Daily Archives: 12 janvier 2018

On 12 January in Asian history

1945-01-12 Operation Gratitude


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Updated on January 12, 2018

1528: Birth of Chinese general Qi Jiguang

1554: Bayinnaung, who would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, is crowned King of Burma

1863: Birth of Swami Vivekananda, Indian philosopher who died on July 4, 1902


1875: After the death of Emperor Tongzhi (1861-1875). Guangxu, born in on August 14, 1871, is chosed to become the new emperor of China Qing Dynasty

1889: Birth of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader who died on November 7, 1965

Hadhrat Mirza Bashir ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad

1898: Ito Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan

1906: Birth of Cai Chusheng, Chinese film director who died on July 15, 1968

1911: The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established. Three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees

1917: Birth of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist who died on May 2, 2008

1922: Beginning of the Hong Kong Seamen’s Strike (up to March)

1933: The US Congress recognize the independence of the Philippines

1934: Surya Sen, Indian educator and independence activist is hanged by the British. Born on March 22, 1894

Surya Sen

1935: Birth of Tomiko Ishii, Japanese actress

1936: Birth of Brajanath Ratha, Indian poet who died on May 31, 2014

Brajanath Ratha

1938: Birth of Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and hard-liner politician who died on January 6, 2013

1945: US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle Gratitude off the cost of Vietnam

1945-01-12 Operation Gratitude

1948: In India, Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast aiming a national reconciliation (up to 18)

1948-01-12 Gandhi last fasting

1949: Birth of Haruki Murakami, popular Japanese writer

1949: Birth of Moon Kook-hyun, South Korean politician


1949: Birth of Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer who died on June 2, 2007


1949: Birth of Wayne Wang, Hong Kong-born American film director

1954: Bao Dai appoints Prince Buu Loc as Prime Minister of Viet Nam. Buu Loc had previously served as Vietnamese High Commissioner in Paris

prince Buu Loc 1954

1962: During the Vietnam War, by the Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place

1962-01-12 Operation Chopper

1962: The United States Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand, a « modern technological area-denial technique » designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong

1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended, while Moscow gives its full support to Hanoi and the National Liberation Front

1968: Birth of Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer

1972: Birth of Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi

1972: Mujibur Rahman gives up his president charge to be head of the government in the frame of the parliamentary political system in Bangladesh

1978: Birth of Kim Sa-rang, Korean actress, Miss Korea 2001


1979: The Vietnamese install the new People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK)

1979: Birth of Lee Bo-young, South Korean actress and model


1988: In China, State enterprises get their autonomy

1991: Death of Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor, born on June 18, 1904

1995: Pope John Paul II begins visit to SE Asia

2000: China for the first time sends a civil police in an United Nations peacekeeping mission (In Timor, up to 2006)

2000 Police à Timor

2001: Anson Chan, Chief secretary of Hong Kong administration, resigns because she disagrees with Tung Chee-hwa, Chief executive selected by Beijing

2002: In Pakistan, the president, General Musharraf  bans Kashmir Islamist separatist parties Jah-e-Muhammed and Lashkar-e-Tayaba, accused by New Delhi to be responsible of 13 December 2001 attack on Indian parliament

2003: Death of Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director, born on July 3, 1930

2005: Death of Amrish Puri, Indian actor,born on June 22, 1932


2008: In Taiwan KMT win landslise victory and Chen Shui-bian resigns as PDP chairman

2011: Vietnam Communist Party congress gets underway. More than 1,400 delegates will decide new five-year plans and pick new leadership. Human rights groups complain about the arrest of dissidents and the blockage of websites

2012: Myanmar’s government and one of the country’s most prominent ethnic rebel groups, the Karen National Union (KNU), sign a ceasefire after decades of civil conflict

2012: Forty years after liberation, former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam was sent to jail yesterday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes in 1971.

2014: Sheikh Hasina is sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis

2015: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office announces nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.

2017: Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja

Holidays and observances

National Youth Day (India)

Chinese culture and history


12 DECEMBER 2018

Zhou Youguang: Why Google honours him today

Described as « the father of Pinyin », or Chinese phonetic language, and hailed as the man who simplified Chinese, Zhou Youguang would have been 112 this Saturday

30 DECEMBER 2017

American War Posters: United China Relief

United China Relief, Inc. was an organization chartered in 1941 to raise money for humanitarian aid to China, and to educate Americans about China and its people

21 DECEMBER 2017

Declassified: Chinese official said at least 10,000 civilians died in 1989 Tiananmen massacre, documents show

A member of the Chinese State Council estimated that at least 10,000 civilians were killed in the Tiananmen massacre of June 4, 1989, declassified files reveal


The jesuits in China – A Franciscan mission settled in China in the thirteenth century, during the Mongolian Yuan dynasty


26 NOVEMBER 2017

The July 751 Battle of Talas

Few people today have even heard of the Battle of Talas River.  Yet this little-known skirmish between the army of Imperial Tang China and the Abbasid Arabs had important consequences, not just for China and Central Asia, but for the entire world



22 NOVEMBER 2017

 Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai

 Rare 19th century photographs of Shanghai by English photographer William Saunders go on show in London in first public exhibition devoted to his work


Historic photos of China by Jack Birns (1947-1949)

Seen through the lens of hindsight, Birns’ photographs give us a sense not only of what China was like more than fifty years ago, but also of why the warfare, weariness, and desperation of the time proved such fertile soil for communist revolution


Hunt for Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He’s lost treasure ship heats up in Indian Ocean

Study off coast of Sri Lanka, where massive vessel that was part of Chinese adventurer’s fleet sank 600 years ago, has delivered ‘positive results’

24 OCTOBER 2017

HKFP History: A brief visual history of the Hong Kong Peak Tram

It has been over 126 years since the Peak Tram opened in Hong Kong though, technically, it is not even a tram but a cable-hauled funicular railway. Below is a brief, visual history of one of the city’s most iconic treasures


Hoover Acquires The Personal Papers Of General Bai Chongxi, A Prominent Military Leader In Republican China

 The personal papers of Bai Chongxi include official files at different stage of his military and political careers, correspondence between Bai and important Nationalist Chinese government officials, family letters and correspondence, personal diaries and documentaries recording his family activities, an inspection tour he took to Taiwan in the spring of 1947

5 AUGUST 2017

How Mao and Khrushchev fought over China-India border dispute

Following is a transcript of a meeting attended by Khrushchev, Mao Zedong (毛澤東), M.A. Suslov, A.A. Gromyko, Liu Shaoqi (劉少奇), Zhou Enlai (周恩來), Lin Biao (林彪), Peng Zhen (彭真), Chen Yi and Wan Xia Sang

24 JULY 2017

Saving Harbin: Chinese city struggles to preserve Russian legacy

The city of Harbin, founded by colonialists during the height of the Russian empire, has a very distinct Tsarist character

28 JUNE 2917

The last Hong Kong governor: Chris Patten on 20 years after the handover – video

Chris Patten, Hong Kong’s last governor, handed the former colony back to China on 1 July 1997 to be ruled with a degree of autonomy under a system called “one country, two systems”. Here he reflects on leaving Hong Kong and what the game plan should be going forward

16 JUNE 2017

Scapegoats or traitors? The tale of the British radio propagandists in wartime Shanghai who were convicted in Hong Kong

Seventy years ago, two broadcasters for a German radio station were found guilty of assisting the enemy. Collaboration was rife, so why were these Britons singled out while so many others went unpunished?http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2098418/scapegoats-or-traitors-tale-british-radio

8 JUNE 2017

Echoes of 1950s persecution in China’s crackdown on liberal voices

On the 60th anniversary of the start of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong’s campaign against intellectuals that saw some half a million people persecuted by the Communist Party, some present-day scholars say there is again growing pressure from the authorities to silence liberal voices

28 MAY 2017

160 years on, apology for a racist tax on Chinese in Australia

The Chinese community in ­Australia has applauded an apology by the government of Victoria for a racist tax levied on immigrants more than a century ago, calling it a step towards eliminating the discrimination that continues to this day

22 MAY 2017

The secret agents who spied on the US for China

Behind the warming relations between the world’s two leading economies, a hidden and often brutal war continues for valuable intelligence about military technology and other classified information

16 APRIL 2017

Chinese experts name 10 most amazing archaeological sites

Chinese archaeologists worked at more than 2,000 sites in 2016, and experts have selected the 10 best ones

4 APRIL 2017

Meet the Gurkhas, fearsome fighters with a 200-year history

A former serviceman in Hong Kong explains what binds him and his fellow Nepalese to a proud military tradition

20 MARCH 2017

Sunken treasure discovered in SW China

After more than 10,000 items of gold and silver were recovered from the bottom of Minjiang River in Sichuan Province, archeo

logists confirmed Monday the tale of Zhang Xianzhong and his sunken treasure, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

13 MARCH 2017

Hong Kong documentary uncovers lost history

They are called Hong Kong’s darkest days, but there’s little evidence the 1967 riots ever took place


Tomb of ancient general and princess discovered in China

Archaeologists have discovered the tomb of an ancient Chinese general and his princess who were buried 1,500 years ago with more than 100 mysterious figurines

7 JANUARY 2017

Struggle to get documentary on Hong Kong’s 1967 riots on screen

Film, including story of plan to import lethal weapons into British colony, held up by lack of funding, scant archives, and harassment

4 JANUARY 2017

260,000 Chiang Kai-shek papers to go public

More than 260,000 documents related to Chiang Kai-shek will be made available to the public online later this year, Wu Mi-cha, Curator of Taiwan’s Academia Historica, said on Tuesday afternoon

In her series Modern Girl, artist Dina Goldstein updates 1930s Chinese adverts to lampoon our quest for the perfect lifestyle

According to Ms Goldstein, her « Modern Girl gallery » is inspired by Chinese tradition and the evolution of international commercialism. With a photographic/design sleight-of-hand (and in a tongue-in-cheek manner), she reworks the iconic advertising posters of 1930s Shanghai, China

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Battle of Hong Kong through the eyes of people who lived through it

There was little festive cheer 75 years ago, as the Battle of Hong Kong raged to a bloody conclusion. Some of the people who lived through the invasion recall how they suddenly found themselves in a war zone

12 DECEMBER 2016

Chinese archaeologists begin excavation of mysterious 2,600-year-old city that was wiped out by floods

Bairen, located in central China, dates back more than 2,600 years to China’s Spring and Autumn period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4025054/Chinese-archaeologists-begin-excavation-mysterious-2-600-year-old-city-wiped-floods.html#ixzz4TSC6zXz7

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Culture Insider: How did the ancient Chinese keep food warm in winter?

According to historical records and archaeological discoveries, ancient Chinese people were using their own methods of heat preservation as early as the Shang and Zhou dynasties

Lamu archipelago last Chinese

It is said that some of Admiral Zheng He’s sailors were shipwrecked on this island off the Kenyan coast centuries ago. Meet 6 residents of the Lamu archipelago believed to be the last descendants of those Chinese sailors

Hong Kong scenes shot by an early 20th century tourist

North Korea nuclear saga


12 JANUARY 2018

North Korea steps up tunnelling at nuclear test site

North Korea has stepped up tunnelling at its main nuclear test site, a US think tank said, even as tensions cool on the peninsula following the resumption of long-stalled inter-Korean dialogue

1 JANUARY 2018

North Korea leader says he has ‘nuclear button’ on his desk

Kim Jong-un used a New Year’s Day speech to warn the United States that he was now able to hit all of the US mainland with his country’s nuclear weapons

30 DECEMBER 2017

North Korea ‘to continue nuclear development’

North Korea’s state-run news agency says Pyongyang will continue to develop its nuclear program, declaring the country as an “invincible” nuclear power


In South Korea, Trump adopts carrot-and-stick approach to North

US President Donald Trump has arrived in South Korea, where he met with President Moon Jae-in and both threatened North Korea with military action and invited it to make a deal with Washington

7 OCTOBER 2017

 Additional considerations on the North Korean strategy

The response to North Korea’s  further military escalation should consist in Japan’s and South Korea’s nuclear rearmament. It would be the response, but also the explicit justification, for North Korea’s rearmament


Rex Tillerson: US in contact with North Korea

The US says it has open channels of communication with North Korea and is « probing » whether the Pyongyang government is ready to enter talks on giving up its nuclear weapons programme


 North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

Here is what we know about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and motivation. A 28 minuts video


North Korea’s nuclear programme aided by study abroad in China – report

According to an explosive investigation by the Wall Street Journal, the rapid development of North Korea’s missile programme has been aided by its citizens travelling abroad to study in areas beneficial to nuclear and weapons research – in breach of 2016 United Nations sanctions


North Korea claims it has successfully detonated a hydrogen bomb meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile

North Korea aid it successfully detonated a nuclear weapon meant for an intercontinental ballistic missile, hours after saying it had developed an advanced hydrogen bomb of « great destructive power »

7 AUGUST 2017

North Korea refuses to stop nuclear weapon development, threatens US over sanctions

 North Korea has vowed that « under no circumstances » will it put its nuclear weapons on the negotiating table. Earlier, the North threatened to make the US pay « thousands of times » for drafting the latest sanctions

22 JULY 2017

The long-kept secret behind primitive North Korea’s modern nuclear weaponry

The success of North Korea’s first true intercontinental ballistic missile, possibly capable of reaching Alaska, has sparked speculation over how the isolated country managed to advance the technology so much faster than expected

14 MAY 2017

North Korea’s nuclear weapons: Here is all we know

Pyongyang accuses Washington of plotting a ‘decapitation strike’, and sees in nuclear weapons a powerful deterrent

1 MAY 2017

Defiant North Korea hints at nuclear tests to boost force ‘to the maximum’

North Korea suggested on Monday (May 1) it will continue its nuclear weapons tests, saying it will bolster its nuclear force « to the maximum » in a « consecutive and successive way at any moment » in the face of what it calls U.S. aggression and hysteria

30 MARCH 2017

Satellite images show activity at North Korean nuclear test site

Satellite imagery shows that up to 100 people have assembled at the main administrative area of North Korea’s nuclear test site, a gathering not seen since January 2013, a month before Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test, a US institute monitoring the country said on Wednesday

24 FEBRUARY 2017

 China say North Korea’s nuclear plan is a problem between U.S. and North Korea

China on Friday dismissed renewed pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over its role in North Korea, saying the crux of the matter was a dispute between Washington and Pyongyang

28 JANUARY 2017

North Korea likely to have restarted plutonium reactor, says US think tank

North Korea is suspected of having resumed operations at its plutonium production facility, a US institute monitoring the site said Friday

1 JANUARY 2017

North Korea ‘close to testing long-range missiles’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country is in the final stage of preparations to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile

27 DECEMBER 2016

North Korea’s Kim determined to develop nuclear capability by 2017, defector says

A high-profile North Korean defector said on Tuesday that top leader Kim Jong-un is determined to develop a nuclear weapons capability by next year and would not be dissuaded by economic incentives, South Korean media reported

30 NOVEMBER 2016

U.N. stiffens sanctions on North Korea, trying to slow its nuclear march

In an effort to tighten sanctions that largely failed to throttle North Korea’s nuclear program, the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday imposed a cap on coal exports, the country’s chief source of hard currency


Is North Korea’s nuclear tech for sale?

