Exiled Maldives leader Nasheed to stand for 2018 presidency

Exiled Maldivian leader Mohamed Nasheed said on Thursday he would return to the troubled Indian Ocean archipelago to contest a 2018 presidential election and called for international pressure on the government... More

SL govt. to hold referendum for new Constitution

The Government has decided to call for a referendum with the support of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to pass a new Constitution once the draft is completed. Minister of Higher Education... More

Aziz sounds alarm over ‘nuclearisation’ of Indian Ocean

Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday that Pakistan would go all out to counter growing threats to peace in the Indian Ocean, chiefly from its ‘nuclearisation’ started by India. Speaking... More

State Counselor Urges Compromise in Union Day Speech

While delivering the 70th Union Day address to a crowd in Panglong, Shan State on Sunday, Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked all of the remaining armed ethnic... More

`Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of United States’

Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of the United States as well as the American judicial system to prevail over attempts to institutionalize racial discrimination, a senior... More

Muslims in a dilemma as U.P. votes in Phase I

Uttar Pradesh will see the first phase of Assembly elections for 73 seats in 15 districts on Saturday. Most of the constituencies going to the polls fall in the communally sensitive... More

Myanmar Army Forms Team to Investigate Allegations of Abuse in Arakan State

In response to the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report released on Feb. 3, the Myanmar Army has formed its own investigation team tasked with... More

Lockheed says US may take ‘fresh look’ at its India F-16 plan

US defence firm Lockheed Martin wants to push ahead with plans to move production of its F-16 combat jets to India, but understands President Donald Trump’s administration may want to take... More

Pakistan says India building ‘secret nuclear city’, MEA rejects claim

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson said, “India is building a secret nuclear city…It has accumulated a stockpile of nuclear weapons which threatens to undermine the strategic balance of power in the region.” Hours... More

Stand on Masood Azhar won’t affect ties with India: China

China on Wednesday expressed hope that its decision to place a ‘technical hold’ on designating Masood Azhar an international terrorist will not have a negative impact on Sino-Indian ties. In response to... More

Corps Commanders observe Indian ceasefire violations as threat to regional stability

A Corps Commanders' Conference, presided by Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, on Wednesday observed continued Indian ceasefire violations as threat to regional stability, the Inter Services Public Relations said... More

Myanmar in ‘advanced negotiations’ with Pakistan to licence-build JF-17 fighter

The governments of Pakistan and Myanmar are now in "advanced negotiations" to licence-build the JF-17, a single-engine multi-role fighter jet, IHS Jane's Defence Weekly, an independent defence news agency, reported. Citing defence... More

At least 19 killed in suicide blast at Afghan Supreme Court

A suicide bomber attacked Afghanistan's Supreme Court just as staff were leaving work Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and injuring 41 in the second attack on government institutions in under... More

China blocks US move to designate Jaish chief Masood Azhar a terrorist at...

China on Tuesday blocked a proposal by the United States (US) to designate Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. The US, supported by the United Kingdom and France, moved a... More

Myanmar FO ‘Deeply Troubled’ by Findings of UN Report

The United States is “deeply troubled” by the findings of a United Nations report that said soldiers in Arakan State had committed atrocities against minority Muslims, the US State Department said... More

India signed ‘urgent’ arms deals worth INR 200bn for battle-readiness after Uri: report

India has signed a number of 'emergency' arms deals worth 200 billion Indian Rupees (INR) over the past two or three months to ensure its armed forces' preparedness for battle on... More

India not fulfilling responsibilities under Indus Waters Treaty, says Aziz

India has not been fulfilling its responsibilities under the Indus Waters Treaty, Pakistan Foreign Advisor Sartaj Aziz said Monday, amid Pakistan concerns over construction of new dams by New Delhi. In his... More

Student leaders resolve to work towards reconciliation

Over 300 students from across all districts in Sri Lanka pledged to work towards reconciliation at the Student Leadership Conference for National Unity organised by the Office for National Unity and... More

Leasing of Hambantota Port to Chinese firm: SC calls for MoU and affidavit

The Supreme Court has ordered the filing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2012 along with an affidavit in respect to the leasing of land in Hambantota to China. A bench... More

Heavy snow and avalanches have killed more than 100 people in Afghanistan and...

In the deadliest incident, more than 50 people died in one village after an avalanche in Nuristan, a northeastern Afghan province on the Pakistan border. 14 people were also killed in an... More

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Trend of Silence

Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has remained noticeably silent regarding the death of National League for Democracy (NLD) legal advisor U Ko Ni, who was assassinated earlier this... More


The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a...

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More


Reviving India’s economy

Given the Indian economy’s massive size and extensive global linkages, its growth slowdown is a source of serious concern not just domestically, but around the world. The... More

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... 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... More