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Cyclone Vardah wreaks havoc in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh; four killed


The cyclone Vardah ripped through Chennai and adjoining districts of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh at wind speeds of up to 90 kph on Monday, paralysing life and leaving a trail of destruction in its... More

Politicizing India’s NSG bid


India recently accused China of politicizing New Delhi’s bid for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and urged that the countries give each other “sufficient space” and not be trapped in a “balance of power” cycle. The... More

A doctrine of unpredictability


In a rapidly changing world, the Modi government’s foreign policy will require much more imagination than the shock-and-awe tactics of the past two and a half years In June this year, just after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit... More

AgustaWestland: India ex-air force boss arrested for bribery


Police in India have arrested former air force chief SP Tyagi over allegations of corruption in a luxury helicopter deal with Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said Mr Tyagi had given the company "undue... More

‘You don’t know how to write to a CM’: Mamata hits back...


West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit back at defence minister Manohar Parrikar for writing a letter to her in which he alleged that she was trying to demoralise the armed forces. Banerjee took ‘strong exception’... More

Making of a mammoth tragedy


The decision to demonetise will cause grievous injury to the honest Indian who earns wages in cash. The dishonest black money hoarder will get away with a mere rap on the knuckles It is said that “money is... More

India’s regional linking plan being derailed


Bhutan has put a hurdle in India’s ambitious road connectivity plan involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal after its Parliament refused to ratify the deal. Experts doubt Chinese hand in persuading the legislators to withhold approval. Bhutan, the... More

For God’s Sake, Do Your Job: President Pranab Mukherjee’s Rebuke Amid Parliament...


As disruptions and adjournments threaten to wash out another session of parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee's strong rebuke Thursday was clearly aimed at parliamentarians: "For God's sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business in Parliament." The... More

One-fifth Indian political parties never fought polls


India has the largest number of political parties in the world while one-fifth of them have never contested any election, estimates the country’s Election Commission. “Politics seems to be ingrained in Indians as the country has the largest... More

India, Israel take ties to a new high


India and Israel are further strengthening their strategic relations, as indicated by recent developments. After Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s weeklong visit to India, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set to visit Israel in 2017. Modi visited... More

JS Khehar to be next Chief Justice of India


Chief Justice of India TS Thakur wrote to the government on Tuesday recommending the name of Justice JS Khehar as his successor. Justice Khehar will be sworn in as the head of Indian judiciary on January 4, 2017,... More

Pakistan Cotton output estimated at 10.542m bales


Pakistan is expected to produce 10.542 million bales (1 bale=170 kilograms) during the current season, according to the Cotton Crop Assessment Committee (CCAC) of Pakistan. The estimates were released during the third meeting of the CCAC held on... More

Maharaja Wanted Kashmir To Be An Independent Country, Says Farooq


On former Prime Minister of J&K, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah’s anniversary today, his son and National Conference patron Dr. Farooq Abdullah said his father shouldn’t be blamed for an Instrument of Accession between Maharaja Hari Singh and New... More

Jayalalitha Dies At 68


J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, has died in a Chennai hospital, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68. Ms Jayalalithaa had a... More

India-BD agreement for joint military command


Bangladesh and India are working on an agreement framework for joint military command to counter terrorism, take up security measures in time of crisis, increase border patrols and intelligence exchange. Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar during his... More

Jayalalithaa in critical condition


J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening in the Chennai hospital where she has spent the last three months being... More

India to tout Chabahar Port at Amritsar conference


New Delhi will focus on Chabahar port of Iran at the “Heart of Asia” ministerial conference which begins in Amritsar. The Afghan government will also present its case at the meeting. The two-day conference is being held on... More

The currency note issue is costing Indian politics


India’s ban on 500 and 1000-rupee notes is reshaping the structure of the country’s politics. On one hand this gave an opportunity for the opposition political parties to unite under a common goal, while on the... More

PM Modi’s Notes Ban Neither Intelligent Nor Humane: Amartya Sen


"Despotic and authoritarian" is how Nobel Laureate and Bharat Ratna Amartya Sen describes the decision to abruptly ban 500- and 1000-rupee notes. "The alleged objective of dealing with black money is something all Indians would laud. But... More

Across the aisle: No jobs, no credit growth, no private investments


Between the gathering storm on the India-Pakistan border and the massive disruption to the economy, Saturday, November 26, passed almost unnoticed. The day marked the exact mid-point of the tenure of the government led by Prime Minister... More

Indian cinemas must play national anthem


India's Supreme Court yesterday made it mandatory for all cinemas across the country to play the national anthem before any movie screening and also directed that people should show honor and respect when the anthem is played. "India's... More

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Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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