Indian state-owned company may win bid to mint 27 million Brazilian centavo...

Even as unconfirmed press reports have emerged, indicating that unspecified denominations of the Indian rupee are printed in China, an India-based, government-owned currency printing press has come close to striking a deal with the Brazilian government for... More

Imran Khan takes the pitch as Prime Minister of Pakistan

Former cricket captain Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd Prime Minister at a ceremony of the National Assembly on Saturday, after the newly elected members voted him in. Khan will head a coalition government with... More

Bangladesh mulls over description of Rohingya refugees for political reasons

Bangladesh has yet to decide whether it will replace its official description of Rohingya refugees — a move some claim will limit the Rohingyas’ rights as Myanmar citizens. A Bangladesh Foreign Ministry spokesman said a decision over the... More

New report: Myanmar army killed over 24,000 Rohingya

More than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces since August 2017, according to a new report. The figures were revealed in the report -- Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience -- released by... More

Pakistan and China: Will Imran Khan stick or twist?

Pakistan and China have been allies almost since the founding of the People's Republic by the Chinese Communist Party. And that alliance could hold the key to the administration of Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan. The former... More

Doklam a year on: Bhutan more worried about Indian than China

Last week, an Indian parliamentary panel fluttered the dovecotes in Thimphu – Bhutan’s capital – by recommending New Delhi encourage Bhutan to deploy more soldiers in the disputed Doklam area, where a year ago several hundred Indian... More

New criminal law sparks press freedom concerns in Nepal

Nepal introduced a new change to its criminal code on Friday, making the sharing of information that's been deemed confidential by the authorities, a criminal offense in the country. The step by the KP Sharma Oli-led government... More

President Yameen suspects India is in Maldives to keep watch on China

President Abdulla Yameen suspects that Indian personnel is in Maldives to keep watch on China, says Abhijit Singh, a former Indian naval officer. In an interview with Reuters, Singh, an expert on Indian Ocean politics at the New... More

China defence minister to discuss possibility of setting up hotline with India

Chinese minister of national defence and a member of the Central Military Commission Wei Fenghe is set to visit India from August 21 to 24, during which both sides are expected to discuss measures to deepen the... More

Rohingya refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the... More

US talks directly to the Taliban in a twist to the Afghan...

Around July 23, reports emerged that US officials and Taliban representatives held talks in Doha, Qatar. Intriguingly, Afghan government representatives were absent, though both Washington and Kabul have stated that this meeting was held in close consultation... More

FATF delegation urges Pakistan to toughen anti-terror financing laws

A delegation of the global financial watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has urged Pakistan to toughen its laws and implementation against terror financing and money laundering. The Asia Pacific Group (APG) on Money Laundering, which is currently... More

Taliban attack in Ghazni complicates peace talks

The five-day siege of the southern Afghan province of Ghazni officially came to an end on Tuesday afternoon. But while Afghan forces had reportedly started clearance operations, unconfirmed reports suggested there were ongoing battles in some districts. The... More

Indian P-8 controversy threatens follow-on buy

A desire of the Indian Navy to procure an additional 12 Boeing P-8I maritime patrol aircraft is lying in cold storage following a recent audit report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), an authority that audits... More

Will act against ‘inimical elements’ along LoC, Pak army assures India

With the new Imran Khan-led government set to take office in Islamabad, Pakistan army on Thursday assured the Indian Army that it will take "prompt action" against any "move by inimical elements" in the proximity of the... More

India, China open new meeting point for armies

This Independence Day, India and China opened a new point for officers of the armies of the two countries to meet. The move is being hailed as an “ice-breaker” by Indian defence officials and signalling the beginning... More

India plans to connect North East with Bangladesh’s Chittagong port

India has unveiled a major plan for the development of its North Eastern states by connecting them with Bangladesh's Chittagong port and invited for the first-time limited Chinese investments which were shunned till now due to security... More

Indian Army chief wants to revolutionise the military by cutting manpower

Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat is set to issue orders for the slashing of manpower at the Army Headquarters (AHQ) in New Delhi, the creation of integrated brigades and the calling up of reservists for frontline... More

‘System of greed, control’ drives US’ relentless occupation of Afghanistan

The US-led coalition in Afghanistan finished its combat mission in December 2014, marking the formal end of the longest war in American history. Since then, US troops have remained in the country acting in a supervisory role,... More

Vague law used to silence students, journalists in Bangladesh

Bangladesh authorities are tracking social media accounts and have detained dozens of people across the country for criticizing the government over its violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. The recent wave of arrests,... More

Over 1,600 URLs blocked in India over last 18 months, FB took...

As many as 1,662 uniform resource locators (URLs) or posts on social media were blocked over 18 months ending June 2018, Ravi Shankar Prasad, minister for electronics and information technology, told the Rajya Sabha (Parliament’s upper house)... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... 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 formed, this will... More