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Five Indian policemen, two civilians killed in Kashmir clashes


Five Indian police personnel were killed Friday when Kashmiri rebels fighting against Indian rule ambushed a police vehicle in India-held Kashmir (IHK), while two civilians were killed and several others injured in clashes that erupted during a... More

If not Mohan Bhagwat, make MS Swaminathan the next President, says Shiv...


After pitching for Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat as the next president, Shiv Sena on Friday also proposed the name of leading agriculture scientist MS Swaminathan for the post, reported DNA. “Shiv Sena is in favour of nomination... More

Leasing Hambantota land to China: FR petition fixed for 30 June


The Supreme Court on Thursday (14) fixed the fundamental rights petition filed by former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara against leasing land to China in Hambantota for 30 June. The bench comprised Justices Eva Wanasundera, B.P. Aluvihara and Sisira J.... More

Hang those who eat beef


The All India Hindu Convention has raised concern over Indian democracy and increasing secularism which is becoming a problem to establish Hindu Rashtra in India. The convention also said they would call the BJP government as their... More

SCO is not a platform to discuss bilateral tensions between India, Pakistan:...


China on Thursday (June 15) dismissed apprehensions that the tensions between India and Pakistan could disrupt the unity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, reported PTI. China said that the SCO charter prohibits member countries from bringing their bilateral... More

CPI-M wants reduced Indo-US Military Ties after SCO Membership


Membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) gives a good opportunity to India to reduce its military and security ties with the US and also review its confrontationist stance towards China and Pakistan, the CPI-M has said. An... More

Russia to supply five more Mi-171Sh helos to Bangladesh


The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract with Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, for the purchase of five additional Mi-171Sh transport helicopters. The contract, the value of which is unknown, was signed on 12 June at... More

US should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty: China


China on Wednesday said the US should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, amid reports that America may deploy more troops in the war- torn country, which borders China's volatile Xinjiang province. Such a move is "highly... More

Lankan PM and cabinet issues strong messages against hate crimes


The Sri Lankan government will arrest and punish those who spread religious hate and will look at coming up with new laws to tackle religious based hate crimes, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Wednesday issuing a special... More

As Indian wins place on ITLOS, government likely to back Dalveer Bhandari...


After getting its nominee elected to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Wednesday, the Indian government is likely to re-nominate Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court for Justice (ICJ), official sources... More

Massive landslides kill 134 in Bangladesh hilly areas


In the worst landslide since 2007, at least 134 people, including four army men, have died in the Bangladesh hilly areas of Chittagong, Rangamati and Bandarban following incessant downpour overnight, reported the daily Star. The death toll may... More

GDP growth targeted at 6% for fiscal 2017-18: Ishaq Dar


Pak Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday said that target for GDP growth for fiscal 2017-18 has been set at 6 percent, adding that the current GDP growth is a t 10-year high. Addressing budget debate in the... More

Qatar hosted Taliban ‘at request of US government’


Qatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the government of the United States, the Qatari foreign minister's special envoy on counterterrorism told Al Jazeera. Mutlaq Al Qahtani said the Gulf country hosted the Taliban "by request of... More

Middle East crisis: Pak PM meets Saudi king in Jeddah


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in the backdrop of a deepening diplomatic rift in the Middle East, Radio Pakistan... More

Justice Karnan retires while absconding


Justice CS Karnan has created a record by retiring while absconding. This former judge of Kolkata high court has created history by being India’s judge to retire while in hiding. An arrest warrant had been issued against him... More

Rajasthan vigilantes try to burn truck of cows meant for central scheme


The five trucks carrying 80 head of cattle, which cow vigilantes had stopped just outside Barmer on Sunday night, were being taken for a flagship cattle breeding programme of the BJP, the Rajasthan police have said. The... More

‘Gorkhaland’ movement Intensifies: GJM begins indefinite strike


The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will go on an indefinite strike from Monday  demanding a separate state of 'Gorkhaland'. "We will go on strike from Monday. Bengal government takes so much revenue from us but it only encroach... More

IMF identifies future risks for Bangladesh


Considering the fast approaching general election in Bangladesh and a likely post-Brexit economic slowdown in Europe, the International Monetary Fund has identified seven risk areas where Dhaka needs to take policy measures. Most importantly, political turmoil may return... More

Maharashtra govt announces blanket loan waiver, farmers call off protest


Clearing the decks for an end to the ongoing agitation by farmers in the state, the Maharashtra government Sunday announced a blanket loan waiver, the largest ever, to provide immediate relief to 31 lakh farmers. This is... More

Three Chinese naval ships arrive in Karachi


Three Chinese naval ships, Chang Chun, Jing Zhou and Chao Hu, arrived in Karachi on Saturday for a good-will and training visit. The convoy is being commanded by Rear Admiral Shen Hao, the deputy commander of the East... More

India’s oil demand rises most since November’s demonetisation


India’s oil demand bounced back in May, led by the highest growth in gasoline consumption in nine months and the fastest increase in diesel usage since November. Total fuel consumption rose 5.4 percent to 17.79 million tons... More

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No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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