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Is India Serious About Water-War? 


India's prime minister Narendra Modi once again strongly hinted about a water-war against Pakistan. By obstructing the water flow of common rivers, will he retract from the 1960 Indus Waters treaty brokered by the World Bank between two countries? Or is this just a ploy to distract attention... More

Constitution amendment again divides Nepal


Major friction emerges once again as the prime minister prepares for second round constitutional amendment. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ said the bill for amendment will be officially presented to the parliament in a couple of... More

Why the pressure on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor?


Pressure has been piling up on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, or CPEC, ever since the formal inauguration of Gwadar port. The inauguration took place after a series of sabotages and immediately after an incident where Pakistan navy... More

Govt.-parliament conflict intensifies crisis in volatile Afghanistan


Frequent Taliban attacks as well as intense feuds between the government and parliament are intensifying crises in already volatile Afghanistan. The parliament is asking ministers to make statements about performance and success of the government. Within five... More

India preparing to upgrade offensive forces


India, the largest country in South Asia, has always been alert about its  own military defense. Although this was one of the architect nations in the neutral alliance during cold war, India always maintained strategic and defensive... More

How president Trump will affect South Asia


SA    Monitor   Report-> Even until a few days ago, nobody thought Donald Trump will be a US president in foreseeable future. But that situation is changing with every new event. Being accused of molestations by women... More

Bangladesh: Winds of changes in the leadership of ruling party


Bangladesh: winds of changes in ruling party leadership SA Monitor staff Significant leadership changes were made in the two-day council meeting of Awami League, the ruling party of Bangladesh. Although Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is still the head of the party,... More

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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

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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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