India's navy will open a third air base in the far-off Andaman and Nicobar islands on Thursday (Jan 24) to beef up surveillance of Chinese ships and submarines entering the Indian Ocean through the nearby Malacca Straits,... More
To consolidate Hindu votes in West Bengal ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is preparing strategies to cash in on the legislation to provide 10 per cent quota for economically backward sections in general category... More
There has been a surge in the total liabilities of the National Democratic Alliance government led by Narendra Modi, which came to power nearly four-and-half-years ago.
The news comes just after the government was censured by the national... More
The mounting opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the northeastern states may derail the BJP’s bid to win 21 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the region.
While student bodies in Assam and other northeastern states... More
A daughter of India’s most famous dynasty jumped into the political arena on Wednesday, shaking up the race to lead the world’s largest democracy ahead of elections set for later in the spring.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, 47, took... More
Indian citizenship would not be granted to any foreigner without the consent of state governments concerned after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Home Ministry said on Tuesday.
Ministry spokesperson Ashok Prasad said every application for... More
Involving Australia in the Malabar exercises would send a political message, which India is not prepared to do. But there is no pressure from China to keep Australia out of the exercises with the U.S. and Japan,... More
One of the achievements that China and India made on the diplomatic front in 2018 was the improvement in bilateral relations. The informal Wuhan summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in... More
Keeping regional security in mind, India has scaled up its defence cooperation with its extended neighbourhood in the last three years under New Delhi's Neighbourhood First, Act East and Look West policies.
Informed sources here said there has... More
Nepal and India made little progress at the highly anticipated air route talks held in Mumbai, India last week. Nepal has been badgering the southern neighbour to grant air entry points through the L626 Mahendranagar route and... More
Radhika Burman shudders recall the moments when she almost lost her breath while running desperately to save the lives of her two infants clutched in her arms. Her husband ran along with their five-year- More
Lockheed Martin (LMT.N) sees a potential export market of more than $20 billion for its F-16 fighter aircraft from an assembly line in India it has offered to set up in order to win a large Indian... More
Labor strikes and shutdowns have become the weapon of choice for groups in northeast Assam that oppose the Citizenship Amendment Bill, despite warnings that anyone complying might be in contempt of court.
There has been a series of... More
India's state-funded Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed an advanced and most sought after weapon targeting system in the world, which sharpens the attack capabilities of fighter jets in all-weather conditions. With this development, it... More
Ten years after the 26/11 attack on Mumbai, the Indian Navy will coordinate ‘Exercise SEA VIGIL’ — the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast — on January 22 and 23.
The first-of-its-kind exercise will be undertaken... More
With Maldives’ defence minister Mariya Ahmed Didi due to visit India on her first tour this week, India plans to renew its offer to extend the coastal surveillance radar systems (CSRS) project to the island neighbour, as... More
Narendra Modi, Indian Prime Minister, doesn’t have much in common with the leader of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte. At least not in terms of their leadership tactics. Look below the surface though. You’ll soon see that there... More
Fighting in the disputed territory of Kashmir has intensified since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014 amid rising attacks by Hindu hardliners against minorities in the country, further deepening frustration with New Delhi’s... More
India has already paid more than half of the Rs 59,000 crore owed to France under the contract inked in 2016 for the 36 Rafale fighter jets, which will be delivered between November 2019 and April 2022.
When Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, speaking at the inauguration of the Fourth Raisina Dialogue held in New Delhi between January 8 and 10, said that the “principle of might is right cannot be applicable to the... More
The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More
The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More
An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index.
CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More
While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More
The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More
The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More