Daily Archives: 11 mai 2018

On 11 May in Asian history

ON 11 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 11, 2018

868: A copy of the Diamond Sutra is printed in China, making it oldest known dated printed book
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Sutra

1014: Birth of Anawrahta, founder of the Pagan Empire, who died in 1077
https://upclosed.com/people/anawrahta/
http://mingalapar.com/king-anawrahta-of-ancient-burma/

1304: Death of Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler, born on 5 November 1271
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_Ghazan

1571: Birth of Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord, died on 1st April 1637
https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Niwa_Nagashige
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niwa_Nagashige

1610: Death, in Beijing, of Matteo Ricci, Italian Jesuit missionary, born on 6 October 1552
http://www.nndb.com/people/483/000096195/
http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-voices/16th-and-17th-century-ignatian-voices/matteo-ricci-sj
 http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4018.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFqndkx6zdc

1760: Alaungpaya, king of Burma is killed while invading Siam, born in August 1714
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaungpaya
http://www.myanmars.net/myanmar-history/king-alaungpaya.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nvqcr-4Qfw

1857: During the Indian mutiny, Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British
http://thepandorasociety.com/may-11th-1857-indian-rebels-seize-delhi/
http://www.historynet.com/indian-mutiny-of-1857-siege-of-delhi.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Mutiny

1891: in the Otsu Incident, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Imperial Russia (future Nicholas II) is critically injured on his head by the sword attack by a Japanese policeman Tsuda Sanzo
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8922607/

1912: Birth of Saadat Hasan Manto, Pakistani short story writer who died on January 18, 1955
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/11/saadat-hasan-manto-short-stories-partition-pakistan

1937: Birth of Cheng Yen, Taiwanese Buddhist nun and philanthropist
http://tw.tzuchi.org/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=159&Itemid=198
http://www.forbes.com/global/2010/0412/companies-cheng-yen-taiwan-philanthropy-widjaja-sister-of-charity.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzdyNvcRTWk

1940: Death of Chujiro Hayashi, Japanese Reiki Master, born on September 15, 1880
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chujiro_Hayashi

1942: Japanese troops conquer Kalewa (Burma)

1945: US marines conquer Awatsha Draw in Okinawa (Japan), but the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bunker_Hill_(CV-17)

1946: In Malaya, the United Malays National Organization (UNMO) is founded
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMNO

1947: Dutch create the state of West Kalimantan with Sultan of Pontianak at head; PM Sjahrir protests

1947: Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy

1948: Birth of Nirj Deva, SriLankan-British politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirj_Deva

1948: Birth of Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Izumiya_Shigeru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nqh2xtTQ_Q

1949: Siam officially changes its name to Thailand, a name in use since 1939

1953: Establishment of the Islamic Association of China
http://www.islamichina.com/islamic-association.html
http://www.topchinatravel.com/china-muslim/china-islamic-association.htm
http://history.04007.cn/en.php/HisMain/4365.html

1956 : Tomas Cloma takes possession of the Kalayaan group of islands
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1758/today-in-philippine-history-may-11-1956-tomas-cloma-took-possession-of-the-kalayaan-group-of-islands

1957: The Chinese government issues a statement condemning the U.S. missile troops stationed in Taiwan

1961: Soviet and British officials defuse the impending crisis in Laos by orchestrating a truce and by reactivating the International Control Commission (associated with the 1954 Geneva Agreement on Indochina that led to the division of Vietnam)

1962: US sends troops to Thailand

1963: Birth of Masotoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masatoshi_Hamada
http://www.jdorama.com/artiste.51.htm

1965: Birth of Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsour_del_Rosario

1982: Birth of Guji Lorenzana, Filipino singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guji_Lorenzana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdLXdRmvKv4

1985: Birth of Sifow, Japanese singer and business woman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sifow

1991: Death of Ho Dam, North Korean foreign minister from 1970 to 1983
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CEEDA1238F937A25756C0A967958260

1992: In the Philippines, a fair, open and mainly peaceful election, organized by Cory Aquino, results in the lawful and orderly transfer of the presidency to her Secretary of Defense, Fidel Ramos on June 30, 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1992

1998: In Indonesia, while huge demonstrations continue, Amien Rais, leader of the Muhammadiyah, and several formers ministers and retired generals ask Suharto to resign

1998: India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/11/newsid_3664000/3664259.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/11-may-1998-national-technology-day-the-pokhran-ii-nuclear-tests-were-conducted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhran-II

1998: The former movie star Joseph Estrada wins the second democratic presidential election since the EDSA revolution. He will succeed President Ramos on June 30
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1998

2000: India officially reaches 1 billion inhabitants. Astha Arora named India’s billionth baby
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32688856

2007: For the first time since India’s independence, a Dalit party wins the election in one of the Union states, Uttar Pradesh, the most important in the country

2007: Nobel Prize Ramos-Horta wins the first East Timor presidential election since independence with 73 % of votes, while 90% went to vote
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/5714
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Timorese_presidential_election,_2007
https://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/11/world/asia/11cnd-timor.html

2009: Death of Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda, Indian admiral, born on October 10, 1915
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090513/jsp/nation/story_10956579.jsp
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/naval-obituaries/5551938/Admiral-Sardarilal-Nanda.html

2009: The communist authorities in Laos, one of Asia’s poorest nations, sign a decree to allow local non-governmental organizations for the first time

2009: Death of Shanthi Lekha, Sri Lankan actress, born on July 1, 1929
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanthi_Lekha

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UorCdrGOiHY

2009: Ichiro Ozawa, head of the Democratic Party of Japan, tells he had decided to resign because he does not want the scandal involving one of his aides to cloud the elections, which must be held by Sept. 10
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8043226.stm

2013: Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistan presidential election
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10051440/Nawaz-Sharif-claims-victory-in-Pakistan-presidential-election.html

2013: The Maldivian home minister Mohamed Jameel is sacked shortly after he announced his candidature for the vice-presidency in crucial elections in September
http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/maldives-home-minister-sacked-ahead-key-vote-20130511

 

India Foreign Relations & Defence

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21 MAY 2018

Modi meets Putin as India walks US-Russia tightrope

Indian PM travels to Sochi to hold talks with Russia’s Putin, with geopolitical issues on the agenda of summit
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/modi-meets-putin-india-walks-russia-tightrope-180521110837994.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-pm-modi-putin-hold-intense-talks-on-bilateral-global-issues-to-cement-special-privileged-strategic-ties-2617431
http://www.atimes.com/article/modi-putin-tete-a-tete-in-sochi-to-mend-ties/

11 MAY 2018

Pokhran II after 20 years: India’s nuclear deterrence has been reasonably successful in stabilising a volatile South Asia

China’s Xi and India’s Modi agree to reduce border tensions

The Chinese and Indian leaders have spent two days in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for discussions on how to mend ties strained when troops from both sides came eyeball-to-eyeball in the disputed Doklam area
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/china-s-xi-and-india-s-modi-agree-to-reduce-border-tensions-17059
http://www.dw.com/en/india-china-agree-to-keep-border-peace-at-milestone-informal-summit/a-43575664
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2143859/china-india-agree-improve-military-communication-border

27 APRIL 2018

China, India held summit to repair strained ties

President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met in central China Friday as they seek to repair ties that were marred by a border dispute last year
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/04/27/559824/China-India-Summit
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-on-day-1-modi-xi-hold-extensive-and-fruitful-talks-in-informal-summit-2609400
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/live-updates-in-wuhan-narendra-modi-tells-xi-jinping-new-india-new-era-will-help-in-world-progress-1221384-2018-04-27

2 APRIL 2018

Rising tiger? India’s expanding security sphere

AS INDIA rises as a major power its security sphere is expanding beyond South Asia. But it still remains uncertain about the extent and shape of its future security role
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/rising-tiger-indias-expanding-security-sphere/#qUWlbwTlSStS7m3F.97

23 MARCH 2018

India’s Blighted Defense Forces

22 MARCH 2018

India to open 18 diplomatic missions in Africa to enhance cooperation

Most of the new diplomatic missions will be in the western part of Africa, while China has operationalized its first ever overseas military base in Djibouti
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201803221062792557-india-open-diplomatic-missions-africa/

10 MARCH 2018

Amid row over Rafale deal, India, France sign strategic defence pact on use of each other’s military bases

French President Emmanuel Macron has said defence ties with India had reached a new high after the two nations signed a key security accord for the Indian Ocean to counter China’s growing influence in the region
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/mar/10/amid-row-over-rafale-deal-india-france-sign-strategic-defence-pact-on-use-of-each-others-military-1785092.html
https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/emmanuel-macron-india-visit-india-france-release-joint-statement-on-french-presidents-state-visit-1822217
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-france-security-accord-has-china-in-mind-10032788

3 MARCH 2018

India, Vietnam to enhance cooperation in defence production: PM Narendra Modi

« We have decided that we will enhance cooperation in defence production and explore opportunities in transfer of technology. We will jointly work for an open, independent and prosperous Indo Pacific area where sovereignty and international law is respected, » he said
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india/india-vietnam-to-enhance-cooperation-in-defence-production-pm-narendra-modi/1231130
http://en.qdnd.vn/foreign-affairs/bilateral-relations/president-tran-dai-quang-holds-talks-with-indian-pm-narendra-modi-490440
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-vietnam-vow-to-cooperate-on-region-s-security-1.2182037

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Canada’s PM Trudeau denies support for Sikh separatists

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has reaffirmed Canada’s support for « a united India » in a meeting with an Indian official who has accused the Canadian leader of supporting Sikh separatists
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/canada-pm-trudeau-denies-support-sikh-separatists-180221142549995.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/canada-does-not-back-sikh-separatists-trudeau-tells-india-minister-1.2177338

20 FEBRUARY 2018

India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile

India says it has successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a range of 2,000 kilometers
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/20/553017/India-test-fire
http://www.livemint.com/Science/b3k6C9rvy8dJcgw7C7YXgO/India-test-fires-medium-range-nuclear-capable-AgniII-missil.html

18 FEBRUARY 2018

As China concerns grow, India looks to build military presence in Seychelles

The Sechelles is not typically associated with geopolitics. But beyond the white sandy beaches and tropical jungles, the tiny archipelago nation is emerging as a key player in India’s battle to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/02/18/asia/india-military-base-seychelles-intl/index.html

17 FEBRUARY 2018

Iran, India finalize deal over control of Chabahar port

Iran has awarded a much-awaited agreement to India over the management of part of its strategic Chabahar port – a move that could enable India to dodge Pakistan and reach markets in Afghanistan, Central Asia and beyond
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/17/552691/Iran-India-finalize-deal-over-control-of-Chabahar-port
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-to-get-control-of-key-port-in-iran-for-18-months/articleshow/62963561.cms
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-and-iran-ink-nine-pacts-including-dta-visa-liberalisation-118021700347_1.html

10 FEBRUARY 2018

Modi becomes first Indian PM to visit the occupied West Bank

Narendra Modi on Saturday became the first Indian prime minister to visit the occupied West Bank, where he held talks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas as part of a Middle East tour
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/middle-east/article/2132872/modi-becomes-first-indian-pm-visit-occupied-west-bank
http://www.euronews.com/2018/02/10/india-s-modi-on-historic-west-bank-visit
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-pm-modi-hopes-to-see-independent-palestine-soon-prez-mahmoud-abbas-says-we-rely-on-india-s-role-for-peace-2583304

Indian PM Narendra Modi arrives in Abu Dhabi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Abu Dhabi for a two-day official visit on Saturday evening
http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/government/indian-pm-narendra-modi-arrives-in-abu-dhabi-1.2171265
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-pm-modi-arrives-in-abu-dhabi-received-by-crown-prince-members-of-the-royal-family-2583355

1 FEBRUARY 2018

India’s military modernisation programme bogged down by bureaucrats, dysfunctional procurement processes

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held steady against geopolitical rivals, including with China in a Himalayan face-off last year, his administration hasn’t fixed a broken defence procurement system in the world’s largest arms importer
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-military-modernisation-programme-bogged-down-by-bureaucrats-dysfunctional

18 JANUARY 2018

India tests-fires Agni-V, nuclear-capable most advanced ICBM

The nuclear-capable Agni-V is believed to be India’s most advanced ICBM. It was fired Thursday morning India time from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of the eastern state of Odisha, the ministry said in a tweet
http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/18/asia/india-icbm-tests/index.html
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/18/549359/India-Agni5-nuclearcapable-ICBM-Pakistan-China

14 JANUARY 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu begins landmark tour, calls India a global power

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a landmark visit to India that will see emphasis given to forging technology and innovation partnerships to elevate ties as the two countries mark 25 years of diplomatic relations
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/WtBEZkXlxxl5i5HhKKXKnM/Narendra-Modi-receives-Israel-PM-Benjamin-Netanyahu-at-airpo.html
http://www.livemint.com/Politics/WtBEZkXlxxl5i5HhKKXKnM/Narendra-Modi-receives-Israel-PM-Benjamin-Netanyahu-at-airpo.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/one-un-vote-cant-change-our-relations-netanyahu/article22441554.ece?homepage=true

2 JANUARY 2018

Doklam and the India-US Strategic Relationship

A widely debated aspect of the Doklam standoff was the US’ apparent lack of support for India during the impasse. Considering the alleged strengthened ties between both countries and their 2015 Joint Strategic Vision for the region, analysts expected Washington to firmly back New Delhi
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/doklam-and-the-india-us-strategic-relationship-5414.html

5 DECEMBER 2017

Can India challenge China with new Iranian Chabahar Port?

A new India-sponsored port in southeastern Iran has the potential to flood Central Asia and Afghanistan with Indian goods. Pakistan is watching with concern and China may have a new economic rival in the region
http://www.dw.com/en/can-india-challenge-china-with-new-iranian-chabahar-port/a-41659083

3 DECEMBER 2017

India alarmed by China’s plan to deploy warships in Gwadar

The proposed deployment of Chinese warships at the Gwadar port in Pakistan has raised serious concerns in New Delhi, reported Russian website Sputnik
http://nation.com.pk/03-Dec-2017/india-alarmed-by-china-s-plan-to-deploy-warships-in-gwadar

5 NOVEMBER 2017

Opinion: India is not about to play the US game of rivalry with China

In the run-up to Tillerson’s visit to India, the US media made no secret about the trip’s purpose. The view was that as China’s clout in the Asia-Pacific region rose, the US was wooing India into a closer embrace
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2118381/opinion-india-not-about-play-us-game-rivalry-china

21 OCTOBER 2017

US woos India into 100-year alliance against China

Even as the countdown begins for US President Donald Trump’s highly anticipated state visit to China, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is heading to India next week in a delicate geopolitical balancing act
http://www.atimes.com/article/us-woos-india-100-year-alliance-china/

13 OCTOBER 2017

 China-India relations: Millennia of peaceful coexistence meet modern day geopolitical interests

The China-India dispute over the Doklam plateau and the two states’ subsequent fence-mending at the BRICS summit have brought into focus what will be one of the most important relationships in the future world order
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/order-from-chaos/2017/10/13/china-india-relations-millennia-of-peaceful-coexistence-meet-modern-day-geopolitical-interests/

21 SEPTEMBER 2017

Modi–Abe love affair drives India and Japan closer

As demonstrated by the September summit between Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, the strengthening of Japan–India ties is continuing apace
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/09/21/modi-abe-love-affair-drives-india-and-japan-closer/

19 JULY 2017

India’s U-Turn on North Korea Policy

India’s new moves to isolate North Korea will reverberate across East Asia
http://thediplomat.com/2017/07/indias-u-turn-on-north-korea-policy/

11 JULY 2017

India-Myanmar: Fast-tracking the Eastward Push

Bilateral relations between India and Myanmar have historically been uneven and contingent on specific leadership approaches on both sides. Under India’s incumbent Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi, this complex relationship has seen renewed commitment within the broader agenda of “Act East” – a timely upgradation of India’s post-Cold War tilt towards southeast Asia and beyond
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india/india-myanmar-fast-tracking-the-eastward-push-5323.html

7 JULY 2017

China’s Xi Jinping and India’s Narendra Modi meet on G20 sidelines amid simmering border tensions

President Xi Jinping met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg on Friday, at a time of heightened tensions ­between the two countries over the worst border dispute in years
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2101742/chinas-xi-jinping-and-indias-narendra-modi-meet-g20
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/g20-summit-amid-stand-off-pm-modi-meets-xi-jinping-in-hamburg-discusses-range-of-issues-brics-4740706/

India, Israel Ink Deal for Air Defense System, Radars, UAVs Worth $4.3 Bln

Indian companies have signed 12 strategic agreements ranging from air defense systems, radars, anti-ship missiles to medium altitude long endurance UAVs in India under technology transfer worth $4.3 billion during the first formal meeting of India-Israel CEOs forum in Tel Aviv
https://sputniknews.com/military/201707071055317827-india-israel-air-defense-system/

4 JULY 2017

Narendra Modi on Tuesday became the first-ever Indian Prime Minister to step on Israeli soil, undertaking a ‘ground breaking’ visit

It’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 66th visit abroad in three years. But it’s a historic first by an Indian Prime Minister to Israel. Less than 11 years after Narendra Modi visited Israel as Gujarat Chief Minister in October 2006, Modi arrived at the Ben Gurion International Airport, to a grand official ceremony and warm embrace by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
http://zeenews.india.com/india/israel-extends-extraordinary-welcome-to-pm-narendra-modi-on-his-ground-breaking-visit-benjamin-netanyahu-says-we-love-india-2021210.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/modi-in-israel-pm-begins-groundbreaking-visit-netanyahu-says-historic-4735601/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/modi-visit-holds-special-meaning-for-indian-jews-in-israel-1.2053280
http://www.newindianexpress.com/opinions/2017/jul/05/modifying-indias-israel-policy-1624455–1.html

27 JUNE 2017

Trump and Modi – American and Indian leaders meet in Washington

US President Donald Trump declared Monday that ties between Washington and New Delhi had “never been stronger” after holding his first meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi
http://www.ndtv.com/india-news/melania-trump-to-join-president-donald-trump-in-welcoming-pm-narendra-modi-at-white-house-10-facts-1717233
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/full-text-pm-modi-us-president-donald-trump-issue-joint-statement-4723678/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/analysis-of-the-indo-us-joint-statement-tougher-on-pakistan-softer-on-china-on-course-for-strategic-partnership/article19153997.ece?homepage=true
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ndq1Cz6Fc

24 JUNE 2017

Trump approves $2B sale of drones to India ahead of meeting

The Trump administration has authorized the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India, the manufacturer said Friday, as the two nations’ leaders prepare for their first face-to-face meeting
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-admin-oks-drone-sale-to-india-manufacturer-says/2017/06/23/890fcc18-5878-11e7-840b-512026319da7_story.html?utm_term=.2bc056a2ebd2
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/as-modi-prepares-for-trump-meeting-us-expected-to-ok-india-drone-purchase-117062300284_1.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2099796/china-and-pakistan-watching-closely-us-gives-india-green-light

21 JUNE 2017

India and the Koreas: Promises and Follow-ups

The erstwhile Look East Policy (LEP) was renamed to Act East Policy (AEP), Apart from more economic and political exchanges, the new policy sought to invoke more strategic and deep-rooted cultural connections of India with these countries. It was expected that the Korean peninsula would also receive more attention
http://www.ipcs.org/article/india-the-world/india-and-the-koreas-promises-and-follow-ups-5304.html

14 JUNE 2017

India and the Fight Against Islamic State

As India confronts the threat within its borders, could it find common ground with the Trump administration?http://thediplomat.com/2017/06/india-and-the-fight-against-islamic-state/

12 JUNE 2017

India deploys warship to monitor marine traffic in Malacca Strait

The Indian Navy has deployed a warship near the Strait of Malacca on a permanent basis to monitor the world’s busiest shipping route from its western edge. The ship was deployed last week and will remain in international waters for a longer period to patrol the area
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201706121054543979-india-warship-malacca/

9 JUNE 2017

India, Pakistan join SCO, China and Russia-led security bloc

Asian rivals India and Pakistan on Friday formally joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a security bloc spearheaded by China and Russia, despite bilateral tensions bubbling over Kashmir
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/209608-India-Pakistan-join-China-and-Russia-led-security-bloc
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20170610_01/
http://www.atimes.com/article/bigger-shanghai-cooperation-organization-may-game-changer/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-does-shanghai-cooperation-organisation-membership-mean-for-india/article18825646.ece

5 JUNE 2017

India fears Chinese encirclement, citing ‘overwhelming’ Sino presence in South Asia

India fears a so-called ‘string of pearls’ – Chinese ports – essentially surrounding it, with one ruling party figure telling the ABC the Chinese presence is « overwhelming »
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2017-06-05/india-fears-chinese-encirclement-citing-overwhelming-sino-presence-in-south-asia/1676616

2 JUNE 2017

Indian army successfully test fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II off Odisha coast

India on Friday successfully test-fired the land version of the short range surface–to–surface ballistic missile Prithvi-II from a defence base off Odisha coast
http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2017/jun/02/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-ballistic-missile-prithvi-ii-off-odisha-coast-1612026.html

26 MAY 2017

Can India be a game changer in Afghanistan?

At best, India can be a useful ally to the Afghan government. It cannot and does not pretend to be a substitute for the United States. Its best chance for influencing Afghanistan’s trajectory lies in a close partnership with Washington
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/05/26/can-india-be-a-game-changer-in-afghanistan/

24 MAY 2017

Indian cabinet approves policy for strategic partnerships in defence

India on Wednesday cleared a long-awaited policy to boost local defence manufacturing by effectively picking industry champions that would tie up with foreign players and make high-tech defence equipment, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said
http://news.trust.org/item/20170524131341-k4gi9/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/strategic-partnership-model-for-defence-procurements-comes-into-effect/article18572157.ece?homepage=true
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/defence-acquisition-council-takes-the-right-decision/

11 MAY 2017

Modi in Sri Lanka as Chinese influence rises

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi heads to Sri Lanka on Thursday on a charm offensive as New Delhi seeks to reassert its influence on the island amid signs of a Chinese comeback
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/modi-heads-sri-lanka-chinese-influence-rises
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2093985/indias-modi-attempts-woo-back-sri-lanka-china-pushes-belt-and

17 APRIL 2017

India’s Modi wants to lift the curtain on ties with Israel

Ever since India established diplomatic ties with Israel 25 years ago, not a single Indian premier has visited the Jewish state. PM Narendra Modi wants to change it, highlighting the intensifying bilateral partnership
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-modi-wants-to-lift-the-curtain-on-ties-with-israel/a-38455349

15 APRIL 2017

Trump and the future of Indo–US relations

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s term as President, those watching in India are intensely anticipating how bilateral relations will proceed with the United States
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/04/15/trump-and-the-future-of-indo-us-relations/

30 MARCH 2017

Indian State Elections’ Impact on Modi’s Neighborhood Policy

One thing which the most ardent Modi critics would not deny is that he is a risk taker and does not cave in easily. The question on many people’s minds is whether or not he will utilize his political capital for reorienting ties with countries in the neighborhood, especially Pakistan
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/387.html

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy: How Will It Impact India?

