Daily Archives: December 8, 2018

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had...

NOT PM BUT YOGI ADITYANATH WAS STAR CAMPAIGNER

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath may be facing flak for the law and order situation in his State but outside it, he has emerged as the BJP’s most...

CPEC SIZE TO STAY AT $50 BILLION FOR NOW

Size of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will remain unchanged at $50 billion, for now, as both the countries have decided to consolidate the already approved projects amid a...

PM IMRAN TO REPLY TO TRUMP LETTER

Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to officially respond to President Donald Trump’s letter to him, seeking Pakistan’s support for talks to end the lingering war in Afghanistan. Sources told...

RUSSIAN, US DIPLOMATS DISCUSS AFGHAN PEACE

Russia’s Foreign Ministry says the US and Russian diplomats discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and prospects of building Russian-US interaction. US Special Representative for Afghanistan’s Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on...

HEARING ON KHALEDA CANDIDATURE APPEAL DEFERRED

The election commission on Saturday kept the decisions pending on the petitions filed by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and Krishak Sramik Janata League president Kader Siddiqui. After the hearing on...

China-Bangladesh joint venture to construct mega expressway bypassing Dhaka

A Chinese and Bangladeshi joint venture on Thursday signed a deal with the Bangladeshi government to build a mega expressway under the country's first major public private partnership (PPP)...

NESO, KMSS to launch protests against Citizenship Bill

India’s North East, Students' Organisation (NESO) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti(KMSS) who are opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 have decided to launch protests against it before and during...

Afghan forces slowdown operations to protect civilians

A senior security official in Helmand said on Friday that the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces have launched military operations in parts of the province to clear areas...

Landmine explosion in Northern Rakhine kills two

Two men were killed in a landmine explosion Thursday night along a road in northern Rakhine State linking Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, where the Myanmar military and Arakan Army...

‘Do not want Pakistan treated like a hired gun’: PM Khan on US ties

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an interview with The Washington Post, expressed his desire to have "a proper relationship with the US" akin to Islamabad's ties with China rather...

India okays dam on Ravi, will cut water flow to Pakistan

India on Thursday approved implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam project+ on the Ravi in Punjab. The move will allow India to use the water which at present goes “waste”...

US general addresses Pakistan concerns on India’s role

Two key elements of an Afghan peace deal — Pakistan’s concerns over India’s growing influence in Afghanistan and what the US could do to allay those concerns — were...

India’s ruling BJP seen losing ground in key state polls before national vote

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is likely to lose two heartland states while a third is too close to call, exit polls showed on Friday in the...

Indian war veterans say ‘Surgical Strikes’ unnecessarily hyped by Modi govt, caution against politicisation...

The September 2016 'Surgical Strikes' were unnecessarily hyped by the Modi government to gain political mileage, endangering India's future military cross-border responses, war veterans said at the Military Literature...

Afghanistan fielding special mission PC-12s, MoD confirms

Afghanistan is operating Pilatus PC-12 turboprop special mission aircraft it ordered six years ago, the country's Ministry of Defence (MoD) inadvertently confirmed in an unrelated tweet on 6 December. An...

Farmers’ anger descends on Delhi

More than 100,000 farmers from across the country took to streets of Delhi on November 30 to express their fury over the government’s alleged apathy toward an ongoing agrarian...

Modi Govt unprepared for peace

Prime Minister Imran Khan declared the opening of Kartarpur Corridor as a “victory of peace.” However, it did not attain a tangible outcome. The deadlock on bilateral talks continued...

Bangladesh’s ruling ‘secular’ Awami League strengthens ties with Islamist parties

Islamist parties in Bangladesh that have in the past always sided with the country’s center-right alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are now joining hands with the...

China using Buddhism to increase its influence in South Asia

In a bid to increase its influence in South Asia, China is slowly using Buddhism as a soft power. From rewriting sacred texts by introducing Chinese narrative to developing...

Modi’s India is a living nightmare for Muslims

At the crack of dawn on Dec. 5, 1992 , my mother found a poster on the door of our apartment in Mumbai (then Bombay). The poster had an...