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Pakistan’s army protests as Musharraf gets death penalty for treason

NEW DELHI: In a country where the army rules the roost, the irony surrounding the death sentence awarded to former Pakistani military dictator, Pervez Musharraf...

Doesn’t Fit The ‘Bill’: Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Cancels India Visit

NEW DELHI: Is Dhaka miffed with New Delhi? So it would appear, given the cancellation of the visit by Foreign Minister A.K. Abdul Momen,...
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War, Lies, Videotape: The Open Secret Of America’s 18-Year-Old Unwinnable Afghan Invasion

This week the Washington Post published 'a confidential trove of government documents that reveals senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the...

Swiss Mission ‘Kidnapping’: Bid To Tarnish Gotabaya Image?

NEW DELHI: Was a local employee of the embassy of Switzerland in Sri Lanka briefly abducted by some unidentified men as is being claimed by...
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‘The Army Is Our Defence Against All Adversaries’

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's army chief Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva wears his badge with pride. The army he commands defeated and destroyed the Tamil rebels...
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Afghanistan Remembers Murdered Humanitarian Dr Tetsu Nakamura

Courtesy Tolo News AFGHANISTAN: 73-year-old Japanese doctor humanitarian Tetsu Nakamura was killed in Nangarhar province along with five Afghans on the 4th of December. The...

‘Pakistan Sees Afghanistan Through India’s Lens’

Courtesy Tolo News NEW YORK: Since the summer of 2018, the United States has been negotiating a deal with the Taliban that would facilitate the...

Eye On India And Indian Ocean Region, Sri Lanka Looks To Spread Trade Wings

NEW DELHI: The Sri Lankans have a grouse against India, actually several. They complain that trade volumes at just around $5 billion are very...

U.S Rejoins Talks With The Taliban, Devil In The Detail

NEW DELHI: Talks with the Taliban are back on track. After a whistle-stop visit to Kabul, U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad officially...
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‘President Gotabaya Understands India’s Strategic and Security Concerns’

New Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa who was recently in New Delhi--his first visit abroad after being elected to lead his country--will have a...

Well Begun But Miles To Go As Gotabaya Meets Modi

NEW DELHI: What happens when two strongmen meet? In the case of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka’s newly minted President Gotabaya Rajapaksa,...

Trump, Taliban, Talks, Troops, Thanksgiving

NEW DELHI: It wasn’t a tweet but a trip that rekindles talks with the Taliban. U.S. President Donald Trump, on his first visit to...

BIMSTEC must build counter-terrorism strategies to ISIS’s South Asia threat

NEW DELHI: The ISIS link in Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday attack has set alarm bells ringing all over the region. Not surprisingly then ‘radicalisation’ and...
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Under Gotabaya, India Has The Opportunity To Take Bilateral Ties Forward

NEW DELHI: A friendship nurtured over a decade begot SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin Gokhale scooping an interview with the new President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya...

Gotabaya’s rise is part of a greater global phenomenon

The new President elect of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, is only a week into his administration, but he has already hit the turbo gear...

‘Why Allow Only China To Invest In Sri Lanka And Then Grumble?’

Ours is a small country and needs foreign investment to shore up its economy, says Sri Lankan Present Gotabaya Rajapaksa. In his first interview...
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Intelligence Gathering Is A Different Ball Game, Will Rejig It: Gotabaya

COLOMBO: In his election manifesto, he had spelt them out as his top priorities and now after having taken over as Sri Lanka’s President,...
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We Won’t Do Anything That Will Harm India’s Interests: Gotabaya

COLOMBO: Seeking to allay India’s apprehensions ahead of his first scheduled trip abroad as Sri Lankan President—to New Delhi this week—Gotabaya Rajapaksa has a...
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Coming Up: Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s First Interview As Sri Lankan President

COLOMBO: Will there be any change to Sri Lanka’s foreign policy? Will the island nation’s ties with India and China see sweeping changes? What happens...
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Rajapaksas’ China-tilt Old Story, New Sri Lankan President Willing To Work With India

NEW DELHI: Barely a day after Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lankan President, External Affairs Minister S.Jaishankar flew in to Colombo to...

‘Unique Ties’ With Bhutan: India’s Bid To Thwart Growing Chinese Influence

NEW DELHI: “A very good conversation on our unique bilateral ties”. This is how External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar summed up the bilateral...

