Millions affected as monsoon floods ravage Nepal, India

At least 165 people have died and thousands have fled their homes as monsoon floods swept across Nepal, India and Bangladesh. Three days of relentless downpours sparked flash floods and landslides that have killed at least 70 people in Nepal, 73 across northern and eastern India and 22 in Bangladesh. Al Jazeera’s Subina Shreshtha, reporting from Janakpur in Nepal, said that at least six million people were affected by the floods in the country’s southern plains known as Terai....

Chinese vice-premier arrives today

Aug 14, 2017- Nepal and China will sign some deals related to reconstruction and investment on infrastructure, among others, during the visit of Wang Yang, vice-premier of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Wang is arriving in Kathmandu on an official visit on Monday evening. The visit is taking place at a time when India and China are locked in a dispute over the Doklam tri-junction and when Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba is leaving for...

Enduring the effects of partition in Kashmir

Indian-administered Kashmir – As the 70th anniversary of the partition of Indian subcontinent approaches, for some of the communities torn apart by the aftermath of the historic event, the effects of the trauma still linger. The Kashmir region was among the communities divided in a violent skirmish between the newly emancipated India and Pakistan. Both countries now administer parts of Kashmir, but both claim rights over the entire territory. In Indian-administered Kashmir, the predominantly Muslim population harbour strong sentiments against Indian rule and an estimated 70,000...

Experts say Doklam standoff opens avenue for Nepal to settle its boundary issues

Aug 10, 2017- Amid a seven-week military standoff between India and China over Doklam plateau, Beijing on Tuesday upped the ante, with the Press Trust of India quoting a senior Chinese official as saying “what New Delhi would do if China enters Kalapani region in Uttarakhand or Kashmir”. The statement given by Wang Wenli, deputy director general of the Boundary and Ocean Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affair, to an Indian media delegation in Beijing has drawn the...

You’ve got to arrive well: Global Jet Centre discusses growing role in medical tourism

09Aug 2017 Medical tourism conjures up images of rich clients arriving in style from across continents into topnotch healthcare facilities and flying back fully restored to health. As the world shifts into high gear on globalization, medical tourism scales unprecedented growth. Intercontinental medical treatments are becoming more popular than ever before. Many cities across the world have already repositioned themselves as medical tourism destinations. Several countries are developing programs to build their own dedicated healthcare hubs for international patients....

Trump, North Korea trade escalating threats of fire

SEOUL, August 9: North Korea and the United States traded escalating threats, with President Donald Trump warning it would be met “with fire and fury like the world has never seen” and Pyongyang claiming Wednesday it was examining its plans for attacking Guam. The comments follow reports that North Korea has mastered a crucial technology needed to strike the United States with a nuclear missile. Despite regular North Korean threats against Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific about...

North Korea vows to retaliate against US over sanctions

The sanctions, which were unanimously passed by the UN on Saturday, were a “violent violation of our sovereignty,” the official KCNA news agency said. Separately, South Korea says the North has rejected an offer to restart talks, dismissing it as insincere. The sanctions will aim to reduce North Korea’s export revenues by a third. The unanimous UN Security Council decision followed repeated missile tests by the North which have escalated tensions on the peninsula. Can the US defend itself against North...

North Korea: China urges North Korea to stop missile tests

China’s foreign minister has told his North Korean counterpart that Pyongyang should stop carrying out nuclear and missile tests, hours after fresh sanctions were agreed by the United Nations Security Council. Wang Yi said he urged Ri Yong-ho to abide by UN resolutions in a meeting on Sunday in the Philippines. He did not say how Mr Ri replied. Saturday’s resolution banning North Korean exports and limiting investments in the country was passed unanimously. Mr Wang said sanctions were...

Philippines’ Duterte signs law granting free public college

August 04, 2017 MANILA:  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law granting tuition-free education in all state universities, a Cabinet official said on Friday, setting aside the advice of his economic managers to reject the measure. The president believed the benefits of the law outweighed the potential short-term budgetary challenges, Menardo Guevarra, senior deputy executive secretary, told a media conference. Duterte’s economic managers have said the government would not be able to afford the cost of free-tuition, estimated at...

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