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Hotline linking India, China military headquarters on the cards


New Delhi and Beijing will consider linking up military headquarters and regional commands with hotlines during the Defence Secretary level dialogue next Tuesday in an attempt to prevent any adventurism along the 3,488 kilometre Line of Actual... More

Sri Lankan political crisis grows with resignation of deputy minister


A deputy minister resigned on Tuesday from Sri Lanka’s government after the appointment of a former strongman as prime minister plunged the country into a political crisis. Sri Lanka has been engulfed in turmoil since President Maithripala Sirisena... More

US Navy trains with Bangladesh in Bay of Bengal during CARAT’s latest...


The US and Bangladesh navies are training together in a series of bilateral exercises aimed at strengthening professional skills and relationships across South and Southeast Asia. The 24th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training, or CARAT, began in... More

India ‘advance team’ in Maldives ahead of Modi’s visit


An advance team from the Indian government is in the Maldives to discuss the country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's presidential inauguration, according to India media reports. India' online newspaper 'The Wire' quoted India... More

Chandi Chowk to China: Pak-China bus service begins


The Pakistan-China bus service commenced its first trip Tuesday (Nov 6). The bus will take the passengers from Lahore, Pakistan to Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China. The bus service has been initiated under the ‘One belt One Road’... More

Myanmar still using Telecom Law to silence critics despite amendments


Changes to the Telecommunications Law have done little to halt its use by politicians and officials to silence their critics, with 62 legal cases having been filed under Article 66 (d) of the controversial legislation since it... More

Pakistan’s immediate balance of payments crisis is over: finance minister


Pakistan’s Finance Minister Asad Umar on Tuesday claimed that Pakistan's "balance of payments crisis is over" and assured that China is committed to providing short-term relief to Pakistan as well — the modalities of which, he said,... More

Supporters of former Sri Lankan president to rally as political crisis deepens


Thousands of supporters of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse headed for the capital on Monday (Nov 5) to rally in support of his controversial nomination as prime minister, as a political crisis deepened. The island nation has... More

Many questions remain over Rohingya repatriation


Although Bangladesh and Myanmar authorities announced they have a plan to start the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas by mid-November, it is unclear if it will really happen and, if it does, if it will... More

Pakistan, China agree to trade in Rupee, Yuan instead of dollar


Pakistan and China have agreed to do trade in their own currencies instead of dollar, Jang has reported. According to report, the two countries agreed to do business in Pakistani rupee and Chinese currency Yuan during the visit... More

Taliban in a fix over Moscow meeting on Afghan peace


Afghan Taliban are apparently in a fix over attending the upcoming meeting of the representatives of regional countries in Russia on peace in Afghanistan on November 9. The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that the representatives of... More

Pak, China Joint Statement speaks of expansion in ties, no mention of...


Ties between China and Pakistan will be significantly deepened across a range of areas, from economic and cultural cooperation to foreign policy in regional as well as global platforms, as per the Joint Statement issued on Sunday... More

Myanmar by-election results ‘a lesson’ for Suu Kyi’s party


Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) expects to have won only seven of 13 seats up for grabs in by-elections, a spokesman said on Sunday, conceding that Myanmar's ruling party needed to do more... More

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe says US, Japan freeze aid over...


Sri Lanka's deposed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the United States and Japan had frozen more than a billion dollars of development aid after his abrupt dismissal raised doubts about the future of democracy in the island. The... More

Afghan High Peace Council to attend Moscow summit, says MoFA


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Sunday said that discussions are still ongoing between Afghanistan and Russia about the nature and details of a possible peace meeting on Afghanistan in Moscow. “We are in consultations about the... More

China says willing to help Pakistan over fiscal crisis


Close ally China said Saturday it was willing to offer assistance to Pakistan to help it weather its current fiscal woes but that terms of such aid are still being discussed. That followed a meeting in Beijing between... More

Bangladesh remains lowest in Asian hydropower production


Bangladesh remained the lowest hydropower producer among other countries in Asia since 2017. However, Bangladesh, with a capacity of 230 megawatts,  and Nepal, the second lowest with 968 megawatts, are working towards increasing their capacity by commissioning more... More

Tripura stresses on connectivity through Bangladesh to reduce distance from mainland


Tripura transport minister Pranajit Singha Roy on Saturday stressed the importance of extending connectivity with Bangladesh during an event named ‘Chintan Shivir’, held at Prajna Bhavan in Agartala to prepare a ‘comprehensive roadmap’ for development of the... More

Backed by India, Maldives becomes IORA member; Myanmar’s entry blocked


As a sign of the international community’s change of heart after the presidential elections, Maldives has now become the latest member of Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) after India managed to convince naysayers that the new government... More

Saudi Arabia Tells Bangladesh to Take Back 128 Rohingya With Expired Visas


The Saudi government has asked Bangladeshi authorities to take back 128 Rohingya, all of whom entered the oil-rich kingdom carrying Umrah visa using Bangladeshi passports. They are now being detained in jails in Saudi Arabia, said sources in... More

‘Pakistan wants to learn from China,’ PM Khan tells President Xi in...


Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Friday while on his first official visit to China, Radio Pakistan reported. In the meeting between Khan and Xi, the premier told the Chinese president about Pakistan's "very... More

COLUMN

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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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