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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... 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... 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,... 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... 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... 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)... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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)... 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–... 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... More

Two Asian giants must cohabitate in peace: M.K. Bhadrakumar


It's been nearly two months since the India-China military standoff in Doklam. Global Times (GT) reporter Gu Di interviewed M.K. Bhadrakumar, a former Indian diplomat, by e-mail to talk from an Indian perspective about factors... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More