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‘Why should I feel scared?’


Prof. K.S. Bhagavan, 73, is a well-known Kannada litterateur based in Mysuru. He taught English at the University of Mysore for 37 years before retiring in 2005 and is known for his translations of William Shakespeare’s plays... More

‘Inequality in India has never been more catastrophic’: Anuradha Roy


Anuradha Roy is a fearless media commentator who views her country’s political situation with dismay. “Who among us does not have friends – men and women thought to be moral and humane – that have closed their... More

Nepal: Resetting relations


Ever since Pradeep Kumar Gyawali took charge as Nepal’s Foreign Minister in March 2018, the country has been in overdrive to stabilise its relations with the two Asian giants, India and China, and a variety of actors on... More

Can’t always speak my mind: Prof. Serajul Islam Chowdhury


Never before have person to person relations or man’s relations with nature, reached such a low level, says Serajul Islam Chowdhury, professor emeritus of English department at Dhaka University. The prolific writer is also appaled to see the... More

How conflict-ridden Afghanistan improved its health in 10 years


After the fall of the Taliban in 2001 and as a country recovering from conflict, Afghanistan had some of the worst health indicators in the world. More than one-in-two (54%) children under five were stunted and around... More

‘I wanted to show the female characters encountering their bodies’: Pakistani writer...


In You Can’t Go Home Again, Sarvat Hasin strings together stories of Pakistan’s urban young – shuttling between Karachi and London, the past and the present, as the characters grapple with love, friendship, and their deepest fears... More

‘SAARC can learn from ASEAN’


One of Singapore’s best known diplomats and now an academic, Kishore Mahbubani’s latest book The ASEAN miracle advocates a Nobel peace prize for the regional grouping. Ahead of the ASEAN-India 25th year commemorative summit to be held... More

PAF inaugurates new operational air base near Karachi


Pakistan Air Force (PAF), in a landmark event in its history, inaugurated a newly established main operating base – PAF Base Bholari – earlier on Monday, said a statement by the PAF. The establishment of PAF's new operational... More

Setback for Indian missile programme: Two failures in a week, submarine version...


The Indian missile development programme has encountered a setback with two successive failures within a week, including a worrying development in which a submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile got stuck in its testing canister following an unsuccessful test. Sources told... More

Slow equipment supply causes delay in India’s destroyer project


India's ambitious mission-ready deployment of naval assets in the Indian Ocean has hit a hurdle with Russia and Ukraine delaying the supply of critical equipment to be fitted on to four destroyers that the Indian Navy intended... More

‘Make in India’ ended before it began for India’s defence sector


Despite announcements almost every month, not one big project has taken off. With just about a year left, Modi govt unlikely to have much to showcase in 2019. It is time to call a spade a spade. For... More

Indian armed forces have lost 35 aircraft, 14 pilots since 2014-2015


The Indian armed forces have lost as many as 35 aircraft, including 11 helicopters, and 14 pilots in crashes just since 2014-2015, the government told Parliament on Wednesday. If figures from 2011 onwards are taken into account, the... More

Indian Air Force may only have 300 fighter jets by 2032


The dipping numbers of the Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter fleet has alarmed the security establishment as it will be operating with half of its current strength in a little over a decade. The Indian Air Force is... More

Bangladesh to buy drone, releases RFP


The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has released a request-for-proposals (RFP) for an unmanned aerial system (UAS) for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) operations. The UAS is to comprise of a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), ground... More

Warship visit puts Russia-Myanmar military ties into focus


Last week, a Russian Pacific Fleet ship detachment paid a visit to Myanmar in a little-noticed development. Though the interaction was just one activity within the broader bilateral relationship, it also highlighted the interactions underway between the... More

Facing challenge at sea, Indian navy embarks on long road to upgrade...


Indian navy is preparing a fresh case for buying new multi-role helicopters (MRH) after failed attempts to fill a key area of deficiency in its capabilities, a senior navy officer said. The MRH is expected to be the... More

IAI outlines Kfir developments for Sri Lanka, Colombia, ATAC


Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has noted a number of developments for its Kfir fighter, including the conclusion of an upgrade programme for Colombia, plans to upgrade and return to service aircraft for Sri Lanka, and ongoing efforts... More

INS Kalvari submarine commissioned but Indian Navy’s sub-sea power is below par


Almost 18 years after India cleared an ambitious submarine-building programme to scale up its undersea warfare capabilities, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned India-built INS Kalvari into the navy in Mumbai on Thursday (Dec 14). It is the first... More

India loses its troop scanning Heron UAV, secretive sensors to China crash


India has lost a valuable troop scanning unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), along with its payload of sensors and intelligence systems, to a cross-border crash in Tibet, raising concerns that the wreckage may reveal some well-kept secrets to... More

Pakistan Navy Chief Admiral Abbasi visits Turkey


Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi on Tuesday (Dec. 12) arrived in Turkey of on an official visit. During the visit, the Naval Chief called on Commander Turkish Fleet, Vice Admiral Ercument Tatlioglu and... More

General Dynamics receives $3.1m contract for Pakistan AH-1Z program


The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded a $9.06 m U.S. contract to General Dynamics-OTS Inc. (GD-OTS) to supply 41 A/A49E-7(v4) gun turrets for U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) and Pakistan Army AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters. The Pakistani... More

COLUMN

By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

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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