Concerns remain about the possible transfer of North Korea’s nuclear technology and knowledge to non-state actors. How likely is North Korea to engage in a nuclear arms sale with a terrorist group?http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/11/03/is-north-koreas-nuclear-tech-for-sale/


US sanctions Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea

The United States has announced criminal charges and economic sanctions against a Chinese company for alleged support of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

11  SEPTEMBER 2016

North Korea demands recognition as legitimate nuclear state

North Korea has demanded the US recognise it as a “legitimate nuclear weapons state” following its fifth and largest atomic test, adding that threats of further sanctions against the country were “laughable”


North Korea conducts 2nd nuclear test this year

An announcer with North Korean state television KCNA read a statement from the Nuclear Weapon Research Institute of the DPRK confirming a successful nuclear test was conducted to assess the capacity of a nuclear warhead that can now be miniaturized to fit on various types of missiles

22 JULY 2016

Secret North Korean nuclear site identified, report claims

A US think tank said on Friday it may have identified a secret North Korean gas centrifuge plant used in the early stages of the nuclear-armed country’s illicit uranium enrichment efforts

22 JUNE 2016

North Korea nuclear envoy says six-party talks are ‘dead’

A North Korean nuclear envoy attending a security forum in Beijing said Wednesday that the long-stalled negotiations on the North’s nuclear weapons program are « dead, » dashing hope that Pyongyang might change its course on its nuclear ambition

25 APRIL 2016

Obama dismisses N Korea proposal to ‘halt’ nuclear tests

US President Barack Obama has dismissed North Korea’s proposal to suspend nuclear tests if the US ends its annual military exercises with the South

9 APRIL 2016

State media says North Korea has successfully tested an engine designed for a new intercontinental ballistic missile

Kim Jong Un reportedly said the successful outcome guarantees that North Korea will be able to carry out different types of nuclear attacks against enemy forces, including the United States

1 APRIL 2016

North Korea to pursue more ‘nuclear deterrence’

North Korea pledged to pursue its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes in defiance of the United States and its allies with a top envoy saying there is now a state of « semi-war » on the divided peninsula.

25 MARCH 2016

US Intel officials: North Korea ‘probably’ has miniaturized nuke

Some U.S. intelligence analysts now believe that North Korea « probably » possesses a miniaturized nuclear warhead, several U.S. officials told CNN.

15 MARCH 2016

Korea leader orders nuclear warhead test, missile launches

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has ordered an imminent nuclear warhead explosion test and multiple ballistic missile launches, just weeks after being slapped with tough, new UN sanctions, state media reported Tuesday.

9 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warheads

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to mount on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, state media reported on Wednesday.

7 MARCH 2016

North Korea threatens US and S Korea with nuclear strikes

North Korea warned Monday that it would launch a “preemptive and offensive nuclear strike” against South Korea and the United States over their annual military exercises, while Seoul vowed a merciless response against any provocations from the North

4 MARCH 2016

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his country’s military to be ready to use nuclear weapons at ‘any time’

Kim Jong Un has intensified his rhetoric regarding his country’s nuclear weapons arsenal. His commments follow a recent UN vote to impose unprecedented sanctions on Pyongyang

2 MARCH 2016

UN slaps North Korea with tough new sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution that significantly expands existing sanctions against North Korea, in response to the country’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch

6 JANUARY 2016

North Korea claims successful ‘hydrogen bomb’ test, world reacts with condemnations and suspicion

North Korea conducted its latest underground nuclear test at 10 am local time on Wednesday, January 6, with state media claiming the device was a « miniaturized » hydrogen bomb detonated on the personal orders of Kim Jong Un just two days before his birthday

10 DECEMBER 2015

We have hydrogen bomb, says Kim Jong-un

“Thanks to the historic gun shots fired by our dear leader [Kim Il Sung], our state was able to become a strong nuclear-armed country capable of producing hydrogen bombs alongside atomic bombs in our defense of our sovereignty and integrity,” Kim was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Thursday

25 NOVEMBER 2015

N.Korea’s Growing Nuclear Potential

A US expert on North Korea says Pyongyang may already have produced more than 10 nuclear weapons – and could vastly expand its nuclear stockpile within five years


North Korea main nuclear complex is in ‘full operation’ as Pyongyang issues warning to US

North Korea has confirmed suspicions that it has restarted operations at its Yongbyon nuclear plant and threatened to use nuclear weapons against the United States « at any time. »

21 JULY 2015

North Korea not interested in Iran-like nuke talks with US

North Korea is not interested in an Iran-like dialogue with the United States to give up its nuclear capabilities, the isolated country’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Tuesday

20 MAY 2015

North Korea says it can miniaturize nuclear weapons

North Korea said Wednesday that it has the ability to miniaturize nuclear weapons, a key step toward building nuclear missiles

22 APRIL 2015

The Wrong Lessons From North Korea

The case of North Korea clearly exposes the dangers of the United States seeking a nuclear agreement with a state that has no intention of abiding by one. In 2006, North Korea conducted its first nuclear test, and today it is a full-fledged nuclear power. The United States’ experience with North Korea should make it wary of similar nuclear negotiations, especially with Iran.

21 MARCH 2015

A North Korean envoy says his country has developed nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at “any time”

25 FEBRUARY 1915

N.Korea may have 100 atomic arms by 2020: US experts

North Korea appears poised to expand its nuclear program over the next five years and in a worst case scenario could possess 100 atomic arms by 2020, US researchers warned Tuesday

28 JANUARY 2015

Japan, U.S., S. Korea seek credible denuclearization talks with N. Korea

Nuclear envoys from Japan, the United States and South Korea affirmed Wednesday the importance of holding a « credible dialogue » with North Korea toward its denuclearization, a step that could lead to the resumption of long-stalled six-party talks aimed at ending Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions.

18 JANUARY 2015

North Korea nuclear chief meets with US negotiators amid standoff

US academics and former senior officials met North Korea’s chief nuclear negotiator in Singapore on Sunday, to get a feel for each other’s positions amid a years-long standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons buildup.

20 NOVEMBER 2014

Pyongyang threatens new nuclear test in response to UN criticism

North Korea has reacted furiously to a United Nations resolution condemning its record on human rights and hinted that it will carry out a new nuclear test.

28 JULY 2014

N. Korean Official Threatens White House Nuclear Strike

A high-ranking North Korean military official has threatened to launch a nuclear strike against the United States, accusing Washington of increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula

12 JULY 2014

N. Korea vows to boost nuclear forces against US threat

North Korea threatened Saturday to strengthen its nuclear forces as a US nuclear-powered aircraft carrier prepares to take part in joint military exercises with South Korea and Japan

3 JULY 2014

China, S. Korea summit pushes North over nuclear weapons

In a joint statement after their talks, the Chinese and South Korean presidents, Xi Jinping and Park Geun-Hye, reaffirmed their « firm opposition » to the development of nuclear weapons on the peninsula, but seemed divided on how best to persuade the North to give up its bombs.

10 MAY 2014

North Korea renews threat of nuclear test

North Korea renewed a threat on Saturday to conduct a nuclear test amid heightened concern that the reclusive state with a stockpile of missiles may set off an atomic device for the fourth time on the path to building a nuclear arsenal.


25 APRIL 2014

Obama warns North Korea of consequences of nuclear test

President Barack Obama said Friday that the U.S. stands « shoulder to shoulder » with its ally South Korea in refusing to accept a nuclearised North Korea

12 APRIL 2014

Anti-nuclear states demand N. Korea halts weapons programme

Twelve countries seeking to abolish nuclear weapons on Saturday denounced North Korea’s atomic programme at the close of a meeting in Hiroshima, saying it endangered global stability

30 MARCH 2014

N. Korea vows not to rule out a new nuclear test

North Korea vowed not to rule out a « new form » of nuclear test Sunday after the UN Security Council condemned its latest ballistic missile launch amid simmering tensions over Seoul’s joint military drills with Washington

23 MARCH 2014

Korean and Chinese presidents reaffirm opposition to North Korean nukes

The leaders of South Korea and China on Sunday reaffirmed their opposition to North Korea’s possession of nuclear weapons, pledging to work closely together for peninsular denuclearization


24 DECEMBER 2013

N Korea ‘restarting nuclear programme’

Satellite imagery suggests North Korea is making « wide-ranging, extensive » efforts to fully reactivate its main nuclear complex, a US think-tank has said, in line with Pyongyang’s vows to strengthen its weapons programme.



N. Korea joins int’l satellite organization

North Korea joined the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) convention last month as part of an ongoing effort contribute to the development of maritime transportation and safety, state media said Monday


29 NOVEMBER 2013

Institute: NKorea resumes work at missile site

A U.S. research institute said Friday it has detected a new construction at a North Korean missile launch site which the institute says is being upgraded to handle larger rockets.


28 NOVEMBER 2013

IAEA: North Korea May Be Restarting Nuclear Plant

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told the agency’s 35-member board Thursday that North Korea’s Yongbyon nuclear complex appears to have re-started its reactor. But the agency says without access to the site, IAEA inspectors cannot draw a definite conclusion


9 OCTOBER 2013

N. Korea has restarted reactor, says intel chief

South Korea’s spy chief confirms that the North has reactivated its nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium


4 OCTOBER 2013

More signs of reactivated NK reactor, says think tank

Satellite photos show hot waste water being discharged into a nearby river from a drainpipe at the Yongbyon nuclear complex


2 OCTOBER 2013

US, North Korea Meet Over Nuclear Talks Impasse

U.S. experts have met with North Korean officials to discuss resuming stalled international talks about Pyongyang’s nuclear program. Former U.S. special envoy for North Korean policy Stephen Bosworth attended Wednesday’s high level, but informal, meeting at a London hotel, but declined to discuss the talks.


North Korea ‘has technology to build uranium-based nuclear bombs’

North Korean scientists are thought to have attained the ability to build uranium-based nuclear bombs on their own, cutting the need for imports that had been one of the few ways outsiders could monitor the country’s secretive atomic work.



A New Type of Major Power Relations on North Korea

Earlier this year it appeared to some that Chinese and U.S. approaches to North Korea were converging. More recently, however, the gap between Beijing and Washington in its policies toward Pyongyang is widening. The absence of effective coordination between the United States and China will undoubtedly work to North Korea’s advantage. In addition, if cooperation on North Korea between the United States and China unravels, it will have a negative impact on their efforts to build a new type of major power relationship.

China: NKorea ready to make nuclear commitment

China’s foreign minister pushed Friday 20 for the restart of international talks on North Korea’s nuclear program, saying that Pyongyang is ready to recommit to the goal of denuclearization.


N Korea seeks to restart nuclear talks

North Korea’s senior nuclear strategist has called for a new round of six-nation denuclearisation talks without precondition.




Institute: North Korea nuke reactor likely restarting

A recent satellite image appears to show North Korea is restarting a plutonium reactor, in a move that could raise renewed international alarm over its nuclear weapons program, a U.S. research institute said


US, S. Korea Discuss Prospects for N. Korea Nuclear Talks

The top U.S. and South Korean envoys on North Korea have met in Seoul to discuss efforts to denuclearize Pyongyang, as well as a proposal by China for informal talks. Washington says North Korea needs to show it is serious about abandoning its pursuit of nuclear weapons before the United States will resume negotiations.


China reaffirms ‘clear-cut’ goal of denuclearizing N. Korea

A senior Chinese military official renewed his country’s « clear-cut » goal of ending North Korea’s nuclear program through dialogue during a meeting with South Korean defense officials last week, China’s defense ministry said

5 JULY 2013

‘Substantial’ differences with North Korea over nuclear talks: Russia

Russia said on Friday it still had « a number of substantial » differences with North Korea concerning efforts to resume stalled six-party negotiations on the Stalinist state’s nuclear weapons drive.           http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/substantial-differences/735322.html

27 JUNE 2013

Seoul, Beijing Agree on Denuclearized Korean Peninsula

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, agreed at a summit in Beijing Thursday to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                  http://www.voanews.com/content/seoul-beijing-agree-on-denuclearized-korean-peninsula/1690379.html                                                                                                                 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130627-432972.html

20 JUNE 2013

S.Korea, US, Japan raise bar for talks with N. Korea

South Korea, the US and Japan on Thursday called on North Korea to demonstrate its sincerity toward dialogue with denuclearisation measures before returning to the negotiating table.                                                         http://www.asianewsnet.net/S-Korea-US-Japan-raise-bar-for-talks-with-N-Korea-48207.html

19 JUNE 2013

N. Korea repeats offer for nuclear talks

A top North Korean diplomat repeated an offer for international talks over his country’s disputed nuclear programme during a meeting in China on Wednesday, saying the denuclearisation of the peninsula was the « dying wish » of North Korea’s founder.                                                                                                                                                http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130619-430908.html

9 JUNE 2013

US and China agree to curb nuclear N Korea

The US and China have agreed that they cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea and pledged to work closely to end Pyongyang’s weapons programme, a senior US national security official has said. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/06/201368222617872259.html                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22828678                                                      http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/99012-obama-and-xi-conclude-summit-ambiguity-on-cyber-remaining/

28 MAY 2013

Six-party soap opera set to restart

Recent talks between China’s President Xi Jinping and Vice Marshall Ch’oe Ryong-hae, North Korea’s special envoy to China, produced a rather unexpected result: North Korea agreed to resume the six-party nuclear talks.  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/KOR-01-280513.html

25 MAY 2013

China calls on North Korea to enter nuclear talks

A personal envoy to North Korea’s leader indicated Kim Jung Un was open to restarting nuclear disarmament talks, a move that came as China’s leader delivered a blunt message to Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table, Chinese state-run media                                                                                                                                    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/24/world/asia/china-north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

15 MAY 2013

North Korea sanctions delaying nuclear programme, says UN report

International sanctions have curtailed North Korea’s ability to push ahead with its nuclear weapons programme, according to a UN report, but doubts remain about how far China will go in implementing UN resolutions passed in response to Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests.                                                                                                                                                                                     http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/15/north-korea-sanctions-un-report                                                                                                  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/20135155217257365.html

3 MAY 2013

Pentagon: North Korea moving closer to developing nuke that can hit U.S.

