Losing sight in Kashmir: Amnesty report highlights trauma of pellet-gun victims

“I have nightmares of pellets being shot at me. I long for peaceful sleep.” “Watching cartoons on TV, playing with my friends on the streets, reading books for hours – this is what I dream of now.” “I had... More

Int’l Business Women’s Summit set for Sept 11

South Asian Women Development Forum is organising a two day event “Across Barriers-International Business Women’s Summit” on September 11 in the Capital to develop partnerships between entrepreneurs from Saarc, Asean regions and China. Nearly 80 delegates from 18 countries... More

Bhutan to host APA

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee meeting on social and cultural affairs would be held from August 31 – September 2 at the Convention Centre in Thimphu. According to a press release from the National Council, the... More

China lambastes Trump as the battle lines are drawn in South Asia

China has come out in full support of its ally Pakistan after President Trump called it a sponsor of terrorism while unveiling the much-awaited Afghan and South Asia strategy on Monday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Pakistan has... More

High level meeting between COAS and Centcom delegation; Afghan future at stake

The still-evolving Afghan strategy is leading to consultative meetings between Afghan, US, and Pakistani officials. In order to discuss the Afghan imbroglio and the role of Pakistan in the region, a delegation of the US Army Central... More

7th Colombo Defence Seminar on 28, 29 August

The seventh annual Colombo Defence Seminar (CDS) will take place on 28 and 29 August, with the expected attendance of all the Army Chiefs of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries. Commander of the Army, Lieutenant... More

Peace top priority – Aung San Suu Kyi

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has said that peace is the top priority for the country noting that the country had suffered due to civil wars and without peace, there can be no development. The State Counsellor... More

‘March of democracy unstoppable in Myanmar’

The march of democracy is unstoppable in Myanmar, despite obvious challenges, says Myanmar's information minister Dr Pe Myint. In an exclusive interview to Mizzima on the eve of the 'Forum for Myanmar's democratic transition', Dr Myint said his... More

India’s Tejas programme suffers more delays

The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed further delays in the country’s programme to produce the Tejas Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) for the Indian Air Force (IAF). The MoD said in a statement on 4 August that... More

Karunanayake still defiant, name of possible replacement speculated  

The UNP and SLFP, in embarrassed huddles over the central bank linked corruption fiasco involving senior UNPer and Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, have decided to postpone the decision making that was expected to occur Tuesday regarding his... More

Pulling the plug on Afghanistan

Recent reports coming out of Washington suggest that the proposal by US National Security Adviser (NSA) Mr. MacMaster for a moderate rise in the number of US troops or their private security company substitutes has been rejected... More

Nation Commemorates Martyrs’ Day

At 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, sirens suddenly wailed. Many of the cars on the roads of Yangon came to a halt. Drivers blared their horns for one full minute. People walking on the pavement stood still. The moment was synchronized... More

Myanmar set to observe 70th Martyrs’ Day tomorrow as Gen Aung San’s...

For the first time in decades, visitors to Yangon’s Secretariat building on Martyrs’ Day will get a glimpse as to how Gen Aung San’s office once looked just before the independence hero and his Cabinet were assassinated... More

No military solution to Kashmir conflict

Speakers at the recently held 55th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Chicago said that by refusing to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir, India has violated its... 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 giants China and India, but acknowledged... More

Regional TVET Conference -2017 kicks off in Nay Pyi Taw

Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training—2017 was held at 9 am Tuesday at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II, with the intention of upgrading cooperation in the sectors on technology, vocation and training between ASEAN Countries and... More

14th Asia Media Summit in China

The 3-day Asia Media Summit 2017 opened on 6 June by the Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong in Qingdao China. A packed audience of delegates heard Ms Liu outline China’s achievements and its commitment to Asia and the rest of... More

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 22-29 June 2017

The UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns to London for its eighth edition this summer with a selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent cinema, all English subtitled, offering a... More

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 preparatory meeting of the senior officials... More

Seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” held...

Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)’s Department of Law, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, organized a seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” on 9 May 2017. Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury MP, Speaker,... More

Digital Youth Summit 2017

The Digital Youth Summit 2017 is scheduled to take place in Peshawar, Pakistan,  from May 5, till May 7. DYS 2017 features three days of panel discussions, networking, and a startup pitch competition with cash prizes of up... More


Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... More



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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