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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Beijing hand seen as Pakistan-Lanka cosy up

Islamabad truly rolled out the red carpet for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his February 8-10 visit to the country. The Pakistanis left no stone unturned to ensure the success of the visit.Writes Bhaskar Roy

Pakistan: A byproduct of US delusions in South Asia

The trouble with most current commentaries on Pakistan’s self-pitying political hypochondria is this lack of overall perspective on political cause and effect. Writes Harold Gould

Maldives crisis tests India's regional profile

The swearing in of the Vice President Mohammed Waheed Hassan Manik is proving to be a complex challenge to India’s regional  profile in the extended South Asian region. Writes C Uday Bhaskar

Long bout of uncertainty looms over Maldives

The forced resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed of Maldives does not augur well for the island nation, which had embraced democracy just a few years back. Writes Alok Bansal

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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...