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Pakistan, India face off at The Hague


Kulbhushan Jadhav is a terrorist and New Delhi’s story is far-fetched at best. This was the opening salvo of Khawar Qureshi, Pakistan’s lawyer at The Hague in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) which reserved its judgment... More

Small businesses: ‘Mad in India’


When Mr Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a US$600 (S$842) 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his New Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another US$900 in taxes and bribes, and waited three months for the printer... More

Palestine president visits India ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s trip to Israel


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas landed in New Delhi late Sunday (May 15) for a three-day visit looking to strengthen ties with India ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic trip to Israel. Abbas arrived with a delegation for... More

Bangladesh Govt claims a record 7.24% GDP growth, WB projects 6.8%


Bangladesh government announced on Sunday that the country's GDP growth would hit a record 7.24 percent in the outgoing fiscal year, while the World Bank sticks to its earlier growth projection of 6.8 percent. Another multilateral lender, the... More

Xi Jinping evokes Panchsheel as India skips Belt and Road meet


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday proposed five principles of peaceful co-existence or Panchsheel — the brainchild of China, India and Myanmar in the 1950s — as the mantra for advancing the Belt and Road Initiative (B&RI),... More

Geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, Pak PM says in Beijing


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday addressed the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing, where he stressed that geo-economics should take precedence over geopolitics, Radio Pakistan reported. PM Sharif,... More

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: U.S. intel chief


The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday, as President Donald Trump's administration weighs... More

Ethnic states win right to draft constitutions


Myanmar’s seven ethnic states have won the right to draft their own constitutions, an unprecedented breakthrough in their fight for equality and self-determination, according to the leader of an armed ethnic group. After the Friday morning meeting of... More

Professionals’ National Front writes to Indian PM on ETCA, Trinco oil tanks,...


A strong consortium of professional bodies and trade unions of Sri Lanka, the Professionals’ National Front, delivered a letter to the High Commission of India to be handed over to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi who... More

Trilateral talks: Concerted efforts against Da’ish urged


Senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held talks in Rawalpindi on Friday and discussed steps to prevent cross-border fire violations. The trilateral meeting also emphasised upon the need for coordinated efforts to eradicating threats... More

Nepal, China sign framework deal on OBOR


Nepal and China on Friday signed a framework agreement on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, days ahead of a summit in Beijing where an ambitious plan to build a modern-day Silk Road trade routes and... More

BD FM Muhith says new budget will put pressure on people for...


Finance Minister AMA Muhith understands that the government will not be able to pressurise the people for revenue in the budget before the election, so he plans to do this in the upcoming one. Speaking at a pre-budget... More

ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pakistan


Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The case, which will come up for hearing on May 15, is likely to... More

Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims worst off, says Indian exclusion report


Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion from access to public goods, according to the 2016 Indian Exclusion Report (IXR) released by the Centre for Equity Studies (CES) in New... More

UN officials urge India to lift social media ban in held Kashmir


Two United Nations (UN) special rapporteurs are urging the Indian government to lift a ban on social media sites and mobile internet service in the India-held portion of Kashmir. The UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and... More

Justice Karnan might have crossed Indian border today, says aide


As a five-member team of Kolkata Police is in search of Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan, W Peter Ramesh Kumar, Justice Karnan’s close aide and his legal adviser, claimed that Justice Karnan is evading arrest... More

RSS key to Modi’s political rise, says China scholar


Steeled by the firepower provided by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a roll,notwithstanding latent internal tensions, says a leading Chinese scholar. In a detailed analysis... More

Dawn Leaks: Army withdraws tweet rejecting PM’s orders


The Pakistan Army on Wednesday withdrew an earlier tweet which had rejected a government notification regarding the Dawn Leaks, saying the issue had been settled after implementation of recommendations in the Inquiry Committee Report. In a press release... More

BNP unveiled “Vision 2030”: Proposed to curb the PM’s powers, Upper Chamber...


Bangladesh main opposition party BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia unveiled “Vision 2030” on Wednesday, a set of proposals she said her party would implement if voted to power in the next national polls, for transforming Bangladesh into a... More

16th amendment hearing: Chief justice, AG trade heated words


Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha and Attorney General Mahbubey Alam had a heated exchange during a hearing on the appeal against the High Court verdict that scrapped the 16th amendment of the constitution on Tuesday. At one... More

Assam to disband Madrasa, ‘mainstream’ them: Education Minister Himanta


THE BJP-LED government in Assam will soon disband the State Madrasa Board and hand over the academic part of it to the Board of Secondary Education. The Sanskrit Board will also be dissolved, state Education Minister Himanta... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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