACCEPT SECOND VOTE

President Maithripala Sirisena has refused to accept the second vote on the no confidence motion yesterday, setting the stage for the constitutional deadlock to continue into next week. Despite three...

President Yameen moves to Dhoovehi

President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has left the Presidential Residence at Hilaalee ge and moved to his own residence at Henveiru Dhoovehi. The Chief of Staff of the Presidential Residence...

Over 100 suspected Rohingya arrested in Myanmar

    Myanmar immigration authorities arrested more than 100 suspected Rohingya on board a boat off Yangon, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015...

A Legislation to Construct Ram Temple Will Legitimise Babri Masjid’s Demolition

To introduce legislation that trumps the judicial process would create facts through majoritarian will, making it impossible to have a civil dialogue on the basis of a shared universe...

Chillie powder and fisticuffs overtake parliament as second NCM against PM Rajapaksa passed

The parliamentarians of the three week old coalition government of Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP and Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP which consists of the umbrella party, the UPFA, created havoc in parliament...

Amid thaw, Chinese ambassador suggests OBOR-Act East synergy

Describing China's 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) and India's '' Act East Policy' as natural (to each other), Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui Friday said a synergy between the...

India fast tracks the procurement of MH-60 anti-submarine helicopter

In an effort to fast track acquisition of MH-60 ‘Romeo’ anti-submarine helicopters for the Indian Navy, the government has sent a 'letter of request' to the US administration for...

Nepal-China defense cooperation builds on momentum

    Nepal and China have witnessed growing defense cooperation, with the latter increasing financial support to enhance the professionalism and capacity of Nepali soldiers. The two nations have completed two...

As Thimphu faces urbanisation stress, experts deliberate on affordable & environmentally sound housing

In the backdrop of the rapid pace at which Bhutan, especially its capital, is urbanising, the need of the hour is a three-pronged strategy involving an integrated development plan,...

As the line between religion and politics blurs, should India take a cue from...

The neighbouring country bars religious leaders from contesting elections and voting in them. With the line between state and religion becoming increasingly blurred, perhaps India ought to take a cue...

Afghanistan takes center stage in the New Great Game

In the “graveyard of empires,” Afghanistan never ceases to deliver geopolitical and historical twists. Last week in Moscow, another crucial chapter in this epic story was written when Russia...

Karzai sees Moscow summit as a first step towards Afghan peace

Afghanistan’s former president Hamid Karzai says Moscow meeting – which was held on November 9 – was the first and correct step taken for bringing about peace and stability...