ISSUES

ISSUES

India mulls ‘sub-regional connectivity’ without Bhutan


Bhutan’s opposition to the BBIN (Bhutan-Bangladesh-India-Nepal) motor vehicles pact has raised a wall against Indian plan to ‘isolate’ Pakistan and move... More

RSF presents a damning global scenario for media freedom


As the global body Reporters Without Borders (RSF) presented a gloomy picture on media freedom around the world Wednesday in its... More

Pak Defense Minister Wants Russia to Play Major Role in Stabilizing...


Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this... More

India and Sri Lanka sign MoUs for economic projects


India and Sri Lanka Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Economic Projects” during the current visit of... More

Beijing urges Delhi to avoid confrontation in bi-lateral relations


The Chinese media has urged New Delhi to take steps to avoid turning Sino-Indian ties into confrontation. The Chinese Global Times in... More

Maoists Kills 26 CRPF Jawans In Chhattisgarh  


In a deadly attack, the Maoists killed 26 jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force and injured seven more. The encounter... More

How does China’s aircraft carrier clout compare with others?


China is about to launch its first homebuilt aircraft carrier, once the tidal conditions are right at the dock where the... More

India Relaxed Loan Conditions for Bangladesh


With the latest credit of $4.5 billion in 2017, India offered total of $7.5 billion loan to Bangladesh in last few... More

“Barbed wire is not conducive to connectivity”


Physical infrastructure alone won’t make connectivity, there is need for people-to-people contact. Only if there is a connectivity of minds, ideas, minds... More

India anxious as China eyes building more aircraft carriers


China is set to gain a massive military advancement with their new plan to bolster its maritime capabilities. China's military is... More

140 killed in Taliban attack on Afghan army base


At least 140 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack on an Army base in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh... More

Chinese media warn India over Dalai Lama’s Arunachal visit


India will pay “dearly” for allowing the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh, Chinese Government spokesmen media Global Times said on... More

Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft


Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft, apart from persuading India and the US to make Sri Lanka... More

Indian IT industry faces risks from rising protectionism in the West


Under a new executive order signed by US President Donald Trump, the US is reviewing its visa program for foreign workers.... More

Panamagate case: SC orders JIT to investigate Sharif’s family involvement in...


The Supreme Court on Thursday gave a split judgement on the highly anticipated Panama Papers case, issuing an order for the... More

India, China to kick-start stalled dialogue on BCIM


Officials and scholars from Bangladesh, China, India, and Myanmar will meet in Kolkata next week after a gap of more than... More

‘Sacking unfair, could end up in another civil war’


Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s decision to dismiss his special envoy on Reforms and Good Governance, Zia Massoud, could further destabilise... More

Suu Kyi contemplating China prospect after strained relation with the west


Aung San Suu Kyi, the de-facto leader of Myanmar’s NLD government is now facing a dilemma in her relationship with the... More

India issues passports to Tibetan refugees, China asks to honour ‘solemn’...


India has decided to give passports to Tibetan refugees born in India. The decision has come in wake of the growing... More

If India does not discard protectionist policy, China will retaliate


Beijing has called upon India to renounce protectionist measures against Chinese smartphones, asserting that China will be forced to take counter... More

Challenges facing BIMSTEC in integrating Bay of Bengal


The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) launched in 1997, is an ambitious effort to integrate... More

COLUMN

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... 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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