Daily Archives: February 9, 2018

PRO-OPPOSITION MALDIVES BROADCASTER SHUTS OVER THREAT

A pro-opposition television network in the Maldives shut down Friday (Feb 9) following threats to its staff, as the government continued a clampdown on dissent that has sparked international...

BEARING THE BRUNT OF BCL BRUTALITY

With his right eye grievously injured, Ehsan Rafiq can hardly blink, let alone see. Doctors said his injured eye could take two months to heal. Therefore, they advised him to...

US DRONE KILLS THREE ‘MILITANTS’ IN N. WAZIRISTAN

Three suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike at a compound close to the Afghan border in North Waziristan Agency on Thursday, sources said. According to an official...

CHINA SAYS INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY SHOULD PLAY CONSTRUCTIVE ROLE IN MALDIVES

The international community should play a constructive role in promoting stability in the Maldives, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a visiting envoy from the troubled Indian Ocean island...

Island Paradise Becomes Latest Flashpoint in India-China Rivalry

A power struggle in the Maldives, a tiny Indian Ocean nation known for scenic luxury resorts and crystal-clear blue water, is taking center stage in a wider battle for...

Four countries issue travel alerts for Bangladesh

At least four countries have issued travel alerts for Bangladesh requesting their citizens to avoid areas that generate large crowds and to monitor local media. The governments of United States,...

US slaps more sanctions on ‘Pakistan-linked militants’ for ‘global terrorism’

The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on three individuals linked to Pakistan-based militant networks as it pushes Islamabad to crack down on perpetrators of attacks in Afghanistan. The Treasury Department...

Saudi Arabia bans poultry imports from India over bird flu

Saudi Arabia has temporarily banned imports of live birds, hatching eggs and chicks from India after a form of bird flu that is highly lethal for poultry was found...

China rejects UN role, offers mediation in Maldives

China on Thursday (Feb 8) rejected United Nations’ intervention to resolve the crisis in Maldives, but offered to mediate between the feuding parties in the archipelago. Asked to comment on...

Nepal begins negotiations for second CN-235 with Indonesia

The Nepalese government has begun negotiations with Indonesian state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara (PTDI) for another CN-235-220M multipurpose platform, an official from the company confirmed with Jane’s at the...

BJP lawmakers continue targeting India’s religious minorities

“Muslims should not stay in India,” if a lawmaker in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to be believed. This remark from member of Parliament Vinay Katiyar is...

Russia says IS turning Afghanistan into ‘Resting Base’ for regional terrorism

Russia has warned Islamic State is turning northern Afghanistan into a “resting base” of international terrorism and a “bridgehead” for establishing its “destructive” caliphate in the region. The “international wing...

Bangladesh’s ex-PM Khaleda Zia jailed for graft, plans to appeal

Bangladesh opposition leader and former prime minister Khaleda Zia was jailed on Thursday (Feb 8) for corruption but plans to appeal her five-year term, her lawyer said, as thousands...

India could be behind target killing of Chinese national in Karachi: Pakistan

Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has said that India could be involved in the target killing of a Chinese national in Karachi. In an interview to BBC, the...

ITBP to procure all-terrain vehicles for deployment on China border

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force has initiated the process of procuring all-terrain non-amphibious vehicles that will enhance navigation and deployment capabilities of the paramilitary troopers posted at the...

Maldives’ embattled president sends envoys to China, Saudi for support

The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian...

Tejas, a poor performer?

India’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas is in news again as the United States' Air Force Chief General David L Goldfein flew a sortie from Jodhpur Air Force base...

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled...

Pakistan Breakfast at Davos 2018

PM Abbasi’s performance was above par, he was on the dot when he said, "There are two Pakistan’s, one is on the CNN and the other is the reality"...