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China asks India for caution, restraint on Tawang rail link


China asked India to exercise "restraint" on its plan to link the strategic border district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh with a railway network+ , saying any "unilateral action" might "complicate" the unresolved border... More

Those who wish to isolate us should see Pakistan globally honoured: Gen...


Pak Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said Pakistan has successfully neutralised malicious propaganda against it and “elements trying to isolate Pakistan must now see how it (Pakistan) is actually valued and... More

Sri Lanka to sign MoU with BIMSTEC


Cabinet this week granted approval for Sri Lanka to enter into a MoU with members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to build a common power... More

India should compensate Gautam’s kin: Nepal House panel


A parliamentary panel formed to investigate the killing of Nepali national Govinda Gautam by Indian security personnel in Kanchanpur near the Nepal-India border earlier this month has asked the government to take initiatives to... More

Cow slaughter law amended in Gujarat; penalty raised to life in prison


The Gujarat Assembly on Friday cleared a tough amendment to the law against cow slaughter in the state, increasing the punishment for such slaughter to life imprisonment. The older law, amended in 2011, stipulated that... More

In a first, Russian military delegation shown around North Waziristan


In an unprecedented development, Pakistan Army on Thursday took a Russian military delegation headed by Deputy Chief of General Staff, Colonel General Israkov Sergi Yuryevich to North Waziristan Agency to give them firsthand account... More

Pakistan should raise India’s ‘state-sponsored terrorism’ in Kashmir at UN: AJK PM


Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider on Thursday called for the government to raise India's 'state sponsored terrorism' in held Kashmir in the UN Security Council. “Across the world, even the... More

Bangladesh Bank heist was ‘state-sponsored’: U.S. official


The heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Federal Reserve last year was "state-sponsored," an FBI officer in the Philippines, who has been involved in the investigations,... More

$59bn worth of Defence procurement cleared by Modi Govt. in 3 years


A whopping Rs4 lakh crore ($59-bn) worth of military procurement involving 136 proposals were cleared by the government in the last three years as part of efforts to modernise the armed forces. The government incurred... More

Indian-American Killed In Hit-And-Run, Wife Critically Injured


An Indian American man was killed and his wife was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident in the US state of Indiana. Anshul Sharma, 30, died on the spot while his wife Samira Bharadwaj, 28,... More

Total Lending of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Reaches $2 Bln


The total amount of loans issued by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) amounted to $2 billion after the bank announced plans to lend $285 million to projects in Indonesia and Bangladesh on Tuesday. "The... More

CPEC centre of excellence launched


Pakistan Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal inaugurated work on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Centre of Excellence on Monday. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC is an economic ‘big bang’ which... More

Defence deal with India may increase mistrust in Bangladesh


Foreign affairs and defence experts and academics at a discussion raised questions about defence collaboration with India and said a defence pact with the neighbouring country was not necessary as Bangladesh would not be... More

Aziz urges visiting OIC human rights commission to highlight Kashmiris’ plight


A high-level delegation of the Organisation of Islamic Countries' (OIC) Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) called on Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Monday. Welcoming the delegation,... More

China ready to build Nepal-China rail link: Xi


Chinese President Xi Jinping has informed Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal that the Chinese government is ready to initiate construction work on the cross-border railway link between the two neighbors and boost trade and... More

Maldives exiled leader Nasheed vows to take Parliament


The exiled former leader of the Maldives Sunday announced plans to take control of the national parliament after hammering out a rare unity pact with his politically influential erstwhile enemies. Mohamed Nasheed said he entered... More

India’s development path goes through dharma: RSS Chief


Citing the Narendra Modi government’s slogan Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas (all together, development for all), RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said here on Sunday that India’s distinctive path to development went through dharma. The term —... More

India to seal border with Pakistan and Bangladesh: Rajnath Singh


Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said India plans to seal international boundaries with neighbouring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh soon. "India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh as soon as possible. This could be India's major... More

IS claims ‘suicide’ blast near Bangladesh airport


The militant Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility late Friday for a suspected suicide bomb attack outside the Bangladeshi capital's main international airport, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant communications. A bomber... More

Maithri-Putin friendship marks new landmark in SL-Russia relations


The close friendship which has been built between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena will create a new landmark in bilateral relations between the two countries, Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov... More

‘Unfriendly forces trying to disrupt India-Russia ties’


India and Russia on Friday admitted there may be some “unfriendly forces or actors” who may be trying to create hindrances in bilateral relations. India-Russia ties were discussed threadbare as Home Minister Rajnath Singh held... More

COLUMN

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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