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Forum to focus on Myanmar’s road to democracy 


A three-day “Forum on Myanmar’s Democratic Transition’ in Nay Pyi Taw will bring together more than thirty speakers from the country and abroad on August 11-13, 2017 in an exercise to review the progress... More

Taliban free 235 villagers in northern Afghanistan


The Taliban have released 235 villagers held since the insurgents seized control of an area in northern Sari Pul province five days ago, Afghan provincial officials said Wednesday. Zabi Amani, spokesman for the provincial governor,... More

Huge protest rally disrupts traffic in India’s financial capital of Mumbai


At least half a million protesters brought Mumbai, India's financial capital, to a standstill on Wednesday (Aug 9) as they pressed their demands for reserved quotas in government jobs and college places amid a... More

A seminar on China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative cancelled in Kolkata


An international event organized by the Chinese Consulate General in Kolkata on China’s ambitious Belt & Road Initiative, has been cancelled. But no official communication was circulated on the cancellation. On Wednesday the agency... More

310 Indian army personnel committed suicide since 2014


A total of 310 army personnel have committed suicide since 2014 while 11 cases of fratricide were reported during the period, the government told Rajya Sabha today. Nine officers and 19 junior commissioned officers were... More

Diplomacy to defuse Indo-China border crisis slams into a wall


India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked... More

MoU on Kyaukphyu SEZ likely in August


An MoU between China and Myanmar relating to a national-level framework for the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is likely to be signed by August, a spokesperson of Kyaukphyu SEZ Management Committee told The Myanmar Times. Currently, the... More

Heightened security hits Nepal-India trade


Indian border security personnel have put a damper on Nepal’s cross-border trade with India once again, as they have started conducting thorough checks of cargo vehicles entering India via the border point in the... More

Corps commanders’ huddle: Pak army vows to uphold supremacy of Constitution


Pak Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan Army, along with other elements of national power, will continue efforts to defeat terrorism in order to establish rule of law and uphold supremacy... More

Jaffna terror network moves to Colombo


Police have, with the help of information elicited from former LTTE cadres nabbed in the aftermath of recent attacks on police and security forces in the North, uncovered clues of a well-established terror network... More

Maldives to enforce death penalty in September, president declares


The Maldives will be ready to carry out the first executions in more than 60 years next month, President Abdulla Yameen declared Sunday amid growing international concern over the reintroduction of the death penalty. “By... More

India not responding positively to peace efforts: Pak FM


Pakistan’s newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif said India is not responding in a positive manner to Pakistan’s efforts to establish peace in the region, Pakistan newspaper Dawn reported on Monday.... More

BD Student politics has become fierce on influence of arms, High Court...


The High Court has expressed frustration at the current state of student politics in its observation in the verdict on Biswajit Dar murder case. In Sunday’s judgment, the court observed that Bangladesh’s student politics is... More

Muhith’s remarks on 16th constitutional amendment verdict horrifying, says BNP’s Moudud


A senior BNP leader has criticised Finance Minister AMA Muhith’s comments on the top court’s decision that declared the 16th constitutional amendment illegal. “A very senior cabinet member has said they will pass the... More

India’s V. Naidu elected VP in another boost for Modi


India's ruling party candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu was elected vice president in a parliamentary vote on Saturday (Aug 5), enabling the party to boost its political standing in his southern home region where it... More

India rebuilding sub fleet amid China threat


After years of delay, India's navy is preparing to take delivery of one of the world's stealthiest and most deadly fighting tools: the INS Kalvari, an attack submarine named after a deep-sea tiger shark. The... More

Attack on my car carried out by BJP-RSS people, says Rahul Gandhi


Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday alleged that workers belonging to the BJP and RSS were behind the attack on his car in Gujarat. “Jo apne aap kaam karta hai, wo condemn kaise karega, (How... More

Coordinating with Bhutan on Doklam issue: India


India, today, said it continues to engage with China diplomatically and has been coordinating with Bhutan to find a mutually acceptable solution to the Doklam standoff. “We continue to engage with China through diplomatic channels... More

Pakistan’s new PM Abbasi forms cabinet with an eye to 2018 poll


Pakistan's new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday (Aug 4) formed a Cabinet filled with allies of toppled leader Nawaz Sharif, in a reshuffle that appears aimed at bolstering support ahead of general... More

Pakistan, Afghanistan agree to boost cooperation for peace, stability


Peace and stability can best be achieved through complementary efforts and enhanced cooperation, agreed military officials of Pakistan and Afghanistan in a high level meeting on Friday. “A seven-member high-level Afghan military delegation led by... More

Chinese PLA Navy’s most advanced hospital ship due in SL


Upholding the concept of peace, development and cooperation and creating a win-win situation as well as actively carrying forward international humanitarianism, Ark Peace has been involved in actions to heal the wounded and rescue... More

COLUMN

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well.  Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary. According to the Maldivian... More

The Afghan war can no longer be defined by Pak-US ties

While the US continues to do drone attacks in Pakistan, the diplomat spat between them hasn’t ended. On the contrary it seems to be widening as Pakistan continues its drift away from the US towards China and Russia. The gap is undoubtedly widening between the two erstwhile allies. While the... More

Khaleda Zia’s jail verdict will seriously impact on 2018 elections 

Sentencing BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia to 5 years in jail triggers a fresh confrontational phase in Bangladesh politics, already deluged by hostility. It also makes the election, scheduled for December 2018, considerably uncertain about inclusive participation. Bangladesh’s experience with electoral politics has been miserable since birth and with... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More

Modi corrects course, woos farmers and poor

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an aggressive reachout to farmers and the poor in the new Budget, but analysts say it remains to be seen if this course correction will work. They say it hinges on whether the government will be able to implement the schemes. It also... 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 a Gorkhaland state is... More