Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Unhelpful neighbors thrust entire responsibility for Rohingyas on Bangladesh 

Unhelpful and hostile neighbors have thrust the enormous burden of looking after 400,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on the slender shoulders of Bangladesh when the latter is just beginning...

What is the future of the media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping democracy and open public discourse....

Pakistan unites in the face of US threats

Pakistan has predictably taken serious umbrage following the announcement of the long-awaited American policy review on Afghanistan. Unveiled by United States President Donald Trump last month, the policy, unbound...

Bangladeshis accuse Myanmar of attempting to overwrite history

As hundreds of thousands fled violence in Myanmar, a statement by the country’s powerful military chief further shocked the world with an attempt at concocting a revisionist history. Reports...

Police intercept Hefazat march towards Myanmar embassy

Police intercepted a scheduled march brought out by Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh to lay siege to the Myanmar embassy in Dhaka Monday noon protesting the neighbouring country’s persecution being carried out...

Pakistan prepares ‘toughest diplomatic policy’ for US

Pakistan has decided to adopt toughest diplomatic policy with the US, if any sanctions are imposed on it or its ally status is lowered. In this regard, the federal government...

US sending 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. is sending another 3,000 troops to Afghanistan, an increase of over 25 percent in the number of American forces there. Mattis told reporters...

Tatmadaw representatives in parliament call for govt-military cooperation

Myanmar Army-appointed representatives in Parliament called for cooperation between the military and the government in line with the military-drafted 2008 Constitution at a parliamentary gathering for International Day of...

India’s DRDO successfully tests ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system

India’s Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has recently conducted trials of the ‘Trawl’ mine clearance system being developed for the Indian Army (IA), according to a 15 September...

Turkey-Pakistan partnership brewing in Afghanistan!

The recent visit by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to Ankara was quite remarkable as the photo ops reflected a departure from protocol. Pictures and meetings with the President are...

Insanitation costing India over $50 billion

India is losing $53.8 billion every year as a consequence of "inadequate sanitation" which includes expenditure on the treatment of water-borne diseases, chief of WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene),...

Sri Lanka backtracks from ratifying disappearances convention

The parliamentary debate on the Bill to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED) will not held as scheduled on September 21,...

Middlemen capitalising on Rohingya misery

Law enforcers are struggling to stop the spread of Rohingyas from registered as well as temporary camps as middlemen and locals are helping the refugees to settle outside the...

Maldives would push UN to enter Rohingya crisis

Permamant Appointee to the United Nations from the Maldives, Dr. Ali Naseer has said that the Maldives will push the UN to stop the human rights violations by the...

China opens highway to Nepal via Tibet, ready for military use

China has opened a strategic highway in Tibet to the Nepal border which could be used for civilian and defence purposes, a move that Chinese experts say will enable...

Rohingyas are a security threat, India govt tells SC

The Indian government stands by their decision that the Rohingya Muslims are "illegal" immigrants in the country and that their continuous stay posed "serious national security ramifications".  In an...

New electoral system a great victory for people: President Sirisena

President Maithripala Sirisena said he would take measures to conduct the forthcoming Local Government elections according to the new electoral system replacing the Preferential System as the new system...

AGP fears new US embassy will be used for surveillance of govt offices

The Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP) has raised objections over the new seven-storey building of the United States (US) Embassy in Islamabad's Diplomatic Enclave, saying that the top floor...

China, Nepal to start technical works on cross-border railway

China and Nepal have agreed to start technical works to build a cross-border railway link via Tibet to boost connectivity, according to Nepalese Foreign Ministry. This was decided during the...