Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingyas: UNHCR

The UN refugee agency called a Myanmar minister's visit to Bangladesh to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees a confidence-building measure, but said conditions in Myanmar were not ready for their return. Myanmar Social Welfare... More

Quota in Bangladesh govt. jobs: Sought reform, got abolition

Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina Wednesday (Apr 11) announced scrapping of the quota system in public service recruitments, and asked students to return to classes ending demonstrations over the demand for quota reforms. "The... More

First smart fence along Bangladesh border in Assam is now operational

The first 'smart fence' pilot project to plug vulnerable gaps along India's borders has been rolled out in Assam on a riverine stretch with Bangladesh, the Border Security Force chief said. The project... More

After 9-years wait, Indian Army to get ballistic vests with level 3+...

The Indian defense ministry has finalized a major contract with domestic private firm SMPP Limited for the procurement of over one 180,000 bulletproof jackets worth approximately $99 million. The 1.3 million-strong army had been facing... More

India, Saudi Arabia shake hands for $44 bln mega refinery project

Saudi Aramco and Ratnagiri Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd — a consortium of Indian state refiners — have signed an initial agreement to build the world's largest refining and petrochemicals project in India. Saudi Aramco... More

US, Afghan forces target Taliban narcotics-production facilities

US and Afghan forces have targeted 11 Taliban-linked, drug-production facilities in Afghanistan’s western provinces of Farah and Nimruz, the NATO-led ‘Resolute Support’ mission announced in a 7 April statement. The precision air strikes, which were... More

Former Afghan president says only Russia can help Afghanistan

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a television interview over the weekend that the US is responsible for the death of Afghans and is behind the Afghan crisis and that only Russia can... More

India caught off-guard by Chinese road in Shaksgam Valley near Siachen

India seems to have been caught off-guard by China’s construction of a road in the strategic Shaksgam Valley — located north of the Siachen Glacier in Pakistan ControlledKashmir — although the Army chief initially... More

Nepal-India pipeline likely to be completed in 2020

The construction of a Nepal-India cross-border oil pipeline is expected to be completed by June 2020 with both countries agreeing to rush the project. In 2015, the two governments signed an agreement to... More

India describes Maldives as ‘duplicitous’

Following reports of the Maldivian government’s decision to return the Dhruv helicopter gifted by India, saying it wanted a Dornier instead, India has called the country out on its ‘duplicitous’ nature. Last week, reports surfaced... More

State Bank of India to invest Rs 80 billion in hydropower project...

The State Bank of India (SBI) will be investing a total of Rs 80 billion in the Arun III hydropower project of Nepal, which has 900 megawatts (MW) electricity production capacities. The SJVN, which has... More

100 injured in major student protests in Bangladesh over govt job quotas

Thousands of students across Bangladesh staged protests and sit-ins on Monday (Apr 9) after clashes at the country's top university left at least 100 people injured. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at Dhaka... More

Dhaka, Delhi sign six MoUs to strengthen dev ties

Bangladesh and India on Monday (Apr 9) signed six documents to strengthen development cooperation between the two countries. Indian foreign secretary Vijay Keshav Gokhale and his Bangladesh counterpart M Shahidul Haque witnessed the signing of... More

Turkey asks Taliban to take advantage of peace offer

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said that Turkey strongly supports the Afghan government’s efforts for peace in the country, and called on the Taliban to take advantage of the opportunity and engage in... More

India hints at sabotaging SAARC summit scheduled in Pakistan

India has hinted at pulling out of the 2018 summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) scheduled to be held in Pakistan, reported Radio Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi threatened to... More

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees – UN official

Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly... More

Eye on China, India offers train, river link to Nepal

In an attempt to go past the bitterness of recent incidents and build a “forward-looking relationship”, visiting Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks in the Capital on... More

Kashmir issue an unfinished agenda of Partition: Pakistan PM Abbasi

Pakistan’s top leadership on Friday expressed concern over what it described as rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir and extended political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris’ demand for the right to self-determination. In a... More

India, Nepal decide to boost cooperation, speed up connectivity projects

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli Saturday (Apr 7) held extensive deliberations covering entire expanse of bilateral relationship and vowed to boost ties in key areas of... More

Bangladeshi politics in a mess ahead of poll in December

It’s an election year in Bangladesh and one that has been marked by political turmoil, notably the jailing of former prime minister Khaleda Zia in February over the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. Zia’s only... More

Political life after No Confidence Motion victory for Lankan PM

Following Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emerging victorious from Wednesday’s No Confidence Motion (NCM) against him by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Joint Opposition, the section of government ministers from the coalition regime’s Sri... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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


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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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... More