India’s attention has been on changes introduced by the administration of Donald Trump. They include restrictions on H1-B visas, as well as the US’ attempt to get the UN to impose a ban on Masood Azhar, the head of Jaish-E-Mohammed. The travel ban imposed on seven Muslim-majority countries, as well as Trump’s approach towards China and Japan are also being watched closely in India
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/360.html

15 FEBRUARY 2017

Trump administration to expand India-US military-strategic alliance

The Trump administration has served notice that it intends to expand the Indo-US military strategic alliance. This is not surprising, but nonetheless highly significant
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/15/inus-f15.html

25 JANUARY 2017

Trump invites ‘true friend’ Modi in phone conversation

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone conversation on Tuesday in which the two leaders spoke of the close ties between the two countries
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/251196607
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/trump-may-find-kindred-spirit-in-indias-modi-another-tough-talking-nationalist/2017/01/25/9a97641e-11eb-4c9f-9b38-a5deab2681d7_story.html?utm_term=.d39ba2c24152

26 DECEMBER 2016

India successfully test fires Agni-5 nuclear capable missile

 India on Monday successfully test-fired its indigenously developed intercontinental surface-to-surface nuclear-capable ballistic missile Agni-V from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast in Balasore district
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-v-missile-1.1952048
http://zeenews.india.com/news/videos/top-stories/india-successfully-test-fires-nuclear-capable-agni-v_1961837.html

16 DECEMBER 2016

China upset as Dalai Lama meets Indian president

China expressed dissatisfaction on Friday after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama met Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, saying it hoped India would recognise the Nobel Peace Prize winning monk as a separatist in religious guise
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-upset-dalai-lama-meets-indian-president

12 DECEMBER 2016

India, Indonesia to promote maritime security cooperation

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have agreed to strengthen their countries’ maritime security cooperation
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161213_01/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indonesia-india-pledge-closer-maritime-ties

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Reviving the India-Indonesia Relationship

Ties with Indonesia are an under-appreciated part of India’s “Act East” Policy
http://thediplomat.com/2016/11/reviving-the-india-indonesia-relationship/

4 NOVEMBER 2016

The Indo-Russian air defense entente a blow to China

Among other arrangements included in the arms deal sealed in Goa, Moscow will equip Delhi with five S-400 Triumph air defense systems at a cost of US$5 billion. Many in India view this acquisition as a game-changer in the military equation of South Asia
http://www.atimes.com/indo-russian-air-defense-entente-blow-china/

28 OCTOBER 2016

China warns India against Dalai Lama Arunachal visit

China on Friday warned India that bilateral ties may suffer “damage” and affect peace and stability of border areas if it allows Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims is part of southern Tibet
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/dalai-s-visit-to-arunachal-may-damage-ties-china-warns-india-1.1920289
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-10/28/content_15517874.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/china-warns-india-dalai-lama-border-visit-161028134210398.html

19 OCTOBER 2016

India and Myanmar agree to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Modi offers economic support

India and Myanmar on Wednesday agreed to closely coordinate with each other on border security while Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed New Delhi’s commitment to help develop Myanmar
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-myanmar-to-closely-coordinate-on-border-security-1.1915392
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20161019_36/

15 OCTOBER 2016

India deepens military ties with Russia

India and Russia deepened economic and military cooperation, while New Delhi pressed its concerns about cross-border terrorism at a summit of the BRICS countries in the western Indian city of Goa
http://www.voanews.com/a/brics-summit/3552704.html
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-set-up-joint-venture-to-build-helicopters-in-india
http://www.atimes.com/article/india-buy-russian-surface-air-missile-defence-system/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indiarussia-s400-missiles-deal/article9224802.ece?homepage=true

11 OCTOBER 2016

India continues to boost military ties with China

India continues to slowly but steadily build military-to-military+ ties with China, even as it keeps its armed forces on high operational readiness along the western front with Pakistan for any contingency after the cross-border surgical strikes of September 29
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/india-builds-military-ties-china

4 OCTOBER 2016

PM Lee meets Modi, says Singapore and India committed to deepening ties

Singapore and India are committed to deepening their bilateral relationship and are keen to work together in several areas such as developing smart cities and skills training, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting with his India counterpart Narendra Modi on Tuesday (Oct 4)
http://www.straitstimes.com/politics/pm-lee-meets-modi-says-singapore-and-india-committed-to-deepening-ties

27 SEPTEMBER 2016

India’s Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for SAARC summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend a regional summit of South Asian leaders in Pakistan in November because of increasing cross-border attacks in the region, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/09/two-guides-from-muzaffarabad-helped-uri-attackers-india-tells-pakistan/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/pm-narendra-modi-to-skip-saarc-summit-in-islamabad-pakistan-3053240/

23 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, France ink €7.87 billion agreement for 36 Rafales

India and France on Friday concluded an Inter-Governmental Agreement for the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of €7.87 billion, the first fighter aircraft deal since the purchase of Sukhois from Russia in the late 90’s.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-france-conclude-rafale-deal/article9140011.ece?homepage=true
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160923_35/

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, Nepal Restore Friendlier Ties

India and Nepal have put diplomatic relations, that had frayed in the past year, back on track during a visit to New Delhi by Nepal’s new prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda
http://www.voanews.com/a/india-nepal-restore-friendlier-ties/3512379.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Nepal-commit-not-to-allow-their-territory-to-be-used-against-each-other/articleshow/54370831.cms
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-09-16/pm-dahal-indian-pm-modi-meet-underway.html

10 SEPTEMBER 2016

Why India, Vietnam upgraded their ties

Though it was short – and came relatively late – Narendra Modi’s recent one-day stopover in Hanoi, the first official trip to Vietnam by an Indian prime minister since Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 2001 visit, was momentous as it marked a new shift in India-Vietnam relations
http://atimes.com/2016/09/why-india-vietnam-upgraded-their-ties/

30 AUGUST 2016

Eye on China: the new defence pact that allows the US to use India’s land, air and naval bases

The United States and India have signed an agreement to allow the use of each other’s land, air and naval bases for repair and resupply, a step toward building defence ties as they seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2011217/eye-china-new-defence-pact-allows-us-use-indias-land-air-and
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-US-in-military-hug-will-share-logistics-bases/articleshow/53937467.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/china-has-nothing-to-fear-from-indo-us-defence-pact-kirby/162560.html

29 AUGUST 2016

India, Myanmar join hands to fight border insurgency

India and Myanmar have agreed to continue efforts to combat insurgent activities in the border areas and infuse new energy into a much- delayed highway project during Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw’s visit to India.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/india-myanmar-join-hands-to-fight-border-insurgency
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/together-we-fight-terror-1277701

25 AUGUST 2016

Arms Race Threatened on India-China border

 New Delhi’s decision to deploy the BrahMos supersonic missile – the world’s fastest anti-ship cruise missile, which can fly at 2.8 times the speed of sound – in the disputed northeast state of Arunachal, has left its rival and neighbor fuming as big-power tensions flare between China and India
http://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/arms-race-threaten-india-china-border/

19 AUGUST 2016

Why India’s South China Sea stand matters

During his visit to New Delhi last week, Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister, held wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The agenda for discussion is said to have included a number of sticky bilateral issues
http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/why-india-south-china-sea-stand-matters_asingh_190816

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
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/modi-raps-pakistan-in-national-address
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-pm-modis-balochistan-comments-upset-pakistan/a-19475682

12 AUGUST 2016

 China Maintains Quiet Pressure on India

 China continued to exert quiet but sustained pressures on India on the South China Sea issue.  Beijing wants New Delhi to endorse its position on UN the International Tribunal award on the South China Sea under the United Nations Convention on Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS)
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2039

29 JULY 2016

Confirmed: India Signs $1 Billion Contract for 4 New Sub-Hunter Planes

On July 27, India’s Ministry of Defense signed a $1 billion deal with U.S. aircraft maker Boeing for the purchase of four additional Poseidon 8I Neptune advanced maritime patrol/anti-submarine warfare aircraft, according to Indian media reports
http://thediplomat.com/2016/07/confirmed-india-signs-1-billion-contract-for-4-new-sub-hunter-planes/

17 JULY 2016

India wades into South China Sea dispute

Stating that secure sea routes in the Asia-Pacific region are essential to the Indian economy, the author notes, « A majority of our global trade [about 55%] flows across the Straits of Malacca and beyond. »
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/India-wades-into-South-China-Sea-dispute?page=2

7 JULY 2016

Indian leader on African tour

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is touring Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania. His huge country is looking for raw materials and allies in its quest for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council
http://www.dw.com/en/indian-leader-on-african-tour/a-19385649
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/indias-modi-seeks-to-drum-up-business-in-african-tour
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-s-modi-starts-african-tour-to-drum-up-business-1.1858883

1 JULY 2016

Indian Air Force finally inducts home-grown fighter jet Tejas

India’s first locally-built combat aircraft officially took to the skies on Friday, 33 years after it was cleared for development, marking a long-held goal of cutting expensive imports to build a domestic defence-industrial base
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-07/01/content_15456919.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-iaf-finally-inducts-home-grown-fighter-jet-tejas-pm-modi-says-moment-of-unparalleled-pride-2230160
http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/tejas-light-combat-aircraft-indigenous-india-iaf-hf-24-2887950/

27 JUNE 2016

India joins Missile Technology Control Regime

In a boost to its non-proliferation credentials, India on Monday joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) at a ceremony in South Block, attended by Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and diplomats from the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg missions
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/27/content_15454736.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-become-full-member-of-mtcr-today/article8778729.ece?w=alauto
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/245348775

25 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and India move closer to SCO

The six-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization approved memorandums on Friday to pave the way for India and Pakistan to join the organization
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/nation/2016-06/25/content_15454167.html

24 JUNE 2016

Examining India’s unsuccessful NSG bid

Despite India’s fervent push for admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the country remains outside the elite body that regulates nuclear trade worldwide – for now. DW examines the reasons behind this
http://www.dw.com/en/examining-indias-unsuccessful-nsg-bid/a-19353253

21 JUNE 2016

India’s embarrassing North Korean connection

A report states that one of the Indian courses to North Koreans offered instructions that « could be directly relevant » to « designing and testing a launch vehicle using ballistic missile technology, such as those on launch vehicles, attitude control, and telemetry, tracking, command and data-handling systems »
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2016/06/india-embarrassing-north-korean-connection-160620195559208.html

12 JUNE 2016

Beijing is seen as leading opposition to the US move to include India in the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group

China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/china/china-says-more-talks-needed-to-build-consensus-on-nuclear-export-club-1.1844433

8 JUNE 2016

Indian PM addresses US Congress, calls America ‘indispensable partner’, says terror is ‘incubated’ in India’s neighbourhood

Addressing a joint sitting of US Congress, he also described America as an ‘indispensable partner’ and stated that a strong India is in the US’ strategic interest.
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-addresses-us-congress-calls-america-indispensable-partner-says-terror-is-incubated-in-india-s-neighbourhood_1893236.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/india/pm-modis-address-to-the-joint-sitting-of-us-congress-full-text_1893207.html

7 JUNE 2016

‘US committed to help India build its defence capabilities’

The US is « committed » to help India build its defence capabilities until it can be the « net provider of security » in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Obama administration official has said.
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/world/-us-committed-to-help-india-build-its-defence-capabilities/146902.html

23 MAY 2016

India and Iran sign ‘historic’ Chabahar port deal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced that India will build and operate a key Iranian port after his talks with President Hassan Rouhani
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-36356163
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-to-develop-irans-chahbahar-port/article8637558.ece?homepage=true
http://nation.com.pk/international/23-May-2016/india-to-boost-iran-port-project-links-to-afghanistan
http://www.asiatimes.com.au/trilateral-transport-transit-agreement-between-iran-india-afghanistan/

12 MAY 2016

‘Doval Doctrine’ can’t help India to make peace with neighbors

Ajit Kumar Doval, National Security Advisor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is the second most important official in the government of India. His close ties with Prime Minister Modi reminds one of BN Mullik who, like him, was IB chief (1950-64), had close relationship with then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru and influenced his key decisions on Kashmir, Pakistan and China. But Doval is going a few steps ahead of him with his hard line on Kashmir, Pakistan and China. The ‘doctrine’ named after him and expounded by him in two lectures delivered in 2014 and 2015 is analysed here in the light of the Pathankot airbase Attack
http://atimes.com/2016/05/doval-doctrine-cant-help-india-to-make-peace-with-neighbors/

29 APRIL 2016

India’s focus should be peace with China, not US military ties linked to sea row

The US has reason to be happy that India has agreed to militarily cooperate against China in the South China Sea region. However, it is not clear how India stands to benefit from the US’ hostile actions against China in a region which is not of direct strategic interest to India
http://atimes.com/2016/04/indias-focus-should-be-peace-with-china-not-us-military-ties-linked-to-sea-row/

26 APRIL 2016

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

26 APRIL 2016

India, Pakistan diplomats meet after lengthy hiatus

India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-04/26/content_15423148.html

20 APRIL 2016

After Modi visit, Saudi Arabia should join hands with India to fight terror

Over the past 15 years, the India-Saudi Arabia relationship has deepened significantly, especially on economic issues. However, it is with regard to counter-terrorism co-operation that their bilateral relations have witnessed the most remarkable changes.
http://atimes.com/2016/04/after-modi-visit-saudi-arabia-should-join-hands-with-india-to-fight-terror/

12 APRIL 2016

India, US agree to share military logistics; use each other’s land, air and naval bases

India and the United States have agreed in principle to share military logistics, the countries’ defence ministers said on Tuesday, as both sides seek to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China. Washington has for years urged New Delhi to sign a Logistics Support Agreement that allows the two militaries to use each other’s land, air and naval bases for resupplies, repair and rest
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-us-agree-to-share-military-logistics-use-each-other-s-land-air-and-naval-bases-2201385
http://www.voanews.com/content/us-india-military-logistics-agreement-still-not-finalized/3282252.html

21 MARCH 2016

India and Japan get closer as China flexes its muscles

This recalibration of their national interests has brought countries such as Japan and India closer in ways like never before. Recently, in a move that is bound to raise quite a few eyebrows in Beijing, Japan and India began discussing the modalities for cooperation to set up a 15MW diesel power plant in India’s Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/03/india-japan-closer-china-flexes-muscles-160320134401362.html

10 MARCH 2016

Big India-Bangladesh power deal dims China’s shine in South Asia

India’s bagging of the power project marks an important victory for India in the Sino-Indian contest for influence in Bangladesh. This is likely to be quietly applauded by the United States, Japan and other countries that are concerned over China’s mounting economic and military presence in Indian Ocean littorals
http://atimes.com/2016/03/big-india-bangladesh-power-deal-dims-chinas-shine-in-south-asia/

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal, India sign agreements for partnership

The agreements include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on utilisation of India’s assistance for post-quake reconstruction in Nepal, a deal on strengthening road infrastructure in southern plains of Nepal and an accord on rail transport for trading with Bangladesh, among others.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/21/content_15387963.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2016/02/22/458903/India-pledges.htm

11 FEBRUARY 2016

India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging center in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said
http://apdf-magazine.com/india-to-build-satellite-tracking-station-in-vietnam-that-offers-eye-on-china/

2 FEBRUARY 2016

India’s Military Might: The Real Truth

 The nation invests very heavily in its armed forces who are mindful of the responsibilities; but the apathy of the government functionaries in authority is bewildering. So rampant is the bureaucratic foot-dragging in the garb of due vetting, that the formalisation of the contract for procurement of 36 Rafale fighters is still “work in progress”. With this kind of a system of higher defence management in our country, would our enemies have any worries? Little wonder that our deterrence has bee ..
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/indias-military-might-the-real-truth/

31 JANUARY 2016

India’s ties with Asean set to scale new frontiers

India’s Act East policy will be in focus during the visit of Vice-President Hamid Ansari to Thailand and Brunei (February 1-5). The visit is expected to deepen and diversify India’s economic and strategic ties with the two ASEAN countries
http://www.indiawrites.org/diplomacy/indias-ties-with-asean-set-to-scale-new-frontiers-rajiv-bhatia/

25 JANUARY 2016

India, France sign deal on purchase of Rafale jets

India and France inked an inter-governmental agreement (IGA) on Monday on the sale of 36 French fighter jets, Rafale, but they were unable to sign the final deal due to some “financial” aspects, which are expected to be sorted out in a “couple of days”
http://atimes.com/2016/01/india-france-sign-deal-on-purchase-of-rafale-jets/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-rafale-deal-india-france-ink-mou-to-sort-out-financial-aspects-2170312

24 JANUARY 2016

India, France United In Fight Against Enemies Of Humanity, Says PM Modi: 10 Developments

French President Francois Hollande, who will be chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebration, arrived today for a three-day visit that he said was aimed at promoting strategic ties and implement decisions taken during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to France
http://www.ndtv.com/cheat-sheet/fortress-chandigarh-to-welcome-french-president-as-he-begins-india-visit-10-developments-1269397?utm_source=Offstumped&utm_medium=Offstumped&utm_term=Offstumped&utm_campaign=Offstumped
Why is French President Hollande in India?
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20160124-why-french-president-hollande-india

16 JANUARY 2016

Modi’s spluttering China policies

The prognosis used to be that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, geo-economics will play a central part in driving the Sino-Indian relationship. China needs the big Indian market, while India desperately seeks large Chinese investments to build transit and other infrastructure critical to economic revival
http://atimes.com/2016/01/modis-spluttering-china-policies/

12 JANUARY 2016

Make in India’ in Defence Sector: An Overview of the Dhirendra Singh Committee Report

 The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has made public the report of the 10-member Experts Committee that was set up in May 2015 to both evolve a policy framework for facilitating ‘Make in India’ within the purview of the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) and streamline the procurement process.
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/spotlights/make-in-india-in-defence-sector-an-overview-of-the-dhirendra-singh-committee-report/0/

9 JANUARY 2016

Pakistani, Indian foreign secretaries to meet on January 15

Amid uncertainty in the wake of the Pathankot terror attack, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said foreign decretary-level talks with India are scheduled to take place on January 15
http://atimes.com/2016/01/act-fast-against-those-behind-pathankot-attack-us-to-pakistan/
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-indo-pak-foreign-secretary-level-talks-are-intact-sartaj-aziz-2164032
http://nation.com.pk/national/09-Jan-2016/pak-indian-secys-to-meet-on-15th-aziz

4 JANUARY 2016

An alliance of Kashmiri militant groups claims the deadly attack on the Indian Air Force’s Pathankot airbase

The United Jihad Council (UJC) said in a statement released that the attack was a message to India that Kashmiri fighters could strike at any sensitive installation across India
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230726/kashmiri-separatist-group-ujc-claims-pathankot-attack

3 JANUARY 2016

Indian consulate attacked in Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif city

Two terrorists were killed and two others were currently engaged in a fierce gunbattle with Afghan forces on Sunday, Indian Consul General B Sarkar told bdnews24.com
http://bdnews24.com/neighbours/2016/01/03/indian-consulate-attacked-in-afghanistan-s-mazar-e-sharif-city
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/indian-consulate-under/2395768.html

30 DECEMBER 2015

India test-fires long range surface-to-air missile developed with Israel

India successfully test-fired on Wednesday a new long range surface-to-air missile capable of countering aerial threats at extended ranges, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes to enhance the country’s military capabilities.
http://news.yahoo.com/india-test-fires-long-range-surface-air-missile-095046245.html
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/successful-conduct-of-lrsam-firing-by-indian-navy/

25 DECEMBER 2015

Indian PM Narendra Modi makes surprise visit to Pakistan; first time in more than a decade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a surprise stopover in Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif, the first time an Indian premier has visited the rival nation in over a decade
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-26/indian-pm-narendra-modi-makes-surprise-visit-to-pakistan-first-time-in-more-than-a-decade/1529930
http://www.dw.com/en/india-pm-narendra-modi-leaves-lahore-after-surprise-pakistan-visit/a-18942319
http://www.dawn.com/news/1228735/modi-arrives-in-lahore-on-surprise-visit

China effectively expels French journalist Ursula Gauthier

Officials have refused to renew Beijing-based journalist Ursula Gauthier’s press visa unless she apologizes for a story. Gauthier wrote criticially on China’s « anti-terror » operations against Xinjiang’s Uighur Muslims
http://www.dw.com/en/china-effectively-expels-french-journalist-ursula-gauthier/a-18942525
http://www.france24.com/en/20151225-french-journalist-gauthier-china-apologise

9 DECEMBER 2015

Pakistan and India have agreed to restart comprehensive dialogue process

Pakistan and India have agreed to reinitiate the comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a joint press conference on Wednesday along with the prime minister’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz
http://www.dawn.com/news/1225246/pakistan-india-agree-to-restart-comprehensive-dialogue-process
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-pakistan-to-resume-dialogue-jammu-and-kashmir-siachen-among-issues-to-be-discussed-2153962
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-full-text-of-joint-statement-made-by-india-and-pakistan-2153928

6 DECEMBER 2015

National Security Advisors of India, Pakistan discuss terrorism, J&K in Bangkok

In a sudden breakthrough, National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan held talks in Bangkok today on a wide gamut of bilateral ties including terrorism and Jammu and Kashmir, and agreed to take forward the “constructive” engagement
http://atimes.com/2015/12/national-security-advisors-of-india-pakistan-discuss-terrorism-jk-in-bangkok/
http://www.dawn.com/news/1224563/pakistan-india-nsas-hold-talks-in-bangkok

24 NOVEMBER 2015

India will help keep sea lanes free: Modi

India will lend its strength to ensure freedom of navigation in regional waters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said yesterday, as he outlined his government’s Act East Policy set against a resurgent domestic economy
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-will-help-keep-sea-lanes-free-modi

16 NOVEMBER 2015

India, China agree to deepen defence ties, maintain peace at LAC

India and China on Monday decided to deepen bilateral defence ties and maintain peace and tranquillity at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) besides strengthening cooperation against terror, including at the international level
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-india-china-agree-to-deepen-defence-ties-maintain-peace-at-lac-2145958

15 NOVEMBER 2015

Nepal PM asks India to end « undeclared blockade »

Nepal’s newly elected prime minister KP Sharma Oli called Sunday on neighbouring India to end its « undeclared blockade » as the nation faces crippling shortage of fuel and supplies
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nepal-pm-asks-india-end-undeclared-blockade-191556569.html
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unofficial-indian-blockade-has-led-to-humanitarian-crisis-pm/

12 NOVEMBER 2015

Modi visit: ‘Huge moment’ for UK and India

After being banned from entering for 10 years, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday with critics denouncing moves against freedom of speech in India since his government took power a year ago. Trade and defence deals worth billions of dollars are signed during Modi’s maiden visit
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-34790212
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-34773767
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-modi-in-uk-full-text-of-pm-modi-s-speech-at-british-parliament-2144742
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11984475/Why-is-Indian-prime-minister-Modi-in-London-and-why-are-people-going-to-see-him-at-Wembley-stadium.html

7 NOVEMBER 2015

Indian army successfully test-fires BrahMos land attack missile

Indian Army Saturday (Nov. 7)  successfully test fired the nearly 300-km-range BrahMos supersonic land attack cruise missile from Pokhran in Rajasthan
http://atimes.com/2015/11/indian-army-successfully-test-fires-brahmos-land-attack-missile/

1 NOVEMBER 2015

India’s rising power in Africa

In an attempt to boost trade and investment opportunities abroad, India has welcomed heads of state, policymakers, and businessmen from every country in Africa, marking the largest ever India-Africa summit
http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/countingthecost/2015/10/india-rising-power-africa-151031083435780.html

23 OCTOBER 2015

Pakistan’s PM Sharif attacks ‘dangerous’ India in US speech

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today kept up his attack on India and warned that Pakistan will have to take « credible deterrent » measures in the face of Indian « arms build-up » and « dangerous military doctrines »
http://www.sify.com/news/sharif-attacks-dangerous-india-in-us-speech-news-national-pkxvaiegfiabf.html
http://www.dawn.com/news/1215094/nawaz-urges-us-to-side-with-pakistan-against-indian-aggression
http://www.sify.com/news/india-desires-dialogue-but-pak-uses-terrorism-as-instrument-mea-news-national-pkxtcvdjjaidb.html

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/

9 OCTOBER 2015

Analysis: Blockade politics in Nepal

India’s unofficial blockade of Nepal – now in its third week – has therefore crippled life in this country of 30 million people. Things could get a lot worse
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/analysis-blockade-politics-nepal-151009193817262.html

11 SEPTEMBER 2015

India and Iran: Challenges and Opportunity

The nuclear deal opens the door for India, but its neighbors have their own plans
http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/india-iran-relations-challenges-and-opportunity/

28 AUGUST 2015

Border Firing Kills 9 on India-Pakistan War Anniversary

Cross-border firing between India and Pakistan killed at least nine people on Friday, the day India marked the 50th anniversary of a war between the two South Asian nations
http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/international/border-firing-kills-9-india-pakistan-war-anniversary/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/civilians-killed-india-pakistan-exchange-fire-kashmir-150828074204835.html

22 AUGUST 2015

Pakistan cancels security meeting with India

Pakistan has said it can not accept what it described as India’s « preconditions » for high-level talks, effectively cancelling a planned meeting between the two countries’ national security advisers (NSA)
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/pakistan-cancels-security-meeting-india-150822185254946.html
http://tribune.com.pk/story/943180/pakistan-india-deadlock-foreign-policy-wizards-expect-regional-peace-to-suffer/

16 AUGUST 2015

India PM in UAE to boost trade and security ties

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in the United Arab Emirates for a two-day visit during which he will deliver a speech to thousands of Indian expatriates, tour a mosque in a symbolic gesture of outreach to Muslims and discuss with rulers how to improve already strong trade links
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/08/india-pm-uae-boost-trade-security-ties-150816141050057.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/pm-narendra-modi-arrives-in-uae-for-two-day-visit/
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-uae-l/2054556.html

1 AUGUST 2015

India and Bangladesh settle old dispute in land swap

A total of 162 tiny pockets of land – 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India – were officially handed over to the countries surrounding after Dhaka and New Delhi struck a border agreement in June
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/india-bangladesh-settle-dispute-land-swap-150801151119442.html http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/crowds-cheer-bangladesh/2021958.html
http://www.observerbd.com/2015/07/31/102277.php

20 JULY 2015

Why India lags behind China in submarine race

A recent visit by an advanced Chinese Yuan-class submarine to Karachi after traversing the Arabian Sea worried Indian authorities concerned about China’s growing undersea-warfare capabilities — more than four times as large as India’s.
http://atimes.com/2015/07/why-india-lags-behind-china-in-submarine-race/
http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150721000125&cid=1101

10 JULY 2015

 The beginning of an Israel-India ‘romance’?

 Last week, when the UN Human Rights Council voted on a resolution condemning Israel for its military offensive in Gaza last year, India chose to abstain
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/07/israel-india-gaza-150709005707545.html

24 JUNE 2015

China blocks UN action against Pakistan in move seen as India snub

Sino-Indian relations took a downturn when China blocked an Indian move at the United Nations to seek an explanation from Pakistan for releasing from prison an alleged mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/china-blocks-un-action-against-pakistan-concerning-mumbai-terror-attack
http://www.freepressjournal.in/china-backs-paskitan-on-zaki-ur-rehman-lakhvis-bail/

10 JUNE 2015

Indian troops cross into Myanmar to attack rebel bases

Indian parachute commandos in helicopters have crossed over the border into Myanmar to strike separatist bases in retaliation against an ambush in Manipur state last week that left 18 Indian soldiers dead, officials said.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-crosses-myanmar-attack-rebel-bases-150610091416863.html

6 JUNE 2015

Russia and India: A 21st Century Decline

What was once a robust defense trade has fallen away in recent years. Can it rebound?http://thediplomat.com/2015/06/russia-and-india-a-21st-century-decline/

India and Bangladesh sign historic territory swap deal

Bangladesh and India have sealed a historic land pact to swap territories, which will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33033342
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/india-bangladesh-seal-land-swap-deal-150606012711866.html
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-bangladesh-seal-historic-land-boundary-agreement/

3 JUNE 2015

India, US ink new 10-year defence Framework

India and the US on Wednesday inked an expansive new defence framework to bolster their strategic partnership over the next 10 years, even as they discussed maritime security and the Asia-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s assertive behaviour in the South China Sea
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-US-ink-new-10-year-defence-framework/articleshow/47532249.cms
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-06/03/content_15272120.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/world/asia/us-defense-secretary-visits-india-build-military-ties.html?ref=asia&_r=0

31 MAY 2015

Modi travels the globe boosting Indian ties

Modi has visited 18 countries in the year since he took office, three times as many as his predecessor Manmohan Singh
http://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Modi-travels-the-globe-boosting-Indian-ties

26 MAY 2015

India-China Relations Advance by Inches, Not Miles

Where do relations between New Delhi and Beijing stand following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to China? Pretty much the same as before. The trip did little to alter the pattern of heightened strategic competition and modest economic engagement that began to congeal in late 2014
http://www.fairobserver.com/region/central_south_asia/india-china-relations-advance-by-inches-not-miles-65180/

18 MAY 2015

Korea, India to upgrade partnership

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Monday agreed to elevate the level of bilateral ties to a “special strategic partnership” and start negotiations to revise a comprehensive economic partnership agreement, which is equivalent to a free trade deal, by June next year
http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20150518001199
http://koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2015/05/120_179172.html

14 MAY 2015

India’s Modi arrives in China for trade talks

India’s prime minister has arrived in China on a visit focused on boosting trade ties between Asia’s rival superpowers as they attempt to set aside their historic mistrust
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/05/india-modi-arrives-china-trade-talks-150514043359786.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/modis-china-trip-will-deepen-friendship
http://www.sify.com/news/modi-xi-hold-extremely-productive-talks-news-others-pfpauggbdagfd.html

7 MAY 2015

India moves to settle 1974 border dispute with Bangladesh

India took a step towards ratifying a 41-year-old border dispute with Bangladesh Wednesday that would see thousands of people living in “enclaves” being allowed to choose their nationality
http://www.dawn.com/news/1180515/india-moves-to-settle-1974-border-dispute-with-bangladesh
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/lba-placed-lok-sabha-80964

29 APRIL 2015

US asks India to go slow in boosting trade ties with Iran

The United States wants India and other countries to wait for a final nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers before actively engaging with Tehran, U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman said on Wednesday
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-asks-india-other-to-g/1815508.html

20 APRIL 2015

Indian Navy’s stealth destroyer launched

Visakhapatnam is to be commissioned in 2018, and has indigenous component of over 70 per cent. It has been made of Indian Steel manufactured by the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The warship’s propulsion system will be from Russia
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/navy-launches-stealth-destroyer-ins-visakhapatnam/article7122363.ece

13  APRIL 2015

China falls short of backing India for a permanent U.N. seat

China, on Monday, fell short of backing India for permanent membership of the U.N. Security Council (UNSC), despite supporting New Delhi’s aspiration of playing a big role in international institutions
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/china-falls-short-of-backing-india-for-a-permanent-un-seat/article7098822.ece