North Korean advances in nuclear technology are moving the country closer to its goal of being able to strike the United States with an atomic weapon, according to a new Pentagon report submitted to Congress on Thursday. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/02/18025942-pentagon-north-korea-moving-closer-to-developing-nuke-that-can-hit-us?lite

24 APRIL 2013

Breaking Out the Bush Playbook on Korea

In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook, one that derailed a successful diplomatic agreement forged by the Clinton administration to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons. http://www.fpif.org/articles/breaking_out_the_bush_playbook_on_korea

24 APRIL 2013

North Korea: Radioactive gases ‘consistent with’ nuclear test detected

Global tracking stations record isotopes thought to have been released by underground detonation at Punggye-ri in February http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/24/north-korea-nuclear-radiation

23 APRIL 2013

North Korea demands recognition as nuclear state

North Korea renewed its demand Tuesday for recognition as a nuclear power, saying it was a pre-requisite for the start of any dialogue with the United States.                                                                                                                                    http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/north-korea-demands-recognition-as-nucle/649184.html               http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10011861/North-Korea-demands-it-is-recognised-as-nuclear-weapons-state.html

15 APRIL 2013

US recovery of North Korean satellite exposed nuclear progress

The US recovered the front section of the rocket used in North Korea’s satellite launch in December, which gave away the status of the regime’s nuclear arms programme, writes Eli Lake of the Daily Beast                                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/journalists/the-daily-beast/9995514/US-recovery-of-North-Korean-satellite-exposed-nuclear-progress.html

14 APRIL 2013

US calls on N Korea to negotiate

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday called on Pyongyang to go back to the negotiating table as he told Japan the United States would protect it from North Korea’s threats.                                                              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-committed-to-defend/638226.html                                                                               http://www.france24.com/en/20130414-usa-south-north-korea-nuclear-china-kerry-defence                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22141550

13 APRIL 2013

US, China agree on ‘nuclear-free Korea’ push

US Secretary of State John Kerry and China’s foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi said Saturday that both countries are committed to the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula in a « peaceful manner » following talks in Beijing.                                                                                          http://www.france24.com/en/20130413-usa-china-committed-nuclear-free-korean-peninsula-north-south-kerry                                                                                                              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22131316                                                             http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/13/north-korea-south-kim-missiles             http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/13/john-kerry-gets-china-commitment-to-help-rid-north-korea-of-nuclear-weapons/

2 APRIL 2013

Analysts Downplay North Korean Nuclear Threats

Analysts say it is too soon to tell how North Korea’s decision to resume operations at a shuttered plutonium nuclear reactor and further uranium enrichment will impact Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program                                                                                                            http://www.voanews.com/content/analysts-downplay-north-korean-nuclear-threats/1633098.html

2 APRIL 2013

North Korea says it plans to restart shuttered nuclear reactor

After weeks of hurling threats at the United States and its allies, North Korea announced Tuesday it will restart a nuclear reactor it had shut more than five years ago.                                                                                         http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/02/world/asia/koreas-tensions/index.html?hpt=ias_c1            http://asiancorrespondent.com/103974/north-korea-vows-to-restart-nuclear-facilities/                  http://www.voanews.com/content/north-korea-to-restart-yongbyon-nuclear-reactor/1633003.html

1 APRIL 2013

The Next Korean War

As North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un issues increasingly over-the-top threats — including intimations that he might launch nuclear strikes against the United States — officials in Washington have sought to reassure the public and U.S. allies. North Korea, they say, may initiate cyberattacks or other limited provocations, but the leaders in Pyongyang wish to survive, so they are highly unlikely to do anything as foolhardy as using nuclear weapons.                                                                     http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139091/keir-a-lieber-and-daryl-g-press/the-next-korean-war

31 MARCH 3013

N Korea vows to ‘strengthen nuclear weapons’

North Korea has pledged to strengthen its nuclear weapons programme, a day after announcing it is in a « state of war » with South Korea, as the region remains tense amid a military build-up by both North and South Korea.                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013331122717842211.html                             http://www.voanews.com/content/north-koreas-kim-vows-to-launch-more-satellites/1632038.html                                                                                                                  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/31/17539256-north-korea-nukes-are-our-countrys-life?lite

28 MARCH 2013

US deploys bombers amid Korea tensions

The United States has deployed two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over South Korea as part of a « deterrence » mission over the Korean peninsula.                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/2013327151221264924.html                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/us-sends-b2-bombers-over-korean-peninsula/1630176.html

9 MARCH 2013

North Korea rejects UN demands, vows to become ‘nuclear weapons state

North Korea formally rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution on Saturday that demands an end to its nuclear arms program, signaling it would defy international sanctions and pursue its goal of becoming a full-fledged nuclear weapons state. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/08/17242007-north-korea-rejects-un-demands-vows-to-become-nuclear-weapons-state?lite

China Says It Won’t Forsake North Korea, Despite Support for U.N. Sanctions

China’s foreign minister said Saturday that Beijing would not abandon North Korea, reiterating China’s longstanding position that dialogue, not sanctions, is the best way to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons.                   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/world/asia/china-says-it-will-not-abandon-north-korea.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                      http://www.voanews.com/content/chinese-foreign-minister-says-sanctions-not-solution-to-north-korea/1618337.html

7 MARCH 2013

U.N. Security Council Passes New Sanctions on North Korea

The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.                                                                                                                               http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/08/world/asia/north-korea-warns-of-pre-emptive-nuclear-attack.html?ref=asia&_r=0                http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2013/sc10934.doc.htm                                                                                                   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/20133710449989855.html

North Korea threatens nuclear strike against US

North Korea accuses the US of preparing to « light a fuse for a nuclear war » and says it may launch a pre-emptive attack. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9915491/North-Korea-threatens-nuclear-strike-against-US.html


US, China Agree on N. Korea Sanctions

U.N. diplomats say the United States and China have reached a tentative deal on new sanctions to punish North Korea for its latest nuclear test, as Pyongyang threatened to disregard the armistice that ended its 1950 to 1953 war with South Korea                   http://www.voanews.com/content/un-security-council-to-discuss-north-korea-sanctions/1615283.html              http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1258063/1/.html

4 MARCH 2013

Russia shows little concern over North Korean nukes (for now)

The danger emanating from the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs is perceived in very different ways by the key players in Northeast Asia. Whereas Seoul, Washington and Tokyo are extremely worried and want to impose harsher sanctions on the recalcitrant regime, Beijing and Moscow are obviously not ready to act tough on Pyongyang, even while showing some concern.                                                                                                     http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/russia-shows-little-concern-over-north-korean-nukes-for-now/

3 MARCH 2013

Shifting emphasis: Beijing’s reactions to North Korea nuclear test

Beijing’s policy on North Korea has always been a balance between two objectives: stability and denuclearisation. Beijing desires stability in the Korean Peninsula because it believes that a stable and friendly North Korea is in China’s long-term strategic interest. But similarly, China does not want a nuclear-armed North Korea, also for strategic and practical reasons.                                                                                                                          http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/03/03/shifting-emphasis-beijings-reactions-to-north-korea-nuclear-test/

18 FEBRUARY 2013

EU agrees new sanctions against North Korea after nuclear test

The European Union agreed a raft of new sanctions on Monday against North Korea in retaliation for the country’s nuclear test last week http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1254987/1/.html

15 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea may stage two more nuclear tests this year, source says

North Korea has told its key ally China that it is prepared to stage one or two more nuclear tests this year in an effort to force the United States into diplomatic talks, a source said.                                                                                                         http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/15/north-korea-more-nuclear-tests                                                                                                                              http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/World/Story/A1Story20130216-402415.html

13 FEBRUARY 2013

China calls in North Korean ambassador over nuke test

China’s foreign minister called North Korea’s ambassador in for a dressing-down and demanded his country cease making further threats, in a show of Beijing’s displeasure over its ally’s latest nuclear test.                                                                                http://asiancorrespondent.com/97340/china-calls-in-nkorean-ambassador-over-nuke-test/                                                                                                              http://www.rfa.org/english/east-asia-beat/china-02132013015542.html

12 FEBRUARY 2013

North Korea confirms ‘successful’ nuclear test

North Korea has confirmed that it has carried out its third nuclear test, after international monitors detected seismic activity close to the nation’s nuclear test site.                                                                                                    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9864069/North-Korea-confirms-successful-nuclear-est.html                                                                                                                                     http://www.euronews.com/2013/02/12/north-korea-confirms-third-nuclear-missile-test/                                                                                                  http://www.asianewsnet.net/North-Korea-conducts-3rd-nuclear-test-42642.html


‘China unlikely to succeed in dissuading Pyongyang from nuke test’

While the Chinese government has reportedly been engaged in painstaking efforts to persuade North Korea to forgo its planned nuclear test, most analysts say such efforts will fall eventually upon deaf ears                       http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2013/02/485_130264.html


China should not fear NK disputes

It’s widely predicted that North Korea will soon conduct another nuclear test. Sino-North Korean relations now face a new challenge to maintain the traditional bonds of friendship.                                                                                                                  http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/760434.shtml                                                                                                         http://www.voanews.com/content/nuclear-test-north-korea-china/1598585.html


Five things to know about North Korea’s planned nuclear test

North Korea’s plans for a new nuclear test, like most things that happen inside the reclusive state, are shrouded in mystery. But that’s not stopping analysts and officials from making some informed guesses about what’s going on. http://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/05/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test-explainer/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

Kerry warns of punishment for North Korea nuclear test

New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his South Korean counterpart have agreed to make sure North Korea is punished if it carries out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. Amid signs that such a test is coming, South Korea’s president also speculated that Pyongyang may detonate multiple atomic devices simultaneously.                                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/96947/kerry-warns-of-punishment-for-nkorea-nuclear-test/


North Korea’s Nuclear Needs

North Korea, which might have been inclined to remain a non-nuclear power twenty years ago, now seems determined to develop its nuclear weapons capability despite world condemnation, says expert Victor Cha, who served as director of Asian Studies for the National Security Council under former president George W. Bush.                                                                                                                                      http://www.cfr.org/north-korea/north-koreas-nuclear-needs/p29907?cid=rss-analysisbriefbackgroundersexp-north_korea’s_nuclear_needs-020113

28 JANUARY 2013

Resolve the North Korean nuclear issue

Given the turmoil in the Middle East and South Asia and the tension in East Asia, success in resolving the North Korea nuclear issue is needed and still could be within reach, despite North Korea’s harsh response to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution condemning it for the missile launch in December.                                                                                                  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Korea/OA29Dg01.html

24 JANUARY 2013

North Korea plans nuclear test and says rocket programme is targeted at US

North Korea has said it planned to carry out a third nuclear test and more rocket launches aimed at its « arch-enemy » the US, two days after the UN condemned its rocket launch.                                                                                                                                           http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131244504577116.html                            http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/24/north-korea-nuclear-rocket-us                             http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/23/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-test/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

23 JANUARY 2013

Pyongyang tells UN, it will pursue its nuclear programme

UN Security Council votes unanimously (China included) to boost sanctions against the Stalinist regime for pursuing its rocket programme. For Pyongyang, the decision is undemocratic and unrealistic; denuclearisation will come when the whole world does it. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Pyongyang-tells-UN,-it-will-pursue-its-nuclear-programme-26944.html                                                                       http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9819976/North-Korea-vows-to-strengthen-nuclear-programme-after-UN-sanctions.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

North Korea ‘has constructed multiple uranium enrichment facilities’

Satellite imagery has confirmed the fears of Washington and Seoul that North Korea has constructed multiple uranium enrichment facilities around the country.

31 AUGUST 2012

North Korea vows to expand nuclear deterrent

North Korea on Friday vowed to expand and modernise its nuclear deterrent « beyond imagination » unless the United States changes its policy towards the communist nation.

22 AUGUST 2012

Satellite shows North Korea’s progress on nuclear reactor

North Korea has put a dome on a light-water reactor it is building, a key step towards completing a plant that could be used to support its nuclear weapons programme, a leading defence journal said.

20 AUGUST 2012

North Korea could have fuel for 48 nuclear weapons by 2015

North Korea will have been able to build as many as 48 nuclear weapons by 2015 unless the international community is able to make sanctions already imposed on the regime work.

