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Rohingya crisis: ‘Last chance’ for Aung San Suu Kyi


Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has "a last chance" to halt an army offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of the mainly Muslim Rohingya to flee abroad, the UN head... More

Lankan parliament to debate ratification of controversial int’l convention


Amidst raging controversy on the issue, the Sri Lankan parliament will this Thursday (21 September) debate the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED). The International Convention... More

U.S., NATO still trying to map out Afghanistan strategy


Even though President Trump announced his strategy for the war in Afghanistan in August, the Pentagon and NATO are still trying to map their way forward in the nearly 16-year-old conflict, according to U.S.... More

India’s Chakmas and Hajong get citizenship after 50 years


After repeated delays in the court verdict, over a hundred thousand Chakmas and Hajong living in India’s Arunachal Pradesh, have been granted Indian citizenship. The decision in this regard was taken at a meeting... More

Proposed militia in Afghanistan a threat to civilians


The Afghan government should reject proposals to create a new militia with inadequate training and oversight, Human Rights Watch said on Friday. Western diplomatic sources in Kabul told Human Rights Watch that President Ashraf Ghani is... More

Myanmar military torches homes near border


The Myanmar military is deliberately burning ethnic Rohingya villages near the Bangladesh border, Human Rights Watch said today. Such acts of arson, after forcing residents to leave their villages, appear central to the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against... More

Geo-politics behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas


Geo-politics appears to be behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas. On Thursday, New Delhi swung from voicing unreserved support to Aung San Suu Kyi’s tough militaristic policy on the Bengali-speaking Muslim community to strongly approving... More

India’s public debt rises 3.6% to Rs63.35 trillion in June


India’s total public debt rose to Rs63.35 trillion till June-end, up 3.6% over the previous quarter, according to government data released on Friday. The total public debt (excluding liabilities under the public account) of the... More

Maldivian envoy picks holes in Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to...


Maldivian Ambassador designate in Sri Lanka, Md. Hussain Shareef, on Wednesday trashed former President Mohamed Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to kidnap him and deport him to the Maldives the next time he... More

Rohingya crisis can become security concern for India’s NE


The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar has to be tackled urgently as it has the potential of becoming a “huge security concern” for the entire region, including India’s insurgency-affected northeastern states, the... More

UN fears 1 million Rohingya influx into Bangladesh


With about 10,000 to 20,000 new Rohingyas arriving in Bangladesh a day, the UN agencies fear that the total number may reach one million by the year-end if the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State... More

Contesting in the polls while remaining in parliament


During the tenure of the present government, the constitution was amended so that the election can be held while the parliament is still in place. The members of parliament can contest in the coming... More

China’s central committee leader visits India after Dokhlam crisis clears


Within a week of the Dokhlam crisis clearing up, a central committee leader of China’s Communist Party has arrived on a visit to India. His trip begins with West Bengal. Head of Yunnan province’s Organization... More

UN Security Council urges ‘immediate steps’ to end Myanmar violence


The UN Security Council on Wednesday expressed concern about excessive force used by Myanmar during its security operation in Rakhine state and called for "immediate steps" to end the violence. Reports AFP. The unanimous statement... More

US rejected Russia-proposed consultations on Afghanistan: Moscow


Russia has proposed the United States to hold consultations on Afghanistan-related issues in spring, but Washington rejected the offer and later proposed to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry's... More

There’s no ‘winnable solution’ in Afghanistan


There is no “winnable solution” in Afghanistan, according to Republican Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday, who questioned the military’s ability to bring lasting peace to the region. “There’s a very big question everyone needs to... More

India, Myanmar and SL get tongue lashing from UN rights chief


The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad bin Hussein, has give three countries in the South Asian region a tongue lashing for their callousness towards grave human rights issues. These are... More

Indians could live 4 years longer if India cleaned its air to...


If India reduced its air pollution to comply with the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) air quality standards, its people could live about four years longer on average, the Air Quality-Life Index (AQLI) released recently... More

Eliya movement of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – the route to Presidency?


The theatre is being constructed to make the powerful former Defence Secretary and brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Gotabhaya Rajapaksa the savior of Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism. The purpose clearly is to push him to... More

U.N. brands Myanmar violence a ‘textbook’ example of ethnic cleansing


The United Nations’ top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a “cruel military operation” against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”. Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein’s comments... More

India imposes countervailing tax on Chinese stainless steel


In a first of its kind move, the Indian government has imposed heavy taxation on the import of stainless steel flat products from China. A notification issued by the finance ministry prescribes an 18.95%... 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