Daily Archives: August 24, 2018

Lankan expert delineates benefits of Japanese Defense Minister’s visit to Hambantota port

A Sri Lankan maritime security expert, Adm. Dr. Jayanath Colombage, has defended the visit of the Japanese Defense Minister, Itsunori Onodera, to the strategically located and Chinese-managed Hambantota porton...

AUNG SAN SUU KYI STRIPPED OF FREEDOM OF EDINBURGH AWARD

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the rare Freedom of Edinburgh award over her refusal to act on the Rohingya crisis — making this the...

WHASAPP REJECTS INDIA’S DEMAND TO TRACK ORIGIN OF MESSAGES

WhatsApp is leant to have turned down India’s demand for a solution to track the origin of messages on its platform. It has said building traceability will undermine end-to-end...

‘FORCE MYANMAR TO FACE ICC’

More than 130 lawmakers from across Southeast Asia on Thursday demanded the international community bring officials in Myanmar to justice for the atrocious crimes it committed against its Rohingya...

41 DEAD, OVER 36,000 INFECTED BY DENGUE IN SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka’s Epidemiology Unit, on Friday said that 41 people had died and over 36,000 patients infected by dengue across Sri Lanka till August this year. So far in August,...

China willing to play role in improving Pakistan-India ties

China appreciated Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks to resolve all disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through dialogue and showed willingness to...

Kerala wants aid from UAE, Delhi says no

Putting at rest raging speculation, the Centre finally announced late Wednesday evening that India would not take aid from foreign governments for Kerala flood relief. In a statement, the MEA...

Bhutan NA polls: All four parties in to contest primary round

The Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) issued the letter of acceptance to Bhutan Kuen-Nyam Party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, Druk Phuensum Tshogpa, and People’s Democratic Party yesterday to contest the...

Afghanistan, India, Iran trilateral meeting in Kabul on Sept 9-12

Afghanistan, India and Iran will have a trilateral meet in Kabul from September 9 to 12. The talks, which are around the various facets of rebuilding Afghanistan, will be...

Promising ‘balance’ in US ties, Imran Khan faces challenge to bring Pakistan in from...

Tensions with Afghanistan, faltering relations with the US, and chronically poor ties with India. Pakistan today stands isolated, observers say, and bringing it back into the fold is a...

Suu Kyi defends policies towards Rohingya

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her government's actions in Rakhine state which have forced more than 700,000 Muslim-majority Rohingya to flee their homes and seek refuge...

Trump could prod India, Pakistan to start talking

On July 12, New Delhi let it slip to a mass-circulating newspaper that US President Donald Trump was invited as the Republic Day guest on January 26, 2019. At...

US to bring back Khalilzad as special Afghanistan envoy

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to tap Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-born former US ambassador to Kabul and Iraq, as his special envoy on Afghanistan, two US...

Has India’s military modernization come to a halt?

India’s military modernization program seems to have come to a halt due to a shortage of funds. Earlier this year, the Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Sarath...

Japan, Sri Lanka agree to boost maritime security cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister...

Pak new FM to start a new era of cooperation with neighbors

The newly-appointed foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has acknowledged that there is a need to alter the ‘direction’ of Pakistan’s foreign policy and Pakistan’s new foreign policy would begin...

NRC issue has the potential to disturb peace in Assam

The recent controversy over the exclusion of 41 lakhs of the total 3.29 crore applicants for the National Registrar of Citizenship (NRC) in Assam has left more questions than...

Visiting Japanese defense minister tours Chinese strongholds in Lanka

Visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, who arrived in the island on August 20, has made a tour of strategic ports in Sri Lanka, including a controversial port which...

India keeping a cautious eye on Bhutan elections

National Assembly elections are scheduled to be held in Bhutan on September 15 and October 18, and the Himalayan kingdom’s relations with India will be an important issue where...

Taleban accepts Russian invitation to peace talks; Afghan government declines

The Taleban said on Wednesday (Aug 22) it would send senior members to Russia for peace talks on Afghanistan, hours after the Afghan government declined the offer to attend. Russia...

Region’s top militaries meet in SCO anti-terrorism drill

Having just joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in September last year, India and Pakistan are dispatching anti-terrorism squads to take part in a major exercise held under the SCO...