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NO ‘GOOD’ HINDU WOULD WANT TEMPLE AT BABRI SITE: SHASHI THAROOR


The Congress MP was in conversation with Gopalkrishna Gandhi at The Hindu Lit For Life Dialogue 2018. In the coming months, Indians will have to brace for unpleasantness as the ruling dispensation could stoke communal tensions for electoral... More

NEPAL-INDIA AIR ROUTE TALKS: INDIA MAKES U-TURN


Nepal’s request for India to grant air entry points from the L626 route in Mahendranagar and Nepalgunj has suffered a setback as the southern neighbour has apparently denied it, multiple sources at the Civil Aviation Authority of... More

MYANMAR NATIONALIST MONK CONDEMNS FOREIGN INTERVENTION, SAYS HE WILL ‘TAKE UP ARMS’


Myanmar’s ultranationalist firebrand Buddhist monk U Wirathu said he would take up arms if Myanmar’s military leadership is charged at the International Criminal Court (ICC), showing his solidarity with the country’s armed forces, which have been internationally... More

CHINA GRANTS PAKISTAN STATUS OF ‘GUEST OF HONOR’ AT GLOBAL EXHIBITION


Prime Minister Imran Khan will arrive in Chinese commercial and industrial hub Shanghai to attend the opening of China International Import Expo (CIIE) on November 5, officials said here on Sunday. The Chinese government has granted the status... More

EDITORS FORM HUMAN CHAIN DEMANDING AMENDMENT TO DIGITAL SECURITY ACT


The Editors’ Council formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Monday, demanding amendment to nine sections of the recently enacted Digital Security Act, 2018. Reading out a 7-point charter of demands at the... More

CHINA FOREIGN MINISTER WANG YI SET TO VISIT INDIA IN DECEMBER


Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is set to visit India in December to co-chair a meeting on building closer people ties, implementing a decision taken earlier this year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese president Xi... More

AFGHANISTAN ELECTIONS: EXPLOSION HITS POLL MEETING IN TAKHAR


The number of people killed when a bomb went off at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan has climbed to at least 22, Afghan officials said. Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Takhar province, said... More

BANGLADESH ENVOY FOCUSES ON AIR, WATER AND LAND CONNECTIVITY


The Assistant High Commission of Bangladesh in Guwahati organized its 4th ‘Development Fair’ of the Government of Bangladesh along with a seminar on “Opportunities for Enhancing Bangladesh-India Relationship’ on the basis of the development initiatives taken up... More

PM IMRAN INAUGURATES CLEAN AND GREEN PAKISTAN CAMPAIGN


Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the Clean and Green Pakistan Drive Action Day campaign by planting a tree at a local college here on Saturday. Interacting with the college students, PM Imran said, “Everybody knows how trees  ... More

US BOLSTERING MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN


The U.S. is deploying a contingent of 148 soldiers to Afghanistan in a move that will boost its military presence in the country. The soldiers are members of the 42nd Clearance Company at Fort Knox, an army base... More

SRI LANKA-KUWAIT TALKS STRESS BIGGER ROLE FOR PRIVATE SECTOR


Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and Kuwait Commerce and Industry Minister Khaled Nasser Al-Roudan exchange documents after Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) meeting in Kuwait. Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Kuwait B. Kaandeepan (far left) and Kuwaiti... More

INDIA’S #METOO CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM, JUNIOR MINISTER AMONG THOSE ACCUSED


The #MeToo movement, which first began in the US last year, has gained momentum in India after several journalists, filmmakers, actors, models, sportswomen and artists came forward to share their stories of sexual harassment and misconduct on... More

UNDER WB PRESSURE: PAKISTAN MAY REVERSE COURSE ON INDUS WATER DISPUTE WITH...


The government is likely to backtrack from its plan to take the dispute with India over the Kishanganga and Ratle hydropower projects to a World Bank-appointed Court of Arbitration, a top official privy to the development told... More

MIZORAM ELECTIONS: CONGRESS ANNOUNCES LIST OF CANDIDATES, THANHAWLA TO CONTEST FROM 2...


The 12 new entrants have replaced eight sitting MLAs including R. Romawia from Aizawl North-I, Lalrinmawia Ralte and Lalrinawma from Aizawl East-I. On Thursday evening, the Congress released the names of 36 candidates to contest the 40-member Assembly... More

SCO SUMMIT BEGINS TODAY, CEO ABDULLAH AMONG PARTICIPANTS


The 17th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit kicks off on Friday with heads of the members-states and observers in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, an official said. Mujeeb Rahimi, the spokesman for the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said that... More

US SEES CHINESE DEBT RESPONSIBLE FOR ECONOMIC WOES IN PAKISTAN


The United States early on Friday  said that the huge Chinese debt  responsible for the economic challenges in Pakistan, adding that it will review government's bailout plea to the IMF from all angles, including the country's debt... More

‘NOT HELPFUL’, SAYS US ON INDIA’S PLANS TO BUY IRAN OIL, RUSSIA’S...


As a top US official headed for New Delhi for talks on Iran sanctions a state department spokesperson on Thursday said “it’s not helpful” that India plans to continue buying Iranian oil and go ahead with the... More

RAFALE AIRCRAFT DEAL: TO GET CONTRACT, DEAL WITH RELIANCE WAS A CONDITION,...


FRENCH newsportal Mediapart has reported that a top official of Dassault Aviation explained to his staff in May 2017 that the firm’s joint venture with Anil Ambani’s Reliance group for discharging offsets in the 36-Rafale deal was... More

‘INDIA WILL SOON FIND OUT’: TRUMP ON US SANCTIONS FOR S-400 DEAL...


President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India "will soon find out" about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions + after India signed a $5 billion deal to purchase the much-vaunted S-400 air defence system from... More

SEVERE CYCLONE TITLI PROMPTS MASS EVACUATONS IN EASTERN INDIA


Some 300,000 people have been evacuated in India’s coastal state of Odisha, located in the east of the country, in the anticipation of the major Cyclone Titli in the early hours of Thursday, local media reported, citing... More

PAKISTAN TO SEEK ITS LARGEST LOAN PACKAGE FROM IMF


Pakis­tan is seeking its largest loan package of up to $8 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from a severe crisis that threatens to cripple its economy, diplomatic sources told Dawn. The sources... More

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Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... 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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