Name changes: BJP’s revenge on Muslims

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad once admitted that Muslims did not vote for the BJP. He was not disclosing a closely guarded State secret for it has been known from the days of the Jan Sangh that... More

Trump’s trade war could dent China’s domestic consumption, dragging down the rest...

Much attention in recent months has focused on the U.S.-China trade war's impact to global supply chains, and how that could hurt many Asian economies. That's one way the region may be dragged down by the conflict, but... More

US opposes China role in Afghanistan solution

The United States opposed China’s role in solution of Afghanistan issue and asked Pakistan not to rely too much on the regional power, officials said. Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that the US had... More

Two years after demonetisation, crisis in rural India

Two years after demonetisation was announced, rendering 86% of currency in the system invalid, the big impact seems to have been on rural India in two ways – one, the relative erosion of rural agricultural wages; and... More

Imran Khan’s China visit shows Narendra Modi government oversold Wuhan summit

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan left China without an immediate bailout promise he was seeking for his country’s teetering economy, but that’s hardly good news for India. Relief may yet come from Beijing, which said that in response... More

Bangladesh fights for future of its garment industry

A two-hour drive south from the crowded streets of Dhaka, a modern apparel factory stands along dusty streets lined with ramshackle stalls and busy with rickshaws. The state-of-the-art factory can produce 240,000 men's suits per month for... More

Bhutan’s GST regime to be implemented by 2020

With the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST) in India beginning July 2017, the adoption of a GST in Bhutan has become a top priority, according to the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) article IV consultation... More

Rupee worries India’s top bond underwriter more than deficit

One of India’s largest debt underwriters says the rupee, Asia’s worst-performing currency this year, is a bigger worry for the $730 billion sovereign bond market than a miss by the government on its budget deficit target. With the... More

The rocky road to an India-Japan relationship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Tokyo on October 28 for an annual summit meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. This is Modi’s third visit to Japan as Prime Minister. Abe, on his part, has visited... More

India plans trade deal talks to boost exports to China

India is devising a plan to boost shipments of around 200 products to China and narrow the deficit with its biggest trading partner, a person with knowledge of the matter said. The plan includes seeking duty waiver on... More

India’s new Pakistan policy

Arguably, India lacks a coherent, consistent and prudent policy towards Pakistan-a fact underlined and lamented by the commentators on the Indo-Pak ties. The New Delhi’s Pakistan policy steeped in adhocism and antagonism, alternates between aggressive posture and... More

Iran and the US confrontation: what can Pakistan do?

The EU, France, Germany, China, and Russia; signatories of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the IAEA, which is responsible for carrying out the monitoring and inspections to ensure that Iran is abiding by... More

India has a Rs 4,500-crore border business plan in the making

Life has become a little easier for Mohammad Sawan. Nowadays, the Bangladeshi truck driver has to wait only for a few hours to get the documents processed at the Petrapole border check post. Earlier, he would have... More

Bad loans, financial literacy stand between India and its dream of becoming...

India has set itself an ambitious task of clocking an overall gross domestic product (GDP) of 5 trillion dollars by 2025. In order to cross the mark, a working group constituted by the Department of Industrial Policy... More

China proposes boosting SCO cooperation in digital economy, smart manufacturing

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Friday called on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states to strengthen their cooperation in the digital economy, smart manufacturing and the like to foster innovation-led new growth drivers. Li made the proposal... More

Why Pakistan IMF bailout talks matter to India

After more than a month of deliberations, Pakistan’s newly-elected government has decided to seek a bailout package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves of around $15 billion are sufficient to cover only two-and-a-half... More

Bhutan counts cost of plans for green future

The gentle whirring of the wind turbine speaks volumes of Bhutan's record as the world's only carbon negative country, but major challenges stand in the way of the Himalayan kingdom's decision to follow a green path over... More

Washington in a fix over India-Russia weapons trade as sanctions likely to...

With a $5-billion contract signed on Friday during Russian President Vladimir Putin's trip to India, New Delhi will finally acquire the S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile system despite a threat of US sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries... More

BRI could catapult Nepal to a regional geostrategic force

With China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) marking its fifth anniversary, Nepal and China have witnessed a flurry of activities aimed at elevating their bilateral relations to higher level. Nepal's dignitaries, including the vice president, speaker, former prime... More

One in three companies in India prefer hiring men: WEF study

A World Economic Forum (WEF) study has found that companies in India experiencing the highest growth prefer hiring men and that technology-led job growth benefits men more than women. The study also found that while one in... More

Here’s why the Indian rupee may fall below 75 per dollar soon

There is just no respite, no pause. On a slippery slope since 2018 began, the Indian rupee closed at its weakest level, 73.34 per dollar, yesterday (Oct.03)—and opened even lower at 73.78 today. It has already shed 15%... More


Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More