Muslim Student Barred From Sitting for Exam In India for Wearing Hijab

Umaiyah Khan, an MBA student, said she was asked to take her hijab off when she reached the center for the UGC-NET exam in Delhi’s Rohini. NEW DELHI — The hijab — a type of veil worn by some Muslim women, is in the news again. This time because a student from Delhi’s Jamia Milia […]

President Erdogan Invites Trump to Visit Turkey

WASHINGTON DC — Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Turkey in 2019, a White House spokesperson said on Monday. “While nothing definite is being planned, the President is open to a potential meeting in the future,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley said in a statement a day after Erdogan […]

Queen Elizabeth II Warns of ´Tribalism´ in Christmas Address

LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II warned of religious “tribalism” in a Christmas message on Tuesday delivered against a backdrop of Britain bickering over its impending exit from the EU. The tone of the 92-year-old monarch´s annual TV appearances reflected a sombre mood sweeping the island nation as it ponders the perils of leaving the European […]

Afghanistan’s Ban on Trade in Pakistani Rupee May Fail

KHOST CITY; Dec 16, 2018 — Afghan authorities on Sunday, in a bid to increase circulation of local currency, decided to ban trade in Pakistani rupee in southeastern Khost province. The move by provincial governor Hakam Khan Habibi aims to counter the use of Pakistani currency in local markets. Following the move, many young people in Khost […]

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 […]