20 JULY 2012

North Korea to ‘re-examine’ nuclear issue

North Korea has said it was being forced to « re-examine » its nuclear programme because of fresh signs the US remains hostile towards the country, indicating it will step up defiant efforts to boost its nuclear arsenal. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/07/201272011434388132.html

12 JULY 2012

North Korea says it needs weaponry to defend against US nuclear threat

North Korea has claimed that it needs atomic weaponry to defend itself from a constant threat of US nuclear attack and that Pyongyang would never give up its right to a « peaceful space programme ». http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9395729/North-Korea-says-it-needs-weaponry-to-defend-against-US-nuclear-threat.html

2 JUNE 2012

China must not let N.Korea go nuclear

North Korea has proclaimed itself as a nuclear state in its amended constitution. Washington and Seoul have dismissed the claim, saying that they would not recognize North Korea as a nuclear power. China should not join the two and help them exert pressure on North Korea. However, it is also necessary for China to criticize North Korea’s latest move and oppose its intention to legalize its nuclear status http://www.globaltimes.cn/NEWS/tabid/99/ID/712600/China-must-not-let-NKorea-go-nuclear.aspx

31 MAY 2012

North Korea proclaims itself a nuclear state in new constitution

North Korea proclaimed itself a « nuclear state » this week following a revision of its constitution earlier this year http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/31/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear-constitution/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

22 MAY 2012

N Korea vows to boost nuclear ‘deterrent’ amid US pressure

North Korea has warned that it will bolster its nuclear programme and take unspecified counter-measures unless the US eases diplomatic pressure on it

17 MAY 2012

Satellite image suggests North Korea may have resumed work on reactor

North Korea has resumed work on the construction of a reactor that could help it push forward its nuclear weapons program, according to an academic group’s analysis of a recent satellite image http://edition.cnn.com/2012/05/17/world/asia/north-korea-nuclear/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

16 APRIL 2012

N. Korea says it will not allow IAEA inspectors / Bilateral accord with U.S. likely to be called off

North Korea has defiantly said it will not allow International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors to monitor its uranium enrichment activities in response to the United States’ statement that it will call off food aid to the country, diplomatic sources said Monday 16

13 APRIL 2012

The following is a partial timeline of the North Korean nuclear saga:


9 APRIL 2012

Tunnel linked to looming North Korea nuclear test? South Korea thinks so

Recent satellite images show North Korea is digging a new underground tunnel in what appears to be preparation for a third nuclear test, according to South Korean intelligence officials. The excavation at North Korea’s northeast Punggye-ri site, where nuclear tests were conducted in 2006 and 2009, is in its final stages, according to a report by intelligence officials

13 MARCH 2012

N. Korea asks U.S. to open liaison offices / Official say U.S. must alter ‘hostile stance’

North Korea’s chief envoy for the six-party talks on the nation’s nuclear development program has called on the United States to open a liaison office in both countries’ capital cities, according to sources familiar with the matter

29 FEBRUARY 1012

North Korea to suspend nuclear programme

North Korea has agreed to stop nuclear tests, uranium enrichment and long-range missile launches and to allow nuclear inspectors to visit its Yongbyon nuclear complex to verify the moratorium has been enforced http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/02/201222915936296108.html http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/01/world/asia/us-says-north-korea-agrees-to-curb-nuclear-work.html?_r=1&ref=asia
http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1693555.php/North-Korea-agrees-to-nuclear-moratorium http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17208755

25 FEBRUARY 2012

North Korea Stance on Nuclear Plan Unchanged

North Korea said that “nuclear weapons are not the monopoly of the United States,” a day after an American special envoy reported after two days of talks with North Korean officials that there was little change in their negotiating style on their nuclear programs under a new leadership taking shape in Pyongyang http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/world/asia/north-korea-stance-on-nuclear-plan-unchanged.html?_r=1&ref=asia

23 FEBRUARY 2012

US and North Korea resume nuclear talks

Envoys from the United States and North Korea have met in Beijing for their first talks on dismantling Pyongyang’s nuclear programme since the death of Kim Jong-il, the country’s long-time leader

13 FEBRUARY 2013

US and North Korea to hold nuclear talks in Beijing

US and North Korean officials will meet on 23 February in Beijing to discuss Pyongyang’s controversial nuclear programme, the US state department says
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17017179 http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/13/10397615-us-says-it-will-hold-nuke-talks-with-north-korea

25 OCTOBER 2011

No  agreement but US has ‘positive’ talks with North Korea

The US and North Korea have failed to reach a deal on resuming international negotiations on the North’s nuclear programme, after two days of talks.

24 OCTOBER  2011

North Korea and US nuclear talks begin in Geneva

The US and North Korea are holding direct talks in Geneva over restarting stalled nuclear negotiations. Six-party discussions involving North and South Korea, China, Russia, Japan and the US broke down in April 2009 when North Korea walked out.
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12 JANUARY 2018

Four on five judges of India’s top Suprem Court criticise its functioning in rare public spat

Four justices of India’s top court on Friday criticised its distribution of cases to judges and raised concerns about judicial appointments, in an unprecedented public airing of problems at one of the country’s most respected institutions

28 DECEMBER 2017

Triple talaq is a criminal act in India now

The Lok Sabha pass a bill that criminalises instant divorce with three years of imprisonment for Muslim husbands

16 DECEMBER 2017

India’s Rahul Gandhi takes over as president of opposition party

India’s Rahul Gandhi took over on Saturday as president of the main opposition Indian National Congress party (INC), becoming the sixth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to head the party that has ruled the country for much of its independent history

11 DECEMBER 2017

India’s Rahul Gandhi appointed president of Congress party

In a long-awaited move, Gandhi, the great-grandson of India’s founding prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was elected unopposed to head the party. He will take the reins from his mother Sonia, the party’s longest-serving president, since 1998


Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor dies at 79

Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor – a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry’s famous Kapoor family – died on Monday (Dec 4) aged 79 after a long illness

22 NOVEMBER 2017

New journalist killing shocks India

Local Indian reporter Sudip Dutta Bhaumik has been shot and killed by a soldier on a military base. The National Union of Journalists said « democracy is being murdered every day. »

20 NOVEMBER 2017

Indian politician offers $1.5M for beheading of Bollywood star over Hindu queen, Muslim ruler romance film

A member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party offered a $1.5 million bounty Sunday for anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that’s sparked controversy for depicting a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler


Two Kashmiri activists awarded Rafto Prize for human rights

Two activists from Indian-administered Kashmir will be awarded Norway’s Rafto Prize for human rights on Saturday for their long-term struggle against violence in the disputed territory, the jury announced

23 OCTOBER 2017

India to open talks with all parties in disputed Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian government has announced it will commence talks in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir with all parties, including separatists who are calling for independence or a merger with Pakistan

11 OCTOBER 2017

Sex with underage wife is rape, Indian supreme court rules

India’s supreme court has struck down a law allowing men to have sex with children as young as 15 provided the pair are married

9 OCTOBRE 2017

India court commutes death sentence for deadly Gujarat riots

An Indian court has commuted the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died

2 OCTOBER 2017

Indian journalists form human chain to protest rising violence against them

Outraged by journalists being increasingly subjected to intimidation, threats, violence and even killings in various parts of the country, scores of journalists held a protest rally and march here on Monday to demand strong action ~ by the Centre as well as states ~ against perpetrators of such crimes


Modi’s first three years: some wins but breakthroughs yet to come

It has been more than three years since Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a spectacular victory in the parliamentary elections in May 2014. But Modi’s term to date has been a mixed record


India mourns death of hero Marshal Arjan Singh

Marshal of Indian Air Force (IAF) Arjan Singh died in New Delhi on Sunday. The 98-year-old war veteran, who died in a hospital after a heart attack, will be given a state funeral on Monday morning


Two handed death sentence for 1993 Mumbai blasts

An Indian court has sentenced to death two men convicted of involvement in a series of bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993


Gauri Lankesh: Indian journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the southern state of Karnataka, police say


Narendra Modi appoints India’s first female defence minister

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a female legislator as the country’s new defence minister on Sunday (Sept 3), the first time a woman has been appointed to the key portfolio overseeing border tensions with China and Pakistan

22 AUGUST 2017

India’s Supreme Court rules ‘triple talaq’ Muslim divorce law ‘unconstitutional’

India’s Supreme Court has ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality

15 AUGUST 2017

Independence Day speech: Narendra Modi outlines vision for India

PM Narendra Modi, in his Independence Day speech, set a deadline of 2022 for building a New India free of caste differences, corruption and terrorism

4 AUGUST 2017

Rahul Gandhi’s car attacked in Gujarat’s Banasakantha, Congress calls for statewide protests

Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s car was on Friday stoned and windows broken by hostile black-flag waving crowds shouting slogans in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his tour of flood-hit Dhanera town in north Gujarat’s Banaskantha district

1st AUGUST 2017

Indian Forces kill senior commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group Abu Dujuna in Kashmir

Indian forces killed a top militant commander in Kashmir on Tuesday, triggering clashes in which one protester was killed and dozens injured

25 JULY 2017

Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as India’s 14th President

Ram Nath Kovind was on Tuesday sworn in as the 14th President of India with Chief Justice JS Khehar administering the oath of office in Parliament’s Central Hall

20 JULY 2017

Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, elected as India’s 14th president, who is he ?

Ram Nath Kovind, a low-caste Dalit, has been elected as India’s president. Kovind was chosen for the post by the ruling BJP party in a largely symbolic move, which experts say is unlikely to improve the Dalit situation

30 MAY 2017

Three India’s ruling BJP politicians charged over 1992 mosque demolition

An Indian court has charged a minister and two senior leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) with criminal conspiracy over the demolition of a historical mosque by Hindu extremists in 1992

27 MAY 2017

Kashmir conflict: Top militant Sabzar Bhat killed

Eight militants, including the successor of slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, were killed in two anti-militancy operations in the Kashmir Valley since Friday night

12 APRIL 2017

Kashmiri youth: The new face of violent resistance against Indian rule

The Indian government was forced to postpone by-elections in Kashmir due to violent protests. Clashes between protesters and security forces have continued for months, with experts pointing to a new resistance movement

3 APRIL 2017

Kishori Amonkar: Legendary Indian singer dies

Legendary singer Kishori Amonkar passed away last night at the age of 84. In her career spanning over several decades, she sang playback for Hindi cinema only twice

23 MARCH 2017

Tamil writer Ashokamitran passes away

His oeuvre includes now over 200 short stories, eight novels, some 15 novellas besides other prose writings

11 MARCH 2017

Modi party wins India’s biggest state, strengthens grip on power

Narendra Modi’s party won a landslide victory in India’s most populous state on Saturday (March 11) in a massive vote of confidence for the prime minister halfway into his first term

30 JANUARY 2017

Why India’s Hindu hardliners want to sideline Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on this day 69 years ago but his ideas of Hindu-Muslim unity still haunt India’s Hindu hardliners, writes BBC Hindi’s Rajesh Joshi

6 JANUARY 2017

Award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of heart Attack

Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including Gandhi, City of Joy and East is East, died on Friday

2 JANUARY 2017

Indian court bans politicians from using religion, caste to win votes

India’s top court on Monday prohibited politicians from using religion and caste to garner votes, a verdict that could force political parties to change their strategy in upcoming elections. « No politician can seek vote in the name of caste, creed or religion, » said Chief Justice T.S. Thakur in an order, adding that election process must be a « secular exercise »


Muslim divorce practice ‘unconstitutional’ says Indian court

In a major boost for women’s rights, an Indian court on Thursday branded as “unconstitutional” the Islamic practice of divorcing a woman by saying the word “talaq” three times


India Jayalalitha death: Masses mourn ‘iron lady’

J Jayalalitha, one of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, has been buried in the presence of tens of thousands of mourners

30 NOVEMBER 2016

Indian court orders cinemas to play national anthem

All cinemas must play the national anthem before screening movies and audiences should stand for it, India’s highest court ruled Wednesday, drawing angry accusations of an assault on civil liberties

19 NOVEMBER 2016

India has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty

India has opposed a UN resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty, saying it goes against Indian law and the sovereign right of countries to determine their own laws and penalties

12 OCTOBER 2016

Jayaram Jayalalitha: Ailing India chief minister gives up powers

The ailing chief minister of India’s southern Tamil Nadu state has handed over all her responsibilities to her deputy, the state governor has said

Militants killed as three-day Indian Kashmir gunbattle ends

A gunbattle which lasted almost three days in Indian Kashmir ended on Wednesday (Oct 12) with the killing of two militants holed up inside a government building, as the region reels from deadly unrest

6 OCTOBER 2016

How India’s Muslims view the Kashmir dispute

Jammu and Kashmir, India’s only Muslim-majority state, has drawn media focus in recent months due to the volatile situation there. Muslim intellectuals say greater autonomy should be given to resolve the imbroglio

2 OCTOBER 2016

Kashmir attack: Militants target Baramulla Indian base

Militants have attacked an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir with gunfire and grenades, killing one border guard and wounding another


17 Indian soldiers killed in attack on Kashmir base

 Seventeen Indian soldiers and four suspected rebel fighters have been killed in an attack on an army headquarters in Indian-administered Kashmir, according to a statement by the army’s northern command


Mother Teresa declared saint by Pope Francis at Vatican

Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, honouring the tiny nun who cared for the world’s most destitute and holding her up as a model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls

29 AUGUST 2016

50 days later, curfew on Kashmir lifted

Authorities of India-administered Kashmir lifted the curfew as it entered its 51st day from all parts of the Valley except Pulwama district and some parts of Srinagar. The decision was taken at a high-level security meeting, sources said

28 AUGUST 2016

With successful test, India becomes fourth country to launch scramjet engine ever

On Sunday, India achieved a huge milestone in its future space transportation efforts after it successfully test launched a scramjet engine

15 AUGUST 2016

Modi raps Pakistan in national address

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi took aim at supporters of « terrorism » in his Independence Day speech, ratcheting up criticism of Pakistan while avoiding direct mention of month-long protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir

8 AUGUST 2016

Indian PM Narendra Modi criticises attacks on Dalits

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticised recent attacks against India’s low-caste Dalit community.

