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Heads roll and re-fixed in Lanka


In a move that has disgruntled some, and in the immediate aftermath of frantic eleventh hour overnight lobbying, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday,... More

India announces policy for strategic partnerships in defence


India on Saturday finalised a policy that would allow local private companies to work with foreign players to make high-tech defence equipment, in a boost... More

‘Sub-conventional war’ threat makes India worry


A possible threat of ‘sub-conventional war’ has made India so worried that, in an unprecedented move, the country’s Chief of Air Staff, reportedly has written... More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and...


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due... More

Myanmar sees escalation of religious extremism


The spread of extreme Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar escalates by the day. Extreme nationalists are now preparing to protest against the country’s religious minister. Claiming that... More

Bangladesh Islami Bank chair accuses his deputy of violating...


The chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd yesterday alleged that the bank's vice-chairman violated his oath of office by spreading propaganda about the bank. Vice-Chairman Syed... More

Eight years after war, Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the... More

Mamata’s China trip: Chinese consul hopeful


China has not given up on the proposed trip of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, its consul-general in Calcutta Ma Jhanwu has said. Jhanwu told... More

India to deploy Rafale jets facing two-front war scenario...


The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to deploy its latest Rafale combat aircraft in Haryana and West Bengal after facing with a two-front war scenario... More

Sino-Indian relations to remain complicated: Global Times


Highlighting the ongoing tense relationship between China and India, China's State newspaper Global Times has asserted that the increasingly tense relationship between these two countries... More

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance 


A joint security mechanism against terrorism, including a pervasive country-wide surveillance system, is a key feature of the agreement between China and Pakistan on the... More

BSF Study on cross-border crimes urges direct communication to...


A pioneering study by the Border Security Force (BSF) has revealed that Human Trafficking networks on the highly-sensitive Indo-Bangladesh border are in the danger of... More

‘New Silk Road can spur China-India-Pak partnership’


The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which China hopes would become the flagship for a new wave of globalisation, can help establish a triangular partnership... More

‘Nervous’ India can’t stop neigbours backing OBOR: Global Times


New Delhi ‘should just be a good member of the audience’ if it does not wish to participate in the initiative, a report in the... More

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins...


By spurning China’s invitation to be part of the multi-billion dollar, multi-continental One Belt One Road (OBOR) project on an issue of “sovereignty” India has... More

South Asia Satellite: Space diplomacy or domination?


In a rather bizarre turn of events, on 5 May this year India launched a satellite into space. This is not the first satellite it... More

Modi woos Lanka, promises India Lanka connectivity


Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday glorified in the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist based links between the two countries in a... More

Hambantota port and FTA off the agenda for Wickremesinghe-Jinping...


The controversy surrounding the Hambantota port, and the ticklish issue of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with China, are not on the agenda of the... More

Modi plays Buddhist card with aplomb to get Sri...


The visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the “ancient Buddhist link” card with aplomb in a bid to give a firm historical... More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled... More

EU restores GSP+ concessions to Sri Lanka


The European Union has formally restored the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka seven years after it was suspended over... More

COLUMN

Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

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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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