Daily Archives: September 9, 2017

Rohingya crisis should concern region

Reacting to the insurgent attacks on some police outposts and an army camp on August 25, the Myanmar security forces have unleashed a ‘war’ of sorts on the Rohingya...

Hambantota Port lease will save Rs 40 bn per year

The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) would annually save around Rs. 40 billion by way of debt repayment through the lease of the Hambantota Port to China Merchant Port...

Writing on the wall for bookstores in Quetta

Sajid Baloch, 22, is holding on to two books: In the Shadow of History, a compilation of scholar Dr. Mubarak Ali’s articles, and In Search of Solutions: An Autobiography...

As India warms, farm-suicide ‘epidemic’ will worsen: US scientist advises ‘urgent’ action

Every one-degree-celsius rise in temperature beyond 20°C (degrees Celsius) during the growing season on India’s farms causes 67 suicides, with 59,300 suicides since 1980 attributable to climate change, according...

Int’l Business Women’s Summit set for Sept 11

South Asian Women Development Forum is organising a two day event “Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit” on September 11 in the Capital to develop partnerships between entrepreneurs from Saarc,...

China and Pakistan team up for swipe at Trump’s Afghanistan plans

The air forces of China and Pakistan teamed up for joint training exercises, state media reported on Friday as the foreign ministers from the two countries present a united...

Myanmar Govt to Fence Remaining 40-mile Border with Bangladesh

The Myanmar government will fence some remaining 40 miles of the 170 mile-border with Bangladesh without delay, U Zaw Htay, spokesperson of the President’s Office, told The Irrawaddy. He announced...

Farmers’ suicides rose under BJP rule: Rahul Gandhi

The country needs farmers as much as it needs industrialists but under the BJP government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, farmers’ suicides have increased in the country, Congress...

Pakistan, China seek political solution to Afghan conflict

Rejecting a millitary solution, Pakistan and China agreed that the solution to the Afghan conflict “has to be fundamentally political”, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Friday. Asif, who...

Bangladesh wants ‘safe zones’ to ease Rohingya crisis, but seen unlikely

Bangladesh has proposed creating “safe zones” run by aid groups for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees crossing into its territory following...

Israel arming Myanmar amid ongoing Rohingya crackdown

Israel has continued to sell weapons to Myanmar as thousands of Rohingya refugees flee the military's violent crackdown in the Rakhine state. The weapons sold to Myanmar include over 100...

Indian right-wing group lobbying globally against Chinese products

Upping the ante against Chinese goods, India’s right wing group Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) started diplomatic lobbying to mobilize public opinion against what it calls “commercial imperialism” of China. “China has unleashed commercial imperialism....
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

Battlelines drawn on Rohingya issue

The Rohingya issue is seen as a serious humanitarian question by the UN and international human rights and civil liberties groups, but national interest seems to be dictating the...

Bali action puts India on other side of the Rohingya debate

India’s decision to reject a joint statement by the World Parliamentary Forum in Indonesia, that included references to human rights in Myanmar in its ‘Bali declaration’, was a major...

China pledges support for Pakistan’s war against terrorism

China on Friday pledged its support for Pakistan's efforts against terrorism as foreign ministers of both the countries discussed regional and international situation. Addressing a press conference along with his...

Mamata vs Modi: Bengal govt opposes Centre’s move to live telecast PM’s speech

The Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal has once again taken on the centre, this time on its move to air Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech live at colleges and universities. The...

Raghuram Rajan: Let India grow at 8-10% for 10 yrs before chest-thumping

Reacting to the slump in GDP growth post demonetisation, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan on Friday said the government should not have done “chest-thumping” on being the fastest-growing economy....

Belt and Road Initiative: China looks askance at Nepal’s commitments

Despite Nepal’s repeated commitments to China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a sense of uncertainty and skepticism persists among Chinese officials. Chinese think tanks and government officials during an interaction...

MDP: Will make decision on government talks after discussing with opposition parties

Largest opposition party MDP has said that they would be making a decision on joining the government's invitation to official talks without any conditions, after discussing it with the...