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2 NOVEMBER 2019

Germany’s Merkel renews push for FTA with India, pledges green funds

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday (Nov 2) there was a need for a fresh attempt to restart talks on finalising a free trade agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/germanys-merkel-renews-push-for-fta-with-india-pledges-green-funds
https://www.dw.com/en/merkel-modi-talk-trade-in-india/a-51079239

29 OCTOBER 2019

India ‘hand picks’ far-right EU parliamentarians to assess troubled Kashmir

The visit drew ire from rights activists and leaders of the opposition as the ruling BJP has barred foreign journalists and independent groups from visiting Kashmir, where a clampdown on dissent has continued since August 5
https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/india-hand-picks-far-right-eu-parliamentarians-to-assess-troubled-kashmir-30944
https://www.dw.com/en/european-lawmakers-in-kashmir-amid-tensions/a-51030892

8 OCTOBER 2019

India takes first delivery in French jet deal

India received on Tuesday the first of 36 Rafale fighter jets ordered from France in 2016 in a multi-billion-dollar deal that Paris hopes will unlock more sales
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-takes-first-delivery-in-french-jet-deal-1.66995998
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-receives-first-rafale-fighter-jet-from-france/article29618964.ece?homepage=true

23 SEPTEMBER 2019

‘Howdy, Modi!’: Trump hails Indian PM at ‘historic’ Texas rally

US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi exchanged warm words of friendship in Texas at a rare mass rally for a foreign leader
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49788492
https://www.thestatesman.com/world/usa-loves-india-says-donald-trump-howdy-modi-event-1502802952.html

4 SEPTEMBER 2019

India keen to acquire shipbuilding tech from Russia as Modi-Putin visits modern shipyard in Vladivostok

Prime Minister Narendra Modi travelled on a ship with Russian President Vladimir Putin to the Zvezda shipbuilding complex, the first stop in his two-day visit to the Russian Far East region and spent quality time together as Delhi showed interest in acquiring shipbuilding technology from Moscow
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/india-keen-to-acquire-shipbuilding-tech-from-russia-as-modi-putin-visits-modern-shipyard-in-vladivostok/articleshow/70979714.cms
https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/russia-already-india-s-biggest-arms-supplier-in-line-for-more-119090401471_1.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2019

Geopolitical role of India: Problems of multi-vector policy

In the wake of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in the recent parliamentary elections, observers are now discussing the prospects of a new phase in the role their country is playing in the world
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/08/30/geopolitical-role-of-india-problems-of-multi-vector-policy/

21 JUNE 2019

How yoga diplomacy helps India assert its rising global influence

On International Yoga Day, Modi uses one of India’s most popular exports to mark his nation’s rising place in the world
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/yoga-diplomacy-helps-india-assert-rising-global-influence-190621104210036.html
https://www.dnaindia.com/india/photo-gallery-cong-only-stands-for-negativity-amit-shah-flays-rahul-gandhi-for-mocking-yoga-day-and-insulting-our-forces-2763584

20 JUNE 2019

Indian Navy plans to build 6 submarines

15 JUNE 2019

A new era in Indian foreign policy?

Modi proved to be a remarkably peripatetic prime minister during his first five years in office. He travelled to 55 countries and made 48 foreign trips. Not since former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru has an Indian prime minister demonstrated a similar interest in and commitment to foreign policy
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/06/13/a-new-era-in-indian-foreign-policy/

8 JUNE 2019

Modi launches coastal radar system in Maldives

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated a coastal radar system and military training centre in the Maldives, as New Delhi seeks to fend off Chinese influence in the strategically-placed nation
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/modi-launches-coastal-radar-system-in-maldives-1.64477507
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-maldives-sign-six-key-agreements/article27698918.ece?homepage=true
https://www.oneindia.com/international/in-a-first-ferry-service-to-connect-india-and-maldives-2902071.html

31 MAY 2019

Admiral Karambir Singh takes charge as new Indian Navy chief

Force modernisation and maintaining the high operational tempo will be the two main challenges for new Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh, who took over from Admiral Sunil Lanba on Friday with a pledge to “work on the path of predecessors”
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/admiral-karambir-singh-takes-charge-as-new-navy-chief-1.64310825

6 MAY 2019

How PM Modi changed the face of Indian foreign policy

India has usually adopted a “non-aligned” foreign policy, but since Prime Minister Modi came to power in 2014, New Delhi has shown more assertiveness in international relations, particularly in its dealing with Pakistan
https://www.dw.com/en/how-pm-modi-changed-the-face-of-indian-foreign-policy/a-48618235

13 APRIL 2019

India–Maldives relations improving despite obstacles

India–Maldives relations under Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih started well. But sustaining the positive momentum will require hard work given complicated domestic politics, external relations and strategic interests
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/12/india-maldives-relations-improving-despite-obstacles/

India hopes to avoid US sanctions over Russian missile deal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin in October, defying US warnings of sanctions on countries buying Russian military equipment
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-hopes-to-avoid-us-sanctions-over-russian-missile-deal-25807

4 APRIL 2019

US set to sell India advanced copters to hunt submarines at sea

India is expected to soon get one of the most advanced naval helicopters capable of hunting submarines in the sea and launching anti-surface missions. The US state department has approved the sale to India of 24 MH-60R multi-mission helicopters for an estimated cost of $2.6 billion
https://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/040419/us-set-to-sell-india-advanced-copters-to-hunt-submarines-at-sea.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVOSmUNw8DQ

31 MARCH 2019

Time for thinking the Australia–India relationship afresh

Australia–India engagement has accelerated over the last few years. In 2014, the Indian prime minister visited Australia after a gap of 28 years. Three years later during former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s state visit to India, the two countries proclaimed themselves ‘partners in the Indo-Pacific’
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/03/31/time-for-thinking-the-australia-india-relationship-afresh/

28 MARCH 2019

US to offer India alternative to Russian S-400 missile defence system

The US is working with India to offer an alternative to the Russian S-400 Triumf missile defence system, according to Assistant Defence Secretary Randall Schriver, but he left open the possibility that Washington may not punish New Delhi over the $5.4 billion (Dh19.8 billion) Moscow deal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/us-to-offer-india-alternative-to-russian-s-400-missile-defence-system-1.62965849

27 MARCH 2019

India’s Narendra Modi announces successful anti-satellite system

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country had joined the space “super league” on Wednesday after it successfully tested an anti-satellite system in a demonstration of its space warfare capabilities
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/india-s-narendra-modi-announces-successful-anti-satellite-system-1.841801
https://www.telegraphindia.com/india/mission-shakti-in-the-global-space-defence-race/cid/1687633?ref=top-stories_home-template
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-gets-anti-satellite-capability-to-become-space-superpower-pm-1.1553669804791
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190327_35/

27 FEBRUARY 2019

China, Russia, India to strengthen cooperation

China, Russia and India on Wednesday agreed to enhance coordination and cooperation, firmly uphold multilateralism and jointly fight against terrorism
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/24/240/112/1551276717194.html?newsId=63133
https://elevenmyanmar.com/news/wang-china-india-should-tap-their-potentials-asianewsnetwork

20 FEBRUARY 2019

Saudi crown prince vows to improve ties on first visit to India

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has pledged investment and counterterrorism support on his first visit to India. Mohammed bin Salman’s visit comes amid tension in the subcontinent after last week’s suicide attack in Kashmir
https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-crown-prince-vows-to-improve-ties-on-first-visit-to-india/a-47593942
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/ties-with-india-in-our-dna-1.62190394
https://www.trtworld.com/business/saudi-prince-sees-100b-worth-of-investment-opportunities-in-india-24319
https://www.indiawrites.org/india-and-the-world/saudi-arabia-upbeat-on-india-opportunity-backs-terror-concerns/

15 FEBRUARY 2019

India says will ensure ‘complete isolation’ of Pakistan after worst terror attack under Modi

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (Feb 15) promised a strong response to a car bombing in Kashmir that killed 44 paramilitary officers that his government blamed on Pakistan, ratcheting up tensions with the nuclear rival
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-says-will-ensure-complete-diplomatic-isolation-of-pakistan-after-worst-attack
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/after-pulwama-attack-india-launches-diplomatic-drive-to-isolate-pakistan/articleshow/68012784.cms
http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/160219/pakistan-denies-link-vows-strong-reply.html?utm_source=latestPromotion&utm_medium=end&utm_campaign=latest

13 FEBRUARY 2019

Rafale controversy: What you need to know about India’s fighter jet deal with France

A 2016 fighter jet deal with France is beginning to cause problems for Prime Minister Modi, whose detractors accuse him of corruption. Here are 10 key points about the agreement between New Delhi and Dassault Aviation
https://www.dw.com/en/rafale-controversy-what-you-need-to-know-about-indias-fighter-jet-deal-with-france/a-47495210

11 JANUARY 2019

FOR INDIA AND CHINA, UNCERTAINTY IS THE ONLY SURE THING ABOUT 2019

If 2018 was the year China and India repaired their relations, this may be, for both countries, the year of uncertainty
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2181382/india-and-china-uncertainty-only-sure-thing-about-2019

5 JANUARY 2019

Is India Recalibrating its Afghan Policy?

Is India rethinking its approach to the Taliban? It would certainly seem so. After years, nay decades, of refusal to talk to the Taliban, India sent its representatives to Moscow on November 9, 2018 to finally sit at the same table as the representatives of the militant organization at the “Moscow format.”
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/868.html

25 DECEMBER 2018

India’s Modi opens mega road and rail bridge in boost to India’s defences along China border

India on Tuesday opened its longest rail and road bridge in a poor northeastern state as part of efforts to boost defences on its sensitive border with China
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2179475/indias-modi-opens-mega-road-and-rail-bridge-boost-indias
https://www.livemint.com/Politics/fGJ1b6s6qZ4t3mbsQyRZYJ/Bogibeelbridgealifeline-for-people-of-Assam-and-Arunachal.html

10 DECEMBER 2018

India Test-Fires its Longest Range Nuclear Capable Ballistic Missile Agni-V

Considered a major deterrent against China, Agni-V is expected to join India’s Strategic Forces Command very soon. The missile is capable of hitting targets anywhere in Asia, and parts of Africa and Europe
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201812101070547229-india-test-fires-nuclear-missile/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/nuclear-capable-agni-v-successfully-test-fired-off-odisha/article25711075.ece

20 NOVEMBER 2018

Vietnam Offers India Chance to Get Tougher Against Maritime Rival China

Advances in relations between Vietnam and India will help both countries resist Chinese expansion in Asia including the contested South China Sea, Asia scholars say
https://www.voanews.com/a/vietnam-india-relations/4666001.html
https://en.vietnamplus.vn/vietnam-india-issue-joint-statement/142210.vnp

14 NOVEMBER 2018

India-US discuss defence and trade cooperation during PM Modi’s Singapore visit

India and the US on Wednesday discussed their roles in a free Indo-Pacific region and cooperation in defence and trade sectors during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit
https://www.businessinsider.in/india-us-discuss-defence-and-trade-cooperation-during-pm-modis-singapore-visit/articleshow/66620261.cms
http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/141118/pm-modi-mike-pence-discuss-defence-trade-cooperation-in-indo-pacific.html

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Afghan peace conference: India shares table with Taliban

New Delhi has sent former Indian envoys to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Amar Sinha and TCA Raghavan respectively, to attend the conference at the “non-official level”
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/afghan-peace-conference-india-shares-table-taliban-181109092419577.html
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/first-india-hold-talks-taliban-non-official-level-moscow-1502706157.html

29 OCTOBER 2018

Japan, India agree new defence and economic projects

Japan and India agreed Monday (Oct 29) to upgrade diplomatic and military ties, with Tokyo also offering low-interest loans as the two countries seek closer ties to balance China’s weight in the region
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-india-agree-new-defence-and-economic-projects-10876574
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181029_42/
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/india-japan-agree-to-hold-22-dialogue-1502702249.html

14 OCTOBER 2018

India Resists US to Preserve Strategic Autonomy

5 OCTOBER 2018

India ignores US threat, inks $5 billion S-400 missile deal with Russia

Under the more than $5 billion deal, Russia will supply five regiments of the highly-sophisticated missiles to India. These missiles will provide India umbrella coverage against any air-borne threats like fighter jets, missiles and UAVs
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/india-inks-deal-buy-5-s-400-triumf-missiles-russia-1502693079.html
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-russia-seal-69b-missile-system-deal
https://www.oneindia.com/india/s-400-that-india-is-buying-from-russia-can-launch-72-missiles-2788691.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2018

Does India endorse a US-led regional order?

Despite US President Donald Trump’s cold approach, the strategic partnership between India and the United States is deepening
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/09/23/does-india-endorse-a-us-led-regional-order/

12 SEPTEMBER 2018

Rafale jets key in defusing China threat, Indian Air Force chief says

Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced air defence systems will also enhance the capability of the air force, Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa says
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/rafale-jets-key-in-defusing-china-threat-indian-air-force-chief-says-1.2277701

6 SEPTEMBER 2018

US, India seal military communications pact, plan more exercises

India and the United States signed an accord on secure military communications that both sides hailed as a breakthrough on Thursday (Sept 6), possibly opening the way for sales of sensitive US military equipment to India
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/us-india-seal-military-communications-pact-plan-more-exercises
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2163035/us-india-seek-deepen-defence-ties-and-sign-security-accord

24 AUGUST 2018

Re-shaping India-United States Defense Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

It is time for the United States to recognize that the Indian Ocean is the next front line of world geopolitics and the emerging arena for a new “great game.” China’s aggressive inroads into the Indian Ocean through military bases, port leasing, and predatory economics present an imminent strategic challenge, as these advances will result in an Indo-Pacific that is less free, less open, less secure, and less prosperous for the United States and India
https://www.cogitasia.com/re-shaping-india-united-states-defense-cooperation-in-the-indo-pacific/

25 JULY 2018

India to open 18 embassies in Africa

India plans to open 18 new embassies in Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, in the latest sign that the Asian state is seeking to strengthen its presence on the continent
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-44922404?ns_mchannel=social&ns_source=twitter&ns_campaign=bbc_live&ns_linkname=5b58496ea08104067893363e%26Indian%20to%20open%2018%20embassies%20in%20Africa%26&ns_fee=0#post_5b58496ea08104067893363e
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/in-visit-to-africa-modi-outlines-plans-for-partnerships-1.2256883

7 JULY 2018

India’s quadrilateral conundrum

When Modi delivered his landmark speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore on 1 June 2018, there was no mention of India’s concerns over Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea. Nor did Modi explicitly mention the ‘quadrilateral’ — the emerging strategic grouping that includes India, the United States, Japan and Australia which aims to counter an increasingly assertive China
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2018/07/06/indias-quadrilateral-conundrum/

22 JUNE 2018

India’s Growing Footprint in the Middle East

On March 22, 2018, Indian national carrier Air India made a historical flight from Delhi to Tel Aviv, flying straight over Saudi Arabian airspace. Israel has no diplomatic relations with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. While there was initial denial by Saudi authorities and silence from Air India, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confidently asserted that the flights would commence soon. And soon they did
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/730.html

14 JUNE 2018

UN calls for international probe into Kashmir rights violations

UN Human Rights Office report accuses India and Pakistan of ‘excessive use of force’ and human rights abuses in Kashmir
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/06/calls-inquiry-human-rights-violations-kashmir-180614082257845.html
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-india-kashmir-pakistan-un/united-nations-urges-inquiry-into-human-rights-violations-in-kashmir-idUSKBN1JA0PG
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-slams-un-report-on-kashmir-1.2237061

13 JUNE 2018

India refuses to endorse China’s Belt And Road project

Attending its first meet after becoming a full member of the SCO, India demonstrated its opposition to the ambitious BRI, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserting that mega-connectivity projects must respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries
https://asianews.network/2018/06/13/india-refuses-to-endorse-chinas-belt-and-road-project/

5 JUNE 2018

India to go ahead with $5.5b Russia arms deal

India will go ahead with the proposed purchase of five regiments of Russian-made S-400 Triumf advanced air defence system despite US concerns that the $5.5 billion (Dh20.1 billion) military deal could limit defence cooperation between New Delhi and Washington
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-to-go-ahead-with-5-5b-russia-arms-deal-1.2232160

28 MAY 2018

India to ignore US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela

India will keep trading with Iran and Venezuela despite the threat of fallout from US sanctions against the two countries, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said Monday
https://nation.com.pk/28-May-2018/india-to-ignore-us-sanctions-on-iran-venezuela
http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-sushma-swaraj-tells-iran-new-delhi-s-position-independent-we-only-follow-un-sanctions-not-us-sanctions-2619725

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/

 

Main news on Bangladesh

28 OCTOBER 2019

Bangladesh High Court orders Muhammad Yunus to surrender by Nov 7

The High Court on Monday asked Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus to surrender within November 7 in three cases filed for terminating employees of Grameen Communications
https://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=225328
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/10/28/high-court-orders-muhammad-yunus-to-surrender-by-nov-7

27 AUGUST 2019

Bangladesh to scrap marriage certificate ‘virgin’ rule for women

Women in Bangladesh will no longer have to say if they are “virgins” on official marriage documents, the High Court ruled. The decision has been hailed by rights groups and also includes crucial changes for men
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-to-scrap-marriage-certificate-virgin-rule-for-women/a-50178371
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49480551

14 JULY 2019

H.M. Ershad, who became Bangladesh president after seizing power in 1982 coup, dies aged 89

Ershad ruled the country from 1982 to 1990. He was the leader of the opposition in the current parliament. He assumed power as the military chief in 1982 and declared himself president the following year. He later floated his own Jatiya Party and won a controversial election in 1986
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/south-asia/article/3018535/hm-ershad-who-became-bangladesh-president-after-seizing-power
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92886
https://www.thedailystar.net/politics

5 JULY 2019

China, Bangladesh to bolster ties

China and Bangladesh should enhance cooperation in areas including trade, investment, energy, transport, telecommunication, infra­structure and agriculture, President Xi Jinping said on Friday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/139/166/160/1562387630630.html?newsId=88064
https://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=205914

3 JULY 2019

Bangladesh Court Sentences 9 to Death for 1994 Attempt to Kill Hasina

A court sentenced nine BNP party members to death and handed life imprisonments to 25 others Wednesday after convicting them over a 1994 train attack aimed at killing Sheikh Hasina, leader of the rival Awami League who now rules Bangladesh, a prosecutor said
https://www.benarnews.org/english/news/bengali/Bangladesh-politics-07032019165908.html

19 JUNE 2019

Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi labourers in deadly clashes at Beijing-backed power plant near Dhaka

Hundreds of Chinese and Bangladeshi labourers clashed at the site of a power plant being built south of Dhaka, police said on Wednesday, leaving a Chinese worker dead and more than a dozen others injured
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3015182/hundreds-chinese-and-bangladeshi-labourers-deadly-clashes
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/203986

10 JUNE 2019

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has slammed Myanmar for delays in the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled violence in the neighbouring country
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/bangladesh-pm-attacks-myanmar-over-rohingya-deadlock
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/myanmar-doesnt-want-repatriate-rohingya-bangladeshi-pm-says.html

 

18 MAY 2019

Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Receive Identity Documents for First Time

Bangladeshi authorities and the U.N. refugee agency have registered more than a quarter million Rohingya refugees and presented them with identity documents that grant them a number of rights and safeguards
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/stateless-rohingya-refugees-in-bangladesh-receive-identity-documents-for-first-time/

30 APRIL 2019

Bangladesh opposition ends parliament boycott

Bangladesh’s main opposition has ended its boycott of parliament four months after failing to win power in an election tainted by widespread allegations of intimidation and fraud
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bangladesh-opposition-ends-parliament-boycott-11492188

8 APRIL 2019

Bangladesh Posts Border Guard to St. Martin’s Island for 1st Time in 22 Years

The Bangladeshi government on Sunday redeployed over 100 Border Guards Bangladesh personnel armed with heavy weapons to St. Martin’s Island, the country’s southernmost point. It is the first time in 22 years the force has been based on the island off Cox’s Bazar, and reinforces an existing Bangladesh Coast Guard deployment there, officials said
https://www.irrawaddy.com/news/asia/bangladesh-posts-border-guard-st-martins-island-1st-time-22-years.html
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/04/07/bgb-deployed-to-st-martins-island

29 JANUARY 2019

Nearly 5,000 garment workers sacked over Bangladesh strikes

Nearly 5,000 low-paid Bangladeshi garment workers stitching clothes for global brands have been sacked by factory bosses for joining strikes over wages this month that turned violent, police said on Tuesday (Jan 29)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/nearly-5000-garment-workers-sacked-over-bangladesh-strikes

20 JANUARY 2019

Bangladesh arrests Islamist extremist over deadly 2016 cafe attack

Police said Mamunur Rashid supplied money, weapons, ammunition and explosives for the attack and hostage taking at a popular tourist spot
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2182909/bangladesh-arrests-islamist-extremist-over-deadly-2016-cafe
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-cafe-attack-what-happened-during-the-siege
http://thedailynewnation.com/news/203540/gulshan-attack-arms-supplier-on-remand.html

7 JANUARY 2019

Sheikh Hasina takes oath for third consecutive term as Bangladesh’s prime minister

Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as Bangladesh’s prime minister for a record fourth term on Monday (Jan 7) after a crushing election victory marred by deadly violence and claims of widespread rigging
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/01/07/sheikh-hasina-takes-oath-for-third-consecutive-term-as-prime-minister
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=176979
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/hasina-sworn-in-as-bangladesh-pm-after-tainted-polls-11094190

30 DECEMBER 2018

An alliance dominated by Hasina’s Awami League won 288 seats in the country’s 300-strong parliament

The opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia won just six seats. Election to one seat was not held Sunday and results for another seat were halted by the commission
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46718393
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-election-prime-minister-sheikh-hasina-wins-by-landslide/a-46902833

Bangladesh elections marred by deadly clashes

Vote counting was under way on Sunday after Bangladeshis cast their ballots in general elections marred by deadly violence and accusations of irregularities
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/bangladesh-elections-marred-deadly-clashes-181230114010059.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/polls-close-in-violence-marred-bangladesh-polls-22928

25 DECEMBER 2018

Bangladesh journalists attacked ahead of pol

At least 10 journalists were injured as ruling party activists allegedly attacked a motel in a central Bangladesh town when they were covering this week’s national election, a senior journalist said Tuesday (Dec 25)
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/bangladesh-journalists-attacked-ahead-of-poll-11062336
https://www.thedailystar.net/bangladesh-national-election-2018/news/journalist-bodies-condemn-nawabganj-attack-1678717

10,500 arrests ahead of Bangladesh poll: opposition

Bangladesh police have arrested more than 10,500 opposition activists in a crackdown ahead of elections this week, opposition parties said Tuesday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/10500-arrests-ahead-of-bangladesh-poll-opposition-1.61114982

9 DECEMBER 2018

Bangladesh opposition says hundreds of supporters held before polls

Bangladesh’s opposition party on Sunday said nearly 2,000 of its supporters have been arrested on trumped-up charges in a crackdown aimed at derailing its campaign just weeks before a general election
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-opposition-say-hundreds-of-supporters-arrested-22323

7 DECEMBER 2018

Bangladesh’s ruling ‘secular’ Awami League strengthens ties with Islamist parties

Islamist parties in Bangladesh that have in the past always sided with the country’s center-right alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) are now joining hands with the ruling Awami League. The incumbent party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is secular by its very manifesto. But the Islamists are turning the tables before the national election on December 30
http://www.atimes.com/article/bangladeshs-ruling-secular-awami-league-strengthens-ties-with-islamist-parties/?utm_source=The+Daily+Report&utm_campaign=026f770540-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_07_12_47&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1f8bca137f-026f770540-31591405

15 NOVEMBER 2018

Rohingya return to Myanmar postponed

Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh were scheduled to be sent back to Myanmar today as part of a voluntary repatriation plan. But the launch has been postponed amid an outbreak of protests from Rohingya
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20181115-planned-return-rohingyas-myanmar-has-been-postponed
https://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/rohingya-refugee-repatriation-will-begin-this-afternoon-1660885
https://globalvoices.org/2018/11/15/bangladeshs-now-postponed-repatriation-would-have-turned-the-plight-of-rohingya-refugees-from-bad-to-worse/

Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam granted bail

Shahidul Alam was not charged when he was arrested on propaganda charges in August. His release on bail comes after international pressure and ahead of elections in Bangladesh in December
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshi-photographer-shahidul-alam-granted-bail/a-46307301

