Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Palaniswami won the trust vote

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami won the trust vote in the Assembly on Saturday. 122 MLAs voted for him while 11 voted for O... More

Much-talked US Seventh Fleet will get service in India

Much-talked US Seventh Fleet which was deployed into Bay of Bengal during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, led by the USS Enterprise nuclear... More

India lacks subs to keep Minimum Force Level

Most of the Indian submarines are in service for more than 25 years and have gone for one life extension. Despite making repeated claim to... More

Disrupting space: How far ahead is India in the...

India has launched the PSLV-C36 successfully, with 104 satellites on board. Apart from three Indian satellites, taking up 748.1 kg of its 1,500 kg capacity,... More

India’s space ambitions food for thought

India breaking record for launching most satellites from single rocket is causing quite a buzz. India’s media is dubbing this one of the most unique... More

Is Beijing worried about Chinese investment and trade environment...

It seems China is becoming increasingly worried about the trade environment and existing Chinese investment in India. With tensions in the political and strategic relationship... More

Air pollution causes over 1 million deaths a year...

The U.S.-based Health Effects Institute (HEI) found that in 2015 air pollution caused more than 4.2 million early deaths worldwide where 1.1 million was in... More

With This Missile Sale, India Is Likely To Provoke...

India is in talks to sell short range surface-to-air missiles to Vietnam, the head of the defence research agency said on Wednesday, in what would... More

E Palanisami sworn in as Tamil Nadu chief minister

Ending all speculations, V K Sasikala loyalist Edappadi K Palanisami was on Thursday sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The oath was... More

China, India looking for new ways of cooperation?

Asia's two largest countries, China and India after intertwining themselves with various conflict now finally started looking new way to improve relationship. Chinese policy makers... More

Will Return of Chinese Soldier Thaw Sino-India Relations?

After facilitating the return of Chinese soldier who was stuck in India for over 50 years, India will soon facilitate the release of Chinese crew... More

Upset Over Documentary on Kaziranga, Govt. May Blacklist BBC

BBC’s South Asia Correspondent Justin Rowlatt is anticipating blacklisting by India for allegedly misinterpreting the Indian laws and dramatizing events in a documentary film casting... More
Subir Bhaumik on Bangali solution

SOUTHERN EYE:Time to rework Sino-Indian relations

(Exclusive) There can be no ‘Asian Century’ unless China and India patch up differences, harmonise their geo-political and geo-economic visions and come up with a... More

Don’t use Taiwan to taunt Beijing, China warns India

China has lodged a diplomatic protest with India over a visit by a parliamentary delegation from Taiwan, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. China considers... More

Kolkata’s other side of midnight

With sundown, Kolkata and its suburbs undergo a radical change. While peace and tranquility prevails as most of Kolkata prepares to doze off, a large... More

Bomb attacks surge in India, Govt’s claim questioned

The report of the National Bomb Data Centre (NBDC) saying that India witnessed maximum bombings in the world last year, has raised the question on... More

Battling de-globalisation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was more direct in demanding that diplomacy serve economic interests of the nation. As Rex Tillerson, until recently the head of one... More

VK Sasikala Found Guilty Of Corruption By Supreme Court,...

VK Sasikala was Tuesday found guilty of corruption by the Supreme Court and has been sentenced to four years in prison. This ends her high-velocity... More

Four killed in India-held Kashmir gun battle

Three Indian soldiers and a suspected militant were killed in a gun battle in held Kashmir Tuesday after an army patrol came under fire in... More

Did BJP really offer Sharmila Rs 36 cr to...

In what may bring embarrassment to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the Manipur Assembly polls, social activist Irom Sharmila has revealed that she... More

5 State Election: Litmus Test For BJP And Modi

On the heels of demonetisation, the election of five states of India --Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Manipur-- kicked off in seven phases starting 4... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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