India, Russia banks discusses rouble-rupee trade

Representatives of atleast three Russian banks operating in India, including Vnesheconombank, Sberbank and VTB, has met executives from top Indian banks in Mumbai on Monday to discuss rupee-rouble settlements between businesses of the two countries. According to sources... More

Corruption scams have hurt India’s defence policy

It was February 1988. I was part of a group of journalists accompanying Rajiv Gandhi to Stockholm. It was snowing outside, but inside, the officials from India appeared to be sweating. The long shadow of Bofors, which... More

US sanction cloud hangs over India, Russia arms deal

Although New Delhi has been granted exemption from US sanctions for purchase of Iranian crude, there is no word from the Trump administration for a similar waiver of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanction Act (CAATSA) for... More

Russia’s growing clout in Asia-Pacific

In their strategic calculus, major Asia-Pacific powers do not consider Russia to be a major military power in the region. Although these Asia-Pacific countries understand Russia’s military clout in Europe and the Middle East, they somehow fail... More

Belt and Road rethink in Southeast Asia: Will India change its mind?

From the gleaming new city of Khorgos sprouting out of the desert in Kazakhstan to the kilometres of shinny steel rails being laid in the countryside in Laos, China's trillion-dollar signature Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is... More

India’s Modi to get a test in state votes as general election...

India began on Monday (Nov 12) the first of five state elections to be held in coming weeks, important tests for Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he plots a course that he hopes will ensure him victory... More

India’s nuclear submarine could trigger arms race

India earlier this week announced its first locally built nuclear-powered submarine had completed a patrol in the Indian Ocean -- a development that has the potential to escalate the nuclear arms race in the region. In a congratulatory... More

Russia’s sale of the S-400 to India: Part of a bigger defense...

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Russian president Vladimir Putin have signed a $5.43 billion deal for the delivery of five Russian S-400 surface to air-weapons systems, part of a larger package also involving the sale of... More

ULFA got “new lease of life” through citizenship bill, says Assam cop

Growing public sentiment against the Centre's move to amend the Citizenship Act has given a "fresh lease of life" to the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which has recruited eights youths in the last two... More

Indo-Bangladesh border security: two years after centre’s request, Mamata gives land for...

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo by Debajyoti Chakraborty/NurPhoto via Getty Images) After dilly-dallying for two years, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has... 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

VHP to step up pressure on Modi govt over Ram temple construction,...

The Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) Saturday announced that it will mount pressure on the BJP-led central government to ensure the passage of a private member’s bill over the Ram temple issue. The right-wing outfit also says it will... More

New revelations in Rafale deal: Same aircraft, same features, but Modi govt...

Under the Rafale deal by NDA govt, 217 million euros will be spent on every aircraft. While according to the earlier deal, each aircraft would have cost 155 million euros. The present cost is 40% more Over the... More

China’s HD-1 supersonic cruise missile can challenge India’s BrahMos

China on Friday disclosed the technical details of its supersonic cruise missile, HD-1, leading military experts to believe that it has the potential to compete with the BrahMos missile jointly developed by India and Russia, as reported... More

Record number of military vessels to be involved in this year’s Singapore-India...

A record number of military hardware - aircraft, ships and submarines - are participating in this year's maritime bilateral exercise between the Singapore and Indian navies, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday (Nov 10). Now in its... More

PM Modi to attend Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s swearing-in ceremony on...

Solih, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party’s candidate who emerged victorious over incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in the election held on September 23, had extended the invitation during a phone call by Modi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted... More

India to Receive First Batch of K-9 Vajra Self-Propelled Howitzers This Month

The first batch of ten K-9 self-propelled howitzers will be delivered to the Indian Army in November. The Indian Army will take delivery of the first batch of ten K-9 Vajra 155 mm/52 caliber self-propelled tracked howitzers this... More

Modi’s office is worried about JNU report that echoes Pakistan concerns on...

Modi’s office is worried about JNU report that echoes Pakistan concerns on Indus waters A study by researchers from JNU on the effect of climate change on the Indus Basin waters has got the Prime Minister’s Office worried,... More

India ready to sell ‘properties’ seized from people who moved to Pakistan,...

India’s government said it will sell stocks worth millions of dollars seized from people who moved to Pakistan following partition in 1947 and the wars since, as a way to make up for a shortfall in revenues. The... More

India’s unemployment rate jumps to 2-year high of 6.9%

Unemployment rate in the country rose to 6.9 percent in October -- the highest in two years -- according to a report by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). The estimated number of people employed during October 2018... More

China gives rivals glimpse of its latest tactical weaponry at Zhuhai air...

China has unveiled two of its latest sophisticated tactical weapon systems at the country’s biggest air show, in a move a military experts said was aimed at deterring rivalries in the East and South China Seas. The exported... 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

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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