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6,700 Rohingyas killed in Myanmar, including 730 children, says Int’l aid group


Doctors Without Borders, a private charitable organization consisting of doctors and medical workers, said at least 6,700 Rohingyas have been killed in Myanmar. The aid group which provides assistance to people in distress across the world... More

Pakistan off-limits to US forces: Centcom official


US troops in Afghanistan are targeting enemies inside Afghanistan and they do not have the authority to conduct any operations in neighbouring Pakistan, Brigadier General Lance Bunch, the director of the Future Operations at... More

Indian police ambush Maoist rebels, killing eight


At least eight suspected Maoist rebels were killed in a gunfight with police who ambushed their hideout in southern India on Thursday (Dec 14). The deaths are the latest in a long-running conflict between Indian... More

Pak FO denies China has halted payments for CPEC projects


Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday (Dec 14) rubbished reports that Beijing had halted payments on any of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the country. FO Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal, during a weekly... More

Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy


From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. They are the first Afghan women to attend the... More

India’s HAL invites interest from global, local partners for aircraft projects


India's state-owned aerospace firm Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has called over 80 business partners from India and abroad to discuss possible collaborations on the various aircraft manufacturing opportunities that have recently come its way.... More

Pakistan offers Saudi Arabia strategic pact


Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir has proposed an all-encompassing strategic pact between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia for deepening the defence ties between the two countries, an official handout said. The proposal from the minister came... More

Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar under official secrets act


Two reporters from Reuters were detained under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly possessing internal security reports related to fighting between border guard forces and Muslim militants the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) in... More

India, Australia hold first 2+2 dialogue with focus on strategic, defence ties


In a bid to boost their bilateral strategic partnership keeping the Indo-Pacific region in mind and to increase defence cooperation, India and Australia held their inaugural 2+2 Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries Dialogue here... More

Chinese built new roads in last 2 months in Doklam, show Satellite...


New satellite images of the Doklam area to the east of Sikkim reveal that the Chinese have expanded multiple stretches of road in the disputed area, just a short distance from the site where... More

Moscow, Beijing more in sync on connectivity, Quad at Delhi ministerial meet


Even as Russia, India and China talked optimistically about synergy in connectivity projects and combatting terror, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov batted for India to join China’s belt and road initiative, while Chinese foreign minister... More

Diphtheria kills 9 in Bangladesh Rohingya camps


Bangladesh on Tuesday (Dec 12) launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700, reports AFP Health workers in Bangladesh said they... More

Rahul Gandhi is now president of Congress party, takes over from mother


Rahul Gandhi was named president of the opposition Congress party on Monday (Dec 11) with the leadership of the 132-year old Indian party passing from mother to son. The 47-year old takes over the reins... More

Tehran won’t allow India to use Chabahar port to undermine Pakistan: Iran


On December 3, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani inaugurated the first phase of Chabahar port. Pakistan is not part of the project, yet its minister for ports and shipping was standing next to the Iranian... More

India, Russia, China call for stable Afghanistan at ministerial meet


India, Russia and China called for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process following the 15th Foreign Ministerial Meeting between the three countries in New Delhi on Monday (Dec.... More

India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate: Pak FO


India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible, said Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal... More

New Delhi to host Russian, Chinese, Indian foreign ministers today


China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are visiting India for the 15th Russia-India-China (RIC) foreign ministerial meeting today (Dec. 11) hosted by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, which is happening... More

China trying to meddle into India’s northeast insurgency issue: security sources


The security agencies of India are extremely worried over the way China has been trying to meddle into insurgency of northeastern states operating from their bases in Myanmar. Disclosing that security agencies have definite information... More

Pakistan, Russia to sign off-shore gas pipeline deal


Pakistan and Russia have reached an understanding to sign a multi-billion dollar offshore gas pipeline deal in a couple of weeks, ignoring pressure from the United States that has fiercely opposed the building of... More

BD, Myanmar working towards solution for Rohingya crisis: BD army chief


Bangladesh Army Chief General Abu Bilal Mohammad Saiful Haq, the reviewing officer at the IMA Passing Out Parade (POP) at Dehradun on Saturday (Dec. 9) when queried about the recent strained ties between... More

Sino-Lankan Joint Venture to run Hambantota Port inaugurated


A Sino-Sri Lankan Joint Venture to run the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka was officially launched here on Saturday (Dec. 9) by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The Joint Venture is... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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