10 Facts About Sri Lanka’s New President You Perhaps Didn’t Know

NEW DELHI: As Gotabaya Rajapaksa prepares to take over as Sri Lanka’s seventh Executive President on Monday, SNI Editor-in-Chief Nitin A. Gokhale, who has...

All Sri Lankans Part Of This New Journey, Says Gotabaya After Poll Win

NEW DELHI: Four years is a long time in politics and Sri Lanka’s voters have just demonstrated that. If Mahinda Rajapaksa was ousted in...
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‘U.S. Has No Option But To Re-Engage With The Taliban’

New Delhi: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced the conditional release of three prominent Taliban leaders in an attempt to free an American and...

Will Haqqani, Taliban Prisoner-Hostage Swap Reopen Door For Peace Talks?

New Delhi: In a live broadcast on state television, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has announced the conditional release of three prominent Taliban leaders in...

Nepal Seeks Early Meeting To Resolve Kalapani Dispute

NEW DELHI: Upset with the inclusion of the disputed Kalapani area in India’s updated official map following Jammu and Kashmir’s bifurcation, Nepal is pressing...
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‘Khalistani Separatists Are Damaging Legacy Of Sikh Gurus, Insulting Them’

For the first time since Partition, pilgrims can travel the 4.5-kilometre stretch between Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and Darbar Sahib in Pakistan...
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‘Sikhs Won’t Tolerate People Trying To Exploit, Take Advantage Of Kartarpur Corridor’

AMRITSAR: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan are separately scheduled to inaugurate the Kartarpur corridor on November 9. This...

Pak Human Rights Panel’s Balochistan Report A Blot On Imran Khan Govt

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's Human Rights Commission conducted a fact-finding mission in Balochistan in August this year in the wake of reports of enforced disappearances, targeting...
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Wary India Believes Kartarpur Corridor Is Being Pushed And Promoted By Pakistan’s Army

NEW DELHI: On November 9, around 550 pilgrims from India will travel a distance of four-and-a-half kilometres from Dera Baba Nanak in the Indian state of...
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Use India’s UN Peacekeeping Experience To Monitor, Verify Any Afghan Peace Deal

NEW DELHI: U.S Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad has made his second visit to Pakistan and first publicly disclosed meetings with President Ashraf...

Azadi March: Pakistan Army steps in to save Imran Khan from Opposition

NEW DELHI: Imran Khan is facing one of the biggest challenges to his prime ministership. The joining of Opposition ranks showcased by the ‘Azadi...
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‘I Sensed Pakistani Duplicity Ahead Of Kargil’

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has not grown as a nation; it remains deeply insecure and army-dominated. This was how G Parthasarathi, described that country where...

Pak Gets Four Months To Escape Global Terror Funding Watchdog’s Black List

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has escaped the financial gallows, yet again. Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global watchdog for terror financing and money laundering,...

From Connectivity To Communism, China-Nepal Ties Swerve Left

NEW DELHI: A relationship once steeped in sentiment and history seems to be giving way to more practical considerations, at least for Nepal. The...

Sheikh Hasina Faces Home Truths For Giving ‘Too Much’ To India, Getting ‘Little’

NEW DELHI: Balancing the imperatives of foreign policy with domestic politics can be perilous. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina knows this only too well...
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‘India Mishandling Bilateral Issues Will Give Bangladeshi Radicals Chance To Discredit Sheikh Hasina’

Ties between India and Bangladesh have been on an upswing under Sheikh Hasina’s government. The Bangladeshi leader won her third straight term in office...
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India Feared For Sheikh Hasina’s Safety After 2009 Bangladesh Rifles Mutiny

NEW DELHI: It was January of 2007. Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty had landed in Dhaka on January 7 to take up the challenging task of...

Modi, Hasina Discuss NRC, Rohingya, Teesta Amid ‘Excellent’ Bilateral Ties

NEW DELHI: For all the claims by India that the National Citizens Register (NRC) of Assam is an “internal matter”, it remains a matter...