11 APRIL 2015

Why India needs to ‘act’ East

Ever since former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao reshaped India’s foreign policy in the 1990s under the so-called ‘Look East’ policy India has strengthened ties with Southeast Asia. The current government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unequivocally said that it is keen to progress from the ‘Look East’ policy to ‘Act East.’
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2015/04/11/why-india-needs-to-act-east/

10 APRIL 2015

India PM Modi orders 36 French-made Rafale fighter jets

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday he had ordered 36 “ready-to-fly” French-made Rafale fighter jets to modernise his country’s ageing warplane fleet as neighbouring states upgraded their military hardware
http://www.france24.com/en/20150410-india-france-french-36-rafale-jets-modi/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/prime-minister-narendra-modis-visit-to-france/article7090006.ece?homepage=true
http://www.dawn.com/news/1175096/modi-orders-36-ready-to-fly-french-made-rafale-fighter-jets

24 MARCH 2015

India, China agree to foster peace on disputed border

India and China agreed Tuesday to foster peace along their Himalayan border after wrapping up two days of talks designed to resolve a long-festering boundary dispute
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-china-agree-foster-peace-disputed-border
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-says-it-agrees-india-maintain-border-peace

19 MARCH 2015

India to have its own satellite-based positioning and navigational services

India is inching towards having its own satellite-backed positioning and navigational services for civilian and strategic application.
http://apdforum.com/en_GB/article/rmiap/articles/online/features/2015/03/19/india-sat-system

14 MARCH 2015

India’s Modi visits Sri Lanka’s Tamil heartland

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is a demonstration of regional superpower India’s support for Sri Lanka’s Tamils, who share close cultural and religious ties with those in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-s-modi-visits-sri/1715648.html

13 MARCH 2015

PM Modi in landmark visit to steer Sri Lanka away from China

Narendra Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades Friday, looking to reassert New Delhi’s influence over Colombo after its drift towards China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pm-modi-landmark-visit-steer-sri-lanka-away-china?page=0%2C0
http://asiantribune.com/node/86573
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/03/india-modi-begins-landmark-visit-sri-lanka-150313072001284.html

11 MARCH 2015

India to develop two islands in Indian Ocean

In a move which some see as an attempt to mitigate China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean, India has acquired infrastructure development rights to develop two islands in the Indian Ocean
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-develop-two-islands-in-Indian-Ocean/articleshow/46533103.cms

28 FEBRUARY 2015

India raises defence budget modestly as it confronts China challenge

India announced on Saturday a modest 7.9 per cent increase in defence spending for the fiscal year starting April 1, suggesting that it will move only gradually with the military’s long wish list for fighter jets, ships and artillery
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-raises-defence-budget-modestly-it-confronts-china-challenge
http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/limited-rise-in-indias-defence-budget-2015-16/

http://www.business-standard.com/budget/article/marginal-rise-in-defence-budget-115030100017_1.html

25 FEBRUARY 2015

India’s Foreign Policy: Big Shift Or Pragmatic Makeover? – Analysis

In light of recent events, especially President Obama’s visit to India and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to China, India’s foreign policy appears to have undergone a transformative shift since the heyday of Non-Alignment. Is this indeed the case?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/25022015-indias-foreign-policy-big-shift-or-pragmatic-makeover-analysis/

20 FEBRUARY 2015

China protests Indian PM’s visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh border region

China said on Friday it had lodged an official protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to a border region claimed by both countries.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-protests-indian-pm/1671004.html
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/mfa_eng/xwfw_665399/s2510_665401/t1239592.shtml

 

Ties with India out of closet, says Israel

 

Israel has emerged as one of India’s top three arms suppliers, delivering items such as ship defence missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles, but such transactions have been unpublicised, largely because of India’s fear of upsetting Arab countries and its own large Muslim population.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1164704/ties-with-india-out-of-closet-says-israel

19 FEBRUARY 2015

India successfully test-fires Prithvi-II missile at Chandipur in Odisha

Strategic Forces Command personnel test-fired the nuclear-weapons-capable Prithvi-II missile from Chandipur in Balasore district of Odisha on Thursday for a range of 250 km as against its full strike range of 350 km
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/46296232.cms?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The_South_Asia_Daily%202.19&utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nuclear-capable-prithviii-missile-testfired/article6911901.ece?widget-art=four-rel

16 FEBRUARY 2015

India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence

India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny Indian Ocean island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/india-seals-nuclear-energ/1662848.html
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/preempting-china-india-inks-nuclear-pact-with-sri-lanka/article6902874.ece?homepage=true
http://www.voanews.com/content/sri-lanka-new-president-meets-with-indian-pm/2645674.html

12 FEBRUARY 2015

Narendra Modi’s international balancing act

In the eight months since Narendra Modi took office as India’s prime minister, the country has hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and US President Barack Obama – giving some the impression that all the big powers are seeking India’s hand.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2015/02/narendra-modi-international-balancing-act-150208044316333.html

5 FEBRUARY 2015

India bets on U.S. aircraft carrier technology

India wants to use state-of-the-art U.S. technology to boost the range and potency of a planned aircraft carrier, defense sources said, a move that would tie their arms programs closer together and counter China’s military influence in the region.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/02/05/asia-pacific/india-bets-on-u-s-aircraft-carrier-technology/#.VNPotu83NMs

31 JANUARY 2015

India tests long-range missile from mobile launcher

India on Saturday succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-tests-long-range-missile-mobile-launcher

29 JANUARY 2015

Pakistan again opposes UN Security Council’s permanent seat to India

Pakistan on Thursday reiterated its opposition to grant permanent UN Security Council’s seat to India and insisted on reforms to make the forum more democratic.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-01/29/c_133956781.htm

25 JANUARY 2015

India and US seal nuclear deal as Modi hosts Obama

U.S. President Barack Obama and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke a deadlock on a long-stalled civilian nuclear pact Sunday, with both leaders noting their « friendship » as the catalyst for closer diplomatic ties.
http://www.voanews.com/content/obama-modi-discuss-relations-between-us-india/2612582.html
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/pm-obama-announce-nuke-breakthrough-115012600043_1.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30930581

17 JANUARY 2015

Japan seeks closer maritime defence ties with India

Japan’s foreign minister Fumio Kishida used a visit to India on Saturday (Jan 17) to push for tighter maritime security ties between the two nations, as Tokyo seeks to shore up its relationships in Asia to counter an increasingly powerful China.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-seeks-closer/1596552.html

10 JANUARY 2015

India was angry with Mahinda for using China card against it, Delhi happy to see him go; Modi may visit Colombo soon

India surely attaches much importance to Sri Lanka for lots of reasons, and considers it a close ally. But what angered and irritated India was the manner in which Rajapaksa was threatening to turn Sri Lanka into a strategic asset for China at New Delhi’s expense.
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=117435
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/10/world/asia/new-president-in-sri-lanka-puts-chinas-plans-in-check.html?ref=asia&_r=0

3 JANUARY 2015

India’s Foreign Policy Reimagined

The style and substance of Narendra Modi’s foreign policies have been very different from those of his predecessors
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/indias-foreign-policy-reimagined/

10 DECEMBER 2014

Russia India: Putin on visit to broker energy deals

Russian President Vladimir Putin has begun a visit to India, where he is due to seek lucrative energy deals.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-30408274
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/10/world/asia/india-putin/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

8 DECEMBER 2014

Modi’s new diplomatic instruments for a new India

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking new ways to enhance India’s global diplomacy. Modi is pursuing two paths largely overlooked by analysts of India’s foreign policy: to connect with the Indian diaspora and to encourage links with subnational governments at state and city levels.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/12/08/modis-new-diplomatic-instruments-for-a-new-india/

2 DECEMBER 2014

The Modi Doctrine for the Indo-Pacific Maritime Region

Only six months into his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is breathing new life into the concept of Indo-Pacific security
http://thediplomat.com/2014/12/the-modi-doctrine-for-the-indo-pacific-maritime-region/

22 NOVEMBER 2014

India approves $3.4 billion mounted gun purchase: Official

India approved on Saturday the purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the army at a cost of 157.5 billion rupees (S$3.38 billion), a defence ministry spokesman said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-approves-34-billion-mounted-gun-purchase-official
http://www.dawn.com/news/1146191/india-invites-bids-for-24bn-artillery-contract

21 NOVEMBER 2014

‘Incursions will hurt ties’: Indian Home minister Rajnath Singh hits out at China for ‘illegal occupation’ 

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that Beijing has illegally occupied the Aksai Chin region in Ladakh, and blamed the Congress for making “China India’s neighbour”
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2842985/Incursions-hurt-ties-Rajnath-Singh-hits-China-illegal-occupation.html#ixzz3Jisy2oA2 

14 NOVEMBER 2014

India test-fires nuke-capable missile

India successfully test-fired nuclear capable surface-to-surface Prithvi-II missile from a test range in eastern Indian state of Odisha on Friday morning, local media reported.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2014-11/14/content_15191178.html

13 NOVEMBER 2014

India and US reach WTO breakthrough over food

India and the US have resolved their disagreements on food security issues, paving the way for the implementation of a global trade pact.
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-30033130
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/us-resolve-impasse-over-food-security-issues-at-wto/article6594065.ece?homepage=true

3 NOVEMBER 2014

The problem with Modie hard line toward Pakistan

The new Indian government has pursued a noticeably harder line toward Pakistan-based terrorism than its predecessor.  During the recent electoral campaign, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and promised to “Talk to Pakistan in Pakistan’s language because it won’t learn lessons until then.” 
http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/

2 NOVEMBER 2014

Pakistan bomb kills 50 at Wagah border with India

More than 50 people have been killed and at least 100 injured in a suicide bombing close to Pakistan’s only border crossing with India.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29871077
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/11/pakistan-india-border-blast-2014112141227182769.html

28 OCTOBER 2014

India’s Modi pledges to modernise Vietnam’s defences

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to strengthen Vietnam’s military following talks between leaders of the two allies, in a move likely to rankle neighouring nuclear-armed giant China
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-modi-pledges-modernise-vietnams-defences

25 OCTOBER 2014

India clears defence projects worth $13.1 billion

India’s Hindu nationalist government on Saturday cleared long-delayed projects worth $13.1 billion to modernise the nation’s ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defence industry, a report said.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141025/DEFREG03/310250024/Report-India-Clears-Defense-Projects-Worth-13-1-Billion
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/defence-panel-clears-projects-worth-rs-80k-cr-114102500755_1.html

22 OCTOBER 2014

India-ASEAN Trade: Working Toward Greater Manufacturing Integration

By loosening regulations and attracting investors, India hopes to become a global manufacturing hub. Boosting trade ties with ASEAN is an important step in this direction, as India’s exports to ASEAN have increased roughly 10-fold over the past decade, making it a key export market for Indian goods.
http://cogitasia.com/india-asean-trade-working-toward-greater-manufacturing-integration/

17 OCTOBER 2014

India Test Fires Nirbhay Cruise Missile

India’s homemade subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay, capable of carrying a nuclear payload and considered similar to the US Tomahawk cruise missile, was test-fired for the second time Friday (first time with success) from the missile testing center in the eastern state of Odisha.
http://www.defensenews.com/article/20141017/DEFREG03/310170022/India-Test-Fires-Nirbhay-Cruise-Missile
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-tests-first-domestic-cruise-missile-20141017104129418564.html

8 OCTOBER 2014

Tens of thousands flee Kashmir clashes

Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-and-pakistan-intensify-kashmir-border-conflict
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/tens-thousands-flee-amid-kashmir-exchanges-201410851956111951.html

6 OCTOBER 2014

India, Pakistan skirmish at Line of Control kills 9 civilians

Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region.
http://www.dawn.com/news/1136563/india-pakistan-skirmish-at-loc-kills-9-civilians
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/jk-seven-killed-in-pakistan-shelling-firing-spreads-to-loc/

3 OCTOBER 2014

India, US to work together to boost maritime security

India and the United States have agreed to step up cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation, at a time when China has shown its willingness to exert naval pressure over its territorial claims in the East and South China seas
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-US-to-work-together-to-boost-maritime-securi-65346.html

30 SEPTEMBER 2014

India’s navy: Strong on aircraft carriers, short of submarines

Over the last six weeks, the Indian Navy commissioned three frontline warships, boosting its fleet to 140 vessels. Another 41 warships are being built in the country, including the 40,000-tonne aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant. All these will join a « blue water » navy that will radiate influence across the Indian Ocean
http://www.sify.com/finance/indias-navy-strong-on-aircraft-carriers-short-of-submarines-news-default-oj4dLoegeaggg.html

It is time to set a new agenda in Indo-US ties: Modi and Obama

Terming the Indo-US relationship as “robust, reliable and enduring”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama today said the true potential of the ties was yet to be fully realised and the advent of a new government in India was a natural opportunity to broaden and deepen the ties.
http://freepressjournal.in/it-is-time-to-set-a-new-agenda-in-indo-us-ties-modi-and-obama/
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/anti-terror-to-trade-modi-obama-join-hands-for-model-partnership/

14 NOVEMBER 2013

India’s regional diplomacy faltering

From Sri Lanka to Maldives to Bangladesh, India’s relationship with its neighbours seems to have run into trouble.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indias-regional-diplomacy-faltering

10 NOVEMBER 2013

India PM to boycott Sri Lanka Commonwealth summit

Indian PM Manmohan Singh will boycott this week’s Commonwealth summit in Colombo, officials say, amid a row over Sri Lanka’s human rights record.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24887719
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/379107/india-pm-to-miss-commonwealth-summit-in-sri-lanka

29 OCTOBER 2013

India, Pakistan agree to maintain ceasefire at working boundary

India and Pakistan Tuesday agreed to observe calm along the Sialkot-Jammu working boundary after days of skirmishes which have been the worst in a decade
http://dawn.com/news/1052702/india-pakistan-agree-to-maintain-ceasefire-at-working-boundary

25 OCTOBER 2013

India’s defense procurements bungles

Bureaucratic mismanagement is depriving Indian soldiers of much-needed weapons.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/25/indias-defense-procurement-bungles-2/

23 OCTOBER 2013

China-India reach border defence pact

China and India have signed a deal aimed at soothing tension on their contested border, as the two countries try to break a decades-old stalemate on overlapping claims to remote stretches of the Himalayas. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/china-india-reach-border-defence-pact-2013102363258699437.html http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/india/2013/10/23/391942/China-India.htm

21 OCTOBER 2013

India PM fails to strike nuclear deal in Russia

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh failed Monday to strike a long-delayed nuclear power deal with Russia during talks with President Vladimir Putin that also focused on big arms and energy deals.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/375657/india-pm-fails-to-strike-nuclear-deal-in-russia

20 OCTOBER 2013

India PM’s Visit To Russia And China: Need For Smart Diplomacy – Analysis

It is for the first time in living memory that an Indian prime minister will visit Russia and China during the same trip, beginning 21 October. The prime minister’s visit to the two countries comes in the back drop of his recent visits to the US, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand. Taken together these visits signal a transformation of Indian foreign policy through greater engagement with countries across the world.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/21102013-india-pms-visit-russia-china-need-smart-diplomacy-analysis/

13 OCTOBER 2013

U.S.-India Relations: The Overshadowed Summit

The U.S.-India relationship is enveloped these days by grand rhetoric.  But for a reality check on the state of bilateral affairs, look no further than the summit meeting between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two weeks ago.  The get-together was designed to inject new energy into a partnership that just a few years ago looked so promising but which is now roundly seen as going flat.  Yet even before Mr. Singh journeyed to Washington, the trip promised to be a ho-hum visit at best.

http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/u-s-india-relations-the-overshadowed-summit/?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_5795375252246638595#%21

1st OCTOBER 2013

India-US Relations: Principle Of ‘Closest Partners’ – Analysis

The United States has placed India in the category of ‘closest partners’ for defence cooperation. The official spin, that came out of Washington, following the meetings between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama last week, was that New Delhi would now be on the same footing as the closest allies of the US such as Britain when it comes to the transfer of defence technology.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/01102013-india-us-relations-principle-closest-partners-analysis/

29 SEPTEMBER 2013

Indian, Pakistani PMs meet in shadow of violence

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday held his first talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has demanded the neighbor must crack down on Islamic extremists for any improvement in ties. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who has advocated an end to historic tensions with India since he swept to power in May elections, met Singh at a New York hotel on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/29-Sep-2013/indian-pakistani-pms-meet-in-shadow-of-violence

Building A Sustainable EU-India Partnership – Analysis

After nearly a decade, the ‘Strategic Partnership’ between the European Union (EU) and India launched in 2004 still has to live up to its name. The free trade agreement (FTA) has added a strategic dimension to the partnership, but long drawn negotiations soak up most of the attention and risk pegging the entire relationship to their success or failure. The volume of untapped overall potential appears to expand with time. There is a need to set the priorities for a renewed partnership that not only builds on progress made but also addresses the real needs of each partner. Trade is critically important. But beyond that, a new, forward looking partnership based on urbanisation, development and sustainable growth should be sought.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29092013-building-sustainable-eu-india-partnership-analysis/

Indo-Japanese Relations Since The May 2013 Joint Statement – Analysis

Almost four months have passed since the Manmohan Singh -Shinzo Abe joint statement was issued following their summit meeting held in Tokyo in May, 2013. Some important developments that could transform the India-Japan partnership further have occurred during this period and there is considerable satisfaction in both countries about the follow-up measures taken by both countries.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/29092013-indo-japanese-relations-since-may-2013-joint-statement-analysis-2/

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

New role for India in Myanmar

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-160913.html

15 SEPTEMBER 2013

India tests nuclear-capable missile

India has successfully test-fired for a second time a nuclear-capable missile that can reach Beijing and much of Europe, bringing a step closer production of a weapon designed to strengthen its nuclear deterrent.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391573745235297.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

India And Nepal: Koirala’s Visit And New Delhi’s Interests

Is there a reason why the Indian government has frequently been extending invites to Nepali leaders to visit India in the past few months? What impact could this particular visit have on the current Nepali political scenario?

http://www.eurasiareview.com/14092013-india-and-nepal-koiralas-visit-and-new-delhis-interests-analysis/

28 AUGUST 2013

Can China And India Now Press The Reset Button? – Analysis

On Monday, a delegation of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi had occasion to talk with a cross-section of Chinese think tanks, under the auspices of the Central Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing. This is the school that not only trains Chinese diplomats, but helps diplomats from various countries, including India, learn the Chinese language.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28082013-can-china-and-india-now-press-the-reset-button-analysis/

21 AUGUST 2013

It Must Be Summer: Pakistan Shells India

India should respond to Pakistan’s mortar fire over the Line of Control with containment, not escalation.

http://fpif.org/it-must-be-summer-pakistan-shells-india/

14 AUGUST 2013

US think tank for closer India-US security cooperation

Washington: Given « India’s growing strategic importance, coupled with gaps in its homeland security enterprise, » an American think tank has suggested closer cooperation and coordination between India and the US to advance security interests of both.

http://twocircles.net/2013aug06/us_think_tank_closer_indiaus_security_cooperation.html?goback=%2Egde_150544_member_263827591#%21

13 AUGUST 2013

Pakistani prime minister calls for better ties with India

Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, has called for a « new beginning » in relations with India, amid high tension over the disputed region of Kashmir

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10239396/Pakistani-prime-minister-calls-for-better-ties-with-India.html

11 AUGUST 2013

Pakistan says India fired on border posts

Pakistan has accused Indian forces of firing on its border posts close to eastern city of Sialkot in Punjab province, prompting an « intermittent exchange of fire » between the two sides. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/08/20138118293667922.html

10 AUGUST 2013

First Indian nuclear submarine set for sea trials

India’s first home-built nuclear submarine is ready for sea trials in open waters, a step before it becomes fully operational, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced Saturday.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/first-indian-nuclear/771606.html

7 AUGUST 2013

Biden visit: can India live up to US expectations?

US Vice President Joseph Biden’s visit to India on 22–25 July, while not leading to any major breakthrough, provided a valuable opportunity to renew the high-level political contact between the two countries at a time when there is some concern in India that the Obama administration is not paying adequate attention to the bilateral relationship.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/07/biden-visit-can-india-live-up-to-us-expectations/

6 JULY 2013

Indian says soldiers killed along Kashmir border. Pakistan denies

Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack on their post along the disputed border with Pakistan in northern Kashmir province just as the two nuclear rivals were readying to resume long-stalled peace talks.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10224886/Indian-soldiers-killed-along-Kashmir-border.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20130806-pakistani-soldiers-kill-five-indian-troops-kashmir-srinagar
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/pakistan-denies-killing-indian-soldiers-kashmir

20 JULY 2013

India Marginalized in Myanmar

India has not gained much from Myanmar’s transition from military rule to a fledgling democracy. When Myanmar was ruled by a military junta and shunned by the West, India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were seen as alternatives to Chinese influence. But as Myanmar opens up to the outside world after decades of isolation, it is turning more to the West, especially the United States, to balance China’s growing influence, and not to India.

http://www.irrawaddy.org/archives/40479

16 JULY 2013

Military Dynamics in South Asia

India’s conventional military capabilities continue to pull ahead of Pakistan’s while also falling behind China’s. Today, the CSS’s Prem Mahadevan examines the evolving military balance among these powers, to include the impact of cross-border terrorism and India’s naval ambitions in the South China Sea.
http://www.isn.ethz.ch/Digital-Library/Articles/Detail/?ots591=4888caa0-b3db-1461-98b9-e20e7b9c13d4&lng=en&id=166546

12 JULY 2013

Viet Nam strives to strengthen strategic partnership with India

Viet Nam attaches a great deal of importance to its strategic partnership with India, which underlines the country’s policy on South Asia, as it appreciates India’s proactive role in maintaining regional and global peace, stability and cooperation.                                                                                       http://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/242061/viet-nam-strives-to-strengthen-strategic-partnership-with-india.html

6 JULY 2013

China, India agree to step up border peace efforts: Xinhua

« The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries, » General Chang Wanquan of China and A.K. Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.                                          http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358686/china-india-agree-to-step-up-border-peace-efforts-xinhua

4 JULY 2013

Chinese general warns India in border dispute, calls Philippines ‘troublemaker’

An outspoken Chinese general known for his nationalist views warned India on Thursday against stirring up “new trouble” in a long-running border dispute, just as New Delhi’s defense minister was set to visit Beijing.                                                                                                           http://globalnation.inquirer.net/79787/chinese-general-warns-india-in-border-dispute-calls-philippines-troublemaker

India’s defence minister in first trip to China in 7 years

India’s defence minister will lead a high-level delegation to China on Thursday, the first such trip in seven years, as the two sides ramp up efforts to rebuild trust after a recent flare-up over a border dispute.                                                                                       http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/358310/india-defence-minister-in-first-trip-to-china-in-7-years

27 JUNE 2013

Delhi can’t copy Beijing in Central Asia

A copy is almost never as good as the original, which is why India’s efforts at copying the Chinese trajectory in Central Asia have yielded meager returns.               http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/792172.shtml

31 MAY 2013

Japan, India seek prompt N-accord

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to conclude a nuclear cooperation agreement as soon as possible.                                                                                                                                                   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000268214

22 MAY 2013

China turns friendly with India – but why?

