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Afghan MPs call for review of security pact with US


  Blaming the government’s failures in ensuring security, several Wolesi Jirga , on November 7, calling for a review of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States. Speaker Abdur Rauf Ibrahimi... More

UN SG concerned over situation at LoC


NEW YORK: expressed his concerns over escalation in tensions at the Line of Control and urged Pakistan and India to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogues. UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, in a... More

Pakistan opposes new permanent seats at UNSC


Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi, on November 7, said that Pakistan firmly opposes the creation of new permanent seats at Security Council. Lodhi was addressing the General Assembly... More

India put on hold NDTV ban


  The one-day ban on NDTV's Hindi channel, widely condemned, has been put on hold by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India. The decision comes after the Supreme Court agreed to... More

Defence attaches in India briefed on the country’s security concerns


Indian army officers, on November 7, briefed the defence and military attaches of various countries posted in Delhi about the “global and regional security scenario” and India’s “security concerns”, amid rising... More

China refuses to budge on India’s NSG bid


Ahead of this week's NSG meet in Vienna, China, on November 7, stuck to its guns saying there was "no change" in its stand on India's membership bid which it has... More

Sirisena in India to attend WHO conference


  President Maithripala Sirisena left the country, for India 0n 7 November, to participate in a global anti-tobacco conference hosted in New Delhi. During his two-day visit, President Sirisena will participate in the... More

Two jawans killed in Pakistan firing


Exchange of fire at forward posts in Sagra and Balnoi areas also reported Two soldiers were killed and five others, including two women, were injured as Pakistan Rangers resorted to shelling and... More

EU parliament delegation will visit Dhaka


  A 15-member European Parliament delegation will arrive in Dhaka in the middle of November to discuss Bangladesh's politics, freedom of expression, and labour and human rights issues with politicians, business leaders,... More

J&K situation very fragile


Describing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as “extremely fragile,” Director-General of Police K. Rajendra has said around 300 militants are active in the State and that continuing infiltration along the... More

India concerned about BD Hindus safety


India expressed ‘grave concern’ about the safety and wellbeing of the the Hindu community people in Bangladesh, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in tweets on 6 November. Sushma Swaraj said that... More

Japan, India to ink civil nuclear deal


Japan and India are set to sign a civil nuclear deal this week, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China. India’s Prime... More

China to build two RLNG terminals at Gwadar


Pakistan has managed to get the two RLNG terminals deal at Gwadar done with China. With the change of the mode from built, own, operate and transfer (Boot) to engineering procurement... More

Theresa May in India on 3-Day visit


British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Delhi on 6 November evening on a three-day India visit. This is her first bilateral engagement outside Europe since taking office in July. The 60-year-old... More

Pronab reiterates New Delhi’s message to Nepal


Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has called on political leadership in Nepal to accommodate broader sections of the society in constitution implementation. In separate meetings with the main opposition CPN-UML and the... More

30 Terrorist Groups Operating in Afghanistan


 President Ashraf Ghani has said 30 terrorist organizations are operating in Afghanistan. President was addressing a joint conference of commanders from security and defense organs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), police, the... More

Efforts to engage Taliban yielded no progress


Afghanistan’s efforts to engage the Taliban and nudge Pakistan to assist the peace process have yielded no concrete results over the past two years, said the chief executive officer (CEO). Foreign terrorists... More

Pak army personnel replacing Rangers as tension rises


  In what seems to be a sign of escalating tensions, Pakistan army personnel are being increasingly deployed along the 190km international border in Jammu at border outposts and camps usually manned... More

India revives project to buy Japanese US-2i aircrafts


  India has revived the stalled project to acquire a dozen Japanese US-2i amphibious aircraft, worth around Rs 10,000 crore, ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit to Tokyo on November 11-12 to... More

No ‘unilateral action’ to change status quo


  China, on 4 November, said actions should not be taken by either side that may "unilaterally change" the status quo of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as it refuted reports... More

SLNS ‘Sayura’ and SLNS ‘Suranimala’ on training visit to India


  Sri Lanka Navy is taking part in joint training exercise with the Indian Navy. Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS ‘Sayura’ and Fast Missile Vessel SLNS ‘Suranimala’ left Colombo port on Oct 22’16... More

COLUMN

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... 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... More

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