June 22, 2017

Blogroll

Getting Regional Trade Right in Central Asia

Containers at Karachi port. Sheryaar Jivani. (photo by Sheryaar Jivani, CC license)

One golden opportunity for ECO member countries to increase trade and investment is in the road and rail development projects under the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor. Read More »

Why You May Be Paying More Income Tax Than You Should

(Photo by Philip Taylor, CC license)

The burden of filing our taxes appears to be growing, especially for those who tend to wait until the last minute to fill in their 1040s. Read More »

A Govt. Shutdown May Delay Billions in Tax Refunds

Even if Congress follows the spending levels set by the existing budget deal, a shutdown is still possible. (Photo by Stephen Melkisethian, CC license)

A two-week government shutdown, if Congress and President Trump fail reach an agreement on budget, would hold up the tax refunds of roughly 2.5 million families, delaying nearly $8 billion in refunds. Read More »

View from Riyadh: Suu Kyi on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Hashimiah Orphans Madrasah at Pasar borong Selayang, housing Rohingya Muslim girls. (Photo by Firdaus Latif, Wikimedia Commons)

It is high time for the international community to take stringent and decisive measures to halt the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims. Read More »

A Self-Confessed ‘State Actor’

Kulbhushan

Indian threats notwithstanding, Pakistan’s message must remain clear and unambiguous on the death sentence to Kulbhushan Jadhav, anyone operating against the state will be severely dealt with. Read More »

Anger in Bangladesh Over Defense MoUs with India

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in New Delhi during her April 7-11 visit to India. (Photo via video stream)

The South Asian nation is witnessing unprecedented rise in anti-India sentiment following Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s landmark visit to India, writes one analyst. Read More »

Pakistan’s Cotton Production to Go Up

Pakistan's cotton production is likely to go up. (Photo by Asian Development Bank, CC license)

Despite long dry spell, Pakistan is headed to mix results of its agriculture production for 2017/18. Read More »

Pakistan Be Ready for More Acrimony with India

Kulbhushan Jadhav

Regardless of which way Kulbhushan Jadhav case eventually settles down, the current moods in New Delhi and Islamabad deliver ample evidence that the hard-talk accompanied by bitter acrimony is likely to continue for quite some time. Read More »

Investment in Jeopardy

(Photo via K-Electric website)

Pakistan may lose the largest ever investment by a Chinese company in a single project due to ‘stupid’ decision by the country’s power regulatory authority, writes defense analyst Ikram Sehgal. Read More »

South Asia Braces for Intense Heat This Summer

It is already too hot to step out in the sun. (mage by: Swaminathan).

With temperatures already topping 40 degrees Celsius in many places and a weak monsoon forecast, southern Asia is likely to suffer through yet another recording-breaking summer Read More »