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To Counter China, India needs NATO to function

NEW DELHI: French president Emmanuel Macron’s recent remark in which he called Nato ‘brain dead’ has prompted much speculation. The remark, which ironically became 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...

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...

India, Japan To Expand Maritime Cooperation In Indo-Pacific

NEW DELHI: The India-Japan strategic partnership could take a major step forward during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The inaugural 2+2...

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,...

Securing the seas: Can BIMSTEC develop a common agenda on maritime issues?

NEW DELHI: A week after holding the first coastal security workshop in Delhi, BIMSTEC members representing think tanks met at the Vivekananda International Foundation...

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...

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...
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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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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...

India’s New Tibet Card Or Just A Nudge To China?

NEW DELHI: “When the Chinese criticise me, I am more concerned about their anger, their state of mind.” That was the Dalai Lama taking...

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...

Moves Afoot To Ratchet Up India-UK Maritime Cooperation In Indian Ocean

NEW DELHI: Slowly but surely, India and the UK are working to ramp up maritime cooperation in the the Indian Ocean region (IOR). The...

In A Multipolar World, Shed Dogma, Play On The Front Foot: Jaishankar

NEW DELHI: Minister-diplomat S Jaishankar's comments at an event organised by the Indian Express on Thursday, could be seen as both an indictment of...

India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Tango To Get A Leg-Up

NEW DELHI: Strategic ties between India and Saudi Arabia are poised to take a significant leap forward during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit...
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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...

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...

‘Jade Necklace’: A Counter To China’s ‘String Of Pearls’

CHENNAI: With Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mamallapuram for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi it is time to take a realistic...

Hope To Have Physical Control Over Pak-Occupied Kashmir One Day: India

India on Tuesday rubbed more salt into Pakistan’s wounds, declaring that it hopes one day to have physical control over that part of J&K...

Expect Trade Irritants With U.S. To Be Addressed Soon: Jaishankar

India on Tuesday rubbed more salt into Pakistan’s wounds, declaring that it hopes one day to have physical control over that part of J&K...

India’s ‘Tech’ Diplomacy: ASEAN Countries’ Students To Get Scholarships To Study In IITs

The government’s bid to use soft or more precisely ‘tech diplomacy’ to woo its neighbours has taken a other step forward with the government...

A Plan To Retake Pak-Occupied Kashmir And Gilgit-Baltistan

Abrogation of Article 370 has changed the Indo-Pak landscape in toto. It has irreversibly cemented J&K as an integral part of India like other...

Article 370, Federalism And Reorganisation Of States

The Presidential Order on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and the bifurcation of the state into two union territories generated considerable debate in the recent past. Legally, the order added...

China’s UN Bid Will Fail: World’s Eyes Are On Hong Kong, Not Kashmir

China is finding that it is running out of both friends and options when it comes to dealing with Hong Kong. The over three-month-long crisis which...

With Changes To J&K, India Not Raising New Territorial Claims, China Told

As the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi raised the K-word in Beijing during talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, the latter set the...

In China’s Reaction On Kashmir, A Sobering Thought For Pakistan

At around 27 degrees celsius, Beijing is a lot more comfortable than Delhi at 32 degrees (although not many in the Indian capital may...

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...

Hope India Makes Independent Decision On 5G: Huawei India Chief

“We hope the Indian Government will treat all foreign investments fairly and justly and provide a level playing field to all investments. We also...

China’s Cyber-Superpower Strategy: Can India And Australia Spoil The Party?

While India continues to blow-hot, blow-cold over allowing Chinese techno-giant Huawei to provide 5G networks in this country, other countries are becoming increasingly alarmed...
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‘We Are Hedging Our Bets In An Uncertain Environment, Looking For Every Possible Lifeline’

India and Russia appear to be charting a new course with their economies, trade and business firmly in focus.  Defence figures way down in...

‘Scheduling Constraints’: Israeli Envoy On Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cancelled India Visit

New Delhi: They say the same thing happening twice is coincidence, the third time is a pattern or trend. Read in that light, Israeli...

‘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...

What To Expect From PM Modi’s Russia Visit

  Maritime prospects from Chennai to Vladivostok may seem an odd choice for two governments...

U.S.-China Trade War Won’t Throttle India’s Growth: New Development Bank Chief

Shanghai: Is the BRICS founding principle of multilateralism fraying at the edges? If one looks at Brazil, the new government of Jair Bolsonaro appears...

Agenda-Driven Journalism, Distortions And Half Lies

  New Delhi: Since the abrogation of Article 370 on the 5th of August 2019, India has been at the receiving end of a relentless...

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...