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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

‘Pakistan paid heavy price for being US ally’


Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday (Oct 15) that Pakistan bore the brunt in the fight against terrorism. “We have been cooperating with the US since many years.... More

Not Indian pressure, security concerns halt highway construction: Bhutan PM


The Prime Minister of Bhutan Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay said, the suspension of South-South National Highway’s construction is not because of external pressure and definitely not the government of India... More

India financing terror groups in Afghanistan: Pak Foreign Office


Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said that India has been committing ceasefire violations because it cannot digest Pakistan’s success in the war against terrorism. In an interview with... More

Bangladesh tightens border security as Indian BSF ordered to push Rohingyas


Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya Muslim refugees could be pushed into its territory. Patrols have been stepped up along... More

Rohingya crisis may emerge as security issue, warns Bangladesh


Bangladesh’s  Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Saturday said the Rohingya crisis might become a security issue in the region and Bangladesh is now in offensive mood diplomatically engaging... More

Tillerson to visit India, Pakistan, Afghanistan


US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is expected to visit India for the first time in his capacity as America’s top diplomat tentatively on October 24, as part of... More

Indian Supreme Court barred the Government to deport Rohingas


Indian Supreme court on Friday barred the government to deport some 40,000 Rohinga refugees settled in different camps in India until November 21, when it will likely deliver a... More

Myanmar army opens probe amid reports of killings, abuse of Rohingya Muslims


Myanmar’s military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, many... More

Left alliance in Nepal: India shocked, US baffled, Europeans silent


The announcement of an electoral alliance between CPN-UML, CPN-Maoist Centre and Naya Shakti Party Nepal with a commitment of unification after the polls has sent shock waves to the... More

Bangladeshi Navy orders two Do 228s for MPA mission


Bangladesh's navy has ordered two additional Dornier Do 228s for use in maritime patrol mission. The contract will see the service's fleet of the type grow to four, says manufacturer... More

Two Bangladesh courts issue arrest warrants for opposition leader Khaleda Zia


Two courts in Bangladesh issued warrants on Thursday (Oct 12) for the arrest of opposition leader and former premier Khaleda Zia, a move her party said was politically motivated... More

Myanmar army chief says Rohingya Muslims ‘not natives,’ numbers fleeing exaggerated


Rohingya Muslims are not native to Myanmar, the army chief told the U.S. ambassador in a meeting in which he apparently did not address accusations of abuses by his... More

Syrian cleric confirms foreign role in Rohingya exodus


A leading Syrian cleric, Grand Mufti Ahmed Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, Syria’s highest religious authority, has confirmed India’s suspicion that an international terrorist network had a major role... More

Army in systematic bid to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN


Myanmar's "systematic" crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday (Oct 11). "Brutal... More

Pak army chief hopes for peace with India, says ‘it takes two...


Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday said that Pakistan has expressed and demonstrated its genuine desire to have peaceful relations with its eastern neighbour, but... More

US delegation led by White House South Asia adviser to visit Pakistan


A United States delegation led by Lisa Curtis, the White House South Asia affairs adviser, has left for Islamabad and will reach the country soon, Pakistan’s Ambassador to US... More

Afghanistan cancels trade meet with Pak, wants to include India


The Afghanistan government has called off a meeting with a Pakistan delegation which deals with the implementation of a transit treaty on trade as the Kabul government wants India to... More

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Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... 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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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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... More