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Punch-up in Sri Lankan parliament as thousands rally


Sri Lanka’s political crisis descended into farce Thursday (Nov 15) with MPs throwing punches and projectiles in parliament, a day after voting the disputed prime minister out of office and leaving the country without a government. President Maithripala... More

Top India, China officials agree to step up military exchanges


Top officials of India and China held the ninth Annual Defence and Security Dialogue after a one-year gap due to the Doklam standoff, as both countries agreed to enhance military exchanges and interactions. The dialogue on 13 November... More

Mamata sees “dirty politics” behind NRC in Assam


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday alleged that "dirty politics" is going on in the name of publication of the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam as names of genuine voters... More

Bangladesh admits no Rohingya willing to take repatriation offer


Bangladesh has conceded that it will be unable to voluntarily repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as it had planned because it cannot find anyone willing to go back, though efforts to “motivate” people to leave will continue. Four... More

ULFA(I) warns of ‘armed revolution’ if Delhi does not scrap Citizenship Bill


The banned United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) has warned of an “armed revolution” if the Centre goes ahead with its move to amend the Citizenship Act, PTI reported on Wednesday. “We have already made it clear to... More

Afghans turning their backs on US after 17 years of war


The war, by many measures, keeps getting worse. Afghan authorities control or influence a mere 55.5 percent of the country, according to the US Military's Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the lowest figure since the... More

Thousands storm Assam streets demanding reinclusion of ‘five dropped’ NRC documents


A mass rally was taken out in the main thoroughfares of Silchar town on Tuesday and thousands of people shouted slogans in unison demanding that the five documents left out from being a part of the National... More

Japan wants to help N-E set up links with Bangladesh, Myanmar


The Ambassador of Japan to India, Kenji Hiramatsu said Japan aimed to support the development of the North Eastern region by connecting the intra-regional links as well as the links between the North East and neighboring countries... More

Sri Lanka top court overturns Maithripala Sirisena president’s order to sack parliament


Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections next year. The Indian Ocean island has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since Sirisena sacked... More

Myanmar’s neighbors to call for ‘accountability’ in Rakhine crisis: draft statement


Southeast Asian nations will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be held “fully accountable”, according to a statement prepared for a regional summit, reflecting a stronger line being taken within the group. The... More

US considers asking Afghanistan to suspend presidential election


The Trump administration is discussing whether to press the Afghan government to suspend coming presidential elections, according to people briefed on the discussions, as the US seeks to engage the Taliban in talks to end the 17-year... More

Russia plays Afghanistan broker due to US ‘failure’, says envoy


A senior Russian diplomat said Monday that Moscow is trying to be an Afghan peace broker because it considers the US has failed in Afghanistan. Russia’s presidential envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, said a Moscow conference on Afghanistan... More

Lanka awaits Supreme Court verdict on constitutionality of parliament dissolution


Sri Lanka’s political upheaval that began with President Maithripala Sirisena’s lightning sacking of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM on October 26, has entered a new phase with Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament... More

Taliban will only talk to Kabul if timeline exists for US troops’...


The Taliban movement stated it was ready to talk with Afghanistan's government only after agreeing with the United States on a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country, Russian Presidential Envoy for Afghanistan Zamir... 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 hopes to restart its projects in Maldives


India will seek to kickstart its projects in the Maldives during PM Modi’s daylong visit to Male on November 17 to attend Ibu Solih’s swearing-in ceremony. The projects, including in the defence sector, were stalled under the... More

Sri Lanka crisis: Rajapaksa joins SLPP, weakens Sirisena-led SLFP


Bidding farewell to his political party of 50 years, controversially installed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday joined the recently formed Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP). His official membership in the SLPP made clear that he would contest... More

EU looking to target Myanmar for Rohingya abuses


The European Union may soon restore tariffs on rice imports from Myanmar in a bid to protect its own producers. But more troubling for Naypyidaw is the EU’s intention to remove all trade preferences for its export... More

Sri Lanka political crisis: Parliament Speaker asks public servants not to execute...


The Speaker of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on November 11 accused President Maithripala Sirisena of “usurping” the rights of legislators and asked public servants not to carry out his “illegal orders”. Karu Jayasuriya in a hard-hitting statement said Sirisena’s... 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

Lankan Legal experts to go to SC over parliament dissolution, asks EC...


The dissolution of the country’s parliament, which was announced late on Friday by President Maithripala Sirisena is to be challenged in the Supreme Court on Monday with Opposition lawmakers pointing out that the dissolution is unconstitutional.  Meanwhile... More

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Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... 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

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

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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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