Working towards securing India’s membership in NSG, says US envoy

The United States sees India as a “leading power” in the Indo-Pacific region, Washington’s envoy to New Delhi Kenneth Juster said on January 11. “Now, India is celebrating its membership in two of the four... More

Pak threat to cut off US supply route, US may be talking...

As Washington's relations with Islamabad hit an all-time low, the US may be considering not using Pakistan as a route to send supplies to Afghanistan, a US State Department official hinted on January 10. He... More

China to fund construction of counter-terrorism base in northern Afghanistan

China will fund the construction of a counter-terrorism base in Badakshan province in northern Afghanistan to block cross-border infiltration of the ethnic Uyghur militants. Fergana News Agency (FNA) quoted Gen. Dawlat Waziri of the Afghan... More

India’s SC to form special team to probe anti-Sikh riots cases

In a relief to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victims, the Supreme Court on Wednesday (Jan 10) decided to set up its own three-member special investigation team (SIT) to probe 186 cases not investigated further... More

Violence erupts in Sri Lankan parliament over bond sale scandal

A tense situation erupted in the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday (Jan 10) as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe read a statement to the House over a Treasury bond scam committed at the Central Bank. Opposition... More

Eastern Afghanistan proving deadliest region for US forces worldwide

Nangarhar Province, along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, was the deadliest place in the world for US troops over the last year, according to a new report that comes on the heels of the... More

US conveys ‘concrete’ steps Pakistan must take to resume security aid flow

The United States has told Pakistan what it must do if it wants Washington to resume paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in security aid, the Pentagon said on Monday (Jan 8). “Our expectations... More

Bangladesh court upholds ban on Rohingya marriage

A Bangladesh court on Monday (Jan 8) upheld a government ruling banning marriage between its citizens and refugees from Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya minority, who have fled ethnic violence in the neighbouring country. The High Court... More

‘Chinese nationals top list of expats obtaining work permits’

While thousands of Nepalis leave the country every year for job opportunities, Nepal too is attracting its reasonable share of migrant workers of late. Among the foreign nationals seeking work permits in the country,... More

UNP kicks off local govt. campaign, blames all on Rajapaksa era

The United National Party (UNP) of Ranil Wickremesinghe Sunday kicked off its campaigning for the upcoming Local Government elections accusing the Rajapaksa political era of irregular bond sales. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is himself... More

Opposed to US ‘finger-pointing’ at Pakistan on terror-related issues: China

China on Monday (Jan 8) said it is opposed to the US "finger-pointing" at Pakistan+ and linking it with terrorism, insisting that the responsibility of cracking down on terror outfits cannot be placed on... More

Trial of LTTE financiers begins in Switzerland

The trial of 13 financiers accused of funnelling more than CH15 million ($15.3 million) to the Sri Lankan Tamil separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) has started at the Swiss Federal Criminal... More

Modi ‘balance’ Netanyahu visit by hosting Arab, Iranian diplomats

Netanyahu’s visit to India comes just seven months after Modi made the first ever visit by an Indian prime minister to Israel. Even as India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to host Prime Minister... More

Pentagon still in touch with Pakistani military: Mattis

US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Friday (Jan 5) said that the Pentagon was maintaining its communication with the Pakistani military establishment, including with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, even after suspending its... More

No option but to fight Myanmar, says ARSA

Rohingya Muslim insurgents said on Sunday they have no option to fight what they called Myanmar state-sponsored terrorism to defend the Rohingya community and they demanded that the Rohingya be consulted on all decisions... More

No alliance with US anymore, says Pak FM

A day after the United States announced the suspension of all security aid to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Islamabad’s alliance with Washington is over. “We do not have any alliance” with the US,... More

Myanmar seeks time to sign vehicle pact as India speed up highway...

Myanmar sought time to review the implementation of connectivity arrangements in the region before proceeding with a motor vehicle agreement to operationalise the India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) highway that New Delhi wants to speed up, officials... More

Lankan PM under attack following Central Bank Bond Scam report

It has been only seven days spent so far in the year but much is boiling in Lanka – in very blackened political pots, on damningly hot fire of fury. And each blackened vessel... More

Indian media outlet retracts report confirming Jadhav as Indian spy

Indian digital media outlet, The Quint, retracted on Saturday (Jan 6) a story published earlier stating that convicted Indian spy in Pakistan, Kulbhushan Jadhav, was indeed a RAW agent. "The story on Kulbhushan Jadhav has... More

Pakistan denies reports of Chinese military base near Gwadar

Pakistan rejected as “propaganda” reports that China was going to establish a military base near the strategic Gwadar port in southern Balochistan province. “There is no proposal of building any Chinese military base near Gwadar.... More

RSS affiliate to hold conference on terrorism, India-BD border issue in Kolkata

In a move that may irk West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, an RSS-affiliate is planning to hold a two-day conference in Kolkata next month on an array of issues. The issues, include security... More


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


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



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