South Asia and Beyond

For Loan Revival, Pakistan Has To Do More: IMF

Pakistan’s Rs 9.5 trillion budget for the next financial year notwithstanding, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says more measures would be needed to bring the country’s budget in line with key objectives of the $6 billion programme. A senior government functionary said that the IMF’s main concerns were about the personal income tax rates, fuel […]Read More

Sri Lanka Wants Change In China Currency Swap Deal

Battling its worst economic crisis, Sri Lanka is talking to China to amend the terms and conditions of the US $1.5 billion currency swap deal so that it can be used, reports the Daily Mirror, quoting a ‘top source’. As per the terms and conditions in the agreement, it cannot be used unless Sri Lanka […]Read More

‘Taiwan’s Missiles Can Hit China’

A top politician in Taiwan has warned that the island’s government had missiles capable of targeting Beijing and that it would defend itself from an invasion by China’s communist regime. Parliamentary Speaker You Si-kun said that Taiwan had supersonic cruise missiles capable of striking Beijing should China’s communist regime invade. “Yun Feng missiles can already […]Read More

Efforts To Engage Kabul Near Dead End: Afghan Envoy

The international community’s efforts to engage with the Islamic Emirate have come to a deadlock, says Nasir A. Andisha, the permanent envoy of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Human rights violations, women being excluded from work and education and restrictions on women have caused the international community to get frustrated with the Islamic Emirate, he […]Read More

“Navy’s Operational Readiness, Combat Efficiency Non-Negotiable; Women ‘Agniveers’ To Be

NEW DELHI: On #TheGist, Vice Admiral Dinesh K. Tripathi, Chief of Personnel, Indian Navy in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. “We are taking steps for smooth integration of ‘Agniveers’ and “this excellent combination of youth and experience combined together will ensure the operational readiness of the fleets and our units are […]Read More

“A Brand New Canvas To Paint The Picture Of A

NEW DELHI: On #TheGist, Air Marshal S.K.Jha, Air Officer-in-Charge, Personnel(AOP), Indian Air Force(IAF), in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. “We will start reaping the benefits right from the time these youngsters start coming to us for training,” Air Marshal Jha says, adding, “it will give us an opportunity to mould the […]Read More

‘Agnipath’ Soldier Recruitment: “Operational Efficiency, Upgrading Fighting Skills Remain Central”

NEW DELHI: On #TheGist, Lt Gen A.K. Bhatt (Retd), Director General, Indian Space Association, Former DG Military Operations, Former 15 Corps Commander and Ex-Military Secretary in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Lt Gen Bhatt discusses the ‘Agnipath’ recruitment scheme for the armed forces at the soldier level. 75 % of soldiers(recruited […]Read More

Too Early To Discuss Magnitude Of Financing To Sri Lanka:

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it is planning an in-person mission to Colombo in the coming weeks. The team will engage in policy discussions on the IMF-supported programme, said spokesperson Gerry Rice, adding that IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva has spoken to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “We are engaging as much […]Read More