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Ladakh scuffle: ‘Extremely dissatisfied’ China blames India


China laid the blame at India’s door on Monday for an altercation along their border in the western Himalayas involving soldiers from both of the Asian giants. Both countries’ troops have... More

SC strikes down instant triple talaq, tells Centre to make law...


The Indian Supreme Court of India struck down instant triple talaq or talaq-biddat while declaring it unconstitutional. In a 3:2 majority verdict the court held that the practise was unconstitutional and... More

India imposes anti-dumping duty on tempered glass from China


India has imposed anti-dumping duty on tempered glass, used for protecting mobile phone screens, from China for five years to protect the domestic industry from below-cost imports. The Revenue Department has issued... More

US tough talk could push Pakistan closer to Russia, China


As the US President Donald Trump’s administration finalised its long-awaited strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan is bracing itself for ‘tough time.’ Ahead of the announcement of the much-talked about strategy that will not... More

China-India conflict to have regional ripple effect


The tension mounting between the two rivals, China and India, is having a spillover effect in the region. And with Bangladesh considered to be its tried and tested friend, India expects... More

Mamata toughens stance against Gorkha leaders as strike takes toll on...


State government says strike in Darjeeling must be called off, ‘absconding’ leaders turned over for any peace talks The Bengal government has hardened its stance against the Gorkhaland campaign, announcing that it... More

Speak up for Gorkhaland


The Gorkhaland Movement (or Indian-Nepalis seeking political identity) isn’t a recent phenomenon. It dates back to 1816 when two-thirds of Nepal’s territory was ceded to the British East India Company through... More

High alert as violence mounts in Darjeeing again


Violence has once again emerged in the Darjeeling hills. The administration had imposed high alert in the area, following explosions on two consecutive days in Darjeeling town and Kalimpong. Extensive searches... More

PLA holds drills amid Doklam tensions


The People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Western Theater Command has conducted military exercises amid tensions in Doklam from a standoff with trespassing Indian troops. The Western Theater Command covers Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai,... More

Indian subcontinent will face deadly Heat + Humidity by century’s end


High humidity levels coinciding with high temperatures are likely to create lethal weather conditions and imperil the lives of millions across large parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh by the end... More

Kashmir not a piece of real estate, says Mirwaiz after release...


After 57 days under house arrest, Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was released and allowed to attend Friday prayers at Jama Masjid in Srinagar. The Mirwaiz had been under house arrest... More

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to begin three-day visit to...


Amid the Doklam standoff and the recent Pangong skirmish, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day visit to Ladakh, beginning on Sunday, to review the security scenario in eastern... More

Almost one cow-related attack every week in 2017 thus far


In the 33rd week of 2017, India reported its 30th incident of cow-related violence in the country–the most in eight years–in the West Chamaparan district of Bihar where seven Muslims were... More

Ladakh-like incidents not in interest of India or China: Indian MEA


India said on Saturday it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, but underlined that incidents like one in Ladakh three days... More

Yogi Adityanath: If I cannot stop namaz on road, I have...


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Wednesday said that if he cannot stop the offering of namaz on roads during Eid, he has no right to stop celebration of Janmashtami at... More

India haunted by innocent victim mentality


The 1970 book India's China War is considered an authoritative analysis of the 1962 Sino-Indian War. Author Neville Maxwell (Maxwell) points out in the book that India provoked China into the... More

Madan Tamang murder case: Kolkata court discharges GJM chief Bimal Gurung


A Kolkata court on Thursday discharged Gorkha Janmukti Morcha chief Bimal Gurung in the Madan Tamang murder case, but held that charges will be framed against the other 47 accused, reported... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies


The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite outcome of the standoff... More

China-funded lone Chinese school in India reopens


The government of China has stepped up investment and trade in India’s eastern state of West Bengal. A Chinese consulate has recently been opened in Kolkata. And the oldest, in fact... More

Do you want to destroy the Taj Mahal: SC asks govt


Supreme Court was hearing an application which has sought its nod to cut around 450 trees there in an around 80 km stretch near Taj Mahal in Agra, on which the additional... More

BJP got the lion’s share of corporate donation in four years


The Indian national parties got INR 957 crore as donation from the corporate entities. A report said that corporate houses have donated a total of INR 956.77 crore to national parties... More

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Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

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Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... 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... More

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