Daily Archives: August 16, 2017

Bhutan: Financial crisis in Dungsam Cement due to  unpaid dues by hydro projects

The country’s biggest cement plant, Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) is facing a financial crisis in commissioning timely payments to its transporters and suppliers as the Corporation has not...

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course...

The cash that entered my house was not halal: Yameen

President Abdulla Yameen has stirred controversy with an apparent admission of personally benefiting from a historic corruption scandal blamed on his jailed former right-hand man. Speaking at the opening of...

Full withdrawal from Afghanistan is an option: Mattis

The US Defense Secretary James Mattis said at a press conference on Monday that President Donald Trump's administration was "very, very close" to finalising its new strategy for Afghanistan...

Nepal, China seal agreements on petroleum products survey, investment & promotion

Nepal and China have sealed three important agreements with long term impact on Nepal's socio-economic development. The agreements were reached on three different domains- Economic and Technological Cooperation, China-Aid Oil...

Sri Lanka, China port deal to attract meaningful FDIs: CCC

Sri Lanka's largest business community, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), on Tuesday expressed the appreciation for the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port. In a statement, the CCC...

BD border patrol beefed up following increased Myanmar military presence in frontier

An increased number of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed in Bangladesh-Myanmar border following the same move initiated by Myanmar side. Commander of BGB’s Teknaf battalion Lt Colonel...

BD eyes to import 3,000 MW power from China

Bangladesh has got an opportunity of importing electricity from China as the country has recently proposed a 3,000 MW power export to Bangladesh from Kunming, the capital of its...

Considerable drop in militancy in Pakistan’s restive tribal areas

Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, beleaguered for years by terrorism and lawlessness, has seen a decline in militant activities during the past few months as the result of government counterinsurgency...

Indian, Chinese patrols clash on Ladakh lake, PLA skips Independence Day meets

Their ties already strained over the two-month Doklam standoff in the east, boat patrols of Indian and Chinese armies clashed on the Pangong lake in Ladakh Tuesday. And for...

The Kashmir question

Each year when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence, anxiety takes over the minds of many. It relates to the escalation of conflict in Kashmir that continues to be...

At least 221 dead in India, Bangladesh, Nepal floods

At least 221 people have died and more than 1.5 million been displaced by monsoon flooding across India, Nepal and Bangladesh, officials said Tuesday (Aug 15), as rescuers scoured...

India’s independence day observed as ‘black day’ in Kashmir  

India's Independence Day was observed as "black day" in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Tuesday where public meetings and protest rallies were held in almost all cities and...

Chinese Ministry dismisses media report on Donglang

The Foreign Ministry has dismissed a media report that China offered to reposition its troops to resolve the tension with India in the Donglang (Doklam) area. Reuters reported on Tuesday...

New Foreign Minister appointed in Lanka, Karunanayake awaits comeback

Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned last week on account of...

Taliban warns Trump against sending in more troops

The Taliban told U.S. President Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday that the military situation in Afghanistan was "far worse than you realize", and sending in more...

India-Pakistan partition 70 years on: Wrenched apart by history

From barbed grins in a carefully synchronised daily flag ceremony to murderous exchanges across barbed wire in Kashmir, the India-Pakistan border is a 70-year-old scar that will not heal. Thousands...

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency - the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency -...