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Pakistan plans takeover of charities run by Hafiz Saeed


Pakistan’s civilian government detailed its plans in a secret order to various provincial and federal government departments on Dec. 19, three officials who attended one of several high-level meeting discussing the crackdown told Reuters. Marked “secret”, a Dec.... More

Sirisena ignores PM, appoints new Law and Order Minister


Showing the ruffled state of affairs within Sri Lanka’s National Unity regime, President Maithripala Sirisena, who is head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has appointed Piyasena Gamage, an SLFPer  as the State Minister for Law... More

First draft of NRC out, 1.9 crore names in Assam legalised as...


The much-awaited first draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was on Sunday published with the names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore total applicants in Assam recognising them as legal citizens of... More

5 Indian soldiers killed in attack on CRPF training centre in J&K


At least two heavily-armed terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force or CRPF training centre in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama Sunday (Dec 31), leaving five security personnel dead. Two terrorists have been killed. Officials have not ruled... More

Pakistan to set up $1.51 billion hydropower project in Azad Kashmir


Pakistan is set to increase the share of hydropower production in the total energy mix by adding a new project of over 700 megawatts in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) through foreign financing at an estimated cost... More

No US GSP for SL, other countries from 2018


The United States declined to extend its global preferential tariff system, which will now expire on Sunday (Dec 31), but the development is likely to have a mixed impact on Sri Lankan exports as it does not... More

China invites Pakistan for FTA-II talks in February


China wants no more damage to Pakistan in bilateral trade which is why the former has offered to re-initiate the stalled talks on Free Trade Agreement-II in February 2018 and to this effect Islamabad has received an... More

Indian state tense ahead of release of citizens’ list targeting ‘illegal Bangladeshis’


India has mobilised around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops in a sensitive border state ahead of the publication of a list of citizens it says will be used to detect and deport illegal immigrants - mainly Muslims... More

Indian spy agencies wary over AQIS threat to target cities


The Indian security establishment is taking the threat issued by the al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) in a recent video very seriously, as it specifically asks 'jihadi' fighters to target the Indian Army outside its "small, secure... More

Bad loans in India reach alarming levels


The fraction of bad loans handed out by Indian banks has reached levels on par with European nations beleaguered by non-performing assets (NPAs), according to a new study. The World Bank classifies loans as "non-performing" when "obligations related... More

Local Govt election results may lead to Sirisena-Rajapaksa brotherhood


A senior member of President Maithripala Sirisena’s faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and cabinet minister has said that that the local government election to be held in February could lead to the SLFP uniting... More

Suicide bombers kill 41 at Shi’ite center in Afghan capital


Suicide bombers stormed a Shi‘ite cultural center and news agency in the Afghan capital on Thursday, killing more than 41 people and wounding scores, many of them students attending a conference. Islamic State said in an online statement... More

Time for Afghanistan and US to do more for Pakistan: Pak Army


"It is time Afghanistan and the US do more for Pakistan," Director General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor remarked on Thursday while addressing a press briefing on the national and regional security situation. Referring... More

UN cuts budget of military group monitoring India-Pak ceasefire line


The United Nations has reduced by 11.39 per cent the budget of its military observer group tasked with monitoring the ceasefire line between India and Pakistan for the year 2018-2019. The General Assembly on Sunday allocated USD 19,754,400... More

Nepal rejects India’s offer to jointly re-measure Mt Everest


Nepal has rejected India's offer to jointly re-measure the height of the world's highest peak Mount Everest following the massive earthquake in 2015 and will carry out the exercise on its own, according to a report by... More

China hopes India, Pakistan can peacefully resolve their disputes


China on Wednesday (Dec 27) expressed hope that India and Pakistan can continue to make efforts to resolve their differences through dialogue and consultation. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing that Beijing has noted... More

War on Indian cities key to victory in Kashmir: Al-Qaeda


In A video released online on jihadist forums on Tuesday night, al-Qaeda has said the key to victory in Kashmir lies in waging war on Indian cities. “India is already using 600,000 troops just to hold on... More

Afghan religious scholars urge govt to open office for Taliban in Kabul


A number of religious scholars on Wednesday (Dec 27) suggested President Ashraf Ghani should consider allowing the Taliban to open a political office in Kabul. The request comes after a two-day conference of religious scholars which was aimed... More

China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in CPEC


China and Pakistan will look at extending their $57 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Tuesday, part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road plan linking China with Asia, Europe and... More

Chinese consortium constructs Bangladesh’s first eco-friendly power plant


A Chinese consortium has been constructing Bangladesh's first eco-friendly power plant with ultra modern clean coal technology at Payra in Patuakhali district, some 204 km south of capital Dhaka, near a maritime port. In March last year, Bangladesh... More

Indian security forces shoot dead top militant in Kashmir


Indian forces have killed the commander of a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said on Tuesday (Dec 26), as the disputed territory ended its deadliest year in a decade. Noor Mohammad Tantray, the head in the... 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

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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