28 JULY 2016

India author and activist Mahasweta Devi dies aged 90

Mahasweta Devi, who was born to a poet father, Manish Ghatak, and a social worker-writer mother, Dharitri Devi, in Dhaka in 1926, never shied away from politics

26 JULY 2916

India parliament passes controversial child labour law

India’s parliament on Tuesday (Jul 26) passed a new labour law that allows children to work for their families despite concerns by activists that it will hurt their development.

20 JULY 2016

Kashmir newspapers ‘ban’ lifted

 Last week, the Kashmir government asked newspapers to stop publication for a few days, saying that the ban was a « temporary measure to address an extraordinary situation »

16 JULY 2016

Info blackout in Kashmir in bid to curb unrest

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir seized newspapers and shut down cable television on Saturday, aiming to quell a flare-up of tensions in the region which has seen violent protests over the killing of a separatist commander by security forces

 9 JULY 2016

Hizbul Mujahideen top commander Burhan Wani is killed in encounter in Kashmir

Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani (22), the architect of the social-media driven psychological warfare in Kashmir, was killed along with two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag district on Friday evening

5 JULY 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expands cabinet, inducting 19 new faces

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expanded the Union Council of Ministers by inducting 19 new faces

22 JUNE 2016

India launches 20 satellites in record mission

India has once again proven its desire to become a key player in the global space industry. The country’s state-run space agency pulled off a massive 20-satellite launch in a single attempt

17 JUNE 2016

A court in India has sentenced 11 people to life in prison for their roles in a notorious massacre during the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in Gujarat.

An Indian court jailed 11 Hindus for life on Friday for the murder of dozens of Muslims during riots in Gujarat in 2002 that shook India at a time Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state’s chief minister.

2 JUNE 2016

India court convicts 24 over 2002 Gujarat riots massacre

Fourteen years after an armed mob set ablaze the Gulberg Housing Society, massacring 69 people, including former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, a special Gujarat court on Thursday convicted 24 people, including VHP leader Atul Vaidya, but rejected the serious prosecution charge of conspiracy

23 MAY 2016

India successfully tests reusable space launch vehicle

India on Monday successfully launched the first technology demonstrator of indigenously made Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV), capable of launching satellites into orbit around earth and reentering the atmosphere, from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh

14 MAY 2016

Two journalist shootings reinforce India’s sad record

Gunmen have shot dead two journalists in eastern India in separate incidents within 24 hours. They are the latest killings of members of the media in what is Asia’s deadliest country for reporters

10 MAY 2016

Why are many Indian Muslims seen as untouchable?

Although untouchability among Hindus is widely documented and debated, its existence among India’s Muslims is rarely discussed

2 MAY 2016

Indian veteran RSS leader Balraj Madhok passes away

Rashtriya Swamyasewak Sangh (RSS) activist and former president of Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) Balraj Madhok, aged 96, died on Monday

25 APRIL 2016

Henri Tiphagne: Biggest challenge is ‘criminalization’ of human rights work in India

 Indian activist Henri Tiphagne is set to receive Amnesty International Germany’s human rights award in Berlin on Monday. DW spoke to him about his work and the obstacles faced by rights groups in India

4 APRIL 2016

47 Indian policemen get life sentences for 1991 Sikh killings

A court in northern India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison over the massacre of Sikh pilgrims 25 years ago. The killings were committed during an insurgency by Sikh militants in the region.

15 MARCH 2016

Pope: Mother Teresa to be proclaimed saint on 4 September, in Rome

Francis’ decision came in today’s ordinary public consistory for the canonisation of the blessed. The life of the « little sister » devoted to the poorest of the poor went from a shack in a Kolkata slum to a Nobel Peace Prize and global reach of the Missionaries of Charity

4 MARCH 2016

Loud and clear, Indian students send message of freedom

Freedom cries are back in the embattled campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has been at the centre of a nationalism debate after a few of its students were slapped with sedition charges

22 JANUARY 2016

What is driving inequality in India?

While many Indians live on less than a dollar a day, the country boasts a relatively high number of millionaires. DW takes a look at the factors behind this gap between the rich and the poor.

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Unemployment down in urban centres, but persists in rural areas, says Survey

The unemployment rate in urban areas reduced from 4.5 per cent in 2004-05 to 3.4 per cent in 2011-12, new data from the National Sample Survey Office show. In rural areas, the rate has been stable at around 1.7 per cent during this period

20 FEBRUARY 2016

Patriot or traitor: Dark choice for Indian journalists

Some 800 journalists presented a petition to the Supreme Court in New Delhi this week demanding protection as well as an investigation into recent attacks against reporters

18 FEBRUARY 2016

India protest march against ‘sedition’ arrest of student leader

Thousands of supporters of a student leader from a top Indian university have marched to protest against his arrest on sedition charges.


The New Threat to Islam in India

Recent months have brought several reports of Indian Muslims being arrested and deported back from the Middle East or, as in January, arrested by Syrian forces while attempting to cross into ISIS-controlled territory. One Indian Muslim has now joined ISIS in Afghanistan.

28 JANUARY 2016

India: Volatile Peace In Assam – Analysis

As Assam recorded the lowest insurgency-related fatalities in 2015, since 1992, hopes of a lasting peace were regenerated. Nevertheless, enduring challenges have scuttled such hopes in the past, and many of these remain unaddressed

26 JANUARY 2016

Arunachal Pradesh comes under President’s rule, opposition cries ‘murder of democracy’

The Centre on Tuesday brought Arunachal Pradesh under President’s rule and kept the Assembly under suspended animation after more than a month of political turmoil and in the midst of a raging battle in the Supreme Court, a decision that came under strong attack from Congress and other parties which called it « murder » of democracy

23 JANUARY 2016

India declassifies files on death of independence leader Bose

The declassfied files were published on a government website and hosted at the national archives. The move comes amid mounting public pressure on the government to shed light on the independence fighter’s death.

22 JANUARY 2016

The Indian Republic & its virtues

 “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”

20 JANUARY 2016

Indian Director EVV Satyanarayana passes away

Popular Telugu film director E V V Satyanarayana, known for his comedy films, died of cardia arrest. He was 53

13 JANUARY 2016

2016 will test India’s democratic Framework

 If India is to emerge as a global economic and political player, it is imperative that the elected state allow institutional frameworks to function effectively and safeguard the property rights, civil rights and political rights of all Indians. 2016 will be a crucial year, not only for the current government, but for India’s eroding faith in its democratic institutional framework

11 JANUARY 2016

Modi fails to live up to high hopes

In his first calendar year as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi focused on economics. Through high profile trips abroad and ambitious proposals at home Modi maintained an air of energy and initiative, but the results were modest. Meantime, domestic politics became more polarised, contributing to two high profile election defeats for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in state elections.


Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Indian Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and prominent Muslim politician, dies

Sayeed took up the position for the second time in March last year after forming an alliance with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a junior partner in the government. He previously led the state government between 2002 and 2005

2 JANUARY 2016

Communist Party of India leader Ardhendu Bhushan Bardhan passes away

Comrade Bardhan, as the General Secretary of CPI, helped build Left unity. He was continuously elected as general secretary till the 21st Party Congress held in 2012 in Patna. His wisdom and socio-political experience were benefitted to the movement of the left, democratic and secular formations, the party said

18 DECEMBER 2015

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Nobel prize winner who dedicated life to the poor, to be made a saint

Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the Nobel laureate who dedicated her life to helping the poorest of the poor, will be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican says

26 NOVEMBER 2015

Is India becoming increasingly intolerant?   

Bollywood actor Aamir Khan faces backlash over what he describes as growing intolerance and insecurity in India. Is he right ? A TV debate

17 NOVEMBER 2015

Ashok Singhal: Controversial Indian VHP leader dies

Mr Singhal was the international president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) – an affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – for more than 20 years. The VHP is a close ally of Mr Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party

10 NOVEMBER 2015

India’s Modi attacked by party colleagues after big poll loss

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing a mutiny from senior members of his Bharatiya Janata Party for the first time in his premiership after a humiliating election defeat in the pivotal state of Bihar exposed deep rifts over his leadership


Huge blow for Indian PM Narendra Modi as he concedes defeat in Bihar key state election

Narendra Modi conceded defeat Sunday in a key election in Bihar, one of India’s poorest and largest states, in a major blow for the prime minister who fronted a no-holds barred campaign

29 OCTOBER 2015

PM Bhargava: India scientist to return award in protest at ‘intolerance’

One of India’s top scientists has said he will return a prestigious government award to protest against the « growing intolerance in the country »

28 OCTOBER 2015

Indian filmmakers return awards in protest at ‘intolerance’

A group of 10 Indian filmmakers has returned national awards in protest at what they say is a rising climate of intolerance. The group, including prominent directors Dibakar Banerjee and Anant Patwardhan, made the announcement at a press conference in Mumbai

25 OCTOBER 2015

Persistent anti-Muslim violence in India (1992-2015): Gainers and losers

The gruesome lynching of a Muslim by an excited Hindu mob on September 28, 2015 has been the latest in the series of incidents of anti-Muslim violence in India. Like the demolition of the Babri Masjid, this incident too is likely to have far-reaching consequences for the Indian polity. It also sent a wrong message to Pakistan, which has had worsening relations with India following the emergence of the Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014

24 OCTOBER 2015

Indian govt approves induction of women fighter pilots in IAF

The first women fighter pilots would be selected from the batch which is undergoing training at the Air Force Academy, the Indian Defence Ministry said

23 OCTOBER 2015

India literary council condemns attacks on writers

India’s Sahitya Akademi, which bestows literary honours, has condemned recent attacks on writers and rationalists. It came as 100 writers protested outside the council, demanding it take measures to protect freedom of speech

17 OCTOBER 2015

Indian Writers Return Awards to Protest Government Silence on Violence

 In the last month, 35 leading Indian authors and poets have returned coveted awards from the National Academy of Letters in a collective revolt against what Salman Rushdie this week called the “thuggish violence” creeping into Indian life under the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

16 OCTOBER 2015

Indian Supreme Court rejects Modi govt’s judicial reform move, revives collegium system of appointing judges

The Supreme Court Friday struck down a law giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government a bigger say in the appointment of top judges, calling the new system harmful to judicial independence in the world’s largest democracy, agencies report


Indian court convicts 12 men for 2006 Mumbai train bombings

Nine years after seven RDX bombs kept in Mumbai suburban trains exploded killing 188 people and injuring 829, a MCOCA court in Mumbai convicted 12 people in the serial blasts case

28 AUGUST 2015

India celebrates ‘victory’ in 1965 war with Pakistan

India has begun more than three weeks of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of what it claims was victory in the 1965 war with Pakistan

27 AUGUST 2015

Indian army deployed to riot-hit areas of Gujarat

Thousands of troops patrolled Gujarat Thursday after at least nine people, including a police officer, died in the worst caste-based violence to hit Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state in more than a decade

26 AUGUST 2015

Patel row: Army out, PM Modi appeals for calm as 9 killed in Gujarat clashes

At least seven people were killed in clashes between police and protesters in Gujarat on Wednesday after a huge rally by the Patidars demanding a change in the reservation quota of the state

27 JULY 2015

Abdul Kalam, former Indian president and top scientist, dies aged 83

India’s former president and top scientist Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who played a lead role in the country’s nuclear weapons tests, has died aged 83

12 JULY 2015

1.6 million children in India left out of school system

A recent United Nations survey has shown that about 1.6 million young children in India are being left out of the school system. Girls are the most disadvantaged as most parents prefer to prepare them for marriage, rather than a career

11 JUNE 2015

India: Amnesty urges journalist death probe

Jagendra Singh died on Monday, a week after he was allegedly set on fire by a group of men in Uttar Pradesh state

28 MAY 2015

India’s Mysore crowns new maharaja Yaduveer Wadiyar

A 23-year-old economics graduate from the University of Massachusetts has been crowned the new maharaja of Mysore, titular head of the 600-year-old Wadiyar dynasty in southern India.

25 MAY 2015

 After one year, has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations? Some analysis

Is a year in power long enough to evaluate the performance of a new government? Possibly difficult in a country with many unresolved social and economic issues like India, but it is a good time for some stock-taking.

1 MAY 2015

India rejects US ‘freedoms’ report

India has criticised a US congressional panel claim that minorities in the country have been subjected to « violent attacks » after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP came to power

11 MARCH 2015

Manmohan Singh: India ex-PM summoned in coal scandal

A court in India has summoned former PM Manmohan Singh over a corruption scandal involving coal mining licences.

1 MARCH 2015

India’s ruling Hindu party shares power in Muslim-majority Kashmir

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party was Sunday sworn into government in the country’s only Muslim-majority state for the first time after an historic power-sharing deal with a bitter regional rival.

26 FEBRUARY 2015

India parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks

The Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned on Thursday after opposition members denounced comments by the leader of a Hindu group who said Roman Catholic missionary Mother Teresa had tried to convert people to Christianity

24 FEBRUARY 2015

India’s ruling party BJP to govern Muslim-majority Kashmir for the first time

India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party will for the first time govern the country’s only Muslim-majority state of Kashmir under a power-sharing deal with another party, officials said Tuesday

17 FEBRUARY 2015

India PM slams religious violence after church attacks

India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday promised a crackdown on religious violence and freedom of worship for all faiths after a series of attacks on churches.

10 FEBRUARY 2015

Delhi election: Arvind Kejriwal’s party routs Modi’s BJP

An anti-corruption party has won a stunning victory in the Delhi state elections in a huge setback for India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

4 JANUARY 2015

India Has World’s Third-Largest Number of Billionaires

For the first time India has more billionaires than any other country outside the U.S. and China, according to an annual list of the world’s richest individuals released this week

30 JANUARY 2015

Indian police rescue hundreds of child slaves as young as six

Indian police have rescued hundreds of child slaves as young as six during days of raids on workshops in the central city of Hyderabad, a senior officer said Friday

22 JANUARY 2015

Muslim population in India rose by 24% during 2001-11

New Delhi: Muslim population in India has grown by 24 percent between 2001 and 2011 against national average of 18 per cent with the community’s representation rising to 14.2 percent from 13.4 percent of total population

1 JANUARY 2015

BJP’s push for ban on religious conversion sparks fierce debate

The Hindu nationalist party’s president, Mr Amit Shah, together with Home Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, is among those who have called for nationwide legislation to outlaw such practices, which often see people of a certain faith publicly pressured to abandon it

30 DECEMBER 2014

In India, a court on Tuesday discharged BJP president Amit Shah from three killing cases

A special CBI court on Tuesday discharged BJP president Amit Shah from the alleged fake encounter killing cases of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kauser Bi, and Tulsiram Prajapati.

