Lankan PM advises President to sack Justice Minister Wijeyadasa

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has advised President Maithripala Sirisena to sack Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Raja pakshe for acts not compatible with the policies of the government of Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe... More

Pro-Awami League lawyers call for Chief Justice Sinha to resign

A forum of lawyers allied with the ruling Awami League has called for Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to step down, venting anger over the top court’s verdict that annulled the... More

India constructing 73 roads on border with China

Even before the unrest in Dokhlam broke out, India had been constructing a number of roads along its border with China. The combined length of the roads is around 3409 kms. The... More

In 2016-17, India’s derailment death toll highest in a decade

India’s death toll from train derailments in 2016-17 is now the highest it has been in a decade, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data tabled in the upper house of... More

Ladakh scuffle: ‘Extremely dissatisfied’ China blames India

China laid the blame at India’s door on Monday for an altercation along their border in the western Himalayas involving soldiers from both of the Asian giants. Both countries’ troops have... More

PM Hasina slams CJ for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan

Coming down heavily on the chief justice for comparing Bangladesh with Pakistan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (21 August) said she is not scared at all with such a threat... More

Kashmir separatists aren’t terrorists, says Pak Army

Pakistan military on Monday said that India cannot label Kashmiri separatists as terrorists. Chief military spokesman major general Asif Ghafoor told a news conference here that India wanted to “label the ongoing... More

SC strikes down instant triple talaq, tells Centre to make law...

The Indian Supreme Court of India struck down instant triple talaq or talaq-biddat while declaring it unconstitutional. In a 3:2 majority verdict the court held that the practise was unconstitutional and... More

High alert as violence mounts in Darjeeing again

Violence has once again emerged in the Darjeeling hills. The administration had imposed high alert in the area, following explosions on two consecutive days in Darjeeling town and Kalimpong. Extensive searches... More

Trump has made Afghanistan decision after ‘rigorous’ review: Mattis

President Donald Trump has made a decision on the United States' strategy for Afghanistan after a "sufficiently rigorous" review process, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. However, Mattis did not provide... More

PLA holds drills amid Doklam tensions

The People's Liberation Army's (PLA) Western Theater Command has conducted military exercises amid tensions in Doklam from a standoff with trespassing Indian troops. The Western Theater Command covers Tibet, Xinjiang, Ningxia, Qinghai,... More

Bhutanese medical students in Sri Lanka asked to return home

More than 70 students have returned to Bhutan while others are still in Sri Lanka waiting for the strike to end. The Department of Adult and Higher Education (DAHE) has issued a... More

Indian subcontinent will face deadly Heat + Humidity by century’s end

High humidity levels coinciding with high temperatures are likely to create lethal weather conditions and imperil the lives of millions across large parts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh by the end... More

Kashmir not a piece of real estate, says Mirwaiz after release...

After 57 days under house arrest, Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was released and allowed to attend Friday prayers at Jama Masjid in Srinagar. The Mirwaiz had been under house arrest... More

Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to begin three-day visit to...

Amid the Doklam standoff and the recent Pangong skirmish, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day visit to Ladakh, beginning on Sunday, to review the security scenario in eastern... More

Ladakh-like incidents not in interest of India or China: Indian MEA

India said on Saturday it will continue to engage with China to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Dokalam standoff, but underlined that incidents like one in Ladakh three days... More

Bandwidth to be sold to Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Bhutan

The four countries will take 102.5 GB/s bandwidth from Bangladesh Bangladesh is building a link to sell 100 GB/s bandwidth to Myanmar, Cambodia and Vietnam, and talks are on with India to... More

Red Cross says floods affect 16 million in Nepal, India and...

A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by monsoon floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red... More

Sirisena makes history by appointing a Tamil as navy chief after...

Sri Lankan President Maithripal Sirisena made history on Friday, when he appointed Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, from the minority Tamil community, as Commander of the Sri Lakan Navy (SLN) after a... More

Pak Navy takes command of multi-national maritime security force

Pakistan Navy has been handed over the command of the multi-national naval maritime security and counter-terrorism coalition named Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150) by the French Navy, read a statement issued... More

China-funded lone Chinese school in India reopens

The government of China has stepped up investment and trade in India’s eastern state of West Bengal. A Chinese consulate has recently been opened in Kolkata. And the oldest, in fact... More


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


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



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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