South Asia

  • China on track to develop Indian Railways as President Xi heads to South Asia 5 days ago

    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 $1.4-billion 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 ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda. A splinter group of Pakistan's Taliban insurgents, Jamat-ul Ahrar, has already declared its support for the well-funded 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 sub-Saharan 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 80-minute 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 Asia-Pacific region, the US says it is investing in a long-term 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 Asia-Pacific 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 counter-terrorism 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 anti-malarial drugs sold in India fake' May 23, 2012

    New Delhi: A new study by UK-based medical journal Lancet has found that seven per cent of anti-malarial drugs tested in India are of poor quality and many are fake. The study goes on to say that 1 in every 3 anti-malarial drugs sold in southeast Asia are also fake....
  • 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 well-known historians and anthropologists. Combining a variety of disciplines and perspectives, the handbook interprets modernity as a contradictory process and probes its history....
  • US: Nancy Powell nominated Ambassador to India December 17, 2011

    Washington: Nancy J Powell, a career diplomat with wide experience in South Asia, has been named by US President Barack Obama as the next ambassador to India, the first woman to be nominated for the coveted post. 64-year-old Powell would replace Timothy J Roemer, who resigned from his post in April...
  • SAARC university reduced to a sham November 11, 2011

    New Delhi: In the midst of the focus on the Maldives SAARC summit, CNN-IBN has found that the South Asia University, set up at a cost of $ 70 million, is in a pathetic state. The Delhi-based university has no campus, no hostel and is struggling with curriculum. According to former faculty...
  • Genes that trigger diabetes in Indians identified September 7, 2011

    New Delhi: Scientists have finally cracked the reason as to why Indians and South Asians are more prone to diabetes. Six new genes have been identified that trigger diabetes and make Indians and South Asians four times more likely than Europeans to develop type 2 diabetes. Dr V Mohan, the author...
  • Pakistani writer HM Naqvi to tour India July 2, 2011

    New Delhi: HM Naqvi, the Pakistan-based novelist whose book "Home Boy" won the first DSC South Asian prize for literature, will tour Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai July 5-7 to promote awareness about contemporary South Asian literature. Naqvi, who will read out from his novels, will also discuss trends in new South...
  • South Asia facing a health crisis: World Bank February 9, 2011

    Washington: India in particular and South Asian countries in general, are facing a "health crisis" with rising rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other non communicable diseases (NCDs), the World Bank said on Wednesday. In its report "Capitalizing on the Demographic Transition: Tackling Non communicable...
  • Jaipur Lit Fest: S Asia Lit prize to HM Naqvi January 22, 2011

    Jaipur: Karachi-based author HM Naqvi beat out stiff competition from five contenders to win the first DSC Literature Prize for South Asia for his debut novel 'Home Boy'. The $50,000 award was instituted last year by infrastructure firm DSC, which is also the main sponsor of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and...