11 NOVEMBER 2018

Bangladesh opposition parties including BNP to contest election

An alliance of opposition parties in Bangladesh, including the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), said on Sunday it plans to contest the Dec. 23 general election, despite the ruling Awami League rejecting a series of its demands
https://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-election/bangladesh-opposition-parties-including-bnp-to-contest-election-idINKCN1NG06H?rpc=401&
https://bdnews24.com/politics/2018/11/11/opposition-parties-return-to-polls-after-a-long-spell-of-political-wilderness
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=168034

29 OCTOBER 2018

Bangladesh court hands ex-PM another 7 years jail term

A Bangladesh court on Monday sentenced former prime minister and opposition leader Khaleda Zia to another seven years in prison on corruption charges that her supporters say are politically motivated
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-hands-ex-pm-new-jail-term-21212
https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/news/zia-charitable-trust-case-supreme-court-bangladesh-directs-dhaka-court-deliver-verdict-bnp-chairperson-khaleda-zia-1653295
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/new-jail-term-for-bangladesh-s-zia-angers-supporters-1.2295455

13 OCTOBER 2018

New political alliance formed in Bangladesh ahead of election

Some political parties in Bangladesh, including the main opposition BNP, formed an anti-government alliance on Saturday to force the ruling quarter to form an all-party caretaker government ahead of the general election in December
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/new-political-alliance-formed-in-bangladesh-ahead-of-election-2148161.html
https://www.thedailystar.net/politics/greater-national-unity-todays-meeting-cancelled-1646452

10 OCTOBER 2018

Bangladesh sentences 19 to death for 2004 political rally attack

A tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced 19 people to death and the opposition’s heir-apparent to life imprisonment Wednesday for a deadly 2004 attack at a political rally of then-opposition leader and current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/54/27/229/1539159506697.html?newsId=50390
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/10/10/babar-gets-death-tarique-jailed-for-life-in-2004-grenade-attack
https://www.thedailystar.net/august-21-carnage/21-august-grenade-attack-verdict-tarique-rahman-awarded-life-1645090
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=162527

6 AUGUST 2018

Bangladesh arrests top photographer amid student protests

Police have detained Shahidul Alam, a Bangladeshi photographer and social activist, for spreading anti-government propaganda. The arrest comes amid large student protests that have convulsed the country for over a week
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/06/famed-bangladeshi-photographer-held-over-road-protest-comments
https://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-arrests-top-photographer-amid-student-protests/a-44972531

4 AUGUST 2018

115 students injured in clashes as Bangladesh teen protests turn violent

 More than 100 people were injured in Bangladesh Saturday (Aug 4) after police fired rubber bullets at students protesters, a doctor and witnesses said, a major escalation in a stand-off between the government and demonstrators
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/115-students-injured-in-clashes-as-bangladesh-teen-protests-turn-10589210
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=151686
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2158296/students-bangladesh-block-roads-seventh-day-over-road-safety

2 JUNE 2018

Bangladesh accused of using drugs war to hide political assassinations

As the death toll soars there are growing allegations the campaign is a cover for a wave of extrajudicial killings and political intimidation ahead of a general election later this year
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/01/bangladesh-drugs-war-used-hide-political-assassinations/

28 MAY 2018

Bangladesh kills 86, arrests 7,000 in anti-drugs campaign

Bangladesh police have killed at least 86 people and arrested about 7,000 since launching a crackdown on drug trafficking this month, officials said on Monday, raising fears from rights activists of a Philippines-style war on drugs
https://in.reuters.com/article/bangladesh-drugs/bangladesh-kills-86-arrests-7000-in-anti-drugs-campaign-idINKCN1IT1A1?rpc=401&
http://thedailynewnation.com/news/176225/shootout-toll-now-93

16 MAY 2018

Bangladesh Supreme Court orders Khaleda Zia released on bail

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia cannot walk out of prison right now even after winning a hard-fought legal battle for bail at the Supreme Court as she didn’t get bail in seven other cases in which she was shown arrested
https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/bail-upheld-release-stuck-other-cases-1577494
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-opposition-leader-zia-granted-bail-1.2222315

12 MAY 2018

First Bangladesh telecom satellite launch

The first telecommunications satellite in Bangladesh has successfully taken off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, US, aboard a Falcon 9 rocket of the company SpaceX
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/first-bangladesh-telecom-satellite-launch
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/05/12/satellite-brings-prestige-to-bangladesh-on-the-world-stage-says-hasina

12 APRIL 2018

Bangladesh scraps quota system in govt jobs amid mounting protests

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said she has decided to scrap the quota system in government services after thousands of students marched across the country in protest against a controversial policy of setting aside jobs for special groups
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-scraps-quota-system-in-govt-jobs-amid-mounting-protests-2099421.html
https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/quota-system-reformation–sought-reform-got-abolition-1561603

4 MARCH 2018

Is Sheikh Hasina turning Bangladesh into a one-party state?

The controversial jailing of former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and the state persecution of dissent have raised fears that the next parliamentary election could turn into a violent sham
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/sheikh-hasina-turning-bangladesh-party-state-180404082024893.html

19 MARCH 2018

Top court cancels bail for Bangladesh opposition chief Zia

The decision to suspend Khaleda Zia’s bail prompted a sharp reaction from her lawyers, who said it was part of a campaign by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to silence the opposition
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-court-cancels-bail-for-bangladesh-opposition-chief-zia-16026
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/142151

3 MARCH 2018

Bangladesh: Top secular writer Zafar Iqbal attacked at university

Writer Zafar Iqbal was reportedly stabbed in the head while taking part in a university event in Bangladesh. The well-known secular activist and science fiction author has faced death threats from radical Islamists
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladesh-top-secular-writer-zafar-iqbal-attacked-at-university/a-42813525
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/03/03/prof-zafar-iqbal-stabbed-on-shahjalal-university-campus
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=125419

8 FEBRUARY 2018

Violent protests as opposition leader Khaleda Zia is jailed in Bangladesh

A judge in Bangladesh has convicted the opposition leader Khaleda Zia of corruption and sentenced her to five years in jail as police clashed with thousands of her supporters outside the court
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/08/violent-protests-opposition-leader-jailed-bangladesh-khaleda-zia
http://www.atimes.com/article/former-bangladesh-pm-khaleda-zia-found-guilty-graft-case/
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2018/02/08/live-eyes-on-khaleda-verdict

1 FEBRUARY 2018

Bangladesh’s new digital security law alarms journalists

Bangladesh’s government has approved the draft of a contentious digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But journalists fear the proposed law could be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/bangladeshs-new-digital-security-law-alarms-journalists/a-42377844

22 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh announces delay in refugee return

The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting “a lot of preparation” was still needed
https://frontiermyanmar.net/en/bangladesh-announces-delay-in-refugee-return
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/rohingya-repatriation-delayed-burma/#Qe0Lvp6iA867iXxU.97

16 JANUARY 2918

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree on Rohingya repatriation plan in two-year period

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to repatriate the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a recent army crackdown in Myanmar within a period of two years
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/16/549097/Bangladesh-Myanmar-Rohingya-Muslims-repatriate-two-years
http://www.france24.com/en/20180116-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh-deal-agrees-complete-rohingya-return-two-years
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/16/-major-challenges-face-repatriation-of-rohingya-muslims

8 JANUARY 2018

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

A Bangladesh court on Monday (Jan 8) upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighbouring country
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-court-upholds-ban-on-rohingya-marriage-9843400
http://www.thedailystar.net/rohingya-crisis/plea-seeking-legality-marrying-myanmar-rohingya-girl-rejected-1516816

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Pope urges ‘decisive measures’ to tackle Rohingya crisis on Bangladesh visit

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over the issue
http://www.france24.com/en/20171130-pope-francis-bangladesh-rohingya-muslim
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/pope-francis-awaits-rousing-reception-in-bangladesh-as-he-arrives-dhaka-roman-catholic-church-1498540
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/43/81/21/1512053986586.html

29 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh priest disappearance casts pall over pope visit

A Catholic priest has disappeared in Bangladesh, police said Wednesday, as the Muslim-majority country stepped up security ahead of a landmark visit by Pope Francis that follows a rise in Islamist attacks on religious minorities
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladesh-priest-disappearance-casts-pall-over-pope-visit-1.2132875
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/bangladesh-natore-priest-walter-william-rozario-missing-miscreants-demand-tk-three-lakh-ransom-1498180

27 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladesh court upholds 2013 death sentence for 139 soldiers over mutiny

In 2013, a court had sentenced 152 soldiers to death for the 2009 killings in which dozens of officers were shot, hacked to death or burnt alive before being dumped into sewers or shallow graves
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/bangladesh-court-upholds-2013-death-sentence-for-139-soldiers-over-mutiny-12652
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/11/27/high-court-s-bdr-mutiny-verdict-greeted-with-cheers-and-tears
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=108210

23 NOVEMBER 2017

Myanmar, Bangladesh ink Rohingya return deal

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an accord on Thursday (Nov 23) over terms for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh, both governments said, amid concern that Myanmar’s powerful army could prove obstructive
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/myanmar-bangladesh-ink-rohingya-return-deal-9432828
http://www.observerbd.com/details.php?id=107505
http://www.dw.com/en/rohingya-myanmar-and-bangladesh-sign-deal-to-repatriate-refugees/a-41497951

9 NOVEMBER 2017

Bangladeshi academic missing amid spike in disappearances

Mubashar Hasan, a Bangladeshi professor internationally respected for his work on Islamist extremism has gone missing, police said Thursday, with activists fearing the worst amid a spate of disappearances in recent months
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/bangladeshi-academic-missing-amid-spike-in-disappearances-1.2121537
http://www.theindependentbd.com/post/122891

14 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh chief justice is accused of corruption as he departs country

Bangladesh’s chief justice has been accused of serious crimes, including corruption, by the country’s government, as he departed for Australia expressing his fears for judicial independence in the nation
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/10/14/asia-pacific/crime-legal-asia-pacific/bangladesh-chief-justice-accused-corruption-departs-country/#.WeORlmi0M2z

12 OCTOBER 2017

Bangladesh issues warrants for opposition leader’s arrest

The move came after the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina launched a crackdown on the opposition, arresting leaders and supporters of Zia`s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/bangladesh-issues-warrants-for-opposition-leaders-arrest-2049678.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2017

How Bangladeshis are coping with half a million new Rohingya refugees

The sudden arrival of half a million Rohingya Muslims has upended life in this humble village, which is now overshadowed by one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/how-bangladeshis-are-coping-with-half-a-million-new-rohingya-refugees/2017/09/29/4a6624ca-a1ee-11e7-b573-8ec86cdfe1ed_story.html?utm_term=.9d6d8e728d29

9 SEPTEMBER 2017

Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh nears 300,000: UN

Nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh in the 15 days since new violence erupted, the United Nations said Saturday (Sep 9)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/rohingya-exodus-to-bangladesh-nears-300-000-un-9200758
http://www.euronews.com/2017/09/09/red-cross-says-a-humanitarian-crisis-is-looming-for-the-rohingya

26 AUGUST 2017

No Rohingya to be allowed to enter Bangladesh: Government

The government has directed the local administration in the district to employ its best efforts to restrict the entry of fresh Rohingyas into the country saying not a single person will be allowed in the name of ‘humanity
http://www.unb.com.bd/Bangladesh-news/No-Rohingya-to-be-allowed-to-enter-BD-Govt%C2%A0/49679
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/25/thousands-of-rohingyas-stranded-at-bangladesh-border-after-myanmar-attacks
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/08/26/533025/Myanmar-violence-Rohingya

20 AUGUST 2017

Bangladesh sentences 10 to death for plot to kill PM Hasina

A Bangladesh court sentenced ten Islamist militants to death on Sunday (Aug 20) over a failed plot to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by detonating a huge bomb at one of her rallies
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-sentences-10-to-death-for-plot-to-kill-pm-hasina
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/08/20/ten-sentenced-to-death-over-assassination-plot-against-sheikh-hasina
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/bangladesh/10-get-death-penalty-over-plot-to-assassinate-hasina-1.2077095

21 APRIL 2017

Hasina, under political duress, looks to the right

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has turned to the right to placate hardline Islamists after facing flak for her recent visit to neighboring India, a trip her opponents have claimed sold out national interests to its giant western neighbor
http://www.atimes.com/article/hasina-political-duress-looks-right/

1st MARCH 2017

Keener on arms from China, Bangladesh dithers on defence pact with India

After several postponements, the prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, has finally agreed to visit India in April but her government is reluctant to sign an agreement on defence that India is pushing for
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2075152/keener-arms-china-bangladesh-dithers-defence-pact-india

31 OCTOBER 2016

Holy Hindu temples and idols vandalised, houses looted in Bangladesh on biggest festival for Hindus, Diwali

As Hindus across the world celebrated one of their biggest festivals, Diwali – over 15 holy temples and houses of Hindus were vandalised by mobs in Bangladesh. All this, after a derogatory post was put up by a Facebook user against the holiest of mosques in the world
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/249004441
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/10/30/at-least-15-temples-100-hindu-houses-vandalised-looted-for-hours-in-brahmanbarhia
http://www.dw.com/en/islamists-vandalize-hindu-temples-in-bangladesh-over-facebook-post/a-36211956

14 OCTOBER 2016

China’s Xi elevates ties with Bangladesh to strategic partnership as two countries ink deals worth billions

Xi’s trip, the first by a Chinese head of state to Bangladesh in 30 years, is part of China’s ambition to advance its “One Belt, One Road” initiative
http://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/ties-new-historical-starting-point-1298932
http://opinion.bdnews24.com/2016/10/13/the-geo-politics-of-bangladesh-china-relations/
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/chinas-xi-elevates-ties-with-bangladesh-to-strategic-partnership-as-two-countries

7 OCTOBER 2016

Why Bangladesh wants to ‘silence’ its civil society

A new measure passed by Bangladesh’s parliament makes it a criminal offense to make “malicious” comments on any constitutional bodies in the country. Many say the controversial move is a blow to freedom of expression
http://www.dw.com/en/why-bangladesh-wants-to-silence-its-civil-society/a-35987962

11 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan Refuses Fresh Calls for Afghan Trade with India Through Land Routes

Pakistan has rejected fresh calls by Afghanistan to allow the conflict-ridden landlocked country to engage in direct trade with India through its land routes, citing existing official arrangements between Islamabad and Kabul
http://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-refuses-fresh-calls-for-afghan-trade-with-india-through-land-routds/3502168.html

3 SEPTEMBER 2016

Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

Mir Quasem Ali, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was executed after being convicted by a controversial war crimes tribunal for offences committed during the 1971 independence conflict with Pakistan
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/bangladesh-hangs-top-financier-of-largest-islamist-party/3098508.html
http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2016/09/03/jamaats-mir-quasem-ali-hanged-for-war-crimes-as-al-badr-chief-of-chittagong
http://www.thedailystar.net/country/al-badr-chief-mir-quasem-executed-1280152

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24 OCTOBER 2019

Pakistan and India sign Sikh pilgrimage corridor agreement

India and Pakistan have signed an agreement to operationalize the Kartarpur corridor, which will connect Sikh shrines located on either side of the border
https://www.dw.com/en/india-pakistan-sign-historic-agreement-to-construct-kartarpur-corridor/a-50966396
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/10/pakistan-india-sign-sikh-pilgrimage-corridor-agreement-191024101203153.html

15 OCTOBER 2019

Will not allow water to Pakistan: Indian Prime Minister Modi

“For 70 years, the water which belongs to India and the farmers of Haryana flowed to Pakistan. Modi will stop this water and bring it to your houses,” the Prime Minister said in an election meeting, the second in two days, in Charki Dadri in Haryana
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/will-not-allow-water-to-pakistan-indian-prime-minister-modi-1.67148514
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/our-share-of-river-waters-will-no-more-go-to-pakistan-pm/article29690436.ece?homepage=true

5 OCTOBER 2019

India, Bangladesh sign seven pacts

In a joint statement issued on Saturday, India and Bangladesh hailed the bilateral ties between the two countries, as they signed seven agreements including the setting up of a joint coastal surveillance system
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/india-bangladesh-sign-seven-pacts-1.1570287889918
https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2019/10/05/bangladesh-signs-7-deals-with-india-following-hasina-modi-talks-in-new-delhi

10 SEPTEMBER 2019

India, Nepal inaugurate South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline

South Asia’s first cross-border oil pipeline with an annual capacity of 2 million metric tonnes was jointly inaugurated via video conference on Tuesday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/india-nepal-inaugurate-south-asia-s-first-cross-border-oil-pipeline/story-iwMxgmp6UsAfsyyJGqon5J.html
https://www.aninews.in/videos/national/pm-modi-nepal-pm-kp-sharma-oli-jointly-inaugurate-cross-border-petroleum-products-pipeline/

15 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir cross-border fire ‘kills 3 Pakistani, 5 Indian soldiers’

Pakistan’s army has said at least three Pakistani and five Indian soldiers have been killed after a cross-border exchange of fire in the disputed region of Kashmir, prompting a denial by New Delhi that there were fatalities among its forces
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/kashmir-fire-loc-kills-3-pakistani-5-indian-troops-190815125820838.html
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/indian-army-rejects-as-fictitious-pak-militarys-claim-of-killing-5-indian-soldiers-along-loc-in-jk/articleshow/70691327.cms
https://www.dawn.com/news/1499681/3-pakistan-army-soldiers-martyred-in-loc-firing-by-indian-forces-ispr

4 AUGUST 2019

Kashmir tensions intensify amid India, Pakistan skirmishes

The Indian military on Sunday (Aug 4) claimed to have killed several Pakistani attackers trying to cross the de facto border in Kashmir, as tensions ratcheted up in the disputed region and sent thousands of tourists fleeing
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-pakistan-trade-attack-claims-as-kashmir-tensions-rise
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/112/151/161/1564906434449.html?newsId=90920

19 APRIL 2019

India suspends Kashmir border trade with Pakistan

India has suspended trade across its disputed Kashmir border with Pakistan, alleging that weapons and drugs are being smuggled across the route, as tensions simmer between the nuclear-armed neighbours
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-suspends-kashmir-border-trade-with-pakistan

3 APRIL 2019

India–Maldives relations improving despite obstacles

India–Maldives relations under Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih started well. But sustaining the positive momentum will require hard work given complicated domestic politics, external relations and strategic interests
https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2019/04/12/india-maldives-relations-improving-despite-obstacles/

7 APRIL 2019

Islamabad says New Delhi planning military aggression

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Islamabad has credible intelligence that India is planning an attack between April 16 to April 20
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/islamabad-says-new-delhi-planning-military-aggression-pakistan-india-24534
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/454747-india-likely-to-launch-attacks-against-pakistan-between-april-16-20-fm

14 MARCH 2019

India, Pakistan Agree for Smooth Progress in Sikh Shrine Project Amid Tensions

India and Pakistan have claimed that Thursday’s meeting on the Kartarpur corridor issue concluded with a significant understanding on operationalising the project. This was the first bilateral meet to discuss the modalities and the draft agreement for facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the Kartarpur Corridor
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201903141073235920-india-pakistan-kartarpur-passage/
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2019/03/14/pakistan-india-hold-first-round-of-talks-on-kartarpur-corridor-in-delhi/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-seeks-visa-free-access-for-5000-pilgrims-per-day-to-kartarpur-gurdwara-in-pakistan/articleshow/68410402.cms

4 MARCH 2019

59 Nobel laureates urge Imran, Modi to defuse tensions

Fifty nine Nobel laureates have written letters to the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan urging them to “defuse the rising tensions” between the two countries, according to a statement
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68246837.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

1 MARCH 2019

Pakistan hands over captured Indian pilot at Wagah border

An Indian Air Force pilot captured by Pakistan was returned to India at the Wagah border crossing on Friday to the cheers of hundreds of countrymen who gathered to give him a hero’s welcome
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/pakistan-hands-over-captured-indian-pilot-at-wagah-border-1.831819
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201903011072877680-handover-footage-indian-pilot/

27 FEBRUARY 2019

Pakistan says it shot down 2 Indian aircraft in Kashmir

Pakistan said on Wednesday (Feb 27) it shot down two Indian warplanes in its airspace over disputed Kashmir, in a dramatic escalation of a confrontation that has ignited fears of an all-out conflict between the nuclear-armed neighbours
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pakistan-says-it-shot-down-2-indian-aircraft-in-kashmir-11294006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47383634

26 FEBRUARY 2019

India Strikes Pakistani Village In Retaliation For Attack In Kashmir

India says its fighter jets crossed a disputed border as they headed into Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, conducting airstrikes on a militant training camp and killing “a very large number of terrorists.”
https://www.npr.org/2019/02/26/698046256/india-strikes-pakistani-village-in-retaliation-for-attack-in-kashmir
https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/02/videos/indian-fighter-jets-hit-pakistan-terrorist-camp-2/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/india-says-carried-out-air-strike-on-terror-camp-inside-pakistan-24503

20 FEBRUARY 2019

UN Secretary General urges ‘maximum restraint’ in India-Pakistan Kashmir row

Secretary General Antonio Guterres offered UN assistance to try to defuse the row between the nuclear-armed arch-rivals, as the Indian prime minister continued to weigh retaliation for a suicide bombing that killed at least 40 of his policemen
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/un-secretary-general-urges-maximum-restraint-in-india-pakistan-kashmir-row-1.828157

15 FEBRUARY 2019

How South Asia can become a free trade area

The South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) agreement has been in effect since 2006—with little success
http://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/how-south-asia-can-become-free-trade-area

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan ready to repair ties with India as shrine corridor opens for Sikhs

In a rare sign of cooperation between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed rivals, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a visa-free corridor that will allow Sikhs to easily visit their shrines on each side of the border
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-ready-to-repair-ties-with-india-as-shrine-corridor-opens-for-sikhs-22031
https://www.dw.com/en/kartarpur-corridor-can-india-and-pakistan-bring-down-their-berlin-wall/a-46491889
https://www.dawn.com/news/1448172/we-want-civilised-ties-with-india-pm-khan-lays-foundation-stone-for-long-awaited-kartarpur-corridor

22 NOVEMBER 2018

Pakistan to open Kartarpur Corridor for Sikh pilgrims, Imran Khan to break ground

Pakistan has conveyed to India its decision to open the Kartarpur Corridor for the Sikh pilgrims on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Thursday, a development which could help ease tensions between the two neighbours
http://www.asianage.com/india/all-india/221118/pakistan-to-open-kartarpur-corridor-for-sikh-pilgrims-imran-khan-to-break-ground.html
https://www.oneindia.com/india/india-gives-nod-to-kartarpur-sahib-corridor-construction-whats-it-about-2811726.html
https://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2018/11/22/pakistan-welcomes-indias-decision-to-open-kartarpur-crossing/

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

India and Pakistan clash in UN over terror support

India and Pakistan exchanged barbs at the United Nations on Saturday after plans for a rare meeting between the foreign ministers in New York fell through
https://www.dw.com/en/india-and-pakistan-clash-in-un-over-terror-support/a-45694162
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/india-pakistan-trade-barbs-failed-bid-talks-180929202643933.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-accuses-india-of-suspending-dialogue-to-resolve-issues-1.2284332

21 SEPTEMBER 2018

New Delhi cancels Pakistan, India Foreign Ministers meeting

New Delhi has cancelled meeting of Pakistan and India Foreign Ministers scheduled to be held next week in New York, Indian media reported
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/371657-new-delhi-cancels-pakistan-india-foreign-ministers-meeting
https://www.dawn.com/news/1434285/india-cancels-new-york-meeting-with-pakistan-says-pm-khans-true-face-revealed

21 AUGUST 2018

Pakistan’s new PM proposes dialogue with India

Pakistan’s newly-elected prime minister on Tuesday offered to start a dialogue with India to resolve long-running disputes between the two nuclear-armed rivals, including over the Kashmir region
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/08/21/pakistans-new-pm-proposes-dialogue-with-india.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1428400/pm-khan-says-india-pakistan-must-dialogue-resolve-differences
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1785949/1-dialogue-best-way-resolve-conflict-pakistan-india-pm-imran/

3 MAY 2018

India, Pakistan clash on Kashmir border ends brief truce

India and Pakistan exchanged fire across the Kashmir border on Sunday (June 3), officials said, killing two guards and ending a days-old agreement to honour a ceasefire in the disputed region
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-pakistan-clash-on-kashmir-border-ends-brief-truce
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/06/03/563770/India-Pakistan-Kashmir-border-clashes
http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2018/jun/03/latest-ceasefire-violation-proves-pakistan-says-one-thing-does-another-bsf-ig-1823246.html

30 MAY 2018

Pakistan, India agree to stop trading fire in disputed Kashmir

Pakistan and India have agreed to stop trading artillery fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, and on Wednesday the situation was calm after months of routine skirmishes that killed dozens of soldiers and civilians
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-india-agree-to-stop-trading-fire-in-disputed-kashmir-17848
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/05/30/563346/Pakistan-India-Kashmir-2003-truce
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2148542/thousands-go-home-india-pakistan-agree-end-kashmir-firing