When China’s former premier, Wen Jiabao, visited India in December 2010, he was full of talk about the two countries’ joint aspirations, their friendship, their co-operation, and about how their two-way trade would almost double to US$100 billion a year by 2015.                                                                                                                                                   http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5435&Itemid=174

20 MAY 2013

China and India pledge to improve ties

India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army stand-off in the Himalayas, Chinese premier Li Keqiang has said during his first official foreign trip.                                                                                                 http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/20/chinese-leader-seeks-trust-in-india/                                                                                          http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/05/201352014448364150.html

19 MAY 2013

Indian, Chinese Leaders Meet to Strengthen Ties

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in India Sunday at the start of a three-day visit, just days after the peaceful end of a tense border standoff in the Himalayan mountains. China says placing India first on the itinerary of new Premier Li Keqiang demonstrates the importance Beijing places on the relationship between the two countries.                                                                                                                    http://www.voanews.com/content/indian-chinese-leaders-meet-to-strengthen-ties/1663864.html                                                                                                                         http://asiancorrespondent.com/107862/chinese-premier-heads-to-india-to-boost-ties/                                                                                      http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/19/china-india-ties-lessons-from-a-himalayan-standoff/

13 MAY 2013

New Sukhoi base to cover south India

Even as the western and eastern fronts with Pakistan and China are bolstered with additional Sukhoi-30MKI squadrons, India has also kick-started plans to base its most lethal « air dominance » fighter in south India to keep a « strategic eye » over Indian Ocean.
http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-air-force/51017-new-sukhoi-base-cover-south-india.html

11 MAY 2013

Sino-Indian Relationship: New Paradigm

India has trapped itself into an anti-Chinese matrix set in place by the United States. This has led to a situation where the military is increasing its say in foreign and domestic policy and pushing aggressive postures on to the civilian government. Unless India abandons its aspirations to great power status and pursues a foreign policy which builds on Asian strengths and cooperation, it will continue to become cannon-fodder for Western strategic aims.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.epw.in/web-exclusives/sino-indian-relationship-new-paradigm.html?goback=%2Egde_1791498_member_238609841

2 MAY 2013

India, China remain at odds over alleged border incursion

Two weeks ago, Indian military officials announced with expressions of shock that a platoon of Chinese soldiers had crossed the de facto border between the giant neighbors and set up camp an unprecedented six miles into Indian-claimed territory, sparking a still-unresolved standoff. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/india-china-remain-at-odds-over-alleged-border-incursion/2013/05/02/dd9c0150-b324-11e2-9fb1-62de9581c946_story.html

22 APRIL 2013

India will take every step to protect its interests: Defence Minister AK Antony on China incursion in Ladakh

More than a dozen Chinese soldiers continue to be stationed a remote camp some 10 kilometres (6 miles) within Indian territory in Northen Ladakh. The Indian army set up its own temporary camp just 500 meters (1600 feet) from the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers                                                                                           http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/india-will-take-every-step-to-protect-its-interests-defence-minister-ak-antony-on-china-incursion-in-357177                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130422-417752.html

13 APRIL 2013

India upgrades strategic ties with Japan and Vietnam

The strategic importance of Asia in the 21st century has the world watching. While China has expanded its economic and military might it has growing rivalry with India, Japan and South Korea. Even USA in the Asia Pacific. India and Japan can cooperate proactively in order to tap the vast energy, mineral and livelihood resources in this region as well as in the adjoining South China Sea by checkmating China that has been eyeing the region under the ‘String of Pearls’ strategy. By doing so, both India and Japan can enhance their respective naval capability, transportation systems and maritime security. Vietnam’s relations with Japan and India are flourishing and the year 2013 is considered a pivotal year for the three countries to lay foundation for more sustainable cooperation in the next 40 years. India is better placed to contribute towards this aim in all fields­­–defence cooperation, political cooperation, economic and technical assistance and technology transfers etc.                                                                                                                                                           http://www.dsalert.org/defence-and-security-roundup/2013/04/india-upgrades-strategic-ties-with-japan-and-vietnam/

13 APRIL 2013

India to spend $3 billion for 3 more Talwar-class frigates

A formal contract is likely to be signed after Russia delivers to India the third and final Talwar-class stealth frigate INS Trikand. http://indrus.in/economics/2013/04/13/india_to_spend_3_billion_for_3_more_talwar-class_frigates_23773.html

10 APRIL 2013

Deepening US–India trade relations

Trade with India represents a big prize for the United States because of the size and strength of the Indian economy, but there are still challenges for US companies doing business in India.                                                                                                                                                             http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/04/10/deepening-us-india-trade-relations/

5 APRIL 2013

India’s Foreign Policy

The 2012-2013 annual report of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) begins with the statement that “India’s foreign policy (is) rooted in national ethos”. This seemingly innocuous sentence is indicative of all that is wrong with policy formulation at the MEA. http://southasianidea.com/foreign-policy/indias-foreign-policy/

26 MARCH 2013

The Desi Factor in U.S.-India Relations

According to a new Gallup survey, more than two-thirds of the U.S. public has a positive impression of India, a score that even edges out Israel’s traditionally-high favorability rating. This is the latest indicator of how decisively American perceptions about the country have changed.                                                                                                                      http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/the-desi-factor-in-u-s-india-relations/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_226640958

25 MARCH 2013

India and Sri Lanka: More constructive role needed

There was no doubt that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) would pass the U.S.-backed resolution against Sri Lanka for its treatment of the Tamil minority. After keeping many guessing how it would vote, India ended up supporting the motion, alongside 24 other countries. Of the remaining countries, 13 voted against it and eight abstained.                                                                                                                                http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/03/25/india-and-sri-lanka-more-constructive-role-needed/?goback=%2Egde_160896_member_226265081

21 MARCH 2013

Italy-India row: Rome to send marines back for trial

Two Italian marines accused of murdering two Indian fishermen, in a case that has sparked a diplomatic row, are to be sent back to Delhi for trial.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21887903

19 MARCH 2013

China, India should accommodate each other’s core concerns: Xi

China’s new President Xi Jinping today unveiled a five-point formula to improve ties with India, proposing accommodation of each other’s core concerns and proper handling of differences while seeking peace on the border as a resolution of the dispute « won’t be easy » http://www.deccanherald.com/content/320065/china-india-should-accommodate-each.html

15 MARCH 2013

India bars Italian envoy from leaving over marines row

India’s supreme court has temporarily barred the Italian ambassador from leaving the country as a diplomatic row over Rome’s refusal to return two of its marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen intensified.                                                http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/15/world/asia/india-italy-fishermen/index.html?hpt=ias_c2                                                                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130315-india-italy-incident-sea-diplomatic-choppy-waters-fishermen-marines                                                                                       http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5254&Itemid=174

14 MARCH 2013

India in talks with Russia on lease of second nuclear submarine

India is ready to finance the completion of a partly constructed nuclear submarine which sits at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant in the Russian Far East, the Russian government news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed “highly-placed” source in the defence industry. http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/indian-navy/48818-india-talks-russia-lease-second-nuclear-submarine.html

12 MARCH 2013

Sino-Indian Relations Full of Contradictions

The punditry gods were smiling when Beijing and New Delhi declared 2012 as the Year of Sino-Indian Friendship. After all, it was a most curious designation, and not just because 2006 had received the same appellation with little to show for it. Indeed, the Chinese that year revived their territorial claims over all of Arunachal Pradesh, a state in India’s remote northeast that lies along their long-contested Himalayan border and which Beijing now insists on calling “South Tibet.”                                                                      http://chanakyasnotebook.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/sino-indian-relations-full-of-contradictions/?goback=%2Egde_4023266_member_221087468

9 MARCH 2013

Pakistan PM arrives in India to ‘open arm’ welcome

Pakistan’s premier Raja Pervez Ashraf arrived in India Saturday for a pilgrimage to a revered Muslim shrine, with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid welcoming him with « open arms ».                                                                                                    http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130309-407463.html

8 MARCH 2013

India’s Defence Budget: Inadequate Outlay

The funds allotted for defense expenditure by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram for the Financial Year (FY) 2013-14 are inadequate to meet the growing threats and challenges facing the country, modernization of the armed forces and India’s increasing responsibilities as a regional power.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://cogitasia.com/india%E2%80%99s-defence-budget-inadequate-outlay/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_220945456

28 FEBRUARY 2013

Indian Defence Budget 2013-14

While presenting the Annual Budget to the Parliament on February 28th, India’s Finance Minister hiked the defence allocation by 5.3% to $37.4 billion to be spent during the financial year 2013-14 starting from April 1st.                                    http://www.defencereviewasia.com/articles/216/Indian-Defence-Budget-2013-14

20 FEBRUARY 2013

The trial and tribulations of Indian forces

While spending billions of dollars on defense equipment, India’s military faces a number of challenges in its quest to enter the 21st century. http://thediplomat.com/2013/02/20/the-trials-and-tribulations-of-indias-armed-forces/

18 FEBRUARY 2013

Cameron arrives in India as Anglo-French rivalry peaks

India had barely bid adieu to French President François Hollande – who left town optimistic about a $12-billion contract for French fighter jets – when British Prime Minister David Cameron touched down at Mumbai airport on Monday amid a scandal engulfing an Anglo-Italian helicopter deal.                                                                                                                                                                                             http://www.france24.com/en/20130218-india-france-britain-cameron-hollande-anglo-french-rivalry-trade

15 FEBRUARY 2013

India, Maldives reach diplomatic impasse

In a dramatic development, Mohamed Nasheed, who until last year was the democratically elected president of the island nation, took political refuge in the Indian Embassy in Male on Tuesday, after a court in the Maldives issued a warrant for his arrest.              http://thediplomat.com/the-pulse/2013/02/15/india-maldives-reach-diplomatic-impasse/

Kashmir border: India kills Pakistani soldier

A Pakistani soldier who strayed over the border in the disputed territory of Kashmir has been killed.                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21469446

10 FEBRUARY 2013

France upbeat on prospects for Indian fighter jet deal- minister

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Sunday that talks with India to finalise the purchase of French Rafale war planes were looking up.                                                                                                                                                                                                               http://www.sify.com/news/france-upbeat-on-prospects-for-indian-fighter-jet-deal-minister-news-international-nclcaejajig.html

25 JANUARY 2013

Time to bridge Sino-Indian border differences

The Sino-Indian border dispute in India’s eastern sector is one of the most intractable land conflicts. The quarrel has entangled China and India since 1949, and resulted in the 1962 border war which saw India defeated at the hands of China. Both countries have entered negotiations, but « incompatibilities » are constantly stalling the process                                                             http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/OA25Df02.html

10 JANUARY 2013

Another Pakistani soldier dies as Kashmir border crisis continues

A Pakistani soldier has died after coming under fire from Indian troops in Kashmir, according to Pakistan’s military, in the latest tit-for-tat death even as politicians tried to take the heat out of a developing border crisis. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9793692/Another-Pakistani-soldier-dies-as-Kashmir-border-crisis-continues.html                                                                                                                                                         http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/10/pakistan-soldier-in-kashmir-killed-by-india-troops/

8 JANUARY 2013

India claims two troops killed by Pakistan over Kashmir border

Two Indian troops have been killed, one of whom was ‘mutilated’, in a gunfight with Pakistan forces on Indian-controlled territory close to the line of control which marks the unofficial border between the two states. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9788051/India-claims-two-troops-killed-by-Pakistan-over-Kashmir-border.html  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/201318131527741342.html

6 JANUARY 2013

Pakistani soldier killed in border clashes with Indian troops

A Pakistani soldier has been killed and another injured in clashes with Indian troops along the disputed border in divided Kashmir, in a serious test of the recent improved relations between the two nuclear-armed rivals. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/9783738/Pakistani-soldier-killed-in-border-clashes-with-Indian-troops.html                                                                                                                                                                      http://asiancorrespondent.com/94840/pakistan-says-1-dead-in-border-clash-with-india/

28 DECEMBER 2012

Paying Dividends: The US-India Nuclear deals Four Years on

Four years after a historic nuclear deal was signed, many in American policy circles deride the agreement as a failure. They’re wrong.                                                                                  http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/28/americas-strategic-bet-on-india-is-paying-off/

24 DECEMBER 2012

Putin to focus on economic ties on trip to India

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin arrives in India in Monday on a visit intended to help cement Russia’s position in the growing Indian market and reinvigorate political ties. http://asiancorrespondent.com/94237/putin-to-focus-on-economic-ties-on-trip-to-india/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20834910

20 DECEMBER 2012

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

19 DECEMBER 2012

India Pokes Nose into South China Sea

Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K. Joshi’s recent comment that India will protect its interests in the South China Sea by « sending forces » if need be, has created consternation in the region and added to the tensions generated by the countries already laying claim to various parts of the seat) http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5059&Itemid=174

4 DECEMBER 2012

India’s African “Safari”

Trade with Africa jumped from U.S. $3 billion in 2000 to $52.81 billion in 2010-11 and is expected to exceed $90 billion by 2015. India has emerged as Africa’s fourth largest trade partner, after the European Union, China and the United States. Its cumulative investment in the continent exceeded $35 billion in 2011 in industries diverse as energy, pharmaceuticals, agriculture and telecommunications.                                                                                                                                                                 http://thediplomat.com/2012/12/04/indias-african-safari/

3 DECEMBER 2012

Indian navy prepared to deploy to South China Sea to protect oil interests

The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India’s oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121203-387407.html

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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-20096813

4 OCTOBER 2012

India renews Taiwan embrace

Although India recognizes the government of the People’s Republic of China (mainland China) instead of the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) as the legitimate government of the territory of China, relations between India and Taiwan have grown substantially since the two countries had set up representative offices in each other’s capitals in 199 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/NJ05Df01.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

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 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/15/business/global/india-backs-foreign-investment-in-retail-sector.html?ref=asia

8 SEPTEMBER 2012

India and Pakistan Sign Visa Agreement, Easing Travel

Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement on Saturday, easing restrictions for travelers in a move seen as a tentative step between the rival South Asian countries to normalize their troubled relations http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/09/world/asia/india-and-pakistan-sign-visa-agreement-easing-travel.html?ref=asia                                                                                                                                                http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-19530819

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

China, India defense chiefs meet in sign of thaw

The defense ministers of India and China on Tuesday agree to resume military exercises, signaling a thaw in military ties despite an ongoing dispute over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. http://asiancorrespondent.com/88760/china-india-defense-chiefs-meet-in-sign-of-thaw/                                                                                                                                                                                  http://ntdtv.org/en/news/world/asia/2012-09-04/india-and-china-agree-to-improve-defense-ties.html http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/09/chinese-and-indian-defense-ministers-meet-warily.html

10 JUNE 2011

China’s Territorial Disputes with India

http://www.2point6billion.com/news/2011/06/10/chinas-territorial-disputes-with-india-9450.html

Main news on Nepal

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11 MAY 2018

Indian PM in Nepal as rivalry with China heats up

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Nepal Friday for a two-day visit aiming to reset strained relations between India and its small northern neighbor
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/11/561319/India-PM-visit-Nepal-China-
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/updates-narendra-modi-nepal-kp-sharma-oli-bilateral-ties-janakpur-janaki-temple-kathmandu-delegation-level-talks-2613902

18 APRIL 2018

China calls on India to get on board with Nepal projects

Foreign minister says Beijing and New Delhi should support the Himalayan country’s development, and the three are ‘natural friends and partners’
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2142329/china-calls-india-get-board-nepal-projects
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/china-moots-india-nepal-china-economic-corridor-through-himalayas/articleshow/63815372.cms

13 MARCH 2018

Bidya Devi Bhandari elected Nepal President for 2nd term

President Bidya Bhandari got re-elected on Tuesday as the Head of the State, but the euphoria with which Nepalis celebrated her emergence as the country’s first female President two years ago is somewhat muted
https://www.nepalitimes.com/uncategorized/president-bhandari-again/
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/bidya-devi-bhandari-elected-nepal-president-for-2nd-term/

4 MARCH 2018

Charges against Kandipur Daily Nepal journalists ‘attack on press freedom’

Journalists from Nepal’s largest newspaper have been charged with contempt of court after publishing critical stories about the country’s chief justice. The case against The Kantipur Daily is being seen by government critics as an attack on press freedom
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/charges-nepal-journalists-attack-press-freedom-180304154802551.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-03-04/contempt-of-court-case-kantipur-team-to-reach-sc-at-11am-to-record-statements.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Nepal: Use the China Card for getting more leverage with India- K.P. Oli

K.P.Oli, the chairman of the UML and now the 41st Prime Minister Nepal, in an interview with the South China Morning Post, Hongkong made three very significant points in Nepal’s relations with China and India
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2266

15 FEBRUARY 2018

China-friendly communist K.P. Sharma Oli appointed Nepal’s new prime minister after landmark polls

Oli’s left-wing alliance is considered to be closer to China while outgoing leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is widely seen as being closer to India
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2133512/china-friendly-communist-kp-sharma-oli-appointed-nepals-new
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-02-15/pm-kp-sharma-olis-oath-taking-ceremony-begins.html
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/uml-chairman-oli-sworn-in-as-prime-minister/

12 DECEMBER 2017

A massive victory: On Left Alliance landslide in Nepal

the Left Alliance wins more than 70% of the 165 parliamentary seats being decided by the FPTP system. In the 110 seats allocated based on proportional representation, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) won, with its ally, the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist-Centre), not far behind
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/a-massive-victory-on-left-alliance-landslide-in-nepal-editorial-of-the-hindu-on-nepals-election-result/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-12-12/election-overview-uml-victorious-in-77-federal-constituencies-leading-in-4.html

4 DECEMBER 2017

Nepal’s puzzling new political equation

As UML calls for establishing a communist form of governance after the elections, an intense debate on its nature has begun to surface. The vague ideological foundations of UML and the Maoists offer the least of socialism, and a future authoritarian government cannot be overruled
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/603.html

26 NOVEMBER 2017

Nepal votes in first parliamentary election since 1999

On the first day of a historic two-phase national election, Nepalese voters will choose national and state representatives. Political stability has eluded Nepal for 27 years. Will the vote be a turning point?
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-votes-in-first-parliamentary-election-since-1999/a-41533610
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42126210

11 NOVEMBER 2017

Nepal’s three-time premier of monarchy era Kirti Nidhi Bista dies at 90

Kirti Nidhi Bista, a three-time former prime minister during Nepal’s monarchy era, died in Kathmandu on Saturday, state television reported. He was 90
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2119467/nepals-three-time-premier-monarchy-era-kirti-nidhi-bista-dies
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-11-11/former-pm-bista-passes-away-at-90.html

28 SEPTEMBER 2018

3-year-old girl named Nepal’s new living goddess

A 3-year-old girl became Nepal’s new living goddess Thursday, revered by both Hindus and Buddhists in the Himalayan nation
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/28/3-year-old-girl-named-nepals-new-living-goddess.html
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/28/nepal-traditions-three-year-old-girl-becomes-new-living-goddess
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-09-28/new-kumari-trishna-shakya-takes-reign-as-living-goddess-in-photos.html

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Nepal’s role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative highlights balancing act between Beijing and Delhi

Despite recent tensions in the region, the country’s interests can be best served by acting as a bridge between two giant neighbours
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2110474/nepals-role-chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-highlights

6 JUNE 2017

Sher Bahadur Deuba elected Nepal’s prime minister … for the fourth time

Nepal’s parliament on Tuesday elected an unopposed three-time former prime minister to the top post once again, the tenth time in just over a decade the leadership has changed hands in the Himalayan nation
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-parliament-elects-sher-bahadur-deuba-as-new-prime-minister/a-39137708
http://www.asiaone.com/asia/nepal-parliament-elects-new-prime-minister
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-06-07/pm-deuba-assumes-office-first-cabinet-meeting-sets-five-priorities.html

24 MAY 2917

Nepal PM resigns, casting final local election into doubt

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal « Prachanda » today stepped down from his post, honouring the agreement reached with the ruling partner Nepali Congress (NC) before forming the coalition government
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-pm-resigns-casting-final-local-election-into-doubt/a-38971534
http://www.thedailystar.net/world/south-asia/nepal-pm-pushpa-kamal-dahal-resigns-1410196

14 MAY 2017

In first local election in 20 years, Nepal heads to the polls amidst fears of Attack

Voting began in Nepal on Sunday (May 14) in its first local elections in two decades, a landmark moment in the country’s fraught transition to democracy
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/253192253/in-first-local-election-in-20-years-nepal-heads-to-the-polls-amidst-fears-of-Attack
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/nepal-votes-in-first-local-election-in-20-years

12 MAY 2017

Nepal joins China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, possibly alarming India

Nepal on Friday signed an agreement to be part of President Xi Jinping’s ambitious plan to build a new Silk Road linking Asia, Africa and Europe, a move that could alarm India, which jostles with China for influence in Kathmandu
http://eurasiadiary.com/en/news/world/138328-nepal-joins-chinas-one-belt-one-road-initiative-possibly-alarming-india
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-05-12/nepal-china-sign-framework-deal-on-obor.html

30 APRIL 2017

Nepal’s first female chief justice faces impeachment

Nepal’s first female chief justice has been suspended after the two largest parties in the ruling coalition filed an impeachment motion against her
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39764830
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-30/impeachment-motion-registered-against-cj-karki.html

16 APRIL 2017

Nepal, China begin first-ever joint military exercises

China and Nepal began their first-ever joint military exercises on Sunday, a move likely to rattle India as Beijing boosts its influence in the region
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2088059/nepal-china-begin-first-ever-joint-military-exercises
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-04-16/first-ever-nepal-china-joint-military-training-begins.html

21 FEBRUARY 2017

Nepal to hold first local elections in 20 years

Nepal will hold its first local elections in 20 years in mid-May, the government has announced, raising hopes of political stability in the deeply divided country
http://aa.com.tr/en/asia-pacific/nepal-to-hold-first-local-elections-in-20-years/755151
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-hold-first-local-elections-20-years

2 JANUARY 2017

Nepal Supreme Court gives nod for Constitution amendment bill

 Nepal’s Supreme Court on Monday said the Constitution amendment bill registered in the Legislative-Parliament should move ahead as it is a matter of Parliamentary supremacy
http://www.thestatesman.com/world/nepal-sc-gives-nod-for-constitution-amendment-bill-1483373284.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2017-01-02/ruling-parties-welcome-sc-verdict-to-forward-process-on-tuesdays-meet.html

31 DECEMBER 2016

2016 a year to forget for Nepal

Nepal is at a political and economic low point. If this continues through 2017 Nepal’s people might seek to leave the country for greener pastures, which many have done already. Nepal can only hope that 2017 bucks the trend and proves this wrong
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/31/2016-a-year-to-forget-for-nepal/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The last king of remote Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang dies in Nepal

The last king of the isolated Himalayan region of Upper Mustang died on Friday in Kathmandu, eight years after he lost his royal title when the centuries-old Buddhist monarchy was abolished
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2055281/last-king-remote-buddhist-kingdom-dies-nepal

20 NOVEMBER 2016

Nepal prime minister admits ‘delays’ in justice for Maoist war victims

Nepal on Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the peace deal that ended a bloody Maoist insurgency as the prime minister admitted that justice for its victims has been delayed
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2047717/nepal-prime-minister-admits-delays-justice-maoist-war-victims

15 NOVEMBER 2016

To please Beijing, Kathmandu arrests 41 Tibetans pilgrims

Nepali authorities have arrested 41 Tibetan pilgrims on the border with India. The group was travelling by bus to some of India’s most important Buddhist temples when it was stopped in Kailali, a district in western Nepal
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/To-please-Beijing,-Kathmandu-arrests-41-Tibetans-pilgrims-39139.html
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-11-15/nepal-committed-to-one-china-policy.html

1 OCTOBER 2016

Nepal’s parliament passes bill prohibiting strikes in industries

Nepal’s parliament has passed a new bill on Industrial Enterprises Act banning strikes in industrial units that disrupt the production
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-10/01/c_135726378.htm

16 SEPTEMBER 2016

India, Nepal Restore Friendlier Ties

India and Nepal have put diplomatic relations, that had frayed in the past year, back on track during a visit to New Delhi by Nepal’s new prime minister, Pushpa Kamal Dahal, popularly known as Prachanda
http://www.voanews.com/a/india-nepal-restore-friendlier-ties/3512379.html
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Nepal-commit-not-to-allow-their-territory-to-be-used-against-each-other/articleshow/54370831.cms
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-09-16/pm-dahal-indian-pm-modi-meet-underway.html

3 AUGUST 2016

CPN (Maoist Center) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal is elected as the 39th prime minister of Nepal

His election was expected, as the 61-year-old Dahal, who still goes by his nom de guerre Prachanda (« the fierce one »), was the only candidate running for the office. The Nepali Congress, the largest parliamentary party, earlier pledged their support for him as prime minister
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-08-03/dahal-elected-as-39th-prime-minister.html
http://www.dw.com/en/nepal-elects-former-maoist-chief-as-prime-minister/a-19446154
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-lawmakers-elect-maoist-chief-prime-minister

29 JULY 2016

Nepal leader assures China of implementing key bilateral deals

Nepal’s Maoist leader Prachanda assured China that key bilateral deals with Beijing, including the one that could end India’s monopoly in transport to the landlocked country, reached during the previous regime would be honoured even after a new government takes over.
http://atimes.com/2016/07/nepal-leader-assures-china-of-implementing-key-bilateral-deals/

24 JULY 2016

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigns minutes before no-confidence motion

Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has resigned, minutes before facing a no-confidence motion in Parliament he was certain to lose, plunging the impoverished, quake-hit nation into fresh turmoil
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-25/nepal’s-oli-resigns-as-prime-minister/7656668?section=world
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-07-24/prime-minister-oli-calls-its-quits.html

21 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal, India sign agreements for partnership

The agreements include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on utilisation of India’s assistance for post-quake reconstruction in Nepal, a deal on strengthening road infrastructure in southern plains of Nepal and an accord on rail transport for trading with Bangladesh, among others.
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-02/21/content_15387963.html
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/regional-news/2016/02/22/458903/India-pledges.htm

19 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepali PM travels to India to repair strained ties

Nepali PM K.P. Oli has embarked on a state visit to India, in a bid to improve ties and resolve the thorny issues afflicting the partnership. Will the trip usher in a period of amity between the two neighbors?
http://www.dw.com/en/nepali-pm-travels-to-india-to-repair-strained-ties/a-19060830
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/nepal-pm-seeks-strengthen-india-ties-visit-160218110938453.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal Maoists mark 20 years since start of civil war

Nepal’s former Maoist rebels paid tribute to fallen comrades Saturday in a ceremony marking 20 years since the start of an insurgency that transformed the Himalayan nation from a Hindu monarchy to a secular republic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepal-maoists-mark-20-years-start-civil-war

9 FEBRUARY 2016

Sushil Koirala, former Nepalese prime minister, dies aged 76

Sushil Koirala, who ran the country for barely 18 months from 2014, passed away after suffering from pneumonia. He spent his life in politics fighting for democracy in Nepal.
http://www.dw.com/en/sushil-koirala-former-nepalese-prime-minister-dies-aged-76/a-19034639
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/ex-pm-nepali-congress-president-sushil-koirala-passes-away/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2016-02-09/koirala-was-man-of-high-thinking-simple-living-sushma-swaraj.html

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Nepal border blockade: Ethnic groups lift roadblocks

The announcement comes days after frustrated residents and traders dismantled roadblocks set up by ethnic Madhesi groups.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35525018

5 FEBRUARY 2016

Residents open blockaded India-Nepal border point

Vehicles passed through the main border point between Nepal and India on Friday after frustrated residents forcefully removed barriers set up by Madhesi protesters who blockaded the border to demand changes in the new Constitution.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/madhesi-blockade-residents-open-indianepal-border-point/article8198464.ece?w=alauto
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35506679

24 JANUARY 2016

Nepal’s crisis drags on as ethnic minorities reject charter amendment

Nepal’s ethnic minorities have rejected a constitutional amendment, dashing hopes of an end to a political crisis that has also led to fuel shortages, and hampered deliveries of relief materials to survivors of last year’s earthquakes
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepals-crisis-drags-ethnic-minorities-reject-charter-amendment

23 JANUARY 2016

Nepal parliament votes to amend new constitution

Nepal’s parliament voted on Saturday (Jan 23) to amend the country’s new constitution in a bid to resolve a months-long dispute with ethnic minority protesters demanding more political representation.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal-parliament-votes-to/2452152.html http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/breaking-nepal-makes-first-amendment-of-its-constitution/

8 JANUARY 2016

Q&A: Nepal’s Maoists and forgotten promises

Al Jazeera spoke to CK Lal, a widely read columnist and a playright, by phone. He has been critical of the Himalayan nation’s ruling elite for not sharing power with historically marginalised groups such as the Madhesis
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/qa-nepal-maoists-forgotten-promises-160106204500095.html

21 DECEMBER 2015

End in sight for Nepal blockade as government plans changes in new charter

In a significant development, Nepal government has decided to amend the new Constitution to address two key demands of agitating Madhesis regarding proportional representation and constituency delimitation, a move which is likely to be welcomed by India.
http://atimes.com/2015/12/end-in-sight-for-nepal-blockade-as-govt-plans-changes-in-new-charter/
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/india-welcomes-nepal-govts-decision-to-advance-constitution-amendment-bill/

15 NOVEMBER 2015

Nepal PM asks India to end « undeclared blockade »

Nepal’s newly elected prime minister KP Sharma Oli called Sunday on neighbouring India to end its « undeclared blockade » as the nation faces crippling shortage of fuel and supplies
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/nepal-pm-asks-india-end-undeclared-blockade-191556569.html
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/unofficial-indian-blockade-has-led-to-humanitarian-crisis-pm/

28 OCTOBER 2015

Bidhya Bhandari elected Nepal’s first woman president

Nepal’s parliament Wednesday elected communist lawmaker Bidhya Bhandari as the country’s first female president after the adoption of a landmark constitution last month
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/28/bidhya-bhandari-elected-nepal-s-first-female-president/
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/who-is-bidya-devi-bhandari/
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-10-28/bhandari-elected-first-woman-prez.html

17 OCTOBER 2015

How China pipped India at Nepal post

As Nepal arrives on the South Asian political landscape as its brand new secular, democratic republic, it is ‘Communist’ China that is in celebratory mood. India is sulking. Beijing is obviously pleased with the election of a communist leader as the prime minister of Nepal, who, by the way, also used to be a ‘Maoist’ at one time in his long chequered political life. The contrast could not be sharper
http://atimes.com/2015/10/how-china-pipped-india-at-nepal-post/

13 OCTOBER 2015

China reopens border with Nepal for goods movement

Amid mounting pressure on Nepal’s government over dwindling supplies of goods from India due to the ongoing violent agitation over the new Constitution, China reopened its border with Nepal in Tibet which Chinese officials say will see “explosive growth” in trade
http://atimes.com/2015/10/china-reopens-border-with-nepal-for-goods-movement/

