NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - India’s $ 2.7 trillion economy is headed for a slowdown ahead of the Lok Sabha elections due to be held by May.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - PC Mohanan resigned in January end as acting chairman of the National Statistical Commission (NSC) over withholding of the National Sample Survey Office’s Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) 2017- 18 containing employment data, even after the report had been vetted by the NSC in December 2018.

NEW DELHI (The Statesman/ANN) - Madhyamik 2019, the first public examination, has been jinxed from the start ~ a symptom of the murk that plagues education in general.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - ​Prime Minister Imran Khan and the military leadership have been expressing a desire for improved relations with India. But India is unlikely to respond anytime soon. And the reasons go beyond its upcoming elections. 

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - ​The fact remains that until Delhi backs down from its militarised approach to the Kashmir issue, the violence will continue.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - It isn’t often that Imran Khan’s ruling PTI and the PPP agree on anything. But they are on the same page when it comes to resisting the privatisation of loss-making white elephants that are sucking up state resources at a furious rate.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - ​Only a month and a half into 2019, we have seen heightened action against Pakistani citizens whose opinions, words or peaceful protests were deemed unacceptable by the state, in clear violation of the norms of a functioning democracy with a Constitution that guarantees fundamental rights.

ISLAMABAD (Dawn/ANN) - ​While the security state is geared up to guard against what it perceives as an array of ‘fifth columnists’ whether in media or politics or among the ranks of rights activists, one hopes the guardians are not dropping their guard where far more dangerous external machinations in the region are concerned.

AKITA, Japan (The Japan News/ANN) - Local residents divided into north and south teams fiercely battle during an annual Takeuchi (bamboo hitting) event held Friday night in front of Akita Suwagu shrine in Misato, Akita Prefecture.

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - East Japan Railway Co. will start selling a new kind of Suica prepaid e-money card for foreign visitors to Japan from Sept. 1, the company announced on Friday.