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Joint Statement on Hasina’s India Visit: Bangladesh calls its own system...


Bangladesh has called one of its own systems discriminatory towards India in the joint the statement issued on 8 April by Bangladesh and India during... More

Shunned ex-Tamil Tiger militants begin to find acceptance in...


For 30 years, when war between Tamil militants and government forces was raging in the Tamil areas of North and East Sri Lanka, the Liberation... More

Pressure mounts on Bangladesh’s economy


The slump in agricultural production, negative growth of remittances and stagnancy in export earnings is mounting pressure on Bangladesh’s economy. Given the circumstances, it will... More

The house that still divides India and Pakistan


The very same edifice which bore witness to the many discussions between Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi that sealed the decision to partition... More

Supreme Court asks for negotiation in Kashmir: Central Government...


  The Kashmir issue has become the talk of the country, from the Supreme Court of India to the political arena. On Friday, the Indian Supreme... More

Nepal’s constitutional conundrum: Will Dahal untie the political knot?


Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal went into a huddle with various parties in parliament on April 28 to untie the Gordian knot hindering the... More

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 ahead with the sub-regional... 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 2017 press freedom report... More

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


Russia should spearhead the process of bringing stability to Afghanistan, while Pakistan will support all of Russia's initiatives towards reaching this goal, Pakistani Defense Minister... 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 the Sri Lankan Prime... 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 an opinion column Tuesday... 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 took place on Monday... 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 vessel has been under... 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 years on their own... 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 and people, can connectivity... 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 eyeing more aircraft carriers... 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 province on Friday. The... 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 Friday. This warning came... More

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


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

Indian IT industry faces risks from rising protectionism in...


Under a new executive order signed by US President Donald Trump, the US is reviewing its visa program for foreign workers. The H-1B visa program... More

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


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

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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

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka

In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly happened in an upscale joint called Raintree Hotel located in Dhaka’s hyper rich residential area. Reports say, two girls were invited to a party... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... 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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