India, China must cooperate to bring stability to Afghanistan

Beijing should not allow the Pakistani 'deep state' to dictate its links with India, especially in the context of cooperation in Afghanistan, writes  Tridivesh Singh Maini for South Asia Monitor

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Time for India to go beyond promises in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has reportedly secured at least 40 of the 45 seats for which bye-elections were held on April 1 writes Preet Malik

Myanmar Elections: What Next?

As the sun sets on the mighty Irrawaddy today, the last votes have been cast in Myanmar’s by-elections. People have spoken. What they want will be clear when results are announced in about a week’s time. Whatever the outcome, the country’s transition to democracy has reached a memorable milestone writes Rajiv Bhatia

Is there a silver lining in the General's actions?

The controversy over the leaking of a  confidential communication between the India Army chief , General VK Singh, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has become increasingly bitter and acrimonious as the deliberations in Parliament suggested writes C Uday Bhaskar

Anti-Lanka vote: Against Indian strategic interest?

Much to the apparent relief of New Delhi, Colombo has made reassuring statements after India’s vote in favour of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution censuring Sri Lanka for alleged human rights abuses during the final days of its protracted war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). But this relief is likely to be short-lived -- for two crucial reasons writes Rashmi Saxena

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Sikkim shines; receives FAO award for becoming world's first organic state

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Kumar Chamling received the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) prestigious Future Policy Gold Award from its Deputy Director Maria Helena Semedo, who commended the Himalayan state for setting an example to the world by becoming the first totally organic state.


China backs Pakistan's request for IMF assistance

China has endorsed Pakistan’s request to the IMF for a bailout package, but cautioned that it should not affect economic cooperation between Islamabad and Beijing.