Indian tycoon’s dash to meet Sharif sparks speculation about Indo-Pak rapprochement

Indian tycoon’s dash to meet Sharif sparks speculation about Indo-Pak rapprochement

Islamabad, April 29 (Dawn): Moving away from the meeting's agenda, members of the opposition present during a session of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Friday questioned why the government had remained silent regarding the visit of Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal. An unannounced meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and a visiting Indian business tycoon at...

A third of foreign patients in Indian hospitals are Bangladeshis

A third of foreign patients in Indian hospitals are Bangladeshis

Kolkata, April 27 (Business Standard): Of the 460,000 inbound patients in Indian hospitals, more than 165,000 were from Bangladesh, which means one in three foreign patients was from Bangladesh. They bought over $343 million worth of services, Indian newspaper Business Standard says quoting the Directorate-General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics. More than 58,000 medical visas were issued in that period...

Total shut down in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority province on missing persons’ issue

Total shut down in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority province on missing persons’ issue

Colombo, April 27 (newsin.asia) Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province observed a total hartal on Thursday in protest against the government’s inaction as regards the tracing of thousands of persons who went missing in the 30-war between government forces and Tamil militant outfits. The hartal, called by the Tamil Peoples’ Council led by the Chief Minister of the province C.V.Wigneswaran, and...

Academia’s neglect of India’s military history could lead to misappropriation and misuse

Academia’s neglect of India’s military history could lead to misappropriation and misuse

By Srinath Raghavan/The Hindustan Times A little over six months ago, the government announced an international competition to design a “National War Memorial” in New Delhi. The memorial is intended to honour all Indian soldiers who served in the various wars and counter-insurgency campaigns from 1947 onwards. While the demand for a war memorial has been voiced periodically, there has...

Muddled thinking on Trincomalee oil tanks

Muddled thinking on Trincomalee oil tanks

By P.K.Balachandran/DailyFT Colombo, April 25: Muddled thinking has marked approaches to the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm ever since the 99 giant but rusting and unused tanks of World War II vintage were handed over to India in 2003 on lease for 35 years. The agreement signed on February 7, 2003, envisaged the transfer of all the 99 tanks and the...

BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh cancels 15 holidays including those for Eid Milad-un-Nabi and Jummat-ul-Wida

BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh cancels 15 holidays including those for Eid Milad-un-Nabi and Jummat-ul-Wida

Lucknow, April 27 (BBC Urdu): The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh's (UP) Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) led government has announced an end to holidays for Eid Milad-un-Nabi, Jummat-ul-Wida, and 15 other public holidays. The announcement was made on Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's Twitter account on Tuesday. Besides the aforementioned holidays, days off to celebrate the birth of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti,...

India and Sri Lanka sign MOU on several joint venture economic projects

India and Sri Lanka sign MOU on several joint venture economic projects

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, April 26 (www.bdnews24.com): India and Sri Lanka on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Economic Projects” during the on-going visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India. The MoU envisages joint ventures in several areas of development. Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, welcomed the signing of the MoU...

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