100% Islamic Maldives has the highest percentage of women police in Asia

The 100% Islamic Maldives has the distinction of having the highest percentage of female police officers in South and South-East Asia. According to “Rough Roads To Equality: Women in Police... More

Rift within Reserve Bank of India’s panel widens, minutes show: Report

India’s monetary policy-makers disagreed sharply over whether the economy needed another dose of stimulus, underlining their dilemma as growth slowed with inflation forecast to accelerate. Data released after the RBI’s... More

Why has Russia’s Military joined India for North Korea border drills?

Russia’s forces in the Pacific continue their ongoing courtship of foreign militaries, launching a joint drill with India off the coast of its border with North Korea, according to... More

Attack on workers at key Pakistan port for Chinese project

Unidentified men threw a grenade into a labourers' hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them, police said on Friday (Oct 20), in an attack likely... More

Suicide bombers attack two Afghan mosques, at least 72 dead

Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday (Oct 20), killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said. One bomber walked into a Shi‘ite Muslim mosque... More

Kashmir needs political initiative, says State Police Chief

At least 160 militants have been killed in J&K Police’s latest security campaign this year but Kashmir needs a “political initiative” and the central government should take steps to... More

Over 100 Afghan security force members killed in 3 Taliban attacks

In the past three days, three deadly attacks carried out by the Taliban against Afghan security forces - in Paktia, Ghazni and Kandahar provinces – have claimed the lives... More

Pakistan, US have developed understanding: Pak FO

Pakistan and the United States have developed a better understanding and their cooperation is increasing as a result of recent ‘positive developments’, according to the Foreign Office. Foreign office spokesperson... More

India, Pakistan are both important to U.S. policy, says Tillerson

India and the U.S. are “two bookends of stability — on either side of the globe” and the “emerging Delhi-Washington strategic partnership” has the potential to anchor the rules-based... More

Bangladesh set to sign 15-year gasoil import deal with India

Bangladesh Petroleum Corp (BPC) is set to sign a 15-year deal with Indian oil refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) to import gasoil to meet the country’s energy demand,... More

3-ft-tall JeM militant in J&K new security headache for Indian Army

A 47-year old militant, who is only three feet tall, is reported to be behind the recent attacks by the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir. According to police sources, Noor Mohammad... More

Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya: Amnesty

Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for... More

7 killed in blast targeting police vehicle in Pakistan’s Quetta

At least seven people, including six policemen, were killed and 24 others injured in an explosion targeting a truck carrying police officials in the Sariab Mill area of Quetta... More

China to take 70 percent stake in strategic port in Myanmar

China has agreed take a 70 percent stake in a strategically important sea port in Myanmar, at the lower end of a proposed range amid local concerns about Beijing’s... More

Three drone strikes near Pak-Afghan border kill 31, Islamabad says ‘clear violation’

At least 31 people have died in three drone strikes targeting areas near the Pak-Afghan border in Afghanistan over 24 hours. At least 12 people were also injured in the... More

Sir Lanka to support Pakistan holding next SAARC Summit, says Sirisena

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena said that his country would extend support to Pakistan to hold the next Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and said... More

Paktia police chief among 41 killed in attacks on Afghan police center

The death toll in a suicide and gun attack on police in southeast Afghanistan has risen to 41 with more than 200 wounded, an official said, in the latest... More

EU to suspend invitations to Myanmar top Army officers

The European Union (EU) and its member states will suspend invitations to the Commander-in-chief of the Myanmar armed forces and other senior military officers and review all practical defence... More

India making lightweight bulletproof bunkers for border vigilance

India is constructing lightweight bulletproof bunkers to step up vigilance along the borders with China and Pakistan. The central government is revamping the army. They are now equipped with... More

Pakistan EC suspends 261 MPs for non-disclosure of financial statements

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday suspended the membership of 261 lawmakers for failure to submit details of their finances under sub-section 42A of the Representation of... More

Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar

Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing hunger and attacks by Buddhist mobs... More


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


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



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