Manufacturing Consent? Pakistani, Bangladeshi Editors Speak Of ‘Climate Of Fear’ In Their Countries

HAMBURG, GERMANY: Rising nationalism and increasing authoritarian tendencies by the state have been concerns that have been voiced for sometime now. But no one...
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‘Taliban, U.S Special Envoy Have Told Me They Want To Restart Talks, Russia Is Helping’

Zamir Kabulov, Russian President Vladimir Putin's Special Representative for Afghanistan in an exclusive, comprehensive conversation with SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi in Moscow....

NSA’s Visit Blunts Pakistan’s Outreach To Saudi Arabia, UAE On J&K

India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval holds his cards close to his chest.  His meetings and visits are rarely known in advance and outcomes if any, are...

Maleeha Lodhi’s Fatal Flaw: Her Son Is Married To A Hindu

WASHINGTON DC: The reason Pakistan decided to name a woman beater, Munir Akram, as its permanent representative to the United Nations and unceremoniously remove...

Sheikh Hasina’s Visit Likely To Boost India-Bangla Maritime Ties

NEW DELHI: As Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina here on Saturday for bilateral talks, one of the areas that...
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Tamil Vote Will Play Crucial Role In Sri Lankan Presidential Polls

New Delhi: Presidential elections in Sri Lanka are a little over a month away. Expectedly, India is keeping a close eye on the electoral...

From Rohingya to Kashmir and Teesta: Sheikh Hasina’s Many Challenges

DHAKA: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina will be visiting India from October 3 to 5. After attending the India Economic Summit of the...
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‘Great Trust In India-Bangladesh Ties But Irritants Remain’

New Delhi: In her first bilateral visit to India since April 2017, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in her third consecutive term as...

At UN General Assembly, Modi Talks Development, Imran Harps On About Kashmir

It’s often said that Pakistan negotiates with a gun to its head. On Friday, Pak PM Imran Khan did precisely that at the UN...

Afghan Presidential Polls: A Long Way To The Mountain Top

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan’s fourth Presidential election goes ahead on September 28 after two delays and a currently cancelled U.S.-Taliban peace deal. A 18-candidate race...

How Pak Sabotaged Thai System To Stop Dawood Aide’s Extradition To India

Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has done it yet again—playing the system in Thailand and using bribery to get a favourable court...
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‘Pause In U.S.-Taliban Talks Is Time To Reset, Have Taliban-Afghan Talks’

U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has briefed members of the U.S. Congress, in a confidential hearing, on the stalled American-Taliban talks. Alice Wells, acting...
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Pakistan Shown The Mirror As Chorus Of Rights Activists Gets Louder

NEW DELHI: Repeated attempts by Pakistan to garner international opinion against India for abrogating special status to Jammu & Kashmir and reorganising the state...
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‘Wise To Restart U.S.-Taliban Peace Process, Both Have Kept Door Open’

U.S. President Donald Trump announced the cancellation of talks with the Taliban and a secret plan to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Taliban...
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‘ISIS Message To The World—We Can Avenge Christchurch Massacre’

It turned out to be a bloody and tragic Easter Sunday in neighbouring Sri Lanka when numerous explosions carried out by suicide bombers rocked...
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‘With Terrorism Fragmenting, No Visible Link Between An Attack And Its Echo Elsewhere’

It would be easy to classify the suicide attacks in Sri Lanka as a failure of intelligence, except that there was no local or...
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Will India Recognise Taliban As Legitimate Govt, Asks Ahmed Shah Massoud’s Nephew

Over 110,000 Afghans, 45,000 security force personnel since 2014, 2400-plus U.S. military personnel and over 1700 civilian contractors killed in America's longest war. Is...
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‘Hope U.S. Understands Afghan Involvement Is The Solution To Peace’

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi was Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's Senior Advisor on UN Affairs from 2015 to November 2018 before she resigned emphasising the need...
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‘Difficult To Trust The Taliban That’s Got The Blood Of 1000s Of Innocents On Their Hands’

Round 5 of talks between the U.S. team led by President Donald Trump's Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and the Taliban team...

‘Taliban Calling The Shots, U.S. Desperate To Retreat’

U.S. Special Representative for Afghan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is having a third meeting with Taliban leaders. This time in the UAE. Former Indian Ambassador...
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Lankan Constitutional Crisis Blows Over But Leaves Trail Of Political Damage

As decreed by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court, Ranil Wickremesinghe may have been re-installed Prime Minister but the recent Constitutional crisis in the island...

