Daily Archives: December 19, 2018

BANGLADESH TOP AMONG S ASIA IN CLOSING GENDER GAP

"Bangladesh consolidates its position as the region's top performer and breaks into the global Index top 5 on the Political Empowerment subindex this year, recording progress on closing its...

‘EC TO DECELERATE INTERNET SPEED ON VOTING DAY’

Election commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmad on Wednesday said the commission is considering to slowdown internet speed on the polling day of the 11th parliamentary election slated for 30 December,...

SENATORS URGE INCLUSIVE, GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED PEACE PROCESS

The peace process will not have an outcome if all stakeholders are not involved, said the senators. Meanwhile a number of political parties have said in their view, the peace...

FOREIGN MINISTER GYAWALI MEETS US SECRETARY OF STATE POMPEO

Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali met US Secretary of State Michael Richard Pompeo at the US Department of State in Washington on Tuesday. A statement issued by the Foreign Ministry stated...

GSAT-7A: ISRO TO LAUNCH COMMUNICATION SATELLITE FOR AIR FORCE TODAY

GSAT-7A, the 35th Indian communication satellite built by Isro, will be launched into orbit this evening from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The launch vehicle, GSLV-F11, will blast off at...

INDIA SET TO IMPOSE PRESIDENT’S RULE IN OCCUPIED KASHMIR

The move by the Indian government comes as the earlier imposed governor’s rule in the occupied valley ends on Wednesday. In June, India’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out...

Bangladesh deploys thousands of paramilitary guards amid deadly election campaign

More than 20,000 Bangladesh paramilitary guards were deployed across the country on Tuesday (Dec 18) amid mounting deadly violence ahead of a Dec 30 general election. At least six people...

British Airways to resume Pakistan flights after a decade

British Airways will resume flights to Pakistan next year after a 10-year absence that followed a major hotel bombing, becoming the first Western airline to restart flights to the...

India considers trading in lira with Turkey

The Indian government has said it is deliberating Turkey's proposal to trade in local currencies. The statement was made by the minister of trade and commerce Suresh Prabhu during...

Maldives’ ex-pres confirms move to form new party over ‘uncertain’ PPM future

Maldives’ Former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Tuesday confirmed that he was planning to establish a new political party as the dispute over the opposition Progressive Party of...

China, Myanmar hold diplomacy, defense consultation

China and Myanmar on Tuesday held their fourth round of diplomacy and defense consultations in Kunming, capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province, exchanging views on the situation in northern...

Sri Lanka lawmakers defect from president to prime minister after dispute

Three lawmakers from Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s party defected to the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday after a dispute between the two leaders. The island nation...

Afghanistan ceasefire push in focus in US, Taleban talks

Talks between US and Taleban officials aimed at arranging peace negotiations in Afghanistan were set for a second day on Tuesday (Dec 18) after discussions around the future of...

Afghanistan may soon formally join China’s Belt & Road Initiative

Amid efforts to end the region’s relentless conflict, economic and political ties between China and Afghanistan are taking new shape with an aim to improve regional cooperation, apparently overtaking...

Zhangmu port between China and Nepal likely to reopen in May 2019

Zhangmu port in Xigaze, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, which was damaged in the 8.1-magnitude earthquake in Nepal in 2015, could reopen as soon as May 2019, a government...

Pakistan casts doubts on US-Taliban talks it facilitated

Pakistan doubts any concrete progress will be made in the latest talks between the Afghan Taliban and the US that Islamabad helped facilitate in the U.A.E. this week. Officials from...

Indian Army moots $5bln air defence guns that fires smart ammunition

The Indian Army has commenced a defence procurement process for purchasing air defence guns that can fire smart ammunition to replace the aging Swedish L-70 and Soviet-era ZU-23MM-2B guns...

Russia wants back in on India’s gun and missile system competition

Russia has lodged a protest over India’s decision to disquality its two munitions systems from the $1.6 billion Army program, spurring newfound tensions between the two allies. During a meeting...

India’s Bangladesh policy: Unwavering support for Sheikh Hasina is harmful for both countries

In September, Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, the former Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, noted the possibility of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League being reduced to an embarrassing minority in the next...

Afghanistan, China and Pakistan come together to break a stalemate

Historians agree that violence has never brought prosperity to any region. Certainly, the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Pakistan and China concur with that belief. As they gathered in Kabul...

Stepped up US military posture in the Gulf threatens Indian hopes for Iran’s Chabahar...

The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that...