Google to block ads on ‘unapproved languages’ from Nov

Google has announced that starting from November, it will stop serving ads under its various networks and platforms for all web pages and apps that are not in the list of 49 approved languages. The list of 49 approved languages includes eight Indian languages — Tamil, Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Bengali, Gujarati and Marathi. The […]

In a win for China, Nepal starts stapling visas for Taiwanese

In a diplomatic victory for China, Nepal has started issuing stapled visas to Taiwan passport holders, departing from its previous policy of issuing regular visas to citizens of the island nation. Diplomatic sources in the Taiwan Embassy in New Delhi say that the matter came to their attention shortly after China’s President Xi Jinping’s visited […]

As politicians step back, poets try bridge barriers in South Asia

Where the sun cannot reach, a poet’s words can, goes a popular saying. At a time when the concept of South Asian community and solidarity is receding due to the onslaught of geopolitical interests and the widening distrust among regional countries, poets are imagining what politicians have failed to do. They still hold the view […]

Smuggling down on Indo-Bangladesh border, up on Bhutanese side

Incidents related to smuggling of fertilizer and narcotics on the Indo-Bangladesh border fell sharply in 2016, but there was a compensatory increase in┬ádrug smuggling cases along India’s border with Bhutan and Nepal, according to data from the Union Home Ministry. Fertilizers — which cost less in India because of government subsidies — are smuggled out, […]