Daily Archives: July 1, 2018

‘Prosperous Pakistan’ bus campaign launched in London

A private investment group has launched ‘Prosperous Pakistan” campaign on London’s iconic red double-decker buses to project country’s position as an important and emerging player in the world economy. The...

Bhutanese delegation attends 6th GEF Assembly

A Bhutanese delegation led by the foreign minister Damcho Dorji attended the Sixth Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly in Da Nang, Viet Nam from June 27-29. A press release from...

India’s external debt rises $58.4 bn to $529.7 bn

India's external debt stood at $ 529.7 billion at the end of March 2018, recording an increase of $ 58.4 billion year-on-year, primarily on account of a rise in...

ADB approves US$33 mn grant for Maldives waste project

A US$33 million grant for a solid waste management project in the Maldives was Friday approved by the Asian Development Bank. Littering and trash is a particular issue in the...

Investors losing confidence in Myanmar economic planning

Local and foreign investors are losing confidence in the Myanmar government’s economic policies, according to a June 29 report on The Irrawaddy, an online news site run by Myanmar...

Sri Lanka moves navy unit to Chinese-run port

Sri Lanka will move its southern naval command to a port leased to a state-run Chinese firm but China will not use it for military purposes, the prime minister's...

India’s foreign relations are in tatters and the Modi government has only itself to...

Modi’s diplomatic ‘conquests’ are history and India’s foreign relations resemble a train-wreck. Here’s how government’s missteps have broken its own momentum. India’s external and strategic environment is looking like a...

The ‘new Great-Game’ in Afghanistan

It is a well-known fact that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon have been extensively involved in the Syrian civil war in order to save the regime of...

The ‘new Great-Game’ in Afghanistan

It is a well-known fact that Iran and its proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon have been extensively involved in the Syrian civil war in order to save the regime of...

India’s foreign relations are in tatters and the Modi government has only itself to...

Modi’s diplomatic ‘conquests’ are history and India’s foreign relations resemble a train-wreck. Here’s how government’s missteps have broken its own momentum. India’s external and strategic environment is looking like a...

At UN Pakistan decries selective observance of int’l obligations to protect civilians

Pakistan has voiced its strong disapproval in the UN General Assembly of double standards in implementing the international obligations to protect civilians and prevent crimes against humanity. "Selectivity", has meant...

Last session for Bhutan parliament before election concludes

Speaker Jigme Zangpo said in the joint sitting of Parliament Friday that the Druk Gyalpo guided Parliament with his wise counsel. It was his last statement in Parliament as...

Secret UN-Myanmar deal on Rohingya offers no guarantees on citizenship

Rohingya refugees returning to Myanmar will have no explicit guarantees of citizenship or freedom of movement throughout the country, under a secret agreement between the government and the United...

US-China trade war could flood India with steel

Indian companies are bracing for a possible flood of steel imports should the US and China follow through on their threats about a trade war. Duties imposed by the US...

Sri Lanka moves navy unit to Chinese-run port

Sri Lanka will move its southern naval command to a port leased to a state-run Chinese firm but China will not use it for military purposes, the prime minister's...

134m Bangladeshis in vulnerable climate hotspots, 14% per capita GDP fall likely: WB

Effects of climate change, like rise in temperature and rainfall, will cause a 14.4 percent fall in per capita GDP of Bangladeshis living in vulnerable climate hotspots by 2050...

FATF’s unwelcome action

IT is no secret that Pakistan was on its way to the Financial Action Task Force’s so-called grey list, but now, after its inclusion, a number of observations must be...

China’s bridge to Nepal

When asked, five years ago, about the feelers that China was putting out on a grand plan to link Tibet and Nepal by rail, an Indian official dismissed the...