EVENTS

EVENTS

Pak Army Chief meets CENTCOM Commander, demands Afghan action


Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while meeting General Joseph L. Votel, the Commander of US Central Command (US CENTCOM) on 16 November, said that Afghanistan is not contributing... More

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India early next year


India is preparing to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-January in what would signal qualitative upgrade of partnership, coming less than a year after Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel. This would be... More

Saudi delegation to visit Pakistan to explore investment opportunities


A high-level Saudi Arabian delegation will visit Pakistan by the end of this month to explore investment opportunities in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistani media reported. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan quoted... More

RBI says no to Islamic Banking in India


In a major move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided not to pursue a proposal for introduction of Islamic banking in the country. Replying to an RTI query, the central bank... More

Rohingya crisis can harm Chinese OBOR, other regional plans: Experts


Protracted Rohingya crisis might jeopardise regional connectivity initiatives, including One Belt One Road initiative of China, with multiple risks of emergence of terrorism and social and economic instability, experts said at a discussion... More

Banking on a New Stimulus Plan in India


India’s central government is taking a bigger role in managing the country’s financial system through a new stimulus plan that will inject cash into banks and infrastructure. Because of a growing number of nonperforming... More

Pakistan opposes expansion of permanent seats in UNSC


Pakistan has voiced firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council in the United Nations, according to report by GEO TV. Speaking in the General Assembly on Security... More

Sri Lanka, China open industrial zone office in Hambantota


Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the "Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office" in Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota on 4 November. The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial... More

Pranab Mukherjee tells it all!


India’s immediate past President Pranab Mukherjee (82) in his The Coalition Years, 1996-2012 – his twelfth book – tells his own tale about the last 16 years of his experience in active politics... More

Condolences pour in following Dina Wadia’s demise


Soon after news broke about the death of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's only daughter Dina Wadia on 2 November, messages of condolences started to pour in through social media. People from all walks of life, including... More

Pakistan, Iran urge ‘credible’ Afghan peace process


Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday (Nov 1) called for the resumption of a ‘credible political process’ owned and led by Afghanistan to seek lasting solution of the lingering conflict in the war-torn country. The... More

GST hits Nepal’s export to India


Nepal's export to India has been adversely affected after the enforcement of Goods and Services Tax as Nepali goods have become less competitive in the Indian market due to high duty in post-GST... More

Angered by satirical radio campaign on tourist safety, India’s I&B ministry Issues...


Days after a Swiss couple was brutally attacked by a group of men with sticks and stones at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, the Times Group’s flagship radio station Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM) ran... More

Hamid Karzai’s call for a grand Afghan assembly can shake up politics...


Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent dash to New Delhi – timed with the arrival of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson from Islamabad – was perhaps aimed to create the optics of a new emerging... More

India agrees to hold talks with Kashmiri leaders. Why?


India has, at last, agreed to talk to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) when they appointed a new special government representative to pursue talks in Indian Occupied Kashmir. This is clear u-turn... More

After editor’s exit, Hindustan Times pulls down controversial ‘hate tracker’


The Hindustan Times appears to have taken down its hate tracker initiative, a microsite that aimed at being a “national database on crimes in the name of religion, caste and race”. Readers and viewers... More

Bangladesh approves China-funded elevated expressway project


Bangladesh's highest economic policy-making body has approved a China-funded elevated expressway project, Xinhua reported. The project was approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) chaired by Prime... More

Bangladesh cattle herds surge as India curbs smuggling


Moves by the Modi government in India to crack down on the country's previously strong beef industry in the name of protecting cows, holy to Hindus, have given new life to the sector... More

Political triangle: Prospects of US-India alliance amid China’s rise


A closer alliance with the US could bring India more harm than good, a professor of politics at the University of Westminster, Dibyesh Anand, told Radio Sputnik, commenting on US Secretary of State... More

Dhaka-Beijing to strengthen cooperation, says envoy


Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang said the relations between Bangladesh and China reached such a height which will help expedite development efforts benefiting people of the two countries. He also said China follows... More

WB loan to be ‘costlier’ for BD from next FY


Bangladesh will have to pay higher interest rates for taking loans from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank as the country will be classified as an ‘IDA gap’ country by... More

COLUMN

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations

Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India and Sri Lanka and water sharing between India and Bangladesh are cases in... More

Indian military diplomacy picking up

Bangladesh and Myanmar seem to be the immediate focus of Indian military diplomacy in its immediate neighbourhood, that seems to be gathering some pace, especially after the 63-day standoff at Doklam in the high Himalayas with China. While... More

Who and what is on trial in Pakistan?

Along with himself, apparently it is the family of the recently ‘disqualified’ prime minister of Pakistan who are undergoing a trial for their now ‘proven’ and ‘well-established’ involvement in corruption and money-laundering. Or is it? History tells us... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More

Saudi – “Israeli” Leaks: Collusion or opportunism?

Saudi Arabia and “Israel” are very close with one another behind the scenes despite each actor’s public rhetoric to the contrary, and Riyadh might in all likelihood... More

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READER'S VIEW

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... More