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Mosquito abolition: Supreme Court pleads helplessness


The court is always supreme, but sometimes the court has to plead helplessness. On Friday, September 23, the apex court of India pleaded such helplessness when a petitioner wanted direction to abolish mosquitoes from India. Mosquitoes are the... More

Fires rage in Rakhine as Myanmar army blames Rohingya for mosque blast


Myanmar's army chief on Saturday (Sept 23) blamed Rohinyga militants for an explosion outside a mosque in Rakhine state, as a rights group accused the military of starting fires in the region to prevent refugees from returning. The... More

Senior journalist KJ Singh, mother murdered in Mohali


Senior journalist K J Singh and his 92-year-old mother were found murdered at their residence in Punjab's Mohali, officials said today. While 64-year-old Mr Singh's throat had been slit, his mother Gurcharan Kaur was suspected to have been... More

Bangladesh PM proposes UN-supervised ‘safe zones’ for Rohingyas in Myanmar


Bangladesh's prime minister on Thursday proposed creating UN-supervised safe zones inside Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing a military crackdown to seek refuge in her country. "These people must be able to return to their homeland... More

States must compensate victims of cow vigilantism, punish violators: SC


The Supreme Court Friday said states were under obligation to compensate victims of violence by cow vigilante groups even without any judicial order. “We do not have to say that. All states are under an obligation to... More

Pakistan tells UN it won’t be ‘scapegoat’ in Afghan war


Pakistan refuses to be a "scapegoat" for Afghanistan's bloodshed or to fight wars for others, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the United Nations on Thursday. Addressing the UN General Assembly, Abbasi did not explicitly criticize US President... More

Shelling across Pakistan-India border kills six civilians, wounds 30


Shelling along the disputed border between Pakistan and India killed six civilians, and wounded an additional 30 people, officials from the two sides said on Friday, in the latest confrontation between the two nuclear-armed countries. The clash came... More

West Bengal restrictions on immersion of Durga lifted


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee doesn’t learn from the past, despite being admonished by the court repeatedly. It is a repeat of 2016, when immersion of the goddess Durga was restricted to a certain timeframe. This... More

India presses on with Myanmar defense supplies in show of support


India is considering supplying arms to Myanmar’s government in a sign of strong support for a neighbor that faces criticism for its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims. The arms were discussed during a visit by the chief of Myanmar’s... More

Indian BSF seals border with Bangladesh to stop Rohingya infiltration


The BSF has sealed the Indo-Bangla border and stepped up its vigil along the area in the wake of the Rohingya refugee crisis. "We have alerted our troops and mobilised resources on the entire 4,096-km India-Bangladesh border. We... More

Second Indian journalist killed in one month


A reporter covering political unrest in India’s northeast was beaten to death during violent clashes, officials said on Thursday, two weeks after the high-profile murder of another prominent journalist. Shantanu Bhowmick was set upon with sticks as he... More

Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine


Myanmar’s vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country’s Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take “full measures” to avoid collateral... More

Delhi’s move to deport the refugees stirs debate


The Indian government is looking to deport about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in India, triggering debate over whether the world's largest democracy and an aspiring global power should turn away refugees seeking asylum. India has welcomed thousands of... More

Hindus fleeing Myanmar violence hope for sanctuary in India


Caught in the crossfire between Myanmar's military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring India. Nearly 500 are... More

Is Delhi Police’s special cell using an ‘Al-Qaeda recruiter’ as a pawn...


The arrest of Samiun Rahman, a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin, in East Delhi on September 17, came a day before the government in New Delhi told the Supreme Court that the 40,000 Rohingya refugees in its territory constitute... More

Resolve Rohingya crisis ‘before it’s too late’, Bangladesh PM to OIC


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called upon the OIC member states to show a unity for solving the Rohingya crisis before it is too late and placed some proposals before the OIC, including full implementation of... More

Pakistan says peace in Afghanistan high priority


Pak  Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua said Pakistan and the United States of America can work together to attain their common objectives of defeating Daesh in Afghanistan and the region. Talking to US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon... More

Aung San Suu Kyi “burying her head in the sand” about Rakhine...


Reacting to today’s (Tuesday) speech by Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counsellor and de facto leader, on the crisis in Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: Aung... More

China leads as foreign direct investment soars 147%


Pakistan received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth $235 million in August 2017, up 147% compared with $95 million in the same month of last year, according to data released by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on... More

Rohingya crisis humanitarian, security issue: BD minister


The Rohingya crisis is both a humanitarian and security issue, Bangladesh Minister Mohammed Shahriar Alam on Monday said and did not rule out the possibility of links between Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and "foreign terrorist organisations". Bangladesh... More

Middlemen capitalising on Rohingya misery


Law enforcers are struggling to stop the spread of Rohingyas from registered as well as temporary camps as middlemen and locals are helping the refugees to settle outside the camps. The middlemen are particularly targeting young Rohingya girls,... More

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Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More

Hunt with the hound, swim with the crocodile

On the sidelines of the G20 conference in Argentina, there were two very important summits. One involved US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This was the first trilateral that brought Modi and Trump together. “The relationships between our three countries is extremely good, extremely strong. I think, with India, maybe stronger than ever. And with Japan, I think, stronger than ever,” Trump said, as... More

India’s dead-end Afghan policy

While India has been investing in Afghanistan for several years, the changing dynamics of the Afghan war indicate that this economic, political and diplomatic investment may not yield the desired results after all. First and foremost, India’s Afghan-policy has been driven by the imperative of having a strong presence on Pakistan’s western border, which India has been able to pursue—and aims to continue—with the help of Kabul. But the... 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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