Daily Archives: May 12, 2017

Modi plays Buddhist card with aplomb to get Sri Lankans to agree to his...

The visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the “ancient Buddhist link” card with aplomb in a bid to give a firm historical and cultural foundation to...

Nepal, China sign framework deal on OBOR

Nepal and China on Friday signed a framework agreement on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, days ahead of a summit in Beijing where an ambitious plan to...

Vision 2030: A smart move

Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled for 2019. However, the...

BD FM Muhith says new budget will put pressure on people for 30 percent...

Finance Minister AMA Muhith understands that the government will not be able to pressurise the people for revenue in the budget before the election, so he plans to do...

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very friendly meeting

In a “very friendly and cordial” half an hour’s meeting here late on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa completely skipped politics...

Probe Unearths Luxurious Lifestyle Of Ex-Army Generals

A number of Afghan National Army generals, removed from their posts by the incumbent government, have been found to be living the high-life in Kabul mansions, which officials say...

Bar Council establishment in Bhutan

Fourteen years after the Jabmi Act was enacted by the Bhutan Parliament, one of the most critical elements of the Act has been constituted with the establishment of the...

Yameen’s murder case sent to UN committees for inquiry

Case of the brutal murder of local human rights activist and blogger – Yameen Rasheed- has been sent to relevant United Nations committees for inquiry by Yameen’s family. 29-year-old Yameen was found...

World Bank projects 7.5% growth for this fiscal year

Nepal is set to record highest economic growth in 23 years in the current fiscal year, according to the World Bank’s new estimates. In its Nepal Development Update released on...

Falling at the leader’s feet: Shades of Tamil Nadu in Bangladesh

The practice of politicians falling at the feet of their leaders to secure their “blessings” is common in Hindu India as it is part of the culture of respecting...

Arrest Warrants Issued for Buddhist Nationalists

Seven nationalists and Buddhist monks involved in Tuesday night’s confrontation between Buddhists and Muslims in Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township (Yangon) have been charged with incitement to commit violence. Ko Latt,...

EU restores GSP+ concessions to Sri Lanka

The European Union has formally restored the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka seven years after it was suspended over human rights related concerns. Sri...

Why the protest of Kashmiris is justified and must be understood

Why are people protesting in Kashmir? On Thursday, May 11, a group of Indian citizens who had travelled to Kashmir in November 2016 to document the situation in the...

Make-believe democracy

Such is the terror of possible retribution by those in governance that even a man of AD Khawaja’s conscience and inherent integrity finds it impossible as IG Police Sindh...

ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pakistan

Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The case, which will come up...

Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims worst off, says Indian exclusion report

Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion from access to public goods, according to the 2016 Indian Exclusion Report (IXR) released by...

UN officials urge India to lift social media ban in held Kashmir

Two United Nations (UN) special rapporteurs are urging the Indian government to lift a ban on social media sites and mobile internet service in the India-held portion of Kashmir. The...