Maldives President Accuses Electoral Commission of Corruption Despite Conceding Electoral Defeat Weeks Before
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have made a call for accountability concerning Myanmar and the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, met informally last week during the UN General Assembly, urging Myanmar to investigate and prosecute those responsible for the attacks against the Rohingya Muslims.Read More
Pakistan announced on Monday that the budget for its massive infrastructure project with China would be cut by $2 billion, pointing to a national concern over rising foreign debt. Sheikh Rasheed, Pakistan’s Federal Railways Minister, made the announcement in Lahore, Pakistan at a press conference. “The estimated cost of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) was $8.2 billion. Today, the estimated project cost stands at $6.2 billion,” he said.Read More
Protesters fill the streets in Srinagar, Kashmir following the death of Saleem Malik, a 26-year old civilian. Malik was shot by Indian soldiers on Thursday, September 27. A senior police official has stated that Malik was killed in a “cross-fire” whilst the family claims the death was a “cold-blooded” murder.Read More
The Indian government is currently embroiled in controversy following allegations of corruption in a multibillion dollar fighter jet deal with France, known as the Rafale Deal. India’s opposition party, the Congress, has politicized these reports in its favor, and many, including the leader of the Congress, Mani Shankar Aiyar, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign.Read More
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, was released from prison on Wednesday, September 19. Sharif had been found guilty on charges of corruption related to the ownership of four luxury apartments in central London. He was sentenced to serve ten years in prison and was fined $10.5 million in July.Read More
Khan made his surprise announcement during a fundraising event in Karachi — his first speech in the city since his victory in last month’s general elections.
The Nepal-China joint military exercise began on Monday, September 17. Marking the second edition of the “Sagarmatha Friendship” military exercise, it first took place in April last year. Twelve personnels from the Nepalese Army commenced military drills with the Chinese army at Chengdu, China’s Southwest capital of the Sichuan province.Read More
At least 37 people were killed and 14 wounded in several Taliban-led attacks across Afghanistan on Thursday night. Farid Bakhtwar, head of the provincial council in Farah, confirmed that 29 of the deceased were police officers and members of the army. This is the seventh attack carried out in the past week.Read More
India needs to continually progress in order to achieve complete social acceptance for its LGBTQ people.
Indian political opposition parties capitalized on discontentment over rising fuel prices on Monday by participating in a nationwide strike known as “Bharat Bandh.” Certain experts believe that the protests represent a significant political play against Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he prepares for the nation’s general election next year.Read More
On May 3 Pakistan’s long-awaited Islamabad airport opened after years of delays. The new Islamabad International Airport has a carrying capacity of up to 9 million passengers annually with further room for expansion, potentially able to serve up to 25 million passengers per year by 2025. The airport is located fifteen kilometers from Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, and also serves Islamabad’s sister city of Rawalpindi. While the airport was initially conceived in 1984, it has been plagued with delays and has taken over a decade to build.
The recent string of violence in Afghanistan has compromised national security in the past few weeks, with the most severe attacks resulting in the deaths of at least 95 people. Approximately 38 people died on Monday alone in the four attacks that occurred - a set of twin bombings, a shooting, a suicide bombing, and an attack on an American soldier.Read More
An Indian court has found Indian spiritual guru Asaram Bapu guilty of rape and has sentenced him to life imprisonment. The attack occurred in 2013, when the victim was sixteen years old. She was one of Bapu’s many followers. Bapu, who is currently 77, is also on trial for another rape case in the western Gujarat state.
A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a voting center in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, killing at least 57 people as they registered to vote. ISIS has already claimed responsibility for the attack.Read More
According to the World Bank’s biannual report, South Asia Economic Focus, South Asia has regained its lead as the fastest growing region in the world. Released on Sunday, the World Bank’s SAEF report synthesizes recent economic developments in the South Asia region to formulate a prediction for its future growth.Read More
Protests by university students in Dhaka, Bangladesh have come to an end after days of demonstrations. These began after Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced a quota policy setting aside 56% of civil service jobs for 1971 independence war veterans and their families, as well as disadvantaged minorities. The policy would leave university students fighting for the remaining 44% of civil service jobs.Read More