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China
Alina Malik | China was leveraging its clout by galvanizing nations to come to terms with its One Belt, One Road initiative. The success of the recently concluded Belt and Road Forum is a testament to it. How does the world view China and what is its potential is worth assessing. In the contemporary world, China is viewed as a rising...
US
M K Bhadrakumar | A commentary entitled Tehran, Moscow boosting strategic relations, appearing last week in the Iran Daily newspaper, which is close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei – and subsequently circulated by IRNA – noted as follows: “Policies adopted by Tehran and Moscow are becoming more harmonious on a daily basis as their bilateral, as well as multilateral moves and...
Syria
M K Bhadrakumar | The United Nations Security Council turned down a compromise resolution on Syria, proposed by Sweden and seconded by Russia seeking investigation on the alleged chemical attack in Douma. Five countries supported the resolution with two permanent members – the United States and Britain – opposing it. Earlier, a resolution on the same lines which was supported by...
Afghanistan
M. K. Bhadrakumar | What on earth has brought the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to Afghanistan? The most obvious explanation could be that he is obliged to pay a visit to Afghanistan after assuming office in New York. From initial accounts, Guterres felt devastated by what he saw. He instinctively called for peace and compassion. However, it is unlikely that...
Syria
M. K. Bhadrakumar | The shooting down of a Syrian SU-22 warplane by a US F/A-18E Super Hornet to the south of the city of Raqqa, the capital of the ISIS, on Sunday is a significant escalation of the conflict in Syria. The US statement is deliberately vague, claiming that the Syrian jet had dropped bombs “near SDF fighters”. The...
India
M K Bhadrakumar | Those who were close to late J. N. Dixit, one of India most distinguished diplomats, would know that he had a keen sense of humor, at times of a kind bordering on the bawdry. The latter invariably surfaced when he commented on our ‘Track 2’ protagonists. On a serious note, Indians only delude themselves into thinking...
Turkey
M K Bharakumar | Five days after Turkey summoned the US charge d’affaires in Ankara to convey its concerns over the US’ continuing support for the Kurdish militia in Syria with weapons and training, President Recep Erdogan threatened on January 15 that it is resolute about thwarting the attempt by Washington to consolidate the emergence of a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria under American protection. Erdogan...
Afghanistan
M K Bhadrakumar | Russia has hinted in the past that the United States is covertly sponsoring the Islamic State in Afghanistan. On Thursday, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson raised the bar by alleging that “foreign fighters” who were transferred by “unknown helicopters” have perpetrated a massacre of Hazara Shias in the Sar-e-Pol province in northern Afghanistan. The spokesperson said: “We can...
Afghanistan
M K Bhadrakumar | The Associated Press has carried an exclusive report regarding the intensive, ongoing political dialogue between the Afghan government and the Taliban behind the scene, the appearance of a ‘stalemate’ notwithstanding. That such contacts have been going on was a widely known secret, but the AP report is specific regarding their high frequency and it discloses that these contacts...
hazardous
News Correspondent | The Maritime Environment Protection Authority (MEPA) today said that it would request the Ministry of Environment to discuss with the Indian High Commission at a diplomatic level urging India to prevent clinical waste from being released towards Sri Lanka. MEPA CEO Dr Terney Pradeep Kumara said that they had started collecting and sorting the waste that had been...
border
M K Bhadrakumar | On July 15, China’s state news agency Xinhua published a commentary on the border stand-off in Doklam. Although it firmly restates the Chinese position that India must pull back its troops for the month-long impasse to be resolved, the tone betrays Beijing’s conciliatory attitude. Therein lies a message. Politically, it’s revealing that the commentary appeared soon after the government held...
Bank
News Desk | In a new report that will possibly turn into a major disaster for the Indian government, the country's central bank has revealed that 99.30% of the currency demonetized in November 2016 is back in circulation. According to the Reserve Bank of India's annual report for 2017-18 released on Wednesday, almost all of the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000...
