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The Kachin IDP crisis: Myanmar’s other humanitarian disaster


The 33rd Light Infantry Division (LID), known for its brutality, is now back in action in Kachin State, the northernmost state of Myanmar. The Myanmar military unit that has been sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department was... More

Can Pak-India talks be revived?


Neither Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj nor Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi understand that Prime Minister Imran Khan can’t throw ‘googly’ as he has never been a spinner in his cricketing days. As a fast... More

Wanted in India, fiery Islamic preacher says he has not broken any...


Controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in his home country of India, said he has not broken any Indian law and was being targeted by the "enemies of Islam," in a rare public speech in Malaysia where... More

Will Assam burn while BJP fiddles with the Citizenship bill?


On Friday, the Assam Police confirmed that Abhijeet Gogoi, a software engineer had joined the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent). Gogoi is just one of the many young people to join the armed political group in... More

Russia, Indian, Chinese top diplomats to prepare initiatives to boost dialogue: Lavrov


Tops diplomats from Russia, India and China will work out initiatives to strengthen trilateral cooperation, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday. At a meeting with the Chinese and Indian leaders, Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi, on... More

In setback for India, China rejects proposal for bilateral trade in domestic...


China has not accepted India's proposal to carry out bilateral trade in local currencies which was aimed at bridging the ballooning trade deficit with the neighbouring country, an Indian official said on Sunday. India's exports to China stood... More

Bangladesh’s two minority outfits bicker over which way Hindus will vote on...


Less than a month before Bangladesh goes to the polls, the country’s Hindu minorities stand divided as two opposing outfits—the Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (HBCUS) and the Hindu Mahajote—traded charges against each other with the latter... More

Why India’s ‘Modi-fied’ GDP math lacks credibility


India’s back-series GDP (gross domestic product) data, released by the NITI Aayog just four months before the 2019 general elections, turns the basic laws of macroeconomics on their head. Here’s one that is most intriguing. The data shows... More

Pakistan seeks $9 billion ‘overdue’ payments from US


Pakistan has sought ‘overdue’ payments from the United States amid the nuclear armed country’s economic crises, official sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the pending payments were good enough to get Pakistan... More

Kartarpur Corridor is a diplomatic masterstroke


Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurudwara is located in the district of Narowal in Punjab. Guru Nanak, who founded Sikhism, used to live in this area. He died in 1539 and a shrine was built in his memory. For... More

Peace talks with India after 2019 elections: Imran Khan


Pakistan will wait for the 2019 general elections in India to be over for its current outreach to get a positive response from New Delhi, Prime Minster Imran Khan said on Thursday (Nov 29). On the 100th day... More

The other G20 meeting: can Xi and Modi solve the China- India...


The eyes of the world this week will be on Buenos Aires, and the much-awaited meeting between President Donald Trump of the United States and President Xi Jinping of China. Whether their meeting at the G20 will help... More

Little trust, little hope for Myanmar’s faltering peace try


When Karen National Union (KNU) representatives held an emergency meeting earlier this month at their jungle headquarters along the Thai-Myanmar border, the ethnic group’s leaders weighed their continued participation in the government’s peace process. The KNU, along with... More

We are in hurry to end the Afghan tragedy: Khalilzad


The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad on Wednesday said that the Afghan people deserve peace and that they are at war for 40 years. “We are in hurry to end the Afghan tragedy," Khalilzad said... More

“Agree to collateral damage”: India may use drones in Jammu and Kashmir


Responding to a question about the usage of drones against the Kashmiri separatists, Indian Army Chief said that they could be used in Jammu and Kashmir and even across the LoC on the Pakistani side, but the... More

Maldives would be wise to shun meaningless ‘gift’ from New Delhi


India's plan to provide loans to the Maldives to help the island nation repay its debts to China will likely turn out to be nothing more than an old trick that will lead to India becoming a... More

For 2019 elections, BJP at least needs the Citizenship Amendment Bill


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) may talk about vikas (development) and welfare but it is distinctly aware it needs to also be seen as delivering to its hardcore Hindutva vote base ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha... More

India struggles to compete with China’s digital silk road

The concept of digital connectivity in the Belt and Road Initiative in the last few years has been moving forward, but is less noticed by international observers than high-profile physical infrastructure projects like ports and railways. Nevertheless,... More

Afghan president announces team to hold peace talks with Taliban


The Afghan government has formed a 12-member team to hold peace talks with the Taliban, President Ashraf Ghani announced in the Swiss city of Geneva on Wednesday. "I'm pleased to announce today that after several months of intensive... More

Rahul Gandhi looks to dent PM Narendra Modi’s winning image as Indian...


Millions of Indians voted on Wednesday in a state election that has been seen as a key duel between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his main rival, before the whole country goes to the polls in 2019. Modi’s... More

Ageing ‘uncle’ seeks to bring down Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina


An octogenarian former comrade of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's father in the country's independence struggle is now the face of an embattled opposition seeking to end her decade-long rule increasingly tainted by accusations of authoritarianism. In a... More

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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

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... 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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