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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

US REFUSES TO PLACE RELIGIOUS SANCTIONS ON PAKISTAN: REPORT


The US Commission on Internatio­nal Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has again recommended that Pakistan should be declared a ‘‘country of particular concern’’ but the Trump administration, like its predecessors, has refrained. The USCIRF has been making this recommendation since... More

China-Pakistan relations:  Challenging US global leadership


Trans-Pacific Viewauthor Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy.  This conversation with Harrison Akins – Research Fellow at the Howard H. Baker... More

Indians in border areas will no longer have to listen to Chinese...


The Indian government has finally decided to lay optical fiber cables along the border with China to boost communication networks for its civilians and military personnel. People residing in the border areas have been complaining for years... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on bilateral dialogue mechanism


Pakistan and Afghanistan on Monday agreed on a mechanism for formal and bilateral dialogue and to establish six joint working groups for discussions on all key areas, officials said. The two sides finalized the Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

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

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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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