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Myanmar could be India’s next-door energy supplier: Chinese expert


May 25th, 2012 - 1:09 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, May 25 (IANS) Considering the geostrategic significance of Myanmar, it is crucial for India to befriend the country as it serves as a land bridge to Southeast Asia ... Read more...

Posted in South Asia |

US extends Myanmar sanctions


May 18th, 2012 - 3:19 am ICT by IANS
Washington, May 18 (IANS) The US Thursday extended trade sanctions against Myanmar for another year."The United States is committed to supporting (Myanmar) Burma's reform effort, but the situation continues ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Western role in Syria will prove costly: Assad


February 7th, 2012 - 6:11 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) An international campaigner for democracy in Syria Tuesday accused the West of working overtime for regime change in his country.Ribal Al-Assad, an exiled cousin of ... Read more...

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Arab Spring sweeps away despotic regimes (2011 in retrospect)


December 28th, 2011 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai, Dec 28 (IANS) Huge pro-democracy uprisings that swept the Arab world in 2011 booted out some of north Africa's most powerful and long-serving regimes. Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Anna’s future may be less rosy than his past (Comment)


November 5th, 2011 - 2:38 pm ICT by IANS
It is possible that the Congress will finally succeed in outflanking Anna Hazare. It isn't only the decision to introduce the Lokpal bill which is likely to take the wind ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

ICC probes gender crimes in Libya, calls for efforts to prevent escape of Gaddafi’s son


November 3rd, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by BNO News
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has called on countries for maximum efforts in order to prevent Muammar Gaddafi's son from leaving Libya as reports indicate a ... Read more...

Posted in World News |

ICC in possible surrender talks with Gaddafi’s son


October 29th, 2011 - 10:19 pm ICT by BNO News
THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS (BNO NEWS) -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has said it is in indirect contact with Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan leader, and is discussing ... Read more...

Posted in World News |

China supporting northeast rebels: former army officer


October 18th, 2011 - 10:28 pm ICT by IANS
Shillong, Oct 18 (IANS) Chinese intelligence agencies are supporting insurgents in India's northeast, former Eastern Command chief Lt. Gen. J.R. Mukherjee said Tuesday.He made the remark while advocating better relations ... Read more...

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Why Myanmar president’s visit to India matters


October 11th, 2011 - 2:34 pm ICT by IANS
President Thein Sein visits India this week against the backdrop of crucial developments that would impact on India-Myanmar relations. The visit takes place in a context which is significantly different ... Read more...

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Scrap court verdict against Nepal Maoists, Bhattarai tells India


September 13th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, Sep 13 (IANS) As outrage grew in his party over an Indian court sentencing 11 of its leaders to imprisonment, Nepal's new Maoist Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai Tuesday held ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Indian court sentencing Nepal’s Maoists causes ripples


September 12th, 2011 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, Sep 12 (IANS) The reported ruling by an Indian court slapping 11 Nepali Maoist leaders with prison and other punishments has created ripples in Nepal.The Patna High Court in ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Anna phenomenon grows in Nepal too


August 25th, 2011 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, Aug 25 (IANS) As Anna Hazare's public protest against corruption in the form of a fast in New Delhi's Ramlila Maidan reached its 10th day Thursday, support for the ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

UN chief urges political solution to Libyan crisis


August 11th, 2011 - 9:45 pm ICT by BNO News
UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) -- The United Nations (UN) on Thursday called for a political solution to end the ongoing civil war in Libya, which has left thousands of people killed.UN Secretary-General ... Read more...

Posted in World News |

High alert in Kathmandu as constitution expires midnight


May 28th, 2011 - 1:00 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, May 28 (IANS) Riot police dragged away dozens of people protesting near parliament and the government ordered high security in the turbulent capital Saturday, with Nepal's constitution due to ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Nepal government bans protests near parliament


May 24th, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, May 24 (IANS) With just four days left before a potential constitutional meltdown, Nepal's communist-Maoist government Tuesday clamped prohibitions near the parliament building, banning all protests and rallies within ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Warrior clan shuts down Kathmandu, 72-hour closure on cards


May 22nd, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, May 22 (IANS) The Nepal government was Sunday hit by a 48-hour general strike called in Kathmandu valley by a protesting warrior community while six Left groups announced a ... Read more...

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31 Suu Kyi sympathisers released from Kolkata jail


May 19th, 2011 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, May 19 (IANS) After spending more than 13 years in jail, 31 out of 34 Myanmar's pro-democracy activists were released from a Kolkata prison Thursday, said a Myanmarese supporter."Thirtyfour ... Read more...

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Hindus call Nepal closure to save the cow


May 19th, 2011 - 4:02 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, May 19 (IANS) With only nine days left for a constitutional crisis in Nepal and Hindu groups renewing their demand for the restoration of a Hindu state, protesters have ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Indian Muslim intelligentsia welcomes Osama’s elimination


May 4th, 2011 - 6:57 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, May 4 (ANI): A cross-section of Muslim intelligentsia in India has welcomed the elimination of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden through a covert operation mounted by the US Navy ... Read more...

