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Israeli-Indian ties reach new heights


When India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives on Tuesday for the first-ever visit to the country by an Indian prime minister, it will mark the apex of a century-old relationship that... More

OBOR: A vision as smooth as silk


Silk and spices, jade and jewels… the Silk Route conjures up exotic images of travel and trade, of the yesteryear. And now, as China presents the world with the One Belt... More

A rare national harmony on CPEC exhibited


The travel of all the chief ministers to China with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which is a great sight to watch, materialized only after his opposing provincial chief executives fully realized... More

Buddhism being used as foreign policy plank by India, China,...


Buddhism was born in India in 5 th.Century BC and spread to South and East Asia in subsequent centuries to be the dominant Asian faith till the advent of Islam in... More

There’s national identity, pride and protest in celebrating Pahela Baishakh


Pahela Baishakh, the traditional New Year, is a part of our economic history and it is a regional event too. It’s celebrated wherever monsoon comes in our region. It’s celebrated in Punjab, in... More

Rohingya killings expose fraud of Burmese ‘Democracy’


The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva last month adopted a resolution setting up an investigation into serious crimes committed by the Burmese (Myanmar) security forces and nationalist thugs against... More

The Untold Story of India’s Decision to Release 93,000 Pakistani...


On August 2, 1972 – eight months after the 13-day India-Pakistan war concluded on December 16, 1971 – India and Pakistan signed the Shimla Agreement under which India agreed to release... More

Border killings: Govinda a martyr, Felani a memory


When 15-year-old Felani was caught in the barbs of the border fence between India and Bangladesh, Indian Border Security Force (BSF) guards opened fire and shot her dead. She had simply... More

CPEC becomes center-point of transit trade routes


With related major energy and infrastructure projects being in full swing, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become the center-point where transit trade routes converge linking Russia with Central Asia. Pakistan has also... More

Bangladesh: Curbing covert cultural osmosis


“Mujhe bhookh lagee hai, mujhe khaana de do!” the little girl called out as she came home from school. Her uncle, visiting from the village, looked perplexed. “What is she saying?”... More

The voice of freedom


It’s February. It’s spring in Bangladesh. The trees are lit up with the fiery hues of shimul, palash and other brilliant blossoms. In the capital city Dhaka, all roads lead to... More

India has 3 times external debt than rest 8 south...


India's foreign debt is the highest among the South Asian countries. Currently, rest of the south Asian countries combinedly have around 31 percent external debt of what India have. Pakistan and... More

Shariah-Complaint Banking: Well worth a try


Poor and middle-class people, cutting across caste, class and community, were hit hard by the Narendra Modi government’s demonetisation decision, but the Muslim community was the worst affected. This was mainly... More

Hydropower can change the face of South Asia


Bhutan and Nepal, two ‘least developed countries’ that could change the face of South Asia with the power of hydroelectricity. Both countries are part of Least developed countries (LDCs) listed by... More

Bangladesh: Relaxing Investment Policy Cloaking Capital Flight


Bangladeshi investors are getting relaxed foreign investment opportunity without any specific policy. Bangladesh Bank will oversee investment on the case-to-case basis. No circular will be issued regarding how the permission will... More

India’s NSG entry seems remote


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar led a huge diplomatic effort round the year to enroll  Delhi in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG). They met... More

Modi’s regime: Anxiety is rising


The scrapping of high-value notes will be good for PM Modi's mid-term scorecard, say foreign media It was difficult for observers to argue at the start of the month, with his term... More

COLUMN

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... More

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More

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