Daily Archives: October 17, 2017

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated overtaking its...

Church official critical of Bangladesh govt’s suppression of opposition

A senior Bangladesh Catholic Church official has criticized the ruling Awami League government’s crackdown on opposition parties. Consequent protests and strikes have raised fears of serious election violence next year...

Indian political role in Afghanistan ‘is a red line’, Pakistan tells Washington

The dramatic rescue of an American-Canadian couple by Pakistani security forces last week appears to have had a positive effect on the troubled ties between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistan...

Indian company linked to ‘arms dealer’ invited to build Maldives airport

An “invitation” to an Indian company to build an international airport in the Maldives has generated controversy, with the opposition in Male questioning antecedents of its promoters who are...

EU to suspend invitations to Myanmar top Army officers

The European Union (EU) and its member states will suspend invitations to the Commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces and other senior military officers and review all practical defence...

India making lightweight bulletproof bunkers for border vigilance

India is constructing lightweight bulletproof bunkers to step up vigilance along the borders with China and Pakistan. The central government is revamping the army. They are now equipped with...

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua would visit Sri Lanka from October 17 to 18, 2017 to take part in the 5th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and...

Nepal Loktantrik Forum unifies with Nepali Congress

Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar-led Nepal Loktantrik Forum (NLF) has merged with the Nepali Congress amid a special ceremony held at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar on Monday. The parties were supposed...

World Bank withholds $200 million Myanmar loan

The World Bank has delayed a US$200 million loan to Myanmar amid intensifying international pressure over the exodus of more than 500,000 self-identifying Rohingya from Rakhine State. In a statement...

Pakistan EC suspends 261 MPs for non-disclosure of financial statements

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday suspended the membership of 261 lawmakers for failure to submit details of their finances under sub-section 42A of the Representation of...

‘If Taj Mahal is built by traitors so is Red Fort,’ says AIMIM’s Asaduddin...

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asaduddin Owaisi had a stinging response today to a BJP MLA saying the Taj Mahal was built by a "traitor" - "Traitors...

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar

Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing hunger and attacks by Buddhist mobs...

Bhutan will not pursue BBIN agreement, says PM Tobgay

Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay has said it is up to the next government and parliament to pursue the motor vehicle agreement involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN). At the...

IPU assembly in Russia includes Rohingya issue as ‘emergency item’

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) overnight included as the top "emergency item" the Rohingya issue as proposed by Bangladesh while its 137th assembly is underway in Russia's St. Petersburg, officials...

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance...

Russia funds Taliban in war against NATO forces

Russia is funding Taliban military operations against Nato in Afghanistan through a covert programme of laundered fuel sales, it has learnt from members of the Islamist group and Afghan...