Ex-Maldivian Prez Nasheed constitutionally barred from contesting 2018 election

Ex-Maldivian Prez Nasheed constitutionally barred from contesting 2018 election

Colombo, December 4 (newsin.asia): Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, the Jumhoori Party leader Gasim Ibrahim, and Sheikh Imran, leader of the Adalaath Party, cannot contest the September 2018 Maldivian Presidential election because they do not qualify to do so under the constitution of the country, the Maldivian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef, said […]

Maldivian Govt justifies fast tracking FTA with China in the face opposition flak

Maldivian Govt justifies fast tracking FTA with China in the face opposition flak

Colombo, November 30 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian government has justified fast tracking a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China in the face of heavy flak from the opposition Maldives Democratic Party (MDP). Economic Development Minister Mohamed Saeed told the media on Wednesday after the FTA was approved by parliament, that the pact has opened the world’s […]

Two terrorists vitiate India-Pakistan relations

Two terrorists vitiate India-Pakistan relations

Colombo, November 25 : Hafiz Saeed and Masood Azhar, two prominent Pakistani terrorists, have vitiated all efforts to improve relations between India and Pakistan, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily FT. Efforts by civilian governments in Pakistan to improve relations with India have floundered on the twin issues of Kashmir and cross-border terrorism. When it comes to […]

Maldives awards major housing contract to Chinese firm

Maldives awards major housing contract to Chinese firm

Wuhan, November 23, (Xinhua): Construction has started on 7,000 affordable houses in Hulhumale, a reclaimed sland in the Maldives, said China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co., Ltd.”We have won the contract with our strong design and construction capacity. We also highlighted environmental protection in housing designs and won recognition of local firms,” said Li Wenduo, […]

Pakistan says no to use of Chinese currency in Gwadar Free Trade Zone

Pakistan says no to use of Chinese currency in Gwadar Free Trade Zone

Islamabad, November 21 (Express Tribune): Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic sovereignty’. Pakistan conveyed its final position on the use of the foreign currency in its territory to the […]

Settle Rohingya issue bilaterally with Myanmar: China tells Bangladesh

Settle Rohingya issue bilaterally with Myanmar: China tells Bangladesh

Dhaka, November 19 (newsin.asia): Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi  has told the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that Bangladesh must settle the Rohingya refugees’ issue with Myanmar bilaterally “through dialogue and discussion.” Wang met Hasina here, en route to Naypyitaw, the capital of Myanmar, to attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (AEM) of Foreign Ministers to be […]

Lanka revises payment schedule for Chinese investment in Hambantota port

Lanka revises payment schedule for Chinese investment in Hambantota port

Colombo, November 16 (LBO): Sri Lanka’s cabinet revealed that Ports Minister sought cabinet approval to amend the current concession agreement of the Hambantota Port. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said on 15 November that the Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe sought their approval to amend the current concession agreement and to sign an additional agreement. According to […]

Sovereignty a stumbling block for West’s efforts to solve Rohingya issue

Sovereignty a stumbling block for West’s efforts to solve Rohingya issue

Colombo, November 9: The notion of “national sovereignty” is acting as a stumbling block in efforts by the UN and the Western powers to find a solution to the Rohingya refugee issue facing Myanmar and Bangladesh, writes P.K.Balachandrab in Daily Express. The 15 member UN Security Council was expected to pass a resolution critical of […]