11 OCTOBER 2015

Communist leader Oli chosen as new Nepal PM

Oli, of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), defeated by 338 votes to 249 former premier Sushil Koirala, who had stepped down from the top job as required by the constitution adopted on September 20.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/communist-leader-oli/2184600.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/kp-sharma-oli-nepal-prime-minister-151011074949703.html

10 OCTOBER 2015

Nepal’s Koirala resigns as PM and seeks re-election

In a surprise move, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sushil Koirala has filed his nomination for re-election, a day before the parliament of the troubled Himalayan nation is expected to elect a new prime minister
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/nepal-pm-koirala-resigns-pm-seeks-election-151010160207623.html

9 OCTOBER 2015

Analysis: Blockade politics in Nepal

India’s unofficial blockade of Nepal – now in its third week – has therefore crippled life in this country of 30 million people. Things could get a lot worse
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/analysis-blockade-politics-nepal-151009193817262.html

20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Nepal constitution born of bloodshed, compromise

Nepal adopts its first democratic constitution in a largely peaceful event, a historic step for a nation that has seen unrest for over 65 years
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-21/nepal-constitution-born-of-bloodshed-compromise/1494826
http://thehimalayantimes.com/kathmandu/constituent-assemblys-ultimate-meeting-begins/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/nepal-passes-constitution-protests-150920123704268.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Nepal rejects reverting back to a Hindu state

Nepal’s Constituent Assembly has rejected calls to revert back to a Hindu state, deciding instead to keep its secular system brought in after the abolishment of the monarchy in 2008
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/nepal-rejects-reverting-hindu-state-150914133321948.html

10 AUGUST 2015

Nepalis killed in protests over proposed constitution

Three agitators, who were part of a demonstration demanding to keep mid-west region intact, were killed when the police opened fire to control the mob in Birendranagar, Surkhet, on Monday.
http://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/three-killed-in-protest-against-six-province-model-in-surkhet/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/nepalis-killed-protests-proposed-constitution-150810124412261.html

7 JULY 2015

Nepal Constituant Assembly endorses the preliminary draft of the Constitution

After weeklong deliberations, the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday endorsed the preliminary draft of the constitution, clearing the way for public consultation on the statute blueprint
http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post/2015/07/07/top-story/ca-endorses-statute-draft/278132.html

8 JUNE 2015

Nepal parties resolve disputes over constitution after quake

Feuding political parties said on Monday they had agreed to split Nepal into eight federal provinces, ending years of stalemate over the new constitution intended to stabilise the country after civil war and the abolition of its monarchy.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/nepal-parties-resolve-dis/1901898.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/06/nepal-political-rivals-agree-national-charter-150609044704806.html

25 APRIL 2015

Devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake slams Nepal

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered less than 50 miles from Kathmandu rocked Nepal with devastating force Saturday, toppling homes, temples and historic buildings and leaving at least 1,457 people dead, authorities said.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/25/asia/nepal-earthquake-7-5-magnitude/index.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32467986
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/powerful-earthquake-hits-nepal-150425063918183.html

16 APRIL 2015

Former Nepal Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa dies at age 87

Surya Bahadur Thapa, who served as Nepal’s prime minister five times, has died in a hospital in India where he was being treated for stomach cancer. He was 87
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-04/16/content_15251592.html
http://asiancorrespondent.com/132207/former-nepal-prime-minister-thapa-dies-at-age-87/

9 APRIL 2015

Nepal govt, Maoist rebels return to negotiating table

A day after the UCPN (Maoist)-led 30-party opposition alliance called off a general strike, the major political parties returned to the negotiating table on Wednesday in a bid to find consensus on federalism—the most contentious issue of new constitution
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-govt-Maoist-rebels-return-to-negotiating-tab-73908.html

26 FEBRUARY 2015

Nepal court says no amnesty for war crimes

Nepal’s top court on Thursday said two bodies set up to investigate war crimes committed during the country’s decade-long civil conflict would not be able to grant amnesty for serious rights abuses.
http://www2.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/484382/nepal-court-says-no-amnesty-for-war-crimes

8 FEBRUARY 2015

Nepal’s national carrier’s first Airbus arrives today

After a wait of almost three decades, Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) is scheduled to receive a brand new Airbus on Sunday in what will be the national carrier’s first addition to its international fleet in 27 years
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/nepals-national-carriers-first-airbus-arrives-today

23 JANUARY 2015

Nepal fails to meet constitution deadline amid protests

Nepal has plunged deeper into crisis after feuding politicians, throwing microphones and shoes, failed to meet a deadline to table a new constitution, seen as a key step to stability in the Himalayan state
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2015/01/nepal-fails-meet-constitution-deadline-protests-150123064734163.html

20 JANUARY 2015

Fighting breaks out in Nepal parliament in constitution row

Fighting broke out in Nepal’s parliament on Tuesday, with Maoist lawmakers throwing chairs and injuring four security officers as tensions ran high before a deadline to approve a post-war constitution.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/11357472/Watch-Fighting-breaks-out-in-Nepal-parliament-in-constitution-row.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-30894714

 19 JANUARY 2015

Nepal and the Great Power Courtship

Today Nepal finds itself in a unique position. It is being courted by the very powers, India and China, that for so long had treated it as a peripheral concern. What has changed?
http://thediplomat.com/2015/01/nepal-and-the-great-power-courtship/

26 DECEMBER 2014

China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push

China will increase official aid to Nepal by more than five times from fiscal 2015-16, officials said on Friday, to develop infrastructure in the landlocked nation where regional rival India has long wielded political influence
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/china-raises-nepal-aid-five-fold-regional-diplomacy-push

19 DECEMBER 2014

Nepal to lower female migrant age

Nepali women should be at least 25 years old in order to work as housemaids abroad, says a proposed rule on domestic workers
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-to-lower-female-migrant-age-69289.html

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Nearly 300,000 Nepalese women trafficked to Indian brothels

Trafficking of women and girls and supplying them in the sex markets of India and other countries is still one of the big social problems in Nepal
http://www.theasian.asia/archives/90324

29 OCTOBER 2014

Nepalese government: No more refugees from Tibet

In response to pressure from the Chinese government, Kathmandu has decided to no longer provide the necessary documents to Tibetan refugees to reach India, the residence of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepalese-government:-No-more-refugees-from-Tibet-32555.html

18 OCTOBER 2014

Nepali parties to seek more time for accord sake

Having missed the crucial deadline for preparing the first draft of constitution and three extended time limits for forging consensus on the contentious issues, parties are yet again preparing to take additional time for consensus
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepali-parties-to-seek-more-time-for-accord-sake-66084.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2014

China to extend rail to Nepal

The government has said that China has agreed in principle to extend the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to the Nepal border.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/China-to-extend-rail-to-Nepal-65108.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2014

India to build Nepal power plant

Nepal’s government has endorsed plans for Indian firm GMR to build the country’s biggest hydro-power plant.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-29249658

1 SEPTEMBER 2014

Nepal to be ‘totally literate’ next year

Going by a government projection, the country will be “total literate” by the end of the current fiscal year, having enrolled some 1.74 million adult illiterates (15-60 years) in over 20,000 classes
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-to-be-totally-literate-next-year-64036.html

23 AUGUST 2014

Nepal forces vendors off Kathmandu streets

Legislation prohibits vendors in Kathmandu and gives authority to police to confiscate their goods.
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia/2014/08/nepal-forces-vendors-off-streets-2014823134050140899.html

3 AUGUST 2014

China-India energy rivalry in spotlight as Modi visits Nepal

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be looking to boost hydropower cooperation and reinvigorate ties when he lands in Nepal today in the first visit by an Indian premier in 17 years
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/423835/china-india-energy-rivalry-in-spotlight-as-modi-visits-nepal
http://www.asianewsnet.net/India-PM-in-Nepal-to-boost-ties-63017.html

28 JULY 2014

Nepali government ready to allow the funeral of 14th Shamar Rinpoche

The Tibetan Buddhist religious is one of the three main disciples of the Karmapa Lama, tasked with recognising of the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. The current Shamar, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, died two weeks ago and asked to be cremated in a monastery he founded near Kathmandu. Despite China’s opposition, the government « is considering » that possibility. Thousands of people are expected at his funeral, some from Tibet as well.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepali-government-ready-to-allow-the-funeral-of-14th-Shamar-Rinpoche-31741.html

21 JULY 2014

Nepal seeks clarity in energy cooperation with India

In its response to the draft agreement on “Cooperation in Power Sector”, the government of Nepal has asked if the Indian proposal is to be ratified by parliament or to be approved by the cabinet
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-seeks-clarity-in-energy-cooperation-with-Ind-62602.html

13 JULY 2014

Nepal Retracts Permission for a Tibetan Lama’s Cremation

Under scrutiny from China, Nepal’s government announced on Sunday that it had retracted its permission to allow the cremation of a prominent spiritual figure in Tibetan Buddhism to be held on its territory
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/world/asia/nepal-retracts-permission-for-a-tibetan-lamas-cremation.html?ref=asia&_r=0

28 MAY 2014

Hindu nationalist Modi invites Nepal to « respect all minorities »

In a private interview, the new Indian Prime Minister said he is a « Hindu » but has a « deep respect for all religions”. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Hindu nationalist party , however, is linked to many cases of violence and persecution against ethnic and religious minorities in the country

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hindu-nationalist-Modi-invites-Nepal-to-respect-all-minorities-31203.html

21 MAY 2014

Will Modi’s win impact India-Nepal relations?

India’s politically fragile northern neighbour is closely watching events unfold in the Asian giant to the south following the landslide election victory of Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/05/will-modi-win-impact-india-nepal-relations-201452113551160154.html

2 MAY 2014

Seeking justice for Nepal’s war crimes

Reconciliation commissions established, but critics say amnesty provisions could let perpetrators go free

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/seeking-justice-nepal-war-crimes-201442812829143761.html

25 APRIL 2014

Nepal parliament passes amnesty bill

Former Maoist rebels and security forces who committed torture, killings and other crimes during Nepal’s decade-long civil war could be granted amnesty under new legislation approved by parliament. Lawmakers late on Friday 25 passed a bill in parliament to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the Disappeared, aimed at healing wounds from the decade-long conflict that ended in 2006

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/nepal-parliament-passes-amnesty-bill-20144271502645838.html

18 APRIL 2014

Twelve Nepal guides die in Everest avalanche

At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers have been killed by an avalanche in the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on the world’s highest peak, officials and rescuers have said

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/six-guides-killed-as-avalanche-sweeps-everest-20144186438702209.html

12 MARCH 2014

Nepal Tries Again to Write a Constitution

After a successful election, can the political factions now put aside their squabbles and move forward

http://thediplomat.com/2014/03/nepal-tries-again-to-write-a-constitution/

6 MARCH 2014

Kathmandu bans Tibetans from celebrating pro-independence uprising against China

The Nepali government has told the Tibetan community living in the country not to celebrate, even in a peaceful way, their failed anti-Chinese uprising of 10 March 1959

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu-bans-Tibetans-from-celebrating-pro-independence-uprising-against-China-30485.html

10 FEBRUARY 2014

Sushil Koirala is new Nepal Prime Minister, says constitution his priority

Nepali Congress Chairman Sushil Koirala was on Monday elected Prime Minister of the country – fifth in as many years of political instability
http://indianexpress.com/article/world/asia/nepali-congress-elects-sushil-koirala-as-prime-minister/
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/394233/nepal-elects-new-pm-promising-constitution-within-a-year

28 JANUARY 2014

Nepal’s Maoists face ideological crisis

Nepal’s United Communist Party of Nepal(Maoist), relegated to third position in last November’s elections, is engaged in a serious internal debate over its future ideological outlook and organizational structure.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-280114.html

15 JANUARY 2014

Nepal’s crackdown on illegal immigrants threatens more than 50,000 with expulsion


In order to fight tax evasion, Nepal announces zero tolerance for foreign workers without a valid work permit. More than 50,000 people could be expelled from the country, most of them Chinese.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal’s-crackdown-on-illegal-immigrants-threatens-more-than-50,000-with-expulsion-30041.html

5 JANUARY 2014

Nepal: A chance to rebuild itself?

Nepal went to the polls on November 19, 2013, to elect a Constituent Assembly for the second time. The first Assembly was elected in 2008, and was dissolved in 2012 after failing to reach consensus on the roadmap to federalism

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/nepal-chance-rebuild-itself

http://www.fairobserver.com/360theme/nepal-long-road-ahead

30 DECEMBER 2013

Recent elections appear to have dashed the hopes of Madhesi activists for autonomy.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/the-madhes-and-the-future-of-nepal/#!

24 DECEMBER 2013

Nepal Maoists agree to join parliament

Nepal’s Maoists agreed to join the country’s constituent assembly, ending a month-long political deadlock and raising hopes of long-awaited political stability in the Himalayan nation.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/12/nepal-maoists-agree-join-parliament-2013122412372499797.html
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/386497/nepal-maoists-agree-to-join-assembly-ending-impasse

11 DECEMBER 2013

Nepal to renew its obsolete aircraft fleet with « unsafe and unreliable » Chinese planes

For civil aviation experts, the six expensive Chinese planes bought for US$ 70 million could prove unsafe for passenger. Meanwhile, the EU bans Nepali planes, jeopardising their access to international routes

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-to-renew-its-obsolete-aircraft-fleet-with-unsafe-and-unreliable-Chinese-planes-29788.html

7 DECEMBER 2013

Nepal, bureaucrats flee to Hindu temples to escape anti-corruption investigation

In recent days, dozens among politicians, officials and bureaucrats have flocked to Hindu temples in the center of Kathmandu. The move is a way to escape the crackdown on corruption launched by the Commission for the investigation of abuses committed by the authorities ( Ciaa ). At least 64 senior officials must respond to abuses of power and corruption

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal,-bureaucrats-flee-to-Hindu-temples-to-escape-anti-corruption-investigation-29747.html

3 DECEMBER 2012

Maoists, Ousted

For a brief moment in November, Nepal appeared to have finally escaped the endless cycle of instability, violence, and petty political brinkmanship in which it had been trapped for the last few decades. In defiance of a hard-line Maoist group that had tried to derail the country’s first general election in years with a campaign of low-level terrorism, voters turned out in record numbers. In doing so, they sent a clear message about their faith in democracy despite the chronic failures of their elected officials. But that moment of elation did not last.

http://www.foreignaffairs.com/features/letters-from/maoists-ousted

28 NOVEMBER 2013

Victorious Nepali Congress Party Tries to Woo Maoists

Nepal’s oldest political party has emerged as the biggest group after an election last week, a final count showed on Thursday, and the party is now trying to woo Maoist former rebels to join a national unity government in the volatile mountain nation
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-nepal-congress-party-tries-to-woo-maoists-for-stabilty/1799712.html

22 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepal election crisis after new rigging complaint

Fears of a prolonged political crisis in Nepal deepened Friday after a regional party joined the Maoists in alleging poll-rigging in post-war elections held this week.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/381293/nepal-election-crisis-after-new-rigging-complaint

Nepal, civil society and religions against kidnapping of child brides

In the western districts forced marriages are still widespread: During special « festivals », young men choose the most beautiful girls and kidnap them, forcing them to marry. In Nepal, this practice is illegal, but the silence of the people prolongs this tradition. Girls as young as 11 among victims.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal,-civil-society-and-religions-against-kidnapping-of-child-brides-29618.html

21 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepal Maoists demand halt to election vote counting

Maoists claim irregularities in election of national assembly, after early counts show former dominant political force trailing badly

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25030107

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/10464230/Nepal-Maoists-demand-halt-to-election-vote-counting.html

19 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepalis defy odds in high election turnout

Threats from poll-opposing parties, violence and bombs failed to dampen the people’s spirits as Nepal voted for the second Constituent Assembly on Tuesday. The election that saw a high turnout was largely peaceful, the Election Commission (EC) said.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepalis-defy-odds-in-high-election-turnout-54105.html

14 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepal’s radical Maoists on a rampage to stop elections

Assaults, arson and bombings are reported across the country. Two buses are bombed in the capital, critically injuring three passengers. On 19 November, Nepalis are called to elect a new Constituent Assembly. Ahead in the polls, Nepal’s Maoist party is embroiled in a scandal over leader Prachanda’s passion for luxury and excess.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal’s-radical-Maoists-on-a-rampage-to-stop-elections-29545.html

1 NOVEMBER 2013

Nepali opposition threaten elections

The Nepali government faces massive protests from opposition groups seeking to prevent Nepal’s post-monarchy elections for November 19.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/nepali-opposition-elections-208/

27 OCTOBER 2013

Nepal gets tough on poll code breach

Amid reports of rampant violation of the election code of conduct, the Election Commission on Saturday instituted a high-level panel to monitor and take action against those who run afoul of the law.The panel, headed by Chief Election Commissioner Neel Kantha Uprety, has allocated monitoring areas for the four other commissioners, authorising them to take action against anyone found violating the rules.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal-gets-tough-on-poll-code-breach-53279.html

25 OCTOBER 2013

Six Muslim leaders arrested for « illegal activities » in Nepal

Police arrested the men during a raid against a mosque in Bara (southern Nepal). For the authorities, they were not involved in religious activities, but in « illegal work ». For the country’s Muslim community, the government violated ‘religious freedom’.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Six-Muslim-leaders-arrested-for-illegal-activities-in-Nepal-29378.html

12 OCTOBER 2013

Inclusive Peacebuilding In Nepal: Challenges And Opportunities – Analysis

Current peacebuilding programmes in Nepal are not benefiting the people most affected by violence. The main problem is that the critical issue of inclusivity has not been properly addressed. Looking at the established ‘peace infrastructure’ and various peacebuilding activities, it’s easy to think a lot is being done to promote an inclusive peace. However, in reality very little is happening on the ground where it matters most.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/12102013-inclusive-peacebuilding-nepal-challenges-opportunities-analysis/

10 OCTOBER 2013

Nepal’s ‘humpty-dumpty’ political ride

Nepal has come a long way to reach to this point of democratic change.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/nepal-election-democracy-193/#!

4 OCTOBER 2013

The deft politicking of Nepal Army

The fact that the army is the most powerful state organ in Nepal is fairly unremarkable. It is an established norm of most countries, especially a post-conflict state managing a difficult democratic transition to peace. The interesting aspect of the Nepalese Army (NA), however, is its limited public role in national politics.

http://thediplomat.com/2013/10/04/the-deft-politicking-of-nepals-army/

28 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal’s slave girls

Can the young girls forced to work in middle class homes across the country break the bonds of slavery? Slavery is banned in Nepal. But hidden behind the walls of city homes, some still keep young girls as slaves called kamlaris.

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2013/09/20139249536331927.html

26 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal recalls envoy after she called Qatar ‘open jail’

Nepal on Thursday recalled its ambassador to Qatar after she compared the Middle Eastern emirate to an « open jail » for thousands of Nepali migrants who face abuse from employers there.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/371687/nepal-recalls-envoy-after-she-called-qatar-open-jail

23 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal: Alleged Mastermind Of Journalist’s 2009 Murder Arrested

Reporters Without Borders welcomes last week’s announcement by the police that they have arrested the suspected mastermind of the murder of journalist and women’s rights activist Uma Singh in the southeastern city of Janakpur in January 2009.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/23092013-nepal-alleged-mastermind-journalists-2009-murder-arrested/

20 SEPTEMBER 2013

Killers roam free in Nepal

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-200913.html

19 SEPTEMBER 2013

Do not use children for political gain, say Nepal’s child rights advocates

The Nepal National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and Unicef Nepal have expressed concern over the potential misuse, manipulation and engagement of children by political parties in pre- and post-election campaigns, as the country’s Constituent Assembly looms

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Do-not-use-children-for-political-gain-say-Nepals–51857.html

16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal: Communist Party Of Nepal-Maoist’s Election Dilemma

The splinter group led by Mohan Baidya, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), has been causing anxiety in Nepal’s political circles for many reasons. First, if CPN-M will join the election to be held in November for the second constituent assembly (CA). Second, what will be the consequences if CPN-M does not join the election? Ironically, in Nepal, even if both issues appear to be mutually exclusive at this stage, the current uncertainty implies that it will significantly influence the political process. In such a scenario, any attempt to underplay or side step Mohan Baidya’s faction will seriously undermine the legitimacy of the political process required for the CA 2. Legitimacy and consensus are more important as the outcome of the CA 1 were not very encouraging.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/16092013-nepal-communist-party-nepal-maoists-election-dilemma-analysis/

14 SEPTEMBER 2013

India And Nepal: Koirala’s Visit And New Delhi’s Interests

Is there a reason why the Indian government has frequently been extending invites to Nepali leaders to visit India in the past few months? What impact could this particular visit have on the current Nepali political scenario?
http://www.eurasiareview.com/14092013-india-and-nepal-koiralas-visit-and-new-delhis-interests-analysis/

12 SEPTEMBER 2013

Nepal strike shuts down capital

A general strike called by an alliance of opposition political parties to oppose government plans for elections in November has shut down Nepal’s capital, closing schools and markets.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/09/201391253132992536.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

Kathmandu: Christians have no right to a cemetery

The measure, which was to « preserve the sanctity of the soil near the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath » compels a minority to seek burial sites concealed in the forest or near the rivers. Christian leader: « We fear that the Nepalese Hindu faith profane our graves. » The government does not respond to the requests of the faithful.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu:-Christians-have-no-right-to-a-cemetery-28912.html

23 AUGUST 2013

China tries to cover up giant corruption scandal in Nepal

Nepali authorities detain 22 senior Nepali officials as well as 2 Chinese suppliers who worked with the state electricity company following an unprecedented operation by Anti-Corruption Commission. The identity of the Chinese company involved is still unknown, but Beijing is concerned the story might discredit its electrical product exports.

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/China-tries-to-cover-up-giant-corruption-scandal-in-Nepal-28817.html

16 AUGUST 2013

As long as Nepal is crippled by caste, it shall remain an economic untouchable

Nepal’s rigid caste system is holding the country back, preventing it from taking part in the economic revolution of its neighbours

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/10248100/As-long-as-Nepal-is-crippled-by-caste-it-shall-remain-an-economic-untouchable.html

15 AUGUST 2013

Patience fading for Nepali judge turned premier

The chief justice and interim government chief, Khilraj Regmi, has shocked even some of his supporters by proposing an extensive budget, making sweeping bureaucratic changes and exercising the full power of a prime minister.

http://asiancorrespondent.com/112011/patience-fading-for-nepali-judge-turned-premier/

31 JULY 2013

Nepal claims strategic middle ground

Nepal’s highest-ranking military officer has returned from China with promises of improved relations, disaster aid, and cold hard cash. The trip served to highlight Beijing’s growing political, economic, and cultural influence in the Himalayan nation. As New Delhi looks on with trepidation, Nepalese leaders are attempting to leverage their crucial geopolitical position between the Asian giants for their own benefit.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/CHIN-01-310713.html

24 JULY 2013

Two Nepalese women accused of witchcraft and tortured in a Buddhist monastery

Beaten and tortured all night by neighbours on suspicion of practicing black magic. Police arrested only two of those responsible. In Nepal traditionally older women or widows are often accused of being witches, and for this tortured and burned alive.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Two-Nepalese-women-accused-of-witchcraft-and-tortured-in-a-Buddhist-monastery-28558.html

15 JULY 2013

Nepal: Moving Towards Elections – Analysis

On June 13, 2013, the Interim Election Government formed on March 13, 2013, headed by Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi, announced November 19, 2013, as the date for holding fresh Constituent Assembly (CA) elections. After the dissolution of the first CA on May 27, 2012, it was first decided to hold elections for the new CA on November 22, 2012. The absence of a political consensus forced a deadline extension to June 21, 2013, and now, further, to November 19.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/15072013-nepal-moving-towards-elections-analysis/

Nepal’s ministry issues 600,000 citizenship certificates in 1 month

Despite haggling among political parties over the distribution of citizenship certificates, Nepal’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) gave out over 600,000 national IDs in one month.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepals-ministry-issues-600000-citizenship-certific-49173.html

17 JUNE 2013

Caritas Nepal against slave-like child labour

Nepali law bans child labour under the age of 14, but children are the most sought after domestic workers. Torture and abuse often go along with the job, especially if children spend too much time studying. For Caritas, children’s rights should be respected, including the « right to practice one’s own religion ». http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Caritas-Nepal-against-slave-like-child-labour-28223.html

13 JUNE 2013

The battle against child labour in Nepal continues

Having “rescued” around 150 underage children working in Bhaktapur’s sari embroidery factories in July last year, the Nepalese government and private agencies concerned might have lauded their move as a giant leap towards curbing child labour in the country. However, no less than a year down the line, the problem that was supposed to have been solved in Bhaktapur has shifted to Thankot, a few kilometres west of Kalanki in Kathmandu.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/The-battle-against-child-labour-in-Nepal-continues-47906.html

5 JUNE 2013

Kamalari, girls and women victims of slavery in Nepal

Sold into slavery by their families in debt. Kathmandu condemns slavery, but in the poorest regions of the country, it remains a common practice. An activist: « victims of continuing violence, but police will not conduct any investigation. »

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kamalari,-girls-and-women-victims-of-slavery-in-Nepal-28120.html

30 MAY 2013

Nepal’s parties set up panel to settle poll law dispute

Amid delay in the announcement of the new Constituent Assembly (CA) election date, Nepal’s major political parties represented at the High-level Political Committee (HLPC) on Thursday 30 formed a taskforce to settle disputed issues in an electoral law.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepal’s-parties-set-up-panel-to-settle-poll-law–47431.html

17 MAY 2013

China Increases Investment in Himalayan Neighbor Nepal

In recent years, Nepal has deepened its already strong ties with China – some say to counter its reliance on India for aid and investment

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-nepal-investment/1663184.html

23 APRIL 2013

Nepal promises China to crack down on Tibetan refugees

On a visit to Beijing, the leader of the Maoist party in Nepal Prachanda promises Xi Jinping to repress any anti-Chinese protests. « The national stability and integrity of both countries will not be compromised in the name of religious freedom and human rights. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-promises-China-to-crack-down-on-Tibetan-refugees-27732.html

14 MARCH 2014

Nepal’s 36th prime minister officially sworn in

Nepal’s Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi has been sworn in as the Chairman of the Interim Election Government at the President’s office in Kathmandu on Thursday                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.asianewsnet.net/Nepals-36th-prime-minister-officially-sworn-in-44038.html

http://asiancorrespondent.com/102075/top-nepal-judge-becomes-head-of-interim-government/

2 MARCH 2013

Nepal appoints a prime minister who can not govern

Khilaraj Regmi, chairman of the Supreme Court, will not take office until March 7. The two posts are incompatible and his appointment is unconstitutional. June 5 elections at risk.                                                                                                                                               http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-appoints-a-prime-minister-who-can-not-govern-27282.html

1 MARCH 2013

Hindu gurus accused of rape and drug dealing

In the last few days, five young women came close to being raped at the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath. People blame Hindu gurus, from Nepal and India, who have come to Kathmandu for the festival of Maha Shivaratri. The holy men attract young followers offering hashish and marijuana. Those who cannot pay in cash pay « in nature ».                                                                                                                  http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Hindu-gurus-accused-of-rape-and-drug-dealing-27280.html

25 FEBRURAY 2013

Nepal: The mega transition

Nepal’s political gridlock has crossed all limits. The recent proposition to appoint Chief Justice Khil Raj Regmi as prime minister with a team of technocrats has been met with mixed reactions. While the major political parties have ultimately dragged themselves to the point of agreement, another Maoist faction led by Vaidya has severely criticized the move.

http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/nepal-the-mega-transition/

20 FEBRUARY 2013

Chief justice to become new prime minister

Khil Raj Regmi will replace Maoist Baburan Bhattarai. The country’s main parties have accepted his appointment. He will lead the country until elections for a constituent assembly are held on 5 June. Smaller parties protest, claiming that the appointment of a chief justice to the post of prime minister is a violation of the constitution                                                                                                                            http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Chief-justice-to-become-new-prime-minister-27189.html

19 FEBRUARY 2013

Nepal parties agree on new interim PM

Nepal’s major political parties have agreed to form an interim government led by a supreme court chief justice, and to hold elections in June, in an attempt to end the deadlock that has left the nation without a fully functioning government since last year. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/02/20132196114628235.html

25 JANUARY 2013

Is a New Maoist Revolution Brewing in Nepal?

