SOUTH ASIA

  • Nepal PM congratulates Aamir Khan on being appointed as the new Unicef Ambassador for nutrition in South Asia October 10, 2014

    Kathmandu: Though some substantive achievement has been made in the region for overall development of children, compared with developed nations, South Asia needs to do more, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said here. The prime minister made the observation during his meeting here Thursday with the newly appointed Unicef Ambassador for...
  • Indian economy to grow by 6.4 per cent in 2015-16: World Bank October 7, 2014

    Washington: Indian economy, which accounts for 80 per cent of South Asia's output, is set to grow by 6.4 per cent in 2015-16 as against 5.6 per cent in 2014-15, the World Bank has said. With economic activity buoyed by expectations from the new elected government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,...
  • Pakistani Taliban declare allegiance to Islamic State and global jihad October 5, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban declared allegiance to Islamic State on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the Middle Eastern jihadist group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate. Islamic State, which controls swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into South...
  • New al Qaeda wing in South Asia claims major attack September 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Al Qaeda's South Asia wing has claimed responsibility for hijacking a Pakistani naval ship and trying to use it to fire rockets at US vessels in the Arabian Sea, in the first major assault by the newly created group. The SITE monitoring service quoted its spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, as saying...
  • China on track to develop Indian Railways as President Xi heads to South Asia September 14, 2014

    New Delhi/Beijing: China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than diplomatic nicety to the neighbours' first summit since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May. The leaders of Asia's three biggest economies China, India...
  • India and China in wary dance as Xi visits South Asia September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: China's president will kick off his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing's latest investment in Sri Lanka, a $1.4billion port city development to include a marina and a Formula One track all just 250 kilometres from India's coast. Xi Jinping's trip to the site, next...
  • After Syria and Iraq, Islamic State makes inroads in South Asia September 7, 2014

    Peshawar/Dera: Islamic State pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultraradical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamatul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the wellfunded and...
  • Japanese PM Shinzo Abe begins South Asia trip September 6, 2014

    Tokyo: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka on Saturday in a move to boost Japan's trade and investment in the counties. Abe will hold talks with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Saturday in Dhaka and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo Sunday, Xinhua reported. "I...
  • India home to one in every three child brides in the world: UN report July 22, 2014

    United Nations: India has the sixth highest prevalence of child marriage in the world with one in every three child bride living in India, a United Nations report said. Child marriage among girls is most common in South Asia and subSaharan Africa and India is among the top 10 countries with...
  • US officials hail Modi's steps to firm up ties with neighbours July 17, 2014

    Washington: Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's steps to improve ties with SAARC countries, top US officials, eminent South Asia experts and lawmakers have said he has shown firm commitment towards strengthening India's relations with its neighbours, including Pakistan. "When Prime Minister Modi invited the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif,...
  • China invites Modi for APEC summit but rivalry simmers July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Chinese President Xi Jinping invited India on Tuesday to attend a summit of the APEC trade group in November, sending a message of cooperation during the first meeting between the new leaders of the world's most populous countries. But behind the smiles at Xi's 80minute meeting with Prime Minister...
  • More terror related deaths under NDA than UPA, claims Congress ad April 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Congress's new advertisement on Twitter has landed the party in a fresh controversy. The ad claims there have been less terror-related deaths under the United Progressive Alliance's (UPA) rule as compared to the National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) rule. The ad titled 'Keeping India Safer' shows that under the...
  • These photos of Sachin Tendulkar demonstrating batting techniques to blind children will melt your heart March 5, 2014

    Sachin Tendulkar, Brand Ambassador, UNICEF South Asia Region, demonstrated batting techniques to visually impaired children at a blind school near Mandangad in Ratnagiri district on March 4, 2014. These PTI photos showed him also demonstrating hand washing to visually impaired children. ...
  • SAARC members should put aside differences, says Manish Tewari September 7, 2013

    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari Saturday said members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) should put aside their "little differences" to reap dividends. He said the members would benefit politically and also strengthen their economies if they could leave their differences behind for they had demographic...
  • Manish Tewari's suggestion of licensing journalists is against freedom of expression: SAMC August 23, 2013

    South Asia Media Commission on Friday said Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari's suggestion of licensing journalists was against the right of freedom of expression. It said media organisations would do well to formulate a credible plan for a mechanism at the professional level at the earliest as "the delay on...
  • China under Xi will not 'dodge disputes' with neighbours: Yang August 16, 2013

    Beijing: China under the new leadership will not "dodge disputes" with neighbours and forsake its core national interests, a top Chinese diplomat said on Friday, making it clear that no country should expect Beijing to swallow the "bitter fruit" undermining its sovereignty and security. In an article carried by the state...
  • LoC should become line of cooperation, says Mufti June 24, 2013

