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The missing Muslim representation in Gujarat assembly election 2017

According to 2011 census, Muslims are the biggest minority in Gujarat accounting for 9.65 per cent of the population. Despite this high representation, only...

US backs Russian investment in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline

The United States supports infrastructure investment by Russia – an arch rival of America in global politics – in laying an offshore gas pipeline...

INS Kalvari submarine commissioned but Indian Navy’s sub-sea power is below...

Almost 18 years after India cleared an ambitious submarine-building programme to scale up its undersea warfare capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India-built INS...

India loses its troop scanning Heron UAV, secretive sensors to China...

India has lost a valuable troop scanning unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), along with its payload of sensors and intelligence systems, to a cross-border crash...

India has ‘zero sum’ mentality in the region, says China

New Delhi’s outdated strategic mentality cannot “dampen the strong enthusiasm” in the region for deepening cooperation with Beijing, Chinese state media has claimed. The Global...

Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist ‘cover-up’

The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka’s monetary authority of covering...

Russia favours dialogue with the Taliban: Lavrov

An inclusive political dialogue for peace in Afghanistan should include the Taliban and other regional countries, said Moscow’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov here on...

Russia pitches for India’s participation in OBOR

Russia pitched for India joining China's One Belt One Road initiative and hoped that New Delhi will find a way out to benefit from...

US, Afghan forces launch offensive to block Daesh expansion in Afghanistan

US and Afghan special operations groups are preparing an offensive against Daesh strongholds in northwestern Afghanistan in an attempt to prevent the fractured militant...

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Abbasi visits Turkey

Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Tuesday (Dec. 12) arrived in Turkey of on an official visit. During the visit,...

General Dynamics receives $3.1m contract for Pakistan AH-1Z program

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a $9.06 m U.S. contract to General Dynamics-OTS Inc. (GD-OTS) to supply 41 A/A49E-7(v4) gun turrets for...

In first winter stay, 1,800 Chinese troops camping at Doklam

Around 1,600-1,800 Chinese troops have now virtually established a permanent presence in the Doklam+ area, near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction, with the construction of two...

What Left alliance’s victory in Nepal elections would mean for India

Nepal’s Left alliance—forged between the country’s former Maoist rebels and the Communists—seemed headed for a victory in elections aimed at completing the Himalayan nation’s...

China acted firmly to end Doklam standoff but ties with India...

China acted firmly but with restraint in resolving the Doklam military standoff, diplomatically ensuring India withdrew its “trespassing” troops from the area, foreign minister...

CPEC carries no hidden agenda: Chinese envoy

Top Chinese diplomat in Islamabad Yao Jing has said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor neither carries any hidden agenda nor has it anything to hide. Security...

China-Maldives trade pact catches India off guard

While India's political establishment was focused on Nepal's landmark election on Thursday, China was busy wrapping up a free-trade agreement with the Maldives. The...

Pakistan collaborating with China on next-gen fighter

In the inaugural session of AirTech ’17, a conference being held at Air University in Islamabad, the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Chief of Air...

Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed discuss suing Manila bank for heist damages

Bangladesh’s central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank...

Nepal elections: Communist alliance takes early lead, shocks Nepali Congress

An alliance of communist parties has taken a two-thirds lead in the initial counting of votes in Nepal’s first election to provincial and federal...

Pakistan has lost more lives, troops to terrorism than any other...

Acknowledging Pakistan's fight against terrorism, the Pentagon said that the country has lost more lives and troops to terrorism than any other country. Addressing a...

Upgrade of India’s Mirage fighter fleet in jeopardy as maintenance contracts...

The upgrade of India’s Mirage 2000-H fleet could face a roadblock, after the maintenance warranty from original equipment manufacturers Dassault Aviation and Thales of...