Bangladesh among 10 worst countries for workers, says labour rights report


Bangladesh is among the 10 worst countries for workers, according to a report by labour rights group International Trade Union Confederation or ITUC. The ITUC Global Rights Index 2017 report states that the continued suffering inflicted by the government and employers on trade unionists in the country led... More

UN: Myanmar Must Enable Women’s Entry Into the Workforce


Myanmar needs to realize the potential of women and enable their entry into the labor market in order to generate economic growth driven by a “gender dividend,” said the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Thursday. The UN said the conclusion was based on the findings from a... More

RAW spy begs army chief for mercy


Indian navy officer turned spy Kulbhushan Jadhav – who was sentenced to death on charges of terrorism, espionage and sabotage – has filed a mercy petition to army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa while admitting his crimes once again in a fresh confessional video. “In his plea, Commander... More

New Delhi sends Two additional Army Battalions to kill every living Kashmiri militant


Two additional Army battalions -- about 2,000 men -- have started moving into four troubled South Kashmir districts, being described as the new "ground zero" because of increased militant activity, officials said. With the presence of additional forces in Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Pulwama, some army camps in... More

ACC requests meeting with Maumoon regarding Theemuge audit report


Former Maldivian President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has been sent a letter requesting a meeting regarding audit reports on Theemuge, reports Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). Former Deputy Secretary-General of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), Abdul Aleem reported that Maumoon has been summoned to ACC for questioning – something which has... More

Gnanasara Thera withdraws FR petition against arrest


Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera, Wednesday, withdrew the fundamental rights violation petition he had earlier filed in the Supreme Court, claiming a possible unlawful arrest by the Bureau of Special Criminal Investigations of the police department. The Thera said that a warrant against him had been re-called by the... More

IEC Announces Election Date: July Next Year


The IEC has announced the election date for parliamentary and district council elections – 7 July 2018. IEC chief said on Thursday afternoon that parliamentary and district council elections will be held in July next year. Addressing a press conference on Thursday afternoon, IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai said... More

Nepal-India border in Banke to be sealed for 48 hours for poll


The border point at Banke district on the Nepal-India border will be closed for 48 hours in view of the June 28 election, authorities confirmed. The second phase of local level election is taking place in 35 districts across province no 1, 5 and 7 for the 334... More

Sustainable job creation becoming crucial for Bhutan


One of the biggest challenges facing Bhutan today is the rising youth unemployment. The country have a population of about 141,000 in the age bracket of 15 to 24. As more and more young people graduate and enter job market, unemployment issue is growing steadily. According to a... More



Indian Presidential Election: Dalit vs Dalit

Ever since the BJP named Ram Nath Kovind, a Dalit, as the National Democratic Alliance’s candidate for president, the Congress and other opposition political parties have been trying to come up... More


At least 29 dead, 60 wounded as car...

At least 29 people were killed  on Thursday (June 22)  when a powerful car bomb struck a bank in Afghanistan’s Lashkar Gah city as people were queueing to withdraw salaries, the... More

UN has a ‘responsibility’ to resolve Kashmir issue:...

Pakistan said on Thursday that the UN has a “responsibility” to resolve the Kashmir issue, days after UN chief Antonio Guterres stated that he is engaged in bringing about an Indo-Pak... More

Pak army chief, Turkish president discuss regional security,...

Pakistan Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Wednesday called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and discussed with him matters of mutual interest and regional security, the... More

There is room for rethink on Jadhav, says...

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, indicating a softening of stance towards RAW agent Kulbhushan Jadhav, has said that there is ‘room for rethink’ in the issue, and confirmed that... More


Sri Lanka: Growing with Giants

Sri Lanka has the capacity to punch above its economic weight, observed State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday (14 June), pointing out the country was already well integrated with regional... More


The Guardian view on Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s impressive run in the Champions Trophy, though terminated by a thrashing from India in the semi-final last week, highlighted the cricket team’s striking progress and won deserved applause. This relatively young nation... More


No respite for Kashmir as killings continue unabated

Violence continues unabated in India’s only Muslim majority Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state as armed clashes between militants and government forces refuse to cease even... More

North of Lanka embroiled in crisis with Chief Minister...

The North of Sri Lanka is embroiled in an internal controversy involving its Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Last Wednesday a No Confidence Motion against... More

Stones for the construction of the Ram Mandir start...

As the dispute regarding the title in the Babri Masjid/Ramjanmabhoomi case continues to be pending before the Supreme Court, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has in... More

Mamata sees conspiracy in Darjeeling chaos

West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee sees a deep conspiracy behind the escalating chaos in Darjeeling. Speaking on Friday to the media in Kolkata, she... More


We have to keep the door open for possibilities:...

Abdul Basit’s tenure as Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India began in March 2014, a few months before the NDA government assumed office. The last three... More

I know PM Modi well … There is nothing...

Former President, prior to his departure to Japan, spoke to Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror about the current situation of the country in the aftermath... More

OBOR: A vision as smooth as silk

Silk and spices, jade and jewels… the Silk Route conjures up exotic images of travel and trade, of the yesteryear. And now, as China presents the world with the One Belt One Road (OBOR)... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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Americans, Soviets, Pakistanis and Indians talking peace in Afghanistan

Kallol Bhattacherjee’s upcoming new book, The Great Game in Afghanistan: Rajiv Gandhi, General Zia and the Unending War, makes for compelling reading 30 years after... More

Enterprising Pakistanis are gearing up for a Chinese influx

Pakistan is becoming a home away from home for many Chinese citizens looking for better business opportunities If you pass him by in his electronic... More

The ‘Banksy of Bangladesh’ is asking someone called Subodh to...

Is the artist reflecting on the social, economic and political crisis in the country? The graffiti started to appear a few month ago in Bangladesh’s... More

3rd Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition begins

Her Majesty The Queen inaugurated the third Royal Bhutan Flower Exhibition in presence of His Majesty The King, The Fourth Druk Gyalpo, other members... More

Demonising Akbar

The era of Rajput aggrandisement and parallel diminution of the Mughals is upon us. Akbar, arguably the greatest of emperors who ruled over India,... More

All aboard India’s new affordable luxury train

India's passenger trains are notorious for being rickety and spartan, but the government is hoping to change all that with a new "luxury" service. The... More

Ubhauli festival marked with gusto in Nepal

Ubhauli, a festival which marks the beginning of farming season and migration phase towards hilly region on the onset of summer, has been marked... More

Ranil Wickremesinghe – A liberal leader and thinker

The book titled ‘Ranil Wickremesinghe - A Political Biography’ by Dinesh Weerakkody is an excellent narration of the political journey of a four-time Prime... More

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