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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

Is Pakistan China’s darling?


Pakistan is now China’s darling. At least one recently-published report says so. According to a years-long study published by the College of William and Mary’s AidData research lab, Pakistan... More

India to enhance infrastructure along border with China


Close on the heels of Doklam standoff, the Indian defence ministry has decided to significantly enhance infrastructure along the nearly 4,000 km-long Sino-India border including around the areas of... More

Israeli UAV producers face export restrictions, will it affect India?


Limitations on the transfer of advanced technologies embedded in the Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Heron TP unmanned air vehicle are making a competition with the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems... More

Sri Lanka mulls Naval Air Force Wing to secure waters


Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne said the present threats and the geo-strategic importance of Sri Lanka has warranted the establishment of a Naval Air Force Wing to secure... More

India worse than Nepal, Bangladesh in tackling hunger, down 3 ranks globally:...


With more than a fifth (21%) of its children wasted — low weight for height — India ranks 100 of 119 countries in the 2017 Global Hunger Index (GHI),... More

Don’t look at CPEC from Indian perspective, Pakistan asks US


Pakistan Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal urged the United States on Wednesday not to look at CPEC from the Indian perspective as it was an economic plan for bringing peace... More

Nepal Govt making bid to postpone next month elections


The Nepal Government, led by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, is making a bid to postpone the elections for which it has been lobbying and making internal preparations, sources... More

Afghanistan election plans face political, technical test


Less than a year before Afghanistan is due to hold much-delayed parliamentary elections, technical problems and political wrangling are hampering a project seen as vital to ensuring the country’s... More

Sri Lanka arrests ex-president’s son for protesting sale of int’l airport to...


Sri Lankan police arrested the legislator son of a former president for leading violent anti-India demonstrations over alleged plans to sell an airport built and named after his father,... More

China might look to these countries for its next foreign military base


China and the small African nation of Djibouti reached an agreement in July to let the People’s Liberation Army establish up its first overseas military base there. The base... More

China, India improve on crisis management as minister waves at Chinese soldiers


Sino-Indian relations is entering a new era of crisis management where Indian leadership should seek to fix stagnated ties, a Chinese expert warned on Sunday after India's defense minister... More

Pakistan attempts to restart Afghan peace process


Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16. Afghanistan, the... More

One person from Indian armed forces kills self every three days


The body of Narendra R, the soldier who shot himself on duty in South Kashmir’s Anantnag arrived in Bengaluru late Monday. Despite his family having apprehensions that he committed... More

Caretaker govt. possible in Nepal


PM Deuba’s govt. is short of majority after Prachanda ties up with Oli Days after forming a new coalition to fight the upcoming elections in Nepal, former Prime Minister... More

West edges towards punishing Myanmar army leaders over Rohingya crisis


The European Union and the United States are considering targeted sanctions against Myanmar military leaders over an offensive that has driven more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the... More

CPEC has nothing to do with territorial disputes: China trashes US claim


The Chinese Foreign Ministry has dismissed United States (US) criticism that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passes through disputed territory, the Economic Times reported. The $56 billion project... More

COLUMN

Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

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

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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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