    Jammu: Pointing out at shifts in strategic factors of South Asia, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday insisted that whichever party comes to power after the next general elections will have to address the Kashmir problem. "Any government that comes into power at the Centre after next elections will have...
  • India receives $ 69 bn in remittances; tops global list April 20, 2013

    Washington: India received $69 billion remittance in 2012, the highest in the world, followed by China with $60 billion and the Philippines $24 billion, World Bank data showed. Other major recipients of foreign remittances were Mexico with $23 billion and Nigeria and Egypt with $21 billion each, according to the...
  • US backs India's emergence as regional anchor April 12, 2013

    Washington: Rebalancing its security posture in the AsiaPacific region, the US says it is investing in a longterm strategic partnership with India to support its ability to serve as a regional economic anchor and security provider. The US defence department's "commitment to the AsiaPacific region is part of a broader US...
  • Bharti Airtel says India CEO Sanjay Kapoor to quit January 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharti Airtel, India's top mobile phone carrier, said on Tuesday Sanjay Kapoor, its chief executive for India and South Asia, will leave the company on February 28. Gopal Vittal, currently group director of special projects, will take over as the company's India CEO, effective March 1, it said...
  • 13 journalists killed in Pak, five in India in 2012 December 30, 2012

    New Delhi: Pakistan saw the highest number of journalists losing their lives in South Asia with 13 of them dying in the line of duty, followed by India with five among a total of 25 mediapersons falling victim to violence. "In 2012, South Asia, the most volatile region, mourned the...
  • 'Core of al Qaeda degraded in South Asia' December 20, 2012

    Washington: The core of al Qaeda has seriously degraded in South Asia, a top American counterterrorism official has said, noting that the US has removed 20 of its top 30 leaders. "In South Asia, al Qaeda's core has been seriously degraded. Without a doubt, Osama bin Laden's departure from the scene...
  • China a major concern than Pakistan: Khurshid December 16, 2012

    On Board Special Aircraft: India on Sunday said China was a "major concern" than Pakistan given the power it has to impact the country in various spheres. Noting that China was necessarily more important in terms of India's global vision and the ties between the two countries can impact the...
  • 6 writers shortlisted for the Tibor Jones prize December 6, 2012

    London: Six shortlisted candidates are today announced for the 2013 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. Manuscripts by Avni Doshi (Girl in White Cotton), Ayesha Heble (Third Person Singular), Devdan Chaudhuri (Anatomy of Self), Kanza Javed (Ashes, Wine and Dust), Minakshi Thakur (Lovers Like You and I), and Sanjay Lafont (Arjun)...
  • Colonial period's archival information now online November 8, 2012

    New Delhi: Looking for an online archive of primary research material on South Asia? Now, here's a resource to uncover the history of the region with digital access to over five million pages of primary and secondary sources. Named South Asia Archive, the resource spanning from 1750s to 1950s brings together...
  • Literary fests new tool of diplomacy in S Asia May 28, 2012

    New Delhi: Literature, the soul of cultural exchange, is giving conventional diplomacy a run for its space in South Asia with the mushrooming literary festivals that are provoking, discussing and building new bridges across cultures. Five major literature festivals the Jaipur Literature Festival, Mountain Echoes in Bhutan, the Kathmandu Literary...
  • '7 pc antimalarial drugs sold in India fake' May 23, 2012

    New Delhi: A new study by UKbased medical journal Lancet has found that seven per cent of antimalarial drugs tested in India are of poor quality and many are fake. The study goes on to say that 1 in every 3 antimalarial drugs sold in southeast Asia are also fake....
  • British award for two Indian novelists January 18, 2012

    New Delhi: Cultural ties between India and Britain received a new boost with leading Londonbased literary agency Tibor Jones and the prestigious Foyles Bookstore honouring two emerging south Asian fiction writers, Sri Kumar Sen and Rohit Manchanda, with the maiden Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. The prizes, to be given annually,...
  • Military expenses in S Asia increased by 50 pc January 11, 2012

    Washington: In 10 years from 1995 to 2005, the military expenditure in South Asia increased by 50 per cent, and one in every 10 military personnel in the world are in this part of the globe, a US report has said. "From 1995 to 2005, the military expenditures of the states...
  • Handbook of Modernity in South Asia is pathbreaking January 5, 2012

    Saurabh Dube's 'Handbook of Modernity in South Asia' is a significant contribution to the study of modernity and globalization in South Asia. The book has contributions by wellknown historians and anthropologists. Combining a variety of disciplines and perspectives, the handbook interprets modernity as a contradictory process and probes its history....