Kabul Blast: Is Islamic State expanding its reach in the subcontinent?

Is this mother of all bomb blast? If one looks at the magnitude of Wednesday morning’s explosion in Kabul, one scouts to find a parallel in recent times. A sewage tanker laden with bomb is denoted at the heart of Kabul city surrounded by presidential palace and many prominent embassies. Kabul is not new to […]

The fast rise of extremist Islam in Maldives

When Hussain Rasheed started talking about his son, a sob choked his voice. His feeble reply wasn’t even audible to the small gathering for sometime. When he regained his composure the first question he asked: Why was my son killed? What was his crime? The only crime of Yameen Rasheed,an independent blogger, was that he […]

‘Will go to any extent to save Kulbhushan Jadhav’ – Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India will go to any extent to save Kulbhushan Jadhav. “We will go to whatever extent we need to, but we will save Kulbhushan Jadav,” the minister said, while attending an event in Mumbai. The minister maintained that Kulbhushan Jadhav was not a spy, but a businessman who happens to […]

Rijiju backtracks on ‘2 cr Bangladeshi immigrants living in India’ claim?

Two weeks after claiming that around 2 cr illegal Bangladeshi immigrants are living in India, minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju seems to be backpedaling on the claim. “There is no confirmed data with regard to number of Bangladeshi citizens illegally residing in the country..” he told the Lok Sabha today, two weeks […]

Apprehensions on Trump to prove wrong: ASSOCHAM

Industry body ASSOCHAM today expressed confidence that apprehensions linked to President Elect Donald Trump of United States “would certainly prove wrong” in the coming days. The industry association said Trump’s sober, very fair sounding and statesman like demeanor promising a fair deal with the rest of the world should indicate an opportunity to take India’s […]

India-Pakistan invisible trade worth $5 bln a year – study

Informal trade or smuggling of goods between India and Pakistan is estimated at over USD five billion, almost double the official two-way commerce between the two neighbours with history of chequered ties, said an ASSOCHAM study. There are more exports from India than imports through the smuggling route. The official Indo-Pak trade is only USD […]

India could designate Pakistan a ‘Terror State’ – reports

India could move to designate its neighbor Pakistan a ‘Terror State’, according to media reports. The high-level committee that met today at the Prime Minister’s office has arrived at this as the best option given the current situation. Other options considered included military action against the nuclear power. Designating Pakistan as a Terror State would […]

India to buy Chinook, Apache helicopters from the US for defence forces

India has signed an agreement with the US Government and aircraft maker Boeing to purchase Apache attack helicopters and Chinook heavy lift helicopters, the government said. India is not a traditional buyer of US-made defence equipment, preferring to engage with Russia and the Europeans instead. However, with the new government under Narendra Modi, India is […]

CSE bats for putting clear limits on carbon emissions by countries

Centre for Science and Environment, one of India’s biggest environmental research and lobbying organization, has said that the current proposal to set a target of limiting temperature increase to 1.5 degrees could be a ‘hollow shell’ if no limits are placed on individual country emissions. Countries from across the world are negotiating in the Paris […]

Indian trade forum Assocham to open an office in Iran

The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), India’s third biggest industry forum, today announced it will consider opening office in Teheran, immediately after global trade with Iran becomes normal following lifting of international sanctions. Yesterday, Western powers and Iran announced an agreement to move towards normalization of trade and diplomatic relationships. Till […]

Modi Govt lends $268.35 mln to Tanzania for pipeline project

India has extended additional Line of Credit (LOC) to the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, of USD 268.35 million for financing the extension of Lake Victoria pipeline to Tabora, Igunga and Nzega in Tanzania. The loan has been routed through Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank). The line of credit agreement was signed […]

China to modernize Bangalore, Bhubaneswar railway stations

China has started work on examining if it can modernize two railways stations in India – Baiyyappanahalli in Bangalore and Bhubaneswar in Orissa – under an agreement signed in September, the ministry of railways said. In September, China and India signed an agreement facilitating Chinese help in increasing the speed on India’s railway network, modernizing […]

Russia, India to jointly drill for Arctic oil through Rosneft, ONGC

India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) will drill for oil in the Russian Arctic region in association with Rosneft, the biggest oil company in Russia. The companies will co-operate in subsurface surveys, exploration and appraisal activities and hydrocarbons production in Russia’s offshore Arctic, ONGC said in a statement. India has been hungry for hydrocarbons […]