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Rahul Hard On Modi


Just a few days earlier, in a parliamentary speech, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said he had information on Modi, which will create Tsunami if it gets exposed. He said this while criticizing Modi on demonization issue. BJP... More

Postponement of Hasina’s India visit sparks off speculations


After the sudden postponement of Bangladesh  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s two-day state visit to India, scheduled to kick off on December 18, officials of both countries are now working for another “mutually convenient date’’. This would have... More

Will elections resolve Nepal’s political crisis?


Amid the worsening political situation in Nepal over amendments to the country’s constitution, the President Vidya Devi Bhandari advised the Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal to prepare for the election taking all parties in the hold. The... More

India-built Myanmar seaport ready to open


The deep seaport built in Myanmar’s Sittwe on the Bay of Bengal by India is ready to be commissioned. The strategically important facility will start its operation formally next month, Vikram Misri, the Indian envoy to Myanmar,... More

PM’s postponed India visit: The story behind


Speculations run high over the abrupt postponement of the three-day bilateral visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India. There is also contradictory information over the new schedule of the visit. Neither India nor Bangladesh has so... More

India’s regional linking plan being derailed


Bhutan has put a hurdle in India’s ambitious road connectivity plan involving Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal after its Parliament refused to ratify the deal. Experts doubt Chinese hand in persuading the legislators to withhold approval. Bhutan, the... More

India presses Bangladesh to sign Chittagong & Mongla port deals


Bangladesh is to sign an agreement allowing the use Chittagong and Mongla seaports for the movement of transit goods to and from India. Officials from both sides agreed to the issue at a shipping secretary-level meeting in Dhaka... More

India, Israel take ties to a new high


India and Israel are further strengthening their strategic relations, as indicated by recent developments. After Israeli President Reuven Rivlin’s weeklong visit to India, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now set to visit Israel in 2017. Modi visited... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump


It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its relations with the ethnic minorities, especially the Tamil minority who have been... More

India-BD agreement for joint military command


Bangladesh and India are working on an agreement framework for joint military command to counter terrorism, take up security measures in time of crisis, increase border patrols and intelligence exchange. Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar during his... More

India to tout Chabahar Port at Amritsar conference


New Delhi will focus on Chabahar port of Iran at the “Heart of Asia” ministerial conference which begins in Amritsar. The Afghan government will also present its case at the meeting. The two-day conference is being held on... More

India to lift strategic cooperation with Bangladesh


The Indian proposals to enhance military cooperation with Bangladesh is a new move for strengthening Delhi’s strategic position in the South Asia, say defense analysts. They believe, the country wants to prevent the growing influence of China... More

Bhutan working on a diplomatic relation with Israel


Slowly but steadily Bhutan is developing its relations with Israel. This is being done through agricultural training mooted out to Bhutan’s agro students by Israel. Israeli expertise on crop cultivation and agricultural technology may soon make its... More

Regional readjustments impact Afghanistan


All sorts of conflicting regional initiatives are being taken in Afghanistan in the name of establishing peace and stability. India’s Amritsar is set to host the sixth Heart of Asia (HoA) ministerial conference on 4 December to... More

Indian Defense Minister Visiting Dhaka To Impede China Influence?


India’s defense minister and one of Narendra Modi’s most reliable person Manohar Parrikar is set for a two-day visit to Dhaka on Wednesday. During the visit, he will meet with the President, the Prime Minister, and the... More

Russia and Turkmenistan in Gwadar-CPEC: New Sign of Polarization


Pakistan approves Russia's request to use Baluchistan’s Gwadar deep-sea port on a commercial basis, thus joining China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Authorities also decided to deploy Chinese aircraft carrier for port’s security. This decision of Pakistan after the... More

Is India Serious About Water-War? 


India's prime minister Narendra Modi once again strongly hinted about a water-war against Pakistan. By obstructing the water flow of common rivers, will he retract from the 1960 Indus Waters treaty brokered by the World Bank between two countries? Or is this just a ploy to distract attention... More

Constitution amendment again divides Nepal


Major friction emerges once again as the prime minister prepares for second round constitutional amendment. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said the bill for amendment will be officially presented to the parliament in a couple of... More

Why the pressure on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?


Pressure has been piling up on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, ever since the formal inauguration of Gwadar port. The inauguration took place after a series of sabotages and immediately after an incident where Pakistan navy... More

Govt.-parliament conflict intensifies crisis in volatile Afghanistan


Frequent Taliban attacks as well as intense feuds between the government and parliament are intensifying crises in already volatile Afghanistan. The parliament is asking ministers to make statements about performance and success of the government. Within five... More

India preparing to upgrade offensive forces


India, the largest country in South Asia, has always been alert about its  own military defense. Although this was one of the architect nations in the neutral alliance during cold war, India always maintained strategic and defensive... More

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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

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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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