BIMSTEC Member Nations Need To Work Collectively To Curb Terrorism and Radicalisation

For countries around the Bay of Bengal, regional security is essential for their development Major General (retd) Abdur Rashid of Bangladesh told Strategic News...

Setback For Sri Lankan President As Supreme Court Overturns ‘Sack Parliament’ Order

The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka today overturned President Maithripala Sirisena's order last week to dissolve Parliament and call for snap polls on January...
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‘Father’ Of Afghan Taliban Killed: No Change in Pak Influence On Quetta Shura, Haqqanis

Ambassador Vivek Katju in conversation with SNI's Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi on what the murder of the Afghan Taliban's religious 'Godfather' Sami ul-Haq...

‘Pak Can’t Assume India-China Dichotomy Can Be Carried into Afghanistan’

Ex-Envoy to Afghanistan Vivek Katju speaks to SNI's Amitabh Revi on his reactions to the first joint training of Afghan diplomats by India and...

India-China To Upgrade Cooperation In Afghanistan, Says Chinese Envoy

The first batch of Afghan diplomats being trained by India and China separately in their first joint project for Afghanistan has begun its sessions...
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An Indian General Remembers Ahmed Shah Massoud

“To win the war and succeed, we need men who make the news, not follow the news,” legendary Afghan leader Ahmad Shah Massoud told...

‘Taliban Clear-Headed on No Link Between India’s Kashmir Action and Afghan Situation’

The Afghan Taliban is clearly giving India an opening to engage. Spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement says: “Linking the issue of Kashmir with...
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‘Taliban Not Anti-India, Give Them Space To Act Independently From Pakistan’

The U.S. has indicated September 1 is a date by which it hopes to reach an agreement with the Taliban. Shakti Sinha, Director of...
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‘Taliban Will Engage With India If Pakistan Doesn’t Forcibly Prevent It’

Germany's Special Representative On Afghanistan Markus Potzel has met top Indian officials in New Delhi. The Envoy has briefed them on the German-Qatari co-sponsored...

“18 Years Of Fighting, 2400+ American Lives, A Trillion Dollars And The Taliban Is Back”

“The Taliban have occupied the space in the peace dialogue, which should be legitimately that of the state or the government,” says India’s ex-Ambassador...
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‘Afghan Peace Boils Down To State Actors Holding Strings Of Taliban’

Another attack in Kabul on Monday has killed and injured nearly 100 people including schoolchildren. Many were seen clutching their books and pens while...

Sheikh Hasina To Bring Up NRC Issue During Next Month’s Talks With PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh has India’s National Register of Citizens firmly in its sights: it is expected to top Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's agenda when...

Minorities Should Have No Fear; I Assure Safety For All: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

He is largely credited as the brains behind winning the war against the LTTE a decade ago. Now, former Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya...
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‘Good Time To Go Back To Trump’s 2017 Policy; Get Pakistan, Taliban To Change Track’

Ahmed Shah Massoud, the legendary guerrilla leader, was killed by Al Qaeda members posing as journalists on this day in 2001, two days before...

‘India Should Expose Pakistan Army As An Irresponsible Institution’

New Delhi: Major General Asif Ghafoor, Director-General of the Pakistan army’s Inter Services Public Relations, turned his media briefing of September 4 (essentially devoted...

Imran Khan’s NYT oped on J&K distorts facts, promotes war hysteria

TEAM SNI August 31, 2019 New Delhi Imran Khan can’t seem to move on. Despite being rebuffed time and time again at various international fora – where he has...

‘Imran Khan, Your Obsession With Kashmir Has Imperilled South Asia And The World’

A Peace-loving Indian New Delhi 2 September 2019 After Imran Khan was elected as the Prime Minister of Pakistan last August (many Pakistanis say he was...

Shouldn’t Live In Fool’s Paradise, Says Pak As Isolation Over Kashmir Grows

For Pakistan, the reality seems to be sinking in slowly. In the past week, it has shouted from the rooftops, seeking international support for...

With National Security Card, ‘Strongman’ Gotabaya To Run For Lankan Presidency

For some, Gotabaya Rajapaksa is cast in the image of a strongman who destroyed the rebel Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and ensured the...
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‘Taliban Have Capacity To Buck Pakistan’s Deep State, India Has To Engage With Them’

A deal with the Taliban? Is the U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad close to announcing an agreement? What will it mean for Afghans? What...

