Monthly Archives: October 2016

Burma’s Biggest Challenges: Civil War and Religious Intolerance

Ethnic Karen civilians take shelter in Myaing Gyi Ngu monastery after being displaced by fighting between a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army and the Burma Army, supported by...

Burma’s Misguided Peace Process Needs a Fresh Start

On Saturday in Rangoon, activists from 27 civil society organizations staged a protest against continued fighting between the Burma Army and ethnic armed groups. (Photo: Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy)The...

India’s arms build-up sharpen the race in South Asia

Russia has quietly agreed to lease out a second nuclear attack submarine of the Akula class to India this month in a deal worth around $2 billion. It was...

Indian Muslims Stage protest demanding ‘quota’

    SA Monitor Staff   Muslims in Indian state of Maharashtra staged a ‘silent protest’ or ‘mookmorcha’ in local language, demanding five per cent reservation in education and jobs. The Muslim morchas...

China wants to advance trilateral cooperation

  SA Monirot Staff:   China wanted to advance trilateral cooperation with Nepal and India, and a tripartite cooperation would contribute to stability and development in the region.On being asked if Chinese,...

Bangladesh is no longer an exporter of terrorism

Cutting ties to Pakistan is not in the interest of the PM /REUTERS Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on why Bangladesh pulled out of the SAARC summit, bilateral ties with India, and...

WB Padma bridge fund committed to other projects

World Bank president Jim Yong Kim addresses a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Monday. — Sourav Lasker Dhaka: Visiting World Bank president Jim Yong Kim on Monday dismissed the...

Dhaka must protest at Delhi’s insulting Bangladesh war narrative

India’s defence minister Manohar Parrikar, while threatening Pakistan on Sunday in the midst of military tensions between the two countries, has made a very objectionable comment about Bangladesh, particularly its armed struggle...

From SAARC to BRICS

Pakistan's attempt to stage the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit has fizzled out following the recent tense situation between Pakistan and India in the Kashmir region. However, India has...

Imagine if Gandhi had a gun

Black American writer Charles E. Cobb Jr has set off a strange and unexpected train of thought in my mind with his 2014 book: This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How...

Between The Lines

A blockade is a blockadeBut how long will it take for Nepalis to transfer the blame from India to our own inept political leadership Tsering Dolker Gurung 10 GOPEN RAI The neighbourhood of Nepali...

SAARC Minus X

  India and four other countries pulled out of the 19th summit of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) which was to be held in Islamabad in November. This was...

Upgraded ties usher in new era for China-Bangladesh cooperation

South Asia Staff Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Oct. 14, 2016. CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Saturday completed a two-day state visit...

South Asia: Housing for the poor is a big challenge

Sharif Hassan The rise and fall of the real estate sector is closely correlated with the economy of one country. As South Asia is one of the world's most flourishing...

China’s straight talk threw India off guard

China’s recent comment, on the eve of BRICS summit, that “no country should pursue its own political gains in the name of counterterrorism” has left India, the host country,...

Pakistan dreams a greater South Asia to counter India

Is Pakistan exploring the possibility of creating a greater South Asian economic alliance to counter Indian hold on the eight-member South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc)? Citing...

Fear grips Rakhine Muslims as troops pour in

Fear gripped Myanmar Muslims residing in the state of Rakhine as troops hunted attackers behind recent deadly raids on police at the town of Maungdaw, which claimed 17 people...

Terror issue being used for political gains?

Using the fight against terror for political gains, which is observed in some countries,can be counter-productive. Apparently in reference to New Delhi’s high-profile Pakistan-centric anti-terrorism campaign, Chinese vice-foreign minister...

Continued plight could push Rhohingya to adopt violent solutions

SA Monirot Desk   Decade long plight of Rohingya people, a Muslim group how have been struggling for years for attaining civil and other rights in Rakhine state of Myanmar, may...