Daily Archives: August 10, 2017

Lankan Foreign Minister resigns

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake who had been under pressure by both the UNP and the SLFP to quit following corruption allegations, resigned Thursday afternoon avoiding a No...

Asserting your nationalism day in, day out is unnecessary: Hamid Ansari

In conversation with Karan Thapar on his last day as vice president, Hamid Ansari talked about growing intolerance, aggressive nationalism, the government’s political inaction on Kashmir and more. In a...

India must stop trampling on Bhutan’s sovereignty

The Sino-Indian border row over Doklam has turned the usually calm Himalayan region into a new battlefront between the two powers. However, the role of Bhutan, the third important...

Bhutan acknowledges that Doklam belongs to China: Chinese official

In a stunning -but unsubstantiated-claim, a senior Chinese official said on Tuesday that Bhutan has acknowledged that the Doklam area where the Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in...

Dahal proposes advancing debate on presidential system

CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has stressed on advancing the debate of directly elected executive presidential system. Saying that the prime ministerial system has been pushing the country...

Supreme Court hears appeals from disqualified lawmakers

The Supreme Court began hearing appeals Tuesday from four former ruling party lawmakers who were contentiously stripped of their seats. Mohamed Waheed Ibrahim, Saud Hussain, Mohamed Ameeth and Abdul Latheef Mohamed were...

India’s Tejas programme suffers more delays

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed further delays in the country’s programme to produce the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The MoD...

Bleeping out Amartya Sen

The censor board’s objection to the use of words such as “cow”, “Hindutva” and “Gujarat” in a documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning economist is seen as a blatant attempt...

Russia sends jet with aid to SL

An Il-76 jet from the Russian Government has left Moscow for Colombo with humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka, the Sputnik reported on Wednesday. The Russian Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster...

Forum to focus on Myanmar’s road to democracy 

A three-day “Forum on Myanmar’s Democratic Transition’ in Nay Pyi Taw will bring together more than thirty speakers from the country and abroad on August 11-13, 2017 in an...

New Delhi should come to its senses while it has time

As the standoff in Donglang between Chinese and Indian border troops enters its seventh week, the window for a peaceful solution is closing. The countdown to a clash between the...

Indian military’s 7 ‘sins’ in trespassing into Chinese territory

Nearly two months have passed since Indian troops illegally crossed the China-India boundary in Sikkim Sector, and there is no sign of withdrawal so far. According to Xinhua, what the...

BD Law Commission chief criticises SC verdict on 16th constitutional amendment

Bangladesh Law Commission Chairman Justice ABM Khairul Haque has censured the Supreme Court verdict that declared illegal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution. Former chief justice Haque heavily criticised some...

Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan

The Taliban have released 235 villagers held since the insurgents seized control of an area in northern Sari Pul province five days ago, Afghan provincial officials said Wednesday. Zabi Amani,...

Huge protest rally disrupts traffic in India’s financial capital of Mumbai

At least half a million protesters brought Mumbai, India's financial capital, to a standstill on Wednesday (Aug 9) as they pressed their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs...

A seminar on China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative cancelled in Kolkata

An international event organized by the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata on China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative, has been cancelled. But no official communication was circulated on the...

Lawmakers denounce large defense budget

Defense budget spending under the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government remains high and still lacks transparency, members of Parliament told The Irrawaddy. “Every year, the defense budget is the...

Thousands march for science across India

Thousands of scientists and their supporters have marched across India to promote their work and demand that the government invest more in the field. Inspired by the global March for Science earlier...

Pakistan’s economy resilient to change in leadership

Pakistan’s economy and market managed to survive the political upheaval in the country and business community is confident about increasing trend in the market following initial downtrend. Following the disqualification...

UK minister for fair polls in Bangladesh

British Minister Lord Tariq Ahmad today reiterated the UK’s expectations of free, fair and inclusive upcoming parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. “Number one, please participate and secondly let’s have a free,...

100 additional US marines headed to Helmand

The Pentagon has confirmed deploying up to 100 additional US marines to Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand. The deployment is aimed to strengthen marines already sent to the US Central...