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Exclusive: India’s Iran oil purchases to fade ahead of U.S. sanctions


Indian refiners will cut their monthly crude loadings from Iran for September and October by nearly half from earlier this year as New Delhi works to win waivers on the oil export sanctions Washington plans to reimpose... More

Why Three Former Chief Ministers Are Boycotting the Civic Polls in Restive...


On September 5, National Conference president and three-time chief minister Farooq Abdullah announced that his party would boycott the upcoming civic body polls in Jammu and Kashmir until the Centre assured protection for Article 35A. Three days... More

Assam govt to urge Supreme Court to order re-verification of NRC ahead...


The Assam government has decided to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court seeking an order that re-verification of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) be completed before the claims and objections exercise begins amid concerns that... More

CPEC: Exposed to hybrid warfare


China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a promising project. Therefore, the people of Pakistan appreciate it and are optimistic about its socio-economic benefits. Simultaneously, it is panicking for the adversaries of Pakistan and thereby they have been hatching... More

Nepal bares China-tempered steel, India better get used to it


The timing of a surprise decision by Nepal to withdraw from the first-ever joint military exercise in India – which comes exactly a week before a scheduled joint military exercise with China, and on the heels of... More

Want cheaper fuel? Visit this border outpost in Bhutan


A litre of diesel and petrol in Bhutan averages Rs. 54 and  Rs. 59 respectively, about  Rs. 20-25 cheaper than the nearest oil outlet in Assam. Decades of informal trade between Assam and Bhutan, disrupted by insurgency, took... More

Afghanistan peace talks stick on bases: US wants 2, Taliban none


Negotiations between the United States and the Afghan Taliban for a political settlement to end the protracted war in Afghanistan are stuck over the issue of maintenance of US military bases in the country, according to Waheed... More

Extending AFSPA in Assam is a bad move in a terrible situation


On August 29, the government of the northeast Indian state of Assam issued a notification declaring the entire state a “disturbed area” and extending the controversial Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act of 1958 up to six months... More

Why a Hindu Nepal is drifting away from India towards communist China?


The trilateral relations between India, China and Nepal is getting complex as Kathmandu continues to please Beijing and ignore Delhi. Nepal will hold a second defence exercise under Sagarmatha Friendship-2 with China from September 17 to 28... More

Rohingya genocide: Will Myanmar generals face ICC justice?


The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC) stated last week that it did, in principle, have the jurisdiction to initiate an indictment against members of Myanmar's military for driving scores of Rohingya people from their homes... More

Can peace be won in Afghanistan?


At a time when the Taliban are gaining ground in Afghanistan, Afghan government losses are mounting, and regional partners’ views on the conflict are shifting, US Secretary of Defense James Mattis has not given in to pessimism.... More

BJP’s Ram Madhav says those excluded from Assam citizens’ list to be...


BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said Monday people excluded from the final list of Assam-specific National Register of Citizens would be de-franchised and deported to their country, while chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal suggested that the NRC be... More

India’s anti-Pakistan diplomacy goes awry; Nepal, Thailand skip military drill


Nepal’s decision to skip the BIMSTEC military drill has posed a big question mark over the Indian government’s diplomatic adventurism pushing for the revival of the seven-member BIMSTEC in place of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional... More

As Bhutan gears up for its third general election, many wonder if...


As Bhutan heads to the first round of its general elections on September 15 to decide which two of the four political parties in the country will contest the final round on October 18, the fear of... More

Modi is leaving India unprepared for a world made by Trump and...


There seems to be no end to the crises that India is experiencing now, in both the domestic and foreign spheres. The rupee is in free fall, fuel prices are up and there is widespread joblessness. New... More

White America & Hindu India: A marriage of convenience?


Wednesday’s short visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph F. Dunford to Pakistan was a pit stop to reconnoiter the political turf in Pakistan. In... More

Myanmar military chief in a political firing line


It could not have been a worse day for the ambition and standing of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s increasingly maligned armed forces. On August 27, United Nations-appointed investigators announced that the country’s top... More

US-Pak ties strained by anti-terror accusations hard to thaw


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a brief visit to Pakistan on September 5, during which he met Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the country's Army Chief General Qamar Javed... More

Too close for comfort? On the India-US 2+2 meeting


The India-US 2+2 meeting on September 6 between the Defence and Foreign Ministers of the two countries appeared to be a singularly one-sided affair. Washington was calling the shots, and New Delhi was trying to wriggle out... More

Friendship with China has political, institutional & popular support: Pakistan


Addressing a joint news conference along with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Islamabad on Saturday, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said,” Pak-China friendship has political, institutional and popular support in both countries”. The joint press conference... More

BJP has decided to use Assam as its key to 2019


Don't ask me to tell you a story about Rwanda. Wikipedia would tell you more than me. You might not even need me to tell you stories about the great massacre of Nellie 35 years ago. It's part... More

COLUMN

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

A matter of shame

That the wolves would soon be at the door should not have surprised anybody.What is surprising is that Imran Khan’s people were not better prepared to deal with the hungry pack left out in the political cold. Despite the losers’ calling for mass rejection of the alleged July 25 election rigging, they failed to mobilise the streets. Though Fazlur Rahman vociferously fulminated that the new National Assembly (NA) would... 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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