25 DECEMBER 1014

Thousands flee deadly violence in India’s Assam

More than 2,000 people have fled their homes in the restive Indian state of Assam after separatist rebels killed dozens of villagers, some of them children, an official said

23 DECEMBER 2014

Regional party wins most seats in key Kashmir vote

The regional People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has won most seats in elections in Indian-administered Kashmir, but not enough to form a government.

21 DECEMBER 2014

Mass conversion in India PM’s home state sparks anger

Hardline Hindu groups came under fire Sunday after some 200 Christians were converted in the Indian prime minister’s home state, amid increasing concern at the right-wing government’s perceived pro-Hindu tilt.

18 DECEMBER 2014

India’s biggest space rocket lifts off

India successfully launched its biggest ever rocket, including an unmanned capsule which could one day send astronauts into space, as the country ramps up its ambitious space programme.

10 DECEMBER 2014

 Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

 Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.

Furor over ‘conversion’ of Muslims in India

India’s opposition politicians have protested inside parliament against the alleged mass conversion of about 200 Muslims to Hinduism in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.


Will Narendra Modi change India?

He is a powerful speaker and draws huge crowds. He talks about himself in the third person. He’s the most energetic leader India has had in years, burning the midnight oil and campaigning for his party with equal fervour.


Sadashiv Amrapurkar: Bollywood actor dies

Veteran Bollywood actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar who is known for his stellar performances in villainous roles in movies like Sadak, Ishq and Ardh Satya, died on Monday morning at the Kokilaben Dhirbubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.

31 OCTOBER 2014

India pays low-key Gandhi tribute 30 years after assassination

No ministers of India’s new government attended the event honouring Gandhi, gunned down by Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984, in retaliation for ordering an attack on a revered Sikh shrine to clear out militants holed up in the complex

Bengaluru: India’s Bangalore city changes name

India’s technology capital Bangalore will be formally known as Bengaluru from Saturday, eight years after the state first proposed the name change.

20 OCTOBER 2014

BJP ousts Congress in two states

In Maharashtra, the BJP won 123 of 288 seats from Wednesday’s assembly elections, needing another 22 to easily form the government. In Haryana, the party won an absolute majority on its own for the first time.

13 OCTOBER 2014

India: Anger As Minister Says Christian, Muslim Dalits Should Be Denied Job Quotas

Christian and Muslim leaders lashed out Monday after India’s minister for social justice said the government would not be granting job reservation rights to “untouchables” who converted.

11 OCTOBER 2014

Anti-slavery fighter Kailash Satyarthi has saved 80,000 children

The 60-year-old activist has been campaigning against child trafficking in India for over 30 years, presenting child slavery not as a welfare problem but as a human rights issue that feeds illiteracy and poverty.


Top India politician Jayalalitha jailed for corruption

One of India’s most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years.


India’s first Mars satellite ‘Mangalyaan’ enters orbit

An Indian spacecraft has reached Mars and entered the planet’s orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt.


India puts states on alert after al Qaeda announces India wing

The communally-sensitive states of Jammu and Kashmir, Gujarat, Assam and Uttar Pradesh were put on increased alert on Thursday, a day after after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing in India and its neighbourhood.

India has highest number of suicides in the world: WHO

India accounted for the highest estimated number of suicides in the world in 2012, according to a WHO report published today which found that one person commits suicide every 40 seconds globally

27 AUGUST 2014

Modi’s ‘man with the golden touch’ has dark past

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi powered to a decisive victory in May’s national elections, the focus was not just on him but also on his closest aide Amit Anilchandra Shah, a portly, bespectacled politician with two murder cases against him

20 AUGUST 2014

India yoga guru BKS Iyengar dies

Mr Iyengar was credited with his own brand of yoga, and taught author Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin, among other celebrities.

12 JULY 2012

India’s Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

Narendra Modi accused Pakistan on Tuesday of waging a « proxy war » in Kashmir as he became the first Indian prime minister in nine years to visit Kargil, scene of a deadly 1999 conflict with Pakistan

11 JULY 2014

Tributes pour in for Indian actress Zohra Sehgal

Tributes have poured in for celebrated Indian actress Zohra Sehgal who has died in the capital, Delhi, aged 102

7 JULY 2014

 India rejects ban on Islamic courts

India’s Supreme Court has rejected a nine-year-old petition seeking ban on Islamic Sharia courts in the country but maintained that such courts were not legal and their decree could not be enforced

26 JUNE 2014

Delhi court summons Sonia, Rahul in National Herald case

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi have been asked by a Delhi court to appear before it on August 7 on the basis of a complaint filed by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, alleging that they had fraudulently acquired Associated Journal Ltd. (AJL)

12 JUNE 2014

India Rebuffs ‘Simplistic’ UN Criticism Over Sex Crimes

India has rebuffed accusations by a U.N. investigator that sex crimes are rife in the world’s biggest democracy, calling her analysis “simplistic” and full of “sweeping generalizations”

6 JUNE 2014

India Sikh groups clash at Golden Temple

Several people have been injured after Sikh groups brandishing swords clashed at India’s Golden Temple as special prayers were held to mark the deadly military offensive there in 1984

4 JUNE 2014

India police rescue ‘trafficked’ children

About 500 children rescued after police in Kerala state raid orphanages who fail to provide documents for children

29 MAY 2014

India gang rapes: Outrage over police ‘discrimination’

There is outrage over police inaction in a village in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh where two teenage girls were gang raped and hanged from a tree

26 MAY 2014

Modi sworn in as India’s prime minister

Narendra Modi has taken the oath of office as India’s prime minister at the start of a new era hailed by his Pakistani counterpart as an opportunity to end decades of regional instability.

21 MAY 2014

Will the Indian National Congress survive?


19 MAY 2014

India’s Congress party stands behind Gandhis

Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, leaders of India’s defeated Congress party, offered to resign on Monday after last week’s election debacle, but colleagues rejected their gesture, a senior party figure has said.



17 MAY 2014

India election results 2014: five reasons why Narendra Modi won

Some of the factors that played into the BJP’s decisive victory over India’s dynastic Congress party:


16 MAY 2014

BJP, allies win Indian elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the Indian election on Friday with a landslide win of 283 seats, making it the largest single majority party in nearly 30 years

6 MAY 2014

Endgame for the Gandhis?

Corruption, lackluster candidates, falling GDP growth combine to hobble a tired dynasty


22 APRIL 2014

‘Rampant discrimination’ in India’s schools

Marginalised students, including Dalits and Muslims, being denied right to education by school authorities, report says



15 APRIL 2014

India’s Supreme Court creates official third sex for eunuchs and transgenders

After two thousand years of persecution, India’s two million eunuchs to be formally recognised as third sex and listed as ‘backward’ caste entitled to reserved government jobs and university places

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize

India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems « 3 Sections. »


12 APRIL 2014

Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party

Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister


10 APRIL 2014

India election 2014: Narendra Modi reveals he is married

Narendra Modi’s family confirms for the first time he has a wife and says the BJP leader was forced into a child marriage at 17 years old


7 APRIL 2014

India Begins World’s Largest Election

India’s general election has begun with voters casting ballots in two remote northeastern states. Billed as the world’s largest democratic exercise, the staggered election involving some 815 million voters will conclude in five weeks. Opinion polls say the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to emerge the winner on its promise of economic revival.





4 APRIL 2014

An Indian judge on Friday ordered three men to hang after they were convicted of two gang-rapes, the first death sentences to be handed down for multiple sex attacks since the law was toughened last year

25 MARCH 2014

Indian engineer dies in honour killing

The parents of an IT engineer who married her low caste boyfriend lured her home with the promise of a family wedding reception and then allegedly strangled her


20 MARCH 2014

Noted Indian author Khushwant Singh dies

Khushwant Singh, one of India’s best known writers who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, has died aged 99 at his New Delhi home

5 MARCH 2014

India’s Massive Parliamentary Elections to Begin April 7

India says it will begin its multi-stage parliamentary election in April, with opinion polls suggesting that an opposition, Hindu nationalist block could upset the longtime ruling Congress Party. In total, nine rounds of voting will be held, with the final round being held May 12. A final result is not expected until May 16



28 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s governance — worse than China’s?

India may be the world’s most populous democracy. But the quality of its governance is very poor, and much worse than China’s on many scores


20 FEBRUARY 2014

India’s top court halts release of Rajiv Gandhi killers

India’s top court on Thursday blocked the release of three of former premier Rajiv Gandhi’s killers after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh denounced their freeing as against all principles of justice

19 FEBRUARY 2014

India Tamil Nadu chief minister orders release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

The chief minister of an Indian state Wednesday ordered the release of all seven people jailed for plotting the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, meaning they could walk free in three days.

18 FEBRUARY 2014

Indian court suspends Gandhi killers death sentence

India’s Supreme Court commuted the death sentence Tuesday for three killers of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, citing delays in the case 23 years after he was assassinated by Tamil separatists.



India creates new state despite protests

India’s lower house of parliament has passed a decree to create the country’s 29th state amid chaotic scenes and uproar in from opponents of the bill.


14 FEBRUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister quits after corruption bill blocked

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party sent shockwaves through India’s political establishment in local elections last year, quits to protest blocking of anti-corruption bill after fewer than 50 days in office

5 FEBRUAY 2014

India: 11 non-Congress, non-BJP parties join hands in Parliament

In indications of emergence of a Third Front ahead of Lok Sabha polls, 11 non-Congress and non-BJP parties on Wednesday formally joined hands as a block in Parliament to pitch for pro-people, anti-communal and federal agenda

23 JANUARY 2014

India: Woman gang-raped on orders of ‘kangaroo court’

Police in India’s West Bengal state have arrested 13 men in connection with a gang rape of a woman, allegedly on orders of village elders who objected to her relationship with a man.



21 JANUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has called off his sit-in protest to demand police reforms

Kejriwal told a crowd that two policeman he wanted suspended for misconduct would be sent on leave, but he failed to secure his main demand that the city’s police force be put under his government’s control

16 JANUARY 2014

India’s Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

India’s governing Congress Party has named Rahul Gandhi to lead its general election campaign this year

5 JANUARY 2014

India launches satellite from space centre

India has successfully launched its first rocket using domestically produced booster technology after several previous missions had failed

3 JANUARY 2014

Manmohan says Modi as PM will be disaster, blames him for presiding over riots

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today made it clear that he will not seek a third term as PM if the UPA returns to power and threw his weight behind Rahul Gandhi, virtually setting the stage for the declaration of the Congress vice president as the party’s PM nominee for the General Elections.



1 JANUARY 2014

New protests after suicide of 16-year-old gang-raped twice in Calcutta

There were angry demonstrations in Calcutta on Wednesday following the death of a 16-year-old girl who set herself on fire after suffering two gang-rapes and a campaign of intimidation to force her to drop charges against her assailants.


28 DECEMBER 2013

New Delhi gets ‘common man’ government with anti-corruption activist as chief minister

Arvind Kejriwal, a 45-year-old taxman-turned-activist-turned-politician, vowed to end corruption in the Indian capital, cut electricity bills by half and provide households with free water.





20 DECEMBER 2013

India government asks court to review anti-gay law

India’s government asked the Supreme Court on Friday to review a decision in which it upheld a colonial-era law that bans homosexual acts and makes them punishable by up to a decade in prison.



13 DECEMBER 2013

India’s BJP declines to form Delhi government

India’s main opposition BJP has declined to form a government in the capital, Delhi, despite emerging as the single largest party in state polls.

11 DECEMBER 2013

Indian top court says gay sex is an offence

India’s Supreme Court has upheld a law criminalising gay sex, setting aside a landmark lower court decision in 2009 which had overturned the colonial-era ban on homosexuality.

New Delhi: archbishop, priests and nuns arrested during peaceful demonstration

Mgr Anil JT Couto, along with other members of the local clergy, was taking part in a protest for the rights of Dalit Christians and Muslims. Police apparently beat the religious leaders present, charging the crowd with water cannons



Anti-corruption party leads rout of ruling Congress in India elections

India’s ruling Congress Party has pledged a period of “deep introspection” after suffering a series of humiliating election defeats on Sunday.





Indian rocket to Mars successfully enters Earth’s orbit

India’s first mission to Mars completed its first stage on Tuesday, successfully entering an elliptical orbit around the Earth 44 minutes after take-off, the Indian Space Research Organisation announced.

24 OCTOBER 2013

Manna Dey, legendary Indian singer dies

Legendary Bollywood singer Manna Dey died in hospital today after a five-decade career on the soundtracks of Indian movie classics, reports said. He was 94.

17 OCTOBER 2013

India is home to nearly half of world’s 30 million modern-day slaves

There are close to 30 million slaves worldwide with India home to nearly half, a new report has claimed. The Global Slavery Index 2013, the first of its kind, estimates there are 13.9 million people living as slaves in India.




India’s ‘hugging saint’ Amma celebrates 60th birthday — with hugs

India’s « hugging saint », who has hugged more than 32 million people around the world, celebrated her 60th birthday on Friday in the company of disciples from around the globe.



4 India lawmakers arrested for deadly violence

Police said Saturday that they have arrested four state opposition lawmakers for allegedly inciting clashes between Hindus and Muslims that killed 48 people early this month in northern India.



India charges four with Mumbai gang rape

Four men have been formally charged in a Mumbai court over the gang rape of a young photographer in the city last month, a case that reignited anger about women’s safety across India.



Indian woman, 20, killed by her family for eloping with man from ‘wrong caste’

A young Indian woman was beaten to death and her boyfriend beheaded in an « honour killing » by relatives after they eloped in defiance of local caste rules.


