Daily Archives: May 27, 2017

 Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One Belt, One Road project

While participating in last week’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe walked a tight rope: seeking economic and other benefits from...

BCIS signs a MoU to enhance SL-China academic cooperation

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) have entered into an agreement yesterday in Colombo to enhance academic cooperation between Sri...

Implementation of 10 mega projects sluggish

The Bangladesh government is unlikely to complete any mega projects in its current tenure, to expire in January 2019, because of sluggish progress in their implementation in the outgoing...

Indian army can abduct, rape women, says Indian politician 

Kodiyeri BalaKrishnan, a leader of Communist Party of India, has said Indian army was free to abduct and rape women if given additional powers, a day after defence Minister...

Bhutan – EU relations beyond development cooperation

The Members of the European Parliament (MEP) delegation launched a Euro 2.5 million (M) European Union Programme to support civil society in Bhutan on Thursday in Thimphu. To be implemented...

New restrictions on cattle slaughter in India

Indian government has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets across the country.   Under a notification, titled the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets)...

Maldives to join IORA     

President Abdulla Yameen has decided on the Maldivian participation in the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IORA). The decision was made following a Cabinet meeting on Thursday on...

Northeastern alliance optimistic about future peace talks with govt

The northeastern armed groups that met with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday in Naypyidaw said that further talks with the State Counselor appeared to be possible. The seven-member...

SC orders govt not to implement decision to increase local bodies

The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the government not to implement the Cabinet decision of May 22 to increase the number of local units in 12 districts along the...

Couple’s abduction exposes risks along CPEC: Chinese media

The kidnapping of a young Chinese couple teaching Mandarin in Balochistan, the centre of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), has set off alarm bells in the government, with the...

Pakistan operationalises Naval Station in Balochistan

Pakistan Thursday operationalised a Naval Air Station which will provide the navy with the much needed depth, flexibility and reach to counter emerging challenges of deterring terrorism at sea,...

Taliban assault on Afghan military base kills 16 soldiers

The Taliban has attacked security outposts around a military base in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 16 government soldiers and wounding many others, officials said Friday. The overnight attack in...

Opposition waits for NDA to make its move

In a show of strength, leaders of 17 opposition parties came together on Friday — the third anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government — to announce their decision to...

Pak government unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 with Rs4.75tr outlay

Lawmakers had gathered on Friday in the National Assembly in Islamabad ahead of the government's announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18. The session was a turbulent one, as Finance Minister...

It’ll be “commercial diplomacy” from now on, says Lanka’s new Foreign Minister

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who was previously Finance Minister, has said that Sri Lanka’s diplomacy from now on will be “commercial” with the aim of...

Times of India survey brings out salient features of Modi’s support base  

A survey conducted by the English and vernacular websites of the Times of India group on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s three years in office and his prospects in...