SAARC leaders witness Modi’s swearing in

SAARC leaders, including Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksha, attended the swearing in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The move by the new government of India to send invites to SAARC leaders has been seen as a master stroke to ensure increased cooperation amongst the regional forum’s members.


Karachi reels under twin terror attacks
Pakistan’s busiest city saw twin terror attacks in two consecutive days. Ten Taliban militants attacked the city’s international airport on June 11, killing 36 people and injuring several others, before three others stormed an Airport Security Force camp on June 12.
Indian consulate attacked in Afghanistan
The Indian consulate in the town of Herat, Afghanistan, was attacked by four armed terrorists. The attack was successfully thwarted by Indian security personnel and Afghan forces. All the four terrorists were killed.
US soldier freed by Taliban in Afghanistan
US soldier Bowe Bargdehl was handed over to US forces by his Taliban captors on May 31. The exchange deal that set free five Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay left Kabul fuming. It has also raised a question mark on the stated US policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
Obama meets new Ukrainian President
In order to show US support to the country grappling with armed uprising in its eastern parts, US President Barack Obama met newly-elected Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Poroshenko won the May 25 national elections, beating ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko.
Thailand: Military junta in charge
General Prayuth Chanocha, head of the Thai army, took over country’s reins after a coup disposed the elected ruler. The signs emerging from Thailand indicate that the junta may rule for at least 14 months or till “peace, order and reforms” return.
Syria: Landslide victory for Bashar al-Assad
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad got re-elected in the country’s elections, securing 88.7 per cent of the votes polled. The elections, which were held amid the ongoing civil war, were denounced by critics of Assad’s regime.
Asian stocks rise after ECB move
Asian stocks climbed after the European Central bank introduced new easing measures. The move was aimed to stimulate the Eurozone economies.
Iraq: Militants seize Turkish consulate
Militants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) raided the Turkish consulate in Mosul, seized the consul general and 47 other Turkish citizens. The development raised the possibility of Turkey’s involvement in the fast moving crisis. Turkey is a NATO ally that borders both Syria and Iraq.
Japan to stick to its strict immigration policy: Abe
In a recent media interaction, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe sent clear signals that his country will stick to its tight Immigration policy though the population is shrinking.
Cadbury gets Malaysia nod
Cadbury, whose two products allegedly contained pig DNA, was given an all-clear signal by Malaysia’s leading Islamist body. Fresh tests on its samples found no trace of pork in any of the company’s products.
Russia, China sign landmark gas deal
China’s President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a landmark gas deal estimated at $400 billion. The deal, not to be conducted in dollar transactions, has raised concerns about increase in gas prices in the EU countries.
Japan set to play bigger security role
In his keynote address at the Shangri La Dialogue, also known as Asia Security Summit, Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe said that his country will play a greater role in regional security, while pledging support to ASEAN countries in their territorial disputes with China.
Qatar denies WC bribery allegations
Organisers of Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup denied allegations emerging from a British newspaper report that, quoting a “senior FIFA insider”, claimed that Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari official, bribed FIFA officials around the world to build support for the bid.
Pak PM deplores honour killing
Taking a note of the “brutal killing” of Farzana Iqbal, a Pakistani girl, the country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called it “totally unacceptable. Farzana was stoned to death by her family members in front of a court for marrying a man of her choice.
Nouri al-Maliki wins Iraq polls
Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki’s Islamic Dawa Party won the country’s elections winning 92 seats in the council of representatives. Ammar al-Hakim’s Muwatin and the Ahrar movement, loyal to Moqtada al-Sadr, tallied a combined 57 seats.
North Korea detains American tourist
North Korea arrested an American tourist, accusing him of inappropriate activities. According to Japanese news agency Kyodo, the man was arrested because he left a copy of The Bible in his hotel room. Pyonyang did not deny or confirm it.
25 years of China protest crackdown
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong to commemorate the 25th anniversary of China’s crackdown on the pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Unconfirmed reports said hundreds were killed in the military action.