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Govt adds 23 local units, elevates Birgunj and Biratnagar as metros

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The government has added 23  local units and elevated two sub metropolitan cities to metropolis in Tarai districts, making the total number of local units 767. A Cabinet meeting on Monday increased local units in 12 Tarai districts, elevated Biratangar and Birgunj as metropolitan cities and elevated 24... More

Iran continues deporting undocumented Afghan refugees

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Nearly 130,000 undocumented Afghan refugees have been forced by the Iranian government to go home this year, heading to an uncertain future with the resurgent Taliban now holding more than 40 percent rural territory in Afghanistan. Hundreds more are ousted each day from Iran, in line with Iran's... More

CJ’s opinion shall have primacy: BD HC

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The chief justice is the key person in forming opinion as to the eligibility of persons for appointment in the higher judiciary and his opinion shall have primacy over that of the executive, observed the Bangladesh High Court in a verdict recently. Article 95 (1) of the constitution... More

Book to commemorate Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother’s birth anniversary

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In commemoration of Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck’s 87th birth anniversary, a book titled “The Heart of a Sacred Kingdom, Her Majesty the Royal Grandmother Ashi Kesang Choeden Wangchuck: A Lifetime of Service to the People and Kingdom of Bhutan” was launched on... More

India uses up more groundwater than US and China

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Right on the edge of the Ganga basin that spans 11 Indian states lies Naujhil block, a few kilometres west of the Yamuna in UP's Mathura district. You would think this is a blessed location with plentiful water all round. With its 17 tributaries, including the Yamuna,... More

Maldives SC will make final decision on all no confidence motions at the...

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Supreme Court of the Maldives has passed a verdict saying that they would be making the final decision in all of the no confidence votes being taken at the parliament. The court made the ruling in a verdict following a procedural case filed by the Attorney General’s Office. The... More

Govt invites non-NCA signatories to Panglong peace conference as ‘special guests’

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The government invited nine ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) to the upcoming Union Peace Conference as “special guests,” The Irrawaddy has learned. Tar Hla Pe, a secretary of State Counselor’s Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee... More

Pakistan would not let its soil be used against Afghanistan: Army Chief

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US Ambassador David Hale met with Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday, a US embassy press release said. According to the press release, the US ambassador lauded the Army Chief’s May 18 statement regarding Afghanistan. The COAS had mentioned measures ensuring that the Pakistani soil would... More

‘India should remove non-trade barriers on Sri Lankan products’

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India should remove non-tariff barriers on Sri Lankan imports and the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the two nations should be implemented in phases, said a top official of the National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) of Sri Lanka. President of NCE of Sri Lanka Ramal G.... More

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Militant Buddhist extremism resurfaces in Lanka


After a lull following the election of the new Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in 2015, the months of April and May this year has seen heightened attacks on mosques as well as inciting speeches... More

REPORTS

10 soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base in Afghanistan

At least 10 Afghan soldiers were killed and several others wounded after Taliban attacked an army base in southern province of Kandahar overnight, a provincial source said on Tuesday. "Hundreds of armed... More

Islami Bank Bangladesh in dire straits

Islami Bank, the largest and most profitable bank in the country, has plunged into a bout of infighting within just five months of wholesale restructuring of the board of directors and... More

Major who tied Kashmiri man to jeep gets Army Chief’s recommendation

In a surprising move, Army on Monday announced that the Major who tied a Kashmiri to a military vehicle as a precaution against stone-pelters has been awarded a commendation by Army... More

No room yet for India in NSG, says China

China on Monday said it would oppose India’s unilateral entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), pending a consensus on the membership of the nuclear weapon states that have not signed... More

EVENT

Bangladesh to host OIC foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018

Bangladesh is set to host the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018. The decision on Dhaka as the host city for the 2018 programme was made at a... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

Sri Lanka and New Economic World Order

China hosting a mega event this week not only announced that it has arrived on the world scene as a major economic power-house, but telegraphed its vision for the next 30... More

ISSUES

Heads roll and re-fixed in Lanka


In a move that has disgruntled some, and in the immediate aftermath of frantic eleventh hour overnight lobbying, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday,... More

India announces policy for strategic partnerships in defence


India on Saturday finalised a policy that would allow local private companies to work with foreign players to make high-tech defence equipment, in a boost... More

‘Sub-conventional war’ threat makes India worry


A possible threat of ‘sub-conventional war’ has made India so worried that, in an unprecedented move, the country’s Chief of Air Staff, reportedly has written... More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and...


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due... More

INTERVIEW

‘Some people feel they can commit any crime with...


Kazi Reazul Huq joined the civil service in 1973. He became a member of the Human Rights Commission in June 2010 and continued in this... More

‘Kashmir Could Lead To A Nuclear Accident If There...


In Kashmir, the students are protesting in the streets ­demanding azadi, while the Election Commission of India has cancelled the Lok Sabha ­bypolls in Anantnag.... 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

COLUMN

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

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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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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

Little girl, big world 

If you go by Niharika’s example, watching TV cannot be a waste of time for children. That’s where the eight-year-old gets all the ideas... 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

Sand sculpting genius Sudarsan – a craftsman for peace   

A rather mystical but quite apt introduction to Sudarsan Pattnaik could be that the seas bestowed upon him the bounty of its shores and... More

Italian Archaeologist unearths history at Swat valley

Just as art, music and literature unifies the world, giving us broader perspectives, archaeology, which is the study of human cultures and history through... More

Rage against refugees

The past few months saw targeted violence and incitement to violence against Muslim Rohingya refugees in the country. Seemingly separate incidents converged to create... More

Plate tectonic evolution between India & Asia continental

 Tibet is a very sacred place for the world's scientists, a vast landscape on the northern side of Himalayas. It has gained fame as... More

Bangladesh’s water crisis: A story of gender

Climate change is driving an acute water crisis in coastal Bangladesh in which women are bearing most of the strain. When Khadija Rahman, then a... More

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