Monthly Archives: December 2017

India’s sudden toughening of law enforcement a sign of anti-China sentiment: expert

India's sudden toughening of law enforcement toward Chinese might be a sign of rising anti-Chinese sentiment in the country, an expert warned after several Chinese in India were recently...

Maoist election victory in Nepal could signal pivot from India to China

Earlier in December, the Communist Party of Nepal’s two branches won 174 of the 275 seats in Nepal’s House of Representatives, the lower chamber of its parliament. Analysts have...

Pak Army warns US against ‘unilateral action’ in Pakistan

Pakistan military warned the US against ‘unilateral action’, saying that despite its desire for cooperation on Afghanistan, there could be no compromise on national respect and sovereignty. “The armed forces...

Canada welcomes Pakistani tech start-ups with open arms

According to a new visa programme offered by the Canadian government, Pakistani tech start-ups and entrepreneurs will be given greater access to the Toronto-Waterloo region, often branded as the...

BD to handover first list of 100,000 names in upcoming JWG session

Bangladesh is working to finalise a draft on the physical arrangement to begin the repatriation of Rohingyas living in Cox's Bazar district through an effective and efficient way. The National...

Lok Sabha passes triple talaq bill

India’s lower house of parliament passed a Bill on Thursday (Dec 28) aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce. The Bill...

Practical work on TAPI project to kick off next year

Afghan officials said at a gathering on Wednesday (Dec 27) that the practical work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline project will kick off in 2018. Senior advisor to President Ashraf...

Indo-Maldives joint exercise concludes in Belagavi

The two-week long eighth edition of the Indo-Maldives joint military exercise, 'Ekuverin', came to an end at Belagavi, about 505 km from Bangalore, on Thursday (Dec 28). The bilateral annual...

Murshidabad can teach the rest of India how to restore heritage and market the...

In the eighteenth century, it accounted for 5% of the world’s gross domestic product. Legendary for its opulence and Nawabi culture, it was once renowned for fine muslin, ivory carvings,...

SL president adds loyalist to govt, makes bid to strengthen party ahead of local...

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena included a veteran politician and his loyalist in the Council of Ministers, in a bid to strengthen his party ahead of local-level elections. Piyasena Gamage,...

India’s circle of friends may shrink in 2018

The South Block and Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi must anxiously count the nineteen days ahead as they spread the red carpet to receive Benjamin Netanyahu who will...

India should control its border troops, says Chinese military

Highlighting the Doklam standoff as its major achievement of international cooperation this year, the Chinese military on December 28 said India should "strictly control" its troops and implement border...

Islamabad must ‘demonstrate’ its desire to partner with the US, says Tillerson

United States (US) is prepared to partner with Pakistan to defeat terrorist organisations seeking safe haven, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in an op-ed published in the...

Pakistan occupies significant place in Russia’s foreign policy: Russian envoy

Pakistan and Russian relations had strengthened in last three to four years and the two countries were making efforts to find ways in bringing peace in the region, claimed...

Elections 2018

Squabbling and endlessly bickering on issues not of any public importance, our parliamentarians may clam our passionately for early elections, yet not enough senators showed up for weeks to...

Local Govt election results may lead to Sirisena-Rajapaksa brotherhood

A senior member of President Maithripala Sirisena’s faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and cabinet minister has said that that the local government election to be held...

Suicide bombers kill 41 at Shi’ite center in Afghan capital

Suicide bombers stormed a Shi‘ite cultural center and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing more than 41 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending...

Time for Afghanistan and US to do more for Pakistan: Pak Army

"It is time Afghanistan and the US do more for Pakistan," Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor remarked on Thursday while addressing a press...

UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over Myanmar abuses

The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses...

India haunted by containment delusion

The first China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Dialogue took place in Beijing on Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi noted that Beijing and Islamabad are willing to proactively discuss with Kabul...

Who killed Benazir Bhutto? The theories behind the murder

Ten years after former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the first woman to lead a Muslim nation, was killed in Rawalpindi the unanswered questions about her assassination still fuel...