Outfoxed On Kashmir, Desperate Pak Turns To Terror Groups

Pakistan’s peripatetic Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was in Saudi Arabia yesterday, reportedly trying to sell the line that Muslims in Kashmir are in...
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We have Chinese Investments But We Have Indian Investments Too: Sri Lankan Envoy

The Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Austin Fernando, is not a career diplomat but a retired civil servant who was serving as Secretary...

Hope India Will Enhance Counter-Terror Assistance: Sri Lankan Envoy

From wanting India to scale up its counter-terrorism assistance to the island nation, to assuaging Delhi's concerns over China's presence in his country, Sri...

Post-Trump’s Kashmir Mediation Offer, Pak Plans To Escalate Terror In J&K

Pakistan, emboldened by U.S. President Donald Trump’s unsolicited offer to mediate in the Kashmir issue, is planning to up the ante in Jammu and...
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‘Imran Khan Has Reason To Be Satisfied, Impact On India Will Be Known Before Long’

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan appears to have ended his US visit on a triumphal note. He not only got an audience with Donald...

Trump-Imran Summit: Meeting Of Old Friends Or New Enemies?

For an official visit, Imran Khan's landing in Washington DC's Dulles International Airport on Saturday was minus any fanfare. The only American official present...

Winds Of Political Change In Bhutan: The Doklam Backlash?

In the Land of the Thunder Dragon, a political change is afoot. And India is keeping a close watch as Bhutan prepares for a...

Pakistan Agrees To Visa-free Entry Of 5,000 Indian Pilgrims Daily

In a clear message to Islamabad that secessionist activities of pro-Khalistan elements operating in Pakistan will not be tolerated, India on Sunday handed over...
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“Whole World Is Talking To The Taliban, What Does India Gain By Ignoring Them?”

U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad has ended the seventh round of talks with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar. Intra-Afghan talks were also held in...
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Ahead Of Bangladesh Polls, PM’s Son Spearheads Youth Outreach

With parliamentary elections in Bangladesh a little less than a month away, the poll scene is warming up. On December 30, people will vote...
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‘India Has To Be At The Peace Table And Play A Role’

As the U.S. and the Taliban get set to have their seventh round of direct talks in Doha, Qatar; Afghanistan’s Ex-Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed...
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‘PM Sheikh Hasina Risked Her Political Future To Have Good Ties with India’

Having got a fresh mandate to lead her country for a third unprecedented term, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has promised to press ahead...
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‘Afghan Peace Boils Down To State Actors Holding Strings Of Taliban’

Another attack in Kabul on Monday has killed and injured nearly 100 people including schoolchildren. Many were seen clutching their books and pens while...
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‘No Sign Of Pakistan Supporting Talks Between Afghan Government And Taliban’

Mohammad Umer Daudzai is Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s Special Envoy and CEO of the High Peace Council. He organised the April 29-May 2 Consultative...

India Must Have Active Contact With Taliban, Diplomatic Laggards Will Pay A Heavy Price

Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not deliberately invite President Ashraf Ghani to his oath taking ceremony on May 30 but he and his foreign...
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$3 Billion Chinese Debt To Be Audited, Naval Port Will Not Happen: Mohd Nasheed

APR: (Former) President Nasheed, it’s a pleasure to speak to you again, though it’s been a while now. Congratulations on the electoral verdict MN: Thank...
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‘India Could Have Occupied Maldives If It Wanted; Radars, Choppers Only For Our Use’

In her second interview to SNI Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi in two months, Maldives’ Defence Minister Mariya Didi talked about her first official...
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Focus on Special Force, Marine Training To Counter Non-State Actors, Rogue Elements: Maldives’ Defence Chief

Helicopter pilot training, new Coast Guard repair facilities and expanding Special Forces and Marines training—these are some of the issues discussed during the first...

Despite The Optimism Of Sheikh Hasina’s Supporters, Political Environment Uncertain In Run-Up To Polls

A short ferry crossing across the mighty Meghna river of Bangladesh takes you to the rural Brahmanbaria-6 constituency, some three hours away from the...
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India Preparing For All Afghan Scenarios?

The sixth round of Doha talks between the Afghan Taliban and the U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad continues during Ramzan. The American envoy took...