Indian politicians face arrest over riots

A court in northern India has ordered the arrest of dozens of suspects, including politicians and community leaders, for inciting violence during recent Hindu-Muslim clashes that left 49 people dead, police say



Delhi gang-rapists’ lawyer makes ‘Taliban-like’ comment that he would have ‘burned victim alive’

The Indian lawyer for two of the four Delhi gang-rapists sentenced to hang last week has criticised the victim’s parents for allowing her to go out at night with a boy and claimed he would have « burned her alive » if she had been his daughter.



Governance in India: Women’s Rights

Women in India face myriad cultural challenges that impede social advancement, analysts say. Discriminatory family codes, lack of education, and cultural stigmas are only a few examples. Heightened media attention given to such inequities has raised pressure on the government to not just reform the institutional treatment of women, but also raise the level of dialogue on the larger issue of women’s rights in a rapidly modernizing society.


India’s opposition names hardliner Modi as PM candidate

India’s main opposition named hardline Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate on Friday for next year’s elections, overriding doubts in the party about his polarising character.

Delhi gang rapists sentenced to death

Four men convicted over roles in rape and murder of 23-year-old woman in Delhi last year.




Girl, 6, ordered to marry rapist’s 10-year-old son

A village panchayat (council of elders) in Kota district in Rajasthan made a shocking order that a six-year-old rape victim has to marry the 10-year-old son of the alleged rapist, Malaysia Nanban reported.



Presidential decree reserves seats for Hindu and Sikh in parliament

President Hamid Karzai issued a Legislative Decree that would jointly entitle the Hindu and Sikh populations of Afghanistan a single seat in the National Assembly, increasing the total number of seats from 249 to 250. Many welcomed the decision as a major step by the government to better serve religious minorities in Afghanistan.



Narendra Modi blamed for fake encounter killings policy in Gujarat

A high-ranking Indian police officer awaiting trial on suspicion of staging extrajudicial killings and passing them off as shootings committed during major terrorism arrests accused political leaders in the state of Gujarat of approving the executions.



29 AUGUST 2013

Yasin Bhatkal: India Mujahideen ‘top militant’ arrested

Police in India have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, which has been blamed for a string of recent attacks, officials say.


28 AUGUST 2013

India: Fatwa ‘bans watching cartoons’

Religious leaders at the Darul Uloom seminary, in Deoband, declared that viewing animations – even those featuring comedy characters – was against the tenets of Islam


Gujarat government to rebuild mosques destroyed during 2002 anti-Islamic pogrom

Authorities will present the financing and restoration plan by October 1. Over 2 thousand Muslims and Hindu extremists destroyed about 535 places of worship during massacre. Local Islamic community sees plan as move by chief minister Narendra Modi to ingratiate himself with them ahead of elections.


Mumbai top cop’s ‘promiscuous’ comment sparks ire after rape

Mumbai’s top policeman has drawn anger in the wake of the gang-rape of a young photographer by suggesting that people must choose between a « promiscuous culture » that allows public kissing, or a city made safe by « moral policing ».



27 AUGUST 2013

Police guard ‘tribal Virgin Mary’ statue in India

Tribesmen in India have threatened to destroy a statue of the Virgin Mary dressed in a sari and posing as a local tribal woman if Christians do not agree to dismantle it. They say it is an attempt to lure local nature worshippers to convert to Christianity.


23 AUGUST 2013

Female photojournalist gang-raped in Mumbai

A 22-year-old photojournalist on her first magazine assignment was gang-raped in a middle class Mumbai suburb, reviving painful memories of the murder of a student in Delhi last year, which resulted in nationwide protests.



20 AUGUST 2013

Anti-black magic campaigner assassinated in India

Narendra Dabholkar was shot twice in the head and once in the forehead by two gunmen in Pune, Maharashtra, who had parked their motorbike 30 feet away outside a police post. He died as he was being rushed to a nearby hospital.



17 AUGUST 2013

Indian police capture alleged top terrorist

Indian police said they had arrested a top militant accused of helping mastermind the 1993 Mumbai blasts and over 40 other deadly bomb attacks across the country. Seventy-year-old Abdul Karim Tunda, an alleged member of the banned Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group, was arrested by a special Delhi police team near the border with Nepal on Friday 16.

16 AUGUST 2013

India: A Bumbling Giant


14 AUGUST 2013

Submarine sinks after blasts, 18 navymen missing

After a series of deafening explosions, the Indian Navy’s Kilo class submarine INS Sindhurakshak sank with 18 sailors on board around midnight on Tuesday at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.



30 JULY 2013

India coalition approves new state of Telangana

India’s ruling Congress-led coalition has unanimously agreed to the formation of a new state in the Telangana region of southern Andhra Pradesh state, officials say.


24 JULY 2013

Beyond the debate, govt. accepts 65% Indians are poor

National poverty line will stand at a per capita expenditure of around Rs. 50 per day in rural areas and Rs. 62 in urban areas


21 JULY 2013

Indian investment moves marred by steel pullouts

India may be trying to lure foreign investors to revive its ailing economy, but the axing of two mega steel projects underlines obstacles even industry giants face, analysts say.


13 JULY 2013

Veteran Bollywood villain Pran dies

Veteran Indian film actor Pran Krishan Sikand, popularly known as Pran, has died in Mumbai at the age of 93.


1 JULY 2013

Indian officials say 3,000 still missing after floods

More than 3,000 people are still missing following floods and landslides which have ravaged northern India’s Uttarakhand state, officials have said, amid fears the death toll could touch 10,000.


16 JUNE 2013

India’s opposition alliance splits ahead of polls

India’s main opposition alliance split on Sunday, with the second-biggest party in the coalition pulling out after hardliner Narendra Modi was elected to lead the dominant party’s 2014 election campaign.                                                                                        http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/355419/india-opposition-alliance-splits-ahead-of-polls                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130616-430181.html

14 JUNE 2013

UN: India to be world’s most populous country by 2028

India looks set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country from 2028, according to the United Nations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22907307

10 JUNE 2013

LK Advani: India BJP leader quits all party posts

One of the founding members of India’s main opposition BJP, LK Advani, says he is resigning from all his party posts. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22838647

9 JUNE 2013

Indian hardliner Modi to front India’s opposition

Controversial Indian politician Narendra Modi was chosen Sunday to front the main opposition’s campaign for general elections in 2014, boosting his chances of becoming the nation’s next prime minister. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130609-428641.html   http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-nationalist-opposition-names-controversial-hindu-leader-modi-to-lead-campaign/2013/06/09/7600d57a-d101-11e2-9577-df9f1c3348f5_story.html

3 JUNE 2013

Tripura: Christian man beheaded for not converting to Hinduism

After he married a tribal girl, her father pressured him to change religion. After a prayer ritual, a shaman performed the murder. His wife now fears for her life and that of their son.                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tripura:-Christian-man-beheaded-for-not-converting-to-Hinduism-28097.html

30 MAY 2013

Rituparno Ghosh: Bengali filmmaker dies in India

Award-winning Indian film director Rituparno Ghosh has died from a heart attack in the city of Calcutta. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22712973

25 MAY 2013

Maoist Attack in India Kills Congress Party Officials

Indian officials have expressed outrage over an attack by Maoist rebels on a convoy of ruling Congress party members that left at least 23 people dead. Saturday’s attack targeted the politicians as they left a campaign event in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.                                                                                                                                        http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=458065&catid=35              http://www.voanews.com/content/india-maoists/1668388.html                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/26/india-leaders-condemn-barbaric-maoist-rebel-attack-on-convoy/

11 MAY 2013

India’s opposition calls on PM to resign

Demand for Manmohan Singh’s resignation comes after country’s law minister and railway minister are forced to step down. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201351114194638324.html                                                             http://asiancorrespondent.com/107502/2-indian-ministers-resign-in-latest-govt-scandals/                                                                                                          http://edition.cnn.com/2013/05/11/world/asia/pakistan-election/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

7 MAY 2013

Indian Supreme Court Clears Controversial Nuclear Plant

The Indian Supreme Court on Monday 6 dismissed petitions questioning the safety of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu state, against which the locals have been protesting due to safety concerns.                                                                       http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/42969-indian-supreme-court-clears-controversial-nuclear-plant/                                                                                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/201356776113728.html

1 MAY 2013

Sexual Violence Widespread in India, UN Says

A mission to India by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women has concluded that sexual violence and harassment is widespread in the country. After a 10-day visit to several Indian states, Rashida Manjoo said sexual violence targeting India women is perpetuated in public spaces, in the family and in the workplace. http://www.voanews.com/content/un-sexual-violence-widespread-in-india/1652578.html

29 APRIL 2013

8 myths about India’s growth

Is India different? Last month, India’s finance minister confidently declared that nothing could stop his country from becoming the world’s third-biggest economy. He may well be right, but size alone does not make India a special case. Its growth has been fast, but it is no trailblazer. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/04/29/8_myths_about_indian_growth?page=0,0&goback=.gde_1791498_member_237837386

24 APRIL 2013

India singing legend Shamshad Begum dies

Begum had been in poor health in recent months and died at her residence late on Tuesday, family members told the Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency.                                                                                                                                                                                         http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22275484

21 APRIL 2013

Indian protests after the rape of a five years young girl in Delhi

Allegations that the police had offered the family a bribe of 2,000 rupees ($37) to « keep quiet » contributed to the growing anger of protesters who gathered in the Indian capital. « They were reluctant to register our complaint [that she was missing] when we approached them the first time, » the father of the girl said. « Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive. » http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/04/201342015235341248.html                                                      http://www.euronews.com/2013/04/21/rape-and-torture-of-girl-sparks-furious-new-delhi-protests/                                                                                                 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10008690/Indian-protests-after-two-rape-cases-of-young-girls-in-Delhi.html

18 APRIL 2013

India has one third of world’s poorest, says World Bank

India now has a greater share of the world’s poorest than it did thirty years ago. Then it was home to one fifth of the world’s poorest people, but today it accounts for one-third – 400 million.                                                          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10003228/India-has-one-third-of-worlds-poorest-says-World-Bank.html

14 APRIL 2013

Teenager exposes India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism

A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex.                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9993453/Teenager-exposes-Indias-one-month-wives-sex-tourism.html

2 APRIL 2013

Indian Tamil actors protest Sri Lanka war conduct

Tamil movie stars in India, including superstar Rajinikanth, are fasting for a day to protest what they say is the mistreatment of ethnic Tamils in neighboring Sri Lanka and to demand an international probe into alleged wartime abuses there. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103971/indian-tamil-actors-protest-sri-lanka-war-conduct/

31 MARCH 2013

India’s Hindu party elevates controversial leader

The main opposition Hindu nationalist party on Sunday  31 elevated Narendra Modi, a deeply divisive figure in Indian politics, to the party’s top decision-making bodies, with his supporters believing he could become prime minister in national elections next year. http://asiancorrespondent.com/103826/india-narendra-modi-election/

29 MARCH 2013

Indian author flees after rape allegations

An award-winning Indian writer is on the run after five women who worked as cooks at a charity school he founded accused him of rape, police said on Friday. Laxman Mane, 63, disappeared after the women filed complaints earlier this week, alleging that he had repeatedly assaulted them between 2003 and 2010, mostly on the school premises in western Maharashtra state http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1263080/1/.html

22 MARCH 2013

Bollywood star convicted for illegal weapons

India’s Supreme Court sentenced Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt to five years in jail for illegal weapons possession in a case linked to a 1993 bombing that killed 257 people in Mumbai.                                                                                                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201332163853512530.html

19 MARCH 2013

UN Vote on Sri Lankan Civil War Threatens Indian Government

Discord in India about a United Nations resolution on war crimes committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war has prompted a key regional ally to pull out of the coalition government. The government says its stability is not under threat, but the Congress-led alliance has become more fragile                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.voanews.com/content/un-vote-on-sri-lanka-threatens-indias-congress-party/1624261.html                                                                                                    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/03/201331910374510398.html

Indian bill on tough rape laws passed by parliament

A bill containing harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, has been passed by India’s lower house of parliament.                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21826247

14 MARCH 2013

Communist Party India, Left Movement, West Bengal, Naxalites

Questions and Answers


13 MARCH 2013

Five troops killed as gunmen attack Kashmir security camp

Militants in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed at least five security personnel in a gun and grenade attack near a school in Srinagar.                                      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21766580

26 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian Parliament gives nod to anti-sexual harassment Bill

The Rajya Sabha today unanimously passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Bill which provides for deterrent punishments and brings in its ambit even domestic workers and agriculture labour, besides workers in organised and unorganised sectors.                                                                                                                                                      http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=445371&catid=360200830.html

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Millions strike in India over high prices

An estimated 100 million Indians, angry about rising prices, low pay and poor working condition, walked off their jobs on Wednesday, on the first day of a two-day strike organised by eleven major trade unions.   http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/201322016857755633.html

Indian sisters aged six to 11 raped, murdered and thrown down well

The girls, whose mother is a poor, widowed domestic servant, were last seen outside a cheap roadside café selling rice and dahl, and may have decided to follow their killer because they were hungry.                          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9883009/Indian-sisters-aged-six-to-11-raped-murdered-and-thrown-down-well.html


Afzal Guru: Delhi parliament attack plotter hanged

A Kashmiri militant sentenced to death over a 2001 plot to attack India’s parliament has been hanged after his final clemency plea was rejected.                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-21392156                                  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9859271/Delhi-parliament-attack-plotter-hanged-in-India.html


Report Faults Indian Government Over Widespread Child Sex Abuse

Sexual abuse of children is “disturbingly common” in India, and the government’s response to it has fallen short, both in protecting children and in treating victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.                        http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/world/asia/report-faults-indian-government-over-widespread-child-sex-abuse.html?ref=asia&_r=0                                                                                                                                                                                           http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21352102


Why India lags behind China



Indian President approves death penalty in some rape cases

India’s president on Sunday approved harsher punishments for rapists, including the death penalty, after a brutal gang-rape in New Delhi sparked national outrage and triggered demands for tougher laws http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1252002/1/.html

