On May 6, 2022, an improvised explosive device (IED) blast was reported from the residence of R.K. Virendra at Khurai Thoidingjam Leikai in Imphal East District. This was the second blast reported within 24 hours. Though no casualty was reported, three vehicles parked in the area and windows were damaged due to the force of the blast.
The island nation of Sri Lanka is facing one of the worst economic crisis, skyrocketing inflation, food shortages and weak government finances. This has been an outcome of a sharp rise in foreign debt since 2010, reaching 88 percent of the country’s GDP in 2019, causing a severe economic crisis.
India and Nepal enjoy age-old bilateral relations and special ties of friendship, mutual understanding and cooperation.
On February 15, 2022, a 17-year-old woman Dalam (armed squad) member of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), whose identity has not been disclosed as she is a minor, surrendered before the Police in East Godavari District. She had joined Maoists rank in 2019.
On January 18, 2022, three Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in an encounter with the Police in the Karriguttalu Forest area under the Venkatapuram (Nuguru) Mandal (administrative sub-division) in the Mulugu District of Telangana, close to the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. The slain Maoists were identified as Venkatapuram-Wazedu ‘area committee secretary’, who hails from Chhattisgarh; Madakam Singe aka Shanta, Kommula Naresh aka Buchanna, Yellandu-Narsampet ‘squad commander’, from Jaggaihapet village under the Regonda Mandal in Jayashankar Bhupalpally District, and Kovasi Mooyal aka Kailas of Cheekupal village in Dantewada District, Chhattisgarh. A constable of the Greyhounds, Telangana’s elite anti-Naxal [Left Wing Extremism, LWE] squad, sustained injuries in the encounter. One SLR [Self Loading Rifle], one INSAS [Indian Small Arms System] assault rifle, 10 Rocket Launchers, and other materials were recovered from the encounter site.
On December 3, 2021, a violent mob at the Wazirabad Road in Sialkot city (Sialkot District) of Punjab tortured a Sri Lankan national, Priyantha Kumara, to death over blasphemy allegations before burning his body. Kumara was accused of blasphemy for allegedly tearing down stickers of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) from a wall of factory. Kumar was working as a senior manager at a leading Sialkot factory that manufactures and exports sports products,
As the world stands facing the threat of yet another COVID-19 variant, termed “Omicron”, which the WHO has announced as a matter of concern1, the future of international students studying in China continues to be in question with no concrete answer in sight.
India and the world knows without official acknowledgement that the main problem in Afghanistan is not the Taliban but Pakistan while there is a scope for the Asian giant to do better in the present situation where Russia and China would not want things to go out of control, according to experts at a recent panel discussion.
Balochistan is being labeled as 'second Bangladesh' by many observers as the nature of detention, torture, extra-judicial killing, disappearance and economic exploitation resemble Pakistani oppressions that took place during and before the liberation war in Bangladesh; the Baloch nation in Pakistan has been suffering the worst type of repression that Bangladesh experienced from 1947 to 1971--long 23 years under Pakistani- Panjabi rulers.
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), facing losses across India, is trying to rebuild its cadre strength. With voluntary recruitment drying up, the group has started focusing increasingly on forced recruitment of children.
U.S. Consulate Kolkata strengthens existing ties and develops new areas of cooperation to advance shared interests between the United States and India, writes outgoing Consul General Patti Hoffman
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent interview where he displays excruciating coyness not to say anything even remotely critical of let alone offensive to China about its torturous treatment of the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province has received considerable media attention.
Wuhan is back in the headlines with a big bang. And the Emperor stands exposed without clothes.
The COVID-19 disease, the second wave of which has ravaged India for the past two months, appears to mercifully be easing somewhat.
In its Plenary held on February 22, 24, 25, 2021, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) decided to retain Pakistan in its listing of Jurisdictions under Increased Monitoring – the ‘grey list’ – along with 18 other countries. Pakistan has been on the ‘grey list’ since June 2018.