US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota

US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and... More

India should have no illusions about Trump’s Afghan strategy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Manila, Philippines, during the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits India’s wish to advance the “future interests of Asia”. But New Delhi should remember that the “Indo-Pacific” is... More

India, UK in diplomatic showdown over ICJ seat

India and UK are headed for what might turn out to be the worst diplomatic showdown between the two nations in recent times. In a brazen attempt to stall the surge in support... More

Pak Army Chief meets CENTCOM Commander, demands Afghan action

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa, while meeting General Joseph L. Votel, the Commander of US Central Command (US CENTCOM) on 16 November, said that Afghanistan is not contributing... More

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu to visit India early next year

India is preparing to host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-January in what would signal qualitative upgrade of partnership, coming less than a year after Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel. This would be... More

Saudi delegation to visit Pakistan to explore investment opportunities

A high-level Saudi Arabian delegation will visit Pakistan by the end of this month to explore investment opportunities in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Pakistani media reported. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan quoted... More

RBI says no to Islamic Banking in India

In a major move, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided not to pursue a proposal for introduction of Islamic banking in the country. Replying to an RTI query, the central bank... More

Rohingya crisis can harm Chinese OBOR, other regional plans: Experts

Protracted Rohingya crisis might jeopardise regional connectivity initiatives, including One Belt One Road initiative of China, with multiple risks of emergence of terrorism and social and economic instability, experts said at a discussion... More

Banking on a New Stimulus Plan in India

India’s central government is taking a bigger role in managing the country’s financial system through a new stimulus plan that will inject cash into banks and infrastructure. Because of a growing number of nonperforming... More

Pakistan opposes expansion of permanent seats in UNSC

Pakistan has voiced firm opposition to the creation of new permanent seats in any reformed Security Council in the United Nations, according to report by GEO TV. Speaking in the General Assembly on Security... More

Sri Lanka, China open industrial zone office in Hambantota

Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the "Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office" in Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota on 4 November. The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial... More

Pranab Mukherjee tells it all!

India’s immediate past President Pranab Mukherjee (82) in his The Coalition Years, 1996-2012 – his twelfth book – tells his own tale about the last 16 years of his experience in active politics... More

Condolences pour in following Dina Wadia’s demise

Soon after news broke about the death of Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah's only daughter Dina Wadia on 2 November, messages of condolences started to pour in through social media. People from all walks of life, including... More

Pakistan, Iran urge ‘credible’ Afghan peace process

Pakistan and Iran on Wednesday (Nov 1) called for the resumption of a ‘credible political process’ owned and led by Afghanistan to seek lasting solution of the lingering conflict in the war-torn country. The... More

GST hits Nepal’s export to India

Nepal's export to India has been adversely affected after the enforcement of Goods and Services Tax as Nepali goods have become less competitive in the Indian market due to high duty in post-GST... More

Angered by satirical radio campaign on tourist safety, India’s I&B ministry Issues...

Days after a Swiss couple was brutally attacked by a group of men with sticks and stones at Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, the Times Group’s flagship radio station Radio Mirchi (98.3 FM) ran... More

Hamid Karzai’s call for a grand Afghan assembly can shake up politics...

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani’s recent dash to New Delhi – timed with the arrival of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson from Islamabad – was perhaps aimed to create the optics of a new emerging... More

India agrees to hold talks with Kashmiri leaders. Why?

India has, at last, agreed to talk to the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) when they appointed a new special government representative to pursue talks in Indian Occupied Kashmir. This is clear u-turn... More

After editor’s exit, Hindustan Times pulls down controversial ‘hate tracker’

The Hindustan Times appears to have taken down its hate tracker initiative, a microsite that aimed at being a “national database on crimes in the name of religion, caste and race”. Readers and viewers... More

Bangladesh approves China-funded elevated expressway project

Bangladesh's highest economic policy-making body has approved a China-funded elevated expressway project, Xinhua reported. The project was approved at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) chaired by Prime... More

Bangladesh cattle herds surge as India curbs smuggling

Moves by the Modi government in India to crack down on the country's previously strong beef industry in the name of protecting cows, holy to Hindus, have given new life to the sector... More


China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More


Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate... More