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Who could be Pakistan’s next PM?


Take a look at candidates mostly like to take over as prime minister. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted on Friday from office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan... More

No victory in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s support: US military chief


Recent experiences indicate that the United States cannot win the war in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s support, says US military chief Gen Joseph Dunford. And US Defence Secretary James Mattis has said that a recent decision... More

Chinese SM users fume over Indian magazine’s omission of Tibet and Taiwan...


Chinese social media users were angered by an Indian magazine cover showing a map of China without Tibet or Taiwan, heightening the tension between the regional powers amid a protracted border dispute. The revised map... More

New Chair for UN Fact-finding Mission


The UN Human Rights Council has replaced the chairwoman of a team investigating allegations of killings and rape by Myanmar’s security forces, it said on Thursday, amid concerns over her perceived bias. Indian Supreme Court... More

Yunus Centre scraps social business event in absence of police clearance


In a statement on Thursday evening, the centre said it cancelled the event to be held at Savar's Samajik Convention Centre "due to unavoidable circumstances". "We humbly apologise to the guests and participants, local and... More

Faction Leader Claims 30,000 Afghans Fighting in Iraq, Syria


Afghan Hizb-e-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar Tuesday said 30,000 of his countrymen are fighting in Syria and Iraq. 'Afghans are being trained to fight at home and abroad," said Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, while addressing tribal elders in... More

Iran to Anchor China’s Global One Belt, One Road Ambitions


Tehran will be a key player in Beijing’s multibillion-dollar One Belt, One Road initiative to resurrect the ancient Silk Road with massive international land and sea trade and transit investments. Ground transportation infrastructure flanking Iran’s... More

Nitish Kumar Dumps Grand Alliance, Reboots BJP Partnership


Nitish Kumar took oath as Bihar Chief Minister for the sixth time on Thursday morning, 14 hours after he resigned from that position, ending his two-year-old alliance with Lalu Yadav and the Congress. He... More

To catch up with India in Space, China plans Mars probe


China plans to build its first Mars simulation base on the Tibetan plateau in the country's northwest as it aims to send the first mission to the red planet by 2020 to catch-up with... More

Four States move SC for Right to Privacy to be made Fundamental...


Four non-BJP ruled States, including Karnataka and Punjab, move Supreme Court in support of Right to Privacy to be declared as Fundamental Right. Besides Karnataka and Punjab, Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal and Congress-led Puducherry also... More

Diversity is key to India’s success: Kovind


India’s new President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday flagged pluralism and unity in diversity as cornerstones of the country’s success. Mr. Kovind said the “key to India’s success is its diversity. Our diversity is the... More

Regional actors, hostile agencies using terror as policy tool, says army chief


Pakistan Army Chief  General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday chaired a security meeting in Lahore and said regional actors and hostile agencies are fully involved in using terror as a policy tool. He also said... More

Sri Lanka’s cabinet ‘clears port deal’ with China firm after concerns addressed


Sri Lanka's cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation. The port,... More

Doklam: Have taken measures, pull out or we step up deployment, China...


Ratcheting up the rhetoric as it urged India to “abandon impractical illusions”, the Chinese Ministry of Defence Monday warned that it would step up troop deployment and training at the China-India border if Indian... More

PM Hasina defends section 57


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke in favour of section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act amid growing calls for repeal of the provision for its “widespread misuse”. Speaking at a cabinet meeting... More

China and Sri Lanka break stalemate, agree on Hambantota port


After months of protracted negotiations and stagnation on the controversial China-Lanka Hambantota port deal, the two countries have reached an agreement on the US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota China funded port project in southern Sri... More

Tunnels cutting mountains in Arunachal will bring down troop mobilization time to...


The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will construct two tunnels through 4170-metre-high Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh, which would cut down the distance to China border through Tawang by 10 km. "The tunnels would cut down... More

India SC ‘no’ to plea for probe into massacre of Kashmiri Pandits


The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking probe and prosecution of various persons, including separatist leader Yasin Malik, for offences including murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits during the height... More

RSS arm want China out, collects signatures against neighbours


After the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) gave a call for a boycott of Chinese goods in daily life and urged people to chant a hymn to ward off the evil of the Chinese, the... More

Doklam: Will safeguard China’s sovereignty at any cost, PLA threatens India


In its strongest statement yet on the stand-off in Doklam, China's People's Liberation Army said on Monday it would "safeguard China's sovereignty whatever the cost", and demanded a withdrawal of Indian troops as the... More

No intention to form party – Rajapaksa


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said no political party will contest the upcoming elections under his leadership. Speaking to journalists in Kandy, Rajapaksa said he had no intention of forming a separate party to face the... More

COLUMN

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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READER'S VIEW

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