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GOVT, TALIBAN TALKS TO START IN A FEW MONTHS: DAUDZAI


President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Representative for Regional Affairs for Consensus on Peace Mohammad Umer Daudzai said on Wednesday that there was the possibility that direct talks between government and the Taliban would start in the next few... More

INDIA ALTERS DEMAND FROM JADHAV’S ACQUITTAL TO RETRIAL IN CIVILIAN COURT


SENIOR lawyer Harish Salve representing India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case before the International Court of Justice replied to Pakistan’s submissions on Wednesday, the third day of the four-day hearing, at the Peace Palace in The Hague,... More

13 INDIAN FISHERMEN ARRESTED IN SRI LANKAN WATERS


Thirteen Indian fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan waters were arrested by the Navy in Northern seas, yesterday. Naval personnel attached to the Northern Naval Command arrested the suspects during their patrol in Northern seas. Accordingly, five Indian... More

SENA QUESTIONS INDIA’S RESPONSE TO PULWAMA TERROR ATTACK


Their rekindled bonhomie notwithstanding, the Shiv Sena on Thursday questioned the BJP-led government's response to the Pulwama terror attack, asking it not to wait "till the eve of polling (for Lok Sabha)" to act against Pakistan. An editorial... More

WILL RAFALE ORDER BE REVIEWED? TOP COURT TO CONSIDER PLEA FOR EARLY...


The Supreme Court said today that it would look into the request for an early hearing on whether its verdict giving the government a clean chit on the Rafale jet deal should be reviewed and whether action... More

‘70 BODIES RECOVERED, DEATH TOLL MAY RISE’ IN OLD DHAKA FIRE


many as 70 dead bodies were recovered from a fire that broke out at a five-storey building in Chawkbazar area at the old part of Dhaka city on Wednesday night. Inspector general of police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary... More

FREEING KHALEDA: FAKHRUL, MAUDUD UNDER FIRE FOR LACK OF ACTION


Two senior BNP leaders -- Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Moudud Ahmed -- came under fire by the party rank and file at a discussion programme in the capital yesterday for lack of action programmes to free... More

IRAN SENDS 620 AFGHAN CONVICTS HOME: AGO


Iran on Wednesday transferred 620 Afghan convicts back to Afghanistan as part of a prisoner swap agreement signed between the two neighbors a year ago. Afghanistan’s government last year announced it had signed a prisoner exchange agreement with... More

NEW INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BILL COULD KILL INNOVATION IN NEPAL, EXPERTS WARN


A new Information Technology bill proposed by the KP Sharma Oli administration has alarmed rights advocates as well as IT entrepreneurs, who say the bill is not in line with the government’s messages about Nepal being open... More

DAY AFTER RIVALS TIE UP, CONGRESS, DMK ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE FOR ELECTIONS


The BJP's alliance with Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK done and dusted, the Congress put the alliance with DMK on fast track and announced the seat sharing deal this evening. The Congress is likely to have 9 of... More

NORTHERN ARMY COMMANDER REVIEWS SECURITY SITUATION IN KASHMIR


Northern Army Commander Lt Gen Ranbir Singh reviewed on Wednesday the security situation in Kashmir, two days after top Jaish terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. Three JeM terrorists, including two top... More

GOVT STRIVES TO FORM ‘EFFECTIVE’ NATIONAL TEAM FOR PEACE


The Presidential Palace has confirmed that the Afghan government has expedited its efforts to form a national, inclusive, and unified negotiating team as the United States and the Taliban delegations are preparing to hold the next round... More

JAPAN TO PROVIDE PAKISTAN $10.6M GRANT FOR FIGHT AGAINST MALNUTRITION


The Japanese government announced on Tuesday a grant assistance of $10.6 million for Pakistan to fight malnutrition, improve livelihood and increase resilience to natural disasters in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan. The latest assistance is part of a... More

UN SEC.GEN ASKS INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO DEFUSE TENSION. WILL MEDIATE IF...


The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on India and Pakistan to take immediate steps to defuse tensions and offered to help broker a solution if both sides agree to UN mediation. Pakistan and India have... More

ICC EXPECTS PAK-INDIA MATCH TO GO THROUGH DESPITE TENSIONS


The International Cricket Council is confident the June 16 World Cup match between Pakistan and India will go ahead despite last week’s attack in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), said chief executive David Richardson. A suicide bomber on February 14... More

ERICSSON DUES SETTLEMENT ROW: SUPREME COURT FINDS ANIL AMBANI, OTHERS GUILTY OF...


In a blow for Reliance Communications Ltd chairman Anil Ambani, the Supreme Court found him, Reliance Telecom Ltd chairman Satish Seth and chairperson of Reliance Infratel Ltd Chhaya Virani, guilty of acting in contempt of the orders... More

CONGRESS CAMPAIGN TO ROLL OUT IN EARLY MARCH


The Congress is set to launch its campaign for the Lok Sabha election in the first week of March. The party is expected to focus on the “non-fulfilment” of promises by the BJP government, highlighting its vada... More

BREAKING PROTOCOL, MODI RECEIVES SALMAN AT AIRPORT


In a special gesture, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday received Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the airport here, signifying the importance India attaches to the visit by the leader of the powerful Gulf... More

REGIONAL UNREST WON’T SERVE ANYONE’S INTERESTS, SAYS FOREIGN MINISTER


Mahmood was called back to Islamabad for consultations following last week's suicide bombing in occupied Kashmir's Pulwama district, in which over 40 Indian soldiers were killed. India has accused Pakistan of having a hand in the attack,... More

IT MAY BE SONIA GANDHI AGAIN FROM RAEBARELI: SOURCES


Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi may contest the national election again from Raebareli, the family stronghold in Uttar Pradesh that has voted her since 2004. It is not official and the formal announcement is expected only early next... More

PULWAMA ATTACK: INDIA DEMANDS PAKISTAN TAKE ‘CREDIBLE’ ACTION


Hours after Prime Minister Imran Khan offered to investigate the recent attack in occupied Kashmir, the Indian government on Tuesday demanded that Pakistan take “credible and visible action” over the suicide attack. Tensions between the neighbours have soared... More

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Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because 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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