18 MAY 2018

Nine killed as India and Pakistan exchange cross-border gunfire along Kashmir frontier

Indian and Pakistani forces exchanged gunfire across the tense, heavily militarised Kashmir border on Friday, leaving eight civilians and an Indian soldier dead
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/nine-killed-as-india-and-pakistan-exchange-cross-border-gunfire-along-kashmir-frontier-1.731690
https://www.dawn.com/news/1408474/3-children-among-4-civilians-killed-by-indian-firing-across-working-boundary-ispr
https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/4-civilians-killed-1-bsf-jawan-martyred-in-pakistan-firing-in-jammu-1236390-2018-05-18

30 APRIL 2018

It’s Time For India To Redefine Its South Asia Strategy – Analysis

8 APRIL 2018

Modi rules out India’s participation in Saarc summit in Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed to his Nepalese counterpart KP Sharma Oli India’s firm opposition to the staging of the SAARC Summit by Islamabad, given the fact that Pakistan continued to support cross-border terrorism from its territory
http://www.thedailystar.net/politics/modi-rules-out-indias-participation-south-asian-association-for-regional-cooperation-saarc-summit-pakistan-cross-border-terrorism-1559755
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1680503/9-india-hints-sabotaging-saarc-summit-scheduled-pakistan/

26 FEBRUARY 2018

Thousands relocated in Kashmir as Pakistani and Indian forces trade fire

Authorities on both sides of the disputed Kashmir region depopulate villages following heavy artillery exchange by the Pakistani and Indian armies, in the worst border skirmishes since the 2003 ceasefire
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/thousands-relocated-in-kashmir-as-pakistani-and-indian-forces-trade-fire-15493
http://www.firstpost.com/india/panicky-villagers-along-loc-in-kashmirs-uri-flee-homes-amid-heavy-shelling-pakistan-army-tells-locals-to-leave-4366891.html

23 FEBRUARY 2018

Afghan, Pakistani, Indian officials launch Turkmen natural gas pipeline

The Afghan president and Pakistani prime minister have inaugurated a 1,814 kilometer gas pipeline that will carry Turkmenistan’s natural gas to Afghanistan as well as Pakistan and India after its construction officially began on the Afghan-Turkmen border
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/23/553352/Afghanistan-natural-gas-pipeline-Turkmenistan-Pakistan-India-Kabul-inauguration-President-Ashraf-Ghani
http://www.radio.gov.pk/23-02-2018/ceremony-held-in-herat-on-completion-of-turkmenistan-section-of-tapi-project

6 FEBRUARY 2018

As the political game of chess continues in Maldives, India still stuck in decision-making mode

Even as the Indian government issued its first public statement on Tuesday condemning the island nation’s government for declaring a state of emergency, it has yet to decide what role it will play in the ongoing Maldives crisis
https://thewire.in/221711/political-game-chess-continues-maldives-india-still-stuck-decision-making-mode/
https://www.oneindia.com/india/maldives-crisis-india-keep-troops-ready-2636239.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/maldives-opposition-pleads-india-send-troops-countrys-president/

4 JANUARY 2017

Pakistan gives over a million Afghan refugees 30 days to leave country

Pakistan has given over a million Afghan refugees until the end of the month to leave the country, in an announcement on Wednesday, following US accusations that Islamabad shelters some of the fiercest factions of the Taliban fighting US and Afghan soldiers in neighbouring Afghanistan
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/pakistan-gives-over-a-million-afghan-refugees-30-days-to-leave-country-13892

15 NOVEMBER 2017

India-Pakistan Relations: Beyond the Security Narrative

In recent weeks, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s visit to Afghanistan and Pakistan on October 24, 2017 and his visit to New Delhi visit on October 25, and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to New Delhi on October 24, have drawn significant attention to South Asia’s geo-political situation
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/589.html

23 SEPTEMBER 2017

Pakistan’s Second Strike Capability: Implications for South Asian Stability

Pakistan and India since their independence involved in never-ending arms race despite the fact the Pakistan cannot compete with Indian conventional weapon capability but in order to compete with them, they developed a nuclear and tactical weapon. India already has a second strike capability
http://moderndiplomacy.eu/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=2987:pakistan-s-second-strike-capability-implications-for-south-asian-stability

1 JULY 2017

Kashmiri rebel chief rejects US terror sanctions

The leader of a prominent Kashmir rebel group has rejected U.S. sanctions and vowed to continue fighting until the disputed Himalayan region is “liberated from India.”
https://www.voanews.com/a/kashmiri-rebel-chief-rejects-us-terror-sanctions/3924209.html
https://www.dawn.com/news/1342575/us-decision-will-not-affect-legitimate-struggle-for-kashmirs-freedom-syed-salahuddin
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1448045/declaring-terrorist-joint-move-us-israel-india-hum-chief-syed-salahuddin/

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

10 APRIL 2017

Pakistan risks fallout after army decides to execute Indian ‘spy’

Pakistan will execute an Indian man arrested in the southwestern province of Balochistan last year who officials claim has confessed to being a spy for Indian intelligence, the country’s powerful military
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2086473/pakistan-risks-fallout-after-army-decides-execute-indian-spy
http://indianexpress.com/article/india/khulbhushan-jadhav-pakistan-deathsentence-4607384/
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1379765/pakistan-sentences-indian-spy-kulbushan-yadav-death/

8 APRIL 2017

India and Bangladesh sign 22 pacts

India and Bangladesh today signed 22 pacts in key sectors including defence and civil nuclear but the long-pending Teesta waters sharing agreement remained elusive though Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his government’s commitment for an “early solution”
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-bangla-ink-22-pacts-pm-assures-early-solution-on-teesta-1.2008051
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-bangladesh-step-up-cooperation-top-developments/articleshow/58085009.cms
http://www.thestatesman.com/india/pm-modi-sheikh-hasina-launch-india-bangladesh-rail-bus-services-1491641478.htm

30 MARCH 2017

India’s demonetization shock pushes Nepal closer To China

Frustrated by India’s failure to help address the fallout of New Delhi’s rupee demonetization, Nepal is turning to China for economic and security matters
https://fronteranews.com/news/asia/indias-demonetization-shock-pushes-nepal-closer-to-china/

24 MARCH 2017

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina’s India visit is critical for South Asia

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s forthcoming three-day visit to India (April 07-10), after two postponements, mainly because of the Indian government’s preoccupation with domestic issues, is expected to take the bilateral relations a notch higher
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2133

21 MARCH 2017

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has bought himself time with election showing but reconciliation with Pakistan still unlikely

A landslide election victory and a more conciliatory army chief may not be enough to push nuclear-armed enemies India and Pakistan toward renewed talks, even as small signs of cooperation over sensitive security issues emerge
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/diplomacy/article/2080135/indian-prime-minister-narendra-modi-has-bought-himself-time

20 MARCH 2017

Pakistan and India discuss their water dispute in Islamabad

Pakistani and Indian experts have opened round-table talks in Islamabad over water disputes between the two nuclear-armed Neighbors
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2017-03/20/content_15588554.html
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-india-discuss-water-dispute-in-islamabad-1.1997322
http://nation.com.pk/national/20-Mar-2017/pakistan-india-to-discuss-3-projects-as-water-talks-begin-in-lahore

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

9 FEBRUARY 2017

Chinese development in Indian Ocean raising concern of possible militarisation among major players

Japan, India, Australia and the United States are closely monitoring China’s infrastructure development on the Indian Ocean rim amid increasing concern about the potential for militarisation in the sea lanes which carry much of the world’s oïl.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-02-09/could-the-indian-ocean-become-south-china-sea/8257204?section=world

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

4 DECEMBER 2016

Heart of Asia participants slam Pakistan over terrorism

Afghan President Ghani and Indian PM Modi have lashed out at Pakistan for its “lack of cooperation” in the fight against terrorism. Ghani also snubbed Islamabad’s 500-million-dollar aid at the Heart of Asia conference
http://www.dw.com/en/heart-of-asia-participants-slam-pakistan-over-terrorism/a-36633835
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/28699-14-nations-adopt-heart-of-asia-declaration

28 SEPTEMBER 2016

SAARC summit cancelled following India-Pakistan tensions

The SAARC summit which was to be held in Islamabad in November this year will be cancelled following India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan’s decision to boycott the summit
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/248078509
http://tribune.com.pk/story/1190209/bangladesh-pulls-pakistan-summit-tensions-rise/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Pakistan is a terrorist state, carries out war crimes, India tells UN

India on Thursday called Pakistan a “terrorist state” and accused it of carrying out “war crimes” against Indians through its “long-standing policy” of sponsoring terrorism, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif racked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session
http://atimes.com/2016/09/pak-a-terrorist-state-carries-out-war-crimes-india-tells-un/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/index.php/sid/247883721

19 SEPTEMBER 2016

Uri attack a deadly blow to Indo-Pakistan ties

The Uri terror attack that has left 18 Indian soldiers dead deals a lethal blow to the already frayed India-Pakistan ties, with the government coming under intense pressure to give a befitting response to Islamabad
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/uri-attack-a-deadly-blow-to-indo-pakistan-ties-1.1898853

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

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2015

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/

 

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15 OCTOBER 2019

Human rights group shut down in Maldives for ‘insulting’ religion

A temporary shut down order was issued by the Maldives government against the Maldivian Democracy Network for a 2015 report that allegedly ‘insulted’ religion
https://ifex.org/human-rights-group-shut-down-in-maldives-for-insulting-religion/
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-suspends-ngo-for-slandering-islam-148485

3 AUGUST 2019

Maldives arrests ex-vice president and ‘assassin plot organiser’ Ahmed Adeeb after India denies entry

Maldives police on Saturday said they had arrested former vice-president Ahmed Adeeb and were bringing him to the capital Male after he was refused entry to India
https://www.asiaobserver.org/all-about-the-maldives

1 AUGUST 2019

Ahmed Adeeb – Maldives ex-vice president arrested in India

Former vice president Maldives, Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested and detained by Indian agencies in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu on Thursday, while trying to enter the country illegally as a crew member of a tug boat
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92928
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/maldives-ex-vice-president-arrested-in-india-147149
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/ex-vp-of-maldives-detained-in-tn-mea-verifying-reports20190801183622/

29 MAY 2019

Maldives ex-president Mohamed Nasheed elected parliament speaker

Mohamed Nasheed received 67 votes from among 87 members. His rival received 17 votes past midnight Tuesday
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/150/84/225/1559105695441.html?newsId=84171
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/nasheed-chosen-as-mdps-consensus-candidate-for-speaker-145615

10 APRIL 2019

Malè, a landslide victory for the Democratic Party. Growing distance from Beijing

The Maldivian Democratic Party, led by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, won 65 seats out of a total of 87. The agreements signed with China are under careful scrutiny
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mal%26egrave%3B%2C-a-landslide-victory-for-the-Democratic-Party.-Growing-distance-from-Beijing–46735.html
https://www.theepochtimes.com/maldives-ruling-party-pledges-probe-into-chinese-deals-after-landslide-win_2874276.html

6 APRIL 2019

Maldives votes in crucial ballot to elect new parliament

Voting began in the Maldives in a crucial parliamentary election on Saturday many hope would help President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih to overcome a coalition split that has hampered his efforts to restore political freedoms and tackle corruption
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/maldives-votes-in-crucial-ballot-to-elect-new-parliament-25600
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/liveblog-voting-extended-by-two-hours-144731
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/maldives-ex-leader-makes-comeback-in-landmark-vote-11418762

18 FEBRUARY 2019

Maldives court orders arrest of ex-President Yameen Abdul Gayoom

The criminal court in the capital Male ordered Monday that former Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom be arrested and held in custody on suspicion of money laundering
https://www.dw.com/en/maldives-court-orders-arrest-of-ex-president-yameen-abdul-gayoom/a-47565284
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/ex-president-yameen-detained-for-money-laundering-trial-143841
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/maldives-arrests-ex-leader-over-alleged-corruption-24277

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

9 DECEMBER 2018

Maldives applies to rejoin Commonwealth: president’s office

The Maldives has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth, reversing a policy of isolation under autocratic leader Abdulla Yameen who suffered a shock defeat in September
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/maldives-applies-to-rejoin-commonwealth–president-s-office-11015428
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-parliament-endorses-decision-to-rejoin-commonwealth-143069

26 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives’ top court cancels jail sentence of former president Mohamed Nasheed

The Maldives Supreme Court on Monday canceled former president Mohamed Nasheed’s 13-year jail sentence after a review of the controversial terrorism conviction
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/maldives-court-clears-jail-sentence-mohamed-nasheed-181126142747071.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/supreme-court-quashes-nasheeds-terror-conviction-142945

20 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives to rejoin Commonwealth

The new president of the Maldives has decided that the country will rejoin the Commonwealth group of former British colonies after a two-year absence, his office said in a statement
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/maldives-to-rejoin-commonwealth-of-former-british-colonies-1.793718
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/maldives-all-set-to-rejoin-commonwealth-of-nations201811202040290002/

17 NOVEMBER 2018

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih sworn in as new Maldives president

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated on Saturday (Nov 17) as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/11/ibrahim-mohamed-solih-sworn-maldives-president-181117111139762.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/solih-sworn-in-as-seventh-president-of-maldives-142689
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/solih-sworn-in-maldives-president-10941676

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Maldives ex-president Nasheed returns from exile

The first democratically elected president of the Maldives returned home Thursday after more than two years in exile to escape a long prison term
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/nasheed-welcomed-back-by-jubilant-supporters-142392
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-ex-president-returns-from-exile/4638395.html

21 OCTOBER 2018

Maldives’ top court rejects bid by strongman Abdulla Yameen to annul election defeat

The Maldives’ top court ended weeks of uncertainty by rejecting strongman President Abdulla Yameen’s controversial bid to annul last month’s election results, upholding his landslide defeat to an opposition candidate
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-top-court-rejects-presidents-petition-for-fresh-polls-142183
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/10/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-loses-bid-annul-poll-result-181021100836322.html

10 OCTOBER 2018

Yameen’s party challenges poll defeat

Maldives’ outgoing President Abdulla Yameen has challenged his recent election defeat, with his Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) on Wednesday filing a legal petition claiming the September 23 presidential election was rigged
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-challenges-election-defeat/article25180945.ece?homepage=true
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-president-contests-election-at-supreme-court-142002

4 OCTOBER 2018

Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim returns from exile to the Maldives

After more than a year in exile, Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim returned to the Maldives Thursday afternoon, days after the High Court ordered his release on bail
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2167049/maldives-opposition-leader-returns-home-warm-welcome-after
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/jp-leader-gasim-returns-to-maldives-2-141784

30 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives High Court frees Gayoom, Faris on bail

 The Maldives High Court on Sunday ordered former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and his son MP Faris Maumoon to be freed on bail, after his lawyers filed a motion to delay his four-month prison sentence for identity fraud
https://maldivesindependent.com/crime-2/maldives-high-court-frees-gayoom-faris-on-bail-141626

29 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives election body endorses opposition leader Solih’s victory amid threats

The Election Commission of Maldives on Saturday (Sept 29) officially declared opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winner of the country’s national election, defeating President Abdulla Yameen, who had sought a delay in publication of the final results
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-election-body-endorses-opposition-leader-solihs-victory-amid-threats
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/solih-confirmed-winner-of-maldives-presidential-election-141611

24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives incumbent President Abdulla Yameen conceded defeat in the Presidential Election

The incumbent president of Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on Monday afternoon addressed his nation officially accepting defeat in Sunday’s presidential elections
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92166
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/the-opposition-has-won-in-the-maldives-what-does-it-mean-20431

23 SEPTEMBER

Maldives’ opposition presidential candidate declares victory in polls

The Maldives opposition has claimed victory in the tense presidential election after its officials and an independent newspaper reported results from 90 percent of the ballot boxes which showed Ibrahim Mohamed Solih bagging 58 percent of the votes
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/maldives-opposition-takes-early-lead-tense-presidential-poll-180923150807023.html
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/live-blog-voting-extended-to-7pm-141439

8 SEPTEMBER 2018

Maldives accuses US of coercion and intimidation after sanctions threat

 The Maldives Friday accused the US of intimidation and coercion, following Washington’s threat of sanctions against people responsible for human rights abuses in the troubled honeymoon destination
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/maldives-accuses-us-of-coercion-and-intimidation-after-sanctions-threat-140912
http://ednews.net/en/news/politics/317701-maldives-hits-out-at-us-remarks-over-possible-sanctions

28 AUGUST 2018

‘They are going to rig it’: Maldives opposition warns against bid to sway September election

The opposition has accused the Maldives government of locking up most of the leaders who could challenge President Yameen’s bid for re-election
https://thewire.in/south-asia/maldives-opposition-rigging-presidential-elections
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2161713/they-are-going-rig-it-maldives-opposition-warns-against-bid

20 JULY 2018

Details emerge of EU sanctions on Maldives

The European Union has urged the Maldives to allow the “normal function” of parliament and the judiciary, as details emerged of the sanctions to be imposed over the worsening political and rights situation
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/details-emerge-of-eu-sanctions-on-maldives-139429

13 JUNE 2018

Former Maldives president is sentenced to 19 months in prison

Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Maldives from 1978 to 2008, was arrested in February on charges of attempting to overthrow the government of his half-brother
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2150667/former-maldives-president-sentenced-19-months-prison

17 APRIL 2018

Maldives unrest: Ex-President banned from election despite UN demands

The Maldives rejected a demand by the UN Human Rights Committee on Monday that former president Mohamed Nasheed be allowed to stand for office, including in a presidential election later this year
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/04/maldives-unrest-ex-president-banned-from-election-despite-un-demands/#mkHRcywTg3XWzx5Y.97

22 MARCH 2018

Maldives lifts state of emergency after 45 days

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Thursday lifted a 45-day state of emergency which had outlawed protests amid political upheaval on the Muslim-majority Indian Ocean island chain
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/22/556223/Maldives-Abdulla-Yameen-state-of-emergency-protest-opposition-prison-Supreme-Court
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2138497/maldives-president-abdulla-yameen-lifts-state-emergency

21 MARCH 2018

Maldives ex-leader Gayoom and eight others charged with terrorism

The nine people charged at the criminal court included Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, the 30-year ruler of the Indian Ocean archipelago state; Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and Justice Ali Hameed; four lawmakers including Gayoom’s son; and a former police commissioner
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/maldives-former-dictator-judges-charged-with-terrorism/
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2138212/more-trouble-paradise-maldives-ex-dictator-charged-terrorism
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/34/173/1/1521605346559.html

17 MARCH 2018

Mass arrests in Maldives as activists defy emergency

Maldivian authorities arrested more than 140 activists who defied a ban on rallies and demonstrated against a state of emergency imposed by President Abdulla Yameen, the opposition said Saturday (March 17)
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/mass-arrests-in-maldives-as-activists-defy-emergency

27 FEBRUARY 2018

Second Maldives minister resigns, urges international help to overcome crisis

Maldives State Health Minister Dunya Maumoon has resigned, she said in a letter on Tuesday, grieved by the arrest of her father, the island nation’s longest-serving leader, after President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency
https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/second-maldives-minister-resigns-urges-international-help-to-overcome-crisis-3135628
https://thewire.in/228076/maldives-opposition-protesters-arrested-after-sc-validates-emergency-rule/

9 FEBRUARY 2018

A geopolitical storm in the Indian Ocean

The Maldives, better known for its tranquil seaside resorts, is in the throes of a vicious domestic power struggle. But its troubles also reflect what happens when bigger foreign powers join the fray
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/a-geopolitical-storm-in-the-indian-ocean

8 FEBRUARY 2018

China dismisses accusations that it is ‘buying up the Maldives’

China dismissed accusations from the former leader of the Maldives that it is attempting to effectively buy up the Indian Ocean island state, while the Maldives government said on Thursday it is sending envoys to three countries to explain its ongoing political crisis
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2132626/china-dismisses-accusations-it-buying-maldives
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-embattled-president-abdulla-yameen-sends-envoys-to-china-saudi-for-support

6 FEBRUARY 2018

As the Political Game of Chess Continues in Maldives, India Still Stuck in Decision-Making Mode

Even as the Indian government issued its first public statement on Tuesday condemning the island nation’s government for declaring a state of emergency, it has yet to decide what role it will play in the ongoing Maldives crisis
https://thewire.in/221711/political-game-chess-continues-maldives-india-still-stuck-decision-making-mode/
https://www.oneindia.com/india/maldives-crisis-india-keep-troops-ready-2636239.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/06/maldives-opposition-pleads-india-send-troops-countrys-president/

5 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives President Yameen declares 15-day state of emergency

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-maldives-president-yameen-declares-15-day-state-of-emergency-2581739
https://www.oneindia.com/international/president-abdulla-yameen-declares-15-days-state-of-emergency-in-maldives-2635337.html

3 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives shuts parliament, resists order to free political prisoners

Maldivian authorities announced an indefinite postponement of parliament as President Abdulla Yameen’s regime resisted international pressure to comply with a landmark Supreme Court order to free political prisoners
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/03/maldives-shuts-parliament-resists-order-to-free-political-prisoners-1767806.html
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-maldives-president-fires-2nd-police-chief-in-3-days-2581153
http://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2018/feb/03/maldives-president-yameen-abdul-gayoom-not-attempting-to-flee-country-spokesperson-1767835.html

2 FEBRUARY 2018

Maldives court orders release and retrial of ex-president Mohamed Nasheed

The Maldives Supreme Court has ordered the release and a new trial for former president Mohamed Nasheed. The ruling could allow Nasheed to challenge current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom in this year’s election
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/maldives-court-throws-case-mohamed-nasheed-180201154603414.html
https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/maldives-overturned-conviction-former-president-must-mark-turning-point
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/02/maldives-regime-threatened-exiled-leader-says-will-run-president/

29 JANUARY 2016

Opposition seeks to oust Maldives leader

Opposition leaders in the Maldives, including two former heads of state, have asked the Supreme Court to remove the President and investigate corruption allegations against him
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/opposition-seeks-to-oust-maldives-leader/article22577607.ece?homepage=true
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/236/178/181/1517210462129.html

22 JANUARY 2018

Exiled Maldives leader says Chinese deals on islands are ‘land grabs’

Exiled Maldives opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed on Monday accused China of seizing land in the politically-troubled Indian Ocean archipelago and undermining its sovereignty
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2130055/exiled-maldives-leader-says-chinese-deals-islands-are-land

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Maldives Parliament Approves FTA With China – But With No Opposition Present

The Maldives will soon become the second country in South Asia, after Pakistan, to enter into a free trade agreement (FTA) with China, after it was passed on Wednesday evening by parliament in an ‘emergency’ sitting
https://thewire.in/200906/maldives-parliament-approves-fta-china-amidst-opposition-boycott/

11 SEPTEMBER 2017

Maldives suspends a third of its lawyers

Officials in the Maldives have suspended at least 54 lawyers and have charged them with contempt of court for filing a petition demanding the rule of law in the South Asian archipelago
https://www.voanews.com/a/maldives-suspends-a-third-of-its-lawyers/4023492.html

22 AUGUST 2017

Maldives to reintroduce death penalty after six decades

Despite international pressure the Maldives will reintroduce the death penalty after a 60-year moratorium to try and reduce the rising number of murders and stop drug-trafficking, a senior advisor to President Abdulla Yameen said on Tuesday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2107828/maldives-reintroduce-death-penalty-after-six-decades

15 AUGUST 2017

Maldive president Abdulla Yameen ‘admits receiving bags of stolen cash’

Apparent admission follows Al Jazeera investigation exposing how Yameen and aides embezzled millions from state coffers
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/abdulla-yameen-admits-receiving-bags-stolen-cash-170815091334393.html

24 JULY 2017

Maldives parliament shut down to stop speaker’s removal

The Maldivian army has locked down the country’s parliament after the opposition vowed to move ahead with a vote against a key ally of President Abdulla Yameen
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/maldives-parliament-shut-stop-speaker-removal-170724102004891.html
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-maldives-politics-idUSKBN1A91M2?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Reuters%2FworldNews+%28Reuters+World+News%29&&rpc=401
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/11/1/228/1500899736120.html

3 JULY 2017

Maldives opposition in fresh bid to take Parliament

Maldives opposition parties on Monday (July 3) launched a new bid to seize control of Parliament through a third attempt to impeach the speaker
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-opposition-in-fresh-bid-to-take-parliament

5 JUNE 2017

Maldives joins 4 other nations in cutting ties with Qatar

Maldives announced Monday that it is severing diplomatic relations with Qatar over its alleged support for Islamist groups
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_MALDIVES_QATAR?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-06-05-08-11-25
https://thepeninsulaqatar.com/article/05/06/2017/Maldives-and-Yemen-joins-4-other-nations-in-cutting-ties-with-Qatar

4 MAY 2017

Maldives: A Tyrant Next Door- How does one deal with it?

