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INDIA HOPES TO OPEN IRAN’S CHABAHAR PORT BY 2019


NEW DELHI: India is trying to make Chabahar Port in Iran operational by 2019, the government said in a statement on Friday, despite a threat of renewed US sanctions against Tehran. The Indian-backed Chabahar port... More

INDIA SIGNALS READINESS TO ACCEPT PAKISTAN PILGRIMS


ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has submitted passports of pilgrims willing to attend the Urs of Hazrat Amir Khusro, which is going to be held from June 28 to July 5... More

IN SECOND VIDEO OF HAPUR ASSAULT, MORE ‘COW SLAUGHTER’ ALLEGATIONS FROM MOB


      In the one minute video posted on social media, the mob can be seen abusing and hitting 65-year-old Samiyuddin, at times pulling his beard.  The mob tries to force Samiyuddin to say he was slaughtering... More

GNANASARA THERA GRANTED BAIL


Firebrand monk Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero who was sentenced to six months rigorous imprisonment two weeks ago was granted bail yesterday by the Homagama Magistrate’s Court. The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS)... More

PAKISTAN WANTS UN TEAM TO VISIT BOTH AJK, HELD KASHMIR


Pakistan on Thursday expressed its willingness to receive the United Nations’ Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), but impliedly again conditioned it with New Delhi also agreeing to the commission’s... More

KING SALMAN HOPES KABUL-TALIBAN TRUCE WILL BE EXTENDED


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz said on Wednesday he has followed with great interest the truce reached over Eid-ul-Fitr between the Afghan government and Taliban and expressed his wishes for the truce to... More

AT TRINAMOOL MEET, MAMATA BANERJEE’S REVEALING COMMENT ON CONGRESS


Mamata Banerjee, who once belonged to the Congress and broke away to form her own party, shares a warm rapport with Sonia Gandhi. Amid talks of a unified opposition to take on the BJP in... More

ALLEGED GUNFIGHTS CLAIM 2 MORE LIVES IN BANGLADESH


Two suspected drug peddlers were killed in separate incidents of alleged gunfights with police in Tarakanda and Trishal upazilas of Mymensingh early Friday. The deceased are Ali Hossain, 38, son of a certain Shahed Ali... More

LAW SOON TO ENSURE DEATH PENALTY FOR DRUG PATRONS: PM


Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the government is formulating an anti-narcotics law with a provision of death penalty for the patrons of drug traders, drug syndicates and godfathers. "There'll be a proposal in... More

MYANMAR ONE OF SEVERAL COUNTRIES IN DANGER OF LOSING ITS ‘INTACT FOREST’...


Earth's intact forests shrank by an area larger than Austria every year from 2014 to 2016 at a 20 percent faster rate than during the previous decade, scientists said 20 June as the UN... More

J&K: IRON-FIST HINT IN APPOINTMENT


B.V.R. Subrahmanyam, the IAS officer overseeing Chhattisgarh police's offensive against Maoists, was on Wednesday appointed chief secretary of Jammu and Kashmir in what is being seen as a signal that the Centre will carry... More

US’ BOMBING SPREE IN AFGHANISTAN REACHES RECORD LEVELS


The United States’ military’s air assault campaign in Afghanistan is reaching heights not seen since at least 2009 - as far back as available data goes - according to a new report from Air... More

PRESIDENT APPROVES GOVERNOR’S RULE IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR


President Ram Nath Kovind approved the imposition of governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir with immediate effect early on Wednesday. The imposition of governor's rule comes after Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned on Tuesday following... More

BRITISH-BANGLADESHI MAN ‘PLOTTED TO KILL PM THERESA MAY IN SUICIDE ATTACK’


A 20-year-old British-Bangladeshi Islamic State fanatic plotted to kill Prime Minister Theresa May in a daring suicide attack at her Downing Street office in London, a UK court was told on Tuesday. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman,... More

ARE PAKISTANIS LOSING INTEREST IN RUNNING FOR ELECTIONS?


