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PM Modi’s Visit To Coronavirus-Hit Bangladesh Put Off

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much anticipated visit to Bangladesh for the birth centenary celebrations of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman is off after Dhaka postponed the inaugural ceremony slated for March 17 after three people tested positive for the Coronavirus in Bangladesh on Sunday. In a statement issued late Monday evening, the Ministry of External […]Read More

Couple With IS Links Using Citizenship Law Protests To Trigger

NEW DELHI: Evidence of the Islamic State’s presence  in India has always been thin, despite the much publicised “Wilayat of Hind” declaration in February last year by its news agency Amaq.  That declaration also coincided with the killing of one Ishfaq Ahmed Sofi by security forces in Shopian, South Kashmir.  Sofi had declared his allegiance […]Read More

Ola Drives Into London With Fanfare But Will Passengers Continue

NEW DELHI: “Namastey London” is the title of a Bollywood film that was released over a decade ago. The title was attractive enough for Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder of Ola cabs, to use it when he opened Ola operations in the British capital last month. The London launch was the culmination of global foray by the Bengaluru-based company which saw […]Read More

U.S.-Taliban Deal: For All The Wrong Reasons… Or The Right

NEW DELHI: As U.S. troops marched into Kabul alongside the rag-tag militia of the Northern Alliance in 2001 and the Taliban melted away into the countryside, Afghan émigrés from across the world came flooding back into the city. Kabul Inter-Continental hotel was a hive of activity; the well-heeled, foreign-educated Afghan rubbing shoulders with powerful warlords […]Read More

‘We Need To Sit Down And Find Solutions To Contain

PUNE: For tourism dependent countries such as the Maldives the coronavirus emanating from China poses a huge challenge and Fayyaz Ismail, Minister Of Economic Development In The Maldives believes that containing the coronavirus should be the key priority at the moment. Speaking to Ashwin Ahmad, the minister said that Asian nations needed to become more […]Read More

Malaysia’s New PM Could Get Back To Old Politics

NEW DELHI: The last time Malaysia hit the headlines in India it was when its prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said India had invaded Kashmir, and joined hands with Imran Khan next door. The last word on Malaysia in the same media was about India shutting the doors on the import of palm oil from that country. […]Read More