• VOA Interview: US Ambassador Haley on Koreas, Palestinians, Rohingya0

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    • January 18, 2018

    The Voice of America (VOA); January 17, 2018  Interview with Greta Van Susteren Watch the full interview NEW YORK — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday in New York. Haley discussed several topics, including North and South Korea: “…We are not comfortable with

  • New trouble for India: China occupies North Doklam, with armoured vehicles & 7 helipads0

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    • January 18, 2018

    Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd)  17 January, 2018 Vinayak Bhat/ThePrint New visuals show PLA deployment is close to last year’s face-off point and hasn’t thinned down as Indian Army chief Gen. Rawat claimed last week. New Delhi: Almost five months after India and China agreed to end their tense military face-off in the Himalayan region of

  • Afghan army to collapse in six months without US help: Ghani0

      Anwar IqbalUpdated January 18, 2018 WASHINGTON: President Ashraf Ghani has said that the Afghan National Army will not last more than six months without US support and the Afghan government will also collapse. Mr Ghani acknowledged his government’s almost absolute dependence on Washington in an interview to a television show CBS 60 Minutes, broadcast

  • Advisor to Ashraf Ghani Mohammad Qayoumi & Karl Eikenberry Discuss Afghanistan’s Future0

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    • January 17, 2018

     By Editor, The Asia Foundation,  January 17, 2018 Recently, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Asia Foundation trustee, Karl Eikenberry, joined Mohammad Qayoumi, chief advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, for a conversation in San Francisco on security, the economy, education, and the coming parliamentary and presidential elections. An engineer by training, Qayoumi left his

  • Netanyahu in Gujarat: Modi Quotes Einstein in Start-Up Pitch, Inaugurates iCreate Centre With Israeli PM0

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    • January 17, 2018 | January 17, 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu are at an event to inaugurate an iCreate centre, a start-up hub in Gujarat’s Bavla town. The visit assumes significance given Israel’s reputation as being the global hub for start-ups. Earlier in the day, the two leaders visited Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati

  • UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal0

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    • January 17, 2018

    First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclear Michael Safi Wed 17 Jan 2018  Concerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years. Bangladesh state

  • Worry Mounts For Assam’s Bengali-Speaking Muslims Ahead Of Second NRC List0

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    • January 16, 2018

    For the Bengali-speaking Muslims of Assam or the Muslim minority of East Bengal origin, this could be their last chance to prove their citizenship and live a life with dignity. Karishma Hasnat | January 14, 2018 Villagers walk past Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel patrolling a road ahead of the publication of the first draft

  • Minister for ‘ruthlessly candid dialogue’ with US0

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    • January 16, 2018

    Amir Wasim  January 16, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Regretting how the United States downplays India’s aggressive posturing along the Line of Control (LoC) and Working Boundary, Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan on Monday called for “ruthlessly candid dialogue” with Washington to remove all types of misconceptions and misunderstandings. “It’s time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between


  • Redefining the secular mode for India0

    By Romila Thapar   18/1/2018 17 January 2018 India needs to own its historical secularism, rather than reject it as an alien concept, to move the country towards more just governance. Flickr / M. Aditya Bharadwaj Let us begin with the assumption that we want a secular society in India. How then would one define it?


    F R Chowdhury   17.1.2018 Donald Trump had a simple and easy slogan for his election campaign – MAGA – make America great again. Many think that Trump was trying to refer to Barrack Obama presidency period as a dark chapter and promised to bring back the white supremacy again. Obama is not only black, but


      U.S. secretary of state Rex Tillerson and his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland made the announcement of Vancouver dialogue to take place on 16 January in order to deal with North Korean (DPRK) nuclear crisis. Countries like South Korea and Japan are also participating as they are directly under threat from DPRK. Astonishingly, India is pitching in the conference

  • Nepal: As Political Revolution Completed, Massive Challenges Ahead for Economic Transformations0

    By Hari Prasad Shrestha Proper execution of federalism is of utmost importance agenda for prosperity in Nepal. The country has been devastated by great earthquake and reconstruction of infrastructures need great attention for its timely completion. It is necessary to increase employment opportunities for the population of the country and to work abroad through growth

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