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West edges towards punishing Myanmar army leaders over Rohingya crisis


The European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, officials familiar with the discussions say. Interviews with... More

CPEC has nothing to do with territorial disputes: China trashes US claim


The Chinese Foreign Ministry has dismissed United States (US) criticism that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through disputed territory, the Economic Times reported. The $56 billion project passes through Pakistan's northern areas, which India claims... More

Ex-Afghan President Karzai says US supplying arms to ISIS


Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that the US had been supplying weapons to Daesh in Afghanistan. Karzai, in an interview with Russian Today (RT) here, said that the US army helicopters were being used to supply weapons... More

Indo-Pak ex-spy chiefs ask both nations to talk, play cricket


Two former spy chiefs of Pakistan and India have stressed on the urgent need of diplomatic talks and communications between India and Pakistan, terming it essential and helpful for national interest of both the countries. General (R) Ehsan-ul-Haq,... More

Assembly Elections: BJP faces uphill task in Modi’s home turf


The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled the Western Indian State of Gujarat continually since 1998, and had been under the watch of the current Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 13 years (from 2001 to... More

Doklam logjam: 1,000 Chinese troops still at site of stand-off


The Doklam stand-off between India and China may have ended several weeks ago, but around 1,000 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers still man the disputed Himalayan border region, Over the summer, the world held its breath for 10... More

Bangladesh backs China’s OBOR; can’t remain isolated in the name of sovereignty,...


A day after the Trump administration threw its weight behind India's opposition to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Bangladesh backed China's 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative, also known as the 'Belt and Road Initiative' (BRI). A India... More

Indian President visits Djibouti: Chinese military base has raised alarm bells ringing...


The maiden visit by President Kovind to Djibouti comes in the wake of the opening of a Chinese military base in Djibouti. As India renew its strategic calibration for the region, the visit highlights the geopolitical significance... More

Pakistan warns India against targeting its nuclear installations


Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif warned on Thursday that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either. Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa said on Wednesday that if... More

Int’l community must take responsibility for Rohingya crisis, says Saudi king


The exodus began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya insurgents' attacks on August 25 by launching a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman said at the start of... More

How ‘Energy War’ will redefine India-China relations post-Doklam


“Energy” is the lifeblood of economic growth. With both China and India having chosen the path of rapid industrialisation to exponentially increase employment opportunities for their teeming millions, a conflict between these two nations is likely to... More

Nepal: Political uncertainty is almost certain


Nepal has been a laboratory of many political experiments, mostly power driven, bringing parties with contradictory ideologies and past enmity together, especially in the past 11 years. Birth and death of short-lived political equations have been as... More

Enhancing India-US defence ties: Easier said than done


US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ New Delhi visit last week was the first time the top leaders of the two countries interacted at a high level following the announcement of President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy. The... More

US lawmakers urge action on Myanmar


U.S. lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. "It is very important that we get reporters on the ground, that we get USAID on the ground," Representative Ed Royce,... More

Indian FS visits Bhutan amid reports of Bhutan-China tension


Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met with Bhutan’s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk on Tuesday (3 October) and scheduled to hold several meetings on Wednesday with officials in Thimphu, officials have confirmed. Mr. Jaishankar’s visit came in the backdrop... More

US says will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’


US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday (3 October) the United States would try "one more time" to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would turn to options to address Islamabad's alleged support... More

UK Prince Charles’s tour of Southeast Asia leaves out Myanmar


Britain’s Prince Charles will tour Southeast Asia and India later this month, but the heir to the throne will not visit Myanmar, after a spate of violence and allegations that authorities are carrying out ethnic cleansing. Media reports... More

CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre form alliance in Nepal


In a surprise move, two of Nepal’s biggest leftist parties – the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre – on Tuesday announced the formation of an alliance ahead of provincial and federal elections. The two parties also said they would... More

Can India protect Rohingya women and children, SC asks govt


The government, meanwhile, claimed that the crisis over its move to deport 40,000 Rohingya was outside the domain of the judiciary. Can India live up to its international commitments and protect a large section of humanity comprising Rohingya... More

Indian Navy chief heads to Vietnam to cement military ties


Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is now headed for Vietnam as part of the overall strategy to steadily build military ties with the country, as with other nations in the Asia Pacific region, with an eye... More

Bangladesh CJ Sinha asks for a month’s leave


Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has written to President Abdul Hamid to take a month-long leave. The chief justice has asked for the leave on medical grounds. Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Anisul Huq confirmed it to... More

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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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