University Removes Giant Statue of ‘Racist’ Gandhi

ACCRA (Dec 16, 2018) — A statute of India’s national hero, Mahatma Gandhi, has been removed from a university campus in Ghana after it was decided by the institution that the icon of resistance to British colonialism was in fact a “racist.” Lecturers at the University of Ghana began an online campaign after a giant bust of the leader was erected on the campus in 2016. The group of academics […]

British Pakistani MP in Race to replace PM Theresa May

LONDON: With British Prime Minister Theresa May badly weakened by her decision to delay a key Brexit vote she would have lost, potential leadership contenders for the Conservative Party are waiting to pounce. If she falls, any Conservative MP elected by the party as leader would automatically become prime minister. British Pakistani Sajid Javid is […]

Russia Now World’s No. 2 in Arms Sales

NEW YORK (Dec 11, 2018) — Russia is now the world’s second-largest arms producer, overtaking Britain and moving behind only the United States, researchers said Monday. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said in a report sales of arms and military services totaled $398.2 billion in 2017. The figure, which excludes China because of a […]

Win or Lose in Key State Polls, Modi’s BJP Seen Losing Ground Before National Vote

PM Modi and his party’s popularity is in doubt as exit polls for elections in five Indian states showed inconclusive projections. NEW DELHI (Dec 7, 2018) — Can Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party retain its Saffron spread which was predicted by The Economist’s EIU last year? May be not. The Hindutva-driven BJP is […]

Rights Activists Call For Criminal Probe Into Migrant Deaths Off Libya

2,133 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. ROME (Dec 5, 2018) — A rights group called Wednesday for an international criminal investigation after 15 migrants died following 11 days drifting off the coast of Libya without help. Their protest came as rights groups expressed growing concern about […]

Pakistan-Like Crescent and Star Green Flags in India’s Kolkata City Stirs Controversy

Firhad Hakim on Monday became the first Muslim since independence to be elected as the Kolkata mayor. Hakim said his victory was also a “moral defeat” for the BJP. NEW YORK (Dec 5, 2018) — The Newly elected Muslim mayor of Indian city Kolkata reportedly appeared to be in the crosshairs of a controversy when […]

India Offers Maldives $1Bn in Soft Loans to Help Repay China Debt

India is currently advancing a vision for a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” along with Japan, the U.S. and Australia (called the Quad), while the U.S. has announced its own infrastructure investments in Asia to balance China’s growing influence in the region. NEW DELHI — India is considering providing up to $1 billion in loans to […]

Bloodiest Year in Occupied Kashmir Since 2009: Seventeen More Killed This Week

528 people have been killed this year in armed conflicts in the disputed Himalayan territory, including 145 civilians; 17 Kashmiris were killed in the occupied valley in the last 3 days. ISLAMABAD (Nov 25, 2018): At least nine people have been killed in violence in India-administered Kashmir, capping off one of this year’s deadliest weeks […]

4 Indian Students Commit Suicide in Rajasthan–Where Joblessness is a Burning Issue

India has some of the highest suicide rates in the world and in 2015 nearly 9,000 students took their own lives. NEW DELHI (Nov 22, 2018): Four friends in northern India anxious over their job prospects jumped in front of a train on Thursday in an apparent suicide pact, police said. Three died at the […]

Malaysia Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Prime Minister Imran Khan

Besides having one-on-one meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PM Khan would also be visiting the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters ISLAMABAD (Nov 21, 2018): Back in 2006 and before PTI surged out of political obscurity, Mahathir Mohamad had come to Pakistan to attend a conference “A clash of civilizations or A clash […]

Sri Lanka President Chairs Security Council Meeting After Top Court Restores Parliament

Lanka’s President chaired a security council meeting today attended by Chief of Defense Staff, tri-forces commander and the IGP COLOMBO (Nov 13, 2018): Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections next year. The Indian Ocean island has been gripped by […]

Is India’s Nuclear Sub ‘Arihant’ Modi’s Show and Tell Ahead of Elections?

It’s time of elections in India. Five crucial state elections are being held during the period Nov 12 thru Dec 11, and a general election is due by next May ISLAMABAD; Nov 9, 2018: The state of India this week said it set sail its first nuclear “deterrence patrol” with INS Arihant– its first indigenously […]

Bangladesh Opp. Leader and BNP Head Khaleda Zia Returns to Jail, Faces More Corruption Charges

Khaleda Zia is the first ever former prime minister of Bangladesh to be convicted and sentenced to jail on a corruption charge. She faces several other corruption cases. DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities on Thursday sent opposition leader Khaleda Zia back to jail after a month of treatment in hospital here. The move came just ahead of […]

Russia Seeks to Dump Dollar; India Will Pay For S-400 Missile Batteries in Rubles

** The country has already reduced its holdings of US government debt by around $80 billion this year. ** An unpredictable US policy, new US sanctions against Iran and Washington´s trade war with China could in fact help Moscow de-dollarize. ** India will pay for Russia’s S-400 surface-to-air missile batteries (worth approx $5 billion) in […]

Afghan Delegation, Pakistan to Attend Peace Talks in Russia

ISLAMABAD (Nov 5, 2018): An Afghan delegation will attend international talks on the 17-year war-torn country in Russia this month, reports AFP citing officials. The development comes as US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador Alice Wells visits Islamabad tomorrow (November 6). She will hold meeting with senior officials […]

China’s Grand Plan At Work To Bypass Strait of Malacca, South China Sea For Oil and Trade

IRSHAD SALIM; Oct 29, 2018: On September 9, Beijing signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Myanmar’s government to establish the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) under its ambitious Belt and Road initiative (BRI) whose flagship project underway in Pakistan is called the the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Both projects which are being led from the […]

Trump Declines Modi Invitation to Be Guest of Honor at Republic Day

Oct 29, 2018: President Donald Trump has declined India’s invitation to be the guest of honor at the country’s Republic Day parade, citing clash of dates with his State of the Union address. Republic Day which commemorates India’s constitution coming into effect in 1950, is on January 26, 2019. The Trump administration said the US […]

UPDATES On Indonesia’s Lion Air Boeing 737 Passenger Plane That Crashed With 189 People On Board

  UPDATE: Lion Air Flight JT610 was flying from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang, and crashed into the Java Sea after the pilot asked to turn around, officials said reports NY Times; No signal was received from emergency locator, officials told Reuters; Lion Air took delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft […]

Israel Receives $777M Contract From India to Supply Missile Defense System For Naval Ships

ISLAMABAD; Oct 24, 2018: Israel’s prime aerospace and aviation manufacturer, the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), announced Wednesday it has received a $777 million contract from India to supply long range surface-to-air missile (LRSAM) defense systems for seven of its naval ships. Indian state-owned company Bharat Electronics Limited inked the deal with IAI, according to UPI. […]

Afghans Vote Amid Chaos, Corruption and Taliban Attacks

ISLAMABAD, Oct 20, 2018: Afghans voted on Saturday in parliamentary elections, the third since the Taliban’s fall in 2001 –with packed polling stations in capital Kabul, and overshadowed by chaotic organization, allegations of corruption and continued threats of violence after decades of war. The Taliban had vowed to disrupt the “bogus elections”. But the Afghan […]