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Default loans deplete Bangladesh banking sector


Apprehensions escalate concerning Bangladesh’s banking sector, as allegations of irregularities and fraud in government and private banks steadily gain currency. Billions of taka in unrecovered bank loans accumulate in the hands of a small... More

UN Inquiry Poses Problems for Myanmar Government


Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government is now facing its most critical test since coming to power a year ago. It is also a major personal trial for the Lady – as she is... More

Mamata agrees to discuss Teesta


West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee has finally agreed to discuss the Teesta issue. In an exclusive interview on Thursday with ABP Ananda, she said she would assist Bangladesh as far as possible after... More

Who Will Be The Next President of India?


  Scoring the strongest victory in the recent state assembly elections, the BJP will have the choice of their own candidate in the next presidential elections in July when incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee completes his... More

Will Pranab dispel differences between Modi and Hasina?


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her upcoming India visit will be the guest of the Indian president and stay at presidential palace, being the first Bangladeshi prime minister to do so. Sheikh Hasina’s relationship with Pranab Mukherjee is... More

Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min to SL


China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders in Colombo on Monday after arriving on a three day visit, along with a twenty... More

Worried Mamata to relent on Teesta?


Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, is upset. And she has reasons to be. The election results in the five states have not brought in any good news for her. Over the... More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of big power naval...

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) global project, world powers are converging on Sri... More

Sheikh Hasina’s four-day India visit announced


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Indian visit was officially announced on Tuesday, after several hiccups in scheduling the trip. The two countries jointly announced the schedule, saying the visit would further expand cordial and... More

BJP’s electoral victory in UP will boost ties with Israel

The stunning victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the pugnacious Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the just concluded Uttar Pradesh State Assembly elections is of critical importance to India’s foreign... More

Will Modi’s UP-Uttarakhand sweep help Hasina!


The BJP's sweep in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand state polls is a huge boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image. Those in the party who were blaming Modi for demonetisation and the adverse impact it... More

Indian Supreme Court push border fence with B’desh


India's Supreme Court (SC) has asked the federal government to release funds for a border fence with Bangladesh and observed that the updating of the National Register of Citizens in the state of Assam... More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over Hambantota port

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka, in collaboration with allies Japan and Australia, stems from the West’s anxiety over China’s current... More

India visit: Time for Hasina to show her cards


For Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina it’s time to show her cards. Her close ally India is fast growing impatient. The confidence India had in her is gradually declining. New Delhi feels that it... More

India changing attitude towards trans-continental connectivity!


India has invited six countries including Pakistan to create a trans-continental rail network amid its long opposition to China initiated One Belt One Road (OBOR) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). It is being hinted... More

India prepares new war plan for Bay of Bengal


India goes for new war plan to counter increasing threat in and around Indian Ocean including Bay of Bengal. India’s war doctrine, till now, hinged on a possible two-pronged adversarial scenario keeping Pakistan and... More

Tackling the Dragon


China and its growing influence in South Asia was the focus of India's top diplomat Subrahmanyam Jaishankar's  three-nation tour (Feb. 18-24). The Indian foreign secretary participated in India's first strategic dialogue with the Chinese government... More

Jaishankar’s visit: Bringing BD back to the fold?


Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is on a short visit to Bangladesh. What messages is he bringing in for Bangladesh? Speculations abound. Indian sources say that his tour is mainly to formalize a date... More

A glimpse into the saga of Sri Lanka’s constitutional reforms

The attempts by Sri Lanka’s National Unity government to draft a new constitution in order to seek a permanent solution to the long drawn Tamil ethnic question is afloat in the grey skies of... More

SAARC assailed by fresh debate


Fresh debate has arisen over the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC. The SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad last November was postponed due to India and some other countries... More

A lull in the NGO movement


The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam.  Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and media freedom as well as other issues pertaining to public interest, are no longer in... More

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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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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