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Bollywood’s lost love: The forgotten cinemas of Indian Kashmir


Mohammad Ashraf’s eyes light up when he recalls the glory days of the Naaz cinema. In a bygone time, before Kashmir became synonymous with unrest, the Naaz was a beacon of light entertainment: it occupied a marvel... More

Russian Navy ships arrive in India for bilateral maritime exercise


Russian Federation Navy (RuFN) ships Varyag, Admiral Panteleyev and Boris Butoma on Sunday arrived at Visakhapatnam to participate in INDRA NAVY, the bilateral maritime exercise with Indian Navy. The 10th edition of the exercise will be conducted from... More

IAF conducts combined guided firing of 4 surface-to-air missiles


In a first-of-its-kind exercise code-named CROSS BOW-18, the Indian Air Force successfully conducted combined guided weapons firing of Surface-to-Air Missiles from the Air Force Station at Suryalanka in Andhra Pradesh. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender... More

Canadian House panel indicts security agencies on lax security during PM Justin...


A Canadian parliamentary committee has recommended the Justin Trudeau government to crack down on Khalistani extremists who live in the country and continue to pose a More

What should Brexit mean for India?


Pay Attention ‘Brexit’ evokes a range of responses, from the bemused, “what the heck is going on?” to the apathetic “who cares?” The Indian reaction resonates between the phlegmatic (“this topic doesn’t perturb me”) and amused (“ha, the... More

As election nears, religious tensions surge in an Indian village


Nayabans isn't remarkable as northern Indian villages go. Sugar cane grows in surrounding fields, women carry animal feed in bullock carts through narrow lanes, people chatter outside a store and cows loiter. But this week, the village in... More

Sikh temple could build bridge between India and Pakistan


Rising above a placid stretch of rice paddies and wheat fields in southern Punjab province is a graceful white-domed temple. To followers of the Sikh religion, 21 million of whom live in next-door India, it is a... More

India to retain top spot in remittances with $80 bn in 2018:...


India will retain its position as the world’s top recipient of remittances this year with its diaspora sending $80 billion back home, the World Bank said in a report on Saturday. India is followed by China ($67 billion),... More

India, US partners in defence, says commander as Sitharaman tours Hawaii military...


Sitharaman described her US visit as part of her endeavour to "take forward the bilateral defence cooperation". Noting that the India-US relationship in defence has acquired the dimensions of a strategic partnership over the last decade, she said... More

Exit polls for three of five assembly polls in India give Congress...


Billed as a semi-final before India’s crucial 2019 parliamentary polls, the results of elections to the five state assemblies—Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram—do not bode well for the BJP whose campaign over the past two... More

NESO, KMSS to launch protests against Citizenship Bill


India’s North East, Students' Organisation (NESO) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti(KMSS) who are opposing the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 have decided to launch protests against it before and during the coming winter session of the Parliament. The NESO,... More

India okays dam on Ravi, will cut water flow to Pakistan


India on Thursday approved implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam project+ on the Ravi in Punjab. The move will allow India to use the water which at present goes “waste” flowing through the Madhopur Headworks downstream to Pakistan.... More

India’s ruling BJP seen losing ground in key state polls before national...


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is likely to lose two heartland states while a third is too close to call, exit polls showed on Friday in the final test of popularity before a national election... More

Indian war veterans say ‘Surgical Strikes’ unnecessarily hyped by Modi govt, caution...


The September 2016 'Surgical Strikes' were unnecessarily hyped by the Modi government to gain political mileage, endangering India's future military cross-border responses, war veterans said at the Military Literature Festival (MLF) in Chandigarh on Friday. Describing the retributive... More

Farmers’ anger descends on Delhi


More than 100,000 farmers from across the country took to streets of Delhi on November 30 to express their fury over the government’s alleged apathy toward an ongoing agrarian crisis. Marching to the capital’s Parliament Street, they... More

Modi Govt unprepared for peace


Prime Minister Imran Khan declared the opening of Kartarpur Corridor as a “victory of peace.” However, it did not attain a tangible outcome. The deadlock on bilateral talks continued between India and Pakistan, and the Modi government... More

Modi’s India is a living nightmare for Muslims


At the crack of dawn on Dec. 5, 1992 , my mother found a poster on the door of our apartment in Mumbai (then Bombay). The poster had an image of the Babri Mosque, painted in black... More

India to expand gas pipeline network to Bangladesh


A massive network of pipelines is being built for transportation of natural gas to various corners of India for promoting gas-based economy. The Centre will invest Rs 70,000 crore in the first phase to spread gas pipeline... More

Slow train to China: India’s trade ties with Beijing taking time to...

China and India may be talking about improving their trade relationship but there is little action to go with the words. According to Indian government officials and representatives of various Indian trade bodies, progress is very slow -... More

Calcutta HC denies permission to BJP’s rath yatra in Bengal


The Calcutta High Court on Thursday denied permission to BJP president Amit Shah's proposed 'rath yatra' from Cooch Behar after the state government said that the rally might cause communal tension in the district. "BJP's Coochbehar rath yatra... More

India plans to dive deep for valuable minerals scattered on the seabed....


In the 1870 Jules Verne classic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, underwater explorer Captain Nemo predicted the mining of the ocean floor’s mineral bounty – zinc, iron, silver and gold. India is catching up with that only now,... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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