South Asia and Beyond

Subrat Nanda

At six feet and over, cool, calm and always collected. Never a hair out of place. He is the high priest of editorial facts, grammar is his baby and headlines are meat on the bone. Loves samosas and cricket, tracks Twitter and when in his cups, nothing better than Jagjit Singh’s ghazals.

How, When Will Iran Strike Back At Israel For Embassy Bombing?

Iran is in no mood to either forget the bombing of its mission in Damascus earlier this month or to forgive Israel. The message from the country’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei—the country’s highest authority—was unambiguous. “When the Zionist regime attacks the Iranian consulate in Syria, it is as if it attacked our soil. This […]Read More

OJ Simpson: Celebrated Footballer, Actor, Convict

OJ Simpson, the American football star and actor who was sensationally acquitted in 1995 of murdering his former wife in what US media dubbed the “trial of the century”, has died at the age of 76. His family said in a social media post that he died on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. Simpson […]Read More

Japan PM: China Greatest Global Strategic Challenge

Fumio Kishida, Japan’s Prime Minister,  urged members of the U.S. Congress to maintain their support of Ukraine on Thursday. During his address inside the House chamber, he told lawmakers to overcome “self-doubt” about America’s role on the world stage. “The leadership of the United States is indispensable. Without U.S. support, how long before the hopes […]Read More

In Gaza, What Does Eid Mean In Times Of War?

On Eid, a minar is all that remains of the al-Farouk mosque in Rafah in southern Gaza, now home to over a million war displaced. As children run around with infectious joy atop the bombed structure, the happiness has more to do with sighting a drone camera than with festivities. The holy month of Ramzan […]Read More

Caught On Camera: Ecuador Police Raid On Mexican Embassy

It could easily have been mistaken for a robbery attempt caught on camera. Only, it wasn’t. The Mexican foreign ministry has released visuals that capture what it calls excesses by security personnel at its embassy in Ecuador’s capital Quito. The men who forced their way into the embassy building were Ecuadorean policemen. They pointed a […]Read More

UN Has Been Sabotaging Peace In West Asia For Years: Israel

Six months into the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, a different battle is playing out at the United Nations. The Palestinians have formally sought that an application moved by them in 2011 to become a UN member, be reconsidered by the Security Council. Palestine is currently a non-member observer state. “It was sent to the Security […]Read More

Suspects Detained In The Caucasus Linked to Moscow Terror Attack?

MOSCOW: Russia’s top security agency has said it has broken up what it called a “terrorist cell” in southern Russia whose members had provided weapons and cash to suspected attackers of the Moscow terror attack. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, said it detained four suspected members of the cell in the Russian province of […]Read More

Erdogan Pays Heavy Electoral Price As Turkey Battles High Inflation

Turkey voters have red-flagged the ruling Justice and Development Party or AKP, of President Erdogan. He has for the first time lost to the main opposition in the municipal elections. The Republican People’s Party or CHP not only retained its control over the capital Ankara, but also the country’s biggest city Istanbul. It also made […]Read More

Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Focus On Heavy Lifting

This is what remains of the Francis Scott Key Bridge after a ship rammed into it about a week ago. The focus has shifted to hauling the shattered remains out of Patapsco River. That’s the first step towards reopening the Port of Baltimore and recovering the bodies of four missing workers who are presumed dead. […]Read More

New York City To Try Gun Scanners In Subway System

New York City has announced a pilot programme to deploy portable gun scanners in its subway system. It’s part of an effort to make people using the service safer. In the most populous city in the United States, the subway system serves as the lifeline for as many as 4 million commuters daily. The scanners […]Read More

Crypto King Sam Bankman-Fried: A Convict At 32

Sam Bankman-Fried, once known as the crypto king, has been sentenced to 25 years in jail. For someone who’s just 32 years old, the punishment may sound too much. But Sam can consider himself lucky. The maximum punishment for the crimes he has been convicted of could have meant over 100 years in jail. Prosecutors […]Read More

Securing Borders First Duty, No Compromise On That: S Jaishankar

Security of India’s borders is sacrosanct and there’s no way around it. That was the overarching message given out by S Jaishankar, India’s External Affairs Minister, during an interaction with the Indian community in Kuala Lumpur. “My first duty to Indians is to secure the border. I can never compromise on that. We are still […]Read More

After Sneakers & Shoes, Why Is Brand Trump Selling Bibles?

Former US President Donald Trump is now selling Bibles as he runs to return to the White House. In a video released on his Truth Social platform, Trump, who is the presumptive Republican nominee, has released a video urging supporters to buy what he called “God Bless the USA Bible,” which is inspired by country […]Read More

Baltimore Bridge Collapse: Police Had 90 Seconds To Stop Traffic

BALTIMORE: It was the middle of the night when a dispatcher’s warning crackled over the radio: A massive cargo ship had lost its steering capabilities and was heading toward the Francis Scott Key Bridge. Within about 90 seconds, police officers responded that they had managed to stop vehicle traffic over the Baltimore bridge in both […]Read More

Why Has Japan Eased Weapons Export Rules?

Japan has green-lighted a plan to sell future next-generation fighter jets to other countries, its latest move from the pacifist principles the country adopted at the end of the Second World War. The decision to allow international arms sales is expected to help secure Japan’s role in a year-old project to develop a new fighter […]Read More