Around 1,000 leading cadre of the regrouped Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) agreed to pursue a strategy of “people’s revolt” against the coalition government that includes their former allies, during their seventh general convention on January 9-14. The event was the first of its kind since a radical faction of the United Communist Party of Nepal (UCPN) split last June and retook the CPN-Maoist name that the party held during its decade-long insurgency that resulted in the ousting of the Nepali monarchy in 2007.              http://newsjunkiepost.com/2013/01/25/is-a-new-maoist-revolution-brewing-in-nepal/?goback=%2Egde_3681308_member_209601525

24 JANUARY 2013

Unrest in Nepal over journalist Dekendra Thapa’s 2004 murder

Two senior officials in the western Nepalese district of Dailekh have been transferred, a day after violent protests against a visit by Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai.                                                                                                                                                    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21181407

10 JANUARY 2013

PM stops trials involving Maoists

Baburan Bhattarai stops the investigations of a number of murders by Maoist rebels, including that of Dekendra Thapa, a journalist killed in 2004. In 2010, the government dropped 309 cases involving acts of violence.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/PM-stops-trials-involving-Maoists-26835.html

7 JANUARY 2013

Nepalese protest violence against women

Hundreds of protesters have gathered outside the prime minister’s residence in Nepal for a 10th day to protest against the alleged rape and robbery of a maid by officials and other violence against women.                      http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/01/20131714247955976.html

2 JANUARY 2013

Like India, Nepal is powerless against rising violence against women

Figures from 2012 show a terrible picture. Sixty-four per cent of Nepali women are victims of domestic and gender-based abuse. About 71 per cent of all victims between 26 and 35 years of age are deemed at risk                                                                                            http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Like-India,-Nepal-is-powerless-against-rising-violence-against-women-26754.html

21 DECEMBER 2012

Can Nepal’s Republic Be Saved?

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-21/can-nepals-republic-be-saved?goback=%2Egde_1569157_member_199102250#r%3Dglo-s

18 OCTOBER 2012

Nepal: Government hobbles human rights commission

Mismanagement of Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) and its lack of independence, as well as frequent changes of government and an ongoing constitutional stalemate, have weakened the group’s ability to pursue war-era crimes, say officials and activists. Almost 18,000 civilians died during a civil conflict between Maoist separatists and the government from 1996-2006, but so far no one has been prosecuted for war crimes
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/96579/NEPAL-Government-hobbles-human-rights-commission

2 OCTOBER 2012

Nepal cinemas close after Maoist orders

Most cinemas in Nepal’s capital were closed to film fans on Tuesday after their owners bowed to demands by hardline Maoists to stop screen

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121002-375088.htmling Bollywood movies.

21 SEPTEMBER 2012

Nepal, secular parties against King Gyanendra’s « religious » visit

Under the guise of a religious pilgrimage, the former monarch is to visit the districts of Kanski, Myagdi and Parbat in the western region. Local Maoist authorities announce a boycott. Whole villages festively decorated for the arrival of the king. Consensus, especially among the poorer classes of the Hindu religion disappointed by Maoism
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal,-secular-parties-against-King-Gyanendra’s-religious-visit-25881.html

3 AUGUST 2012

Hundreds march in Nepal in support of gay rights

Gays, lesbians, transgender people and their supporters marched in a Nepalese town Friday to demand recognition as a third gender in citizen certificates, to allow same-sex marriage and to criminalize discrimination based on sexual preference.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/87063/hundreds-march-in-nepal-in-support-of-gay-rights/

20 JULY 2012

Revolution of Nepalese women: from slavery of Hindu culture to flying planes

Until a few decades ago, women were burned on the pyre of their deceased husband as a gesture of submission. Their emancipation is the visible sign a secular state and the presence of associations for women’s rights in the territory. The story of Anusha Udas, a girl of 22 who become pilot thanks to perseverance and family support.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Revolution-of-Nepalese-women:-from-slavery-of-Hindu-culture-to-flying-planes-25344.html

15 JUNE 2012

NEPAL: The hidden costs of early marriage

Thousands of Nepali girls leave school every year to get married, missing out on their education, the government says. Parents are often unaware of the impact that trying to save the money spent on education can have on the future of their daughter.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95654/NEPAL-The-hidden-costs-of-early-marriage

30 MAY 2012

Political impasse deepens economic uncertainty

Most Nepalese face an uncertain economic future and the possibility of political unrest after Nepal’s Constituent Assembly (CA) failed to agree on a new constitution on 27 May
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/95553/NEPAL-Political-impasse-deepens-economic-uncertainty

21 MARCH 2012

Nepal, poverty and unemployment push thousands of people to suicide

The cases have increased by 31% since 2010. The average is 4 thousand suicides a year. In Bara, an unemployed mother with severe economic difficulties kills herself and her children.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal,-poverty-and-unemployment-push-thousands-of-people-to-suicide-24295.html

11 MARCH 2012

Nepal could become a drug hub

After the decades of 1970s and early 1980s, Nepal is again on the verge of becoming a major transit point for illegal drugs trade between Asian nations and rest of the world, police have warned
http://www.ekantipur.com/2012/03/11/top-story/nepal-could-become-a-drug-hub/350353.html

10 MARCH 212

Big power deal gives Chinese foothold in Nepal

The power play between China and India for influence in the strategic Himalayan state of Nepal has just got electric. China has signed a US$1.6 billion ) agreement to develop the 760MW West Seti Project hydropower plant in Nepal
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=28508&sec=2

9 FEBRUARY 2012

In Nepal,  Baidya faction demands PM’s resignation

The hardline faction of the UCPN (Maoist) led by Vice Chairman Mohan on Thursday demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai. Baidya-faction has been enraged by the Cabinet’s decision to scrap the legalisation of the land transactions made by the Maoist parallel government during decade-long insurgency
http://www.ekantipur.com/2012/02/09/top-story/baidya-faction-demands-pms-resignation/348666.html

3 FEBRUARY 2012

Nepal former rebels begin to leave camps

Thousands of former Maoist fighters in Nepal have begun demobilising, five years after they ended their armed revolt. More than 7,000 fighters, confined to camps since 2007, are receiving money to help them return to civilian life
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16876353

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Nepal cancels ‘crucial’ border talks with China

Nepal has unilaterally cancelled the proposed boundary talks with China, after the latter refused to recognise Nepal’s stance over the missing Pillar No 57 in Lamabagar, Rasuwa (northern Nepal) http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=27262&sec=1

18 NOVEMBER 2011

Nepal begins reintegration of Maoist fighters

Government monitors have reached seven camps spread across Nepal to begin asking 19,000 former fighters whether they will join the army or leave with cash to start new lives, five years after ending their armed operations to join a peace process.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/11/20111118171652882539.html

11 NOVEMBER 2011

Search for Buddha maternal home

Nepal’s Department of Archaeology (DoA) and Lumbini Development Trust (LDT) in unison are trying to ascertain whether Lumbini-based  Devdaha was the maternal home of Gautam Buddha
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=23807&sec=10

1 NOVEMBER 2011

Nepal parties agree final part of landmark peace deal

Nepal’s main political parties have agreed the last part of a landmark peace deal after years of wrangling. A spokesman for the prime minister said the deal revolves around the future of about 19,000 former Maoist fighters.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15542959

18 OCTOBER 2011

US ‘enormously optimistic’ about peace process

There is an emphatic view among Nepal’s major political actors that the current peace process is nearing a successful conclusion and the hardest part of the process is already completed, according to a visiting senior US official.
http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/10/18/top-story/us-enormously-optimistic-about-peace-process/342359.html

8 September 2011

Nepalese victor seen as pro-Delhi plant

The election of Baburam Bhattarai as Nepal’s fifth prime minister in four years appears a defeat for democracy and a victory for the revolutionary left, but Nepal’s elites fear pro-Indian elements will benefit the most
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/MI09Df02.html

1 AUGUST 2011

Nepal says no to Beijing’s mega tourism project for the birthplace of Buddha

The government of Nepal has blocked a joint China-UN project amounting to three billion dollars to transform Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, into a mega tourist attraction. According to Mod Raj Dotel, secretary of the Nepali Ministry of Culture, Beijing acted without notifying
the appropriate government offices and has no right to interfere in the religious traditions of Nepal Discovered by archaeologists in 1897, the site of Lumbini has become one of the most important places of Buddhism and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each year millions of pilgrims make the pilgrimage to the small village. To date the area is surrounded only by monasteries and no other major constructions are allowed. In recent days, the Asia Pacific Exchange and Cooperation Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the UN Industrial Development Organization to develop the area creating hotels, restaurants and an airport
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-says-no-to-Beijing’s-mega-tourism-project-for-the-birthplace-of-Buddha-22248.html

11 JUNE 2011

For the first time non-Hindu included in Nepalese census

The Nepalese government has started the national census of population. And for the first time in the history of the country, the count – started June 17 – will also cover the faithful who do not profess the Hindu religion. Since the declaration of state secularism, enshrined in 2006, and 10 years after the last statistical survey, the Himalayan republic has gradually given greater recognition to religious minorities, including Christians, for their efforts for the welfare and development of nation
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Kathmandu,-for-the-first-time-Christians-included-in-Nepalese-census-21873.html

2 JUNE 2011

Nepal needs tourism to avoid going bust

The number of visitors to Nepal is up, especially from Asia. Despite tensions and social disorder, tourism remains crucial for the country’s development, but for experts, the sector alone cannot sustain the Nepali economy
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Nepal-needs-tourism-to-avoid-going-bust-21730.html

21 FEBRUARY 2011

Nepal caught between China and India

A recent recording making the rounds in Nepal featured a Maoist party leader speaking to a man with a Chinese accent. During the 12-minute tape, the Chinese voice offers $6.9 million to bribe 50 Nepali legislators for help in forming a Maoist-led government that would favor China
over India.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-nepal-china-20110220,0,7857485.story

30 JUNE 2010

Nepalese Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal announces his resignation in a televised speech. He says that he wanted to bring an end to political deadlock in the country and move the peace process forward
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10464705.stm

29 MAY 2009

Madhav Kumar Nepal, former general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) is elected the new Prime
Minister of Nepal
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-05/23/content_11424604.htm

 

5 MAY 2009

Nepal’s Prime Minister Prachanda resigns after his decision to sack the army chief was rebuffed by the President
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2009/05/20095494952290711.html

1 MAY 2009

Nepal’s army
chief is fired by the ruling Maoists in a row over the integration of their former fighters into the armed forces
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8031302.stm

15 AUGUST 2008

Maoist leader Prachanda is elected as Nepal’s Prime Minister
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7563816.stm

21 JULY 2008

Ram Baran Yadav, from the Nepalese Congress, is elected first president of the Republic of Nepal
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-07/21/content_8741639.htm

 

28 MAY 2008

Nepal’s new Constituent Assembly abolishes the 240-year-old monarchy and declared the country a « secular, federal democratic republic. »
http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14683139

2 MAY 2008

For the first time, USA have talk with Maoists in Nepal
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7379567.stm

11 APRIL 2008

In Nepal, people vote in elections that will decide the future of the direction of the country
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7339813.stm

27 MARCH 2008

Nepal Maoist said they will not playing China or India card
http://www.asianewsnet.net/news.php?aid=16486

 

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11 MAY 2018

Philippines chief justice, Duterte’s critic, expelled by Supreme Court colleagues

The Philippine Supreme Court voted on Friday to remove Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno for allegedly failing to file statements of assets and liabilities as required by law
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-chief-justice-dutertes-critic-expelled-by-supreme-court-colleagues/a-43737003
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/05/12/1814510/supreme-court-ousts-sereno
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/989609/ouster-ruling-on-sereno-a-legal-abomination-says-sc-justice

9 MAY 2018

Manila’s top envoy to Beijing hails landmark deal opening up China to influx of 500,000 migrant workers

A top-level Philippine envoy to Beijing on Wednesday revealed that the two countries were close to a deal which would see the number of Filipino migrants employed in China swell to 500,000 – more than double the estimated current total
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2145421/william-j-lima-hails-landmark-deal-opens-china-influx

9 APRIL 2018

Duterte urges Congress to ‘fast-track’ impeachment of top judge

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has told members of parliament they must « fast-track » the impeachment of the country’s top judge after she hinted that he might be behind the moves to sack her
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/duterte-urges-congress-fast-track-impeachment-top-judge-180409150254908.html
https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/04/10/1804532/sereno-must-be-out-supreme-court-duterte

2 APRIL 2018

Philippines: Detained senator De Lima calls for greater protection of rights defenders under Duterte

Detained senator Leila de Lima renewed her call for greater protection for human rights defenders in the Philippines as the threat number of attacks against continues to rise under President Rodrigo Duterte
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/philippines-de-lima-calls-for-greater-protection-of-rights-defenders-under-duterte/#2y9YfxEMxZF7ULXK.99
https://asianews.network/2018/04/03/profile-leila-de-lima/

11 MARCH 2018

At least 44 militants killed in clash with Philippines troops

At least 44 pro-Daesh militants were killed and 26 more were wounded when Philippine soldiers shelled positions held by the rebels in southern Maguindanao province, the army said on Sunday
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/11/555102/Philippines-Daesh-militants-soldiers-military-Marawi-Abu-Sayyaf
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/974381/biff-casulaties-in-battle-with-army-maguindanao

5 MARCH 2018

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to skip Asean summit in Australia amid backlash over human rights record

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is skipping a regional summit in Australia this month, his spokesman said Monday, as he faces international censure for Manila’s deadly drug war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2135765/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-skip-asean-summit-australia

26 FEBRUARY 2018

‘Happy anniversary’: Calls for Philippine senator De Lima’s release from prison

Human rights groups have marked the anniversary of de Lima’s incarceration by calling for an end to her imprisonment. Parliamentarians from across Southeast Asia reiterated their call for her immediate and unconditional release
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/02/happy-anniversary-calls-philippine-senator-de-limas-release-prison/#5FS5rUepZJQ7xyPo.99

21 FEBRUARY 2018

Duterte bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace

The president of the Philippines has ordered that two journalists be banned from entering the presidential palace, an act one Filipino reporters’ rights group described as « appalling and extremely unbecoming » of a president
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/duterte-bans-rappler-reporters-presidential-palace-180220130842018.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/970379/roque-duterte-felt-betrayed-by-rappler-reporter
https://beta.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/21/1790003/lorenzana-presidential-guards-have-no-right-harm-threaten-rappler-personnel

19 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippines arrests suspected former leader of Daesh Takfiri

Philippine police have arrested a suspected former leader of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group during a raid on his apartment in the capital Manila
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/19/552901/Philippines-Daesh-leader-arrest
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2133859/philippine-forces-arrest-egyptian-ex-islamic-state
https://beta.philstar.com/headlines/2018/02/20/1789586/arrested-foreigner-tagged-recruiter

8 FEBRUARY 2018

ICC examining complaint against Duterte over drug war deaths

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has informed the Philippines that it has begun a preliminary examination of a complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte that accuses him of crimes against humanity, his spokesman said on Thursday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/icc-examining-complaint-against-duterte-over-drug-war-deaths-14980
http://www.manilatimes.net/icc-begins-probe-war-drugs/379107/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/02/duterte-ready-personally-defend-international-criminal-court/#PvV2UvZ2UMgArDeq.97

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Philippine security forces capture top Maoist guerilla leader following the failure of peace talks

Philippine security forces arrested the head of the Communist movement’s armed wing following President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to target guerilla leaders after peace talks collapsed, police and human rights lawyers said on Thursday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131506/philippine-security-forces-capture-top-maoist-guerilla
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/01/18/baylosis-undergoes-inquest-after-arrest-in-qc
http://www.manilatimes.net/ndf-consultant-peace-talks-govt-arrested/377677/

29 JANUARY 2018

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte suspends anti-graft official after bank records ‘leak’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday punished an anti-graft prosecutor suspected of leaking his bank records after an opposition politician had accused Duterte of corruption
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2131061/philippines-president-rodrigo-duterte-suspends-anti-graft
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/01/30/1782688/palace-suspends-deputy-ombudsman-melchor-arthur-carandang
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/641373/suspension-of-deputy-ombudsman-an-impeachable-offense-says-trillanes/story/

8 JANUARY 2018

 Duterte’s pastor takes over Catholic leadership, signalling better ties

Strained relations between President Rodrigo Duterte and the Catholic Church are likely to improve with the top Catholic religious leaders in Davao City – Duterte’s hometown – taking over the helm of one of the institutions staunchly critical of Duterte
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/dutertes-pastor-takes-catholic-leadership-role-starting-2018-better-terms-church/#q4uwkxRfEPYZREaL.97

20 DECEMBER 2017

Philippine President Duterte declares unilateral Christmas ceasefire with communist rebels

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Mr Duterte ordered the army and police to suspend offensive operations from December 24 to January 2 « to lessen the apprehension of the public this Christmas season »
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-20/philippine-leader-declares-unilateral-ceasefire-for-christmas/9277050?section=world
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/637134/duterte-orders-holiday-ceasefire-palace-expects-reds-to-do-the-same/story/

19 DECEMBER 2017

Philippine Navy chief sacked over P16-B frigate contract

Navy Flag Officer in Command (FOIC) Vice Adm. Ronald Joseph Mercado was sacked on Tuesday amid controversy involving a weapons system procurement plan
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/953624/afp-relieves-ph-navy-chief-afp-mercado-navy-relief-weapons-system-procurement-empedrad#ixzz51k5cnnWB
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/20/1770151/navy-chief-vice-admiral-ronald-joseph-mercado-sacked
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/philippine-navy-chief-sacked-in-surprise-move-13441

13 DECEMBER 2017

Philippines: Martial law extended in Mindanao for another year

The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved President Rodrigo Duterte’s request to extend martial law in the entire Mindanao island for one year, enraging civil society, church and militant groups
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/12/martial-law-philippines-extended/#cKAh2splrRIUzKu2.99
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/12/13/545458/Philippines-martial-law-Mindanao-Daesh-Duterte
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/12/14/1768251/duterte-wont-rule-out-nationwide-martial-law

5 DECEMBER 2917

Duterte declares CPP, NPA as terrorist organizations

Rodrigo Duterte has signed a proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as terrorist organizations
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/950017/duterte-declares-cpp-npa-as-terrorist-organizations#ixzz50VGDEsrr
https://www.theepochtimes.com/philippine-government-classifies-communists-as-terrorists_2380913.html

10 NOVEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte, Philippines president says he killed someone as teenager

« At 16, I killed someone, » he told Filipinos in the Vietnamese city of Da Nang, where he is attending a regional summit. He said he stabbed the person « just over a look »
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41939823
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/10/filipino-leader-claims-stabbed-someone-death-teenager-country/

2 NOVEMBER 2017

Philippines remains one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists

The Philippines has been once again been recognised as one of the world’s most deadly countries for journalists, who are targeted by corrupt political and business actors with impunity
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/11/philippines-remains-one-dangerous-places-earth-journalists/#hGGB9JHeZtoRv63K.99

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

Philippines slams 39 countries calling for end to killings

The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow an investigation in cooperation with the international community
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/29/philippines-slams-39-countries-calling-for-end-to-killings.html
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/09/30/1744077/philippines-drug-war-alarms-39-countries-un

10 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rodrigo Duterte defends his decision to declare a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte on dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ 100th birth anniversary

The outspoken Duterte, who has previously hailed Marcos as the country’s best-ever president, has declared the anniversary a holiday in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte where they still wield political power
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/929402/ferdinand-marcos-100th-birth-anniversary-rodrigo-duterte-marcos-family
http://www.manilatimes.net/ilocanos-marcos-hero-duterte/349959/

21 AUGUST 2017

Thousands demand end to killings in Duterte’s drug war

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Philippine capital of Manila to denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, as they marked the death anniversary of one of the country’s pro-democracy heroes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/thousands-demand-killings-duterte-drug-war-170821124440845.html
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/924450/protests-against-war-on-drugs-rodrigo-duterte-kian-loyd-delos-santos
http://www.manilatimes.net/outrage-fires-coalition-drug-war-du30-face-isolation/346005/

22 JULY 2017

Philippines votes to extend martial law in south until end of 2017

The Philippine congress on Saturday voted to extend president Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law in the south until the end of the year to defeat Islamist militants
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MILITANT_SIEGE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-22-06-26-52
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/philippines-votes-to-extend-martial-law-in-south-until-end-of-2017-1.613078
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40690589

19 JULY 2017

Philippine government calls off formal talks, backchannel negotiations with Reds

Negotiations between the government and communists will not resume next month and even informal talks have been canceled because of recent guerrilla attacks
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/07/19/1721104/govt-calls-formal-talks-backchannel-negotiations-reds
http://www.manilatimes.net/govt-cancels-talks-reds/339389/

17 JULY 2017

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offers Muslim self-rule to counter ISIS

President Rodrigo Duterte offered self-rule to the Philippines’ Muslim minority on Monday (July 17) in an attempt to defeat Islamist militants who have seized a southern city in the gravest challenge to his year-old rule
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-president-rodrigo-duterte-offers-muslim-self-rule-to-counter-isis
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-form-moro-country/339014/
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_PHILIPPINES_MUSLIM_REBELS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-17-08-15-30

29 JUNE 2017

The brutal war on drugs in the Philippines – in pictures

 A year on from the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte, his ‘war on drugs’ has claimed the lives of more than 7,000 Filipinos, according to Human Rights Watch
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2017/jun/29/the-brutal-war-on-drugs-in-the-philippines-in-pictures

29 MAY 2017

Philippines calls off peace talks with Communist rebels

The Philippine government on Sunday formally called off the latest round of peace talks with communist insurgents, after the parties failed to resolve a dispute over a rebel order for fighters to step up attacks
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/05/philippines-calls-peace-talks-communist-rebels-170528203757454.html
http://www.philstar.com/opinion/2017/05/29/1704539/editorial-defiance

23 MAY 2017

Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao

President Rodrigo Duterte on 10 p.m. Tuesday declared martial law in the entire Mindanao island amid the ongoing clashes between government troops and Maute group terrorists in Marawi City, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/05/23/1703088/duterte-declares-martial-law-mindanao
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/23/17/duterte-declares-martial-law-in-mindanao

18 MAY 2017

Philippines rejects millions in EU development aid

The Philippines has rejected €250 million in development assistance from the European Union due to perceived interference in domestic matters
http://www.asianews.network/content/philippines-rejects-millions-eu-development-aid-46070
http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/05/18/17/palace-ph-only-rejecting-eu-aid-with-conditions

11 APRIL 2017

Abu Sayyaf spokesman and kidnapping mastermind Muamar Askali killed in Bohol clashes

Soldiers battling Abu Sayyaf in central Philippines are reported to have killed a key commander of the armed group who had been blamed for the beheadings of two Canadians and a German hostage
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/abu-sayyaf-spokesman-and-kidnapping-mastermind-muamar-askali-killed-in-bohol-clash
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/04/army-kills-abu-sayyaf-commander-blamed-beheadings-170412052319125.html

17 MARCH 2017

European Parliament calls for De Lima’s release and probe on war on drugs in Philippines

Manila was up in arms Friday over a European Parliament resolution calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima from detention, with Philippine officials condemning it as an unwarranted intrusion into internal affairs
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/603444/news/nation/european-parliament-calls-for-de-lima-s-release-and-probe-on-war-on-drugs?related
https://m.facebook.com/hrw.ph/posts/1590619237633793
http://www.philstar.com/news-videos/2017/03/17/1682057/watch-debate-eu-parliament-dutertes-drug-war

15 MARCH 2017

On the Communist Party of the Philippines’ support for fascistic President Duterte

Published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/03/15/phil-m15.html

14 MARCH 2017

Hard-hitting’ journalist slain in Philippines

Gunmen have shot dead a controversial newspaper columnist in the Philippines, media groups said on Tuesday, marking the latest journalist death in one of the world’s most dangerous nations for reporters
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/hard-hitting-journalist-slain-in-philippines-1.1994109

8 MARCH 2017

Philippines lawmakers dismiss foreign minister Perfecto Yasay amid scrutiny over US citizenship

Philippine lawmakers on Wednesday rejected the appointment of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay after ruling he lied to them about being an American Citizen
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2077082/philippines-lawmakers-dismiss-foreign-minister-yasay-amid
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/03/09/1679352/yasay-dumped-lying

Philippines house overwhelmingly approves re-imposition death penalty

The Philippine House of Representatives has approved a bill to restore the death penalty, 11 years after it was abolished. The government has called the measure « a vital tool » in Duterte’s war on drugs
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/03/philippines-house-overwhelmingly-approves-re-imposition-death-penalty/#ySBY5vgmUuqL7JR9.97
http://www.dw.com/en/philippines-moves-to-restore-death-penalty-for-drug-offenses/a-37841088
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/878935/senators-divided-on-fate-of-death-penalty-measure

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines: Liberal Party senators, closed to De Lima, are expelled from their key posts in the Senate

Members of the LP in the Senate have been vocal about their opposition to the Duterte administration’s war on drugs and its proposal to reimpose capital punishment
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/philippines-de-lima-allies-ousted-senate-chairmanships/
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/876109/lp-members-ousted-from-senate-majority
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/601238/news/nation/lp-senators-see-palace-hand-in-ouster

24 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines senator Leila de Lima who branded President Duterte ‘serial killer’ arrested on drug charges

The highest-profile critic of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal drug war was arrested on Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the “sociopathic serial killer”
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/24/philippines-senator-leila-de-lima-president-duterte-serial-killer-faces-arrest
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/875166/de-lima-i-wont-be-silenced
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2073519/top-critic-dutertes-drug-war-dodges-arrest

