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Afghanistan: Trump’s frustration echoes Obama years


Since taking office, U.S. President Donald Trump has shown an affinity, and perhaps even a deference, to the generals he has surrounded himself with in his Cabinet and at the White... More

‘China won’t use Lanka’s location for its strategic needs’


China will never use Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean for its strategic and security needs, the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, said here on Saturday. “From over... More

Surrounded in controversy Lanka’s FM tipped to resign


When Ravi Karunanayake was given the portfolio of finance by the current regime which heralded the promise of good governance following the victory of President Maithripala Sirisena in the 2015 January... More

China will annihilate all Indian troops: Chinese media warns PM Modi


Amid the ongoing standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers in Sikkim, a new editorial of Chinese state daily Global Times on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, warning him not to push... More

Endless imbroglio over foreign participation in Sri Lankan ports


Endless imbroglio over foreign participation in the development of Sri Lanka’s ports, threatens to bring to a grinding halt any progress in the island nation’s maritime sector. It is not only the... More

Cornershop nationalism: Say no, to Chinese goods


Swadeshi Jagran Manch, one of the many appendages of the RSS, has been leading a campaign to cut down imports from China. At the heart of the matter are the outstanding... More

China – Lanka deal a worry for India


The amended concession agreement signed between Sri Lanka and the Hong Kong-based China Merchant Port Holdings Limited (CMP) last Saturday has India apprehensive, Indian based reports show. Following are excerpts of... More

Human rights violations in Bangladesh: Hasina needs to act soon


Bangladesh has been witnessing increasing rights violations, including arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances, lengthy detention and extra judicial killings for the last few years. There are also instances of security forces harassing... More

Withdrawal is the only way for India to save face: Global...


The China-India border standoff has been going on for almost two months. China has made it clear that India's withdrawal from the Doklam area is the precondition for talks, a justified... More

The Indian military is once again trying to bring the three...


On July 11, in a meeting of the commanders of the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, the defence secretary let out a long held secret – that it was planning... More

Sundarbans, Rampal and blatant lies


A few days ago, the Bangladesh government rather smugly declared that UNESCO had given a go-ahead to the controversial Rampal coal-fired power plant to be constructed near the Sundarbans. The people... More

The baton in Pakistan passes from Nawaz Sharif to Shahbaz


Nawaz Sharif is no more prime minister of Pakistan but he is still a kingmaker. The Supreme Court has disqualified and disgraced him in the Panama case but he still enjoys... More

Sri Lanka joins China’s One Belt One Road project with port...


With the signing of the amended agreement by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the China Merchant Port Holdings Company (CMPort) here on Saturday, Sri Lanka has well and truly... More

The UNP-SLFP coalition – an uneasy marriage  


There are just five months to determine the fate of the marriage between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- Sirisena (SLFP-S) which came into being following... More

Chinese media calls for military preparedness


Suggesting that India's move in Doklam carries dangerous overtones, Chinese mainstream media urges their government for military preparedness if situation entails. This call was made in one of the columns of... More

Panama Verdict: Where will it lead Pakistan to?


At 70, Pakistan seems to be a nation finally embarking on sound democratic process. At least, this is what Pakistan’s main opposition political parties seem to believe today when a popularly... More

Third front not dead: “victims” of Modi sarkar are getting closer


The new trends of e-commerce encourage people to get rid of things which are not in use at their home or the office. The idea is to keep the rooms clear... More

Bihar Assembly trust vote: CM Nitish Kumar wins floor test with...


Newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Bihar won the trust vote on Friday in the Bihar Assembly. With 131 votes in their favour, the JD(U)-BJP alliance has proven its majority. 108 MLAs... More

Doval will call for ‘mutual pullout’


India's National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval is ready with a proposal to defuse the Doklam stand-off, top officials told South Asian Monitor. If an one-to-one meeting between him and Chinese state... More

Political reform in Kashmir imperative


A PTI report this week (24 July) said that, at least 50 youths in Jammu and Kashmir have joined militant ranks, mostly of Hizbul Mujahideen, this year. Another report in April... More

Western powers instigating Sino-Indian confrontation!


More than five weeks into the border standoff between China and India, some countries other than the two directly involved are trying to step in, a China’s state-run newspaper hints at. An... More

COLUMN

The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations in Rakhine -- centered in the Mayu mountains... More

Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Trump’s Afghanistan policy

President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed... More

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... 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

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