Arab women
The Cairo Review | It is a remarkable fact that fewer women work in the Arab World than anywhere else. Logically, this state of affairs doesn’t make sense. Education, for one, is not the issue. Women in the region outnumber men in pursuing university degrees by a ratio of 108 to 100. Nor is achievement the problem. Standardized test results show...
News Desk | No headway has been made in talks on usage and distribution of water between India and Pakistan. The talks began two days ago in Lahore when the Indian Delegation visited Pakistan. The visiting delegation was headed by its Commissioner, PK Saxena while his Pakistani counterpart was interim Commissioner Syed Meher Ali Shah. The issue that was to be...
Woody
News Desk | The release of Woody Allen’s latest film was cast into doubt on Thursday after distributor Amazon Studios said it had not decided on a release date. The 82-year-old Oscar-winning director of comedies like “Annie Hall” and “Midnight in Paris” has traditionally released a new movie every year. But Amazon Studios said on Thursday it had not set a date...
CPEC
News Desk| The lack of formal government is leading to a downfall in the CPEC project. Recent updates on the revolutionary projects demonstrated by China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), show signs of undergoing a crisis. A number of the road projects exercised have been facing serious issues due to financial predicament. Local newspaper sources indicate that contractors had stopped working on...
YEMEN
Syria’s northern province of Idlib is home to the last major rebel bastion in the country, and part of it could be the next target of Russian-backed government forces. An operation looks imminent but may be limited in scope, giving more time for a deal with Turkey, which also has forces deployed in the area. How Soon? The Syrian army, having...
Hybrid War
M K Bhadrakumar | United States President Donald Trump’s much-awaited policy speech on the way forward in Afghanistan was disappointing. It neither fulfilled his campaign pledge to end the 17-year war nor amounted to a significant departure from his predecessor Barack Obama’s strategy. In reality, it was largely old wine in a new bottle. For a start, let us recapitulate the...
Elections
Dr. Farid A Malik | I have the honor and privilege of voting in all national elections since 1977. During my study period in the USA, my father the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Gold Medallist ensured that my name was included in the voter’s list. He then collected the polling station details instructing me to plan my trip accordingly. As we lived in Shadman...
Hussain Haqqani
News Analysis | The Supreme Court of Pakistan has directed the NAB to initiate efforts for the extradition of former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, the central character of the 2011 Memogate scandal. The Chief Justice of Pakistan who is heading a three-member bench has also lamented that "there are hurdles in due to a lack...
NayaPakistan
Saad Rasool | Imran Khan has been sworn in as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan. Put another way: Prime Minister Imran Khan (just saying that sounds surreal) has assumed the highest office in our land, and must now commence the process of building the promised #NayaPakistan. The ceremonies have now been concluded, procedural formalities (of a guard of honor...
Pakistan
News Desk | The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued the list of the presidential candidates after the deadline to withdraw their candidature ended at the 12 pm today. The EC had earlier announced that after the scrutiny, the final list of the candidates will be published on August 30. The Candidates had the right to withdraw their nomination papers...
PIAF elects
News Desk | Pakistan Industrial and Traders Association Front (PIAF) have elected Mian Nauman Kabir as its new chairman unopposed. Nasir Hameed Khan and Javed Iqbal Siddiqui were elected as senior vice chairman and vice chairman respectively. The announcement in this regard was made by the PIAF supreme council at its executive committee meeting here. Mian Nauman Kabir is a former provincial...
exports
News Desk | Chairman of Pakistan Carpet Manufacturers and Exporters Association,  Latif Malik has urged upon the new government to set targets for Pakistan embassies for the promotion of Pakistani products and exploration of new markets across the world. In a meeting held on Thursday, he said that the government should form a committee to review subsidies given to the exporters...
Tiger Shroff
News Online | Mumbai, August 31, (online): After ‘Padmaavat’, filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is all set to start his next project. However, unlike his last three films, this one would not be with Ranveer Singh but Tiger Shroff. The film will apparently be based on the book of author Amish Tripathi. According to the reports, contrary to the speculations, the book...

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