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Bangladesh backs China’s OBOR; can’t remain isolated in the name of sovereignty,...


A day after the Trump administration threw its weight behind India's opposition to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Bangladesh backed China's 'One Belt One Road' (OBOR) initiative, also known... More

Indian President visits Djibouti: Chinese military base has raised alarm bells ringing...


The maiden visit by President Kovind to Djibouti comes in the wake of the opening of a Chinese military base in Djibouti. As India renew its strategic calibration for... More

Pakistan warns India against targeting its nuclear installations


Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif warned on Thursday that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either. Indian Air Force... More

Int’l community must take responsibility for Rohingya crisis, says Saudi king


The exodus began after Myanmar security forces responded to Rohingya insurgents' attacks on August 25 by launching a brutal crackdown that the United Nations has denounced as ethnic cleansing Saudi... More

How ‘Energy War’ will redefine India-China relations post-Doklam


“Energy” is the lifeblood of economic growth. With both China and India having chosen the path of rapid industrialisation to exponentially increase employment opportunities for their teeming millions, a... More

Nepal: Political uncertainty is almost certain


Nepal has been a laboratory of many political experiments, mostly power driven, bringing parties with contradictory ideologies and past enmity together, especially in the past 11 years. Birth and... More

Enhancing India-US defence ties: Easier said than done


US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ New Delhi visit last week was the first time the top leaders of the two countries interacted at a high level following the announcement... More

US lawmakers urge action on Myanmar


U.S. lawmakers are calling for "full access" by journalists and aid workers to Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state. "It is very important that we get reporters on the ground, that we... More

Indian FS visits Bhutan amid reports of Bhutan-China tension


Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar met with Bhutan’s king Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk on Tuesday (3 October) and scheduled to hold several meetings on Wednesday with officials in Thimphu, officials... More

US says will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’


US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday (3 October) the United States would try "one more time" to work with Pakistan in Afghanistan before President Donald Trump would... More

UK Prince Charles’s tour of Southeast Asia leaves out Myanmar


Britain’s Prince Charles will tour Southeast Asia and India later this month, but the heir to the throne will not visit Myanmar, after a spate of violence and allegations... More

CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre form alliance in Nepal


In a surprise move, two of Nepal’s biggest leftist parties – the CPN-UML and CPN-Maoist Centre – on Tuesday announced the formation of an alliance ahead of provincial and... More

Can India protect Rohingya women and children, SC asks govt


The government, meanwhile, claimed that the crisis over its move to deport 40,000 Rohingya was outside the domain of the judiciary. Can India live up to its international commitments and... More

Indian Navy chief heads to Vietnam to cement military ties


Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba is now headed for Vietnam as part of the overall strategy to steadily build military ties with the country, as with other nations... More

Bangladesh CJ Sinha asks for a month’s leave


Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha has written to President Abdul Hamid to take a month-long leave. The chief justice has asked for the leave on medical grounds. Minister for Law, Justice... More

Gorkhaland agitation: Darjeeling tea gardens lose 70% crop worth Rs500 crore


Estimates vary, but tea estates in Darjeeling are bracing for a loss of up to 30% of their crop in 2018 because of the 104-day strike in the hill... More

Pakistan-Russia relationship depends on a crafty balancing act


“There are no permanent friends or foes in international relations.” If this diplomacy maxim is to be believed, current times offer a perfect opportunity to test it. US President Donald Trump has thrown... More

Countries are getting better at preventing flood-related deaths, not India


Nearly 14% of India’s landmass is vulnerable to flooding and more than 15% of this area gets flooded every year. Since 1953, 1,600 lives have been lost every year... More

Bangladesh to formulate national strategy for Rohingya refugees


Concerned government officials are set to hold a meeting to formulate a new national strategy for supporting the influx of undocumented Rohingya people entering Bangladesh to escape violence in... More

Doklam chill remains: India-China ceremonial border meet not held


The Indian and Chinese armies may have disengaged from their eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation on the Bhutanese territory of Doklam after hectic diplomatic parleys but the distinct chill between the rival... More

Lanka’s North says willing to accommodate Rohingyas


Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province is ready to accommodate Rohingya refugees stranded in the island and facing threats from radical Buddhist monks. This was affirmed by C.V. K. Sivagnanam, Chairman... More

COLUMN

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

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

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