18 FEBRUARY 2917

Thousands of Filipino Catholics march against death penalty, war on drugs

Thousands of Roman Catholics marched in the Philippines capital Manila on Saturday in the biggest gathering denouncing extra-judicial killings and a government plan to reimpose the death penalty for criminals
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/thousands-filipino-catholics-march-against-death-penalty-war-drugs
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2072021/philippine-church-show-force-vs-drug-killings

6 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippine army arrests communist rebel leader after peace bid collapses

Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader, days after President Rodrigo Duterte scrapped a ceasefire with the insurgents and as clashes between them and the army erupted in several places
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-orders-arrest-communist-leaders/310919/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-army-arrests-communist-rebel-leader-after-peace-bid-collapses-1.1974270

5 FEBRUARY 2017

Philippines’ Duterte scraps peace talks with communist rebels

 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said the government is « cancelling » its peace talks with the communist rebels
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031862.htm
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2017/02/06/1669507/duterte-labels-cpp-npa-ndf-terror-group
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-brands-reds-terrorists/310755/

31 JANUARY 2017

Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war could constitute crime against humanity, Amnesty International report says

A wave of drug-related killings in the Philippines appears to be « systematic, planned and organised » by authorities and could constitute crimes against humanity, according to an Amnesty International report
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-01/rodrigo-duterte-drug-war-may-be-crimes-against-humanity-amnesty/8228318?section=world
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/amnesty-warns-of-crimes-against-humanity-in-philippines/3481622.html

27 JANUARY 2017

Filipinos approve Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia

Many Filipinos approve of President Rodrigo Duterte’s position to seek security and defense cooperation with China and Russia, the latest Pulse Asia survey showed
http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/content/survey-filipinos-favor-defense-ties-china-russia

26 JANUARY 2017

Philippine talks with communist rebels end with no deal on truce

A third round of peace talks between the Philippines and communist rebels ended Wednesday with no deal on a permanent ceasefire the government had billed as its primary goal
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2065578/philippine-talks-communist-rebels-end-no-deal-truce
http://www.manilatimes.net/talks-reds-end-no-ceasefire/308994/

30 DECEMBER 2016

Philippine Economic Growth on Track to Lead Southeast Asia

The Philippine economy likely grew faster than any other in Southeast Asia this year, aided by stronger diplomacy with China and Japan and increased spending on infrastructure and the call-center industry
http://www.voanews.com/a/philippine-economic-growth-on-track-to-lead-southwest-asia/3656732.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/philippine-growth-quickens-to-7-1-on-duterte-s-spending-spree

22 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines journalist killed after criticising officials over illegal drug lab

A Philippine provincial newspaper publisher has been shot dead after writing a column alleging official negligence over a recently discovered methamphetamine laboratory, in the first killing of a journalist during the country’s war on drugs
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/philippines-journalist-killed-after-criticising-officials-over-illegal-drug-lab
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-journalist-slain-dutertes-war-drugs/

5 DECEMBER 2016

Philippines VP vows to take on Duterte after cabinet exit

Philippines Vice President Leni Robredo resigned from the cabinet on Monday but vowed to lead the opposition and challenge the policies of President Rodrigo Duterte, including his deadly war on drugs and moves to reinstate the death penalty
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-vp-vows-take-duterte-after-cabinet-exit
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/12/philippines-vice-president-leni-robredo-quits-cabinet-citing-plot-steal-job/

18 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos given controversial hero’s burial

The former Philippine dictator, Ferdinand Marcos, has been given a hero’s burial with military honours, a deeply controversial move three decades after he was ousted in a “People Power” revolution
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/philippine-dictator-ferdinand-marcos-given-controversial-heros-burial
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/ferdinand-marcos-hero-burial-philippines-161118043531138.html
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/18/marcos-philippine-president-citizens-react-heros-burial-manila-dictator-duterte

8 NOVEMBER 2016

Philippine dictator Marcos allowed hero’s burial, Supreme Court rules

Ex-Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos can be buried at the national heroes’ cemetery, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a hugely controversial verdict that critics warned would whitewash his crimes and divide the nation
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2044031/philippine-dictator-marcos-allowed-heros-burial-supreme
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/08/philippines-president-ferdinand-marcos-granted-heros-burial-manila

19 OCTOBER 2016

Duterte always loved communists – except when he was killing them

When Washington Post correspondent Keith Richburg paid a call on Davao City police chief in 1987, he found himself following a trail of blood up the wooden stairs to the Philippine Constabulary colonel’s office. The city’s mayor then was Rodrigo Duterte
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2038320/duterte-always-loved-communists-except-when-he-was-killing

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippine Maoist guerrillas say won’t give up arms as part of peace deal

 Philippine Maoist guerrillas will not surrender their weapons even if a peace deal is reached with the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, the rebels’chief negotiator said on Thursday (Sept 29), a potential deal-breaker in the current talks
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-maoist-guerrillas-say-wont-give-up-arms-as-part-of-peace-deal

26 SEPTEMBER 2016

Ending the use of child soldiers in the Philippines

The United Nations and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have pledged to safeguard the rights of children and have implemented an action plan to ensure that children affected by armed conflicts are better protected
http://www.dw.com/en/ending-the-use-of-child-soldiers-in-the-philippines/a-35890128

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Protests mark 44th Anniversary of Declaration of Martial Law in Philippines

 Ahead of the 44th anniversary of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos’s declaration of martial law, which was announced on September 23, 1972, thousands of students and activists protested throughout the week
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247946077
http://opinion.inquirer.net/97604/deny-the-past-desecrate-the-present

21 SEPTEMBER 2016

Philippines: Threats against journalists denounced

International and local journalists’ groups have strongly condemned online threats made by alleged pro-government supporters to at least two female journalists in the Philippines, urging President Rodrigo Duterte to launch an investigation and penalise the perpetrators
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/philippines-threats-journalists-denounced-160920114525647.html

 

26 AUGUST 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels agree on indefinite truce

The Philippine government and Communist guerrillas have agreed to an indefinite extension to a ceasefire to facilitate talks on a peace deal, Norway, which is playing the role of intermediary, announced on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2009435/philippine-government-communist-rebels-agree-indefinite
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/philippine-govt-rebels-to/3076274.html

20 AUGUST 2016

Philippines and communist rebels agree on ceasefire

The Philippine government and communist rebels have reached a truce, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Norway, and just a week after President Rodrigo Duterte abruptly called off a unilateral ceasefire
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/08/philippines-communist-rebels-agree-ceasefire-160820132516863.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/philippines/philippine-rebels-announce-7-day-truce-for-norway-talks-1.1882165
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-08/20/content_15482408.html

14 AUGUST 2016

Filipinos gather in the hundreds to protest hero’s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos

Hundreds of people in the Philippines rallied in stormy weather to protest after the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, approved the burial of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos in a heroes’ cemetery
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/08/filipinos-protest-burial-ferdinand-marcos/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37076080

 

30 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte withdraws communist ceasefire

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (July 30) withdrew a unilateral ceasefire with communist rebels after his ultimatum for the group to reciprocate lapsed
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippines-duterte-withdraws-communist-ceasefire
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/801239/duterte-calls-off-truce
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/31/1608498/unilateral-ceasefire-reds-cancelled

25 JULY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte declares ceasefire with communists

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has announced a unilateral ceasefire with communist fighters, saying it is his « dream » to end the armed struggle which has raged for décades.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/07/philippines-duterte-declares-ceasefire-communists-160725135756380.html
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/philippines-duterte-declares-communist-ceasefire-085815376.html?nhp=1

Philippine court clears former president Arroyo of plunder, orders her freed

 The Philippine Supreme Court has dismissed a plunder charge against former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, ordering her immediate release after nearly five years of hospital detention
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1991761/philippine-court-clears-former-president-arroyo-plunder
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/20/1604750/sc-clears-gma-plunder
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/574304/news/nation/the-cases-against-gloria-macapagal-arroyo

30 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippine President and Leni Robredo as vice-president

The incoming president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has taken office vowing to launch a violent crack down on crimes and criminals. But critics fear his support for vigilantism will worsen the cycle of violence
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/duterte-sworn-in-as/2917296.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20160630_29/
http://www.asianews.network/content/full-text-dutertes-inaugural-speech-21279
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/06/30/1598136/leni-robredo-takes-oath-14th-vice-president

25 JUNE 2016

Hopes of peace for communist insurgents in Philippines

The Philippine government and Maoist rebels are confident that talks will end a half-century conflict that has killed 40,000 people. The optimism is reinforced by established trust between the president-elect and rebels
http://www.dw.com/en/hopes-of-peace-for-communist-insurgents-in-philippines/a-19356647

21 JUNE 2016

Philippine government, communist rebels to end hostilities for peace talks

The Philippines and communist guerrillas are planning to each declare ceasefires before formal peace talks resume next month in Norway, the first in 30 years, government and rebels negotiators said on Tuesday
http://atimes.com/2016/06/philippine-government-rebels-to-end-hostilities-for-peace-talks/

20 JUNE 2016

Rodrigo Duterte holds historic meeting with rival Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines

Incoming Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has held a historic meeting with two rival Islamist rebel groups in the country’s South
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-20/rodrigo-duterte-meets-with-rival-islamists-in-philippines/7524946?section=world

31 MAY 2016

Philippines’ Duterte endorses killing corrupt journalists

In a press conference called on Tuesday to announce his cabinet in his southern hometown of Davao, Duterte said journalists who took bribes or engaged in other corrupt activities also deserved to die
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippines-duterte/2834174.html
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/568295/news/nation/duterte-s-remarks-placed-journos-in-danger-media-groups-say

 30 MAY 2016

Philippine Parliament proclaims Rodrigo Duterte as the nation’s next president in his absence

The Philippine parliament on Monday (May 30) proclaimed Rodrigo Duterte the nation’s next president following his landslide election win this month, but he snubbed the high-profile event.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/philippine-parliament-proclaims-rodrigo-duterte-as-the-nations-next-president-in-his
http://www.manilatimes.net/duterte-president-robredo-vp/265143/
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/30/c_135399351.htm

28 MAY 2016

Philippines: Crime journalist shot dead in Manila, 34th media member killed since 2010

A journalist, Alex Balcoba, has been killed by unidentified gunmen near a watch store owned by his family in the Filipino capital of Manila, making his death the 34th since former president Benigno Aquino III came into power in 2010
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-crime-journalist-shot-manila/
http://www.manilatimes.net/journalist-gunned-down-in-quiapo/264693/

 16 MAY 2016

Philippines incoming president offers olive branch, posts to rebels

Philippines President-Elect Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday he would pursue peace talks with Marxist guerrillas and as an olive branch would offer government roles to the Communist Party of the Philippines, including its exiled founder
http://worldaffairsjournal.org/content/philippines-incoming-president-offers-olive-branch-posts-pebels-1
http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1463392621&section=13
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/785918/duterte-4-cabinet-posts-open-to-reds

15 MAY 2016

Philippines: Duterte vows to bring back death penalty

Philippines President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to reintroduce capital punishment and give security forces permission to shoot to kill
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36297583

12 MAY 2016

Philippines 2016 election was ‘one of the cleanest and safest in history’

Based on overall statistics, the Philippines held “one of the cleanest and safest elections” in its history on Monday, which saw the landslide victory of Rodrigo ‘Rody’ Duterte, a candidate known for his blunt speech and tendency to make controversial statements, earning him comparisons to U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump.
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2016/05/philippines-2016-election-cleanest-safest/

10 MAY 2016

Opinion: Duterte presidency is a threat to democracy… and other comments

Rodrigo Duterte’s victory in the presidential election is a crushing defeat for the country’s political establishment and poses a gargantuan challenge for democracy in the Philippines, writes DW’s Thomas Latschan.
http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-duterte-presidency-is-a-threat-to-democracy/a-19247260#disqus_thread
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/05/rodrigo-duterte-era-philippines-160511101236269.html
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/most-infamous-quotes-philippines-rodrigo-duterte

9 MAY 2016

Duterte wins Philippine presidential vote: Poll monitor

Anti-establishment firebrand Rodrigo Duterte secured a huge win in the Philippine presidential elections, according to a poll monitor, after an incendiary campaign dominated by his profanity-laced vows to kill criminals
http://atimes.com/2016/05/philippines-vote-counting-machines-fail-in-first-polling-hours/
http://www.inquirer.net/
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2016-05-10/controversial-mayor-rodrigo-duterte-wins-philippine-presidential-election-following-incendiary-campa/1578682

1 MAY 2016

Islamist militant rebels release 10 Indonesian hostages in Philippines

Ten Indonesian sailors held hostage by Abu Sayyaf Islamic militants returned home Sunday after being freed in the southern Philippines, less than a week after the gunmen beheaded a Canadian captive.
http://www.dw.com/en/islamist-militant-rebels-release-10-indonesian-hostages-in-philippines/a-19227727
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/05/philippines-abu-sayyaf-indonesian-captives-160501073913227.html

28 APRIL 2016

Philippine troops attack militants holding foreign hostages

Philippine warplanes on Thursday (Apr 28) attacked militants holding 20 foreign hostages on a remote southern island, but there was no sign of the captives, the military said.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/philippine-troops-attack/2740670.html

9  APRIL 2016

18 soldiers killed by Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines

At least 18 soldiers were killed and more than 50 others wounded on Saturday in fierce fighting with the armed group Abu Sayyaf and allied fighters on a southern island in the Philippines
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/18-soldiers-killed-abu-sayyaf-philippines-160409152756284.html
http://atimes.com/2016/04/freed-italian-hostage-leaves-philippines-hospital/
https://www.yahoo.com/news/philippine-military-officials-least-18-soldiers-killed-over-150825497.html?nhp=1

23 MARCH 2016

The return of the Marcoses

The Philippines is known for dismissing despots. But ahead of this year’s presidential election Mong Palatino asks why there is still so much love for the family of a former dictator
http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2016/03/23/the-return-of-the-marcoses/

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines celebrates 30th anniversary of revolution

The Philippines has marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 revolution that ended the 20-year rule of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. President Benigno Aquino III attended a ceremony on Thursday, along with other officials at the People Power Monument in Quezon City, north of the capital Manila.
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2016/02/philippines-celebrates-30th-anniversary-revolution-160225075334366.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x73sTMGJ3U

18 FEBRUARY 2016

Muddy relations for IS in the Philippines

Is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) gaining a foothold in the Philippines? The declaration of the first IS wilayat (province) in Southeast Asia appeared possible after Filipino and Malaysian militants from previously separate jihadist groups pledged allegiance to IS. But there is little solid evidence of a formal relationship between Mindanao and IS.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/02/18/muddy-relations-for-is-in-the-philippines/

8 FEBRUARY 2016

Philippines presidential election campaign kicks off

The pandemonium of the election season begins for national candidates on Tuesday, Feb. 9. From the daily battles in the social media, word war and seesawing polls, this time the candidates will go from one city to another, one province to another, to hold a“variety show-like” campaign with dancing and singing celebrities to entice voter support.
http://atimes.com/2016/02/philippines-presidential-election-campaign-kicks-off/

28 JANUARY 2016

A bright future for the Philippines

Forecasting suggests that 2016 could be a good year for the Philippine economy. Both the Asian Development Bank and the IMF predict that the Philippines will grow at about 6 per cent in 2016, which is similar to the figure for the previous year. This is nearly twice the IMF’s 2016 forecast of 3.4 per cent for the world economy, which is transitioning to a new pattern of growth.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/28/a-bright-future-for-the-philippines/

26 JANUARY 2016

Stormy seas ahead for the Philippine economy?

The Philippines has performed well in the past few years relative to its peers. It demonstrated great resilience to exogenous shocks that would have undone less capable economies. But will it be able to sustain its positive economic position?
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/01/26/stormy-seas-ahead-for-the-philippine-economy/

29  DECEMBER 2015

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines urges voters not to support candidates who are pushing for divorce and death penalty

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Tuesday urged voters not to support candidates in the 2016 elections who are pushing for divorce, death penalty and other measures that it said are against the Church’s doctrines
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/549419/news/nation/cbcp-urges-voters-to-snub-pro-divorce-death-penalty-bets

8 DECEMBER 2015

Benigno Aquino urges Philippine Congress to pass bill to create autonomous Muslim region

Philippine president Benigno Aquino urges Congress to pass a bill giving greater autonomy to a Muslim minority in the country’s south, the next step in ending a 45-year insurgency
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-12-08/benigno-aquino-urges-philippine-congress-to-pass-bill-to-create-autonomous-muslim-region/1523808

 

3 NOVEMBER 2014

Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel to form political party for national election

The head of the Philippines’ largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), will meet his commanders, leaders and supporters Monday here to finalize the organization structure of its political party for the country’s 2016 national elections.
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/889705.shtml

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine Muslim autonomy submitted

“Allah,” “reserved” and “general supervision of the President” over the Bangsamoro region were among the contentious details that bogged down work on the final draft of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/636958/peace-in-south-at-hand

Philippines plans to give Muslims autonomous zone

Filipino Muslims affix their signatures on a mock covenant during a rally near the Presidential Palace in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft that was formally submitted by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to both houses of Congress Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/110915/philippines-plans-to-give-muslims-autonomous-zone

9 SEPTEMBER 2014

Philippine president, Muslim rebels agree on autonomy bill

A Philippine official says the president discreetly met with a Muslim rebel leader last week in Manila and both helped untangle thorny differences over a proposed autonomy law they hope will end decades of bloody rebellion in the south.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/126524/philippine-president-muslim-rebels-agree-on-autonomy-bill/

3 SEPTEMBER 2014

Aquino survives impeachment

Philippines’ House of Representatives vote 54-4 on all three impeachment complaints against the president
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Aquino-survives-impeachment-64083.html

 

25 JULY 2014

100 millionth Filipino due early Sunday

By the reckoning of a population expert, the Philippine population will hit 100 million at 12:06 a.m. or thereabouts on Sunday
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/623209/100-millionth-filipino-due-early-sunday#ixzz38RL2Rr2k

16 JULY 2014

World Bank hails Philippines as next Asian miracle

Philippine President Aquino on Tuesday received profuse praise from visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, who declared that the Philippines would be the next Asian “miracle”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/World-Bank-hails-Philippines-as-next-Asian-miracle-62382.html

5 JULY 2014

Church dares Aquino: Let go of corrupt allies

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said the investigation into the misuse of state funds should not be selective and should not spare administration allies
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/617135/church-dares-aquino-let-go-of-corrupt-allies
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/419064/philippine-church-leader-tells-bishops-listen-more-condemn-less

23 JUNE 2014

Son of former Philippines leader Estrada arrested in graft scandal

Philippine police detained on Monday the senator son of former president Joseph Estrada, the second high-profile official arrested within days over a massive corruption scandal
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/416899/son-of-former-philippines-leader-arrested-in-graft-scandal
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/613819/jinggoy-estrada-back-in-pnp-jail

1 MAY 2014

Death toll in Philippine assault on militants rises to 26

The Philippines’ military said Thursday the death toll from an assault against Al-Qaeda-linked Islamic militants had risen to 26, with one marine among the dead as troops cleared the combat area
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/407749/death-toll-in-philippine-assault-on-militants-rises-to-26

14 APRIL 2014

Philippines unveils new plan to fight persistent poverty

The Philippines Monday announced plans to spend more on infrastructure and introduce other reforms to try to lift millions out of poverty

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-unveils-new-plan-fight-persistent-poverty

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/404953/philippines-unveils-new-plan-to-fight-persistent-poverty

8 APRIL 2014

Philippine top court approves controversial birth control law

Millions of poor people in the Philippines will have access to free contraceptives for the first time after the nation’s top court on Tuesday approved a deeply controversial birth control law
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippine-top-court-approves-controversial-birth-control-law
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/04/philippine-court-upholds-birth-control-law-2014486117854745.html

Filipino rebels form party as they end rebellion

Mohagher Iqbal, a leader of the 11,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), said Tuesday that his rebel group’s new political organization, the United Bangsamoro Justice Party, would be used as a springboard to contest leadership of a more powerful Muslim autonomous region to be established in the south of the largely Catholic Philippines
http://asiancorrespondent.com/121474/filipino-rebels-form-party-as-they-end-rebell

27 MARCH 2014

Philippine government signs historic peace treaty with separatists

The Philippine government signed a peace accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group. It is the culmination of years of negotiations and a significant political achievement for President Benigno Aquino III
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10726795/Philippine-government-signs-historic-peace-treaty-with-separatists.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2014/03/philippines-sign-deal-with-muslim-rebels-2014327434188160.html

23 MARCH 2014

Philippine peace prospects dim after arrest of rebel couple

Prospects of reviving peace talks with Philippine communist insurgents have faded following the arrest of a married couple who are senior rebel leaders, officials and analysts said Sunday

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401348/philippine-peace-prospects-dim-after-arrest-of-rebel-couple

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588341/with-tiamzons-arrest-its-time-for-npa-to-surrender-afp

22 MARCH 2014

Philippines’ most senior communist rebel held

Communist Party of the Philippines chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife, the party’s secretary general Wilma Tiamzon, were arrested in a joint police and military operation, military chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista said in a statement.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/588186/red-leaders-captured
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/401232/philippines-most-senior-communist-rebel-held

11 FEBRUARY 2014

Jobless Filipinos hit 12.1 million

The number of unemployed Filipinos in the last quarter of 2013 swelled to more than 12 million, making the 7.2-per-cent growth in the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) last year, considered the second-fastest after China, far from inclusive.

http://www.asianewsnet.net/Jobless-Filipinos-hit-12-1-million-56957.html

30 JANUARY 2014

Philippine economy grows 7%

The Philippine economy expanded 7.% in 2013 despite a devastating typhoon and a powerful earthquake that slowed performance in the last quarter

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/392355/philippine-economy-grows-despite-disasters

 

25 JANUARY 2014

Philippines and Muslim rebels reach agreement

The Philippines has agreed the final section of a peace deal with Muslim rebels fighting a long-running insurgency in the south of the country.

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/97735/govt-milf-seal-accord
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25896408

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/391486/philippines-muslim-rebels-clear-final-peace-deal-hurdle

17 JANUARY 2014

Foreign investment key to Philippine growth in 2014

The Philippine economy is likely to register a GDP growth rate of 7 per cent in 2013. This comes even after many challenging events throughout the year, including the US tapering announcement, territorial disputes in the West Philippine Sea with China, and the calamities that hit several areas in the central and southern Philippines.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2014/01/17/foreign-investment-key-to-philippine-growth-in-2014/

 

13 DECEMBER 2013

Killing of journalists a nat’l catastrophe’

An international human rights watchdog has urged President Aquino to declare the deadly attacks on Filipino journalists a “national catastrophe,” saying that the situation “threatens civil liberties” in the country.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/545429/killing-of-journalists-a-natl-catastrophe

8 DECEMBER 2013

Philippines, Muslim rebels sign ‘power sharing’ accord

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels on Sunday signed a crucial power sharing accord, paving the way for a final peace agreement aimed at ending a decades-long insurgency that has killed tens of thousands.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/philippines-muslim-rebels-sign-%E2%80%98power-sharing%E2%80%99-accord
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/10504080/Philippines-rebel-deal-could-end-decades-long-bloody-insurgency.html

9 JULY 2013

Church begins final Philippine birth control battle

A relentless Catholic Church campaign to derail a birth control law in the Philippines entered its final phase at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the verdict to have a monumental impact on millions of poor Filipinos. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130709-435987.html

8 JULY 2013

The Joseph Estrada’s political comeback

After his unceremonial ouster as Philippine president in 2001, Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada has once again been elected to public office, this time as mayor of Manila, the country’s capital. http://thediplomat.com/asean-beat/2013/07/08/joseph-estradas-political-comeback/

4 JULY 2013

Antidivorce law looms in 16th Congress

Divorce could be one of the major battles in the 16th Congress, with the early refiling of a bill that opposes it and the declaration by its advocates that they will press its adoption in the Philippines. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/437951/antidivorce-law-looms-in-16th-congress

19 MAY 2013

Watchdog says 2013 Philippine elections worse than 2010

The recently concluded 2013 automated elections were worse than the 2010 exercise because of the bigger number of errors and the “arbitrary and highly irregular decisions” which compromised the elections’ credibility and transparency, according to a poll watchdog group. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Watchdog-says-2013-Philippine-elections-worse-than-46863.html

14 MAY 2013

Aquino strengthened after midterm elections

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday secured big wins in midterm elections seen as vital to his ambitious reform agenda, but the success of famous, graft-tainted rivals raised alarm. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/409297/aquino-strengthened-after-midterm-elections

Joseph Estrada elected mayor of Manila

Joseph Estrada, the former Philippine president who was overthrown 12 years ago in a popular uprising, has been elected mayor of the capital, Manila. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22525032 http://asiancorrespondent.com/107633/philippines-former-president-estrada-wins-manila-mayor-race/ http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/14/philippines-estrada-elected-mayor-of-manila/

7 MAY 2013

Philippine Midterms: Referendum on Church Power

The election, a midterm test halfway through the six-year presidential term of Benigno S. Aquino, is expected to be pivotal for several reasons. The most important is that it is a major test of the power of the Catholic Church against the popularity of Aquino over the historic Reproductive Health Act signed into law in January after being stalled for 14 years by church opposition http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5397&Itemid=187

19 MARCH 2013

Philippine top court halts contraceptives law

The Philippine Supreme Court has temporarily halted the implementation of a law opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic Church that provides state funding for contraceptives. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102614/philippine-top-court-halts-contraceptives-law/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21842167

6 MARCH 2013

Power of the Catholic Church slipping in Philippines

About 80 percent of Filipinos are Catholic, and they traditionally looked to the church for political and moral guidance. Recent reforms, however, are overriding church positions. http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2013/0306/Power-of-the-Catholic-Church-slipping-in-Philippines?nav=104-csm_subcategory-topStories

27 FEBRUARY 2013

Sulu sultan defies Aquino

President Aquino yesterday warned Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III he would face the “full force of the law”—possibly including arrest—unless he withdrew his armed followers from Sabah, Malaysia, but the sultan was defiant, saying his men were staying put in the disputed territory. http://globalnation.inquirer.net/65749/sulu-sultan-defies-aquino

25 FEBRUARY 2013

Philippines Martial Law Victims to Receive Reparations

Philippine President Benigno Aquino signed into law Monday legislation that would recognize and compensate victims of human rights abuses during martial law under former President Ferdinand Marcos http://www.voanews.com/content/philippines-martial-law-victims-to-receive-reparations/1610111.html

 

26 JANUARY 2013

The Philippine story: ‘Sick man of Asia’ now transforming, revitalized, dynamic

President Benigno Aquino III has pitched to the international investor community the Philippine story of transformation from being a “sick man of Asia” into one dynamic country bucking a global economic downturn. http://business.inquirer.net/104483/the-philippine-story-sick-man-of-asia-now-transforming-revitalized-dynamic

