Daily Archives: December 11, 2018

Bhutan benefits most from SAARC development fund

The board project appraisal committee has approved Drukair’s project to buy an ATR aircraft worth almost USD 13 million as the first project under the economic sector. The project would...

India test-fires its longest range nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-V

India successfully test-fired its longest range nuclear capable Agni V missile on Monday morning from a defense test facility in the eastern coast of Odisha. Agni-V is a canisterised,...

Maldives’ parliament accepts whistleblower protection law

A whistleblower protection law proposed by the government was accepted for consideration Monday despite objections from opposition lawmakers. Some 42 MPs voted to send the bill to committee for further...

Indian president visits Myanmar on ties

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind arrived at Nay Pyi Taw on Monday for a state visit to Myanmar, according to official sources. During the trip, the Indian president is expected...

Chinese team in Kathmandu to finalise cross-border railway DPR modality

A high level Chinese team is in Nepal to discuss further the possibility of constructing a cross-border railway line. The third meeting of a joint mechanism comprising top transport officials...

India’s cooperation needed to resolve Afghan conflict: Pakistan FM

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Monday that although Pakistan was committed to facilitate a negotiated end to the 17-year-old Afghan war, it could not do the...

India central bank head Urjit Patel quits amid rift with government

India's central bank governor unexpectedly resigned amid public clashes with the government, roiling markets and igniting fresh speculation over how independent the institution is from politics. In a short statement...

Bangladesh election campaign begins without an opposition candidate to challenge PM Sheikh Hasina

There is no opposition candidate for prime minister, hundreds of people have been arrested and incumbent premier Sheikh Hasina stands accused of ignoring democratic checks on her power, but...

Thousands flock to the funerals of two teenage Kashmiris who were killed fighting government...

Thousands of people joined a funeral procession in Kashmir on Monday for two teenage rebels who were killed over the weekend in a long gun battle with Indian troops...

Sri Lanka president Sirisena accuses foreign forces of intimidating him

Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is a result of a clash between external and local values, defiant President Maithripala Sirisena has said as he accused “foreign forces” of intimidating...

Rivals and neighbours: China and India count down to joint military drill

China and India will launch a two-week joint military drill on Tuesday, the first exercise of its kind since the two Asian giants were locked in a tense border...

Pakistan and Ukraine to explore opportunities for defence collaboration

During the 2018 International Defence Exhibition and Seminar (IDEAS), which was held in Pakistan in 27-30 November, Pakistan’s Ministry of Defence Production (MoDP) and Ukraine’s UkrOboronProm agreed to explore...

AGP threatens to quit alliance with BJP in Assam if Citizenship Bill is passed...

On a day RLSP president Upendra Kushwaha quit the NDA, the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) threatened to walk out of its alliance with the ruling BJP in Assam if...

CAMPAIGN TAKES OFF

Parliamentary aspirants along with their supporters hit the campaign trail yesterday as electioneering formally kicked off soon after the candidates were allocated polls symbols. The election fever is about to...

Where India quietly watches China at sea

India’s Andaman Islands are where stone-age warfare meets 21st century weapons technology. On November 16, John Allen Chau, an American Christian missionary, was killed in a hail of arrows...

KHALEDA’S POLLS BID: HC DECIDES ON HER PETITIONS TODAY

The High Court today will rule on whether BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia can run for the December 30 general election. Yesterday, it set the date for passing an order on...

‘HASINA TO FLAG OFF CAMPAIGN FROM TUNGIPARA DEC 12’

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Awami League, will formally inaugurate the election campaign of the ruling party from Tungipara on December 12. Jahangir Kabir Nanok, joint general...

Indian pressure on neighbouring countries

New Delhi pretends there are no problems in India’s relationship with its neighbours except Pakistan and China but the tensions, both above and beneath the surface, continue to deepen...

Trump U-turn on Pakistan reflects failure of US Afghanistan policy

A letter from US President Donald Trump to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sent shock waves around the world. First Trump expressed irritation with Pakistan on Twitter. Then a...

IN JUST FIVE YEARS, PAKISTAN CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO TURKEY, MALAYSIA: DR AQ KHAN

Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan on Monday said the country can be transformed into Turkey and Malaysia within a time span of five years. Khan was speaking at the...

ULFA using social media to gain foothold in Assam

Sometime in November, a 22-year-old automobile showroom employee in Assam’s Tinsukia stumbled upon a Facebook group named Xunjukto Mukti Bahini Asom, the Assamese name for the separatist United Liberation...