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US Pentagon chief reassures Afghans as Trump era dawns


Pentagon chief Ashton Carter sought to reaffirm US commitment to Afghanistan on Friday, as uncertainty lingers over President-elect Donald Trump´s strategy on America´s longest war in the face of... More

Russia-Taliban ties worry US


American officials in Afghanistan are increasingly worried about the deepening ties between Russia and Taliban, the force fighting to topple the government in Kabul. The nexus could complicate an... More

Youth addiction grows in Afghanistan


    Over a million young Afghan male and female youths are drug addicts. Those who are suffering from addiction in some way escalate violence within their families and affects women... More

Peace in Afghanistan pragmatic for all


The “Heart of Asia” conference in Amritsar India ended on a highly ambitious note. The conference, however, did not dispense with the South Asian blame-game and the countries carried... More

US, UN relations strained over Afghan war reports


The US military in Afghanistan is increasingly trying to control public information about the war. This in turn resulting in strained relations with western organizations as they offering different... More

Afghanistan’s fate hangs in Trump’s silence


With the US president-elect Donald Trump making hardly any reference in his election campaign to the US’ longest fought war, the question of the policy that he would follow... More

Russia rejects Indian, Afghan criticism on Pakistan


AMRITSAR: Russia on Sunday lauded Pakistan's stance at the Heart of Asia conference and said the agenda of the conference has not been hijacked. Addressing the Heart of Asia Conference... More

Afghan conflict causes record internal displacements


One million people in Afghanistan were internally displaced and nearly half of them were ousted by conflict as of November 2016, reported WFP and UNOCHA. The reports say, for the... More

Ghani May Seek More Military Assistance from India


Afghanistan may seek additional military assistance from India in battling a relentless Taliban insurgency, a New Delhi-based newspaper reported on Wednesday. President Ashraf Ghani is expected to present Prime Minister... More

Taliban offer security to Afghan govt


  The Afghan Taliban offered to protect major government projects. The offer was made at a time when the forces of the Kabul government is fighting against Taliban to regain... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host the sixth Heart of... More

Concern over Trump’s Afghan policy


There is a major risk of democracy - rightly noted the American political commentator Henry Olsen. Unpredictable popular leaders can mobilize the population through fiery rhetoric. However, once in... More

Russia-China-Pakistan talks on Afghanistan: New polarization


In international diplomacy, there are no perpetual friends or foes. Many developments in recent time, including the Philippines’ improved relations with China, gradual declining in relations between Egypt and... More

Taliban call on Trump to withdraw force


In a time when the U.S. president-elect Donald Trump is flooded with greetings from leaders around the world, Afghan Taliban call on him to withdraw American troops from their... More

Govt.-parliament conflict intensifies crisis in volatile Afghanistan


Frequent Taliban attacks as well as intense feuds between the government and parliament are intensifying crises in already volatile Afghanistan. The parliament is asking ministers to make statements about... More

Heightened Taliban attacks and Afghan peace talks


A day after the attack on German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan, the Taliban, on Saturday stormed into the Bagram airbase, which is considered as  most secured US military... More

Political leaders push Taliban for talks


  A number of Afghan political leaders have moved to broker peace talks between government and the Taliban following secret talks between the two parties in Qatar recently. Sayed Ishaq Gailani,... More

Afghan MPs call for review of security pact with US


  Blaming the government’s failures in ensuring security, several Wolesi Jirga , on November 7, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. Speaker Abdur... More

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Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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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... More