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Pakistan ‘key partner’ in region, commanding general of US Army Central Command says

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The Commanding General of United States Army Central Command, Lieutenant General Michael Garrett, wishes to continue the US’s “key partnership in the region” with Pakistan after his first-ever visit to Pakistan, the US Embassy said on Wednesday. “This visit is significant in... More

Supreme Court panel to assess 241 cases of 1984 anti-Sikh riots

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would appoint a supervisory committee comprising two of its former judges to vet if the investigation into 241 anti-Sikh riots cases was properly conducted before they were closed by a Special Investigation Team (SIT). The... More

In 5 years to 2016, improvement in India’s Data Capacity lags Bangladesh’s in South Asia

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Between 2012 and 2016, the improvement in India’s statistical capacity indicator – which measures a nation’s ability to collect, analyse and disseminate high-quality data about its population and economy – was second among eight nations in South Asia at 7.3% after Bangladesh (13.4%),... More

Bhutan: Financial crisis in Dungsam Cement due to  unpaid dues by hydro projects

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The country’s biggest cement plant, Dungsam Cement Corporation Limited (DCCL) is facing a financial crisis in commissioning timely payments to its transporters and suppliers as the Corporation has not able to claim huge overdues from the contractors of the major Hydro... More

The cash that entered my house was not halal: Yameen

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President Abdulla Yameen has stirred controversy with an apparent admission of personally benefiting from a historic corruption scandal blamed on his jailed former right-hand man. Speaking at the opening of a ruling party meeting hall Monday night, Yameen said opposition leaders would... More

Full withdrawal from Afghanistan is an option: Mattis

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The US Defense Secretary James Mattis said at a press conference on Monday that President Donald Trump's administration was "very, very close" to finalising its new strategy for Afghanistan but warned it had not been settled yet. "The strategic decisions have not... More

Nepal, China seal agreements on petroleum products survey, investment & promotion

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Nepal and China have sealed three important agreements with long term impact on Nepal's socio-economic development. The agreements were reached on three different domains- Economic and Technological Cooperation, China-Aid Oil and Gas Resources Survey Project and Framework Agreement on Promotion of Investment... More

Sri Lanka, China port deal to attract meaningful FDIs: CCC

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Sri Lanka's largest business community, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), on Tuesday expressed the appreciation for the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port. In a statement, the CCC said the reported scale and size of the investment is expected to... More

BD border patrol beefed up following increased Myanmar military presence in frontier

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An increased number of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed in Bangladesh-Myanmar border following the same move initiated by Myanmar side. Commander of BGB’s Teknaf battalion Lt Colonel SM Ariful Islam said: “Myanmar military forces have boost up their presence... More

TODAY'S NEWS

TOP NEWS

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against...


The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route... More

REPORTS

China urges India to abide by border agreements amid border guard...

China has called on India to abide by bilateral agreements on border issues after media reports emerged about another skirmish between Chinese and Indian border guard officers on the Line of... More

Bangladesh signs big rice deal with Cambodia

Bangladesh has signed a deal to buy 250,000 tonnes of milled rice from Cambodia, two weeks after the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding. The purchasing agreement was made on Monday... More

Chinese company sacks Indian employees over technology theft, border standoff

A Chinese Telecom company has removed its Indian national employees from it Tehran and Doha units, sources said Wednesday. The Chinese telecom company has operative units in Tehran the capital of Iran... More

India moves to revive TAPI gas pipeline

New Delhi to host the next panel meet India will host the next steering committee meeting of the proposed 1,814 kilometre-long Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline, senior officials on both sides confirmed. The... More

EVENTS

Peace top priority – Aung San Suu Kyi

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said that peace is the top priority for the country noting that the country had suffered due to civil wars and without peace, there... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

The Kashmir question

Each year when Pakistan and India celebrate their independence, anxiety takes over the minds of many. It relates to the escalation of conflict in Kashmir that continues to be occupied by... More

ISSUES

Bangladesh sees fresh influx of Rohingya from Myanmar


Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar's Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday. They said at least 500 Rohingya had made... More

Taliban warns Trump against sending in more troops


The Taliban told U.S. President Donald Trump in an open letter on Tuesday that the military situation in Afghanistan was "far worse than you realize", and sending in more troops would... More

India-Pakistan partition 70 years on: Wrenched apart by history


From barbed grins in a carefully synchronised daily flag ceremony to murderous exchanges across barbed wire in Kashmir, the India-Pakistan border is a 70-year-old scar that will not heal. Thousands will cheer... More

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?


Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency - the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency - in the... More

INTERVIEW

Asserting your nationalism day in, day out is unnecessary: Hamid Ansari


In conversation with Karan Thapar on his last day as vice president, Hamid Ansari talked about growing intolerance, aggressive nationalism, the government’s political inaction on Kashmir and more. In a free-wheeling conversation... More

‘Modi will eventually defeat himself’: Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy


Jaipal Reddy, who was an important Congress strategist when the party came back to power in May 2004, insisted during an interview with The Wirethat Narendra Modi will “defeat himself” in 2019 as... More

Will Pakistan find stability following its latest political shake-up?

Pakistan’s supreme court’s unanimous—if disputably reasoned—decision to remove Nawaz Sharif as prime minister, together with the Pakistan Muslim League’s easy management of... More

COLUMN

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

Pakistan’s Sharif sets himself on a defiance-course

With Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification as prime minister of Pakistan, the tussle for power in Pakistan, particularly between the civil and military institutes or elected and a non-elected apparatus of the state, has reached new heights.  Most of the observers... More

Am I the State?

A month or so plus 40 years ago the democratically elected government of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was toppled in a coup in 1977 by Gen Zia-ul-Haq. Initially Zia could have been sincere about holding "free and fair elections" within... More

Myanmar readies to take a great leap forward

Myanmar government is about to take dramatic steps to boost economic development and improve government efficiency. Several significant cabinet changes are in the pipeline, detailed economic strategies are being finalized and a shake-up in the bureaucracy is already underway.... More

Arms industries in India, China and Pakistan need...

India, China and Pakistan have indigenous arms industries in order to sustain their independence and assert their power in the region and beyond. All three have come a long way from total dependence on friendly foreign suppliers to meeting... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... More

In South Asia, be the Un-China

India needs to rekindle the SAARC process in order to secure historical affinity with its neighbours As the stand-off between the Indian and Chinese militaries enters its third month at... More

Does India have a history of being the aggressor with China?

News stories about the current Sino-Indian border dispute offer a lesson in how appearance – and US press coverage of a crisis can be deceiving. The border... More

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READER'S VIEWS

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor


Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them... More
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Bleeping out Amartya Sen

The censor board’s objection to the use of words such as “cow”, “Hindutva” and “Gujarat” in a documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning economist is... More

Tevel b’Tzedek of Israel offers a helping hand in Nepal

The rugged jeep snakes, shakes and jostles 6,500 feet up the dusty, one-lane, rock-pitted road toward the remote Nepali village of Hiledevi in the... More

Pakistan’s defense production: More efficient than India, why?

Indian Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Sarath Chand has recently acknowledged that Pakistan’s Defense Production base is bigger and working more efficiently... More

The India-China war of 1962 and its political after-life

Amit Das Gupta and Lorenz Lüthi’s The Sino-Indian War of 1962: New Perspectives is a most topical and useful book for two reasons: For one, it... More

Book will tell story of Pakistan, Bangladesh through architecture

An assistant professor in the University of Kansas School of Architecture & Design, the Bangladesh native has received a Mellon-Volkswagen Fellowship to complete the... More

Yoga not as safe as people thought: Study

Yoga's appeal is growing in India, Australia and worldwide but new research released on Wednesday suggests it is not as safe as previously believed. A... More

The woes of Bengalis and Burmese of Karachi

Even on a Sunday morning, Ibrahim Hyderi is abuzz with activity. Bazaars are brimming with motorcycles, cars, autorickshaws. Buyers and sellers are trading all... More

A diet of Cricket at Colombo Cricket Club Café

It is a turf of a different kind where one gets bowled over by a soup named after Muttiah Muralitharan and knocked out by... More

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