Posted in National |

UN’s Ban: Libya situation is grave, requires global effort


April 14th, 2011 - 9:00 pm ICT by BNO News
UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) -- United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday stressed that the humanitarian situation in Libya is deteriorating and requires concerted efforts by the UN.During a meeting in ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Thousands rally in support of Hazare’s anti-graft fight


April 7th, 2011 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, April 7 (IANS) "Tunisia, Egypt, Libya… Get ready India!" read one of the dozens of posters put up at Jantar Mantar here as thousands gathered Thursday to voice ... Read more...

Posted in Uncategorized |

Deposed Nepal king heads for India again


March 10th, 2011 - 4:12 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, March 10 (IANS) Nepal's deposed king Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah is leaving for India Thursday to attend a family wedding, making it the second visit to the neighbouring country ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Nepal’s ‘Quit India’ fighter PM dies at 87


March 5th, 2011 - 12:00 pm ICT by IANS
Kathmandu, March 5 (IANS) Krishna Prasad Bhattarai, lovingly dubbed the "saint prime minister" of Nepal for an exemplary political life untarnished by any scandal, and an active participant in India's ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Protesters control four Libyan cities; Oman singed by protests (Intro Roundup)


March 1st, 2011 - 12:08 am ICT by IANS
Tripoli/Manama/Muscat, Feb 28 (IANS) Anti-government protesters in Libya gained control of four cities and formed a council to begin the transition of power from Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year-old regime as Canada too slapped ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

Chinese online activists charged with subversion over calls for Jasmine revolution


February 25th, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI
Beijing, Feb 25 (ANI): Three Chinese online activists have reportedly been charged with subversion for re-posting calls for a Jasmine revolution on the Internet.The arrests are an indication of China's crackdown ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Indians chronicle Nepal Maoist war on screen


February 17th, 2011 - 2:42 pm ICT by IANS
By Sudeshna Sarkar Kathmandu, Feb 17 (IANS) It was an unusual scene in Kathmandu Thursday with two top leaders of Nepal's Maoist party - chairman and former prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda ... Read more...

Posted in Entertainment |

Iran opposition says Monday anti-government rally will go ahead


February 14th, 2011 - 9:51 am ICT by ANI
Tehran, Feb.14 (ANI): Iran's opposition leaders have said that their planned anti-government march on Monday will go ahead, as they see it as an expression of their solidarity with the Egyptian people. ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Iran congratulates Egyptian people’s ‘victory’


February 12th, 2011 - 3:16 am ICT by IANS
Tehran, Feb 12 (IANS) Iran congratulated the Egyptian people on their "victory" as President Hosni Mubarak quit Friday night following 18 days of unprecedented public protests and offered its support to the ... Read more...

Posted in Politics |

US going slow on Egypt under pressure of Mid-East allies


February 9th, 2011 - 5:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb.9 (ANI): Key allies of the United States such as Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have reportedly advised the Obama administration not to act hastily against the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Egypt’s future depends on democracy, education and research reform: Experts


February 9th, 2011 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI
Cairo, Feb.9 (ANI): Egyptian researchers and scientists have said that the country's future depends on democracy, education and research reform, and have added that there is a pool of talent among the ... Read more...

Posted in World |

US backing Mubarak’s “consigliere” Suleiman in Egypt transition moves


February 8th, 2011 - 1:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb.8 (ANI): The Obama administration appears to be backing Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman, and expects him to play a pivotal role in a still uncertain transition process in that country.After ... Read more...

Posted in World |

65 percent Israelis feel removing Mubarak regime dangerous for Israel


February 5th, 2011 - 1:26 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 5 (ANI): Many Israelis fear that a change of regime in Egypt could endanger the Jewish state.A poll this week by Yediot Aharonot, Israel's biggest selling daily, revealed that 65 ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Hindu gods, Sai Babas fail to deter Nepal’s menace


January 6th, 2011 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
By Sudeshna Sarkar Kathmandu, Jan 6 (IANS) Once the only Hindu kingdom in the world, Nepal has the largest number of religious holidays among countries, as well as the controversial reputation of ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Santa makes an epic journey - to Nepal


December 22nd, 2010 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
By Sudeshna Sarkar Kathmandu, Dec 22 (IANS) Four years after the Hindu kingdom of Nepal became a secular republic where Christians no longer face state persecution, guess who is making an epic ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Royalists call shutdowns in Nepal over ex-crown prince’s arrest


December 15th, 2010 - 12:16 pm ICT by IANS
By Sudeshna Sarkar Kathmandu, Dec 15 (IANS) Protests erupted in Nepal Wednesday as royalists began demonstrations and called shutdowns in at least two major districts to protest the arrest of former crown ... Read more...

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