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ADB Approves Second Cofinancing with AIIB to Boost Natural Gas Output, Transmission...


The project will expand natural gas transmission infrastructure and improve production efficiency at a key gas field in Bangladesh. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $167 million loan to promote sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty... More

Burma’s Abused, Intimidated LGBT People Long for Acceptance in New Era


RANGOON — When police in Burma’s biggest city Rangoon arrested Chew Su Khin, a young transgender woman, for the third time in a year, they removed her hair extensions and set them on fire,... More

11 Indian soldiers killed on Nov 14, says Raheel Sharif


Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Wednesday said 11 Indian soldiers were killed on November 14 after Pakistan Army ‘responded to unprovoked firing’. The Pakistan Army suffered the loss of seven soldiers on... More

Land grabbing main goal of attackers: rights groups


Minority communities’ 3,307 houses and businesses and 1,104 temples and idols were damaged in Bangladesh in last four years, show media and rights groups’ reports. Rights groups blamed influential land grabbers for the attacks on houses,... More

Bangladesh buys two submarines from China


Bangladesh took delivery on Monday of its first submarines, bought from China, as it seeks to boost its naval power in the Bay of Bengal. Bangladesh paid a reported $203 million for the two submarines,... More

 CPEC dreams come true as Gwadar port goes operational


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at a grand opening ceremony at the Gwadar port on Sunday marked the operationalisation and opening of trade activities at the port, a key project under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor... More

Maoist leaders warn PM not to mess up with ‘trouble-free’ states


Even as Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is preparing to accept parts of a federal delineation plan the Nepali Congress and the CPN-UML jointly proposal in November 2014, fellow CPN (Maoist Centre) leaders have... More

Three Indian naval training ships arrive in Bangladesh


  Three Indian navy training ships have reached Chittagong naval base as part of a five-day “goodwill” visit, Bangladesh Navy has said Commander Chittagong Naval Zone Chief Staff Officer Captain Kamal Nasser welcomed those ships in... More

Five contracts likely to be awarded without bidding


The government is likely to award at least five contracts to different foreign companies to set up facilities to import liquefied natural gas or LNG without bidding. A project processing committee of energy division decided... More

Nepali PM stresses trans-Himalayan cooperation for development


  Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while addressing a seminar on “Trans-Himalayan Cooperation beyond Trilateral Discourse”, said that the trans-Himalayan cooperation could be a platform for trilateral collaboration among Nepal, India and China. He also hoped that... More

Mukherjee crossed lines, says ex-PM


Jhala Nath Khanal, former Prime Minister and senior leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist), said that Indian President Pranab Mukherjee spoke beyond his jurisdiction by advising the Nepali leaders to... More

Political leaders push Taliban for talks


  A number of Afghan political leaders have moved to broker peace talks between government and the Taliban following secret talks between the two parties in Qatar recently. Sayed Ishaq Gailani, a former MP and leader... More

Afghan MPs call for review of security pact with US


  Blaming the government’s failures in ensuring security, several Wolesi Jirga , on November 7, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi expressed concern over... More

UN SG concerned over situation at LoC


NEW YORK: expressed his concerns over escalation in tensions at the Line of Control and urged Pakistan and India to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogues. UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, in a media briefing said,... More

Pakistan opposes new permanent seats at UNSC


Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi, on November 7, said that Pakistan firmly opposes the creation of new permanent seats at Security Council. Lodhi was addressing the General Assembly session on Security... More

India put on hold NDTV ban


  The one-day ban on NDTV's Hindi channel, widely condemned, has been put on hold by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India. The decision comes after the Supreme Court agreed to hear NDTV's application... More

Defence attaches in India briefed on the country’s security concerns


Indian army officers, on November 7, briefed the defence and military attaches of various countries posted in Delhi about the “global and regional security scenario” and India’s “security concerns”, amid rising tensions along the... More

China refuses to budge on India’s NSG bid


Ahead of this week's NSG meet in Vienna, China, on November 7, stuck to its guns saying there was "no change" in its stand on India's membership bid which it has indicated would be... More

Sirisena in India to attend WHO conference


  President Maithripala Sirisena left the country, for India 0n 7 November, to participate in a global anti-tobacco conference hosted in New Delhi. During his two-day visit, President Sirisena will participate in the WHO Framework Convention... More

Two jawans killed in Pakistan firing


Exchange of fire at forward posts in Sagra and Balnoi areas also reported Two soldiers were killed and five others, including two women, were injured as Pakistan Rangers resorted to shelling and firing to “provide... More

EU parliament delegation will visit Dhaka


  A 15-member European Parliament delegation will arrive in Dhaka in the middle of November to discuss Bangladesh's politics, freedom of expression, and labour and human rights issues with politicians, business leaders, NGOs, and the... More

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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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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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