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Hasina’s Visva Bharati visit may be in sync with Modi’s convocation trip


Bangladesh wants the inauguration of the upcoming Bangladesh Bhavan at Visva Bharati in presence of the two premiers — Sheikh Hasina and Narendra Modi. The Bhavan housing a museum showcasing Tagore’s association with Bangladesh,... More

Indian Prime Minister Modi confronted by angry protests in London


Hundreds of noisy protesters greeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he arrived in London on Wednesday (Apr 18), demonstrating over a rising tide of sexual violence at home, including two particularly brutal rapes. Holding... More

China calls on India to get on board with Nepal projects


China has called on India to get involved in its connectivity projects with Nepal, saying they should both support the landlocked nation’s development in an apparent bid to play down concerns over rivalry between... More

India developing destabilising doctrines, technologies, former SPD chief says


India’s expansionist and revisionist mindset is guiding its force posture development that makes war look more likely, said former head of Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Lt Gen (retd) Mazhar Jamil. He was speaking at a... More

No unusual rise in Pakistan’s defence budget, says adviser


The military will get only a regular increase and there will be no unusual increase in the defence budget for the next fiscal year, the adviser to the prime minister on finance said on... More

Pakistan has taken serious measures to curb terror funding: Russian envoy


The Russian envoy to India, Nikolay Kudashev, said that Pakistan has taken "serious measures" to curb terror financing and shown the desire to be a part of global and regional efforts to fight the... More

Nepal’s employment rate highest in South Asia


Nepal has secured the top spot in job creation in South Asia, with employment rate hovering around 68 percent, says the latest World Bank report.This means 32 percent of the country’s working-age population —people... More

Foreigners in Bangladesh formally remit $2b a year


Foreigners in Bangladesh formally remit $2b a yearForeigners working in Bangladesh repatriate $2 billion or Tk 165 billion a year through formal channels, according to Pew Research Center. However, unofficial estimate shows, Indian nationals working... More

China says it wants to stick to ‘right path’ of bilateral ties...


China wants to stick to the "right path" of bilateral ties with India, explore new areas for cooperation and ensure sound and steady development of the relationship, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday. Foreign Ministry... More

Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia boost military relationship


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited Saudia Arabia on Sunday (Apr 15) to attend the concluding ceremony of a joint military exercise named “Gulf Shield -1” hosted by the Kingdom. An 18-member Bangladesh Armed Forces... More

Pak PM, Saudi king discuss security, regional issues


Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday (Apr 16) met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud during the closing ceremony of Gulf Shield-1 in the Saudi city of Dammam. The two... More

Nepal committed to implementing deals with China: foreign minister


Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali on Monday (Apr 16) said his government is committed to implementing bilateral agreements reached between Nepal and China. Gyawali, who will leave for China on a five-day visit later... More

6-day Indian Army conf begins Monday, focus to be China and Pakistan


Top Army commanders will review the regional security architecture and deliberate on key challenges facing the nation, particularly along the borders with China and Pakistan, at a six-day-long conference beginning Monday (Apr 16) in... More

Afghans register to vote in long-delayed elections amid violence


Afghanistan over the weekend began registering voters across the war-torn country as it seeks to ensure that long-delayed legislative elections in October are seen as credible and fraud-free. Over the next two months, authorities hope... More

Pakistan Army chief backs India talks to resolve tangles, including Kashmir


The peaceful resolution of India-Pakistan disputes, including the core issue of Kashmir, can be found through comprehensive and meaningful dialogue, Pakistan’s Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said. Gen. Bajwa’s remarks came during his... More

Pre-dawn blaze destroys Delhi’s only camp for Rohingya refugees


Around 3.15 am on Sunday (APR 15), someone banged on Mohammed Zafar’s door. The 35-year-old autorickshaw driver put on a vest and opened the tin door of his shanty to find his neighbours Shakir... More

US adds India to currency watch list with China


The US Treasury added India to its watch list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies, joining China and four others, according to a report issued Friday (Apr 13). Treasury said the "monitoring list"... More

Guilty must be held accountable: UN chief on Kathua rape


United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has termed the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua a "horrific" incident and asked Indian authorities to ensure that the guilty are... More

Kashmir problem can be sorted through talks, not gun: J&K DGP


Jammu and Kashmir DGP S P Vaid on Thursday said that the gun is not the solution to Kashmir problem, and the problem can only be sorted out through talks, including with Pakistan. The... More

India, China hold disarmament dialogue including Delhi’s NSG membership


India and China on Tuesday held a key dialogue on non-proliferation and disarmament as Delhi is understood to have reiterated to the Chinese side its non-proliferation credentials ahead of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG)... More

Pakistan shares ‘actionable intelligence’ with Afghanistan


Pakistan said that it has shared information about hideouts of the militants in the border regions, who routinely launch attacks on check posts, with neighbouring Afghanistan. “We have shared actionable intelligence with the Afghan side... More

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Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Subversion of democracy

The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... 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