If a comparison table released by the ECP is anything to go by, we as citizens of Pakistan appear to have become less inclined towards joining the path of lawmaking as compared to the previous election... More

52 INDIANS ARRESTED IN US FOR “ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION”


A group of 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, has been held at a detention centre in the US State of Oregon for being part of a large contingent of illegal immigrants seeking asylum, an American... More

INDIAN SHARES FALL AS U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR ESCALATES


Indian shares fell on Tuesday (June 19), tracking Asian peers, as global trade tensions intensified after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. Trump’s... More

UN OFFICIAL SAYS HE TRIED TO ENGAGE WITH PAKISTAN, INDIA ON KASHMIR


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein, said that he has sought to engage substantively with both India and Pakistan over the past two years regarding the situation in... More

NEPAL PM OLI LEAVES FOR CHINA


Prime Minister of Nepal, KP Sharma Oli has embarked on a six-day official visit to China upon the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang on Tuesday (June 19). Oli boarded a special Himlayan Airlines... More

INDIA SABOTAGED MALDIVES BID FOR UNSC SEAT


Not only did India vote against the Maldives, but the south Asian giants had also worked to ensure that its Indian Ocean neighbour lost the recent elections for the UN Security Council non-permanent seat,... More

LT GEN AZIZ AHMED MADE BANGLADESH’S NEW ARMY CHIEF


The government has appointed Lieutenant General Aziz Ahmed as the new chief of Bangladesh Army. The Ministry of Defence issued a notice in this regard on Monday (June 18). He will be promoted as a General... More

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Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through that something was amiss at the premier investment firm specializing in private equity investments in the MENSA region. Atorrent of revelations followedin Feb this year... More

Asad Pong Pong Vai and the rise of alternate media 

Some may not know the person who goes live on YouTube and Facebook with the unusual moniker Asad Pong Pong Vai (brother). While many of the formal media /bhadrolok crowd would sneer at him, he has followers running into thousands.  He is not a cult media figure but a... More

BJP scuttled Kashmir government to sharpen Hindu-Muslim divide ahead of crucial...

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decision to withdraw from its coalition with the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir and scuttle the three-year old government has been taken with an eye on the Indian State and parliamentary elections to be held later this year and in 2019. The... More

In ongoing trade war India & China turn tables on US

China has fired back and India has threatened to follow suit in a spiralling trade conflict with the US that may finally reshape the contours of global economy. President Donald Trump's threat to take on Chinese goods in US market has been more than reciprocated by Beijing which has announced... More

Myanmar struggles to find a new Rakhine strategy

Myanmar finds itself in a new international quagmire as it attempts to redefine its solutions for reconciliation in Rakhine. In the past, Myanmar found itself in the middle of a tug of war, between the West and the East, as the US, UK and Europe imposed punitive sanctions in... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s pivot to Eurasia

Sandwiched between U.S. President Donald Trump’s acrimonious public exchanges with other leaders at the G-7 (group of seven industrialised countries) summit (June 7-8) and the headline-hogging U.S.-North Korea summit (June 12), the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Qingdao, China (June 9-10) attracted little international attention. It was the... More

Diplomatic damp squib

It is all but forgotten that the Korean War (1950-53) was brought to an armistice only after India agreed to make itself available to chair the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission that determined which of the North Korean soldiers in Allied custody, and which of the South Koreans being... More

SCO nurtures Sino-Indian relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed their willingness to lend momentum to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), with Xi offering  to work with India and other member states to carry forward the Shanghai Spirit and promote sound and stable development of the... More

Mani Shankar Aiyar on Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to RSS

I must confess to having felt queasy when I heard that our former Rashtrapati, Pranab Mukherjee, a man I much admire, was likely to accept an invitation from the RSS Sarsanghchalak, Mohan Bhagwat, to attend the convocation of Sangh Parivaar volunteers trained for three years in becoming pracharaks. I was not queasy about what... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More