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Experts denounce Indian attempts to hegemonise SAARC


Scholars at a roundtable discussion in Islamabad sharply certified India for their attempts to hegemonise SAARC by isolating Pakistan. This was the unanimous view of the experts at the one-day roundtable on “Regional Implications of Indian Hegemony... More

SAARC conclave on legal issues held


A two-day SAARC Law Conclave session concluded on Sunday evening at the Indian Institute of Legal Studies in Dagapur Siliguri, India. The issues discussed at the session were- improved connectivity between SAARC countries, various international issues and... More

13th ECO summit to be held in Islamabad from 26-28 Feb


The 13th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member countries will be held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from 26 to 28 Feb this year. ‘Connectivity for Regional Prosperity’ is the theme for the upcoming summit that may... More

Brahmaputra Lit Fest in Guwahati


It was late in the afternoon that we reached Guwahati on 27 January, a beautiful sunny day. The winter chill hadn’t quite set in. It was festive season in Assam, being celebrated with all sorts of local... More

E-9 education conference begins in Bangladesh


A high-level conference of E-9, a forum of nine high-population countries, began here Sunday to discuss policies necessary for the member states to achieve the United Nations' education-related "Sustainable Development Goal-4". Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the... More

Nepal Investment Summit in March


With a target to attract over $1 billion of foreign direct investment (FDI), the Nepal Investment Summit to be held on March 2-3 in Kathmandu. The Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) and Ministry of Industry (MoI) are jointly... More

China’s modern ‘Silk Road’ plans discussed at Yangon meeting


A recent briefing looking at China’s One Belt One Road strategy and Myanmar opportunities was held at the Rose Garden Hotel in Yangon. The Briefing was well attended, with over 100 attendees from companies representing countries such as... More

SL prepares to hold WEF 2018


The 2018 World Economic Forum (WEF) is to be held in Sri Lanka, coinciding with Sri Lanka’s 70th Independence Day Celebration. The WEF brings together the world’s top political leaders and financiers to discuss global, regional and industry... More

23 BD rivers die due to upstream water withdrawal


A total of 23 rivers in Bangladesh have died due to upstream withdrawal of waters. Water security has further been threatened by the impact of climate change. Ground water levels have fallen drastically and salinity has increased.... More

One Belt One Road conference concludes with 8-point declaration


The first edition of One Belt One Road Nepal Conference 2017 concluded with 8-point declaration here in Kathmandu on Thursday. One Belt One Road (OBOR), also known as Belt and Road initiative, is a strategy and framework proposed... More

‘Nepal, China all-weather friends’


Reaffirming Nepal’s unwavering commitment to one-China policy, leaders of political parties have stress on the need to have a closer look at its northern neighbour. Leaders of CPN-UNL, Rastriya Prajatantra Party, and Nepali Congress made such remarks at... More

Global consultation on migrant health in Colombo next month


The second Global Consultation on Migration Health (GCMH) will be held in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, from February 21-23 to address the issues of all migrant categories and the health issue of refugees across the... More

Fortify digital financial flows


Leading bankers, economists and experts suggested at SAARC Finance seminar a combined move for tightening any loopholes in anti-money laundering compliances and cyber-security mechanisms to fortify financial flows. They also called upon the mobile financial services (MFS) stakeholders... More
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Framework for Cooperation Conference Begins in Kabul


The US Agency for International Development (USAID) Afghan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP)-facilitated Framework for Cooperation Conference kicked off in capital Kabul on Wednesday. Over 400 civil society, media and government representatives from all 34 provinces of Afghanistan gathered... More

New Silk Road: Beijing Offers Viable Alternative to Western-Type Economic Model


Over the last 30 years the People's Republic of China (PRC) with its indigenous model of economic development has turned into one of the most influential global powers. In light of this the China-led One Belt, One... More

Nepali PM stresses trans-Himalayan cooperation for development


  Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, while addressing a seminar on “Trans-Himalayan Cooperation beyond Trilateral Discourse”, said that the trans-Himalayan cooperation could be a platform for trilateral collaboration among Nepal, India and China. He also hoped that the workshop would... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Bangladesh’s grenade attack case: Politics of past or future?

The October 10 special tribunal verdict on the August 2004 grenade attack case that killed 24 and injured many including Bangladesh’s current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina didn’t carry too many surprises since it was a foregone conclusion that the “guilty men” would be handed out tough sentences. It was earlier speculated that BNP’s acting chief and Begum Khaleda Zia’s son Tarique Rahman may be awarded the death sentence, but he... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... More

RSS: Glasnost or public relations?

India's Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) claims to be a social organisation but those who have closely followed it say it is the political high-platform of Hindutva. Its Nagpur headquarters is located in Maharashtra’s Nagpur city, where in the 18th century originated the Hindu Pad Padshahi or the vision of a Hindu nation-state during the reign of the Peshwas. The Peshwas drove the limits of Maratha empire to Attock in the northwest... More

China’s discreet headway into Afghanistan

While China continues officially to deny playing a leading role in managing conflict in Afghanistan, there is also no gainsaying that China continues to make a meaningful headway into Afghanistan, a development that would, even if Beijing denies, have a strong impact on which way the wind blows in Afghanistan in next few years. This week Pakistan’s Maulana Sami ul Haq, the cleric who is known as the ‘father of... More

VIDEO-INTERVIEW

OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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