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China-India projects to include ‘railway line’


Afghanistan’s Ministry of Economy (MoE) on Sunday (Apr 29) said China and India have agreed to implement joint development projects in Afghanistan and that a railway line between Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and China is one of... More

India violated UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea, its own orders


India violated the UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea last year, sometimes even going against its own government orders, by importing metals worth $2.2 million and exporting jewellery valued at more than $578,000, according the UN... More

Is a Russia-Pakistan corridor in the making?


Over the past decade, Pakistan and Russia have been repairing a relationship that was badly damaged during the Cold War. State-to-state ties are not grounded in emotion but based on shared interests. No two countries can remain friend... More

North-South Korea: Exemplar for India and Pakistan


Dressed in a black safari suit, The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un garnered media spotlight as he detached from his fellows and walked, with his traditional grace, to shake hands with Moon Jae-in, the South Korean President,... More

Aung San Suu Kyi seeks new relationship with UN over Rohingya crisis


Aung San Suu Kyi hopes to restore her battered reputation by allowing UN human rights and development organisations to enter Myanmar to prepare the ground for the large-scale return of Rohingya Muslims. Her aides hope the offer, linked... More

Trump is driving Xi into Modi’s arms


The first ever “informal summit” between the leaders of China and India in Wuhan, China, on Friday. The talks are officially set to tackle a range of bilateral issues, from border disputes to trade, as Chinese President... More

Bangladesh bank and refugee crises defy relief


After a 2.5% first-quarter decline on the MSCI frontier index as the only losing Asian component, Bangladesh shares continued to be shunned by foreign investors on the headline Rohingya refugee influx now at 800,000, and banking sector... More

Understanding the Purpose of the Wuhan India-China Summit


As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi travels to China for an ‘informal’ summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, there has been increasing expectations that the derailment in relations between the two Asian powers. Ahead of his departure from... More

India grants land ownership rights to refugees who fled Pakistan 70 years...


Refugees in India’s western state of Maharashtra have been granted land ownership rights 70 years after fleeing what is now Pakistan, when the countries were violently partitioned at independence, officials said. The move is part of a wider... More

CPEC: Chinese project financing will dip to $906m in FY2018-19


Project financing from China is expected to dip by more than half to only $906 million during the next fiscal year due to completion of work on some major China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and a snail’s pace... More

Monsoon threat for millions of Rohingyas in Bangladesh, India fears mass influx


With just two months to go for the monsoon rains to arrive, relocating Rohingya refugees to a safe place has emerged as a serious concern for the Bangladesh government. It has also created a sense of worry... More

India and Pakistan to take part in first ever joint military exercises


For the first time since they emerged as different countries in 1947, India and Pakistan are set to take part in joint military drills. This will happen as part of the Peace Mission exercises to be held... More

Indian journalists say they intimidated, ostracized if they criticize Modi and the...


India has constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and by some measures the biggest and most diverse media industry in the world. But journalists here say they are increasingly facing intimidation aimed at stopping them from running... More

US team in refugee camps investigating atrocities against Rohingya


The US government is conducting an intensive examination of alleged atrocities against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, documenting accusations of murder, rape, beatings and other possible offenses in an investigation that could be used to prosecute Myanmar’s military for... More

Bangladesh’s largest private bank in crisis 15 months into changeover


Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL), Bangladesh’s largest private sector bank, has fallen into deep crisis in just one and half years of the change in ownership, mainly due to mismanagement and internal conflicts, officials said. Bankers, depositors, investors... More

Will India calm down after China’s clarification on military designs in Pakistan?


Pakistan’s longstanding ally, China has categorically rubbished rumors that it had military designs in its mind, in the development of multi-billion Dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor that runs from Chinese region of Xinjiang to Gwadar and offers... More

Nepal’s Left merger: A long shot?


On April 22, Nepal's fragmented communist movement completed 68 years. The movement has traversed through rough patches haltingly, suffering multiple splits mostly over tactical lines. Whether to follow politics of weapons or organizepeoples movement peacefully or infiltrate... More

Daesh fighters repositioned from Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan


Mohammad Alam Ezadyar, the first deputy speaker of Afghanistan’s Upper House of Parliament told Sputnik about Kabul’s desire to hold a permanent seat in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the US military presence in the country, and shared... More

India, other US allies caught in crossfire of sanctions on Russian arms


U.S. sanctions on Russian military exports have put the brakes on a $6 billion deal with India and may derail the arms purchases of other U.S. allies around Asia, experts say. Under a law that U.S. President Donald... More

Pakistan, US continue to differ on Afghan policy


Pakistan and the United States struggle to find a ‘common ground’ on Afghanistan and other regional issues despite several rounds of the talks between the two countries, officials said. To break the stalemate, President Donald Trump’s senior aide... More

A whiff of Sino-Indian détente is in the air


The doomsday predictions of an impending India-China confrontation in the Himalayas are petering out. The two countries are earnestly exploring a pathway to lead them to a détente. This is the most obvious meaning of the announcement by... More

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Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More

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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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