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BNP demands Khaleda’s treatment in local hospital

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Two BNP senior leaders met home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Sunday with their party's demand for ensuring better treatment of their ailing chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia at United Hospital in Dhaka. Talking to reporters after the meeting, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan told reporters that they found the home minister positive... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to set up working group

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Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to establish working group to resolve all the outstanding issues. The decision was taken during a meeting between Adviser to Prime minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Dr Miftah Ismail with Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on April 21, in Washington. Pakistan delegation led Dr Miftah Ismail participated in the IMF/World... More

Blast at election center in Afghan capital kills 57

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A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday (Apr 22), killing at least 57 people and injuring more than 100, in the most serious attack yet on preparations for elections scheduled for October. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on a project of key... More

Bhutan’s NC election sees record voter turnout of 54.3%

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A total of 234,535 voters have voted in Bhutan’s third National Council election on Saturday. That’s 54.3 per cent of the 432,030 total registered voters. This means the voter turnout rose by nine per cent from 2013 elections, which recorded 45 per cent voter turnout. Declaring the election results officially Sunday, the Chief Election Commissioner described... More

China becomes top importer to Maldives in March

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Asian economic powerhouse China is the top importer to Maldives according to March 2018 data collected through local authorities. Maldives Customs statistical data indicates the CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) value has upped by 48% on goods imported during the month of March. Records indicate that the goods imported to Maldives during the month of March in... More

Chinese state councilor meets with former Myanmar president

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday (Apr 23) met with former Myanmar President U Thein Sein, vowing to promote the development of the China-Myanmar economic corridor. Wang said the comprehensive strategic cooperation between the two countries witnessed a substantial progress, and China was willing to work together with Myanmar to push... More

Over 50 Chinese-made aircraft delivered to BOR countries

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More than 50 Chinese-made Y-12 series aircraft have been delivered to eight Belt and Road (BOR) countries, according to aircraft manufacturer AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry Group Co., Ltd (HAIG). The latest two Y-12E aircraft were delivered to Nepal on April 17. They will be used for domestic short distance transportation, the HAIG said. Nepal had previously... More

Sri Lanka’s cabinet will be sworn in next week’

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A new full Cabinet will be sworn in next week, Minister of Health and the co-cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. The Health Minister made this statement addressing a ceremony held at the Panadura Divisional Secretariat Saturday to distribute equipment to 14 youth and women's societies in the Panadura Divisional Secretariat Division. Expressing his views further,... More

Death for rape of children below 12: India approves ordinance

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India’s Union Cabinet on Saturday approved an ordinance to allow courts to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age, according to official sources in the government. The criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal... More

TOP NEWS

Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand SAARC


When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making... More

REPORTS

Child rape case heightens India’s Hindu-Muslim divide


The Internet is being cut for hours on end in Jammu as authorities try to halt protests that have grown in the Kashmir winter capital since the rape-murder of... More

India’s SSB completes border deployment along Nepal, Bhutan


In order to strengthen security along India's eastern frontier, the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has finally completed the deployment of over 54,000 personnel along the open and crime-prone borders... More

Modi’s to visit China this week as rapprochement gathers pace


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China this week for an informal meeting with President Xi Jinping, as efforts at rapprochement gather pace following a testing year in... More

Nepal negotiates with India, Pakistan to revitalize SAARC


Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli said on Sunday (Apr 22) that Nepal has been holding negotiations with India and Pakistan to revitalize the South Asian Association for Regional... More

NEWS ANALYSIS

How a rape exposes the conflict between two visions of India


In recent years, India has witnessed a disturbingly high volume of sex crimes – so much so that when the rape and murder of Asifa, an eight-year-old girl from... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

Modi’s long silence as women in India are attacked


Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India tweets frequently and considers himself a talented orator. Yet he loses his voice when it comes to speaking out about the dangers faced by women... More

ISSUES

How China’s billions are modernising Pakistan’s railways, and quickly


Just a pledge from China to help upgrade Pakistan's train network has prompted authorities in the South Asian nation to overhaul its colonial-era rail infrastructure. For software businessman Farrukh Malik, the change was palpable. As... More

China denies having military alliance with Pakistan


There is no military alliance between China and Pakistan, but China’s arms exports to Pakistan are a powerful weapon to safeguard the South Asian country’s military sovereignty, says a report published in the Chinese... More

India pitches for early decision on BRICS rating agency


India has called upon members of the BRICS block to take an early call on the BRICS credit rating agency mooted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015.During the first meeting of the BRICS... More

Russia and Pakistan: A Durable Anti-American Alliance in South Asia


On April 6, 2018, Pakistan’s Minister of Defense, Khurram Dastgir Khan, told Russian state media outlet Sputnik that the Pakistani military planned to purchase Su-35 fighter jets and T-90 tanks from Russia. Khan’s announcement... More

DEFENCE

Steel cutting ceremony held for Pakistan’s first Damen 1800 OPV


Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards conducted the steel-cutting ceremony for the first of two Damen 1800 offshore patrol vessels (OPV) ordered by the Pakistan Navy in June 2017. The event was revealed by the Pakistan Navy... More

India to add 7 more advanced airfields near border with China


Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who witnessed the air capabilities as part of the Gaganshakti exercise in Pasighat and Dollungmukh, has said that apart from modernizing the eight existing advanced landing grounds, the ministry... More

Divisive agenda

Until recently, politics in West Bengal was dictated by ideology, development issues and muscle power. But the latest trends show a paradigm shift, with religion and identity increasingly taking centre stage. The recent communal violence in different parts of... More

COLUMN

On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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 in no way... More
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Sri Lanka’s Tea Museum, giving life to a legacy

Bridging the island’s colonial past with the present is Sri Lanka’s museum dedicated to the Lankan heritage of tea. Standing atop the scenic mountains... More

Pakistani English fiction’s search for approval and recognition

Authors of Pakistani origin writing in English are on fire abroad. And in Pakistan, they are igniting a frisson of excitement and minor pyrotechnics... More

One Year On, Indian Army’s ‘Human Shield’ Still Awaits Justice

Last year, on the morning of April 9, Farooq Ahmad Dar – a 27-year-old shawl weaver from Chill Brass village in central Kashmir’s Budgam... More

Beyond boundaries

When news of the noted Sufi singer Pyarelal Wadali breathing his last at a private hospital in Amritsar after a prolonged battle with diabetes... More

The Betrayal of India: A close look at the 2008...

These days we rush from one media story to another, trying to keep up with the latest terrorist attack. Yesterday Paris; today London; tomorrow,... More

Shonku on big screen

Professor Shonku, the genius scientist, inventor and polyglot whose adventures have enthralled generations of young Bengali readers for six decades, will for the first... More

Preservation of Buddhist art helps Pakistan fight stereotyping

In a video address at the opening of the Pakistan Single Country Exhibition here on January 12, Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi made a fervent... More

Lahore Music Meet: Redefining Pakistan

The city of Lahore has created an indelible music festival that is not only an amazing platform for artists from any genre of music... More