Daily Archives: June 13, 2017

Old torpedoes make Indian submarine fleet defenseless

With the recent cancellation of a $200 million contract for 98 Black Shark heavyweight torpedoes, the Indian Navy’s new submarine fleet continues to lack adequate defense capabilities against enemy...

Qatar hosted Taliban ‘at request of US government’

Qatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the government of the United States, the Qatari foreign minister's special envoy on counterterrorism told Al Jazeera. Mutlaq Al Qahtani said the...

Middle East crisis: Pak PM meets Saudi king in Jeddah

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in the backdrop of a deepening...

IS killing won’t impact China-Pakistan ‘Iron brother’ ties

After an extremist organization announced it had killed the two Chinese citizens it kidnapped in Pakistan last week, speculation has been swirling among Indian and some Western media outlets...

India stuck with $300 Bn electronics bill

While India ponders cutting imports of gold and defense expenses, a study revealed New Delhi needs to control its spending on electronic goods, including smartphones, urgently. The sector will...

Haqqani network denies any role in Kabul bombings

Taliban’s main offshoot, the Haqqani network, has denied any involvement in the recent deadly bombings in Kabul and in the western province of Herat. In an audio message issued late...

RMG props credit profile as BD remittance slows

Bangladesh's Ba3 stable sovereign credit profile is supported by the robust growth of an economy that is bolstered by garment export, says Moody's while predicting risk of receding remittance. In...

Bhutanese safe in Qatar, says ambassador

Bhutanese living in Qatar, the Gulf state in the Middle East is safe, assured the ambassador to Kuwait, Tshering Gyaltshen Penjor. A June 5 press release from the Royal Bhutanese...

Islamabad slams India for blocking Sikh pilgrims’ entry into Pakistan

Pakistan has slammed the Indian government for restricting hundreds of Sikh pilgrims from attending the Jorr Mela festival in Pakistan. "India has no respect for human values," the statement from...

Government moves to slash oil tariff

The parliament has approved government-sponsored legislation for reducing the import duty for petroleum products from 10 to five percent. In an expedited process at Monday’s sitting, the amendments proposed by...

UN Rakhine probe would have increased tensions: State Counsellor

A United Nations decision last year to send an international fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of abuse by security forces against Muslims in Rakhine State is not in keeping...

Call for foreign judges renewed UN Special Rapporteur

Against the backdrop of yahapalana government repeatedly ruling out foreign judges and other international experts, including prosecutors, in a judicial mechanism to probe accountability issues, the Geneva-based United Nations...

BJP forms panel to select presidential candidate

With India’s Election Commission having announced the election schedule, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unwilling to delay any further in selecting their candidate. Prime Minister Modi also wants...

EC can’t accept third phase of elections: CEC Yadav

Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav has said that the Election Commission would not accept third phase of elections for local level. Speaking to mediapersons at Biratnagar on Monday, CEC...

Justice Karnan retires while absconding

Justice CS Karnan has created a record by retiring while absconding. This former judge of Kolkata high court has created history by being India’s judge to retire while in...

Rajasthan vigilantes try to burn truck of cows meant for central scheme

The five trucks carrying 80 head of cattle, which cow vigilantes had stopped just outside Barmer on Sunday night, were being taken for a flagship cattle breeding programme of...

Fear grips Lankan Muslims as BBS appears defiant

A day after Sri Lanka police arrested five people including a member of an ultra nationalist Buddhist group for violence against Muslims, allegations are on the rise that hate...