23 JANUARY 2013

Manila wants to take Beijing before a UN tribunal over the South China Sea

The Filipino government Manila has exhausted « almost all political and diplomatic avenues » to resolve the dispute over the Scarborough Shoal. Ready to provide technical support, UN wants a peaceful solution between the parties. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Manila-wants-to-take-Beijing-before-a-UN-tribunal-over-the-South-China-Sea-26946.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21163507 http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/23/world/north-korea-angered-over-u-n-rocket-vote/

8 JANUARY 2013

Clouds gather over Mindanao peace deal

This month will mark the first 100 days after the historic signing of the Bangsamoro Peace Framework Agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The agreement has been widely touted as a great leap forward toward ending armed conflict in the region through the creation of a new political entity, known as the Bangsamoro regional government, that will replace the existing five-province Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). That optimism waned somewhat after the 12,000 strong MILF announced that it would not lay down its arms until the new http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OA09Ae01.html

29 DECEMBER 2012

Philippines contraception law signed by Benigno Aquino

Philippines President Benigno Aquino has signed into law a bill providing for free access to contraception and family planning.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20863691 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/2012122992824125192.html http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/331523/rh-desaparecidos-bills-now-laws

25 DECEMBER 2012

Top Philippine communist rebel arrested

The arrest of Filemon Mendrez, the country’s sixth most-wanted man, comes amid a Christmas ceasefire and as the government and rebels are engaged in high-level peace talks aimed at ending one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1244470/1/.html

20 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine government, rebels agree on truce

The Philippine government and communist rebels have agreed on a nationwide truce to help restart peace talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running insurgencies.
http://asiancorrespondent.com/94036/philippine-government-rebels-agree-on-truce/

18 DECEMBER 2012

Philippine Catholics oppose birth-control law

Philippine Catholic leaders have vowed to overturn a birth-control bill after legislators passed landmark legislation to make sex education and contraceptives more widely available.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/12/20121218133758769401.html

17 DECEMBER 2012

Aquino issues Executive Order on Moro transition

President Aquino on Monday 17 issued an executive order creating a commission that will hammer out a proposed law creating a new autonomous government in Mindanao, the next step to fulfilling an agreement with Moro guerrillas who had given up separatism for broader self-rule.
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/326573/aquino-issues-eo-on-moro-transition

 

21 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines stop to celebrate new saint, Pedro Calungsod

Millions followed the canonisation Mass celebrated by the pope in St Peter’s Square. All of the country’s parishes join in the celebration with Masses, processions and prayer vigil. Martyred in 1672 at only 17, Saint Pedro is loved by young Filipinos who have chosen him as their patron saint.
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Philippines-stop-to-celebrate-new-saint,-Pedro-Calungsod-26158.html

19 OCTOBER 2012

Chinese officials to hold talks in Manila

Deputy foreign ministers from China and the Philippines will meet in Manila on Friday 19 in their first official high-level talks since the row over Huangyan Island began in April
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2012-10/19/content_15829628.htm

7 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines announces peace deal with Muslim insurgents

President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines said Sunday that a deal had been agreed with the insurgent Moro Islamic Liberation Front on establishing an autonomous region for the nation’s Muslim minority, the result of 15 years of negotiations
http://www.france24.com/en/20121007-philippines-aquino-peace-deal-agreement-muslim-militants-milf-liberation-insurgents-moro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19860907 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/philippines/9592414/Philippines-president-announces-landmark-peace-plan-with-Muslim-rebels.html

4 OCTOBER 2012

Philippines arrests Gloria Arroyo on plunder charges

A court had issued an arrest warrant for Mrs Arroyo, who is accused of diverting $8.8m (£5.5m) from the state lottery charity fund for personal gain
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-19825408
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/10/201210472623746765.html

 

22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Poverty traps Philippine child labourers

http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2012/09/20129228349659687.html

14 SEPTEMBER 2012

Philippines on frontline of US-China rivalry

The Philippines has emerged as a frontline state in the rivalry between the United States and China for Southeast Asian power and influence. Locked in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing in the South China Sea, and with no prospects of a diplomatic resolution in sight, Manila has moved to bolster to its long-standing strategic alliance with Washington.
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/NI15Ae02.html

13 SEPTEMBER 2012

Some 5,000 Filipino migrant workers caught up in the Syrian inferno

Most of the migrants are women, employed as domestic and care workers by rich Syrian and foreign families. About 300 have been repatriated after fighting between rebels and the army put their lives in harm’s way
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Some-5,000-Filipino-migrant-workers-caught-up-in-the-Syrian-inferno-25808.html

5 AUGUST 2012

UN weighs in on Philippine birth control debate

The United Nations warned Sunday that failure to pass a controversial birth control law in the Philippines could reverse gains in development goals amid stiff opposition from the powerful Catholic Church.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120805-363526.html

4 AUGUST 2012

Philippine Catholics rally against reproductive health law

Thousands of Catholics have rallied in the Philippines against a measure to control the country’s population growth.
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-05/philippine-catholics-rally-against-reproductive-health-law/993334

22 JUNE 2012

Ethnic Chinese dominate PH economy

Truly, a picture is worth a thousand words. The pictures of the top 15 Filipino billionaires (in US dollars, mind you) in Friday’s issue of the Inquirer brought home with crystal clarity the domination of the Philippine economy by ethnic Chinese. This is, of course, not a unique situation, as it seems to be the case in all of Southeast Asia (with the possible exception of Malaysia), but that is cold comfort indeed.
http://opinion.inquirer.net/31223/ethnic-chinese-dominate-ph-economy

16 FEBRUARY 2012

OFW remittances hit record $20B

Overseas Filipinos sent home a record $20.12 billion last year, rising 7.2 percent from 2010 and exceeding the government forecast of 7 percent despite a slowing US economy and debt problems in Europe
http://business.inquirer.net/44773/ofw-remittances-hit-record-20b

2 FEBRUARY 2012

Philippine military ‘kills three wanted militants’

The Philippine military says it has killed three senior militants from al-Qaeda-linked groups in a raid in the south of the country. Officials said two Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) leaders and one Abu Sayyaf leader were among a total of 15 people killed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-16849271
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/02/terrorist-group-leaders-killed-south-philippines.html

23 JANUARY 2012

NY-based group raps Aquino over human rights abuses

The New York-based Human Rights Group on Monday lamented that President Aquino’s valiant promises to stem the rampant violation of human rights have remained just that, and said it could show its resolve by arresting a high ranking retired military officer accused of kidnapping militant students
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/23751/ny-group-hits-aquino-on-rights-abuses

18 NOVEMBER 2011
Philippines arrests ex-president in hospital room

Former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was arrested in her hospital room on electoral fraud charges Friday in a high-profile tug of war set off by her attempts to leave the country ostensibly for medical treatment
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45350046/ns/world_news/

13 OCTOBER 2011

Aquino: No state honors for Marcos

President Benigno Aquino (left) says there will be no state funeral or any kind of state honors for the late Ferdinand Marcos whose remains lie in an airconditioned glass case in Batac, Ilocos Norte. Photos by PDI
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=22743&sec=1

8 SEPTEMBER 2011

NDF drops ‘coalition gov’t’ from agenda

The government and the communist-led National Democratic Front (NDF) have agreed to resume peace talks sometime between late October and early November even as both sides issued conflicting statements on the release of jailed rebels
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/54895/ndf-drops-%E2%80%98coalition-gov%E2%80%99t%E2%80%99-from-agenda

19 JULY 2011

Report cites Philippines rights abuses

The government of the Philippines is failing to investigate and prosecute killings and abuses by the military, fuelling further injustices, according to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report, released on Monday, detailed evidence of the military’s involvement in seven killings and three enforced disappearances of leftist activists since Benigno Aquino III, Philippines’ president, took office in June last year.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia-pacific/2011/07/201171962325481147.html

17 JUNE 2011

Philippines Stands All but Alone in Banning Divorce

When citizens of the small Mediterranean nation of Malta voted in a referendum last month to legalize divorce, they reignited debate in the Philippines, one of the last countries, along with Vatican City, where divorce is still banned
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/18/world/asia/18iht-philippines18.html?ref=asia
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/southeastasia/view/1135789/1/.html

28 MARCH 2011

Hero’s Burial for Marcos?

Twenty-five years after he died in exile in Hawaii, sentiment is growing in the Philippines to bury the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who looted his country of a suspected US$100 billion, in the country’s Cemetery of Heroes. That feeling culminated earlier this week in a resolution by 190 members of the Philippine House of Representatives asking President Benigno Aquino III to allow the burial in the Libingan ng Mga Bayani, as the cemetery is known, in the historic Fort Bonifacio in Manila. More lawmakers in the 284-member chamber are expected to sign on as well
http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3085&Itemid=187

12 OCTOBER 2010

Armed Forces of the Philippines welcome P-Noy amnesty grant

The Armed Forces of the Philippines on Tuesday said it was respecting the proclamation of President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino, the military’s commander-in-chief, granting amnesty to military officers and men who figured in at least three attempts to overthrow the previous administration
http://www.pna.gov.ph/index.php?idn=0&nid=1&rid=306358
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20101013-297414/Aquino-grants-amnesty-to-Trillanes-mutineers

21 JUNE 2010

Sex education campaign in Philippine schools sparks debate

A new sex education campaign in Philippine schools has sparked widespread debate in Asia’s bedrock of Catholicism, where the high
birth rate is blamed for desperate poverty
http://news.asiaone.com/News/Education/Story/A1Story20100621-223293.html

1 MAY 2010

Political dynasties in the Philippines

The four-part special report prepared the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Across the Nation section and filed by dozens of provincial correspondents identifies many of the political dynasties who have staked a claim to the 2010 elections. The lead paragraph of the second story in the series gives us the necessary perspective: “In 50 provinces, at least 108 families use elections in the Philippines as a virtual playground to keep themselves in political power.”
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=11677&sec=3

13 SEPTEMBER 2009

Over 3,000 killed in communist movement in 8 years

Violence spawned by the communist insurgent movement in the Philippines has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the last eight years, figures released by the military showed. The figures revealed that 1,072 soldiers and police, 1,476 rebels and 559 civilians had died in communist
insurgent-related violence since 2001
http://www.straitstimes.com/Breaking%2BNews/SE%2BAsia/Story/STIStory_429221.html

 

Books review

ASIA BOOKS REVIEW

11 MAY 2018

Autumn in the Heavenly Kingdom

China, the West, and the Epic Story of the Taiping Civil War

By Stephen R. Platt

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/131825/autumn-in-the-heavenly-kingdom-by-stephen-r-platt/9780307472212/
http://taworld1516.wiki.thayer.org/file/view/Autumn+in+the+Heavenly+Kingdom.pdf
http://www.miwsr.com/2013/downloads/2013-034.pdf

 

28 MARCH 2018

China’s Indian war

By Bertil Lintner

Lintner argues that China began planning the war as early as 1959 and proposes that it was merely a small move in the larger strategic game that China was playing to become a world player—one that it continues to play even today
https://www.amazon.co.uk/kindle/dp/B078HH892C/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_eos_detail#customerReviews
http://www.thehindu.com/books/books-reviews/chinas-india-war-collision-course-on-the-roof-of-the-world-review-a-counter-narrative-to-history/article22430059.ece
http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/book-review-of-chinas-india-war-bertil-linter-gives-a-rigorous-introduction-to-define-the-21st-century-relationship/977253/

25 MARCH 2018

A Short History of the Mongols

by George Lane

It is worth periodically remembering—as the tsunami of news of China’s momentous economic and political developments rushes past—that China has not always been “Chinese” in the quite the way it is, or can be presented to be, today
http://asianreviewofbooks.com/content/a-short-history-of-the-mongols-by/#more-2974
https://short-histories.squarespace.com/a-short-history-of-the-mongols

 

12 FEBRUARY 2018

Asian Century… on a Knife-edge: A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia’s Recent Economic Development

By John West

Today, Asia is sitting on a knife-edge. The potential of the region to generate good and happy lives for its citizens is enormous. But the requirements of success and the risks of failure are equally enormous. This book argues that to realise an Asian Century, Asia will need to overcome seven key challenges in the 21st century.

John West debunks two common myths: that the region’s continued high growth is inevitable, and that it will be driven by a large and booming middle class. In sharp contrast to Asia’s “miraculous” past performance, West reminds us of the myriad problems facing its economies
https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/review-asia-knife-edge

The electronic version of this book is available on Open Access at the following address
https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9789811071812
https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2F978-981-10-7182-9.pdf

3 FEBRUARY 2018

The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi

By Arun Gandhi

In this poignant and timely exploration of the true path from anger to peace, as recounted by Gandhi’s grandson, Arun Gandhi. In the current troubled climate, in our country and in the world, these lessons are needed more than ever before
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31945429-the-gift-of-anger
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/reviews/micro-review-the-gift-of-anger-is-the-gift-we-need/articleshow/58695694.cms
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/30/arun-gandhi-grandfather-mahatma-gandhi-saw-anger-fuel-for-change

2 DECEMBER 2017

Following the steps of Matteo Ricci to China

By Zhang Xiping

‘The moment they sought help from a Chinese emperor was the moment they placed themselves in the hands of these powerful-and often equally intelligent-men. But the manipulation, if that’s what you want to call it, was mutual, » says Zhang Xiping, whose book Following the Steps of Matteo Ricci to China offers tantalizing glimpses into a group of adventurer-missionaries who arrived in between the 16th and 19th centuries. Most would never see the land of their birth again.

https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/53/222/187/1511663884129.html

http://www.mandarinbooks.cn/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_book_info&products_id=1359

19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Inglorious Empire: What the British did to India

By Shashi Tharoor

 Inglorious Empire tells the real story of the British in India – from the arrival of the East India Company to the end of the Raj – revealing how Britain’s rise was built upon its plunder of India
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/inglorious-empire-what-the-british-did-to-india-1.2981299
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34185892-inglorious-empire#other_reviews

8 SEPTEMBER 2017

China at War: Triumph and Tragedy in the Emergence of the New China, 1937-1952

by Hans van de Ven

China at War focuses on this period, examining the complex truth behind the propaganda of both East and West. Cambridge professor Hans van de Ven shows how the results of the fighting ended European imperialism in East Asia, restored China to its traditional position of regional centrality, and gave the USA a decisive role in East Asian politics
https://www.asiasentinel.com/book-review/china-at-war/
https://www.amazon.co.uk/China-War-Triumph-Tragedy-Emergence/dp/1781251940
https://www.ames.cam.ac.uk/directory/vandevenhans

18 AUGUST 2017

China’s Soft Power Diplomacy in South Asia, Myth or Reality?

By B. M. Jain

This book traces the origin of China’s engagement with South Asian states from historical, political, economic, and security perspectives in order to better understand the dynamics of its South Asia policy
https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739193402/China’s-Soft-Power-Diplomacy-in-South-Asia-Myth-or-Reality#
https://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/story/chinese-soft-power-south-asia
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34643357-china-s-soft-power-diplomacy-in-south-asia

4 AUGUST 2017

The Invisible Force: Singapore Gurkhas by Chong Zi Liang and Zakaria Zainal

The Gurkhas need no introduction, with their storied reputation built up over two centuries of battlefield exploits around the world. A unit of these Nepalese warriors have been serving Singapore for more than 65 years
https://www.ethosbooks.com.sg/products/the-invisible-force-singapore-gurkhas
https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0754/0317/files/Invisble_Force_Sample_Pages.pdf?4941397595498263075
http://www.atimes.com/article/salute-invisible-force-gurkha-contingent-singapore/

28 JANUARY 2017

A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA

By Joshua Kurlantzick

The untold story of how America’s secret war in Laos in the 1960s and 1970s transformed the CIA from a loose collection of spies into a military operation and a key player in American foreign Policy
http://www.cfr.org/laos/great-place-have-war/p38273
https://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/book-review-a-great-place-to-have-a-war-laos/
https://www.amazon.fr/Great-Place-Have-War-Military-ebook/dp/B01CO34O3Y
http://sea-globe.com/new-book-secret-war-us-laos/
http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/A-Great-Place-to-Have-a-War/Joshua-Kurlantzick/9781451667868/browse_inside

22 JANUARY 2017

Road to Nandikadal: True story of defeating Tamil Tigers

By Major General Kamal Gunaratne

Based on first hand experiences and insights gained through the multitude of roles and responsibilities held over the years from tactical to strategic level, the author shares his journey from Thirunaveli in 1983 to Nandikadal in 2009. It is the true story of defeating terrorism and brining eternal peace to Sri Lanka
http://www.ebay.ie/itm/ROAD-TO-NANDIKADAL-BOOK-The-true-story-of-defeating-Tamil-Tigers-Sri-Lanka-War-/232115941771?hash=item360b30318b:g:dkwAAOSw4shYA7N8
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2111
https://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/defeating-the-ltte-major-general-kamal-gunaratne-in-riveting-q-and-a/

 

15 JANUARY 2017

The Mongol invasions of Japan 1274 and 1281

by Stephen Turnbull (Author), Richard Hook (Illustrator)


The two attempts by Khubilai Khan, the Mongol Emperor of China, to invade Japan in 1274 and 1281 represent unique events in the history of both countries. It pitted the samurai of Japan against the fierce warriors of the steppes who had conquered half the known world
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1846034566/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1846034566&linkCode=as2&tag=jalemosbl-20&linkId=972144441d9d5b7b3e3e6913d6629139#reader_B01BY34IP4

22 DECEMBER 2016

Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World’s Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom

A landmark biography by the New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World that reveals how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known, published in October 2016
http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/543962/genghis-khan-and-the-quest-for-god-by-jack-weatherford/
https://books.google.fr/books?id=AWF_CwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=inauthor:%22Jack+Weatherford%22&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimvO_YxojRAhXIORoKHcAICuoQ6AEIMDAB#v=onepage&q&f=false

14 DECEMBER 2016

Taiwan’s China Dilemma

Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy

By Syaru Shirley Lin

http://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=23460

6 DECEMBER 2016

The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present

 By John Pomfret. Henry Holt; 693 pages; $40.

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21711021-two-big-countries-share-sense-exceptionalism-they-are-both-attracted-and-wary?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/americaandchinaslongembrace

New book discloses U.S. machinations that globally- revived Tamil Tigers – An Asian Tribune Review

An investigative-research-analyses which discloses Washington’s playbook and machinations that revived Sri Lanka’s domestically-annihilated Tamil Tigers in the global arena as an influential diplomatic-political force is well documented in a book – Tamil Tigers’ Debt To America
http://asiantribune.com/node/89766

Taiwan’s Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years edited by Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamond and Kharis Templeman

This new systematic, impartial and evidence-based evaluation of Chen’s presidency is a must-read for students and scholars researching contemporary Taiwanese politics, finds M. Bob Kao
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2016/11/01/book-review-taiwans-democracy-challenged-the-chen-shui-bian-years-edited-by-yun-han-chu-larry-diamond-and-kharis-templeman/

 

Vietnam culture & history

11 MAY 2018

The Saigon former Secrétariat du gouvernement building to be destroyed

http://www.historicvietnam.com/59-61-ly-tu-trong/

1 APRIL 2018

Palace intrigue: Vietnam revitalizes iconic wartime site

The exhibit, inside and about a palace where tanks famously crashed through the gates during the fall of Saigon in 1975, is a departure from the communist propaganda that suffuses much of the city
http://www.atimes.com/article/palace-intrigue-vietnam-revitalizes-iconic-wartime-site/

11 MARCH 2018

Survivors recall the My Lai massacre

 As the 50th anniversary of the My Lai massacre approaches, survivors of the 1968 massacre spoke to the dpa news agency about the deaths of up to 504 civilians at the hands of US soldiers during the war in Vietnam
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/03/survivors-recall-lai-massacre-180311114839039.html

25 JANUARY 2018

Behind enemy lines: Vietnam’s female spies who helped change the war

The Perfume River squad was a top secret female combat unit formed in 1967 and bound by the communist propaganda slogan: « When the enemy comes to your home, even the women should fight »
http://www.feelingbore.com/behind-enemy-lines-vietnams-female-spies-who-helped-change-the-war-world/

Wars, conflicts and strategy on 11 May in Asian history

WARS, CONFLICTS AND STRATEGY ON 11 MAY IN ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 11, 2018

1760: Alaungpaya, king of Burma is killed while invading Siam, born in August 1714
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaungpaya
http://www.myanmars.net/myanmar-history/king-alaungpaya.htm   

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nvqcr-4Qfw

1857: During the Indian mutiny, Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British
http://thepandorasociety.com/may-11th-1857-indian-rebels-seize-delhi/
http://www.historynet.com/indian-mutiny-of-1857-siege-of-delhi.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Mutiny

1942: Japanese troops conquer Kalewa (Burma)

1945: US marines conquer Awatsha Draw in Okinawa (Japan), but the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bunker_Hill_(CV-17)

1957: The Chinese government issues a statement condemning the U.S. missile troops stationed in Taiwan

1961: Soviet and British officials defuse the impending crisis in Laos by orchestrating a truce and by reactivating the International Control Commission (associated with the 1954 Geneva Agreement on Indochina that led to the division of Vietnam)

1962: US sends troops to Thailand

1998: India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/11/newsid_3664000/3664259.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/11-may-1998-national-technology-day-the-pokhran-ii-nuclear-tests-were-conducted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhran-II

On 11 May in South Asian history

ON 11 MAY IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 11, 2018

1304: Death of Mahmud Ghazan, Mongol ruler, born on 5 November 1271
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmud_Ghazan

1857: During the Indian mutiny, Indian rebels seize Delhi from the British
http://thepandorasociety.com/may-11th-1857-indian-rebels-seize-delhi/
http://www.historynet.com/indian-mutiny-of-1857-siege-of-delhi.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Mutiny

1912: Birth of Saadat Hasan Manto, Pakistani short story writer who died on January 18, 1955
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/11/saadat-hasan-manto-short-stories-partition-pakistan

1948: Birth of Nirj Deva, SriLankan-British politician
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirj_Deva

1998: India conducts three underground nuclear tests in Pokhran, including a thermonuclear device
http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/11/newsid_3664000/3664259.stm
http://www.mapsofindia.com/on-this-day/11-may-1998-national-technology-day-the-pokhran-ii-nuclear-tests-were-conducted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhran-II

2000: India officially reaches 1 billion inhabitants. Astha Arora named India’s billionth baby
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32688856

2007: For the first time since India’s independence, a Dalit party wins the election in one of the Union states, Uttar Pradesh, the most important in the country

2009: Death of Sardarilal Mathradas Nanda, Indian admiral, born on October 10, 1915
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1090513/jsp/nation/story_10956579.jsp
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/naval-obituaries/5551938/Admiral-Sardarilal-Nanda.html

2009: Death of Shanthi Lekha, Sri Lankan actress, born on July 1, 1929
http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2009/05/17/imp15.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UorCdrGOiHY

2013: Nawaz Sharif claims victory in Pakistan presidential election

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10051440/Nawaz-Sharif-claims-victory-in-Pakistan-presidential-election.html

2013: The Maldivian home minister Mohamed Jameel is sacked shortly after he announced his candidature for the vice-presidency in crucial elections in September.

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/world/story/maldives-home-minister-sacked-ahead-key-vote-20130511

On 11 May in Southeast Asian history

ON 11 MAY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

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Updated on May 11, 2018

1014: Birth of Anawrahta, founder of the Pagan Empire, who died in 1077
https://upclosed.com/people/anawrahta/
http://mingalapar.com/king-anawrahta-of-ancient-burma/

1760: Alaungpaya, king of Burma is killed while invading Siam, born in August 1714
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaungpaya
http://www.myanmars.net/myanmar-history/king-alaungpaya.htm  

https://youtu.be/6Nvqcr-4Qfw

1942: Japanese troops conquer Kalewa (Burma)

1946: In Malaya, the United Malays National Organization (UNMO) is founded
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMNO

1947: Dutch create the state of West Kalimantan with Sultan of Pontianak at head; PM Sjahrir protests

1947: Laos accepts constitution for parliamentary democracy

1949: Siam officially changes its name to Thailand, a name in use since 1939

1956 : Tomas Cloma takes possession of the Kalayaan group of islands
https://kahimyang.com/kauswagan/articles/1758/today-in-philippine-history-may-11-1956-tomas-cloma-took-possession-of-the-kalayaan-group-of-islands

1961: Soviet and British officials defuse the impending crisis in Laos by orchestrating a truce and by reactivating the International Control Commission (associated with the 1954 Geneva Agreement on Indochina that led to the division of Vietnam)

1962: US sends troops to Thailand

1965: Birth of Monsour del Rosario, Filipino martial artist and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsour_del_Rosario

1982: Birth of Guji Lorenzana, Filipino singer and actor
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guji_Lorenzana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdLXdRmvKv4

1992: In the Philippines, a fair, open and mainly peaceful election, organized by Cory Aquino, results in the lawful and orderly transfer of the presidency to her Secretary of Defense, Fidel Ramos on June 30, 1992
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1992

1998: In Indonesia, while huge demonstrations continue, Amien Rais, leader of the Muhammadiyah, and several formers ministers and retired generals ask Suharto to resign

1998: The former movie star Joseph Estrada wins the second democratic presidential election since the EDSA revolution. He will succeed President Ramos on June 30
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippine_presidential_election,_1998

2007: Nobel Prize Ramos-Horta wins the first East Timor presidential election since independence with 73 % of votes, while 90% went to vote
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/5714
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Timorese_presidential_election,_2007
https://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/11/world/asia/11cnd-timor.html

2009: The communist authorities in Laos, one of Asia’s poorest nations, sign a decree to allow local non-governmental organizations for the first time

On 11 May in Japan’s history

ON 11 MAY IN JAPAN’S HISTORY

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 Updated on May 11, 2018

1571: Birth of Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord, died on 1st April 1637
https://wiki.samurai-archives.com/index.php?title=Niwa_Nagashige
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niwa_Nagashige

1891: in the Otsu Incident, Tsarevich Nicholas Alexandrovich of Imperial Russia (late Nicholas II) is critically injured on his head by the sword attack by a Japanese policeman Tsuda Sanzo
http://repository.upenn.edu/dissertations/AAI8922607/
http://www.thefullwiki.org/Otsu_Incident

1940: Death of Chujiro Hayashi, Japanese Reiki Master, born on September 15, 1880
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chujiro_Hayashi

1942: Japanese troops conquer Kalewa (Burma)

1945: US marines conquer Awatsha Draw in Okinawa (Japan), but the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, is hit by two kamikazes, killing 346 of her crew. Badly damaged, the ship is able to return to the U.S. under her own power
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bunker_Hill_(CV-17)

1948: Birth of Shigeru Izumiya, Japanese folk musician
http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Izumiya_Shigeru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nqh2xtTQ_Q

1963: Birth of Masotoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masatoshi_Hamada
http://www.jdorama.com/artiste.51.htm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSQZaIVZmrc

1985: Birth of Sifow, Japanese singer and business woman
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sifow

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fr7sjFt8GX8

2009: Ichiro Ozawa, head of the Democratic Party of Japan, tells he had decided to resign because he does not want the scandal involving one of his aides to cloud the elections, which must be held by Sept. 10
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8043226.stm