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Presence of P-3 Orion in Pakistan Navy irks Indian navy


Presence of Lockheed P-3 Orion in the Pakistan Navy’s Air Arm has been irritating the enemy. Recently, Indian navy had held air-based anti-submarine warfare exercise in the Indian Ocean with Japan. Indian navy had conducted the exercises with the... More

Indian armed forces say no to indigenous ‘Tejas’, ‘Arjun’


Armed forces of India have virtually given the thumbs down to the proposed advanced versions of the indigenous Tejas light combat aircraft and Arjun main-battle tank by strongly pitching for mega acquisitions of foreign single-engine fighters and... More

US troops will ‘join’ Afghan forces in joint operations


US President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing American troops in Afghanistan to participate in joint operations with Afghan forces and to call in air strikes when needed, US officials said. Foreign Policy reported that several current and former... More

Chinese Naval training ship docks Sri Lanka on a 4-day goodwill visit


The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy docked at the Colombo Port on 10 November on a four-day goodwill visit. During the ship’s port call in Colombo, Rear Admiral Yan... More

No shortage of weapons in Army: Indian Army Chief


Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat said on Friday (Nov 10) that the armed force is not facing any shortage of arms and it can give a befitting reply to the country’s enemies, contrary to claims of... More

Submarine scandal surfaces between Russia and India


An unprecedented scandal broke out between Russia and India with Moscow suspecting that Delhi granted US Navy representatives access to the Russian nuclear submarine of Project 971I, operated by the Indian Navy since 2011. According to, the incident... More

Indian Army issues fresh RFI for Future Ready Combat Vehicle


India’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has invited responses by 20 December to its global request for information (RFI) to develop and build 1,770 multipurpose Future Ready Combat Vehicles (FRCVs) for the Indian Army (IA) to replace the... More

US Navy carrier drills with Japanese, Indian navy in Sea of Japan


The US Navy carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, conducted three days of drills with a Japanese destroyer and two Indian warships in the Sea of Japan, Japan's navy said on Tuesday (Nov 7). The exercise involving five ships,... More

Russia delivers armored personnel carriers for UN troops in Bangladesh


Russia has completed the deliveries of BTR-80 amphibious armored personnel carriers (APC) to UN peacekeepers in Bangladesh, the APC manufacturer, Military Industrial Company (MIC) told Sputnik during the Defense & Security 2017 exhibition, which takes place in... More

Bangladesh-India joint exercise SAMPRITI 2017 from 6 Nov


Army personnel of India and Bangladesh, Asia's two of the most frequent witnesses to terror strikes, will engage in a joint counter-terrorist training exercise at India's Jungle Warfare School at Vairengte in Mizoram and at the Joint... More

India to purchase 111 multi-utility helicopters for $4.35 billion


India will purchase more than 100 armed helicopters for its navy to replace its outdated French-designed fleet in a military deal worth US$3.2 billion (S$4.35 billion), an official said Wednesday (Nov 1). The defence acquisition council approved funding... More

Myanmar Air Force to induct JF-17 fighters by end-2017


A JF-17 Fierce Dragon fighter aircraft with the insignia of the Myanmar Air Force (MAF) on its tail has been conducting test flights in China's Chengdu airport, indicating that plans to induct them into MAF by end... More

Pakistan trying to crack a fresh helicopter deal with the US!


Pakistan is trying to crack a new deal to reacquire an unspecified number of helicopters to carry out anti-narcotics operations in FATA and Balochistan. After returning four earlier this month, Pakistan on Monday returned five of the... More

Pakistan against US drone deal with India: FO


Pakistan Foreign Office on Friday (Oct 27) sounded its opposition to a United States (US) plan to sell drones to India, and called on global powers to exercise more "international responsibility" before committing to such agreements, reports... More

DIPLOMACY: China defends Pakistan after India, US slam terror ‘safe havens’


China on Thursday (Oct 26) said Pakistan was "at the forefront of counterterrorism efforts" as it mounted a defence of its "all weather" ally after the India and United States both sent a strong message this week on the... More

DEFENCE: Israel provides weaponry aid to Myanmar for anti-Rohingya ethnic cleansing


After the ruthless killing of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar exceeded, speculations related to Myanmar’s army being backed up by Israel surfaced. It has been reported that Israel sold advanced weapons during the anti-Rohingya ethnic cleansing and... More

INTERVIEW: ‘Suu Kyi government played into the hands of the military’


Harn Yawnghwe, director of Euro-Burma Office (European Office for the Development of Democracy in Myanmar), Brussels, recently spoke to the Dhaka Tribune’s Syed Zainul Abedin on the Rohingya issue and Myanmar leader Suu Kyi. He shed light on the... More

‘The frictions in the Rakhine state are less about Islamophobia than Rohingya-phobia’


Photographs of terrified Muslim men, women and children fleeing the Rakhine state of Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh in the last few weeks have made the global community take note of the Rohingya issue like never before. A brutal crackdown... More

‘Indus treaty can’t be revoked unilaterally’


In its anti-Pakistan rhetoric following Islamabad’s recent diplomatic effort to highlight the Kashmir issue, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been whipping up ideas to scrap the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) of 1960 to... More

‘Dhaka can’t wait until India and China change their stance on Rohingya...


In an interview with the Dhaka Tribune’s Tarek Mahmud, Professor Ali Riaz of Politics and Government Department of Illinois State University in United States of America talks about the ongoing Rohingya crisis. With Bangladesh’s diplomatic friends –India and China– siding with Myanmar,... More

Over 1,000 killed in Myanmar violence, says UN Special Rapporteur


UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, has said that the number of people killed in the violence since August 25 in Myanmar has crossed 1,000. Excerpts from an interview: What... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

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 sorry state of Pakistan’s police

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

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

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

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

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

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

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

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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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