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Hasina-Mamata talks may see positive turn to Teesta


Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, will be in Delhi during the visit of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. She will also attend the lunch to be hosted in Sheikh Hasina’s honour by the prime minister... More

China won’t allow India a free ride on its economic growth while...


China is not going to allow India a free ride on their economic growth jeopardizing Beijing's core interests- indicated China’s government-backed news site Global Times. In an opinion article, Liu Jianxi of Global Times said that New... More

Will Trump administration mediate India-Pakistan conflict? 


It looks like the Trump administration is to take initiatives to solve the India- Pakistan dispute and reduce tensions between these two-neighboring countries. US Representative to United Nations Nikki Halley hinted this at a press conference this... More

What will be the impact of OBOR on Afghanistan?


Afghanistan’s geographical location and natural resources give Kabul a credible change to play an active role in the development and building of OBOR. Afghanistan can play the role of Asian transit and trade roundabout, connecting Central Asia... More

Is Russia forced to confront NATO in Afghanistan!


With less than ten days left for the Moscow meeting on Afghan peace, a heated exchange between Russia and the US has made the peace further uncertain. Russia sees the US decision to boycott the meet as... More

Dangers and dilemmas of Bangladesh-India defence deal


With a possible defense deal between Bangladesh and India in the pipeline, stakeholders on both sides of the border wait with bated breath to see what actually materializes. The forthcoming India visit of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh... More

Conditions for ousting Yameen democratically ripening, says Maldivian opposition leader


The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, is optimistic about ousting President Abdulla Yameen through the constitutional parliamentary route because parliament is now going the opposition’s way, as seen in the vote on the no-confidence motion against the... More

SUNDAY SPECIAL: Writing off Rahul Gandhi will be unwise


If cricket is a game of “glorious uncertainties” even for the best teams, so is politics. And as the late Indian political maverick George Fernandez told this writer: “No politician can be written off unless he is... More

Malaysian PM visits India to boost ties


Malaysia is looking to expand investment in India across sectors such as infrastructure, telecom, IT, banking, ecommerce and healthcare, according to the Southeast Asian nation's trade and industry minister, Mustapa Mohamed. At the invitation of Shri Narenda Modi,... More

Disenchanted Myanmar: Suu Kyi will step down if people wishes


For decades Myanmar's people dreamed of democracy, but a year into office Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government is struggling to revive a sluggish economy and shake off the vestiges of the still powerful military. Aung San Suu... More

China to get rough with India if Dalai Lama visits Tawang


The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu has told India that China will be compelled to take action if India did not cancel Dalai Lama's trip to Arunachal Pradesh scheduled on April 4. He made this statement... More

Pakistan boycotts IPU assembly in Bangladesh


Pakistan will not attend the forthcoming session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) beginning in Bangladesh from Saturday (1 April) due to uneasy and tense relationship between the two neighbouring South Asian countries. “It is with regret and disappointment... More

South Asia no longer in India’s own sphere of influence


India has long considered some South Asian countries, Bangladesh included, as part of its area of influence, but a constantly changing situation - in which economic ties between South Asia and extraterritorial nations are set to grow... More

Russia for direct peace talks with Taliban


Amid preparation for a multinational conference in Moscow on Afghan peace, Russia has urged Kabul to start direct talks with the Taliban. Meanwhile, the US prepares to expand its operations in the long-embattled country. In a meeting on... More

Lankan Prez asserts no “war hero” will be war crime suspect


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday was emphatic that that he will not make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes and opined that it was the duty of the government to protect... More

India Commissions Amphibious Landing Craft Near Malacca Straits


The Indian Navy commissioned the first of its eight-landing craft utility (LCU) at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, close to the Malacca Strait. LCUs are meant to transport military equipment like tanks, armored vehicles and troops. The LCU... More

BJP in a fix over Babri mosque legal battle


After the astonishing success in recently held state elections in India, Babri Masjid demolition case could become a major setback for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The incident that left a deep wound in the psyche... More

India’s Aircraft deal with Russia terminated, ready to buy Spike missile from...


India and Russia decided to terminate a bilateral defense program on 24 March according to a senior Russian official. This so-called Multi-Role Transport Aircraft (MTA) program was aimed at developing and producing a new medium-airlift military transport... More

Mamata remains rigid against Teesta deal


The West Bengal government will return to its rigid stance against the Teesta water sharing agreement. This was evident in the strong protest voiced by Trinamool Congress in parliament on Monday. While the Teesta treaty may not be... More

Yogi Adityanath: The Face of ‘New India’


It’s now all about ‘New India’. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi is no fool. When the luster of his party’s ‘India Shining’ slogan wore off fast and proved to be a hollow campaign, he discarded it and... More

China Pakistan’s security concerns aligning up


China and Pakistan’s security concern in Asia & Pacific region is getting even more aligned with the recent developments. Due to strategic polarization relationship of Asian and south Asian countries, US-Pak relation is transforming to more of... More

COLUMN

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

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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