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Aman-19: Pakistan Navy’s expanding influence


PNS Aslat and Saif fire a volley from their main guns towards a target buoy 4,500 yards away as helicopters buzz overhead and warships maneuver in the Arabian Sea during the culminating phase of Aman-19, the largest... More

Prosecute Myanmar army chief for Rohingya ‘genocide’: UN envoy


Myanmar's army chief should be prosecuted for "genocide" against the Rohingya, a United Nations' human rights investigator has said.Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, added that holding the perpetrators to account for their crimes was... More

OVER 100 FACTORIES SHUT AFTER RMG WORKERS UNREST


At least 50 people were injured in separate clashes between readymade garment (RMG) workers and police in Savar, Ashulia and parts of Gazipur district on Wednesday, reports UNB. In Savar, workers from different RMG factories in Ulail of... More

83 EX-BUREAUCRATS DEMAND YOGI ADITYANATH’S RESIGNATION OVER BULANDSHAHR VIOLENCE


As many as 83 former civil servants from Uttar Pradesh -- including ex-foreign secretaries Shyam Saran and Shivshankar Menon -- have written an open letter criticising the central and the state governments for their alleged failure in... More

NEPAL: CENTENARIAN BHANDARI ACQUIRES FIRST DIGITAL NATIONAL ID


Centenarian Bhagawati Devi Bhandari, a resident of Phidim Municipality-4, acquired the first digital national identity card in the country from Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa in Panchthar district on Monday. Special guest at a function organised... More

LANKA IN POWER VACUUM


Sri Lanka's parliament yesterday voted out the bitterly disputed government of former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse, removing one controversial figure but leaving the country in a power vacuum. The island nation has been in crisis since the president sacked... More

US GENERAL CONFIRMED WOUNDED AFTER AFGHANISTAN SHOOTING


US Army Brigadier-General Jeffrey Smiley was confirmed as one of two Americans wounded in last Thursday's (Oct 18) attack that killed the police chief of the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, a spokesman for the Nato-led Resolute... More

KHALEDA’S BAIL IN ZIA ORPHANAGE GRAFT EXTENDED


The High Court today extended till October 15 its earlier order that granted bail to BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The HC bench of Justice M Enayetur Rahim and Justice Md Mustafizur... More

BNP DOUBTFUL ABOUT PROPER TREATMENT OF KHALEDA


BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain. File PhotoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed doubt over the proper treatment of its chairperson Khaleda Zia by the medical board formed with “pro-ruling party physicians”, reports UNB. “We’re... More

HC DISMISSES PLEAS OF SONIA, RAHUL CHALLENGING REOPENING OF TAX ASSESSMENT


The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed pleas challenging the reopening of tax assessment of Congress president Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi in connection with the National Herald Case. The decision paves the way for... More

SUPREME COURTS SEEKS REPORT FROM TRIAL JUDGE IN BABRI MASJID DEMOLITION CASE


The Supreme Court on Monday sought a report from a sessions judge in a Lucknow court on how he intends to complete the trial in the Babri Masjid demolition case involving BJP veterans L.K. Advani, M.M. Joshi... More

GOVT MULLS IMPOSING WEALTH TAX ON MOVABLE ASSETS


The government may slap wealth tax on movable assets and could further hike customs duty on more than 5,200 tariff lines as it has started giving shape to a mini-budget that will be aimed at arresting the... More

US SANCTIONS MYANMAR MILITARY COMMANDERS OVER ROHINGYA ‘ETHNIC CLEANSING’


The US government on Friday hit four Myanmar military commanders and two military units with punitive sanctions, accusing them of "serious human rights abuses" and "ethnic cleansing" in violently expelling minority Rohingya from their homes. Military and border... More


Rising tides of intolerance and Hindu extremism in India


In the words of Col. (R) Gurnam Singh, an ex-Indian Army officer and renowned security analyst, “there is a profoundly disquieting myth about Hinduism which has been put about by its adherents so often and so successfully... More

India, China relations have warmed since Doklam chill: Experts


India and China continue to build on their relationship which, experts say, has warmed significantly since the chill of Doklam (where the two countries faced off) last year, and the 21st round of Special Representative talks between... More

4 BSF MEN KILLED ON J&K BORDER


Four Indian Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, including an officer, were killed and five wounded  in firing by Pakistan Rangers along the International Border (IB) in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir state, a senior BSF officer... More

‘Can’t fight tomorrow’s war with yesterday’s weapons’, says India’s DG Artillery


“Tomorrow’s wars can’t be fought with yesterday’s technology,” said Lieutenant General P K Srivastava, Director General of the Artillery of the Indian Army, and urged the Armament scientists of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to... More

Is there hope for resurrecting India-Pakistan relations?


The book Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the illusion of Peace, co-authored by two former intelligence chiefs — A.S. Dulat of India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Asad Durrani of Pakistan’s Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) —... More

Rohingyas at ICC demand justice over Myanmar deportations


Hundreds of Rohingya victims have appealed to judges at the International Criminal Court to grant prosecutors jurisdiction to investigate deportations from Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh, an ICC official said on Thursday (May 31). The world’s first permanent war... More

Maiden test of India’s Next Gen SFDR air to air missile successful


India has developed Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) technology in collaboration with Russia. Its successful use in missiles will mark India’s entry into a select club of nations that use next-generation missile technology against maneuvering targets, compromising... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... 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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