Maldives is too close to India both geographically and strategically and therefore developments in that country though small will have a great impact on India’s national security
http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2153

23 APRIL 2017

Maldives blogger Yameen Rasheed, who poked fun at politicians, stabbed to death in restive capital

A liberal blogger, Yameen Rasheed, was stabbed to death in the politically restive Maldivian capital Male, his family members and colleagues said Sunday. He was 29
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2089931/maldives-blogger-yameen-rasheed-who-poked-fun-politicians

7 APRIL 2017

Maldives police arrest opposition leader for plotting to oust government

Police in the Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives arrested an opposition leader for “plotting to overthrow the government”, police said on Friday, days after the opposition’s failed bid to oust the speaker and take control of parliament
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-police-arrest-opposition-leader-for-plotting-to-oust/3660782.html

12 MARCH 2017

Why Saudi Arabia, China and Islamic State are courting the Maldives

Saudi King Salman’s stop in the Maldives on his month-long tour of Asia brings into focus how this tiny archipelago – best known for high-end tourism and an existential battle against climate change – has emerged as a key player in a regional struggle for influence
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2077913/why-saudi-arabia-china-and-islamic-state-are-courting-maldives

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Maldives ex-president eyes risky political comeback

Mohamed Nasheed was president of the Maldives until he was forced from office and imprisoned. From exile in London, he tells DW that he wants to make a comeback to protect his country from sinking under a “dictatorship.”
http://www.dw.com/en/maldives-ex-president-eyes-risky-political-comeback/a-37749260

21 JANUARY 2017

Former president of Maldives wants to run for office again – and save his sinking nation

He faces jail in the Maldives but former president Mohamed Nasheed says he wants to contest elections and guide the island nation away from environmental catastrophe
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2064230/former-president-maldives-wants-run-office-again-and-save-his

13 OCTOBER 2016

Maldives leaves Commonwealth amid democracy row

The Maldives has withdrawn from the Commonwealth, accusing it of interfering in domestic affairs and “unfair and unjust” treatment
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37647310

25 AUGUST 2016

Maldives president faces ‘removal plot’, BBC learns

 His spokesman told the BBC they knew of claims of an attempt to “overthrow” the government, describing it as a “clear breach of international norms”
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37166170

9 AUGUST 2016

Maldives approves defamation law criticised by UN

The Maldives legalised criminal defamation on Tuesday in a move criticised by the United Nations and which the opposition said was aimed at stifling dissent
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-approves-defamat/3029450.html

22 JUNE 2016

Maldives appoints new vice-president

The Maldivian government announced its shuffle to the cabinet Wednesday, with Minister of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad being appointed as vice president
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-06/22/content_15452899.html

6 JUNE 2016

Maldives’ former vice-president jailed on terrorism charges

A court in the Maldives jailed former Vice-President Ahmed Adeeb for 10 years on terrorism charges, his lawyer said on Monday (June 6), after a closed-door trial that was denounced by the opposition as flawed.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/maldives-former-vice-president-jailed-on-terrorism-charges

1st JUNE 2016

Ousted Maldives president Nasheed forms opposition-in-exile group in Britain, aimed at toppling goverment

Mohamed Nasheed, a former president of the Maldives now in exile in Britain after being ousted from office and jailed in his country, formed an opposition group on Wednesday (June 1) aimed at toppling the government of President Abdulla Yameen.
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/ousted-maldives-president-nasheed-forms-opposition-in-exile-group-in-britain-aimed

23 MAY 2016

Mohamed Nasheed: Former Maldives president ‘given UK asylum’

The former president of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, has been granted refugee status in the UK, according to his lawyer
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36365253
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/24/c_135382316.htm

11 APRIL 2016

India Mends Ties With Maldives

In a signal of a revival in ties between India and the Maldives, the president of the Indian Ocean island country committed to what he called an “India-first” policy on a two-day visit to New Delhi
http://www.voanews.com/content/india-mends-ties-with-maldives-amid-worries-over-growing-chinese-influence/3279503.html

3 APRIL 2016

Maldives police arrest reporters at press freedom rally

Maldives police arrested 16 independent journalists while breaking up their demonstration against an alleged crackdown on freedom of speech in the politically troubled nation, private media outlets reported
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/04/maldives-police-arrest-reporters-press-freedom-rally-160403133751586.html
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/maldives-police-break-media-protest-arrests-journalists-38116145

17 FEBRUARY 2016

Maldives jails opposition leader for terrorism

A Maldives court has convicted opposition leader Sheikh Imran Abdulla of terrorism and sentenced him to 12 years in jail.
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35593011

17 JANUARY 2016

Jailed ex-Maldives president refuses to leave for UK because of ‘hostage’ demand

The jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed has turned down the chance to travel to Britain for surgery because the government demanded that he nominate a relative as a legal “hostage” to guarantee his return
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/maldives/12104489/Jailed-ex-Maldives-president-refuses-to-leave-for-UK-because-of-hostage-demand.html

16 JANUARY 2016

Maldives’ democracy hero and jailed ex-president Nasheed allowed to fly to Britain for surgery

The jailed former Maldives president and democracy hero Mohammed Nasheed is to be allowed to travel to Britain for spine surgery in a surprise reversal by the regime that jailed him on terrorism charges.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/maldives/12103403/Maldives-democracy-hero-and-jailed-ex-president-allowed-to-fly-to-Britain-for-surgery.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35334088

28 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives police in violent crackdown against opposition

A number of opposition figures in the Maldives have been hospitalised after police used pepper spray to suppress a demonstration calling for the release of jailed former President Mohamed Nasheed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/11/maldives-police-pepper-spray-opposition-protesters-151127212132549.html

10 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives lifts state of emergency, foreign ministry says

The Maldives on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency declared by the president earlier this month, saying security had improved after the authorities detained individuals and seized illegal weapons
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/maldives-lifts-state-of-e/2250992.html

4 NOVEMBER 2015

Maldives declares 30-day emergency ahead of pro-Nasheed rally

The Maldives President, Abdulla Yameen, has declared a 30-day state of emergency, giving sweeping powers to security forces to arrest suspects before a major anti-government protest rally, his spokesman said
http://atimes.com/2015/11/maldives-declares-30-day-emergency-ahead-of-protest-rally/
http://www.euronews.com/2015/11/04/maldives-declares-state-of-emergency/

24 OCTOBER 2015

Maldives police arrest vice president Ahmed Adeeb over plot to assassinate president

Maldives vice president Ahmed Adeeb has been arrested in a probe over a speedboat explosion targeting president Abdulla Yameen, police and government officials said
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-10-24/maldives-police-arrest-vice-president-ahmed-adeeb-over-plot-to-assassinate-president/1507166 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/10/maldives-arrests-vice-president-assassination-bid-151024085428419.html
http://www.euronews.com/2015/10/24/maldives-vice-president-arrested-and-charged-with-attempted-murder-of-president/

 

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13 OCTOBER 2019

Xi Jinping promises to step up Chinese support for Nepal as two-day visit concludes

The two countries signed 20 agreements on Sunday to wrap up Xi’s two-day visit, which marked the first visit by a Chinese state leader to the Himalayan state in more than two decades as Beijing seeks to bolster its influence in South Asia
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3032745/xi-jinping-promises-step-chinese-support-nepal-two-day-visit
https://kathmandupost.com/national/2019/10/13/nepal-and-china-sign-and-exchange-20-agreements
http://nepalforeignaffairs.com/joint-statement-between-nepal-and-the-peoples-republic-of-china-full-text/
http://en.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20191013-china-and-india-compete-over-strategically-located-nepal-belt-and-road

29 SEPTEMBER 2019

Nepal’s Economy to Remain Strong in FY2020

Nepal’s economic growth will remain strong at 6.3% in fiscal year (FY) 2020, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) Nepal Macroeconomic Update released today. The country’s economy can expand further if the execution of public capital expenditures, including at sub-national levels, improves substantially and private investment remains strong, according to the report
https://moderndiplomacy.eu/2019/09/28/nepals-economy-to-remain-strong-in-fy2020/

9 SEPTEMBER 2019

Nepal, China ink 3 agreements during Chinese FM’s visit

Nepal and China on Monday exchanged three agreements following bilateral talks between the Nepalese Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and his visiting Chinese counterpart Wang Yi
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262359462/nepal-china-ink-3-agreements-during-chinese-fm-visit
https://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/262359481/nepal-deports-6-tibetan-asylum-seekers-to-china

7 JULY 2019

Nepal denies Tibetans’ request to hold Dalai Lama birthday celebration

The Tibetan community in Nepal called off plans to mark the birthday of their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after their request for a public celebration was rejected over security concerns, a government official said on Sunday (July 7)
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3017610/nepal-bans-tibetans-celebrating-dalai-lamas-birthday-citing

19 JUNE 2019

Thousands in Nepal protest against cultural ‘guthi’ bill

Thousands of Nepalis took to the streets on Wednesday demanding the government scrap a bill that stands to interfere with a centuries-old trust system integral to the Himalayan country’s cultural heritage
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2019-06-19/thousands-protest-against-the-guthi-bill-in-kathmandu.html
https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/street-vs-guthi-bill/

14 MAY 2019

Nepal probes journalists for Dalai Lama news

Three Nepali journalists are being probed for circulating a news item on the Dalai Lama, officials said Tuesday (May 14), in a sign of growing Chinese influence on its small Himalayan neighbour
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/nepal-probes-journalists-for-dalai-lama-news-11533194

14 MAY 2019

Nepal probes journalists for Dalai Lama news

Three Nepali journalists are being probed for circulating a news item on the Dalai Lama, officials said Tuesday (May 14), in a sign of growing Chinese influence on its small Himalayan neighbour
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/nepal-probes-journalists-for-dalai-lama-news-11533194

25 FEBRUARY 2019

Communist Party of Nepal owns up to blast and arsons

The Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal has claimed responsibility for Friday’s blast in Nakkhu and attacks on telephone towers of Ncell in various places across the country, according to a report in Kantipur daily
https://asianews.network/2019/02/25/communist-party-of-nepal-owns-up-to-blast-and-arsons/

17 DECEMBER 2018

The Looming Internal Crisis in Nepal

While the Left Unity has been forged under a broad understanding of power sharing, the differences in ideology, modes of working, and understanding issues such as foreign policy and the justice system remain critical
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/855.html

15 NOVEMBER 2018

Nepal Appoints Ambassador to India After One Year Hiatus

The Nepal embassy in India was without an envoy since the last one year after the resignation of Deep Kumar Upadhyay who resigned last October to join politics
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811151069834725-india-nepal-relations/

7 OCTOBER 2018

Infighting and fissures disrupt Nepal’s ruling party

The Prime Minister has been accused by his party members of limiting his leadership to a small faction, failing to govern efficiently, and displaying authoritarian tendencies
https://asianews.network/2018/10/05/infighting-and-fissures-disrupt-nepals-ruling-party/

13 SEPTEMBER 2018

Removal of mistrust in Nepal-India relations

After a string of political and diplomatic altercations leading to the 2015 economic blockade episode, Nepal’s relations with India have gradually improved in recent months
http://www.atimes.com/sun-begins-to-shine-on-frosty-nepal-india-relations/

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

China allows Nepal access to its ports, ending Indian monopoly

Two years after signing the Transit and Transportation Agreement, Nepal and China have agreed on the text of the protocol to the agreement that will allow Nepali traders and businessmen to use Chinese sea and land ports for third country trade
http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-09-07/nepal-china-finalise-text-on-transit-protocol.html
http://zeenews.india.com/world/indian-monopoly-ends-as-nepal-gets-access-to-chinese-ports-2139393.html

26 AUGUST 2018

China takes the high ground in Nepal

Upcoming China-Nepal joint military exercises underline burgeoning bilateral relations that have eroded India’s influence in the Himalayan republic
http://www.atimes.com/article/china-takes-the-high-ground-in-nepal/

1 AUGUST 2018

China tops Nepal’s foreign direct investment list for third consecutive year

Nepal’s Department of Industry (DOI) said on Tuesday that China, for the third consecutive year, pumped the highest amount of foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country during the last fiscal year
https://gbtimes.com/china-tops-nepals-foreign-direct-investment-list-for-third-consecutive-year

22 JUNE 2018

How India and China are keeping the West out in Nepal

Sandwiched between two Asian giants, Nepal has of late emerged as a new battleground for the region’s geopolitical competition as China trains its strategic focus on South Asia, once considered exclusively India’s sphere of influence
https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2156198/how-india-and-china-are-keeping-west-out-nepal

22 JUNE 2018

China and Nepal agree to build Tibet-Nepal rail link

China intends to construct a railway between the western region of Tibet and Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The deal with Nepal comes amid growing Chinese investment in the Himalayan country
http://www.dw.com/en/china-and-nepal-agree-to-build-tibet-nepal-rail-link/a-44345130
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/88/213/35/1529644504116.html

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

 

Main news on Afghanistan

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8 OCTOBER 2019

South Asia region Al Qaeda chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan

Afghan intelligence agency has confirmed Asim Omar, leader of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), was killed in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province, while several others captured, including Pakistani citizens
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/al-qaedas-south-asia-chief-killed/
https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/south-asia-al-qaeda-chief-asim-umar-killed-afghanistan-us-airstrike-1607284-2019-10-08

5 OCTOBER 2019

Taliban meet US peace envoy for first time since ‘dead’ deal

The Taliban met U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Pakistan capital for the first time since President Donald Trump declared a seemingly imminent peace deal to end Afghanistan’s 18-year war ‘dead’ a month ago, a Taliban official said early Saturday
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/taliban-meet-us-peace-envoy-for-first-time-since-dead-deal/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/taliban-meet-us-peace-envoy-for-first-time-since-dead-deal-1.919441

28 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghanistan presidential election: polls close as large-scale violence avoided

Polls have closed in Afghanistan’s presidential election amid widespread complaints of irregularities and pockets of violence from Taliban insurgents, mostly in the south and north of the country
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-polls-close-amid-complaints-violence-30179
http://elections.tolonews.com/afghan-polls-end-vote-counting-gets-underway

17 SEPTEMBER 2019

Blast at Rally for President Ashraf Ghani Kills 24; Ghani Unharmed

Taliban suicide attackers killed at least 24 people in Afghanistan on Sept. 17, their deadliest bombing taking place near an election rally by President Ashraf Ghani, although he was unhurt
https://www.theepochtimes.com/blast-at-rally-for-president-ashraf-ghani-kills-24-ghani-unharmed_3084754.html
https://www.france24.com/en/20190917-afghanistan-election-blast-kills-dozens-afghan-president-ghani-campaign-rally

15 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghan Taliban revoke months-long ban on Red Cross

The Taliban on Sunday lifted their ban on the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) that was imposed in April this year, saying in a statement issued by the militant group that they were “granting ICRC permission” to resume their activities
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-revoke-months-long-ban-on-red-cross-1.910476
https://www.dw.com/en/taliban-lifts-ban-on-red-cross-in-afghanistan/a-50437550

8 SEPTEMBER 2019

Afghan peace talks dead, U.S. to keep pressure on Taliban: Pompeo

Talks on bringing peace to Afghanistan are on hold and the United States will keep pressuring Taliban militants for significant commitments while providing military support to Afghan troops, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-afghanistan-pompeo/afghan-peace-talks-dead-u-s-to-keep-pressure-on-taliban-pompeo-idUSKCN1VT0GU?rpc=401&
https://ariananews.af/taliban-believes-us-returns-to-negotiation-table/

2 SEPTEMBER 2019

US to start Afghan withdrawal with 5,000 troops out in 20 weeks

America has agreed in principle to withdraw 5,000 troops from five military bases in 20 weeks, in a deal with the Taliban to kick start talks with the Afghan government
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/02/us-start-afghan-withdrawal-5000-troops-20-weeks/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-to-pull-troops-from-5-afghan-bases-in-135-days-after-taliban-deal-passes-29461

31 AUGUST 2019

Taliban launches major attack on key Afghan city of Kunduz

The Taliban launched a major assault on one of Afghanistan’s largest cities, Kunduz, and intense battles were ongoing on Saturday
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/taliban-launch-major-attack-key-afghan-city-kunduz-190831061438917.html
https://www.khaama.com/video-heavy-firefight-in-kunduz-city-as-afghan-forces-respond-to-taliban-offensive-03907/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-49536374

17 AUGUST 2019

Islamic State bomber kills 63 at Afghan wedding in worst attack in months

A suicide bomber killed at least 63 people and wounded 182 in an attack on a wedding reception in the Afghan capital on Saturday night, the interior ministry said
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/08/17/suicide-bomb-rips-wedding-blast-kabul-dozens-feared-dead/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-63-killed-182-wounded-in-kabul-wedding-blast-29075

29 JULY 2019

Afghan V-P candidate injured as Kabul blast kills two, wounds 25

A powerful explosion hit central Kabul on Sunday (July 28), wounding Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s running mate on the first day of official campaigning for a presidential election and killing at least two others, officials said
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/afghan-vp-candidate-injured-as-kabul-blast-kills-two-wounds-25
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/death-toll-rises-20-attack-saleh%E2%80%99s-office

26 APRIL 2019

Afghan president inaugurates newly-elected parliament

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the newly-elected parliament on Friday after troubled elections last year in the war-ravaged country
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/ashraf-ghani-opens-afghan-parliament-six-months-after-troubled-elections-1.854035
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-president-inaugurates-newly-elected-parliament-26183

21 APRIL 2019

Afghan supreme court extends Ghani’s term until delayed elections

Afghanistan’s supreme court on Sunday said it had extended the term of President Ashraf Ghani until delayed elections take place – resolving for now the question of what would happen after his term expires on May 22
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghan-supreme-court-extends-ghani-s-term-until-delayed-elections-26049
https://ariananews.af/supreme-court-confirms-ghanis-service-term-until-elections/

12 APRIL 2019

ICC rejects Afghanistan war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court said that despite “a reasonable basis” to consider war crimes commited in Afghanistan there was little chance of a successful procecution. Rights group Amnesty criticized the decision
https://www.dw.com/en/icc-rejects-afghanistan-war-crimes-probe/a-48308608
https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/apr/12/icc-rejects-request-to-investigate-war-crimes-in-afghanistan

30 MARCH 2019

Afghan vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum survives Taleban attack

Taleban fighters on Saturday (March 30) attacked a convoy carrying Afghanistan’s vice-president Abdul Rashid Dostum, in an assault that left the former warlord unscathed but killed one of his bodyguards
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/afghan-vice-president-abdul-rashid-dostum-survives-taleban-attack
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/dostum-unhurt-his-convoy-attacked-taliban

20 MARCH 2019

Afghan presidential election delayed again

Following the controversial parliamentary elections and the amendment of the election law, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Wednesday announced September 28 as the new date for the polls
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20190321_02/
https://www.tolonews.com/elections-2019/iec-announces-new-election-date-september-28

19 MARCH 2019

US cuts off Afghan president’s security adviser as tension over peace talks simmer

Diplomatic sources said that US cut relations with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s national security adviser after he launched a blistering public attack on the chief US negotiator, Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-freezes-out-top-afghan-official-in-peace-talks-feud-sources-25063
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/will-not-deal-with-mohib-in-kabul-or-in-d-c-u-s/
https://www.thenational.ae/world/the-americas/us-cuts-off-afghan-president-s-security-adviser-as-tension-over-peace-talks-simmer-1.838998

24 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghanistan: UN says record number of civilians killed in 2018

In its annual report published on Sunday, the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 3,804 civilians were killed in 2018, the highest toll since it began compiling figures in 2009. Another 7,189 were wounded
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/24/afghanistan-un-says-record-number-of-civilians-killed-in-2018
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47347958

 

12 FEBRUARY 2019

Afghan mujahideen fighter-turned-president Mojaddedi dies, aged 93

Afghanistan’s first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul’s pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/anti-communist-guerrilla-who-became-afghan-president-dies/
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/former-interim-president-sibghatullah-mujaddedi%C2%A0passes-away

6 FEBRUARY 2019

US downplays Taliban claims they will withdraw half of Afghan troops by April

The US Department of State dampened the group’s claims, saying it had not agreed to any timeline of a possible withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/us-downplays-taliban-claims-they-will-withdraw-half-of-afghan-troops-by-april-1.822574
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/us-vowed-to-withdraw-half-of-troops-in-afghanistan-by-april-taliban-23928

30 JANUARY 2019

Taliban not seeking to rule Afghanistan alone – spokesman

Taliban members want to live with other Afghans and “tolerate one another and start life like brothers,” Shaheen Suhail, spokesman for the group’s political office in Qatar says
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/taliban-not-seeking-to-rule-afghanistan-alone-spokesman-23736
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/taliban-says-not-seeking-monopoly-on-power-in-afghanistan/

28 JANUARY 2019

US and Taliban agree to framework peace deal, envoy says

US and Taliban negotiators have agreed on a draft framework for a peace deal seeking to put an end to the 17-year conflict in Afghanistan, Washington’s top negotiator has said
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/28/us-and-taliban-reach-framework-peace-deal-reports
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47028177
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/01/foreign-forces-leave-afghanistan-president-ghani-190128105831423.html

21 JANUARY 2019

Taliban kill ‘more than 100 people’ in attack on Afghan military base

Afghan defence ministry sources said a suicide car bomber struck a military base, followed by an assault by Taliban militants who opened fire on Afghan forces at the army post in eastern Maidan Wardak province, killing over 100 security personnel
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/afghanistan-attack-today-security-military-base-death-toll-taliban-terror-maidan-wardak-a8738671.html
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/more-than-100-killed-in-taliban-attack-in-east-afghanistan-source-23479

19 JANUARY 2019

Former Afghan warlord Hekmatyar enters presidential race

A former warlord accused of historic war crimes entered Afghanistan’s presidential race on Saturday in a new challenge to President Ashraf Gani who allowed him to return from exile two decades he was forced out by the Taliban
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/former-afghan-warlord-hekmatyar-enters-presidential-race-1.61540440
https://www.khaama.com/gulbuddin-hekmatyar-to-run-for-president-in-july-elections-03146/

13 JANUARY 2019

Human Rights Watch calls for sanctions against new Afghan defence minister Asadullah Khalid

International rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged major donors to impose sanctions on Afghanistan’s newly appointed acting defence minister over alleged war crimes and human rights abuses
https://in.reuters.com/article/afghanistan-rights/human-rights-watch-calls-for-sanctions-against-new-afghan-defence-minister-idINKCN1P70G4?rpc=401&
http://www.arabnews.pk/node/1434426/world

30 DECEMBER 2018

Taliban dismisses Afghanistan’s peace talk offer

The Taliban have rejected Kabul’s offer of talks next month in Saudi Arabia where the militants, fighting to restore strict Islamic law in Afghanistan, will meet U.S. officials to further peace efforts, a Taliban leader said on Sunday
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/taliban-dismisses-afghanistan-peace-talk-offer-181230082443475.html

26 DECEMBER 2018

Afghanistan postpones next year’s presidential election

The Afghan election commission says the delay in holding the presidential election will allow time to fix technical problems that surfaced during October’s parliamentary elections
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/afghanistan-postpones-next-year-s-presidential-election-22830
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/afghanistan-postpones-presidential-election-181226104721451.html

2 DECEMBER 2018

Senior Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Manan killed by US airstrike in Afghanistan

Abdul Manan, the Taliban “shadow governor” in the southern Helmand province, died of wounds sustained late on Saturday. Manan’s death was confirmed by the Taliban as a “big loss”. The group vowed it would not affect military operations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/02/us-airstrike-kill-senior-taliban-commander-afghanistan
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-calls-mullah-manans-death-a-major-loss-02862/

18 NOVEMBER 2018

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-hold-talks-with-us-envoy-in-qatar
http://www.afghanistantimes.af/u-s-taliban-negotiate-possibility-of-election-delay/

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Kabul delegation, Taliban attend Afghan peace talks in Russia

Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, a body overseeing peace efforts, met Taliban officials at a conference in Moscow on Friday and repeated President Ashraf Ghani’s offer of peace talks without pre-conditions
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/kabul-delegation-taliban-attend-afghan-peace-talks-in-russia-21534
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46155189

25 OCTOBER 2018

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar set free in Pakistan

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar was the Taliban’s number two and ran their insurgency until he was seized in a joint raid by the CIA and Pakistani intelligence officers in 2010
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/afghan-taliban-leader-mullah-baradar-set-free-in-pakistan-1.784297
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45971366
https://tribune.com.pk/story/1833921/1-pakistan-releases-two-senior-afghan-taliban-commanders-say-sources/

20 OCTOBER 2018

Afghanistan votes amid polling chaos and Taliban attacks

Afghan voters faced shambolic polling arrangements and Taliban violence as the country turned out for its third parliamentary elections since the extremist regime was ousted in 2001
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/20/afghanistan-votes-amid-polling-chaos-taliban-intimidation/
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-130-casualties-in-chaotic-afghanistan-election-21006
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45919057

18 OCTOBER 2018

Key Afghan police chief killed in shooting at governor’s compound after meeting with US general

Gen Abdul Razik was shot dead alongside the Kandahar spy chief and provincial governor shortly after a meeting with the top US military commander in the country
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/18/top-afghan-official-killed-shooting-governors-compound-meeting/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-45899845
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/top-afghan-official-killed-in-shooting-in-kandahar-us-general-unhurt-20968

 

13 OCTOBER 2018

Taliban say ‘general’ discussion held with US special envoy

The Taliban held talks with the U.S. special envoy tasked with finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan’s protracted and increasingly bloody war, a Taliban official said Saturday
https://www.foxnews.com/world/taliban-say-general-discussion-held-with-us-special-envoy
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/taleban-confirm-meeting-with-us-peace-envoy-in-qatar

4 SEPTEMBER 2018

Founder of Afghan militant Haqqani network dies – Taliban

Jalaluddin Haqqani, founder of the militant Haqqani network, one of the most powerful groups in the Afghan insurgency, has died after a long illness, the Taliban announced on Tuesday
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/founder-of-afghan-militant-haqqani-network-dies-taliban-19986
https://www.afp.com/en/news/205/afghan-taliban-announce-death-haqqani-network-founder-doc-18u1354

26 AUGUST 2018

Head of Islamic State in Afghanistan killed, says government

The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night, authorities said on Sunday
https://www.thenational.ae/world/mena/isis-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-strike-spy-agency-says-1.763750
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/08/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-air-strikes-180826134946305.html
https://www.khaama.com/emir-of-isis-khurasan-killed-in-nangarhar-province-05827/

24 AUGUST 2018

Why are Kabul and Washington not participating in Moscow-led Taliban talks?

