Tripura stresses on connectivity through Bangladesh to reduce distance from mainland

Tripura transport minister Pranajit Singha Roy on Saturday stressed the importance of extending connectivity with Bangladesh during an event named ‘Chintan Shivir’, held at Prajna Bhavan in Agartala to prepare a ‘comprehensive roadmap’ for development of the... More

Backed by India, Maldives becomes IORA member; Myanmar’s entry blocked

As a sign of the international community’s change of heart after the presidential elections, Maldives has now become the latest member of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) after India managed to convince naysayers that the new government... More

Saudi Arabia Tells Bangladesh to Take Back 128 Rohingya With Expired Visas

The Saudi government has asked Bangladeshi authorities to take back 128 Rohingya, all of whom entered the oil-rich kingdom carrying Umrah visa using Bangladeshi passports. They are now being detained in jails in Saudi Arabia, said sources in... More

‘Pakistan wants to learn from China,’ PM Khan tells President Xi in...

Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday while on his first official visit to China, Radio Pakistan reported. In the meeting between Khan and Xi, the premier told the Chinese president about Pakistan's "very... More

New twists in Sri Lanka’s political crisis fuel uncertainty

For a brief moment on Thursday, it appeared as though Sri Lankan politicians might be able to return soon to the country's suspended parliament to thrash out their differences over who should be prime minister - and... More

Russia Reaches out to Afghan Leaders for Taliban Talks, Angering Kabul

Russia has quietly invited a group of senior Afghan politicians to talks with the Taliban in Moscow, bypassing President Ashraf Ghani's government in a move that has angered officials in Kabul who say it could muddle the... More

Assam NRC: SC extends deadline to December 15, allows 5 additional documents

The Supreme Court Thursday extended the deadline for filing claims and objections of people whose names were not included in the final draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) to December 15 and also allowed claimants to rely... More

Ghani pushes to end Afghanistan war while Taliban tightens grip

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said the Taliban must embrace direct talks with the nation’s government to help end the 17-year war that’s maimed and killed tens of thousands of people and cost the U.S. more than $900... More

Loss of market access a ‘clear possibility’ if rights issues not addressed,...

The European Union has warned Myanmar that withdrawal of trade preferences is a “clear possibility” if the country fails to uphold and respect the principles enshrined in the 15 fundamental international human rights and labor rights conventions... More

India and China nervous spectators in Sri Lanka crisis

Rival Asian giants India and China are anxiously watching the constitutional conflict between contending prime ministers in Sri Lanka to see whose interests get the upper hand in their own strategic battle. It is the second time in... More

Statehood sought for Assam’s Barak Valley

A students’ organisation has advocated statehood for southern Assam’s Barak Valley because of a “sharp division” between linguistic groups created by the National Register of Citizens and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Barak Valley comprising three districts — Cachar,... More

India has world’s largest statue, but satisfying Modi’s ego still a tall...

More than 5,000 police personnel guarded the world’s tallest statue as local people threatened protests – including a campaign of letters written in blood – ahead of its inauguration by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. The... More

Myanmar officials try to convince Rohingya to return, accept ID cards

Myanmar officials visited camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh on Wednesday in an effort to kickstart a process to repatriate hundreds of thousands who fled an army crackdown last year. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into... More

Taliban members freed from Guantanamo join Qatar office

Five members of the Afghan Taliban who were freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for captured US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have joined the insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, Taliban spokesman... More

At UN, Pakistan attacks growing arms sales to India

Pakistan has attacked growing arms sales to India by several countries, including the US and Russia, calling them "double standards" that jeopardise regional balances. "The policy of double standards towards South Asia, based on narrow strategic, political and... More

Sri Lankan rival PMs battle to get lawmakers on their side to...

Sri Lanka's rival prime ministers battled to tempt lawmakers from opposing sides on Tuesday (Oct 30) as they sought numbers to swing any vote of confidence held in Parliament to end the country's constitutional crisis. Former strongman Mahinda... More

Bangladesh PM Hasina’s response on NRC inadequate: BNP leader

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has not responded adequately to the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, a leading opposition figure of Dhaka has told The Hindu. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, General Secretary of Bangladesh... More

India, Japan in $75bn currency swap pact, will start ‘2+2’ talks

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrapped up his fifth summit with his counterpart, Shinzo Abe, India and Japan concluded a $75-billion bilateral currency swap agreement, a move intended to bring greater stability to the rupee and capital... More

Japan, India agree new defence and economic projects

Japan and India agreed Monday to upgrade diplomatic and military ties, with Tokyo also offering low-interest loans as the two countries seek closer ties to balance China’s weight in the region. The plans were announced as India’s Prime... More

Beijing offers Iran to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Top Chinese diplomat in Pakistan has underlined his country’s enthusiasm to cooperate with Iran and Afghanistan within the framework of the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “China is interested in the partnership of the friendly states and neighbors of... More

Jamaat-e-Islami stripped of right to contest in Bangladesh elections

Five years after the High Court ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami’s status as a political party be revoked, the Election Commission has executed the orders in a gazette. The gazette got delayed because of the delay in getting the... More


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More



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