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Electoral level playing field missing, but BNP in poll mode


The clouds of uncertainty that earlier loomed over Bangladesh’s December 30 general elections are gradually dissipating with the opposition BNP, which leads the multi-party JatiyoOikkyo Front (National Unity Front), taking concrete steps to take part in the... More

Canadian House panel indicts security agencies on lax security during PM Justin...


A Canadian parliamentary committee has recommended the Justin Trudeau government to crack down on Khalistani extremists who live in the country and continue to pose a More

In times of faltering economy, Sri Lankans are torn between their hatred...


Even as political uncertainty continues in Sri Lanka after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the then Prime Minister Anil Wickremesinghe on October 26 the country More

Adoption and use of poor colour schemes for new Indian banknotes causing...


The adoption of poor “colour schemes” for the new series of Indian currency notes—Rs 2,000, Rs 500, Rs 200, Rs 50 and Rs 10—printed in the wake of the November 2016 demonetisation under instructions from Prime Minister... More

Pattern in BJP-backed cow vigilante violence and Hindu mobilisation: Hit in one...


The sickening regularity with which the northern Indian mob has killed, maimed and sowed hatred and terror in the minds of Hindus and Muslims alike, ever since the Narendra Modi government assumed power in 2014, underscores two... More

Ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe meets diplomats, does not speak of Rajapaksa as...


UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was stripped of his Premiership by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26 had told foreign Ambassadors in a meeting Tuesday that he has ‘nothing against’ More

Sirisena refuses to reappoint Wickremesinghe, as Appeals Court stays Rajapaksa premiership


Despite the Appeal Court in Sri Lanka temporarily staying the Premiership of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his 49 member purported council of ministers, More

Lanka parliament stops funds to Rajapaksa-Sirisena govt as speculation builds on Wickremesinghe...


A week after the walkout from parliament by the UPFA, comprising the SFLP-SLPP of President Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa, pressure is building up on the former to reinstate ‘sacked’ prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe. Speculation about reinstating Wickremesinghe... More

BJP to dump Bengali Hindus for ULFA


A top BJP minister in India's northeastern state of Assam has finally let the cat out of the bag. Himanta Biswa Sarma, the number two in the state cabinet, has told the media that his party could shelve the Citizenship Amendment bill if ULFA More

Maithripala Sirisena interview: ‘Trouble with Ranil Wickremesinghe began in 2015’


Blaming Ranil Wickremesinghe for the political turmoil in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena has said that trouble with the prime minister who he sacked on October 26 began almost three years ago when the former sought to... More

The Sirisena saga


President Maithripala Sirisena, having plunged the country into uncertainty with his decision to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October and appoint former rival and ex-boss Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM, is now looking to launch a... More

Sirisena-Rajapaksa group refuses to recognise Speaker as Sri Lanka’s financial woes deepen


Members owing allegiance to the Sirisena-Rajapaksa UPFA alliance on November 23 staged a walkout from parliament over Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s decision not to include more MPs on the Parliamentary Select Committee (to appoint all other House panels)... More

Sri Lanka’s political crisis hits stormy financial weather


Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is fast snowballing into a grim economic crisis, with no budget in place for 2019, with international debts due to be re-paid in January and the American credit rating agency Moody's Investors... More

Bhutan’s foreign policy will not change, says new PM


In a major boost to the government of India, the new Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Dr. Lotey Tshering, said his government is committed to strengthening the existing ties between Bhutan and India.Speaking to India’s More

Lanka’s political crisis gets into further knots


Sri Lanka’s parliamentary proceedings continued to be hampered after the House was adjourned barely seven minutes into its commencing on November 20 More

Shilton Hotel’s glory has faded but Bangladeshis still prefer old-world charm of...


The chatter in Kolkata’s crowded Sudder Street, which is a warren of budget hotels, is unmistakable: Bengali and yet not the dialect usually spoken in this metropolis. Passersby or men and women, in groups of twos, threes... More

Chillie powder and fisticuffs overtake parliament as second NCM against PM Rajapaksa...


The parliamentarians of the three week old coalition government of Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP and Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLPP which consists of the umbrella party, the UPFA, created havoc in parliament Friday while rejecting the second No Confidence Motion... More

Sri Lanka President Sirisena trashes trust vote that Rajapaksa lost but might...


In an attempt to brazen his way out of a political quagmire, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena categorically refused to accept the no-confidence motion passed in parliament on November 14 against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa... More

Setback for Sirisena as Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court issues stay on parliament...


In what is hailed as a significant decision that demonstrates the independence of the Sri Lankan judiciary, the island country’s Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed until December 7 the gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena dissolving... More

As poll fever grips Sri Lanka parties, Sirisena says parliament dissolved to...


Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), which earlier moved the Supreme Court to challenge President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament, has begun making preparations to take part in Sri Lanka’s general... More

President Sirisena dissolves parliament, elections on January 05


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the country’s parliament in a move that was anticipated but denied staunchly by Sirisena’s aides until the actual signing of the Gazette Friday night. However the President earlier in the day... 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

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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