In an interview with DW, South Asia expert Michael Kugelman explains why Kabul and Washington turned down Moscow’s invitation to participate in an Afghanistan peace conference next month
https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-kabul-and-washington-not-participating-in-moscow-led-taliban-talks/a-45212728

2 AUGUST 2018

Three foreigners kidnapped and murdered in Kabul

Three foreigners were kidnapped in Kabul and found shot dead in a car on Thursday in the latest sign of the capital’s declining security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/malaysian-among-3-foreign-workers-kidnapped-and-killed-in-afghan-10583392
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/three-foreigners-kidnapped-and-murdered-in-kabul/2018/08/02/916f643a-9644-11e8-a679-b09212fb69c2_story.html?utm_term=.f92a294f10c2

22 JULY 2018

ISIS claims suicide bombing targeting returning Afghan vice president

A suicide bomb blast has rocked Kabul airport shortly after Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum returned from self-imposed exile
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44917583
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isis-claims-suicide-bombing-targeting-returning-afghan-vice-president-1.752918
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/suicide-attack-near-kabul-airport-leaves-several-dead-officials-19076

11 JULY 2018

Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after US request

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will send an extra 440 troops, which would bring Britain’s total to about 1,100, to help Afghan troops fighting Taliban and Islamic State insurgents
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/britain-to-almost-double-troops-in-afghanistan-after-us-request/

30 JUNE 2018

Afghan government resumes Taliban offensive after ceasefire ends

Afghan security forces resumed offensive operations on Saturday after President Ashraf Ghani declared an end to the government’s unilateral ceasefire with the Taliban
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/30/afghan-government-resumes-taliban-offensive-ceasefire-ends/
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/30/asia/afghanistan-taliban-ceasefire-ends-intl/index.html

7 JUNE 2018

Afghan goverment Announces Ceasefire With Taliban

President Ashraf Ghani says the ceasefire starts from the 27th of Ramadan (June 12) to the fifth day of Eid-ul-Fitr (June 19)
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/afghan-govt-announces-ceasefire-taliban
https://ariananews.af/president-ghani-announced-ceasefire-with-taliban/
https://www.khaama.com/nato-sg-welcomes-president-ghanis-announcement-for-ceasefire-with-taliban-05330/

30 APRIL 2018

Twin blasts kill dozens in Afghan capital, including nine journalists

Daesh said two of its suicide bombers had targeted the Kabul headquarters of Afghanistan’s intelligence services, while in a separate blast 11 children were killed in Kandahar
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/deadly-attacks-in-afghanistan-leave-42-dead-including-10-journalists-17087
https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/nine-journalists-killed-while-covering-kabul-explosion
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-30/afghanistan-bombing-kills-25-including-veteran-photographer/9711770?section=world

22 APRIL 2018

Blast at voter centre kills dozens in Afghanistan’s Kabul

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside the building in Kabul, killing at least 63 and injuring more than 100 others. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/blast-at-voter-centre-kills-dozens-in-afghanistan-s-kabul-16921
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2018-04-22/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-attack-in-kabul-killing-more-than-50/1751308

11 APRIL 2018

What does Russia Want with the Taliban?

14 FEBRUARY 2018

Taliban publish letter calling on US to start Afghan peace talks

In an unexpected overture at a time of increasing bloodshed in Afghanistan, the Taliban have published an open letter expressing a desire for peace talks and calling on the “American people” and “peace-loving congressmen” to pressurise the Donald Trump administration into negotiations
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/taliban-publish-letter-calling-us-start-afghan-peace-talks
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/13/552224/Afghanistan-government-Taliban-secret-talks-AP

2 FEBRUARY 2018

China in talks to help build base in Afghanistan’

China has been in talks with neighboring Afghanistan to help build a military base there, amid concerns about militants slipping into Chinese territory from the war-torn country, Afghan officials say
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/02/02/550987/China-Afghanistan-military-base-Wakhan-Corridor

27 JANUARY 2018

Kabul suicide attack: At least 95 killed by ambulance bomb claimed by Taliban

An ambulance packed with explosives blew up in a crowded area of Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 95 people and wounding 158 others, a health ministry official said, in an attack claimed by the Taliban
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/at-least-95-killed-158-wounded-in-kabul-car-bombing-14650
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42843897

24 JANUARY 2018

Afghanistan attack: Save the Children suspends programmes

The UK charity Save the Children has temporarily suspended its programmes in Afghanistan after an attack on its offices in the city of Jalalabad
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42808342
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/24/bomb-blast-near-save-the-children-office-in-afghanistan

21 JANUARY 2018

Kabul attack: 14 foreign nationals and four Afghans dead after Taliban assault on Intercontinental Hotel

18 people have been killed in an attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan. Gunmen, who were reportedly wearing suicide vests, entered the hotel on Saturday evening and began shooting before taking a number of staff and guests hostage. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack
http://www.euronews.com/2018/01/21/afghan-armed-forces-end-deadly-siege
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42766623
https://www.khaama.com/taliban-finally-claims-kabul-hotel-attack-as-all-5-assailants-killed-04309

11 JANUARY 2018

Afghan president pardons 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Hekmatyar

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has granted clemency to 75 prisoners loyal to former warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar who reached a landmark peace deal with the government in Kabul in 2016
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/01/11/548579/Afghanistan-Ashraf-Ghani-Gulbuddin-Hekmatyar-prisoners-PuleCharkhi
http://ariananews.af/government-frees-75-prisoners-of-hezb-e-islami-from-prisons/

28 DECEMBER 2017

Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul

A Shia cultural organisation was the target but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42500769
http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-islamic-state-targeting-shiites-in-afghanistan/a-41958793

10 DECEMBER 2017

These are Afghanistan’s best troops. The U.S. is backing a plan to create many more of them

The Crisis Response Unit, also known as the 222, is often the first to arrive and neutralize high-profile attacks — such as in March, when militants dressed in lab coats opened fire inside Kabul’s main military hospital, killing 50 people
http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-afghanistan-special-operations-20171209-htmlstory.html

30 NOVEMBER 2017

Afghan Hindus and Sikhs Still Struggling

The tiny Hindu and Sikh community in the northern Afghan province of Baghlan say that growing discrimination is making their life increasingly hard
https://iwpr.net/global-voices/afghan-hindus-and-sikhs-still-struggling

16 NOVEMBER 2017

3,000 more US troops deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

The US Department of Defense has announced about 3,000 additional American troops have been deployed to Afghanistan under President Donald Trump’s new war strategy for the country
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/11/16/542465/3000-more-US-troops-deployed-to-Afghanistan

17 OCTOBER 2017

Suicide bombers, gunmen kill 71 in attacks on Afghan security forces

Two separate suicide and gun attacks on police and soldiers in Afghanistan left at least 71 dead and nearly 170 wounded on Tuesday (Oct 17) in the latest devastating assaults on beleaguered security forces
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/suicide-bombers-gunmen-kill-32-in-attack-on-afghan-police
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/17/538895/Afghanistan-Taliban-Paktia-Ghazni-Farah

12 OCTOBER 2017

Kidnapped Canadian-American family freed in gun battle after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman and their children are finally free after five years held hostage in Pakistan by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/10/12/kidnapped-canadian-family-released-after-5-years-of-being-held-hostage.html
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/10/12/557326885/u-s-woman-and-family-freed-after-5-years-in-captivity-in-afghanistan

31 AUGUST 2017

US defence secretary orders new troops to Afghanistan

The Pentagon has ordered new troops to Afghanistan, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday (Aug 31), 10 days after President Donald Trump announced a surge in US forces to battle advances by the Taliban
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/us-defence-secretary-orders-new-troops-to-afghanistan-9176362
http://ariananews.af/pentagon-reveals-real-number-of-troops-in-afghanistan/

22 AUGUST 2017

US President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy

President Donald J. Trump tonight unveiled an expansive new strategy for South Asia aimed at bolstering American security.The new strategy encompasses Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Central Asian nations and extends into Southeast Asia. He stressed the strategy will not have artificial timelines built into it
https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1284964/president-unveils-new-afghanistan-south-asia-strategy/
https://www.defense.gov/Videos/videoid/544991/
https://www.voanews.com/a/world-reacts-to-trumps-speech-on-new-afghanistan-strategy-/3995547.html

11 AUGUST 2017

ISIL lures jobless Afghans and Taliban with big salaries

The extremist group has made significant headway in Afghanistan and is recruiting villagers as well as its enemy, the Taliban, to paid jobs in order to expand its influence across the north, according to local Afghan officials
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/isil-lures-jobless-afghans-and-taliban-with-big-salaries-1.618823

22  JULY 2017

US airstrike kills 16 Afghan policemen in Helmand as Taliban leader’s son believed dead in suicide Attack

US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington’s efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/22/us-kills-16-soldiers-helmand-airstrike-taliban-leaders-son-believed/
http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report-16-afghan-police-killed-in-us-strike-in-helmand-province-2510659

14 JULY 2017

ISIL leader in Afghanistan ‘killed in US raid’

The head of ISIL in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in an attack on his headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/isil-leader-afghanistan-killed-raid-170714192512285.html
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/07/14/528477/US-Daesh-Afghanistan-isil-

29 JUNE 2017

US-led military alliance NATO agrees to boost troops in Afghanistan

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says the US-led Western military alliance will increase the number of troops in war-ravaged Afghanistan
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/29/526894/NATO-US-Jens-Stoltenberg–Afghanistan-Taliban
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/news/2017/06/afghans-doubt-increasing-foreign-troops-bring-real-change-170629075018693.html

16 JUNE 2017

US to send 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan

A White House official has confirmed that the US will deploy an additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan. The move follows concerns from top commanders that the Afghan army is being pushed back by a resurgent Taliban
http://www.dw.com/en/us-to-send-4000-more-troops-to-afghanistan/a-39271721

13 JUNE 2017

Mattis admits that ‘we are not winning in Afghanistan right now’

The United States is not winning in Afghanistan. That’s according to U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who testified before lawmakers during a Defense Department budget hearing
http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2017/06/13/525207/US-not-winning-in-Afghanistan-Mattis
https://www.voanews.com/a/3899681.html
http://www.dw.com/en/trump-gives-pentagon-freedom-to-set-troop-numbers-in-afghanistan/a-39243374

31 MAY 2017

At least 80 killed, hundreds injured in Kabul diplomatic quarter blast

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-40102903
http://www.dw.com/en/huge-explosion-in-kabul-extensive-damage-to-german-embassy/a-39056329

8 MAY 2017

Afghanistan IS head killed in raid – US and Afghan officials

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, has been killed in a military raid, US and Afghan officials have said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39839339
http://www.dw.com/en/us-and-afghan-officials-is-leader-in-afghanistan-killed-in-military-raid/a-38747180

7 MAY 2017

50 Afghan soldiers killed, over 100 injured in retaliatory fire: Pakistan

Inspector General FC (IGFC) Major General Nadeem Ahmad on Sunday said that at least 50 Afghan soldiers were killed and over 100 injured when Pakistan responded to the firing by Afghan border police
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/203046-50-Afghan-soldiers-killed-over-100-injured-in-retaliatory-fire-Pakistan
http://www.dw.com/en/worst-border-clashes-in-years-are-afghanistan-and-pakistan-at-war/a-38743051

4 MAY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after peace deal

Veteran warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has returned to the Afghan capital, eight months after signing a peace deal with the government
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39802833
https://www.dawn.com/news/1331049/kabul-uneasy-as-former-warlord-hekmatyar-returns-after-20-years
http://www.dw.com/en/can-warlord-hekmatyar-help-stabilize-afghanistan/a-38692319

2 MAY 2017

Trump’s Afghanistan policy will face big limitations

US President Trump has completed 100 days in office, yet his Afghanistan policy is vague and ambiguous. Expert Michael Kugelman tells DW the Trump administration is likely to come up with an Afghanistan policy soon
http://www.dw.com/en/trumps-afghanistan-policy-will-face-big-limitations/a-38661290

28 APRIL 2017

Taliban’s annual spring offensive under way

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday the start of their “spring offensive,” saying they would target foreign forces in the country and heralding a fresh round of fighting in the drawn-out conflict
http://www.atimes.com/article/talibans-annual-spring-offensive-way/
http://zeenews.india.com/world/taliban-announce-spring-offensive-vow-to-build-institutions-2000177.html

24 APRIL 2017

Afghan defense minister, army chief resign after deadly Taliban Attack

The Afghan minister of defense and army chief of staff have resigned over a major Taliban assault on an army base, the president’s office says. The news came as US Secretary of State Jim Mattis arrived in the country
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-defense-minister-army-chief-resign-after-deadly-taliban-attack/a-38556314
https://www.dawn.com/news/1328928/afghan-defence-minister-army-chief-resign-after-taliban-attack

21 APRIL 2017

140 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban Attack

Attackers talked their way onto the base disguised in Afghan army uniforms and driving military veichles before opening fire on soldiers eating dinner and leaving a mosque after Friday prayers
http://www.atimes.com/article/afghan/
http://www.euronews.com/2017/04/21/taliban-kill-dozens-at-afghan-army-hq
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39672357

17 APRIL 2017

Ex-Afghan president calls US bomb drop an ‘atrocity’: report

Hamid Karzai has spoken out against the US decision to drop the MOAB bomb on Afghanistan. His interview comes the same day a top Trump official tours South Asia to speak with regional leaders
http://www.dw.com/en/ex-afghan-president-calls-us-bomb-drop-an-atrocity-report/a-38455632

26 MARCH 2017

US air strike in Afghanistan kills senior al Qaeda leader Qari Yasin: Pentagon

A US drone strike in eastern Afghanistan on March 19 killed the senior al Qaeda military commander Qari Yasin, who has been linked to numerous attacks in Pakistan, the US military confirmed
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/26/us-air-strike-in-afghanistan-kills-senior-al-qaeda-leader-qari-yasin-pentagon/
http://www.asiapacificstar.com/news/252555762/taliban-militant-who-hatched-the-plan-for-deadly-2008-islamabad-bombing-killed-in-us-drone-strike
http://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/al-qaeda-‘leader’-killed-us-strike-afghanistan-pentagon

23 MARCH 2017

Afghan Taliban capture crucial town of Sangin

The Taliban have captured the crucial south Afghan district of Sangin after a year-long battle
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39365330
http://www.voanews.com/a/taliban-capture-key-southern-afghan-district/3778722.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/taliban-capture-key-afghan-district-9-police-killed-170323142927112.html

9 MARCH 2017

Pakistan indefinitely closes border with Afghanistan amid rising tension

Pakistan has indefinitely closed two border crossings with Afghanistan after opening them for two days to let through Afghans with visas, officials said on Thursday
http://zeenews.india.com/asia/pakistan-indefinitely-closes-border-with-afghanistan-amid-rising-tension_1984961.html
http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2017/03/09/pak-afghan-border-closes-for-indefinite-period/

4  FEBRUARY 2017

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar sanctions dropped by UN

The UN has dropped sanctions against former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, paving the way for him to return to the country
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38867280
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/afghanistan/un-lifts-sanctions-on-notorious-afghan-warlord-1.1972844
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-02/04/c_136031737.htm

27 JANUARY 2017

Afghan Taliban’s new chief replaces 24 “shadow” officials

The leader of the Afghan Taliban recently replaced “shadow” governors in 16 of the country’s 34 provinces, as he sought to consolidate his influence over the insurgency, senior figures in the movement said this week
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-s-new-chief-replaces-24-shadow-officials/3472966.html

23 JANUARY 2017

Can Afghanistan’s Economy Rebound in 2017?

There’s no reason to think 2017 will be any better for Afghanistan than 2016
http://thediplomat.com/2017/01/can-afghanistans-economy-rebound-in-2017/

3 JANUARY 2017

Why is Russia so interested in Afghanistan all of a sudden?

 An increased Russian involvement in Afghanistan has surprised many observers. What does Moscow want to achieve in the war-torn country? After Syria, is another US-Russia conflict being played out in a different arena?http://www.dw.com/en/why-is-russia-so-interested-in-afghanistan-all-of-a-sudden/a-36989680

24 DECEMBER 2016

Iran, Russia See Opportunity to Encircle the US in Afghanistan

Moscow and Tehran see an opportunity to fatal distract the United States in Afghanistan
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/iran-russia-see-opportunity-to-encircle-the-us-in-afghanistan/

16 DECEMBER 2016

The Tangled History of the Afghanistan-India-Pakistan Triangle

Kabul’s foreign policy approach has shifted between favoring India and Pakistan since the partition
http://thediplomat.com/2016/12/the-tangled-history-of-the-afghanistan-india-pakistan-triangle/

23 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan opium production up 43% – UN drugs watchdog

United Nations report says poppy cultivation in the war-torn country has risen to its highest level in more than 20 years
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37743433
http://www.atimes.com/article/opium-crops-spread-afghanistan-taliban-gains-ground/

18 OCTOBER 2016

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year

More than 350,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their war-torn homeland from Pakistan this year, UN data show, with the torrent of people crossing the border expected to continue
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/350-000-afghan-refugees-return-from-pakistan-un-1.1914860

5 OCTOBER 2016

Afghanistan aid: Donors promise $15.2bn in Brussels

International donors have pledged $15.2bn (€13.5bn ; £11.9bn) in aid to help Afghanistan until 2020
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37560704
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-10/05/content_15506325.html

29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan: Ghani, Hekmatyar formalise peace deal

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has formalised a peace treaty with Hezb-i-Islami, an armed group led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a deal the government hopes will lead to more agreements with other fighters
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/09/afghanistan-ghani-hekmatyar-sign-peace-deal-160929092524754.html

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

Afghanistan signs deal with militant Hekmatyar

The Afghan government has signed a peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami, the country’s second largest militant group
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37438674
http://www.euronews.com/2016/09/22/peace-in-afghanistan-but-at-what-price
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/27405-govt-hizb-e-islami-peace-deal-draws-mixed-reaction

18 AUGUST 2016

Discord between Afghan unity government leaders intensifies

Calls for fresh elections have intensified in Afghanistan as the unity government leaders fail to resolve their dispute over power sharing. President Ghani and CEO Abdullah have yet to find a way to work in tandem
http://www.dw.com/en/discord-between-afghan-unity-government-leaders-intensifies/a-19485299

12 AUGUST 2016

IS leader in Afghanistan killed, US believes

Hafiz Saeed, leader of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, died in a US drone strike last month, the US believes
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37063654
http://atimes.com/2016/08/is-chief-for-afghanistan-pakistan-killed-by-us-drone/

31 JULY 2016

Kabul Slams China Over Reported Taliban Visit

 The Afghan government has shown its displeasure over reports that a Taliban delegation visited China, saying Beijing should not provide “a platform” to groups that are involved in the killing of Afghans
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghan-government-shows-displeasure-over-reported-taliban-china-visit/3442971.html
http://zeenews.india.com/news/asia/afghan-taliban-delegation-visits-china-to-discuss-unrest-sources_1913283.html

29 JULY 2016

Will WTO membership help improve Afghanistan’s economy?

On Friday, Afghanistan became the 164th country to join the World Trade Organization (WTO). after its upper house of parliament passed a final handful of laws that were required as preconditions for membership
http://www.dw.com/en/will-wto-membership-help-improve-afghanist

9 JULY 2016

NATO renews Afghanistan mission

NATO countries agreed on Saturday to extend their military mission in Afghanistan amid continuing threats from the Taliban
http://eurasiadiary.com/news/world/52151-nato-renews-afghanistan-mission
http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3217842-nato-allies-commit-around-1-billion-per-year-to-support-afghan-forces/

6 JULY 2016

Obama slows US troop drawdown in Afghanistan

The US will slow its troop drawdown in Afghanistan, leaving a force of 8,400 when President Barack Obama completes his term, the president announced on Wednesday in a blunt acknowledgment that America will remain entangled there despite his aspirations to end the war
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/07/06/obama-slows-us-troop-drawdown-in-afghanistan/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/world/asia/obama-afghanistan-troops.html?ref=asia&_r=0

30 JUNE 2016

Taliban attack on Afghanistan police cadets near Kabul kills dozens

Taliban bombers have attacked an Afghan police convoy outside the capital Kabul, killing at least 30 people and wounding 50 others, officials say
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36671676
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/26044-taliban-suicide-bombers-hit-afghan-police–kill-30-wound-53

15 JUNE 2016

Pakistan and Afghanistan formally agree over ceasefire at Torkham

The border authorities of Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday formally agreed over ceasefire at Torkham and waved white flags on both sides of the border
http://www.dawn.com/news/1265011/pak-afghan-forces-agree-on-ceasefire-at-torkham-border-wave-white-flags
http://nation.com.pk/national/15-Jun-2016/new-ceasefire-enforced-at-torkham-border

14 JUNE 2016

Pakistan, Afghanistan increase troops ar Khyber Pass border after clash

A Pakistani army officer died on Tuesday after being shot by Afghan forces in a border clash, Pakistan’s military said, a development likely to ratchet up tension between the neighbours who sources said were beefing up troop numbers on either side
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/pakistan/pakistan-afghanistan-increase-troops-at-khyber-pass-border-after-clash-1.1846138
http://www.voanews.com/content/afghanistan-pakistan-border-tensions/3375279.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/06/afghan-soldier-killed-border-clash-pakistan-160613075159320.html

6 JUNE 2016

Taliban ambush kills American photojournalist and translator in Afghanistan

A veteran American photojournalist and a translator working for National Public Radio were killed while accompanying Afghan troops in southern Afghanistan on Sunday 5, according to NPR and military officials.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/taliban-ambush-kills-american-journalist-and-translator-in-afgha/
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25662-two-journalists-killed-in-helmand

5 JUNE 2016

Afghanistan: MP Sher Wali Wardak killed in Kabul bomb blast

Three civilians including an Afghan lawmaker Sher Wali Wardak were killed in Kabul on Sunday evening after an IED was detonated via remote control near the MP’s house
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25661-kabul-blast-kills-three-including-mp
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36455738

25 MAY 2016

The new Taliban chief elected is Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada

In a statement issued by the Taliban on Wednesday, the group confirmed the death of Mullah Mansour and added that Taliban’s Shura has selected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25487-haibatullah-named-talibans-new-leader
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/afghan-taliban-appoint-leader-mansours-death-045123915.html?nhp=1
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36377008
http://www.euronews.com/2016/05/25/afghan-taliban-names-haibatullah-akhunzada-as-its-new-chief/

22 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban sources confirm death of leader in US attack

Taliban supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan, senior militant sources told AFP on Sunday (May 22), adding that an insurgent assembly was underway to decide on his successor
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/afghan-taliban-sources/2807732.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36352559

21 MAY 2016

Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour believed dead after US airstrike

The Pentagon has announced that Afghan Taliban leader Mullar Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. The raid was specifically targeting the fundamentalist leader, US authorities said.
http://www.dw.com/en/afghan-taliban-leader-mullar-akhtar-mansour-believed-dead-after-us-airstrike/a-19275462
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36351990

18 MAY 2016

Kabul signs draft peace deal with warlord Hekmatyar

Afghanistan has signed a preliminary agreement with the militant group Hezb-i-Islami. The deal with the anti-foreign forces group is being seen as a sign of success in Kabul’s peace efforts
http://www.dw.com/en/kabul-signs-draft-peace-deal-with-warlord-hekmatyar/a-19265788
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/25298-govt-to-bring-in-hekmatyar-and-members-giving-special-privilèges

16 MARCH 2016

NATO chief predicts another tough year ahead for Afghanistan

The head of NATO on Wednesday predicted a difficult fight ahead for Afghanistan as the government continues to battle the Taliban and other militant factions trying to assert their presence in the war-ravaged country.
http://news.yahoo.com/nato-chief-predicts-another-tough-ahead-afghanistan-112127733.html

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

5 MARCH 2016

Taliban rejects peace talks with Afghan government

Afghanistan’s Taliban has said it will not take part in peace talks with the government unless foreign troops leave the country. The group also said it wanted detained members of its ranks to be freed
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/03/afghan-talks-taliban-refuses-participate-160305135801134.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35736434

2 MARCH 2016

Russia’s new role in Afghanistan

More than two decades after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, Moscow is once again seeking to play a major role in the country by boosting military and economic cooperation with Kabul
http://www.dw.com/en/russias-new-role-in-afghanistan/a-19087432

25 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghanistan war: Just what was the point?

