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35 killed in Kabul car bombing

The death toll from a suicide car bomb blast in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today, rose by more than 10 to at least 35, reports Reuters. According to a senior government official,... More

E.Coli bacteria found in Thimphu and Paro rivers

Water samples collected at various locations from the rivers in Thimphu and Paro were found to contain bacteria E.Coli. E.Coli is commonly found in the faeces of humans and other animals, indicating... More

India eyes new waterway with Bangladesh soon

New Delhi expects a new waterway between Bangladesh and India will complete in one year. The Indian and Bangladeshi governments have undertaken an ambitious project to establish a new waterway between the... More

In farewell speech, President Pranab Mukherjee urges leaders to discuss...

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee hailed on Sunday India’s democracy and Parliament in particular, delivering an emotional farewell speech at the Central Hall where he urged lawmakers to “debate, discuss and dissent”... More

Faaris files appeal against remand extension

The order for the arrest and remand extension against the MP for Dhiggaru constituency and son of former president Mamoon Abdul Gayoom, Ahmed Faaris Maumoon has been submitted for appeal. Criminal Court... More

German government provides US 2.1 million for health care in...

The German government has granted subsidies worth 1.85 million Euros (about 2.1 million US-Dollars) for humanitarian aid in Rakhine State, according to a press release July 21. It will be used to... More

CPN (MC) for directly elected executive chief: Dahal

CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said that the party will work towards garnering people’s support for the directly elected executive chief system. He said so while making public the... More

Pak army clears terrorist strongholds in Rajgal valley

The military's media wing on Sunday said that the army has cleared two strongholds of terrorists in the Rajgal valley during the ongoing Operation Khyber-IV. The Spinkai Top dominating Saprai Pass and... More

Rajapaksa says incident in Nallur should not be taken lightly

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday urged the government not to take the killing of a police sergeant and wounding a constable at Nallur, Jaffna lightly. The two policemen were providing protection... More

MPs Ask President Ghani To Step Down

The Wolesi Jirga’s (Lower House of Parliament) administrative board on Saturday accused President Ashraf Ghani of inability to lead the country and said he has an autocratic behavior towards the parliament. The... More

UK sees ‘no improvement’ in Bangladesh human rights situation in...

The UK has said in a report it saw no improvement in the overall human rights situation in Bangladesh in 2016. The report titled Human Rights and Democracy also added that the... More

Fake Chinese parts in India-made Bofors gun: CBI books Delhi...

CBI booked a Delhi-based firm and unidentified officials of the Gun Carriage Factory in Madhya Pradesh on Friday for selling fake Chinese spare parts to Jabalpur’s ordnance factory, which falls under... More

House committee breached NA Act and RoP: Speaker

Speaker Jigme Zangpo has informed the National Assembly’s house committee members in writing that their recent decision to dissolve the committee has violated the National Assembly (NA) Act and the Rules... More

Maldives continues to be named a FCO ‘Human Rights Priority...

On the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) made public its annual Human Rights Report for 2016. Maldives is one of 30 ‘Human Rights Priority Countries’ (HRPCs), countries with which the... More

Shan general: 2017 not a ‘Year of Peace’

Gen Yawd Serk, chairman of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), has said that 2017 may not be the “year of peace” that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi... More

Constitution amendment not possible before phase III elections: DPM Gachhadar

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Local Development Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar has said that the amendment to the constitution was not possible before the third phase of local level elections slated... More

Mamata Banerjee calls for ‘oust BJP’ movement

Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday called for a national alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, giving an “Oust BJP from India” call. Stating that her party will stand by... More

First Chikungunya, now dengue strikes Dhaka

Amid the spread of Chikungunya, a viral disease transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes, in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, another mosquito-borne disease dengue has silently struck the city amid the variation... More

Constitution making process: JO raises UN interference with Feltman

Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015. MP... More

Pakistan urges world, UN to stop India from bloodshed in...

Pakistan on Friday urged world fraternity and the United Nations (UN) to impress upon India to immediately stop bloodshed of innocent Kashmiris in India-occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the Foreign Office... More

Danish says early elections, interim Govt not possible

The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish at a gathering in Daikundi province on Thursday said “holding early elections or establishing an interim government are impossible in the current situation”, calling... More


Sociology of growing unit level indiscipline in the...

The recent killing of Maj.Shikhar Thapa by Naik (trooper) Kathiresan over the use of a mobile phone in Uri on the India-Pakistan border in Kashmir, has revived worries over discipline at the unit level of the India’s vast army... More

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


India must respect Bhutan’s sovereignty

The muscle flexing of the two rising powers in Asia is posing serious threat to the very stability in Himalayas this summer. The tussle is between the uncompromising New Delhi and Beijing whereas pain... More

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



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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