REPORT

REPORT

Nepal restores $2.5 billion hydropower plant contract to Chinese firm


Nepal’s new government has reversed its predecessor’s decision and has asked China Gezhouba Group Corporation to build the nation’s biggest hydropower plant, an official said on Sunday, as it seeks to woo Chinese investment in its ailing... 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

Pakistan still willing to open Kartarpur crossing with India, says minister


Despite Indian government's refusal to engage in dialogue, Pakistani authorities are willing to open the Kartarpur border crossing so that Sikh pilgrims can visit Gurdwara Darbar Sahib without a visa, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said in an... More

India’s Modi faces calls for resignation over French jet deal


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced calls for his resignation over allegations of corruption in a military jet deal with France after former French president Francois Hollande was quoted as saying New Delhi had influenced the choice... More

Idealistic proposal encounters realistic concerns in Pakistan over refugee’s identity


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan recently said that his government mulled to give nationality to Pakistan-born children of Afghan and Bengali refugees who have been living in the country for decades. Some 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees live... More

UN urges war crimes investigation in Myanmar


On August 27th, the United Nations released the report of its fact finding mission Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The report said that Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated... More

Dialogue not war is course to peace, Pakistan army


Responding to Indian army chief’s provocative statement, Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj-Gen Asif Ghafoor said on Saturday Pakistan is a nuclear power and its desire for peace should not be misconstrued as weakness. “If someone tests... More

India Is Still Losing to China in the Border Infrastructure War


A year after the Doklam crisis, New Delhi faces the same old challenges in this realm. It has been a year since India and China ended the 73-day border crisis in Doklam. And for all the focus on... More

Maldives holds presidential election as China and India vie for influence


The Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen. The Maldives will hold its third multiparty presidential election... More

VP Pun urges China to invest in Nepal


Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, who is on an official visit to China, paid a courtesy call on Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua on Wednesday evening. During the meeting, Vice President Pun praised the Nepal-China relations, both at... More

India cancels New York meeting with Pakistan, says PM Khan’s ‘true face...


New Delhi on Friday called off a meeting between the Pakistani and Indian foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after confirming the development. Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Raveesh... More

Thailand sees shortcut to Belt and Road with Sri Lanka trade deal


Thailand sees a planned trade deal with Sri Lanka as an opportunity to tap into China's signature Belt and Road Initiative while hedging against fallout from the escalating global trade war. Representatives of the Sri Lankan government are... More

Nepal skips drills with India but joins one with China


Nepal's decision to participate in a counter-terror drill with China while declining to participate in multilateral drills organised by India has triggered speculation of a drift in ties between New Delhi and Kathmandu. Nepal decided to pull out... More

Sushma to meet Pakistan’s Foreign Minister in New York


India on Thursday accepted Pakistan’s proposal for talks between the Foreign Ministers on the sidelines of the ongoing annual UN General Assembly session in New York. “On the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between External Affairs... More

Saudi Arabia invited to become third strategic partner in CPEC


Saudi Arabia is the first major country Pakistan has formally invited to become a partner in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry said on Thursday. Addressing a press conference in Islamabad regarding Prime Minister... More

China says military ties ‘backbone’ to relations with Pakistan


Military ties between China and Pakistan are the “backbone” of relations between the two countries, a senior Chinese general told Pakistan’s visiting army chief, days after a Pakistani minister stirred unease about Chinese Silk Road projects. General Qamar... More

India’s refurbished KAPS-2 nuclear plant attains ‘criticality’


Two years after the shut down of the Kakrapur Atomic Power Station (KAPS-1&2) due to a leak at Surat in south Gujarat, it’s Unit 2 attained ‘criticality’ early on Monday after undergoing a renovation and modernization programme,... More

Maldives heads to polls amid criticism over fairness of vote under President...


More than a quarter of a million people will vote on Sunday (Sept 23) for the next leader of the tropical Maldives in an election criticised internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression of government critics. President... More

‘Situation in Afghanistan heats up daily because of US presence’


The recent aggravation of the situation in Afghanistan is connected with the interference of the United States in the internal affairs of the country, as well as with Washington's desire to benefit from a protracted conflict, chairman... More

India starts smart fencing of border with Pakistan


Reducing dependence on physical border patrolling, India has started installing a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) along the international border. On a pilot basis, two smart fencing projects, each covering a 5.5 km stretch along the... More

COLUMN

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

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... 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

MOST POPULAR