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In a first, China gets Indian and Pakistani troops to war-game together


The armies of India, Pakistan and China are set to rendezvous by the banks of a “beautiful, colourful lake” in Russia next month for a unique wargame. India has picked a contingent of about 200... More

Nepal clamps on India’s small project grants


Nepal government of has tightened norms for inflow of Indian grants to Small Development Projects (SDPs) in the country. Projects will not start unless India signs financing agreements with Nepal’s Finance Ministry. The second caveat... More

Violence up in Kashmir as more youths join militants


Violence has spiked in the Indian-ruled part of Kashmir, with more than 170 deaths so far in 2018, amid fears that strife will worsen further ahead of national elections next year. A new United Nations... More

Inferno over glorifying LTTE amid fears of Tiger resurgence


Just a fortnight after a senior Buddhist monk in the South of the country called for a Hitler-like government, in the North, a female Tamil State Ministerhas declared publicly that the LTTE militant group... More

China launches 2 remote sensing satellites for Pakistan


China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11:56 a.m. Monday. The PRSS-1 is China's first optical remote sensing satellite sold to... More

Nod for Bangladesh’s 2nd 1,200 Megawatt nuclear power plant


Construction work for Bangladesh's second nuclear power plant will start soon with the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) granting licence to the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, said ASE Group of Companies, a part... More

BJP losing popularity with every passing day, says China’s state media


India’s ruling BJP 'has been losing its popularity with each passing day', in an analysis published by China's official Xinhua News Agency on Sunday that speculated on the possibility of early general elections. The article... More

Zakir Naik meets Malaysian PM, ruling party defends move not to deport...


Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has met Zakir Naik, wanted in India for alleged terror activities and money laundering, and a ruling party strategist has stoutly defended the government's decision not to deport the... More

India has taken a quantum jump in wrong direction since 2014, says...


Nobel laureate and renowned economist Amartya Sen Sunday criticised the BJP-led central government, stating that the country has taken a “quantum jump in the wrong direction” since 2014. “Things have gone pretty badly wrong…... More

Myanmar negotiating with Chinese consortium on deep-sea port project in Rakhine state


Myanmar is negotiating with a Chinese consortium to carry out a strategic deep-sea port in Kyaukphyu, western Rakhine state, as part of the planned special economic zone in the region, according to a report... More

Nepal rejects UNOPS’ Asia regional office proposal


Nepalese government has rejected a proposal from the United Nations Office for Project Services for establishing its Asia regional office in Nepal. The refusal comes on the heels of its decision to close the Kathmandu... More

Mourners honor 3 killed in anti-India protest in Kashmir


Thousands participated in the funeral of two young men and a teenage girl in disputed Kashmir on Saturday, hours after police say they were killed when government forces fired at anti-India protesters. Police said in... More

Pakistan issues arrest warrants for Avenfield convicts


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of Pakistan on Saturday started the formal process to arrest all the three convicts in the Avenfield case — deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law... More

Mattis writes to Sitharaman to clear the air on 2+2


US secretary of defense James Mattis has written to defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman assuring her that Washington’s decision to call off the 2+2 dialogue at the last minute was not aimed at signalling a... More

Maldives snubs India again; inks power sector deal with Pakistan


Pakistan and the Maldives have signed a Memorandum of Understanding or MoU to support the island nation's infrastructure development in the power sector. The move is seen as another snub to India after it... More

EX-Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 years in prison on corruption...


Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced in absentia to 10 years in prison by a corruption court in Islamabad Friday, lawyers said, dealing a serious blow to his party’s troubled campaign ahead... More

Indian PM holds talks with Bhutanese counterpart, discuss strategic issues


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bhutanese counterpart Tshering Tobgay held talks, during which defence, security and strategic cooperation between the two neighbouring countries were discussed. Prime Minister Tobgay, who arrived here on a... More

India, China revive talks to set up a military hotline


India and China have revived talks to establish a hotline telephone link between their militaries. The proposal, first made in 2012, was nearly agreed to in April 2016 during then defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s... More

Sri Lanka hopes India will take stake in airport with no flights


Sri Lanka has already sold China a port that gets almost no ships. The island nation now wants India to take control of an airport with no scheduled flights. The nation first tried to offer... More

Assam NRC: 150,000 names to be omitted


About 1.5 lakh people, whose names figured in the first draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) published on December 31 last year, would not be included in the second and final draft scheduled... More

Afghan capital picks itself up from decades of war, but what next?


The aging Ariana Afghan Airlines Boeing 727 took off from Islamabad with about 10 passengers, myself included, huddled near the exits, bound for war-torn Kabul months after the 2001 fall of the Taliban. The Afghan... More

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India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

The Wuhan spirit of cooperation picks up

The informal Modi-Xi summit at Wuhan had decided to provide “strategic guidance” to their militaries to manage and defuse troop confrontations along the 4057 km Line of Actual Control (LAC). The two leaders asserted that during patrolling, the two armies should stick to existing protocols and mechanisms. These range... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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... 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... 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... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... More

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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