EVENTS

EVENTS

Nation Commemorates Martyrs’ Day


At 10:37 a.m. on Wednesday, sirens suddenly wailed. Many of the cars on the roads of Yangon came to a halt. Drivers blared their horns for one full minute. People walking on the... More

Myanmar set to observe 70th Martyrs’ Day tomorrow as Gen...


For the first time in decades, visitors to Yangon’s Secretariat building on Martyrs’ Day will get a glimpse as to how Gen Aung San’s office once looked just before the independence... More

No military solution to Kashmir conflict


Speakers at the recently held 55th Annual Convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in Chicago said that by refusing to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions on Jammu... More

Sri Lanka: Growing with giants


Sri Lanka has the capacity to punch above its economic weight, observed State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday (14 June), pointing out the country was already well integrated with regional... More

Regional TVET Conference -2017 kicks off in Nay Pyi Taw


Regional Technical and Vocational Education and Training—2017 was held at 9 am Tuesday at the Myanmar International Convention Centre-II, with the intention of upgrading cooperation in the sectors on technology, vocation... More

14th Asia Media Summit in China


The 3-day Asia Media Summit 2017 opened on 6 June by the Vice Premier Madam Liu Yandong in Qingdao China. A packed audience of delegates heard Ms Liu outline China’s achievements and its commitment... More

The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) 22-29 June...


The UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival returns to London for its eighth edition this summer with a selection of the very best new Indian and South Asian independent... More

Bangladesh to host OIC foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018


Bangladesh is set to host the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers’ meeting in 2018. The decision on Dhaka as the host city for the 2018 programme was made at a... More

Seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental...


Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)’s Department of Law, Faculty of Security and Strategic Studies, organized a seminar on “Right to Water: A New Paradigm of Environmental Law” on 9 May 2017.... More

Digital Youth Summit 2017


The Digital Youth Summit 2017 is scheduled to take place in Peshawar, Pakistan,  from May 5, till May 7. DYS 2017 features three days of panel discussions, networking, and a startup pitch... More

Neighboring countries must reject India’s ‘backyard’ policy


In a discussion titled “Current context of Bangladesh-India relations,” the participants asserted that South Asian countries desires an equal and respectable relationship with the neighboring India, and do not want to... More

Pakistan doesn’t want nuclear parity with India: Ambassador Zamir Akram


Pakistan is not seeking to achieve parity with India in terms of nuclear weapons, but is rather pursuing Full Spectrum Deterrence doctrine to ensure that there are no gaps in its... More

Maldives to host hot air balloon festival in May


Maldives has started final preparations for a hot air balloon festival which will be held in May. This is the first such festival to be held in the Indian Ocean archipelago. The... More

Myanmar Ethnic delegations meet in Chiang Mai


A two-day meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand, concludes on Thursday between two ethnic negotiating teams – the Delegation for Political Negotiations (DPN), which represents the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), and... More

SA remains fastest growing region in 2017: ADB


Growth is picking up in two-thirds of economies in developing Asia, supported by higher external demand, rebounding global commodity prices, and domestic reforms, making the region the largest single contributor to... More

Militancy burgeoning in absence of Democracy: Lisa Curtis


In absence of a competitive democratic system Islamic militancy is beginning to thrive, commented Lisa Curtis a senior research fellow of the Heritage Foundation and an expert on South Asian affairs... More

Bangladesh hosts IPU conference on 1-5 April


Bangladesh parliament is hosting the 136th assembly of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organisation of parliaments, on 1-5April. Speakers, deputy speakers, parliament members and representatives from 130 countries are expected to... More

Sri Lanka makes strong case to woo Hong Kong investor...


Sri Lanka this Friday (17 March) made its strongest effort to woo interest from Hong Kong-based companies, fund managers and investors, highlighting recent macroeconomic progress as well as measures to boost... More

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off...


Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in Hong Kong today (16 March) at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Organisers said as... More

Alternative narrative needed to counter violent extremism


It is not a counter narrative, but an alternative narrative that is required to counter violent extremism. The government must formulate polices for counter radicalisation. The law enforcement must understand the... More

Experts denounce Indian attempts to hegemonise SAARC


Scholars at a roundtable discussion in Islamabad sharply certified India for their attempts to hegemonise SAARC by isolating Pakistan. This was the unanimous view of the experts at the one-day roundtable... More

COLUMN

Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... More

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READER'S VIEW

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More

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