According to the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR — the U.S. government’s money watchdog there), the Taliban hold more territory now than at any time since 2001
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/25/asia/afghanistan-war-analysis/index.html

14 FEBRUARY 2016

Afghan civilian casualties hit a record 11,000 in 2015

The United Nations said in its annual report released on Sunday there were 3,545 civilian fatalities and 7,457 people wounded with children paying a particularly heavy toll, as Afghan security forces faced a surge in attacks by the Taliban and other armed groups.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/afghan-civilian-casualties-hit-record-11000-2015-160214071436972.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35572815

10 FEVRIER 2016

U.S. sends more troops to Afghanistan

Hundreds more U.S. troops are headed for Afghanistan’s strife-torn Helmand province to shore up security forces who have struggled in the face of sustained Taliban attacks, officials said.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-sends-more-troops-to-afghanistan/article8219631.ece?w=alauto

2 FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. airstrikes kill 46 militants, destroy IS radio in Afghanistan

A total of 46 militants were killed and a radio station belonging to the Islamic State (IS) group was destroyed after U.S.-led coalition forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan’s Paktika and Nangarhar provinces overnight, government officials said Tuesday
http://english.chinamil.com.cn/news-channels/international-military-news/2016-02/02/content_6885784.htm

29 JANUARY 2016

What does China want from the Afghan peace process?

China is one of four countries directly involved in talks aimed at resuming the stalled peace process between the Afghan government and the Taliban. DW takes a look at what’s driving Beijing’s diplomatic push
http://www.dw.com/en/what-does-china-want-from-the-afghan-peace-process/a-19011501

11 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan hosts four-way Afghanistan peace talks

Representatives from Pakistan, the USA, China and Afghanistan have met in Islamabad to discuss plans for peace negotiations with the Taliban. The Taliban, however, are not participating in the talks for now
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35279283
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/afghan-peace-talks-resume-pakistan-160111045824649.html
http://www.rferl.org/content/afghanistan-pakistan-talks-china-us/27480460.html

1 JANUARY 2016

At least two killed in bomb explosion at French restaurant in Kabul; Taliban claims attack

A Taliban suicide car bomber has struck a French restaurant popular with foreigners in Kabul, killing two people in a New Year’s Day attack that marks the latest in a series of brazen insurgent assaults
http://www.france24.com/en/20160101-taliban-kabul-french-restaurant-popular-expats

9 DECEMBER 2015

Afghan Taliban kill dozens at Kandahar airport

Dozens of people have been killed in a Taliban attack on a heavily fortified civilian and military airfield in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35043938 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/12/taliban-kills-scores-ongoing-kandahar-airport-attack-151209153246413.html
http://www.dw.com/en/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-across-afghanistan-amid-peace-conference/a-18908146

11 NOVEMBER 2015

Afghan Hazara killings spur thousands to march in Kabul

Afghan security forces have fired warning shots into the air at a protest in Kabul, injuring seven people, according to officials
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34783511

26 OCTOBER 2015

The Taliban’s days are almost over

 To many of us in the country, the Taliban’s recent victory is due to serious weaknesses within the Afghan government rather than their own strength. Despite their recent military achievement, the demise of the movement as an alternative governing force has already begun
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/10/taliban-days-afghanistan-kunduz-pakistan-151025075020774.html

15 OCTOBER 2015

Barack Obama to keep US troops in Afghanistan through 2016, says ‘it’s the right thing to do’

US President Barack Obama has broken his promise to end the war in Afghanistan on his watch and will leave thousands of troops in the country when he departs the White House, passing the task of resolving America’s “longest war” on to his successor.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11933444/Barack-Obama-to-slow-US-troop-withdrawals-from-Afghanistan-says-official.html
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/21903-govt-welcomes-obamas-decision

3 OCTOBER 2015

16 die at Afghan clinic after US airstrike; UN denounces act

An airstrike hit a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the Afghan city of Kunduz Saturday, killing at least 16 people in what the US military called possible “collateral damage” in the battle to oust Taliban insurgents
ttp://atimes.com/2015/10/afghan-airstrike-near-kunduz-msf-clinic-kills-3-staff-30-others-missing/
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/03/asia/afghanistan-doctors-without-borders-hospital/index.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11909123/Kunduz-Nato-investigates-whether-US-air-strike-hit-hospital-latest.html

1 OCTOBER 2015

Afghan forces retake Taliban-held Kunduz city amid fierce clashes

Afghan troops recaptured the center of the strategic northern city of Kunduz on Thursday amid fierce clashes with Taliban militants, three days after losing the provincial capital in a humbling defeat for Kabul and its U.S. allies
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/01/us-afghanistan-attack-idUSKCN0RU07Y20151001
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/714540/afghan-forces-retake-control-of-kunduz-from-taliban-govt

29 SEPTEMBER 2015

Afghan forces fight to retake Kunduz from Taliban

Afghan forces have been battling Taliban fighters to retake the city of Kunduz, a day after it fell to the insurgents in their biggest victory since their removal from power in 2001
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34387914
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2015-09-29/afghan-forces-launch-operation-to-retake-northern-city-of-kunduz-from-taliban-militants/1498152

14 SEPTEMBER 2015

Taliban raid sees release of hundreds of Afghan prisoners

Among 150 Taliban militants thought to be among those released in pre-dawn attack on jail in Ghazni by insurgents said to be wearing Afghan police uniforms
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/11862939/Taliban-fighters-release-hundreds-of-prisoners-from-Afghan-jail.html

13 AUGUST 2015

Al-Qaeda’s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Taliban head

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansoor, whose appointment has caused divisions within the Taliban
http://www.euronews.com/2015/08/13/al-qaeda-leader-pledges-allegiance-to-new-taliban-chief/
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/al-qaeda-zawahiri-pledges-allegiance-taliban-mullah-mansoor-150813141523792.html

7 AUGUST 2015

35 dead, hundreds wounded as multiple bombings rock Kabul

Multiple bombings rocked Kabul Friday, killing at least 35 people and wounding hundreds more in the first major attacks in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s death
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/suicide-blast-hits-kabul-police-academy-casualties-feared-162156644.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/08/police-academy-kabul-hit-suicide-bomb-150807164338154.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33814737

30 JULY 2015

Mullah Omar: Taliban choose deputy Mansour as successor

The Taliban has appointed Mullah Omar’s deputy to replace him at the helm of the group, according to militant commanders
http://www.euronews.com/2015/07/30/taliban-names-new-leader-to-replace-mullah-omar/
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33721074
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20673-peace-talks-postponed-at-talibans-request-pakistan

29 JULY 2015

Afghan government said that Mullah Omar: Taliban leader ‘died in Pakistan in 2013

 “The government … based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan,” the Afghan presidential palace said in a statement
http://www.dawn.com/news/1197114/mullah-omar-died-in-karachi-in-april-2013-afghan-govt
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33703097

26 JULY 2015

Taliban take remote Afghan police base after mass surrender

The Taliban took control of a large police base in a remote part of northeastern Afghanistan after some 100 police and border guards joined the insurgents following three days of fighting, security officials said Sunday
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2015-07/26/content_15295536.html
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33669344
http://www.tolonews.com/en/afghanistan/20614-taliban-release-142-alp-and-border-police-officials

 

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6 OCTOBER 2019

Sri Lanka President Sirisena abandons re-election bid

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has decided not to stand for re-election in November polls, as the politically influential Rajapaksa family nominated two candidates by final registration on Sunday (Oct 6)
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-presi

26 SEPTEMBER 2019

Sri Lanka’s governing party picks Premadasa as candidate

Sri Lanka’s governing party on Thursday named its charismatic deputy leader, Sajith Premadasa, as its candidate in November’s presidential election, ending a long tussle with the party leader, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, over the nomination
https://www.newdelhitimes.com/sri-lankas-governing-party-picks-premadasa-as-candidate/
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Sep26_1569507812CH.php

23 AUGUST 2019

Four months after Easter attacks, Sri Lanka ends emergency

Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/08/23/asia-pacific/four-months-easter-attacks-sri-lanka-ends-emergency/#.XWAO8-gzY2w
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/sri-lanka-ends-emergency-four-months-after-easter-attacks

19 AUGUST 2019

General accused of war crimes appointed Sri Lanka army chief

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has been accused of serious human rights violations
https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN1V918K-OCATP?rpc=401&feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=401
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1542181/world
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/general-accused-of-war-crimes-appointed-sri-lanka-army-chief-11822814

11 AUGUST 2019

Sri Lanka election: former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa’s brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa is running for president

Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who was a live wire in Sri Lanka’s  military campaign to end a long civil war but faces allegations of human rights violations, was nominated on Sunday as the opposition’s candidate for the presidential election scheduled for later this year
https://www.scmp.com/print/news/asia/south-asia/article/3022341/sri-lanka-election-former-strongman-mahinda-rajapaksas-brother
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/many-sri-lankans-want-a-strongman-leader-and-that-favours-gotabaya-rajapaksa

29 JULY 2019

Muslims rejoin Sri Lanka Cabinet after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers who resigned en masse in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined the government, officials said Tuesday (July 30), after police cleared them of any involvement with Islamists
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/muslims-rejoin-sri-lanka-cabinet-after-easter-bombings
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19B/Jul29_1564416446CH.php

11 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka PM says still in talks with US on military cooperation pact

Sri Lanka is still in talks with the United States on a status-of-forces agreement (SOFA) for visiting US military personnel, the Prime Minister said, disregarding a warning by the President that it would undermine sovereignty
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-pm-says-still-in-talks-with-us-on-military-cooperation-pact

6 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka president vetoes military deal with the US

Sri Lanka’s President Saturday (Jul 6) announced he will not allow his government to conclude a proposed military deal that would allow US troops free access to the island’s ports
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-vetoes-military-deal-with-the-us-11697480
http://asiantribune.com/node/92858
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/Jul05_1562346936CH.php

2 JULY 2019

Sri Lanka police chief arrested over failure to prevent bombings

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested their own chief and the former defence secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesman said
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-failure-to-prevent-bombings-27944
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-police-chief-arrested-over-easter-attacks-failures-11684200

22 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka extends state of emergency in surprise move

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday extended the state of emergency in the country for another month, allowing security agencies to continue to exercise extra powers to detain and interrogate suspects without court orders
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-after-easter-bombings/a-49306687
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/sri-lanka-extends-state-of-emergency-in-surprise-move

20 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka seeks US$1 billion loan from China as it struggles to recover from Easter Sunday attacks

Talks are underway with China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to raise the new loan in addition to the US$1.2 billion obtained from international agencies this year, the ministry said
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/3015428/sri-lanka-seeks-us1-billion-loan-china-it-struggles-recover

3 JUNE 2019

Sri Lanka’s Muslim government leaders resign over allegations

Nine Cabinet and junior ministers and two provincial governors resigned after Buddhist monks accused three Muslim leaders of supporting the militants responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-muslim-government-leaders-resign-over-allegations-27232
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-muslim-ministers-resign-en-masse-over-easter-bombings

18 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka Marks 10 Years Since Civil War’s End

On May 18, 2009, government forces brought their no-holds-barred military offensive to an end at a lagoon in the northern coastal district of Mullaittivu with the killing of Velupillai Prabhakaran, leader of the rebel Tamil Tigers
https://www.voanews.com/a/sri-lanka-marks-10-years-since-civil-wars-end/4922731.html
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/sri-lanka-anniversary-10-years-civil-war-ended-190518160221811.html
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_19A/May18_1558200172CH.php

13 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka blocks social media after worst anti-Muslim violence since Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lanka blocked social media and enforced a police curfew on Sunday after some of the worst anti-Muslim violence since terror attacks on April 21 on Easter Sunday that killed more than 250 people
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-blocks-social-media-after-worst-anti-muslim-violence-since-easter-sunday-attacks-1.860859

6 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka deploys troops after communal violence breaks out in wake of Easter Sunday bombings

The Sri Lankan government has deployed troops and imposed a curfew after clashes broke out between religious communities in Negambo, one of the sites of the Easter Sunday bombings
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/05/06/sri-lanka-deploys-troops-communal-violence-breaks-wake-easter/
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/christian-muslim-clashes-rock-sri-lanka-town-hit-by-easter-11507756

5 MAY 2019

Sri Lanka expels 200 clerics after attacks as Catholics celebrate Mass in private

Sri Lanka has banned around 200 Islamic clerics as a security operation and investigation following the Easter Sunday massacre that killed more than 250 people continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-expels-200-clerics-after-attacks-as-catholics-celebrate-mass-in-private-1.857395
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Sri-Lanka-expels-200-Islamic-clerics-after-Easter-attacks/108-166475

23 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka bombings retaliation for Christchurch mosque shootings, minister says

Security forces arrested 40 people over a series of terror strikes in Sri Lanka, including the driver of a van allegedly used by suicide bombers, officials said on Tuesday. An owner of the house where some suspected attackers lived was also detained
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-bombings-retaliation-for-christchurch-mosque-shootings-minister-says/a-48439995
https://www.euronews.com/2019/04/23/families-of-sri-lanka-blast-victims-gather-for-memorial-in-negombo
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/sri-lanka-attacks-retaliation-christchurch-deputy-minister-190423082847025.html

21 APRIL 2019

Sri Lanka explosions: At least 207 killed, hundreds injured in Easter Sunday carnage

Eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday (April 21), killing at least 207 people and injuring 450, including dozens of foreigners
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/blasts-hit-two-sri-lanka-churches-during-easter-mass-police
https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/apr/21/sri-lanka-explosions-dozens-killed-and-hundreds-injured-in-church-and-hotel-blasts
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/04/21/asia/sri-lanka-explosions/index.html

13 APRIL 2019

Sri Lankan writer Shakthika Sathkumara imprisoned at instigation of Buddhist extremists

Award-winning Sri Lankan author Shakthika Sathkumara was arrested by the police on April 1 and has been imprisoned on remand until April 23, following a magistrate’s ruling at Polgahawela. The magistrate extended the writer’s incarceration when he was brought before the courts on April 9
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/04/13/writ-a13.html

9 APRIL 2019

Brother of Sri Lanka ex-president sued in US over alleged torture and killings

Gotabaya Rajapaksa was Sri Lanka’s defence secretary during the final years of the country’s civil war against the Tamil Tigers until his brother lost the presidency in 2015, and has been mooted as the family’s presidential candidate in this year’s election
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/09/brother-of-sri-lanka-ex-president-sued-over-alleged-torture-and-killings
http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Two-lawsuits-against-Gota-in-US/108-165213
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=202406

12 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka parliament finally approves 2019 budget

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Tuesday (May 12) approved the cash-strapped country’s 2019 budget, which had been delayed by four months due to a power struggle triggered by President Maithripala Sirisena dismissing the premier
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-finally-approves-2019-budget-11337348
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/24492-parliament-to-passed-the-budget-by-43-votes

6 MARCH 2019

Sri Lanka backtracks on UN war crimes probe

Sri Lanka’s president went back Wednesday on pledges to investigate war-time atrocities, saying he did not want to “re-open old wounds.” The move has sparked a rift with the country’s government
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-backtracks-on-un-war-crimes-probe-24704

2 FEBRUARY 2019

Sri Lanka seeks to borrow US$1 billion from China amid debt woes

Sri Lanka is negotiating a US$1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted nation makes arrangements to pay down US$5.9 billion in foreign loans this year
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2184805/sri-lanka-seeks-borrow-us1-billion-china-amid-debt-woes

10 JANUARY 2019

Accused Sri Lanka war criminal Major General Shavendra Silva named army’s second-in-command

Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff of the army on Thursday
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/accused-sri-lanka-war-criminal-named-armys-second-in-command-1.1547127709080
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-new-chief-of-army-staff-shavendra-silva-should-be-prosecuted-for-alleged-war-crimes-if-he-travels-itjp/

8 JANUARY 2019

Sri Lanka marks decade since journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge killing amid justice calls

Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed just days before he was due to give evidence against the Rajapaksa family
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-marks-decade-since-journalist-assassination-amid-justice-calls-1.810722
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/after-a-decade-of-lies-one-truth-still-shines-lasantha-spoke-truth-to-power/

20 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President unveils new Cabinet

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena unveiled a new Cabinet on Thursday, days after Ranil Wickremesinghe was reinstated as Prime Minister in a move that ended a nearly two-month-long political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lankan-president-unveils-new-cabinet-1.61040849
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec20_1545282086CH.php

17 DECEMBER 2018

India offers $1.9 billion financial aid to Maldives to counter China’s influence

India has offered US$1.4 billion (S$1.9 billion) in financial aid to the Maldives for infrastructure development, including its water and sewerage systems, in a move to counter China’s presence in the island nation and ease the pressure on it of its growing Chinese debt
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/india-offers-19-billion-financial-aid-to-maldives-to-counter-chinas-influence
https://maldivesindependent.com/politics/indian-prime-minister-announces-us1-4-billion-assistance-to-maldives-143188
https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20181217_33/

Four Chinese activists shave heads to protest ‘persecution’ of husbands

The wives of four of China’s most prominent rights lawyers and activists shaved their heads on Monday (Dec 17) in protest over what they called the “persecution” of their husbands by the government
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/four-chinese-activists-shave-heads-to-protest-persecution-of-husbands
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/2178381/wife-supporters-detained-chinese-lawyer-shave-heads-protest

Former Indian MP Sajjian Kumarjailed for life over 1984 Sikh massacre

Congress party’s Sajjan Kumar is most prominent figure to be convicted over mass murder
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/17/sajjan-kumar-jailed-life-deadly-anti-sikh-riots-1984-india
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-court-sends-sajjan-kumar-to-jail-for-life-1.1545031702278

16 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka: ousted prime minister Wickremesinghe reinstalled

Leader of the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn-in Sunday for a fifth time as the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka ending a nearly two-months long political crisis

https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-president-reinstates-the-prime-minister-he-sacked
https://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-will-ranil-wickremesinghes-reappointment-end-the-political-crisis/a-46762417

15 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has stepped down from his post, signalling an end to a weeks-long political crisis that has kept the Indian Ocean nation without a functional government
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-disputed-prime-minister-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns-181215073615336.html
https://www.news.lk/news/political-current-affairs/item/23344-mahinda-rajapaksa-resigns

13 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules President’s decision to dissolve parliament illegal

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Dec13_1544704469CH.php
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/13/sri-lanka-presidents-dissolution-of-parliament-illegal-top-court-rules
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/sri-lanka-supreme-court-overturns-sacking-parliament-181213113720319.html

12 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lanka-parliament-passes-confidence-vote-backing-ousted-pm-idINKBN1OB1NY?rpc=401&
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/92374
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-parliament-demands-sacked-pm-is-restored

3 DECEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka court denies former strongman Rajapaksa authority to act as PM

A Sri Lanka court on Monday ruled that former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa could not act as prime minister or hold cabinet meetings while the political crisis that has engulfed the South Asian island continues
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-court-denies-former-strongman-authority-to-act-as-pm-1.798706
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51830/interim-order-issued-preventing-pm-and-cabinet-from-functioning
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y49T0a1BwPA

29 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan lawmakers bar disputed PM from using state funds

Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday approved a motion barring disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa from using state funds after he lost two no-confidence votes, in an escalation of the country’s political crisis
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankan-lawmakers-bar-disputed-pm-from-using-state-funds
http://www.adaderana.lk/news/51739/parliament-passes-motion-to-suspend-expenditures-of-pms-office

28 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defense Staff Ravindra Wijeguneratne detained over cover-up in disappearance of Tamil youths

After evading arrest for two months, Sri Lanka’s most senior military official appeared in court on Wednesday, charged with helping another suspect in the abduction and disappearance of 11 youths in the final phase of the country’s 26-year civil war
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov28_1543417438CH.php
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-46374111

25 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted PM

Colombo: President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday reignited the power struggle that has crippled Sri Lanka’s government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-politics/sri-lankas-president-says-will-not-reinstate-ousted-pm-idINKCN1NU0P5?rpc=401&
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/sri-lanka-president-vows-never-to-reappoint-ousted-pm-1.1543147546780

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka parliament rejects new prime minister in latest twist of crisis

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against the newly-installed but disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the latest twist in the South Asian island’s political crisis
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/14/667733001/sri-lankas-newly-appointed-prime-minister-ousted-in-no-confidence-motion?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-rejects-new-prime-minister-in-latest-twist-of-crisis-1.791712

13 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court overturns dissolution of Parliament, halts snap elections

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled dissolution of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena and ordered to halt preparations for snap elections scheduled for January next year
https://www.npr.org/2018/11/13/667333085/sri-lankan-supreme-court-blocks-presidents-bid-to-dissolve-parliament
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Nov13_1542116797CH.php

9 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka power struggle: President Sirisena dissolves Parliament

Evading the resolution of Sri Lanka’s political crisis through Parliament, President Maithripala Sirisena late on Friday dissolved the House, hours after his political front admitted to lacking a majority needed for its controversially-installed prime minister to be declared legitimate
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/sri-lanka-power-struggle-president-sirisena-dissolves-parliament/article25457395.ece?homepage=true
https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/lanka-govt-admits-it-lacks-majority/article25457041.ece
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sirisena-dissolves-parliament-in-stark-violation-of-constitution/

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan President Summons Parliament on November 14 as Pressure Over PM’s Sacking Grows

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the suspended parliament to reconvene on November 14, clearing the way for a vote on his decision to sack the elected prime minister and replace him with wartime nationalist Mahinda Rajapaksa
https://thewire.in/south-asia/sri-lankan-president-summons-parliament-on-november-14-as-pressure-over-pms-sacking-grows
https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/sri-lankan-parliament-to-reconvene-on-nov-14-sirisena201811051144360001/

Sri Lanka parliament speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as PM

Sri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-parliament-speaker-refuses-to-accept-rajapaksa-as-pm-21377

1 NOVEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka’s president to reconvene parliament on November 5 – new PM

Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena will reconvene parliament on November 5, newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on Thursday, as international pressure builds to resolve a political crisis
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-president-to-reconvene-parliament-on-november-5-new-pm-21286
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201811011069410321-sri-lanka-parliament/

27 OCTOBER 2018

Tensions Escalate as Sri Lankan President Sirisena Suspends Parliament After Sacking PM

The parliament suspension means Wickremesinghe will not immediately have an opportunity to prove his majority, amid speculation that some of his party members would cross over to back Rajapaksa for perks and ministerial portfolios
https://thewire.in/south-asia/tensions-escalate-as-sri-lankan-president-sirisena-suspends-parliament-after-sacking-pm
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct27_1540650707CH.php
https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lankas-president-suspends-parliament-deepening-crisis

26 OCTOBER 2018

Ex-Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa Becomes New PM Amid Political Drama

