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Motor Vehicles Agreement will connect South Asia’s overland dots

Motor Vehicles Agreement will connect South Asia’s overland dots

Overland connectivity between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal is poised to get a significant boost with the four countries signing a Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) in the Bhutanese capital, Thimphu, a fortnight ago. The agreement, which provides for “seamless movement of people and goods across …

Modi may meet Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of SCO Summit

Modi may meet Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of SCO Summit

The possibility of a formal meeting between Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Russia next week brightened with both sides showing flexibility for a dialogue and amid calls by the US and …

Greece closes banks as crisis deepens

Greece closes banks as crisis deepens

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced a temporary closure of banks, after the European Central Bank (ECB) said it would not increase additional emergency funding to the country. In a …

Pak Army push crippled al Qaeda, says US report

Pak Army push crippled al Qaeda, says US report

A US State Department report on global terrorism has acknowledged that the ongoing military offensive in North Waziristan and Khyber Agency has severely dented al Qaeda’s presence in South Asia. “Al Qaeda’s presence in the [South Asia] region continued to face pressure from international, Afghan …

Daesh overtaking Al-Qaeda in S. Asia social media war

Daesh overtaking Al-Qaeda in S. Asia social media war

Militant propaganda websites and social media accounts in South Asia are promoting Islamic State at the expense of Al-Qaeda, analysts said on Friday, highlighting the rivalry between the two global militant groups. Disaffected Taliban factions have started to look toward Daesh, impressed by its rapid …

Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet

Pope calls for ‘action now’ to save planet

Pope Francis demanded swift action on Thursday to save the planet from environmental ruin, urging world leaders to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor”, …

Deadline reached for switchover from Analogue to Digital TV

Deadline reached for switchover from Analogue to Digital TV

The deadline for the switchover from analogue to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), set at 00:01 UTC on 17 June 2015, heralds the development of ‘all-digital’ terrestrial broadcast services for sound and television for 119 countries belonging to ITU Region-1 (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and …

South Asia Will Be Left Behind if it Doesn’t Embrace Modernity: Modi

South Asia Will Be Left Behind if it Doesn’t Embrace Modernity: Modi

Describing “knowledge” as the focal point of all religions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said South Asian region will be left behind if it does not embrace modernity. Modi said it was the good fortune of people living in India that they have the opportunity …

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many

Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many

One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. …

Election manifesto would reveal political aspirations of the Tamil people

Election manifesto would reveal political aspirations of the Tamil people

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance and Trincomalee District TNA Parliamentarian R. Sampanthan has said the election manifesto of the TNA in the forthcoming parliamentary election would reveal the true …