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TRIAL RUN OF TRI-NATION BUS SERVICE FLAGGED OFF


A trial of bus service on Bangladesh-India-Nepal route has been flagged off, what is seen as a major development in cross border transport service among the three nations. Two buses carrying 80 delegates of the... More

AFGHANISTAN APPROVES FIRST FULL-FLEDGED ISLAMIC BANK


Afghanistan’s central bank has granted a license to the Islamic Bank of Afghanistan (IBA), the first lender in the country to apply the interest-free principles of Islamic finance in all its operations, a senior... More

CHINA MARKET OPENS UP FOR AFGHAN CARPETS


Afghan carpet exporters on Sunday said that traders signed a number of contracts with Chinese businesses after attending the Domotex carpet and rugs expo in Shanghai in China recently. They said that the new contracts... More

BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO REBUILD POST-QUAKE NEPAL BEING MISDIRECTED: EXPERTS


Billions of dollars poured into Nepal after a powerful earthquake devastated the country three years ago is being misdirected towards building unnecessary new homes where old ones could have been salvaged, experts warn. Survivors of... More

CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR MEETS WITH FORMER MYANMAR PM


Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met on Sunday with former Myanmar President U Thein Sein, vowing to promote the development of the China-Myanmar economic corridor, Xinhua reported. Wang said the comprehensive strategic... More

MODI LIKELY TO VISIT NEPAL IN SECOND WEEK OF MAY


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to pay a state visit to Nepal in the second week of May, his third flight to Nepal after assuming office in 2014.Top government sources said PM... More

INDIA TO SEIZE PROPERTY OF SUPER-RICH FUGITIVES: DOCUMENT


Indian authorities will be empowered to seize properties of super-rich fugitives whose economic offences or crimes involve sums over 1 billion rupees ($15 million), according to a government document seen by Reuters. The move comes... More

IMF SEES SRI LANKA’S 2018 ECONOMIC GROWTH AT 4%


Sri Lanka’s economic growth will rebound to 4 percent this year from a 16-year low in 2017, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said late on Friday, but urged more reforms of state-owned enterprises (SOEs)... More

AFGHAN POLITICAL PARTIES FORM COUNCIL TO HELP ELECTIONS


Representatives of well-known political parties in the country formed a joint council on Friday (Apr 20) to support the voter registration process, elections and unity among the people in Badakhshan province. The political parties include... More

KATHMANDU AIRPORT CLOSED AFTER JET SKIDS OFF RUNWAY


Kathmandu airport was closed Friday (Apr 20) after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway, officials said. Nobody was hurt in the incident but incoming flights... More

PAKISTAN’S LONG-DELAYED NEW AIRPORT TO OPEN ON MAY 3


A long-delayed new international airport for Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, is set to open on May 3, a civil aviation official said during an advance tour of the facility. The new facility will replace cramped Benazir... More

CASH CRUNCH IN INDIA SPREADS ACROSS SEVERAL STATES


India's cash machines are running dry, leaving policymakers and bankers scrambling to assuage the public and prevent perception of the nation's fraud-hit financial system from worsening. As the banknote shortage spread across several states, the... More

AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA TO DEVELOP KALAYMYO AIRPORT


The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will develop an airport in Myanmar’s Sagaing Division, it has been announced. According to International Airport Review, the AAI signed an agreement with the Indian Government’s Ministry of External Affairs... More

PAKISTAN REDUCING DEPENDENCE ON US ARMS: FT REPORT


Pakistan is gradually reducing its dependence on American military technology and China is filling the gap, says a Financial Times report, which also warns that this shift will have geo-political repercussions as well. The long,... More

UK CAMPAIGN GROUP DISAPPOINTED AFTER AROUND 90 POLITICAL PRISONERS KEPT IN JAIL


Burma Campaign UK yesterday expressed disappointment at the apparent decision by Aung San Suu Kyi’s government to keep around 90 political prisoners in jail. While the statement notes “The reported release of 36 political prisoners... More

OCTOBER TRIAL DATE SET FOR AKAYED


A US federal judge on Tuesday set a 29 October trial date for Akayed Ullah, the Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter... More

BANKING SECTOR IS NOW AN ORPHAN: CPD


Independent think tank Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) today criticised the government role over the struggling banking sector. At a budget recommendation press conference held at CIRDAP Auditorium, CPD doubted the outcome of the GDP growth... More

MYANMAR PRESIDENT GRANTS AMNESTY TO 8,500


Myanmar President Win Myint has granted amnesty to more than 8,500 prisoners, reportedly including at least three dozen political prisoners. The amnesty coincided with Myanmar’s traditional New Year. It was granted to 8,490 Myanmar citizens... More

EXPLOSION NEAR INDIAN EMBASSY CAMP OFFICE IN NEPAL


An explosion has hit an Indian consulate camp office in Nepal's Biratnagar, officials said. No one was injured in the explosion that took place at the temporary office of the Indian consulate at the... More

IRAN BACKS RESTORATION OF PEACE, DEVELOPMENT IN AFGHANISTAN


Head of Iran's High Council of Human Rights Mohammad Javad Larijiani said on Sunday that Iran fully supports restoration of peace and development in Afghanistan, IRNA news agency reported. Larijani made the remarks in a... More

NO PROGRESS IN REPEALING QUOTA


There have been no further progress on the cancelation of the quota system in public services till Sunday night, after the prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement regarding annulment of the quota system. A senior official... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More