Z Digest

Z Digest

Bhutan PM to visit Bangladesh in Apr

Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering is expected to visit Bangladesh in April with an aim to strengthen ties, especially in the sector of bilateral trade. He will be arriving in the second week of April at the invitation... More

Taking China’s cues India begins 1st-ever military drill with 17 African nations

In a bid to match China, India along with 17 African nations (called AFINDEX-19) on Monday commenced a first-ever joint military drill at Aundh Military Station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Contingents from 17 African Nations... More

OFID approves US$50 million loan to Maldives

OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved a US$50 million (approximately MVR 772 million) loan to the Maldives. In a statement released following the 166th Governing Board meeting of OFID in Vienna, Australia, it was stated that... More

Pakistan shows interest in UAE’s space programme

The Pakistan space agency is in talks with the UAE on developing collaboration in space-related activities, a top official from Pakistan has revealed. Pakistan was taking part in the Global Space Congress for the first time, where they... More

India, Sri Lanka joint exercise ‘Mitra Shakti-VI’ to commence from Mar 26

Exercise 'Mitra Shakti' which is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India and Sri Lanka will be conducted from March 26 to April 8 for the year 2018-19, in Sri Lanka. Troops... More

India-Maldives agree to strengthen connectivity, regional maritime security

India and the Maldives have agreed on a broad spectrum of issues for further collaboration including strengthening connectivity and coordination to maintain regional maritime security in the Indian Ocean Region. Visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called... More

Myanmar military court to probe Rohingya atrocity allegations

Myanmar’s army said on Monday it had set up a military court to investigate its conduct during a crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017 that forced more than 730,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh. The court... More

Nepal-China railway: Ministry seeks Rs 17 billion to conduct feasibility study

Ministry of Transportation and Physical Infrastructure has sought Rs 17 billion to conduct the feasibility study of the Nepal-China railway. Secretary Madhusudan Adhikari informed members of Parliament on Monday that the ministry needs the amount to conduct a... More

Pakistan FM stresses meaningful dialogue among regional players

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday stressed upon the need for a meaningful dialogue between neighbouring countries to ensure peace in South Asia. He said this while addressing scholars and researchers at the China Institute for... More

UAE, Afghanistan sign four agreements

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President Ashraf Gani of Afghanistan, on Sunday discussed ways to advance cooperation between the... More

Bangladesh detains senior Fifa official for ‘defaming’ prime minister Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh authorities jailed a senior member of football's world governing body on Saturday (March 16), hours after she was arrested for allegedly defaming the country's leader. Mahfuza Akhter, a Fifa council member since 2017 and national chief of... More

Bhutan hopes to attract investors through CSIs: Foreign Minister

The Foreign Minister of Bhutan Tandi Dorji has said that enhancing private sector and civil society organisations’ (CSO) involvement through Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) was one of the key discussions at 14th Round Table Meeting (RTM),... More

Indian military confirms deploying nuclear subs as tensions with Pakistan flared

Major combat units of the Indian Navy including the INS Vikramaditya aircraft carrier-led battle group, nuclear submarines "and scores of other ships, submarines and aircraft" were quickly shifted from exercises to operational deployment as tensions between New... More

Pakistan claims Indian spy drone shot down along LoC

Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for Pakistan Armed Forces, in a Saturday tweet, claimed that the national army shot down what he described as ‘an Indian spying quadcopter'. The quadcopter had come 150 meters inside Pakistan. The Indian... More

Peace in Afghanistan within reach: Imran Khan

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said Friday that peace in Afghanistan is “around the corner,” referring to the efforts by the United States for a political settlement to the conflict in the country. “Negotiations have been initiated with... More

UNDP honours Bhutan King

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has presented a Special Award of Recognition to the Bhutanese king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck for advancing human development and the wellbeing and happiness of the people of Bhutan. The UNDP Administrator... More

Nepali endorses protocol of Nepal-China TTA

The Nepali government endorsed the protocol of Nepal-China Transit Transport Agreement (TTA) and authorized its commerce secretary to sign the protocol, a cabinet minister of Nepali government has said on Thursday. In a regular press briefing, the spokesperson... More

Kabul Operation Center opened for trade in Afghanistan

As part of the multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative, the landmark Kabul Operation Center was inaugurated in war-ravaged Afghanistan with a maiden export consignment leaving for China on Thursday. Opening of the Kabul Operation Center and Milepost... More

US to build six nuclear power plants in India

The United States and India have agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including building six US nuclear power plants in India, according to a joint statement. The agreement came on Wednesday after two days of talks... More

Indian foreign minister to visit Maldives next week

India's External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj is to arrive in Maldives on an official visit, next week. A credible source informed RaajjeMV that the minister will arrive next Sunday, and that she will be welcomed at a special... More

PM Khan launches online visa facility for 175 countries

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday launched the new online visa system for foreign tourists during a ceremony held in Islamabad. According to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's official Twitter account, the new e-visa scheme will facilitate visitors from 175... More


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More