Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of Tamil Tigers a decade ago, stormed to power Sunday but promised to be a president for all Sri Lanka's races and religions after a divisive election.
In her new book, ‘With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace,’ which was released on Nov. 12, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley recounts how President Trump was outraged when she informed him that Pakistan — one of the largest beneficiaries of American military and economic largesse — not only voted against U.S. at the UN, but also harbored terrorists, “who try to kill American soldiers.”
Sri Lanka holds presidential elections on Saturday with a possible comeback by the powerful Rajapaksa clan sparking fears of a return to murky disappearances, murders and Chinese submarines docking in Colombo.
Twenty people died and more than two million others spent a night huddled in storm shelters as Cyclone Bulbul smashed into the coasts of India and Bangladesh with fierce gales and torrential rains, officials said Sunday.
Bangladeshi and Indian authorities on Saturday ordered more than 450,000 people to flee coastal villages and islands as Cyclone Bulbul headed for the Bay of Bengal coast.
Hundreds of Indian Sikhs made a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan on Saturday, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their religion's holiest sites, after a landmark deal between the two countries separated by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent.
A corridor that will allow Sikhs to cross from India into Pakistan to visit one of the religion's holiest sites is set to open Saturday, with thousands expected to make a pilgrimage interrupted by decades of conflict.
Nepal on Wednesday objected to a new map released by India that places the disputed area of Kalapani within Delhi's borders, saying it was "clear" the territory belonged to Kathmandu.
A senior Republican lawmaker, Rep. George Holding, the GOP co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on India, in an apparent pushback and hefty swipe against this Democratic counterpart Rep. Brad Sherman — for his stinging criticism of India’s human rights violations in Kashmir at the Congressional hearing he recently convened — has strongly defended the Modi government’s action’s in the Valley.
There is no such thing as a free lunch. It may be an adage, but Prof. Stephen Philip Cohen (1936-2019) often paid from his pocket to prove it wrong. I am one among those scores of South Asian scholars, journalists and policymakers fortunate enough to come in contact with this brilliant and generous mentor.
Unidentified gunmen shot dead five migrant labourers in Indian-administered Kashmir on Tuesday, police said, in the bloodiest incident since New Delhi moved to strip the region of its autonomy.
Stephen Philip Cohen, who was a senior fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution and for decades the undisputed doyen of South Asian security studies and often described as the ‘dean’ of U.S.-South Asia scholars, experts, and policy wonks, has died, after a prolonged illness that marked his absence at The Brookings Institution, which was his home for many years. He was 83.
Pakistan on Sunday said it denied India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi permission to fly through its airspace due to "ongoing grave human rights violations" in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The premier organization of the Kashmiri Pandits in the U.S., has slammed the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and its chairman Rep. Brad Sherman (D.-Calif.) for totally ignoring the plight of the Pandits in Kashmir during the ‘Human Rights in South Asia,’ hearing on Oct. 22 and the human rights abuse this indigenous race has suffered for the past three decades.
Perhaps the most passionate and controversial testimony at the ‘Human Rights in South Asia,’ Congressional hearing on Oct. 22, was delivered by Prof. Nitasha Kaul, a Kashmiri Pandit, who argued that the Kashmiri imbroglio is a political problem that has been communalized and compounded by human rights violations.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.), one of two Muslim American women elected to the U.S. Congress in 2018, who quickly became President Donald Trump’s bete noire and the subject of his ire in tweets and at his rallies, took on the Modi administration on Oct. 22 with a scathing attack over its actions in Kashmir and its perceived anti-Muslim citizenship requirements in Assam.
Islamabad and New Delhi signed an agreement Thursday on a visa-free corridor between the two countries that will allow Sikh pilgrims in India to visit the shrine to their religion's founder, which is in Pakistan.
India plans to build a string of renewable energy projects along its sun-baked, wind-whipped western border, officials said Monday, as New Delhi continues an ambitious program to reduce the country's dependence on fossil fuels.
COLOMBO — A Sri Lankan parliamentary report accused President Maithripala Sirisena Wednesday of "actively undermining" national security and of failing to prevent the Easter Sunday bombings earlier this year that killed 269 people.
Over 200 Kashmiri Pandits from across the U.S., descended on Capitol Hill on Oct. 16 to interact with U.S. lawmakers and their aides at a Congressional briefing titled, ‘Kashmir, the Way Forward,’ in the aftermath of the government of India’s revoking Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that provides for special status for the Muslim-majority state of Kashmir.
Doctors on Wednesday hailed as a "miracle" the survival of a newborn girl found several days after being buried alive, as police hunted for her parents who have been charged with attempted murder.
The end, perhaps, is now nigh in the epic legal dispute over a religious site that has sparked thousands of deaths, with India's top court wrapping up hearings on Wednesday. Judges are now expected to rule on the ownership of the area claimed by both Hindus and Muslims in Ayodhya in northern India by November 17.
Mobile phone networks were restored in Indian Kashmir on Monday after a 72-day blackout, authorities said, but the internet remains off-limits to the region's seven million-plus people.
The U.S. Congress has continued to up the ante over the situation in Kashmir, particularly over the “humanitarian crisis” and the communications blockade” imposed by the government of India, with a powerful Congressional committee urging India to withdraw the stringent measures that are adversely impacting the lives of the people in the state.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Saturday for a "new era" in relations with China as he held talks with President Xi Jinping aiming to overcome troublesome differences between the world's two most populous nations.