Three countries are protecting more than half of the World’s refugees

Turkey, Bangladesh and Uganda alone received over half of all new refugees last year. Never before has the world registered a larger number of people displaced by war and persecution. International responsibility-sharing for displaced people... More

India remains world’s top recipient of remittances from its diaspora

India continued to be the world’s top recipient of remittance from its diaspora, gathering $69 billion in 2017–nearly 1.5 times India’s defence budget for 2018-19–an increase of 9.5% from the previous year, according to... More

Pakistan has done enough, Islamabad tells Washington

Pakistan has told the United States that it had done enough against terror and being ‘on notice’ was unfair, diplomatic sources said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Pakistan had contacted... More

Richard Nixon talked nuclear strike on India in ’71

President Donald Trump, it is clear, presides over a regime of untruth and personally inhabits a realm of fantasy. But some of his critics have fallen prey to illusions of their own about the... More

India’s constant issues with Pakistan reflect BJP’s hostile policy: report

When it comes to diplomacy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ideology is nationalist in nature as reflected through New Delhi’s constant disputes with Pakistan, says a report published in the Global Times on Friday. Furthermore,... More

Expert asks India to be wary of China’s increasing influence in Ladakh

The Indian government needs to be very aware of the fact that China is quietly extending its influence in Ladakh and must take steps to counter it with a sense of urgency. According to an... More

As Modi cuts it loose, Kashmir is about to get even worse

India’s insurgency-ridden Jammu and Kashmir province is tipped to enter one of its most violent phases as Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pulled his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of a local... More

The Taliban has successfully built a parallel state in many parts of...

For those who imagine that Taliban control in some regions of Afghanistan consists mainly of men being beaten for failing to pray and girls being forced to stay home from school, a new report... More

China to strengthen ties with Nepal under BRI framework: Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Nepal in infrastructure connectivity, post-disaster reconstruction, and trade and investment under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). President Xi made the... More

India spends lowest on healthcare in the world

The amount India spends on public health per capita every year is Rs 1,112, less than the cost of a single consultation at the country’s top private hospitals–or roughly the cost of a pizza... More

US ready to facilitate talks between govt and Taliban

The US continues to remain reluctant to hold direct talks with the Taliban but Washington does however appear to be optimistic about the prospect of peace following the successful three-day ceasefire between the Afghan... More

China accuses US of trade ‘abuses’ as India hits back at Trump

Global trade tensions deepened Thursday with China reiterating it will hit back if the latest tariff threats from Donald Trump materialize, while India followed the European Union in slapping retaliatory levies on US goods. China... More

Whether crossfire or murder: The BD court kept in dark

The state authorities have never in the past one decade responded to the higher court's subpoenas to determine whether crossfire or gunfight would be considered as extra-judicial killing. Rather, according to a Prothom Alo investigation,... More

US Ambassador Nikki Haley in India next week for bilateral visit

Haley’s visit comes amid differences between India and the US on two issues – US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and impending sanctions on defence deals with Russia. Sources said the “bilateral visit is... More

Resumption of Afghan peace talks on the cards

After a break of almost three years, direct talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are expected to resume soon, officials and diplomatic sources in knowledge of the development said on Tuesday. Preliminary talks... More

India aborts Ramadan truce in Kashmir

The Indian government has ended the truce that it offered to Islamic militants in northern Jammu and Kashmir during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. On June 16, the federal minister for home affairs, Rajnath... More

Bhutan asks its citizens to deal less in Indian currency

The Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) of Bhutan has informed the general public that individuals may bring in or take out of Bhutan the New Series of INR currency notes of denominations INR 500/-, subject... More

India, Russia weigh rupee-rouble trade for defence deals

Efforts to break the logjam over Russian defence deals because of US sanctions have zeroed in on a rupee-rouble transfer as the only way out but both sides are finding it difficult to find... More

US ready to discuss role of international troops with Taliban: Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that the Trump administration is ready to discuss with the Taliban the role of US and international forces in Afghanistan if they participate in peace talks. Encouraged... More

In Nagaland, attack on Assam Rifles by NSCN(K) fuels fresh misgivings about...

The ambush on soldiers of the 40th battalion of the Assam Rifles by Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) militants in Nagaland’s Mon district on Sunday has raised fresh questions about the Naga peace... More

BD rights body readies sexual violence cases against Myanmar for ICC

In separate letters to each ministry on June 10, commission Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said the rights body firmly believed that — apart from ongoing bilateral initiatives between Bangladesh and Myanmar to reach a... More


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


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



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