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Will Bhutan exert its independent stand in the Doklam conflict?


Five weeks have passed since the confrontation between China and India at Doklam, but the crisis remains unresolved. It has become an issue of pride, with no one willing to step down first and lose face. In the... More

Indian ammunition stock faces critical shortfall to sustain 10 days of war...


As tensions remain high with China over the stand-off in Doklam, the army faces a shortfall of 40 per cent of types ammunition to fight a 10-day long war, as per the stockholding in September 2016. This... More

Doklam stand-off: Pentagon tells China, India to engage in direct dialogue


India and China should engage in direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects” to reduce the tension over a military standoff in Dokalam, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face-off in... More

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid Doklam...


While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though the Pakistani army... More

Fake Chinese parts in India-made Bofors gun: CBI books Delhi firm


CBI booked a Delhi-based firm and unidentified officials of the Gun Carriage Factory in Madhya Pradesh on Friday for selling fake Chinese spare parts to Jabalpur’s ordnance factory, which falls under the Ministry of defence’s department of... More

Military conflicts to escalate if India refuses to withdraw troops


Addressing the ongoing border face-off between China and India, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told her country's parliament on Thursday that "all countries are in India's support," and said India is alert to the need to protect... More

Mamata Banerjee calls for ‘oust BJP’ movement


Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday called for a national alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, giving an “Oust BJP from India” call. Stating that her party will stand by all those political parties who fight... More

Border standoff: India seeks face-saving way to deal with China


Although the Indian media has been creating hype over the country’s military standoff with China near the Bhutan-China-India tri-junction since middle of June, New Delhi is now studiously playing down the tensions. Recently, Indian Defense Ministry denied reports... More

Will decide on early hearing in Babri Masjid dispute case, says Indian...


The Supreme Court on Friday said it will take a decision to list for early hearing a batch of petitions challenging the Allahabad High Court verdict in the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid land dispute case. “We will take a... More

West Bengal has most cross voting in presidential polls


It was clear on election day that there had been a lot of cross voting during the presidential polls. The most cross voting took place in West Bengal, it was observed after the vote count. Cancelled votes... More

Ram Nath Kovind’s vote share lowest since 1974: EC data


Ram Nath Kovind, the ruling NDA coalition’s candidate, may have won the presidential election comfortably, but his vote share is the lowest since 1974, figures reveal. Kovind polled 7,02,044 votes out of 10,90,300 in the Electoral College,... More

Let’s both pull back troops from Doklam, says Sushma Swaraj


Offering a solution to the ongoing border standoff with China, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that both Indian and Chinese soldiers should withdraw from the Doklam region in the tri-junction with... More

US Lawmakers propose maritime-security aid for India’s neighbors


While the Trump administration has yet to define its strategic policy in the Pacific, key lawmakers are urging the Pentagon to expand Obama-era security assistance to countries in the Bay of Bengal to counter China’s growing influence. The... More

‘Modi will eventually defeat himself’: Congress leader S. Jaipal Reddy


Jaipal Reddy, who was an important Congress strategist when the party came back to power in May 2004, insisted during an interview with The Wirethat Narendra Modi will “defeat himself” in 2019 as “everybody despises his dictatorship”. The former Union... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China


Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have crossed the border,... More

China ready to attack India, claims Ex DM Mulayam in Lok Sabha


Samajwadi Party leader and former Defence Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav claimed on Wednesday that China was ready to attack India in collaboration with Pakistan and asked the government to reverse its stand on the Tibet issue and... More

Not religion, lynching is about Parivar vs all: Ghulam Nabi Azad


The discussion in Rajya Sabha on lynchings and atrocities on minorities and Dalits saw the Congress delinking these incidents from religion and caste on Wednesday. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the... More

‘No troop mobilisation by China on the border’


China has not done any major troop mobilisation close to the border, senior sources in the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. In the last two days, a couple of videos circulated in the media showing massive exercises by... More

China’s military adapts to changing conditions 


Forced by changing conditions in the field of warfare, China this week embarked on a new program to turn its gigantic armed forces built on the old wobbly Soviet model, into a “leaner and meaner” modern American-style... More

India-China border row: US expresses concern, asks ‘arrangement for peace’


The United States has expressed concern over the Indo-China border stand-off in the Sikkim Sector and urged both countries to work together to try to come up with some sort of arrangement for peace. "I know that the... More

This is India’s China war, round two


With India and China interacting over more than 3,000km of undefined frontier, friction is constant and that one day it would break back into border war has seemed inevitable. Two great Indian delusions have created this situation. The lesser... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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