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India’s controversial Afghanistan dams

BY SUDHA RAMACHANDRAN INDIA is expected to begin work on the $236 million Shahtoot Dam project on the Kabul River in Afghanistan in the coming weeks. Scheduled to be completed in three years, the dam has evoked concern in the lower riparian country, Pakistan. In addition to reducing water flow …

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Imran Khan assumes office, high hopes of Pakistani people

Cricketer-turned-politician and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan was sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Saturday in presence of several leaders and cricketers. Imaran became the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan 22 years after he joined politics quitting cricket. The oath-taking ceremony was administered by President …

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Doklam a year on: Bhutan more worried about India than China

BY AJAI SHUKLA Last week, an Indian parliamentary panel fluttered the dovecotes in Thimphu – Bhutan’s idyllic capital – by recommending New Delhi encourage Bhutan to deploy more soldiers in the disputed Doklam area, where a year ago several hundred Indian and Chinese soldiers stood eyeball-to-eyeball, raising real fears of …

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Ancient tombs provide clues to mysterious civilization in Tibet

LHASA, Aug. 17 (Xinhua) — Chinese archaeologists have excavated more than 20 tombs thought to be around 2,000 years old in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The excavation, an important part of ongoing joint field explorations in Ngari Prefecture, was launched by Sichuan University in early July. According to Huo …

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China Focus: Archaeologists explore prehistoric ruins at west Tibet

LHASA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) — A group of archaeologists are leading field explorations of prehistoric ruins in the high-altitude region of sparsely populated west Tibet. Over 30 specialists from Tibet and other provinces are leading the field trips in Ngari Prefecture, located 4,500 meters above sea level in the west …

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Fair understanding of Belt and Road initiative

By Fabio Massimo Parenti Is the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) a strategic tool of Beijing or a geopolitical lever to confront the West? Is BRI comparable to the old Marshall Plan, the US-led project at the beginning of the Cold War to confront the Soviet Union? Many in the …

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Independence Day of Pakistan Special

Message from Mamnoon Hussain, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Independence Day of Pakistan on 14 August, 2018 I felicitate fellow Pakistanis on the auspicious occasion of our 71nd Independence Day. This day refreshes our enthusiasm and rejuvenates our resolve to work for the progress and prosperity of …

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BY C. RAJA MOHAN Indian organizers, Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) expressed “grave concern and dismay” at the incident, MEA stated in a press release. It is not often that China’s envoys to Delhi find time to visit Punjab. That is what Luo Zhaohui did last week. Besides wearing a …

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Tibet sets up tech incubator

LHASA, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) — A tech incubator was officially open on Wednesday in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The incubator, invested by Lhasa Science and Technology Bureau, covers 16,000 square meters, with an investment of 16.2 million yuan (about 2.35 million U.S. dollars), the bureau said. …

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Tibet border town sees trade boom

LHASA, July 31 (Xinhua) — Gyirong, a township in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region near the border with Nepal, has seen booming trade. From January to June, about 75,332 tonnes of cargo cleared the port, up 32.8 percent year on year, said Liu Jian, deputy chief of the Gyirong port …

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