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Tribunal restrains enforcement directorate from taking over Zakir Naik’s assets


A tribunal under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act has restrained the Enforcement Directorate from taking possession of immovable assets it has attached in connection with a money laundering case against controversial Islamic preacher... More

India’s SC to form special team to probe anti-Sikh riots cases


In a relief to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan 10) decided to set up its own three-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe 186 cases not investigated further... More

An ominous new year for India


You’d think the Indian economy had returned to rosy health. It seems to have recovered from two enormous disruptions -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision just over a year ago to withdraw 86 percent... More

India investigating alleged breach in citizen database Aadhaar


Indian police have started investigations into a possible breach of India's massive biometric ID system following a report that data of registered citizens could be bought for as little as 500 rupees (S$10). This has... More

Modi’s plans to visit Arunachal could worsen China-India ties: China Daily


After China and India defused the two-month long border standoff between their troops last year, both Beijing and New Delhi expressed their aspirations for smoother and more stable ties. Thus an Indian media report that... More

India Navy’s minesweeper deal falls through after S Korea talks fail


Negotiations with a South Korean shipyard for new minesweeper vessels have collapsed at the final stage, delivering a blow to the Indian Navy’s efforts to shore up its mine-warfare capability, a top government official... More

India sparks outcry over press freedom by naming reporter in probe on...


The Indian government named a reporter in a police complaint after she wrote an article alleging a data breach in a federal identity database, drawing criticism from a journalist group that accused officials of... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir


From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked... More

Chinese media blames India for US cutting aid to Pakistan


China's state-run media has blamed India for U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to deny Pakistan financial aid till it continues to supports terror outfits operating from its soil, reports ANI. According to an editorial... More

INS Arihant left crippled after ‘accident’ 10 months ago


India’s Indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant has suffered major damage due to ''human error'' and has not sailed now for more than 10 months, say sources in the Navy. Arihant is the most important platform... More

Modi ‘balance’ Netanyahu visit by hosting Arab, Iranian diplomats


Netanyahu’s visit to India comes just seven months after Modi made the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Israel. Even as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to host Prime Minister... More

Congress trying to add illegal Bangladeshi migrants to Bengaluru voters list: BJP


BJP state president of the India's southern Karnataka state, BS Yeddyurappa on Sunday (Jan7) alleged that Congress leaders are trying to add illegal Bangaldeshi migrants to the voters list in Bengaluru. Speaking at the Parivarthana... More

Sri Lanka says MRIA bid is still open for investors as India...


While India is 'waiting' to hear the final word on their bid proposal to uplift the defunct Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA), through a joint venture project, the Government says the bidding to run... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan


The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be... More

Top Indian politician Lalu Prasad Yadav jailed over corruption scam


Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was jailed Saturday (Jan 6) for three and a half years over his role in a multi-million dollar corruption case. Yadav, 69, is a former railways minister and... More

Indian media outlet retracts report confirming Jadhav as Indian spy


Indian digital media outlet, The Quint, retracted on Saturday (Jan 6) a story published earlier stating that convicted Indian spy in Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav, was indeed a RAW agent. "The story on Kulbhushan Jadhav has... More

Indian MiG 29K crash followed 8 years of engine troubles, frustration about...


The troubled MiG 29K fleet of the Indian Navy saw its first accident Wednesday (Jan 3), eight years after the fighter was inducted into service as India’s first supersonic carrier-borne combat aircraft. The crash... More

India to build 14 km long tunnel in strategic point along China...


Taking a big stride in the direction of breaking the isolation of the communities residing along the border with China with the rest of India, the government has approved the construction of a road... More

RSS affiliate to hold conference on terrorism, India-BD border issue in Kolkata


In a move that may irk West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, an RSS-affiliate is planning to hold a two-day conference in Kolkata next month on an array of issues. The issues, include security... More

No one will be classified as superior, says top Assam citizens register...


At the turn of the new year, the first partial draft of Assam’s much-awaited National Register of Citizens, updated for the first time since 1951, was released. The stated aim of the exercise is... More

India limits visitors to save Taj Mahal


India is to restrict the number of daily visitors to the Taj Mahal in an attempt to preserve the iconic 17th-century monument to love, its biggest tourist attraction. Millions of mostly Indian tourists visit the... More

COLUMN

Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More