Rahul Gandhi set to replace mum as Indian National Congress chief

India's main opposition Congress party is set to formally elevate Rahul Gandhi to the post of president in the first week of December, replacing his mother Sonia Gandhi. Congress on November 20 announced an... More

US Congress members decry ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

Members of the U.S. Congress said on Tuesday (Nov 21) operations carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar had “all the hallmarks” of ethnic cleansing, while the country’s leader Aung San Suu... More

Pakistan rejects use of Chinese currency

Pakistan has turned down China’s demand to allow its currency to be used in the Gwadar Free Zone under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework, arguing any such move would compromise its ‘economic... More

Pakistan will be a ‘priority’ in neighbourhood diplomacy: China

China said Pakistan will be a "priority" in its neighbourhood diplomacy as the two countries are all-weather strategic partners and lend firm support to each other's core interests. China and Pakistan held their '8th... More

Bullet-proof car, weapons from US, 5-tier security for Ivanka’s India visit

Indian and US agencies will throw a five-tier security ring around Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, during her three-day visit to Hyderabad for a high-profile entrepreneurship conference. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the... More

China fiercely opposes Indian President’s visit to Arunachal

China said Monday (Nov 20) it firmly opposes the Indian leader's visit to a disputed area on the China-India border, urging India to refrain from moves that complicate boundary issues, and work with... More

Govt decision to scrap hydro-project will be overturned: Nepal’s ex-PM Oli

Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist) (CPN-UML) Chairman KP Sharma Oli has claimed that the next government will overturn the government’s decision to scrap the deal to build Budhi Gandaki Hydropower Project. The government... More

Pakistan PM says first LNG cargo for new import terminal due on...

Pakistan expects the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for its new terminal to be delivered on November 24, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday (Nov 20), outlining huge growth... More

US senators dub atrocities in Myanmar as “war crime”

US Senators visiting to Bangladesh dubbed as "war crimes" the atrocities inflicted on Rohingyas by Myanmar security forces as they called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a day after visiting them in their... More

India’s Gujarat state elections: Congress settles differences with Patidar outfit

The Congress on Sunday (Nov 19) said it had resolved certain differences with the Hardik Patel-led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which has been demanding quota for the Patidar community. It was these differences... More

No solution yet for 8,500 Bhutanese refugees in Nepal

As the decade-long third country resettlement programme of the Bhutanese refugees living in eastern Nepal draws to a close, the fate of the those still in the camps hangs in the balance. Nepal’s Ministry... More

China for strong engagement with Bangladesh

China wants to strongly engage with Bangladesh to take forward its One Belt and One Road (OBOR) initiative and build BCIM (Bangladesh–China–India–Myanmar Forum for Regional Cooperation) economic corridor ushering in a prosperous future... More

Dean of diplomatic corps flags concern over Delhi pollution

With smog continuing to smother Delhi, the head of the capital’s large diplomatic community met with the external affairs ministry to convey concerns from his colleagues about the impact of the pollution on... More

China is willing to facilitate BD-Myanmar dialogue: Wang Yi

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday (Nov 18) expressed Beijing's eagerness to facilitate a dialogue between Bangladesh and Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis as he paid a courtesy call on... More

India’s NHPC could bid for Nepal’s $2.5 bln power project

Indian power company NHPC Ltd could bid for a $2.5 billion hyrdropower project in Nepal, its chairman told Reuters, after Kathmandu cancelled a deal with China Gezhouba Group Corp. China and India jostle for... More

Chinese envoy discusses Pak-Afghan border issue with Pak COAS

A day after a top American general met Pakistani military leadership, Chinese Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Deng Xijun called on Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters,... More

India, China hold first border mechanism talks after Doklam standoff ended

Officials from India and China have held their first meeting of the border affairs working mechanism after the 72-day Doklam stand-off, with civilian and military officials from the two countries meeting in Beijing... More

US Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen Dunford to visit Pakistan next week

US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Joseph Dunford will visit Pakistan next week. He will meet the Pakistani military leadership as part of the preparations for US Defence Secretary James Mattis’ forthcoming visit... More

BD, India to ease process of repatriation of detained, trafficked people

Bangladesh will hold a dialogue with India on Sunday (Nov 19) on easing consular services for repatriation of nationals of the two countries staying in jails and shelter homes. This will be first official... More

Bangladesh poses security threat besides Pak, China: Indian minister

Bangladesh, the "so-called friend" of India, also poses a security threat to the country besides China and Pakistan, Union minister Hansraj Ahir said on Thursday (Nov 16), reports PTI. Addressing a conference on homeland... More

UNGA calls for end to Myanmar military operations

A United Nations General Assembly committee on Thursday (Nov 16) called on Myanmar to end military operations that have “led to the systematic violation and abuse of human rights” of Rohingya Muslims in... 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