Condolences pour in following Dina Wadia’s demise

Soon after news broke about the death of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's only daughter Dina Wadia on 2 November, messages of condolences started to pour in through social media. People from all walks of life, including politicians... More

Pakistan, Iran urge ‘credible’ Afghan peace process

Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday (Nov 1) called for the resumption of a ‘credible political process’ owned and led by Afghanistan to seek lasting solution of the lingering conflict in the war-torn country. The joint... More

GST hits Nepal’s export to India

Nepal's export to India has been adversely affected after the enforcement of Goods and Services Tax as Nepali goods have become less competitive in the Indian market due to high duty in post-GST period,... More

Angered by satirical radio campaign on tourist safety, India’s I&B ministry Issues...

Days after a Swiss couple was brutally attacked by a group of men with sticks and stones at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, the Times Group’s flagship radio station Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM) ran a... More

Hamid Karzai’s call for a grand Afghan assembly can shake up politics...

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent dash to New Delhi – timed with the arrival of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson from Islamabad – was perhaps aimed to create the optics of a new emerging configuration... More

India agrees to hold talks with Kashmiri leaders. Why?

India has, at last, agreed to talk to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) when they appointed a new special government representative to pursue talks in Indian Occupied Kashmir. This is clear u-turn in... More

After editor’s exit, Hindustan Times pulls down controversial ‘hate tracker’

The Hindustan Times appears to have taken down its hate tracker initiative, a microsite that aimed at being a “national database on crimes in the name of religion, caste and race”. Readers and viewers who... More

Bangladesh approves China-funded elevated expressway project

Bangladesh's highest economic policy-making body has approved a China-funded elevated expressway project, Xinhua reported. The project was approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) chaired by Prime Minister... More

Bangladesh cattle herds surge as India curbs smuggling

Moves by the Modi government in India to crack down on the country's previously strong beef industry in the name of protecting cows, holy to Hindus, have given new life to the sector in... More

Political triangle: Prospects of US-India alliance amid China’s rise

A closer alliance with the US could bring India more harm than good, a professor of politics at the University of Westminster, Dibyesh Anand, told Radio Sputnik, commenting on US Secretary of State Rex... More

Dhaka-Beijing to strengthen cooperation, says envoy

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang said the relations between Bangladesh and China reached such a height which will help expedite development efforts benefiting people of the two countries. He also said China follows the... More

WB loan to be ‘costlier’ for BD from next FY

Bangladesh will have to pay higher interest rates for taking loans from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank as the country will be classified as an ‘IDA gap’ country by the... More

Trump failing to find ‘the right formula to achieve victory in Afghanistan

Donald Trump's new Afghan strategy is unlikely to bear any fruit, Pakistani security analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai told Radio Sputnik. It's hard to defeat terrorists while depending solely on airstrikes, he said. Last month Afghanistan... More

Accusing Pakistan alone won’t wipe out terror threat for India

On September 23, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took a swipe at Pakistan at the 72nd UN General Assembly, saying that Islamabad had given the world "terrorists" while New Delhi was producing top-notch... More

IMF reduces India’s GDP growth forecast to 6.7% for 2017-’18

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed India’s Gross Domestic Product growth forecast for the 2017-’18 financial year to 6.7% in its World Economic Outlook report for October. In its April and July reports, the IMF... More

Rex Tillerson may club visits to India, Pakistan

U.S. Secretary of State to visit both countries in one trip, resuming a practice that New Delhi particularly dislikes U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to visit India “later in October”, officials... More

The US-Sino great game: Washington embraces Indian position on CPEC

US Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis has said that China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative is untenable because it passes through a disputed territory. He was alluding to the China Pakistan Economic... More

Connectivity ‘crucial’ in Dhaka-Delhi ties; 3rd $4.5b LoC deal signed

Indian Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley on Wednesday (4 October) said connectivity is crucial to the success of Bangladesh-India bilateral development partnership, sub-regional economic cooperation and economic prosperity in the region. “India-Bangladesh... More

‘Are we heading for a Bihari-like situation?’

Obsession with one nation, one religion and one language continues down till today in Myanmar, leading to its present predicament. The psyche of the country has been shaped by a fear of disintegration, xenophobia,... More

China sending relief for Rohingyas, willing to play role in solving crisis:...

China is sending relief for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh coming from Myanmar and willing to play its part to end the crisis, its ambassador in Dhaka says. Ma Mingqiang at the celebration of the... More

An impressive debut: Pak PM Abbasi ticked the right boxes in his...

The newly-elected Prime Minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is on his first visit to the US to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The visit came at a critical time... More


Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More


India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More



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 should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More