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Let’s build a positive ‘transactional relationship’ with the US


U.S Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan next week to discuss the US vision for the new South Asia Policy. The confirmation of the visit comes at... More

India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China


Speaking ahead of a visit to India next week, Tillerson on Wednesday called for deeper cooperation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia and said... More

Confront the challenges: Engage Afghanistan, protect CPEC


Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most pressing challenges for the country’s strategic and... More

Lanka’s support to Pakistan on SAARC summit venue a setback for India


Colombo, October 19: Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan on hosting the 20 th. SAARC summit in Islamabad, is a setback for India as it signals a subtle shift in... More

China looks at Nepal as potential gateway to South Asia


With an investment of $ 8.3 billion this year alone in Nepal, the Chinese are coming in a big way to the Himalayan country which they see as a... More

Pakistan builds Afghan border fence in bid to stem terrorist attacks


Pakistan’s military is installing a robust fence along its largely porous 2,600-kilometer border with Afghanistan and establishing new forts as well as outposts on mountain peaks. Officials hope the fortification... More

Stronger, more powerful Xi Jinping will bring foreign policy challenges for India


One aspect of the Communist Party of China’s congress that is certain is that at the end of it on October 24, President Xi Jinping will emerge a stronger... More

Delay and hassles in Indian transit raise Nepal’s cost of trade


Nepal can substantially reduce the cost of its foreign trade if the transit procedures in India are simplified and transport service is effective, says a recent report unveiled by... More

Indian Air Force worried about future of fifth generation fighter deal with...


The Narendra Modi government now has a problem on its hands. The Indo-Russian Fifth Generation Fighter Programme (FGFA) was planned about a decade ago and several billion dollars have... More

China speeds up work on $2 billion power project in Azad Kashmir


China is working to complete the Karot Hydropower Project in Azad Jammu and Kashmir ahead of schedule, and the sponsor of the China Three Gorges South Asia Investment project... More

Breakthrough eludes QCG talks on Afghan peace in Oman


The four-nation talks on finding ways to revive peace process in Afghanistan, held in Oman on Monday (October 16), appeared to have ended without any breakthrough. All sides preferred... More

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks greater Indian role, warns ‘fire may engulf entire...


Bangladesh today pitched for a greater Indian role in containing the influx of Rohingya Muslims escaping violence in Myanmar, saying the issue may not be directly affecting India now,... More

Church official critical of Bangladesh govt’s suppression of opposition

A senior Bangladesh Catholic Church official has criticized the ruling Awami League government’s crackdown on opposition parties. Consequent protests and strikes have raised fears of serious election violence next year... More

Indian political role in Afghanistan ‘is a red line’, Pakistan tells Washington


The dramatic rescue of an American-Canadian couple by Pakistani security forces last week appears to have had a positive effect on the troubled ties between Islamabad and Washington. Pakistan... More

Indian company linked to ‘arms dealer’ invited to build Maldives airport


An “invitation” to an Indian company to build an international airport in the Maldives has generated controversy, with the opposition in Male questioning antecedents of its promoters who are... More

India implants sub-regional motor pact excluding Bhutan


India has embarked on implementation of the BBIN motor pact with Bangladesh and Nepal, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Sunday (Oct 15). India in June 2015 had signed the... More

Doklam derails India’s ambitious high speed train project!


An ambitious high-speed train project in south India has been delayed after Chinese railways did not respond, railway officials have said, suggesting that the "lack of response" may be... More

Nepal parliament completes tenure, dissolved but grievances remain on board


Nepal's Parliament turned Constituent Assembly (CA) completed its tenure on Saturday as per the constitutional provision and has dissolved from midnight leaving grievances of disgruntled parties on board, reports... More

Mystery surrounds deaths of Hindu villagers in Myanmar mass graves


Two weeks after the bodies of 45 men, women and children were unearthed in mass graves in Myanmar, the mystery over who carried out the massacre in a Hindu... More

India wary as uncertainty mars Trump’s Pakistan policy


US President Donald Trump's tweet that he is starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders, even thanking Islamabad for cooperation on many fronts, has... More

Indian NE region calls for power link through Bangladesh


Power ministers of the Indian North East will urge the Centre to work on an alternative link through neighbouring Bangladesh for an uninterrupted power supply to their region, a... More

COLUMN

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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