More terror times for Pakistan?

More terror times for Pakistan?

With the January 20 terror attack on a university in northern Pakistan and militant groups splintering into breakaway factions, the fight against terrorism in South Asia will grow more complicated in the near future. Near the city of Peshawar, armed militants stormed Bacha Khan University in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Pakistani security forces battled for […]

Man slices off wife’s nose

Man slices off wife’s nose

KABUL (Afghanistan) – A photograph of an Afghan woman whose nose was sliced off by her husband in a fit of rage has sparked revulsion across the country, with activists demanding punishment for the “barbaric act”. Reza Gul, 20, was rushed to hospital after she was attacked with a pocket knife on Sunday by her […]

Pakistan depends on China to bolster ageing Navy fleet

Pakistan depends on  China to bolster ageing Navy fleet

Is the Pakistani Navy in trouble? Reports say that Pakistan’s naval modernization plans aren’t taking off. No discernible progress is being made on efforts to modernize and expand the surface and sub-surface fleet, says Defense News. Pakistan is trying to beef up the security of its deepwater port of Gwadar, and the fear is that […]

‘Indian leaders should be vigilant about minority rights’

‘Indian leaders should be vigilant about minority rights’

NEW DELHI – United States Undersecretary for civilian security, Dr Sarah Sewall expressed concern on Thursday about recent incidents of violence in India against religious minorities, urging national leaders to be vigilant in protecting the right of Indians to freedom of worship. India’s archaic stance on same sex relationships is also a sticky point in […]

Is Sri Lanka buying Pak, not Indian war planes?

Is Sri Lanka buying Pak, not Indian war planes?

During the Pakistan Prime Minister’s January state visit to Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are reported to have sealed a ‘landmark deal’ for the purchase of eight Pakistan-China built fighter planes. (Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft). This defence deal, would make Sri […]

Is India playing the ‘Sikkim game’ in Nepal?

Is India playing the ‘Sikkim game’ in Nepal?

Are certain Nepali politicians  shallow ambitions helping India’ to subjugate Nepal in the same way it swallowed Sikkim ? Conspiracy theory?  Well, this is a theme being played by a section of media in Nepal. The Nepalese feel that India is giving more than just tacit support to the unrest in the Terai region that borders Bihar, […]

Pakistan’s hangmen strive for grisly record: from 0 to 300 in 365 days…

Pakistan’s hangmen strive for grisly record: from 0 to 300 in 365 days…

Karachi : Pakistan may achieve the infamous milestone of becoming one of the world’s top executioners, with almost 300 inmates already put to death this year and thousands more waiting. Pakistan’s independent Human Rights Commission says 295 people have been hanged in the country — a new record — since December last year, while Amnesty […]

Pope Francis to Central Africa: ‘No to hatred and violence!’

Pope Francis to Central Africa: ‘No to hatred and violence!’

Pope Francis is the first Vatican prelate ever to visit conflict zones. He walks the talk of peace in Bangui , the capital of the volatile Central African Republic, a place fraught with sectarian violence and division: Christian versus Muslim. “Allah ho Akbar, God is great” the jubiliant crowds called out in Arabic to Pope […]

Viki-leaks: Italian Journalists vs the Vatican

Viki-leaks: Italian Journalists vs the Vatican

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Vatican to drop charges against Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi. The journalists are due to face a trial Tuesday over claims they pressured a source to “obtain and publish confidential information” in their respective books alleging corruption, according to a statement by the Vatican. […]

Facebook shut down as Bangladesh braces for violence

Facebook shut down as Bangladesh braces for violence

Dhaka – Brace for more violent clashes in Bangladesh. Bangladesh will proceed to hang till death two powerful ‘opposition leaders’ for violent crimes committed over 40 years ago. They are set to be hanged within days after losing final appeals to overturn their death sentences, the justice minister said Friday, 20 November, as authorities completed […]

Miffed with bossy big brother India, Nepal ties rakhi on China hand

Miffed with bossy big brother India, Nepal ties rakhi on China hand

New Delhi: It’s a first. Nepal appears to have stood up to what it sees as the Modi government’s bullying tactics, and has bought petrol fuel from China after 40 long years. India’s strategic establishment was scrambling this evening to counter Nepal’s biggest diplomatic swerve away from New Delhi in years after Kathmandu inked a […]

Russia’s ‘priest out of the closet’ faces tough times ahead

Russia’s ‘priest out of the closet’ faces tough times ahead

For a decade, Orthodox priest Artyom Vechelkovsky taught at a religious seminary in the city of Samara. He says that his colleagues knew that he was gay, but accepted him and valued his work. But in the current climate of rising antigay sentiment in Russia, church officials suddenly decided to dismiss him, according to a […]