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Indian army chief admits troops carried out cross-border raid in Myanmar


The Indian Army chief for the first time confirmed that troops had crossed over to Myanmar two years ago. At a book launch on Friday, General Bipin Rawat gave details on the Indian Army’s... More

US will act if Pakistan does not destroy safe havens, warns CIA


CIA Director Mike Pompeo has warned Pakistan that if it does not eliminate the alleged safe havens inside its territory, the United States will do “everything we can” to destroy them. As Defence Secretary Jim... More

1,600 personnel die every year without India going to war


Without going to war, India loses around 1,600 military personnel every year. And the single biggest killers are road accidents and suicides, much more than counter-insurgency operations or firing duels with Pakistan along the... More

Iran’s Chabahar port opens, India hops to bypass Pakistan


New Delhi views the Chabahar port project as a strategic response to China’s development of the Gwadar port in Pakistan, and its aggressive pursuit of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is also key... More

Pope says his defence of Rohingya got through in Myanmar


Pope Francis defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue. Speaking to reporters, on... More

Crimes against foreigners in India increase, Delhi most unsafe city


As crimes against foreigners spiked in 2016, those committed by non-natives residing in India has declined over the last three years, National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data suggests. In 2016, a total of 1,226 cases... More

Maldives downgraded to ‘fragile state’ by IMF


The Maldives has been downgraded to a “fragile state” by the IMF because of the tense political situation, the way business is regulated and how the country’s finances and budgets have been run in... More

Xi backs China-Myanmar economic corridor during talks with Suu Kyi


China and Myanmar have moved a step closer to negotiate the China-Myanmar economic corridor — an initiative that is being given high priority on account of the stalled Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) connectivity proposal. On December 1,... More

Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word in public for first time on Asia trip


Pope Francis referred to refugees in Bangladesh as “Rohingya” on Friday (Nov 1), using the politically sensitive name for the persecuted minority for the first time on his Asia tour after meeting a group... More

Eye on China, India steps up naval deployment


The great game in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), where both India and China are jostling for the same strategic space, is unfolding at a rapid clip. Around the time a Chinese nuclear submarine is... More

Peshawar attackers were in contact with terrorists in Afghanistan, Pakistan army


Hours after security forces completed the successful counter-attack operation in Peshawar’s Agricultural Training Institute, Pak Army said the attack was orchestrated by militants based in Afghanistan, Express News reported on Friday (Dec. 1). “Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan... More

Suu Kyi meets China’s Xi amid Rohingya refugee crisis


Amid the Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Friday (Dec. 1) met President Xi Jinping, days after her country's military chief visited China as it seeks to mediate between Myanmar... More

India’s first atomic energy venture abroad is Bangladesh’s first N-plant


Bangladesh has become the newest entrant into the nuclear club with the construction of two atomic power plants. It will be the third South Asian country after India and Pakistan to access nuclear energy... More

Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus


Pope Francis demanded on Thursday (Nov 30) that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what the... More

Sikkim bears brunt of India, China rivalry


An undeclared trade suspension by China through the Nathu La pass has become a grave concern for Sikkim — a landlocked erstwhile Kingdom that joined India in 1975. Sources told Sputnik, a Russian online news... More

Pakistan to support Saudi-led military alliance while maintaining close contact with Iran


Pakistan highlighted its "successful counter-terrorism operations and the comprehensive National Action Plan" during the first meeting of the defence ministers of countries involved in the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) held on November... More

Action will be taken against JuD chief based on solid evidence: Pakistan


The federal government will clarify its position regarding Hafiz Saeed’s release to the US during US Defence Secretary James Mattis’ visit to Pakistan in the first week of December. The Daily Express reported that the... More

Indian BSF pushes back Rohingyas to Bangladesh


Indian Border Security Force (BSF) has apprehended 87 Rohingyas till October 31 this year at the India-Bangladesh border out of which 76 have already been pushed back to Bangladesh, the Times of India reported. Interacting... More

Chinese company asks Nepal govt to revisit decision over hydro project


China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC), the ousted contractor of the $2.5-billion Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project, has called on the government to revisit its decision to terminate the contract, stating the process of its removal... More

Preparations for 2018 elections underway, says Bhutan EC


Preparations are in full swing for the 2018 parliamentary elections that will mark the 10th year of a successful democracy, the Election Commission of Bhutan (ECB) stated. ECB has entered the pre-election period with the... More

Nizam’s kin disappointed over not being invited for Falaknuma dinner


The kin of the Nizam, the ruler of erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad, are disappointed over authorities not inviting them to a reception being hosted at one of his palaces in the city for... 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