India concerned about BD Hindus safety

India expressed ‘grave concern’ about the safety and wellbeing of the the Hindu community people in Bangladesh, Indian external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said in tweets on 6 November. Sushma Swaraj said that she directed the Indian high commissioner... More

Japan, India to ink civil nuclear deal

Japan and India are set to sign a civil nuclear deal this week, as the two Asian allies look to boost economic and security ties to counter an assertive China. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese... More

China to build two RLNG terminals at Gwadar

Pakistan has managed to get the two RLNG terminals deal at Gwadar done with China. With the change of the mode from built, own, operate and transfer (Boot) to engineering procurement construction-financing (EPC-F), the country will be... More

Theresa May in India on 3-Day visit

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in Delhi on 6 November evening on a three-day India visit. This is her first bilateral engagement outside Europe since taking office in July. The 60-year-old leader's visit is aimed at enhancing... More

Pronab reiterates New Delhi’s message to Nepal

Visiting Indian President Pranab Mukherjee has called on political leadership in Nepal to accommodate broader sections of the society in constitution implementation. In separate meetings with the main opposition CPN-UML and the Madhes-based parties, Mukherjee reiterated India’s message... More

30 Terrorist Groups Operating in Afghanistan

 President Ashraf Ghani has said 30 terrorist organizations are operating in Afghanistan. President was addressing a joint conference of commanders from security and defense organs, the Afghan National Army (ANA), police, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) and... More

Efforts to engage Taliban yielded no progress

Afghanistan’s efforts to engage the Taliban and nudge Pakistan to assist the peace process have yielded no concrete results over the past two years, said the chief executive officer (CEO). Foreign terrorists and militants were engaged in a... More

Pak army personnel replacing Rangers as tension rises

  In what seems to be a sign of escalating tensions, Pakistan army personnel are being increasingly deployed along the 190km international border in Jammu at border outposts and camps usually manned by the Pakistan Rangers. The change in... More

India revives project to buy Japanese US-2i aircrafts

  India has revived the stalled project to acquire a dozen Japanese US-2i amphibious aircraft, worth around Rs 10,000 crore, ahead of PM Narendra Modi's visit to Tokyo on November 11-12 to further cement the bilateral strategic partnership. While... More

No ‘unilateral action’ to change status quo

  China, on 4 November, said actions should not be taken by either side that may "unilaterally change" the status quo of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) as it refuted reports that its troops crossed over to... More

SLNS ‘Sayura’ and SLNS ‘Suranimala’ on training visit to India

  Sri Lanka Navy is taking part in joint training exercise with the Indian Navy. Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS ‘Sayura’ and Fast Missile Vessel SLNS ‘Suranimala’ left Colombo port on Oct 22’16 for India. The two ships are... More

Myanmar govt Unveils Detailed Economic Policies

    NAYPYIDAW — Long-awaited detailed economic policies were announced by the government in Naypyidaw on 22 October with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi pledging a secure business environment for both local and foreign investors. “I would like to... More

Impeachment motion against  CIAA chief in Nepali Parliament

  Katmandu: The Legislature-Parliament will start deliberations on the impeachment motion against suspended chief of Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authoirty (CIAA), Lokman Singh Karki, on Tuesday.The impeachment motion against Karki was registered by 157 lawmakers... More

Pakistan to enforce complete ban on Indian TV and radio content

SA Monitor Staff   Amid tensions with India, Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), the country’s media regulatory authority decided to enforce a complete ban on Indian TV and radio contents from 21 Octoberand warned that the licences of... More

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 were held at Ausa in Latur district and... More

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, Nepali and Indian leaders discussed trilateral cooperation during... More

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 possibility of reengagement in the Padma Bridge project... More


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



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