Daily Archives: August 15, 2017

How far will the executive-judiciary tussle go in Bangladesh?

A year and a half before the scheduled elections, pre-poll tensions in Bangladesh have been overshadowed by the tussle which has ensued between the judiciary and the executive. The...

Indian roads next to border caused tarai floods: Nepal Minister for Energy

The highways built along the no man's land on the Indian side of the border are the major reasons behind the floods in the tarai, according to Minister for...

3 family members of former President Rajapaksa quizzed 

In Sri Lanka, three family members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been summoned for questioning this week by investigative authorities in cases of crime and corruption. Former first lady...

Maldives: Dozen opposition MPs face charges for entering parliament building

The police are seeking charges against 12 opposition MPs alleged to have scaled security barricades to enter the People’s Majlis building last month. Cases against the lawmakers have been sent...

Indian forces kill almost 1000 Bangladeshis in last 10 years

Border killings, human trafficking, drug dealing, cattle trade and smuggling are among the many challenges pertaining to border security between the two neighbors, Bangladesh and India. Speakers at a...

Will Pakistan find stability following its latest political shake-up?

Pakistan’s supreme court’s unanimous—if disputably reasoned—decision to remove Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, together with the Pakistan Muslim League’s easy management of leadership transition, has likely averted months of...

Three new species of snails found

Three more new species of snails have been discovered by a group of researchers from Bhutan and the Netherlands. The three new species are named Rahula kleini, Rahula trongsaensis, and Erhaia wangchuki. Rahula kleini was collected...

Impossible to remove Tatmadaw from politics: Army colonel

The Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) cannot be removed from the country’s politics, according to an official from the military’s National Defense College (NDC) at a panel discussion on civilian-military relations...

UN chief Guterres concerned about India’s plans to deport Rohingyas refugees

The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is concerned about India’s plans to deport Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, according to his spokesperson Farhan Haq. Responding to a question on Monday about...

Iran, China to be connected via Afghanistan: Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said expanding Afghanistan’s relations with central Asian countries would bring about many facilities to trade and transit spheres, a statment from the Presidential Palace...

Bangladesh completes first pipeline for regasified LNG, plans 3 more

Bangladesh has completed construction of its first dedicated pipeline to move regasified LNG to end-users and has three more in the works, state-run Gas Transmission Company Ltd managing director...

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in Electricity (CBTE)...

Pak-China relationship attained new heights after CPEC: PM Abbasi

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday affirmed Pakistan-China relationship to have attained new heights after CPEC initiative, Radio Pakistan reported. In a meeting with Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang in...

Does China harbor strategic ambitions for SL port?

Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms. But...

India to deport all Rohingyas regardless of UN rule

All of an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India are illegal immigrants, even those registered with the UN refugee agency, and the government aims to deport them, Union...

India-China trade war looms as Chinese products face anti-dumping duties

Amid the Doklam standoff, a trade war appears to be looming between India and China after New Delhi last week imposed anti-dumping duties on 93 Chinese products, according to Chinese...

Don’t be rattled by CJ’s thoughts on 16th amendment: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has asked the people to not be rattled by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s observation in the top court verdict on the 16th constitutional amendment. The...

Qatar launches new direct sea route to Pakistan as Gulf blockade continues

Qatar has launched a new direct route between the country's Hamad Port and Pakistan's port of Karachi, state news agency QNA reported on Monday. The new route was launched on...

India, China to join Indian Ocean exercise chaired by Bangladesh

Despite growing tensions with China, official sources said the Indian Navy would join the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy in a maiden maritime search and rescue exercise to be...