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Will Return of Chinese Soldier Thaw Sino-India Relations?


After facilitating the return of Chinese soldier who was stuck in India for over 50 years, India will soon facilitate the release of Chinese crew members of cargo ship detained in India for more than a month. The... More

Govt. to launch hearts and minds campaign to win support for constitution:...


The Government will launch a hearts and minds campaign to win support for a new constitution in the coming months, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Tuesday. The campaign is expected to be modelled along the lines of... More

Don’t use Taiwan to taunt Beijing, China warns India


China has lodged a diplomatic protest with India over a visit by a parliamentary delegation from Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. China considers Taiwan a wayward province, with no right to formal diplomatic ties with... More

VK Sasikala Found Guilty Of Corruption By Supreme Court, 4-Year Jail Term


VK Sasikala was Tuesday found guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court and has been sentenced to four years in prison. This ends her high-velocity and divisive bid to be Chief Minister of Indian state Tamil Nadu... More

Pakistan parliamentary body approves Right to Information Bill


A Pakistani parliamentary body on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill to ensure citizens’ right to information. A Senate select committee gave nod to the Right to Information (RTI) Bill which will replace the Freedom of Information Ordinance... More

Four killed in India-held Kashmir gun battle


Three Indian soldiers and a suspected militant were killed in a gun battle in held Kashmir Tuesday after an army patrol came under fire in the north of the territory, officials said. “Three soldiers were killed during a... More

Senior police officers among 13 killed as suicide bomber strikes Lahore


At least 13 people were killed and 85 injured when a suicide bomber struck Monday evening around 6pm outside the Punjab Assembly in Lahore during a protest, police officials said. Inspector General of Police (IG) Punjab Mushtaq Ahmad... More

Nepal President asks party leaders to focus on elections


President Bidya Devi Bhandari held discussion with the top leaders of major political parties on Nepal’s current political situation, and urged them to work together in order to hold elections and implement the Constitution. It was the top-most... More

Exiled Maldives leader Nasheed to stand for 2018 presidency


Exiled Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed said on Thursday he would return to the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago to contest a 2018 presidential election and called for international pressure on the government to allow him to run. The Indian... More

SL govt. to hold referendum for new Constitution


The Government has decided to call for a referendum with the support of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to pass a new Constitution once the draft is completed. Minister of Higher Education and Highways and Leader of the... More

Aziz sounds alarm over ‘nuclearisation’ of Indian Ocean


Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday that Pakistan would go all out to counter growing threats to peace in the Indian Ocean, chiefly from its ‘nuclearisation’ started by India. Speaking at a conference, he listed the... More

State Counselor Urges Compromise in Union Day Speech


While delivering the 70th Union Day address to a crowd in Panglong, Shan State on Sunday, Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked all of the remaining armed ethnic groups to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement... More

`Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of United...


Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of the United States as well as the American judicial system to prevail over attempts to institutionalize racial discrimination, a senior Pakistani defence expert and former director... More

Muslims in a dilemma as U.P. votes in Phase I


Uttar Pradesh will see the first phase of Assembly elections for 73 seats in 15 districts on Saturday. Most of the constituencies going to the polls fall in the communally sensitive Western U.P. including the riot-hit areas of... More

Myanmar Army Forms Team to Investigate Allegations of Abuse in Arakan State


In response to the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report released on Feb. 3, the Myanmar Army has formed its own investigation team tasked with ascertaining whether security forces committed unlawful... More

Lockheed says US may take ‘fresh look’ at its India F-16 plan


US defence firm Lockheed Martin wants to push ahead with plans to move production of its F-16 combat jets to India, but understands President Donald Trump’s administration may want to take a “fresh look” at the proposal. With... More

Pakistan says India building ‘secret nuclear city’, MEA rejects claim


Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson said, “India is building a secret nuclear city…It has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatens to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region.” Hours after Pakistan claimed India is building... More

Stand on Masood Azhar won’t affect ties with India: China


China on Wednesday expressed hope that its decision to place a ‘technical hold’ on designating Masood Azhar an international terrorist will not have a negative impact on Sino-Indian ties. In response to a question on the possible adverse... More

Corps Commanders observe Indian ceasefire violations as threat to regional stability


A Corps Commanders' Conference, presided by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Wednesday observed continued Indian ceasefire violations as threat to regional stability, the Inter Services Public Relations said in a statement. The 199th Corps Commanders'... More

Myanmar in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Pakistan to licence-build JF-17 fighter


The governments of Pakistan and Myanmar are now in "advanced negotiations" to licence-build the JF-17, a single-engine multi-role fighter jet, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, an independent defence news agency, reported. Citing defence industry sources in Yangon and sources... More

At least 19 killed in suicide blast at Afghan Supreme Court


A suicide bomber attacked Afghanistan's Supreme Court just as staff were leaving work Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 41 in the second attack on government institutions in under a month. The bomber, who was on... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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