Mahinda Rajapaksa staged a dramatic political comeback, becoming Sri Lanka’s new prime minister after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked premier Ranil Wickremesinghe, triggering angry reactions
https://thewire.in/south-asia/ex-sri-lankan-president-rajapaksa-becomes-new-pm-amid-political-drama
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-s-party-quits-ruling-coalition-1.2294133
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/constitutional-crisis-with-mr-becoming-pm-appointment-illegal-and-unconstitutional-im-still-the-pm-says-ranil/

21 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka to recall peacekeeping commander on UN request

Sri Lanka’s military said that it would recall its commander leading a UN peacekeeping contingent in Mali after the world body asked him to be repatriated over his human rights background
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-to-recall-peacekeeping-commander-on-un-request-1.782636
http://www.dailymirror.lk/article/Army-rejects-UN-charges-against-Lt-Col-Amunupure-but-says-comply-written-request-157178.html

8 OCTOBER 2018

Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia Region, says a World Bank report

If trade barriers are overcome, trade within South Asia can increase three-fold, from $23 billion to $67 billion, suggests a new World Bank report. Sri Lanka has the potential to more than double its exports to South Asia
http://www.colombopage.com/archive_18B/Oct08_1539001169CH.php

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lanka President tells diplomats: Pick up phone or pack up

Sri Lanka’s President on Monday (Sep 17) justified his decision to sack six diplomats – including an ambassador – for not answering his phone calls, saying more would follow if the foreign service did not shape up
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-president-tells-diplomats-pick-up-phone-or-pack-up-10729798

5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Sri Lankan opposition protesters demand government step down

Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched in Sri Lanka’s capital on Wednesday to demand the government step down, accusing it of corruption and selling national assets to foreign nations
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/09/05/sri-lankan-opposition-protesters-demand-government-step-down.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/live-jana-balaya-kolombata-protest-march-today/

29 AUGUST 2018

Court orders arrest of Sri Lanka’s top military commander

The Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne Wednesday ordered the arrest of Sri Lanka’s chief of defence staff  Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne over hs alleged role in helping the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 11 children escape arrest
https://economynext.com/Court_orders_arrest_of_Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_top_military_commander-3-11703-10.html
https://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/top-sri-lanka-military-officer-to-be-arrested-for-abduction-murder-during-tamil-civil-war-1.2272489

28 AUGUST 2018

More than 100 human skeletons found in mass grave in Sri Lanka

Investigators say they have unearthed more than 100 skeletons from a mass grave in the northern Sri Lankan town of Mannar, where Tamil guerrillas and state security forces clashed during the country’s 26-year civil war
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/aug/28/more-than-100-human-skeletons-found-mass-grave-sri-lanka
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Ninety-bodies-found-in-a-mass-grave-in-Mannar-dating-from-the-civil-war-44774.html

21 AUGUST 2018

Japan, Sri Lanka Agree to Boost Maritime Security Cooperation

Japan and Sri Lanka have agreed to further enhance maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean. The understanding was reached during a meeting between the visiting Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201808211067363757-japan-srilanka-maritime-cooperation/
https://www.news.lk/news/politics/item/21948-japan-s-assistance-to-develop-sri-lanka-s-maritime-security
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/japan-offers-to-boost-sri-lanka-security-as-china-makes-inroads-10638786

13 AUGUST 2018

US gives Sri Lankan military US$39 million to combat China’s investments in strategic island

The United States announced Monday it would grant Sri Lanka US$39 million to boost maritime security as China develops its strategic hold on the Indian Ocean island
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2159546/us-gives-sri-lankan-military-us39-million-combat-chinas
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/sri-lanka-gets-us-military-funding-as-china-vies-for-influence-10614212

21 JULY 2018

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation
https://www.thestatesman.com/india/sri-lanka-indias-special-trusted-partner-modi-1502663823.html

14 JUNE 2018

Sri Lanka jails extremist Buddhist monk for six months over threats to woman

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday jailed for six months a Buddhist monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims after finding him guilty of intimidating the wife of a missing journalist, in a case seen as a test of the independence of the judiciary
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-monk-sentence/sri-lanka-jails-extremist-buddhist-monk-for-six-months-over-threats-to-woman-idINKBN1JA1BW?rpc=401&
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44479610
https://www.newsradio.lk/local/gnanasara-thera-sentenced-to-6-months-rigorous-imprisonment

25 MAY 2018

China, India and the Indian Ocean: Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Occupying a strategic position in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka must balance its foreign policy between India and China
https://asianews.network/2018/05/24/china-india-and-the-indian-ocean-sri-lankas-foreign-policy-challenges/

20 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis

Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned on Sunday (May 20), blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-warns-of-looming-foreign-debt-crisis

5 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka gives green light for Chinese LNG plant near Hambantota port

Sri Lanka’s state-run investment body has approved a US$500 million liquefied natural gas plant by China Machinery Engineering near a Chinese-controlled port and industrial zone, the development strategies minister said on Friday
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2144808/sri-lanka-gives-green-light-chinese-lng-plant-near
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-china-lng/sri-lanka-approves-500-million-lng-plant-near-chinese-controlled-port-idINKBN1I60GH?rpc=401&

1 MAY 2018

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

Sri Lanka: New Cabinet of Ministers sworn in

Eighteen new Cabinet Ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena at a ceremony held at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning. This is the fourth Cabinet reshuffle of the National Government
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/91817
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183935

12 APRIL 2018

Sri Lanka president moves to suspend parliament

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Thursday suspended parliament until May in a shock move amid a deepening power struggle between him and his unity government’s prime minister
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-president-moves-to-suspend-parliament-1.2204677

5 APRIL 2018

Sri Lankan PM survives no confidence vote

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who leads Sri Lanka’s United National Party (UNP), won the support of 122 members of the 225-member parliament, with 76 voting against him
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lankan-pm-survives-no-confidence-vote-16496
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/04/sri-lanka-pm-ranil-wickremesinghe-survives-confidence-motion-180404173714092.html
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/148/131/212/1522911816263.html

25 MARCH 2018

Police and politicians accused of joining Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim riots

Police and politicians backed by the country’s former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa joined anti-Muslim riots that rocked Sri Lanka’s Kandy district this month, according to witnesses, officials and CCTV footage reviewed by Reuters
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/police-and-politicians-accused-of-joining-sri-lanka-s-anti-muslim-riots-16207

18 MARCH 2018

Sri Lankan president lifts nationwide state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena Sunday signed a notification to lift a nationwide state of emergency which was imposed on March 6 following communal riots in the central regions of the island country
https://www.chinadailyasia.com/articles/104/170/30/1521359852276.html
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2137698/sri-lanka-ends-state-emergency-tensions-between-buddhists-and

16 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka’s communal violence explained

A recent wave of violence has sent the tropical nation into a tailspin as Sri Lanka continues to struggle with post-war reconciliation
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-s-communal-violence-explained-15970

6 MARCH 2018

Sri Lanka declares state of emergency after Buddhist-Muslim clashes

Sri Lanka declared a nationwide state of emergency for 10 days on Tuesday to stop the spread of communal violence, a government spokesman said, after confrontations erupted between majority Buddhists and members of the minority Muslim community
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-after-buddhist-muslim-clashes-15723
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/03/06/554576/Sri-Lanka-President-Maithripala-Sirisena-Buddhist-Sinhalese-Muslims
http://asiantribune.com/node/91657
http://www.euronews.com/2018/03/06/sri-lanka-declares-state-of-emergency-as-mobs-attack-muslim-communities

11 FEBRUARY 2018

Sri Lanka coalition suffers humiliation at local vote

The party of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is on track for a shock landslide victory amid disarray in the ranks of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s ruling alliance
https://www.trtworld.com/asia/sri-lanka-coalition-suffers-humiliation-at-local-vote-15071
http://www.economynext.com/Sri_Lanka%E2%80%99s_ruling_coalition_in_deep_crisis_after_shock_defeat-3-9839-10.html
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/sri-lanka-opposition-calls-government-resignation-180211182754969.html

30 JANUARY 2018

Sri Lanka journalists remember killed, abducted colleagues

 Sri Lankan journalists and media rights activists have lit candles and held placards to remember dozens of journalists who were killed, abducted or disappeared under a previous government
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/30/sri-lanka-journalists-remember-killed-abducted-colleagues.html
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/The-‘black-January’-of-information:-no-justice-for-journalists-killed-42980.html

23 JANUARY 2018

Singapore signs FTA with Sri Lanka

While Sri Lanka is in the process of negotiating free trade agreements (FTA) with several partners, Singapore is the first to complete one with them and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he is “very glad” that negotiations went smoothly
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/major-investments-planned-says-pm-lee-as-singapore-signs-fta-9888114
http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/spore-and-sri-lanka-sign-fta-facilitate-greater-trade-flows
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-and-sri-lanka-sign-free-trade-agreement-9886990

9 DECEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka approves 2018 budget, aims for more investment

Sri Lanka’s coalition government on Saturday won the final vote on its 2018 budget which aims to boost investments and small businesses and cut the fiscal deficit to 4.8 percent of GDP from this year’s 5.2 percent
https://in.reuters.com/article/sri-lanka-budget/sri-lanka-approves-2018-budget-aims-for-more-investment-idINKBN1E30IU?rpc=401&
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/third-reading-of-budget-2018-full-text-of-the-finance-ministers-speech/

24 NOVEMBER 2017

Mgr Emmanuel Fernando, the new bishop of Mannar, in the service of Tamils

Mgr Fidelis Lionel Emmanuel Fernando is the new bishop of Mannar, a diocese in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province, scene of major fighting during the country’s civil war. Pope Francis appointed him two days ago
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Mgr-Emmanuel-Fernando,-the-new-bishop-of-Mannar,-in-the-service-of-Tamils-42413.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/91290

19 NOVEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka curfew after Buddhist-Muslim violence in Galle

The Sri Lankan army enforced a curfew for a second successive night after dozens of Muslim homes and businesses were attacked near the southern city of Galle
https://www.thenational.ae/world/asia/sri-lanka-curfew-after-buddhist-muslim-violence-in-galle-1.677108
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/anti-muslim-assaults-in-gintota/
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=175292

23 OCTOBER 2017

UN urges Sri Lanka to start investigating war crimes

Pablo de Greiff, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion of justice and reparation, said Sri Lanka had been slow to deliver on its promise of justice for atrocities during the island’s bloody 37-year civil war
http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2017/10/23/539627/Sri-Lanka-UN-war-crimes-investigation-justice-Maithripala-Sirisena-Tamil

17 OCTOBER 2017

India-China rivalry spills over in Sri Lankan airport

India and Sri Lanka are close to finalizing a joint venture to manage and expand facilities at the Mattala Airport, which is situated near the Hambantota Seaport, a key port in China’s multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710171058322914-india-china-rivalry-airport/

3 OCTOBER 2017

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise with US navy

Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee on 1 October
http://www.janes.com/article/74580/sri-lanka-hosts-its-first-carat-exercise

3 SEPTEMBER 2017

Sri Lanka president defends ex-general accused of war crimes

Sri Lanka’s president on Sunday vowed to protect his former ambassador to six South American nations, an ex-army chief accused of crimes in the bloody final phase of the country’s civil war
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/2109712/sri-lanka-president-defends-ex-general-accused-war-crimes
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/09/sri-lanka-leader-shield-general-war-crimes-case-170903193335527.html
http://asiantribune.com/node/90929

15 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka names senior lawyer Tilak Marapana as new foreign minister

Sri Lanka named a veteran government lawyer as foreign minister on Tuesday (Aug 15) after the island’s top diplomat stood down amid a corruption scandal
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lanka-names-senior-lawyer-tilak-marapana-as-new-foreign-minister

10 AUGUST 2017

Sri Lanka foreign minister resigns over corruption charges

Ravi Karunanayake has been accused of owning a luxury apartment paid for by a bond dealer under investigation – a charge he denies. President Sirisena has pledged to end the corruption which marked the previous regime
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-resigns-over-corruption-charges/a-40038447
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2106281/sri-lanka-foreign-minister-quits-amid-insider-trading-scandal

26 JULY 2017

Silenced stones mark hard path to Sri Lankan reconciliation

Security forces have erected numerous monuments celebrating their 2009 victory over Tamil Tiger rebels. No such privilege has been accorded to the Tamil insurgents or civilians who died in the fight
http://www.atimes.com/article/silenced-stones-mark-hard-path-sri-lankan-reconciliation/

25 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka approved to 70 percent lease of Hambantota Port to China

The cabinet gave final approval to lease a 70 percent stake in Hambantota port for $1.12 billion to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings, minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told reporters
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_SRI_LANKA_CHINA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-25-08-42-11
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90757

22 JULY 2017

Major General Amal Karunasekara – New Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Army

Major General K. A. D. A Karunasekara popularly known as ‘Amal Karunasekara’ is the Commandant of the Defence Services Command and Staff College, Sapugaskanda
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/90742

14 JULY 2017

Torture by Sri Lankan police routine, says human rights lawyer

The use of torture by Sri Lankan security services has become routine, a UN special rapporteur has concluded following a visit to the country
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/14/torture-by-sri-lankan-police-routine-says-human-rights-lawyer

12 JULY 2017

Sri Lanka says Buddhism will remain paramount in new charter

Sri Lanka’s prime minister said on Wednesday Buddhism will remain paramount in the bitterly divided island, seeking to head off protests led by the powerful Buddhist clergy against proposed changes to the constitution
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-sri-lanka-politics-idUSKBN19X1TR?rpc=401&

11 JUNE 2017

Sri Lanka makes first arrest over hate crimes against Muslims

Police in Sri Lanka have arrested a key figure from an extremist Buddhist organisation blamed for a series of hate crimes against Muslims that has drawn international censure
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/sri-lan

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

27 MARCH 2017

Sri Lanka wants to reduce China’s stake in strategic port deal

Sri Lanka‘s government wants aChinese company to agree to cut its stake in a strategic portproject by up to a quarter, as part of a renegotiation aimed atblunting public and political opposition to the deal
https://article.wn.com/view/2017/03/27/Sri_Lanka_wants_to_reduce_China_s_stake_in_strategic_port_de_w/

5 MARCH 2017

Sri-Lanka rejects UN call for foreign judges in war probe

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected a fresh appeal from the United Nations (UN) to allow international judges to investigate alleged war-era atrocities, vowing to not prosecute soldiers
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe/a-37814346
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/sri-lanka-rejects-un-call-for-foreign-judges-in-war-probe-1.1988758
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=161403

27 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lanka’s former president Kumaratunga complains of war widows abused by the military

Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga spoke of widespread exploitation, touching more than 80,000 women with children in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. The lack of livelihood makes them even more vulnerable. Although the military has denied any wrongdoing, in the past it has cracked down on troop misconduct
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Sri-Lanka’s-former-president-complains-of-war-widows-abused-by-the-military-40049.html

19 FEBRUARY 2017

Two more Sri Lankan Army officers remanded over Keith Noyahr Attack

The CID today arrested two more army personnel believed to be involved in the abduction and assault of Keith Noyahr, the former deputy editor of The Nation newspaper. They were subsequently remanded by the Mount Lavinia Magistrate till March 3
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/two-more-army-officers-remanded-over-keith-noyahr-attack/
https://asiancorrespondent.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-long-overdue-arrest-soldiers-journalists-2008-abduction/

14 FEBRUARY 2017

Sri Lankan president insists on retaining emergency powers

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has blocked a move to require a two-thirds parliamentary vote, rather than the current simple majority, to approve a presidential declaration of emergency. He ordered the removal of a clause to that effect in the proposed National Action Plan for Protection and Promotion of Human Rights
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/02/14/sril-f14.html

7 JANUARY 2017

At Least 25 Injured in Protest Over Chinese Special Industrial Zone in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police used water cannons to try to break up violent clashes between government supporters and villagers marching against what they say is a plan to take over private land for an industrial zone in which China will have a major stake
https://sputniknews.com/asia/201701071049362016-25-hurt-sri-lanka-protest-china/
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/sri-lanka/clashes-erupt-as-protesters-march-against-china-port-deal-1.1957780
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-01-07/sri-lankans-protest-china-port-deal/8168110?section=world

22 DECEMBER 2016

Sri Lanka’s economy marches slowly into 2017

Sri Lanka’s meandering economic progress received a boost in November 2016 with the announcement of the proposed 2017 budget
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/12/22/sri-lankas-economy-marches-slowly-into-2017/

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse is planning to break away from the ruling coalition, his brother announced on Thursday (Nov 17), a move that could threaten constitutional reforms seen as crucial to postwar reconciliation
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-s-ex-leader-to-lead-breakaway-from-coalition/3296954.html

26 OCTOBER 2016

General strike in northern Sri Lanka over police killing of students

Tamil people in northern Sri Lanka observed a general shutdown or “hartal” yesterday over the police killing of two Jaffna University students—Puwanraj Sulakshan from Chunnagam and Nadarajah Gajan from Kilinochchi—last Thursday night
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/10/26/jaff-o26.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/on-the-killing-of-jaffna-university-students-in-search-of-the-right-path/

22 SEPTEMBER 2016

The office on missing persons in Sri lanka : a new chapter or another empty promise ?

The OMP is an independent office with seven members appointed by the president on the recommendation of the Constitutional Council. The members of the OMP are meant to be independent individuals with expertise on human rights, international humanitarian law, humanitarian issues, fact-finding among other areas. There is also a fixed term of three years and limitation of two terms per member
https://globalvoices.org/2016/09/22/the-office-on-missing-persons-in-sri-lanka-a-new-chapter-or-another-empty-promise/

29 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka and Australia’s Strategic Defense Interests

Based on Australia’s Defense White Paper, the two countries can deepen strategic security cooperation
http://thediplomat.com/2016/08/sri-lanka-and-australias-strategic-defense-interests/

15 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lankan ex-president’s son accused of money-laundering

The eldest son of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been arrested on suspicion of money-laundering, his lawyer has said
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37089546

11 AUGUST 2016

Sri Lanka parliament endorses office to trace wartime missing

Sri Lanka’s parliament on Thursday passed a law to establish an office to trace people who disappeared during a 26-year war and another insurrection amid protests by former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s supporters in the chamber
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-parliament-endo/3035126.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/office-of-missing-persons-bill-passed-in-parliament-without-a-vote/

6 JULY 2016

Sri Lanka aims to demilitarise island by 2018

Sri Lanka intends to become completely demilitarised by 2018, the government said Wednesday, a significant announcement that will end the army’s involvement in civilian life after decades of ethnic
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lanka-aims-demilitarise-island-2018#sthash.c0HvyA9l.dpuf
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/2018-deadline-for-sri-lankan-military-to-quit-businesses

2 MAY 2016

Sri Lanka’s delicate balancing act

Sri Lanka’s former pro-Chinese ‘strongman’ President Mahinda Rajapaksa was voted out of office in January 2015. The new administration, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, is committed to more ‘balanced’ major power relations
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/05/02/sri-lankas-delicate-balancing-act/

15 MARCH 2016

Breaking Sri Lanka’s economic gridlock

The Sri Lankan economy appears to exist in a system that can evolve only through crisis. Optimistic policymakers, predicting that the country’s economic trajectory would self-correct, received a collective wake-up call in February with a sovereign rating downgrade by Fitch, even as the country made a formal approach to the IMF for a bailout package.
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/03/15/breaking-sri-lankas-economic-gridlock/

11 MARCH 2016

Colombo gives China green light to build port city

Despite months of protests by activists, fishermen and Catholics, and more environmental impact studies, China in the end got a green light to build the Colombo Port City, a planned offshore city next to the Sri Lankan capital
http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Colombo-gives-China-green-light-to-build-port-city-36926.html

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lankan nationalists protest UN rights chief’s visit on war crimes

Hundreds of hardline nationalists gathered outside the United Nations’ office in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Saturday to protest against a visit by the U.N. human rights chief who will assess Sri Lanka’s progress in prosecuting alleged war crimes.http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lankan-nationalists-p/2494738.html
https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/un-human-rights-chief-arrive

3 FEBRUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Fonseka joins government

Sri Lanka’s former army chief Sarath Fonseka on Wednesday joined the coalition government which has vowed to probe allegations of atrocities committed during the bloody finale of the island’s separatist war
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/sri-lankas-ex-army-chief-joins-government

30 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka arrests Yoshitha Rajapaksa, ex-president’s son over money laundering

Yoshitha Rajapaksa, a navy officer, was detained on Saturday following months of investigations into alleged financial irregularities linked to his private television channel Carlton Sports Network (CSN), police said. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-arrests-ex/2474022.html
http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=139529
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/01/sri-lanka-arrests-president-son-graft-charges-160130132046364.html

29 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka’s balancing act between India and Pakistan

After coming to power, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been busy mending fences with countries in the West and South Asia that got snubbed during the rule of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/sri-lankas-balancing-act-between-india-and-pakistan/

13 JANUARY 2016

Report card: Sri Lanka president falls short after one year at helm

The initial excitement among his supporters seems to have dampened after Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena completed his first year in office on Jan. 9. He’s being called to account for delivering a large number of pre-election promises which continue to be mostly rhetoric since his electoral triumph of 12 months ago.
http://atimes.com/2016/01/report-card-sri-lanka-president-falls-short-after-one-year-at-the-helm/

9 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka government proposes new constitution to devolve power

Sri Lanka’s new government on Saturday presented its plan for a new constitution aimed at devolving power and preventing the sort of ethnic tensions that led to a long and bitter civil war that ended in 2009
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/sri-lanka-government-prop/2412840.html
http://www.dw.com/en/sri-lanka-begins-process-of-writing-new-constitution-to-prevent-war/a-18968845

5 JANUARY 2016

Pakistan and Sri Lanka sign eight memoranda of understanding (MoU)

Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Tuesday inked eight memoranda of understanding (MoU) on the sidelines of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Sri Lanka
http://www.dawn.com/news/1230917/pakistan-sri-lanka-sign-eight-mous-for-bilateral-cooperation

3 JANUARY 2016

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Up to 100,000 people still living in camps six years after the end of Sri Lanka’s brutal ethnic war will be given land to build homes within six months, President Maithripala Sirisena told AFP Sunday
http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/1897823/sri-lanka-president-pledges-land-100000-war-victims

16 SEPTEMBER 2015

UN calls for special court to investigate Sri Lanka wartime atrocities

The U.N.’s top human rights official is urging the creation of a special court including foreign magistrates and investigators to look into atrocities committed during Sri Lanka’s civil war
http://asiancorrespondent.com/135619/un-calls-for-special-court-to-investigate-sri-lanka-wartime-atrocities/
http://atimes.com/2015/09/un-asks-sri-lanka-to-set-up-court-to-probe-civil-war-atrocities/

3 SEPTEMBER 2015

Tamil Lawmaker to Lead Opposition in Sri Lanka

An ethnic Tamil lawmaker was officially selected to lead the opposition in Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Thursday, becoming the first member of the island nation’s largest minority to hold the post in more than three décades
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/04/world/asia/sri-lanka-tamils-opposition.html?ref=asia&_r=1
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/09/sri-lanka-names-tamil-opposition-chief-decades-150903133205837.html

 

All about Bhutan

17 AUGUST 2019

India’s Modi holds talks with Bhutan counterpart

Thimphu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Lotay Tshering held wide ranging talks on Saturday during which they discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors as the two nations signed 10 MoUs to infuse new energy in their ties
https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/india/indias-modi-holds-talks-with-bhutan-counterpart-1.65864807
http://www.kuenselonline.com/lyonchhen-thanks-pm-modi-for-visiting-bhutan/
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/pm-modi-inaugurates-mangdechhu-hydroelectric-power-plant-in-bhutan/article29120270.ece?homepage=true

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Bhutan’s Balancing Act between China and India

Bhutan would have more room for balancing maneuvers as the Sino-India relationship is getting warmer. India would not hinder Bhutan’s balancing act unless it hurts India’s core interests. China, of course, is willing to pursue closer relations with Bhutan, the only country in South Asia which has no diplomatic ties with China
http://ippreview.com/index.php/Home/Blog/single/id/825.html

19 OCTOBER 2018

Bhutan Voters Opt for New Party to Form Government in Its Third General Election

As Bhutan went to the polls on Thursday 18, a large number of voters turned up with a majority opting for the new political party, Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa (DNT), which secured 55.1% of the total votes
https://thewire.in/south-asia/bhutan-elections-druk-nyamrup-tshogpa-dnt
http://www.kuenselonline.com/bhutan-votes-for-change/

17 SEPTEMBER 2018

Bhutan ruling party defeated in election

Bhutan’s prime minister conceded defeat Sunday after the ruling party was knocked out in the first round of the small Himalayan nation’s third-ever election
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-keeps-close-eye-as-bhutan-polls-spring-surprise-result/articleshow/65831694.cms

