Aug 3, 2015

India orders clampdown on Internet porn, sparks censorship debate

India has blocked hundreds of adult websites to prevent pornography becoming a social nuisance, a government official said Monday, sparking a debate about censorship and freedom in the world’s largest democracy. In India’s first big crackdown on Internet porn, service providers have been directed ...

Aug 3, 2015

Floods, slides tied to monsoon rains kill more than 100 in India

Heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in India in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps, India’s Home Ministry said Sunday. A cyclone struck the worst-hit state of West Bengal, where ...

Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal

Jul 31, 2015

Bangladesh, India exchange land islands in historic deal

Bangladesh and India prepared Friday to swap tiny islands of land, ending one of the world’s most intractable border disputes that has kept thousands of people in stateless limbo for nearly 70 years. Officials of two nations will hoist their respective national flags in ...

Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Jul 27, 2015

Gunmen storm police station in Indian Punjab; six killed

Heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues stormed a police station Monday in India’s northern frontier state of Punjab close to the border with Pakistan, killing six people and wounding several others. Police exchanged fire with the attackers, who remained holed up in the ...

Jul 17, 2015

The forgotten nuclear deal


Could the deal with Iran follow the trajectory of the deal with India: a great strategic move, followed by protracted negotiations on follow-up steps, moving goalposts, and the gradual diminution of the original accord?

Jul 12, 2015

Cocaine smugglers turn to South Asia for new routes, markets

Police who seized Asia’s largest known shipment of liquid cocaine at a Bangladeshi port late last month say it was headed for India, the latest sign that drug cartels are increasingly plying their trade in South Asia. It isn’t clear whether India was the ...