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Delhi’s Teen Murti Marg to be renamed after Israeli city Haifa...

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Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel, the iconic Teen Murti Chowk and the Teen Murti Marg here will now be known after the Israeli city Haifa with the NDMC approving their renaming. A decision in this regard was taken by the New Delhi Municipal Council... More

US Army to Send 1,500 Soldiers to Afghanistan in Summer

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The US Army announced in a statement on Thursday it will send about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan during the summer months in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel. "The Department of the Army announced today the summer 2017 deployment of approximately 1,500 soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team,... More

Flash flood cuts off Gasa

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Gasa is once again cut off after a flash flood washed away a section of road at Tashithang along the Punakha-Gasa highway, Bhutan, on the night of April 25. According to the chief engineer with the Department of Roads (DoR) office at Lobesa GM Rai, the flash flood... More

President requests opposition leaders to send letters to free Nasheed

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Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has requested that opposition leaders send in letters individually if they want to free the former President Mohamed Nasheed, who is currently in self-exile after being sentenced to 13 years in prison. Speaking at the membership acceptance ceremony for 400 new members... More

Suu Kyi Rejects National-level Political Dialogue in Arakan State

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State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has again rejected the Arakan Liberation Party’s (ALP) request to hold an ethnic-based national-level political dialogue in Arakan State, saying it is a sensitive region. Daw Saw Mra Razar Lin, member of the ALP central executive committee, told The Irrawaddy that... More

China Ready to Mediate Between Burma and Bangladesh over Arakan Refugees

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China offered on Tuesday to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas, two Bangladesh foreign ministry officials said. Around 69,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in northern Arakan State since October, straining relations between the two neighbors... More

President asked Fonseka to take up Post of Army Commander

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Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday the President Maithripala Sirisena requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit the ministerial portfolio and take up the post of army commander or overall commander for two years to discipline the country. He told the weekly Cabinet briefing that... More

Former TTP, JuA spox claims terrorist organisations being ‘used’ by India,...

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The Army on Wednesday released the confessional statement of Liaquat Ali, infamously known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson of the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) and Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The video brought forth some startling revelations, including the claim that the TTP and JuA have been coordinating with Indian and... More

India trying to thwart Nepal’s constitution: CPN-UML

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CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal has said that the ruling and Madhes-based parties are acting on behalf of India to subvert the constitution and break apart the country. “Indian is plotting against the implementation of the constitution, thereby subverting it, by using the ruling CPN (Maoist Centre), Nepali... More

TODAY'S NEWS

TOP NEWS

BCIM economic corridor dialogue drags on


No fruitful decision was reached at the stalled dialogue on an economic corridor at the third meeting of the Joint Study Group (JSG) of academics and officials of the four concerned countries... More

REPORTS

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in Afghanistan: Pakistan FO

Pakistan claimed on Thursday that at least 13 Indian spies were also among those killed in a massive US bomb blast targeting Islamic State’s regional... More

All-women battalion in Jammu and Kashmir to deal with stone pelters

An all-women India Reserve Battalion will be raised in Jammu and Kashmir to primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting, a home ministry official said... More

Sukma attacks in retaliation to sexual violence on tribal women, say Maoists

The Dand Karanya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Thursday claimed that the Sukma attacks were in retaliation to... More

Indian Home Ministry Calls Emergency Meeting After Attack on Kashmir Army Base

Three soldiers died in a suicide attack early today at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara. Five soldiers were injured in the attack,... More

EVENT

Neighboring countries must reject India’s ‘backyard’ policy

In a discussion titled “Current context of Bangladesh-India relations,” the participants asserted that South Asian countries desires an equal and respectable relationship with the neighboring... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

Babri Masjid demolition trials: Ayodhya again

A nearly moribund prosecution has been given a new lease of life by the Supreme Court. By ordering a joint trial into two cases arising... More

ISSUES

India mulls ‘sub-regional connectivity’ without Bhutan


Bhutan’s opposition to the BBIN (Bhutan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal) motor vehicles pact has raised a wall against Indian plan to ‘isolate’ Pakistan and move... More

RSF presents a damning global scenario for media freedom


As the global body Reporters Without Borders (RSF) presented a gloomy picture on media freedom around the world Wednesday in its... More

Pak Defense Minister Wants Russia to Play Major Role in Stabilizing...


Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this... More

India and Sri Lanka sign MoUs for economic projects


India and Sri Lanka Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Economic Projects” during the current visit of... More

INTERVIEW

‘No question of deferring entire election’

Nepal's Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ajay Shankar Nayak is an MP belonging to CPN (Maoist Center) from Siraha... More

Is China-US confrontation on the horizon?


As the world's two most influential powers, the future relations between China and the US have garnered worldwide attention. Recently, the... More

There’s national identity, pride and protest in celebrating Pahela Baishakh

Pahela Baishakh, the traditional New Year, is a part of our economic history and it is a regional event too. It’s celebrated wherever monsoon comes in... More

COLUMN

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... More

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READER'S VIEWS

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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Singapore artists add dash of colour to Delhi station

The Arjan Garh metro station in New Delhi is getting a colourful makeover with the help of two urban artists from Singapore. The young women... More

Pak girl on a mission to read a book from...

Aisha Esbhani is a 13-year-old on a mission, and what a mission indeed! About a year ago, Eshbani, a Karachi-based barely teenager, realised that... More

‘Wishmasters’ weave through traffic to fulfil orders

Dwarfed by a big blue bag on his shoulders, Mr Neeraj Prasad Jaiswal carefully manoeuvres between other vehicles on his Honda motorbike down a... More

Supreme Court rejects plea to bring back Kohinoor

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition asking it to bring back the Kohinoor diamond to India or stop it from being auctioned,... More

Uranium behind deaths in Bangladesh haors!

Bangladesh experiences flash floods almost every year and farmers are no stranger to crop loss as a result. But the deaths of fish, frogs... More

Fight to save indigenous seeds

When the indigenous ‘Jumli Marsi’ variety of rice, grown in Nepal’s Jumla district, was hit by blast infection, farmers had little choice but to... More

Sri Lanka Diary

No Teardrops on Serendipity A country ravaged by 30 years of brutal war and savage terrorism, one of whose highlights was the export of the... More

Mysterious Deep-Space Radio Signals Discovered

Something peculiar is going on in deep space. A new trio of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), unimaginably powerful releases of radio waves with no... More

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