9 AUGUST 2017

India must stop trampling on Bhutan’s sovereignty

Marco Hung says if left to China and Bhutan, the Doklam border dispute could be easily resolved. Instead, an overbearing New Delhi, mistaking Bhutan as its ‘protectorate’, has just made things worse
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2106074/india-must-stop-trampling-bhutans-sovereignty

29 JULY 2017

Why tiny Bhutan remains the wild card in China’s border standoff with India

For more than a month now, Indian and Chinese troops have been caught up in a standoff on an obscure piece of Himalayan territory known as Dolam, which is disputed between Bhutan and China. The fundamental question is the location of the so-called triboundary point – where all three countries meet
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2104417/why-tiny-bhutan-remains-wild-card-chinas-border-standoff

29 JUNE 2017

Tiny Bhutan protests to China over road building in disputed territory

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has protested to its mighty neighbour China over road building in disputed territory that set off new frictions between Beijing and the Indian government on Thursday (June 29)http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/tiny-bhutan-protests-to-china-over-road-building-in-disputed-territory
http://www.beijingbulletin.com/news/253782652/bhutan-hopes-china-will-follow-bilateral-agreement-on-borders
http://www.sify.com/news/chinas-foray-into-tiny-bhutan-threatening-himalayan-peace-news-topnews-rg3ieMjgabajd.html

25 APRIL 2017

A judicious view of the emergence of modern Bhutan

The chief justice of a country emerging from a strongly monarchical past, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuck says the modernizing kingdom can find its own path
http://www.atimes.com/article/judicious-view-emergence-modern-bhutan/

23 NOVEMBER 2016

Bhutan’s upper house rejects 4-nation traffic deal

The National Council (Upper House) of Bhutan rejected a regional traffic agreement between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) over concerns for environmental pollution and security threat
http://www.chinadailyasia.com/asia/2016-11/23/content_15530421.html

15 OCTOBER 2016

The China factor in India–Bhutan relations

China’s increasingly cosy relations with Pakistan, and more recently Nepal, has concerned India for many years. The country now appears to be expanding its presence in the Himalayas through negotiations with another of India’s neighbours: Bhutan
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/10/15/the-china-factor-in-india-bhutan-relations/

24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Evaluating Bhutan’s development

With a population of less than one million and nestled in the eastern Himalayas, this small country has adopted the sustainable development approach of gross national happiness (GNH), a measure of wellbeing that differs markedly from traditional measures such as gross national product (GNP)
http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2016/09/24/evaluating-bhutans-development/

6 FEBRUARY 2016

Bhutan’s queen gives birth to a baby boy

Announcing the birth of The Gyalsey to the nation, Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay, said that it is the good fortune of the people of Bhutan that on this auspicious day His Royal Highness The Gyalsey is born, fulfilling the wishes and the prayers of the people.
http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutans-royal-couple-welcomes-first-child
http://www.kuenselonline.com/gyalsey-is-born-bhutan-receives-gift-most-precious/

19 AUGUST 2015

Bhutan reports US$42.87m of unused budget last year

In what is a matter of concern for planners and implementers, most government agencies continue to return a substantial amount of unused budgets to the finance ministry at the end of every fiscal year.

http://www.kuenselonline.com/nu-2-8b-of-total-budget-unused-last-year/

8 DECEMBER 2014

Bhutan for Bangladesh’s passage through India

Dhaka and Thimphu have sought Delhi’s cooperation in easing movement of trucks through Indian territory to expand bilateral trade and economic relations between Bangladesh and Bhutan
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bhutan-for-Bangladeshs-passage-through-India-68708.html

5 NOVEMBER 2014

Bhutan proposes 30% quota for women in political parties

At least 30 percent of the 47 seats in a political party should be reserved for women.This is among the 15 clauses in the Election Act to be proposed for amendment in the upcoming parliament session.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/Bhutan-proposes-30-quota-for-women-in-political-pa-67076.html

21 JULY 2014

Bhutan: small kingdom with big diplomacy

A small kingdom with 770,000 people nestled in the heart of the Himalayas and sandwiched by some 2.8 billion people from the world’s two most populous nations
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Bhutan-small-kingdom-with-big-diplomacy-30239031.html

27 DECEMBER 2013

Bhutan boost economy by powering India

So tiny Bhutan, with a new government looking for ways to grow the country’s economy, is not hesitating to tap its hydropower potential in collaboration with India. It hopes to increase the amount of electricity generated from the current 1,500MW to 10,000MW within seven years.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/bhutan-boost-economy-powering-india

2 AUGUST 2013

Bhutan’s ‘gross national happiness’ masks problems, says new prime minister

Bhutan’s lauded ‘gross national happiness’ is overused and masks problems with corruption and low standards of living in the country, according to the country’s new prime minister.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10217936/Bhutans-gross-national-happiness-masks-problems-says-new-prime-minister.html

26 JULY 2013

Bhutan’s Thinley still on the happiness trail

The defeat of former Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley’s party in the Himalayan nation’s second general election this month came as a surprise to most observers, given his international stature. However, in hindsight, the reasons are discernible, and point to popular disapproval of his aggressive pursuit of what can be termed as “Bhutanese exceptionalism.”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/South_Asia/SOU-01-260713.html

13 JULY 2013

Bhutan’s opposition party scores upset win

People’s Democratic Party storms to power after winning 32 seats out of 47 in nation’s second parliamentary elections.                        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/07/2013713125727754144.html              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/bhutan/10178571/Bhutan-opposition-sweeps-to-power.html

31 MAY 2013

Bhutanese brave mountains and monsoon for election

Voters in Bhutan braved heavy rain and treacherous mountain paths to cast their ballots on Friday as the “land of the thunder dragon” began electing a government for only the second time.                                                                                                           http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130531-426490.html

27 MARCH 2013

Bhutan’s second trip to the parliamentary polls

With its second general elections, Bhutan takes one more step towards securing its democratic gains.                                                                                         http://thediplomat.com/2013/03/27/bhutans-second-trip-to-the-parliamentary-polls/

30 JANUARY 2013

Booming Bhutan

The Happiest Place on Earth?                                                                                                                        http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/138797/john-berthelsen/booming-bhutan

26 JUNE 2012

Bhutan grieves for destroyed historic site

Bhutan is mourning the loss of Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, a four-century-old architectural wonder that had dramatically stood on a ridge at the confluence of two rivers before it burned to the ground over the weekend.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/26/world/asia/bhutan-dzong-fire/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

22 JUNE 2012

China, Bhutan look to establish formal ties

China and the remote Himalayan nation of Bhutan have agreed to establish diplomatic relations and resolve a long-standing border dispute, China’s foreign ministry said.
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120622-354801.html

4 FEBRUARY 2012

Indian Govt lifts ban on export of essential Bhutan items

Bhutan has expressed happiness over acceptance of its request of exemption from application of any export bans on essential commodities. India has exempted Bhutan from the application of ban on export milk powder, wheat, edible oil, pulses and non-Basmati rice
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=399062&catid=40

4 NOVEMBER 2011

South Asia’s fledgling democracy

Jigme Thinley, the prime minister of Bhutan, has told Al Jazeera that his people will seek guidance from the country’s king, who will be asked to intervene if the fledgling democracy encounters any major governing problems. Thinley’s statement has been criticised by Tshering Tobgay, an
opposition leader, who says it reflects a lack of trust and confidence in the government’s capabilities
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/11/201111310720643833.html

 

India and corruption

29 MARCH 2017

Corruption, nepotism, Kashmir: Democracy Indian style?

India is the world’s largest democracy, but does it live up to that promise? Tim Sebastian meets Indian MP Shashi Tharoor on Conflict Zone
http://www.dw.com/en/corruption-nepotism-kashmir-democracy-indian-style/a-38194900

9 DECEMBER 2016

AgustaWestland: India ex-air force boss arrested for bribery

Police in India have arrested former air force chief SP Tyagi over allegations of corruption in a luxury helicopter deal with Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-38264957

9 NOVEMBER 2016

India’s ‘surgical strike’ against corruption

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared 500 and 1000-rupee banknotes as invalid overnight. Reactions from Indian citizens to the decision ranged from a panic of buying to calmly accepting the inconvenience
http://www.dw.com/en/indias-surgical-strike-against-corruption/a-36328881
http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/india-andhra-cm-naidu-claims-credit-for-currency-move-1.1927019

18 MARCH 2016

Despite Stumble, Technology Still a Powerful Weapon in India’s Anti-Corruption Fight

When Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to majority power in 2014, the new prime minister promised immediate and sweeping reforms to curb corruption. Translating those promises to actions has been more difficult than Prime Minister Modi might have expected
http://cogitasia.com/despite-stumble-technology-still-a-powerful-weapon-in-indias-anti-corruption-fight/

27 JANUARY 2016

India’s leaders falling short of bold promises: Corruption Watchdog

Observing that India’s leaders “are falling short of their bold promises”, corruption watchdog Transparency International on Wednesday said that the index of corruption in the government for 2015 remained unchanged from the previous year
http://www.freepressjournal.in/indias-leaders-falling-short-of-bold-promises-watchdog/767121

09 APRIL 2015

India Satyam Computers: B Ramalinga Raju jailed for fraud

An Indian court has sentenced the former head of Satyam Computers and nine others to seven years in prison in one of the country’s biggest ever corporate scandals
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-32229847
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/04/indian-corporate-mogul-convicted-largest-fraud-case-150409144320551.html

29 OCTOBER 2014 

India hunts for ‘black money’ kept abroad

India’s government has handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/10/india-black-money-foreign-accounts-20141029134315523315.html

27 OCTOBER 2014

India reveals names in quest for hidden foreign assets

India’s government revealed Monday new names of seven people accused of illegally stashing funds in foreign bank accounts as it seeks to recover billions of untaxed dollars parked abroad.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/439930/india-reveals-names-in-quest-for-hidden-foreign-assets

28 FEBRUARY 2014

Subrata Roy: India detains Sahara group chief

One of India’s most flamboyant tycoons, Subrata Roy, has been taken into police custody after surrendering himself for arrest in a fraud case

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sahara-chief-Subrata-Roy-arrested-in-Lucknow/articleshow/31151724.cms

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26379739

14 FEBRUARY 2014

Delhi chief minister quits after corruption bill blocked

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi party sent shockwaves through India’s political establishment in local elections last year, quits to protest blocking of anti-corruption bill after fewer than 50 days in office http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10639605/Delhi-chief-minister-quits-after-corruption-bill-blocked.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-26192983

3 FEBRUARY 2014

Sonia Gandhi, PM tainted by chopper scam as note reveals Agusta was advised to target top leaders to win contract

The Congress is likely to be hit by the AgustaWestland letter bomb in the Parliament with revelations that a middleman in the scrapped VVIP helicopter deal had advised targeting people close to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, including the PM and some of her closest advisers, to win the contract.
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/agustawestland-vvip-chopper-scam-note-sonia-gandhi-manmohan-singh/1/341261.html?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=%2AAfPak%20Daily%20Brief&utm_campaign=South%20Asia%20Daily%202-3-14

31 JANUARY 2014

Indian Anti-Corruption Party Targets Ministers

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday named a string of high-ranking Indian politicians he described as corrupt and said his anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would target them in an upcoming general electionisgust over sleaze.
http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-indian-anti-corruption-party-targets-ministers/1841693.html

10 JANUARY 2014

India anti-corruption hotline overwhelmed by calls

An anti-corruption hotline launched by the Indian capital’s new graft-busting government was overwhelmed by thousands of calls on its first day, with the city’s top politician saying the response exceeded “all expectations.”

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/india-anti-corruption-hotline-overwhelmed-calls

1 JANUARY 2014

Indian president signs historic anti-graft law

India’s president took the final step to create a powerful anti-graft watchdog on Wednesday, signing it into law two years after a mass anti-corruption movement swept the country and galvanised politicians into action.

http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/indian-president-signs-historic-anti-graft-law

18 DECEMBER 2013

India passes ‘historic’ anti-graft bill

In a historic move, India’s parliament has passed the Lokpal bill that will create the institution of an independent ombudsman to look into cases of corruption in government.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2013/12/india-set-pass-anti-graft-bill-20131218681152833.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10524657/India-approves-anti-corruption-watchdog.html

3 DECEMBER 2013

The Free fall of Tarun Tejpal

The arrest of Tarun Tejpal, the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka magazine, for the alleged rape of a junior female employee, symbolizes the corruption that has poisoned India’s soul. Not too long ago, a woman was gang-raped and beaten unconscious a stone’s throw from the president’s opulent residence. She died soon after.

http://www.fairobserver.com/article/free-fall-tarun-tejpal

3 OCTOBER 2013

India corruption: Laloo Prasad Yadav jailed for five years

Lalu Prasad Yadav, a current member of India’s Parliament who is allied with the government, was also ordered on Thursday to pay a $40,000 fine after the special court in the eastern city of Ranchi convicted him of embezzling funds intended to buy food for cattle during his tenure as the top elected official in the state of Bihar in the mid-1990s.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/10/top-indian-politician-jailed-over-corruption-201310311227411304.html

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372877/indian-ex-minister-sentenced-to-five-years-for-graft

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24378032

30 SEPTEMBER 2013

Laloo Prasad Yadav: India ex-minister convicted in ‘fodder scam’

A former Indian minister, Laloo Prasad Yadav, has been sent to jail after he was convicted in a long-running corruption case.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24327548
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/372282/india-court-convicts-ruling-party-ally-in-1990s-graft-case

27 SEPTEMBER 2013

India’s Rahul Gandhi says order on criminal politicians ‘nonsense’

Rahul Gandhi, senior leader of India’s ruling Congress, has said a move by his party’s government to protect convicted MPs is “complete nonsense”.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-24295768

3 SEPTEMBER 2013

India PM says ‘nothing to hide’ in corruption probe

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared on Tuesday his embattled government has “nothing to hide” and was “making all efforts” to find missing files sought for a high-profile corruption probe.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/367805/india-pm-says-nothing-to-hide-in-corruption-probe

27 AUGUST 2013

India’s problem is with corruption, not poor growth models

The verbal duel between the two iconic Indian economists, Dr Jagdish Bhagwati and Dr Amartya Sen, has of late whipped up unprecedented attention in India’s media and could not have come at a more opportune moment — just ahead of the 2014 elections.

http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/08/27/indias-problem-is-with-corruption-not-poor-growth-models/

11 MAY 2013

India’s opposition calls on PM to resign

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

10 MAY 2013

India rail minister quits amid bribery claims

Unconfirmed resignation of PK Bansal may further damage reputation of scandal-hit government ahead of state elections.         http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2013/05/2013510142734461788.html

11 APRIL 2013

India Needs More Democracy, Not Less

Indians feel corruption now more than ever because of improved transparency: dirt is more visible where there is sunlight. Recently, agencies designed to increase government accountability, namely the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), have started to assert their independence. The CAG has eagerly brought to light scandals ranging from sweetheart deals for 2G telecommunications spectrum licenses to the murky distribution of coal mining licenses (leading to the scandal known as Coalgate). These institutions, and the vibrant and growing news media, have made it very difficult for the government to conduct its business as usual.  http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/139157/milan-vaishnav/india-needs-more-democracy-not-less

3 MARCH 2013

Advani asks BJP not to tolerate corruption, indiscipline

Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani Sunday urged party chief Rajnath Singh to adopt “zero tolerance” against corruption and cautioned party leaders against indiscipline and speaking out of turn before TV cameras.                                                                                            http://www.sify.com/news/advani-asks-bjp-not-to-tolerate-corruption-indiscipline-news-national-nddwaebabci.html

26 FEBRUARY 2013

India orders probe into $750m Finmeccanica helicopter deal

India’s top investigative agency is looking into the role a former air force chief played in a $750 million helicopter contract marred by reports of bribery.                                                                                                                                                                                  http://asiancorrespondent.com/99474/india-helicopter-deal-finmeccanica/

13 FEBRUARY 2013

India bribery scandal threatens to ground $750-million copter deal

India’s defense minister threatened Wednesday to cancel a $750-million helicopter deal with an Italian defense company if an official investigation proves contracts were secured through kickbacks, in the latest corruption scandal to hit the Congress Party-led government in advance of a 2014 general election.                                                                                                                     http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-india-helicopter-20120213,0,7057311.story?track=rss

12 FEBRUARY 2013

India’s CBI removes telecoms scandal prosecutor

India’s top investigation agency has removed a key member of its prosecution team from his post for alleged links with a suspect in a corruption scandal.                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-21421977

4 NOVEMBER 2012

India’s ruling Congress party holds massive rally after slew of corruption scandals

The leaders of India’s ruling Congress party addressed a rare gathering of hundreds of thousands of supporters on Sunday, attempting to reclaim lost political ground after being battered by a series of corruption scandals.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/indias-ruling-congress-party-holds-massive-rally-after-a-slew-of-corruption-scandals/2012/11/04/2880d054-2669-11e2-ac64-5d52a2c5953e_story.html

29 OCTOBER 2012

UPA ‘institutionalises’ corruption: Modi

Joining the ruling BJP’s election campaign in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today accused the Congress-led government at the Centre of “institutionalising corruption” and rewarding the corrupt.
http://www.thestatesman.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=428788&catid=36

2 OCTOBER 2012

Indian anti-corruption party launched

One of India’s most prominent anti-corruption campaigners launched a new political party on Tuesday, aiming to tap into a rich seam of public anger against the graft-tainted government
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9581361/Indian-anti-corruption-party-launched.html
http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20121002-375086.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19796415

10 SEPTEMBER 2012

Indian cartoonist jailed for mocking corruption

A political cartoonist whose drawings mock Indian government corruption has been jailed in a sedition investigation that was widely condemned as evidence of political leaders’ growing intolerance of criticism http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9533671/Indian-cartoonist-jailed-for-mocking-corruption.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19540565

4 SEPTEMBER 2012

‘Coalgate’ row: India police raid coal firms

Police in India have carried out raids across 10 cities as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in the allocation of coalfields.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19472940
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19463728

27 AUGUST 2012

Under fire, India’s prime minister defends no-bid coal awards

India’s beleaguered prime minister, Manmohan Singh, on Monday sought to defend allocations of coal fields without competitive bidding as opposition lawmakers called for his resignation over an audit report that says the exchequer may have lost up to $33 billion by not auctioning off the mines. http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/27/world/asia/india-coal-scandal/index.html?hpt=ias_c2http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/201282710322557785.html

26 AUGUST 2012

India coal scandal: Hundreds protest against PM Singh

Police in the Indian capital Delhi have baton-charged hundreds of anti-corruption protesters angered by the government’s sale of coalfields without open bidding.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-19385949

22 AUGUST 2012

Indian opposition to block parliament until PM resigns

India’s opposition vowed on Wednesday to block parliamentary proceedings until the prime minister resigned over a coal scandal, raising the prospect of more legislative deadlock and stalled reform
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1221464/1/.html

13 AUGUST 2012

India yoga guru detained at anti-graft rally

Celebrity activist Baba Ramdev arrested after speaking to 10,000 supporters during anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/08/201281311322393643.html http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120813-365168.html

10 AUGUST 2012

Indian minister says bureaucrats ‘can steal a little’

A provincial minister in India’s most populous state has sparked a scandal after suggesting to bureaucrats that they could “steal a little” if they performed well in their duties.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9467018/Indian-minister-says-bureaucrats-can-steal-a-little.html

3 AUGUST 2012

Corruption’s Reach in India Spawns New Political Party

The anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare and his team said Friday that they plan to create a “political alternative” for India in the form of a new political party. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/03/corruptions-reach-in-india-spawns-new-political-party/?ref=asia

29 JULY 2012

Anna Hazare begins fifth hunger strike in 16 months

Anna Hazare, the Indian activist, began his fifth hunger strike in 16 months on Sunday as he pushes for strong anti-graft legislation.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/9436316/Anna-Hazare-begins-fifth-hunger-strike-in-16-months.html
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1216398/1/.html

22 MARCH 2012

Singh under fire over new India scandal

India’s coalition government was rocked by a fresh corruption scandal on Thursday after it was accused of forgoing $210bn in potential revenues by selling coal assets too cheaply to some of the country’s top industrialists
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/aa9d2684-73f2-11e1-bcec-00144feab49a.html#axzz1pmwni98T

13 FEBRUARY 2012

India ‘loses $500bn to tax havens’

The chief of India’s federal investigation agency says Indians have illegally deposited an estimated $500bn in overseas tax havens
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-17013314

2 FEBRUARY 2012

India court cancels 122 telecom licences

The licences were issued by former minister A Raja, who is accused of mis-selling bandwidth in what has been called India’s biggest corruption scandal. Mr Raja denies wrongdoing http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16848844
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/02/world/asia/india-phone-scandal/index.html?hpt=ias_c2

27 DECEMBER 2011

Indian anti-corruption activist begins fast

Government faces pressure from Hazare and opposition over bid to pass controversial law creating independent ombudsman
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/12/201112279553699244.html
http://www.english.rfi.fr/asia-pacific/20111227-india-anti-corruption-activist-anna-hazare-begins-fast-lokpal-bill-debated

14 DECEMBER 2011

India holds all-party meeting on anti-corruption bill

India’s government is holding a key all-party meeting to build consensus on a new anti-corruption bill
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-16172942

20 NOVEMBER 2011

Battle against corruption to continue: Advani

Seeking to corner the government on the issue of black money and daring it to come clean, BJP leader L.K. Advani on Sunday said that all NDA MPs will give a declaration during the Parliament session commencing next week stating that they do not possess any illegal wealth or bank accounts outside India
http://www.asianage.com/india/battle-against-corruption-continue-advani-392

11 NOVEMBER 2011

Ex-minister A. Raja on trial in India for corruption

A Raja, who was telecoms minister from 2007 to 2010, is the central figure in a case that has rocked Manmohan Singh’s administration and helped make corruption one of the country’s hottest political issues.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2011/11/201111116207854453.html

31 OCTOBER 2011

Once Revered, Business Icon is Now Reviled

Since federal prosecutors charged Rajat Gupta, a former managing director of McKinsey & Co., last week with securities fraud in New York, passionate debate has raged in India about his motives and his legacy. His stunning fall from grace has inspired everything from soul-searching to conspiracy theories to folksy explanations of the charges.
http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/31/once-revered-business-icon-is-now-reviled/?ref=asia

28 OCTOBER 2011

Corruption Scandals, Market Drops Hit India’s Rich

India’s 100 richest are nearly $60 billion poorer than they were last year, Forbes said Thursday in its annual wealth survey
http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/10/28/corruption-scandals-market-drops-hit-indias-rich/

15 OCTOBER 2011

India: BJP ex-chief minister arrested over kickbacks

A top Indian politician has been arrested over a multi-million dollar corruption scandal. BS Yeddyurappa, former chief minister of the southern state of Karnataka, has been accused of accepting kickbacks for selling government land.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-15322445

6 SEPTEMBER 2011

Indian MP arrested over bribery scandal

Indian police have arrested a high-profile member of parliament on charges that he bribed several lawmakers to support the government in a crucial confidence vote three years ago. Tuesday’s arrest of Amar Singh, in the so-called “cash-for-votes” case, brought immediate demands by opposition leaders for the Congress-led government to say who in its party was behind the alleged bribery.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2011/09/201196155349256188.html

25 AUGUST 2011

India graft: Four MPs are charged over ‘rigged’ vote

Four Indian MPs have been charged for their role in an alleged cash-for-votes scandal during a crucial confidence vote in 2008, police say.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14649639

3 AUGUST 2011

Karnataka mining scandal: Yeddyurappa faces probe

The governor of India’s Karnataka state has ordered a criminal investigation against a former chief minister indicted in a mining scandal.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-14384315

27 APRIL 2011

Graft charge strains India’s ruling coalition

India’s top anti-graft agency has charged Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi’s favourite daughter in a multibillion-dollar telco scandal probe. Analysts warn this may open fissures between the Congress party-led government and its chief ally, Karunanidhi’s DMK Party.
http://www.asianewsnet.net/home/news.php?id=18634&sec=1

25 APRIL 2011

Indian games chief arrested in graft probe

Suresh Kalmadi, the Indian politician who presided over New Delhi’s controversial Commonwealth Games last year, has been arrested for allegedly fixing the contract for procuring equipment for the competition.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/4177577a-6f51-11e0-952c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1KZD7dsEb
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-13194855

3 APRIL 2011

India telecoms minister and chiefs charged

India’s former telecommunications minister and senior industry executives have been charged over their suspected roles in rigging the award of telecoms licences. The action escalates the response to a corruption scandal that has both deeply
embarrassed and paralysed the government.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b5a01fb0-5e1c-11e0-b1d8-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=a6dfcf08-9c79-11da-8762-0000779e2340.html#axzz1KZD7dsEb