23 JANUARY 2013

Rajnath Singh takes over India’s BJP leadership

India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has elected veteran politician Rajnath Singh as the new party president. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21155808

15 JANUARY 2013

Indian caste councils praise families that carry out ‘honour killings’

In a submission to India’s Supreme Court, leaders of caste councils made a plea for greater understanding of those who kill their children for ‘honour’ but denied encouraging them.                                                                http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9803127/Indian-caste-councils-praise-families-that-carry-out-honour-killings.html

13 JANUARY 2013

7 men gang rape bus passenger in India

In an incident eerily similar to a sexual assault that sent shock waves worldwide, Indian police say a woman was gang-raped over the weekend by seven men after she boarded a bus at night.                                                                                       http://edition.cnn.com/2013/01/13/world/asia/india-new-gang-rape/index.html?hpt=ias_c1

9 JANUARY 2013

The girls stolen from the streets of India

The death of a student who was gang-raped on a Delhi bus has prompted anguished soul-searching about the place of women in Indian society. The widespread killing of female foetuses and infants is well-documented, but less well-known is the trafficking of girls across the country to make up for the resulting shortages.                                                                                                                                        http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20938125

6 JANUARY 2013

Haradhan Bandopadhyay passes away at 86

Noted screen and stage actor Haradhan Bandopadhyay, who had starred in many celluloid classics of legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, passed away after a brief illness. He was 86                                                                                                     http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Haradhan-Bandopadhyay-passes-away-at-86/articleshow/17907708.cms

4 JANUARY 2013

Gang Rape Reveals the Real India…

…and hopefully the glimmers of change                                                                                                                                     http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5082&Itemid=404

31 DECEMBER 2012

From the Delhi police: Why women deserve to be raped                                                                                     http://forums.asiaone.com/showthread.php?t=57392#1

30 DECEMBER 2012

India gang-rape victim’s body cremated

The body of a woman who died after being gang-raped and beaten on a bus in India’s capital has been cremated amid an outpouring of anger and grief by millions across the country demanding greater protection for women from sexual violence. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/201212306127972964.html                                               http://www.euronews.com/2012/12/30/family-holds-private-funeral-for-indian-gang-rape-victim/

29 DECEMBER 2012

India mourns death of gang-rape victim

Shocked Indians are mourning the death of a woman who was gang-raped and beaten on a bus in New Delhi nearly two weeks ago in an ordeal that has galvanised people to demand greater protection for women from sexual violence http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/12/2012122973834570942.html

28 DECEMBER 2008

Indian teenager commits suicide after gang rape

A 17-year-old Indian girl who was gang-raped has committed suicide after police pressured her to drop the case and marry one of her attackers, police and a relatives have said. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9768614/Indian-teenager-commits-suicide-after-gang-rape.html

23 DECEMBER 2012

India gang rape: journalist shot dead as protests continue

The Indian government failed to stem a wave of furious protest against the gang-rape of a student on Sunday, as a journalist was shot dead by police during a demonstration against another sex attack.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763983/India-gang-rape-journalist-shot-dead-as-protests-continue.html http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9763657/India-gang-rape-protests-intensify-as-water-cannon-and-tear-gas-deployed.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

India elections: BJP’s Narendra Modi secures Gujarat win

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister reviled for failing to stop the 2002 massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, was hailed as a candidate for India’s next prime minister after a landslide victory in the state elections.

ASEAN-India ties boosted by FTA conclusion

Twenty years of ASEAN-India ties received a boost in New Delhi on Thursday 20  with the announcement that the much-awaited ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been concluded, after discussions on the investment and services chapters were completed http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southasia/view/1243743/1/.html

12 DECEMBER 2012

Ravi Shankar, Indian sitar maestro, dies

Legendary Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar, a major influence on musicians ranging from The Beatles to violinist Yehudi Menuhin, has died at the age of 92 after surgery in the United States, his family said Wednesday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20690632 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/entertainment/view/1242390/1/.html


Indian government wins controversial foreign retail vote

India’s government has won a crucial vote in parliament on its controversial plans to open the retail sector to foreign competition

30 NOVEMBER 2012

Inder Kumar Gujral, former Indian prime minister, dies

Former Indian prime minister Inder Kumar Gujral has died after a long illness in a hospital near the capital, Delhi, aged 92. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20552041

21 NOVEMBER 2012

Mumbai attack gunman Ajmal Qasab executed

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, has been hanged. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20422265 http://www.france24.com/en/20121121-india-mumbai-kasab-terror-hangs-surviving-gunman-attacks

17 NOVEMBER 2012

Bal Thackeray, Hindu leader and Shiv Sena founder, dies

Hindu fundamentalist politician Bal Thackeray, the founder of the right-wing Shiv Sena party, has died in Mumbai at the age of 86.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20376653 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/11/2012111712347525901.html

16 NOVEMBER 2012

Rahul Gandhi to lead Congress poll campaign

Congress party leader, Rahul Gandhi, has been appointed the head of a committee which will look after party activities relating to the 2014 general elections.

India textbook says meat-eaters lie and commit sex crimes

Meat-eaters « easily cheat, lie, forget promises and commit sex crimes », according to a controversial school textbook available in India.


India’s Rahul Gandhi uses rally to take centre stage

Rahul Gandhi, scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, addressed tens of thousands of supporters at a rally in New Delhi on Sunday, raising his profile before a possible bid to become prime minister.

28 OCTOBER 2012

Indian prime minister reshuffles cabinet

Manmohan Singh, India’s prime minister, has reshuffled his cabinet in a bid to overhaul his government’s image ahead of state and national elections taking place over the next 18 months. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/10/2012102882712401450.html http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/manmohan-expands-cabinet-with-new-faces/article4040545.ece

26 OCTOBER 2012

Foreign Minister S M Krishna quits before India reshuffle

The move comes ahead of an expected cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend.

23 OCTOBER 2012

Indian girls ‘should be banned from owning mobiles’

Girls should be banned from owning mobile phones to stop them eloping, an Indian MP has said

21 OCTOBER 2012

Bollywood veteran film-maker Yash Chopra dies

One of India’s most influential film-makers, Yash Chopra, has died from dengue fever in Mumbai, aged 80. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20023315

18 OCTOBER 2012

India’s aircraft carrier hits more troubled waters

India’s long-stated intention to procure an aircraft carrier has suffered a further blow, hurting efforts to match China’s growing maritime clout, especially in the Indian Ocean region and the South China Sea, where India has invested to explore for oil and gas. The deferment by at least a year was conveyed last week by Russia, which is reconditioning the Admiral Gorshkov at an already escalated price of US$2.3 billion. The ship rechristened INS Vikramaditya was to have been delivered this year after several delays already

5 OCTOBER 2012

Five condemned to death for India ‘honour’ killing

Five members of a family in India were sentenced to death on Friday for the torture and « brutal » murder of a young couple in a so-called « honour killing » two years ago
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121005-375852.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19840429


India’s Congress Party facing leadership crisis over Rahul Gandhi’s reluctance

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turns 80-years-old on Wednesday, and senior party figures believe he will not lead the party into the next general election, which could be as early as next year


India slowly confronts epidemic of missing children

More than 90,000 children are officially reported missing every year, according to data compiled and released late last year by leading children’s rights group Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which showed the problem was far greater than previously thought. Up to 10 times that number are trafficked, according to the group


Nuclear protesters briefly block Indian port

A government official says thousands of fishermen in nearly 500 boats blocked a port for nearly two hours, protesting construction of a nuclear power plant in southern India http://asiancorrespondent.com/89799/nuclear-protesters-briefly-block-indian-port/


Nationwide strike begins in India

Schools, shops and government offices were shut in some Indian states as protesters blocked road and rail traffic as part of a one-day nationwide strike against sweeping economic reforms announced by the government last week http://www.euronews.com/2012/09/20/india-national-strike-govt-formally-approves-supermarket-reforms/ http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/09/201292005144775438.html


Trinamool Congress quits India coalition over reform plan

A key regional party has pulled out of India’s governing coalition over its decision to open up the retail sector to global supermarket chains


India Backs Foreign Investment in Retailing

After years of intense debate, India’s government agreed on Friday to open the country’s retail sector to global behemoths like Wal-Mart and Ikea, pushing for a profound shift in India’s economic and political direction


Indian cartoonist jailed for mocking corruption

A political cartoonist whose drawings mock Indian government corruption has been jailed in a sedition investigation that was widely condemned as evidence of political leaders’ growing intolerance of criticism http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9533671/Indian-cartoonist-jailed-for-mocking-corruption.html

31 AUGUST 2012

Gujarat riots: BJP’s Maya Kodnani jailed for 28 years

A special Gujarat court today sentenced Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani to 28 years in jail for her involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims were killed
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=421803&catid=35 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19432982

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 12 January in Asian history

1962-01-12 Operation Chopper


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1945: US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle Gratitude off the cost of Vietnam

1945-01-12 Operation Gratitude

1962: During the Vietnam War, by the Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place

1962-01-12 Operation Chopper

1962: The United States Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand, a « modern technological area-denial technique » designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong

1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended, while Moscow gives its full support to Hanoi and the National Liberation Front

1979: The Vietnamese install the new People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK)

2000: China for the first time sends a civil police in an United Nations peacekeeping mission (In Timor, up to 2006)

2000 Police à Timor

2012: Myanmar’s government and one of the country’s most prominent ethnic rebel groups, the Karen National Union (KNU), have signed a ceasefire after decades of civil conflict

2017: Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja


On 12 January in South Asian history

1948-01-12 Gandhi last fasting


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1863: Birth of Swami Vivekananda, Indian philosopher who died on July 4, 1902


1889: Birth of Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, Indian-Pakistani spiritual leader who died on November 7, 1965

Hadhrat Mirza Bashir ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad

1917: Birth of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Indian spiritualist who died on May 2, 2008

1934: Surya Sen, Indian educator and independence activist is hanged by the British. Born on March 22, 1894

Surya Sen

1936: Birth of Brajanath Ratha, Indian poet who died on May 31, 2014

Brajanath Ratha

1938: Birth of Qazi Hussain Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and hard-liner politician who died on January 6, 2013

1948: In India, Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi begins his final fast aiming a national reconciliation (up to 18)

1948-01-12 Gandhi last fasting

1972: Birth of Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of former Indian PM Rajiv Gandhi

1972: Mujibur Rahman gives up his president charge to be head of the government in the frame of the parliamentary political system in Bangladesh

2002: In Pakistan, the president, General Musharraf  bans Kashmir Islamist separatist parties Jah-e-Muhammed and Lashkar-e-Tayaba, accused by New Delhi to be responsible of 13 December 2001 attack on Indian parliament

2005: Death of Amrish Puri, Indian actor,born on June 22, 1932


2012: Forty years after liberation, former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer Ghulam Azam is sent to jail yesterday on charges of committing crimes against humanity and peace, genocide and war crimes in 1971.

2014: Sheikh Hasina is sworn in for a third spell as Bangladesh’s prime minister on Sunday after a deadly general election boycotted by the opposition amid an ongoing political crisis

2015: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office announces nominees for the country’s cabinet after months of delays following a disputed election.


Holidays and observances

National Youth Day (India)

On 12 January in Southeast Asian history


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1554: Bayinnaung, who would go on to assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia, is crowned King of Burma

1954: Bao Dai appoints Prince Buu Loc as Prime Minister of Viet Nam. Buu Loc had previously served as Vietnamese High Commissioner in Paris

prince Buu Loc 1954

1962: During the Vietnam War, by the Operation Chopper, the first American combat mission in the war, takes place

1962-01-12 Operation Chopper

1962: The United States Air Force launches Operation Ranch Hand, a « modern technological area-denial technique » designed to expose the roads and trails used by the Viet Cong

1966: President Lyndon B. Johnson states that the United States should stay in South Vietnam until Communist aggression there is ended, while Moscow gives its full support to Hanoi and the National Liberation Front

1977: Birth of Piolo Pascual, Filipino actor

1979: The Vietnamese install the new People’s Republic of Kampuchea (PRK)

2011: Vietnam Communist Party congress gets underway. More than 1,400 delegates will decide new five-year plans and pick new leadership. Human rights groups complain about the arrest of dissidents and the blockage of websites

2012: Myanmar’s government and one of the country’s most prominent ethnic rebel groups, the Karen National Union (KNU), have signed a ceasefire after decades of civil conflict


On 12 January in Japan’s history


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1898: Ito Hirobumi begins his third term as Prime Minister of Japan

1935: Birth of Tomiko Ishii, Japanese actress

1945: US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Japanese ships in Battle Gratitude off the cost of Vietnam

1945-01-12 Operation Gratitude

1949: Birth of Haruki Murakami, popular Japanese writer

1949: Birth of Kentaro Haneda, Japanese composer who died on June 2, 2007


1968: Birth of Junichi Masuda, Japanese composer

1993: Birth of Aika Mitsui, Japanese singer


2003: Death of Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director, born on July 3, 1930


On 12 January in Chinese history, Hong Kong and Taiwan


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1875: Death of Emperor Tongzhi (1861-1875). Guangxu, born in on August 14, 1871, is chosed to become the new emperor of China Qing Dynasty

1906: Birth of Cai Chusheng, Chinese film director who died on July 15, 1968

1922: Beginning of the Hong Kong Seamen’s Strike (up to March)

1949: Birth of Wayne Wang, Hong Kong-born American film director

1988: In China, state enterprises get their autonomy

1991: Death of Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor, born on June 18, 1904

2000: China for the first time sends a civil police in an United Nations peacekeeping mission (In Timor, up to 2006)

2000 Police à Timor

2001: Anson Chan, Chief secretary of Hong Kong administration, resigns because she disagrees with Tung Chee-hwa, Chief executive selected by Beijing

2008: In Taiwan KMT win landslise victory and Chen Shui-bian resigns as PDP chairman

2017: Taiwan says Nigeria wants it to move its trade office from Abuja