India’s presence at 'Moscow Format' on Afghanistan was imperative

Whether India opened a back channel dialogue with the Taliban is not known, although Taliban had overtly conveyed during earlier international dialogues on Afghanistan that they always considered India a friend, even above Pakistan and Iran, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch for South Asia Monitor.

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Zardari Visit to Ajmer: Significance of Delhi detour

Legend  has it in the  South Asian sub-continent  and beyond   that  the pilgrim gets to visit  Ajmer and offer prayer at the shrine of   the Sufi saint Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti   ( c. 1142 – 1230 AD)  only when there is a ‘bulaava’. This quintessential   Hindustani word  may be inadequately translated as a beckoning from an intangible writes C. Uday Bhaskar

Hafiz Saeed: Can Pakistan security establishment give him up?

In the screwy world that Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed inhabits, the $10 million US  bounty on his head will be seen a badge of honor and likely defeat the broader purpose of discrediting terrorist outfit leaders writes Mayank Chhaya

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

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Nuclear energy is vital to meet climate-change challenge, says India

India has declared that nuclear energy is vital for meeting the challenge of climate change and suggested supporting efforts to promote its public acceptance amid growing opposition to nuclear power and plans by some countries to phase out their atomic generation plants.  


Bhutan slips on Ease of Business; foreign workers blocked

As Bhutan’s ranking on ease of doing business slipped eight places to 81, foreign workers from four professions will not qualify to get work permits in Bhutan starting this month, accordin...