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Russia may help India to launch country’s first manned space mission


Russia and India can conclude an agreement on the exchange of experience and interaction in preparation for the launch of the first Indian manned space mission, Indian media reported on Sunday. Indian agency PTI reported, citing official sources,... More

Militarization puts women’s issues on the back foot in Kashmir


Political unrest and conflict in the restive north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir have often pushed other social issues on to the sidelines. Women in the state have for decades grappled with gender inequality and the... More

Indian Army needs to modernize war doctrines as much as structure


The Indian Army is carrying out a comprehensive exercise to restructure and modernize its force. From the few leaks and snippets available in the public domain, it appears that the exercise has three aims. First, re-size the army... More

India, China to sign internal security cooperation agreement


For the first time, India and China will sign an internal security cooperation agreement during the forthcoming visit of China's Minister of Public Security, marking a new beginning in bilateral relations, officials said Monday. Zhao Kezhi, China's Minister... More

Rafale deal: Congress moves CVC for probe, BJP calls it ‘int’l conspiracy’


The political slugfest between the BJP-led government at the Centre and Congress over the Rafale deal intensified on Monday after the latter moved the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and sought a registration of a case as well... More

China’s narrative in South Asia


Recently, China’s consular general in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu, while speaking at a function, proposed a bullet train connecting Kunming (Yunnan Province) with Kolkata, the capital of India’s Eastern state of West Bengal. Said the Diplomat: ‘With joint efforts... More

Domestic politics and elections behind Modi govt’s decision to spurn Pakistan’s talks...


Opinion is divided among political scientists that foreign and domestic policies are often intertwined and states take decisions on their respective relations with other governments based on expected political gains that might accrue at home. When the... More

India, Egypt decide to boost defence cooperation


India and Egypt have decided to ramp up their defence and security ties which will include boosting counter-terror cooperation and carrying out joint exercises by their militaries, officials said. The decisions were taken during talks between defence minister... More

As India’s Ganga runs out of water, a potential food shortage looms


Millions of people living in the lower reaches of the Ganges basin in India may face food shortages in the next three decades if the iconic river continues to lose water due to factors such as unsustainable... More

Hollande drops a Rafale bomb on India


Anew revelation by former French president Francois Hollande on the India-France deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets has sparked off a fresh round of allegations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The deal to buy the jets... More

Rafale fighter aircraft deal broke backbone of IAF, says Prashant Bhushan


Terming the Rafale fighter aircraft deal as “the country’s largest defence scam,” senior Supreme Court advocate Prashant Bhushan on Sunday said it “severely compromised” national security. The Indian Air Force (IAF) submitted a proposal for 126 multi-role combat... More

Without Rafale, HAL stares at idle capacity problem


Post Rafale miss, the over 30,000 upset officials and staff at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) are a worried lot. For, in the absence of any orders for new aircraft, HAL will be left with idle manufacturing... More

Calling Bangladeshis termites ‍’despicable’ attack, Amit Shah slammed for statement


People took to Twitter to blast BJP President Amit Shah for his statements drawing parallels between Bangladeshi migrants and termites, saying that it drew paralls to the Third Reich, where the Nazis used a similar term to... More

Boeing urges India to rewrite rules on buying foreign weapons


Boeing has called for India to rewrite its rules on buying foreign weapons as Narendra Modi’s government battles to contain the controversy surrounding India’s €8bn purchase of 36 fighter jets from France’s Dassault. New Delhi on Saturday rebutted comments by François... More

India mob attacks police after Maoist rebels kill lawmaker


Supporters of a lawmaker slain by Maoist insurgents in southern India on Sunday attacked two police stations in anger over the killing, setting fire to one and vandalizing the other, police said. Two officers were injured in the... More

UN chief to visit India in October


UN chief Antonio Guterres will travel to India early next month, his first trip to the country as head of the world body that coincides with the commencement of events marking the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma... More

Now US, Israel defence experts can visit border region near China, Pakistan


The India Ministry of Defence has permitted the military advisors (defence attaches) of foreign nations visit the sensitive border areas of India. Until now, they were not allowed to travel freely and could only visit selective locations... More

How Modi’s Rafale defence deal has left India lagging China, Pkistan


The Indian government, rattled by a vocal opposition campaign that has charged it with financial wrongdoing and endangering national security over the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter aircraft from French company Dassault, is now soft-pedalling the purchase... More

Satellite control set to give India’s drones more stings


India is set for a quantum jump in the way it undertakes drone operations by upgrading from existing ground control stations to satellite-control of military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to boost their range, endurance and flexibility. This significant... More

US unlikely to succeed in weaning India away from military ties with...


Russian president Vladimir Putin flies into New Delhi in his customised IL-96 jet on October 4 to participate in the 19th instalment of what will be one of the most closely watched Indo-Russian summits. Geopolitical shifts this... More

Indian army chief threatens Pakistan with ‘painful retaliation’


Indian army chief Bipin Rawat on Saturday threatened Pakistan with ‘retaliation’ over its alleged involvement in last week’s killing of a border guard and policemen in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The remarks come a day after New Delhi... More

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Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment...

Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


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

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