The LTP is the most detailed long-term plan that has ever been proposed for Pakistan, and its ramifications for the economy are deep and broad. Contrary to the image of CPEC as an enterprise involving roads and power plants, the LTP shows that the real nature of the engagement with China that is about
India’s Roads Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the government would soon announce a policy for 15% blending of methanol in petrol, by producing methanol from coal. A few days back, Mr. Nitin Gadkari announced that he would promote urea project from human urine to reduce the import of urea fertilizers. Reading the two above
By James M. Dorsey A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a key pillar of the People’s Republic’s Belt and Road Initiative, seemingly amounts to an effort to enhance the Pakistani military’s stake in the country’s economy
For medieval India history, incidents that don’t fit into an overarching Hindu versus Muslim narrative tend to be removed from popular discourse. The 1741 Maratha invasion of Bengal is one such example. Dec 21, 2015 Shoaib Daniyal Road names often have a story to tell. In Calcutta, given its long continuous history, even more so.
By Seshadri Kumar on 09/12/2017 At a time when most of the medieval world was laid waste by the brutality of the Mongol armies, Khilji kept India – and its culture and civilisation – safe. Depiction of the Mongol siege of Baghdad, 1258. credit: Wikimedia For the past month, Rajasthan has been convulsed by a
Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Rather1, Rumana Majid2 Deecmber 9. 2017 Abstract The composite culture of Kashmir has been the concern on the part of both communities over long centuries of interaction to preserve their religious identities. A Kashmiri Pandit may be poles apart from a Kashmir Muslim about the observance of his religious practices and rituals.
By Bahauddin Foizee The former US President Barack Obama’s South Asia strategy was clearly reflected in his visit twice to India and never to Pakistan. While Pakistan was not treated like an ally during his two terms in White House, Obama gave India the attention and support that the US generally gives an ally. The
By James M. Dorsey Pakistan, already furious and reeling from US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to sanction it for supporting militants, has been dealt a potential body blow out of left field. Five major emerging powers, including China and Russia, have for the first time identified Pakistan-backed militant groups as a regional security
By Hari Prasad Shrestha Despite being one of the excellent historic, cultural and religious tourist cities of South Asia, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu is suffering from deteriorating air quality, unplanned infrastructure and housing growth, environmental risks, water contamination, lack of enforcement of stricter regulations, growth limitations of drinking water, energy, excess dusty and
By Bahauddin Foizee 1/09/2017 Commandos from the Bangladesh Army, along with other security forces, performed a drill on the August 17 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka’s Mirpur area amid the Australian cricket team’s tour of Bangladesh. Ahead of the Test Match Series (ongoing) between Australia and Bangladesh, this drill was conducted not
F R Chowdhury Corruption comes in different forms. Corruption for money and wealth is a pervasive one. In politics, another kind of corruption is prevalent – the lust for power. Initially, they would ask for more power so that they can execute development plans more efficiently. But it does not stop there. Then it is
INDIA 2016/2017 The authorities used repressive laws to curb freedom of expression and silence critics. Human rights defenders and organizations continued to face harassment and intimidation, and vigilante cow protection groups carried out several attacks. Thousands protested against discrimination and violence faced by Dalit communities. Millions of people opposed changes to labour laws. Marginalized communities
The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the