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Why Indian govt commented on a communal riot in Bangladesh


On November 10, a Hindu village was attacked in Bangladesh over a rumoured Facebook post, with more than 30 homes destroyed. The Bangladesh police reacted to the attack by opening fire on the... More

Is India testing China out on their disputed border again?


Two months after China and India diffused tensions on the Doklam standoff, there seems to be a new risk looming over the two countries. On November 19, Indian President Shri Ram Nath Kovind paid... More

Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing ‘apartheid’ on Rohingya


Myanmar's suffocating controls over its Rohingya population amount to "apartheid", Amnesty International said on Tuesday (Nov 21) in a probe into the root causes of a crisis that has sent 620,000 refugees fleeing... More

Pakistan will always be important for US, say Indian experts


Pakistan will always be important to the US in its strategy towards containing Taliban and other terrorist organisations in Afghanistan even as India will continue to play a crucial role in balancing the... More

China draws three-stage path for Myanmar, Bangladesh to resolve Rohingya crisis


China called for a ceasefire in Myanmar’s Rakhine State so that Rohingya Muslim refugees can return from Bangladesh, proposing a three-stage approach to the crisis as diplomats from 51 mostly Asian and European... More

Iran’s good relations with Pakistan, India stops US from blackmailing


India-Pakistan relations have become notably unhealthy in the age of Premier Narendra Modi, however, both countries continue to share something which separates both from the United States: a burgeoning relationship with Iran. As two... More

Saudi forces prepare for joint military drill with Pakistani Army


Saudi Arabia’s Special Security Forces are preparing to carry out a joint military drill – Shehab 2 – with the Pakistan Army Services Group in the city of Riyadh soon, said a report... More

Indian Army enhances troop presence in peaceful areas along China border


In a bid to strengthen position against the threat of Chinese troops carrying out incursions along the Line of Actual Control, the Indian Army has enhanced its presence in relatively peaceful areas, such... More

Sri Lanka’s troops on alert amid communal riots


Sri Lankan troops patrolled a coastal town on Sunday (Nov 19) where nearly 90 homes were damaged and cars set alight in violence between the island's Sinhalese and Muslim communities. A brawl over a... More

Will the Taj Mahal face the same fate as Babri Mosque?


The Taj Mahal, the 7th wonder of the world with its extremely sophisticated architecture and extraordinary beauty, is already going through bad times. An anti-Muslim communal storm kicked off recently in India involving the... More

India lets Rohingya Muslims down cruelly for the third time in succession


India has let the hapless Rohingya Muslims down for the third time in succession. New Delhi’s sordid record began when it endorsed Myanmar’s brutal military action against lakhs of men, women and children,... More

Pentagon forces US congress to drop linkage of Pakistan aid to LeT


The US Department of Defence (DoD) put pressure on key Congressional committees to drop a provision linking financial aid to Pakistan with Islamabad taking demonstrable action against Lashkar-e-Taiba. The DoD prevailed upon key Democratic... More

China calls for policy stability to bring more investment in Nepal


Chinese Ambassador to Nepal, Yu Hong has called for policy stability in Nepal to further promote trade and investment between the two countries. Addressing a press conference organized in the capital to inform about... More

China’s FM to visit Bangladesh, Myanmar to mediate in Rohingya crisis


China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will head to Myanmar and Bangladesh this weekend in a bid to shore up Beijing’s influence in the region and mediate in the deepening Rohingya refugee crisis. The visit... More

How deep ties with Pakistan’s military helped Saudi purge


Pakistan has traditionally maintained that its bilateral relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is its “most important diplomatic relationship.” Developments in Saudi Arabia last week appear to have hinged to a significant... More

China trying to convince India CPEC is for prosperity


New Delhi has reservation over the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project but Beijing is reportedly trying to convince it that the multibillion dollar project is based on economic cooperation and that its main... More

Indian Army demands early completion of tunnels along China border


India has expedited the process of constructing tunnels that connect the mainland with strategic locations along the border with China. The Indian Army has identified nine such underground passages to be completed on... More

Delhi’s deadly air likely to cost dear to Indian economy


India’s capital city Delhi and its suburbs are likely to suffer a massive economic setback due to the carcinogenic pollutants the area is currently engulfed in. The impact would have a spillover effect... More

Election presents an opportunity for participation, not for Gujarat Muslims


There is something different about the Gujarat election this time. After ruling the state for over two decades, the BJP faces challenge from several civil society movements. The Dalits, the OBCs, the Patidars,... More

Sri Lanka to amend Hambantota port deal with China further


Sri Lanka’s cabinet revealed that Ports Minister sought cabinet approval to amend the current concession agreement of the Hambantota Port. Co-Cabinet Spokesman Gayantha Karunathilaka said on 15 November that the Ports Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe... More

Afghan opium production up by 87% this year: UNODC survey


Afghan opium production has jumped a by a staggering 87 percent in the past year – from an estimated 2016 level of 4,800 tons to about 9,000 in 2017. According to the United National... More

COLUMN

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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READER'S VIEW

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