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BCIM economic corridor dialogue drags on


No fruitful decision was reached at the stalled dialogue on an economic corridor at the third meeting of the Joint Study Group (JSG) of academics... More

Agitations against Indian and Chinese investments may adversely affect...


Agitations against major Indian and Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, trigged by a fear of domination by these powers, may adversely affect the investment climate... More

Lack of political will stymies garbage management in South...

Concealed from privileged city dwellers, tucked away from posh tourist resorts and invisible to policy makers are the rubbish dumps in the cities of South Asia. But the thick wall... More

60 percent Teesta water blocked for Sikkim power plants 


The controversy over Teesta has now reached Sikkim. The West Bengal government has repeatedly complained about the several hydroelectric projects in Sikkim and now sent a... More

Behind-the-scene negotiations, but no mid-term polls in BD


Despite all appearances of stagnancy, there’s a flurry of activity behind the scenes in Bangladesh’s political arena. There is an effort to ensure the participation... 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 the countries around the... More

Hasina hinders Bangladesh-Pakistan relations


South Asian politics are caught up in the usual swing of polarities, though this time round the scales are heavily tipped to one side when... More

Will Modi spurn Mamata for the Teesta deal?


A Congress leader in West Bengal, in a private conversation, remarked that there was no one to actually explain things to the state’s chief minister... More

MYANMAR INCREASINGLY PIVOTS TO BEIJING


President Htin Kyaw’s official six-day visit to China – just concluded -- is highly significant. For it reflects Myanmar’s increasing tilt towards Beijing, in the... More

Hasina cements her ties with India but brings back...


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s four-day visit to India appears to have been personally gratifying for her in so far as her vibes with Prime... More

Modi-Hasina a new spring in bilateral ties!


Strange as it may sound, the number 22 may have something to do with Narendra Modi's handling of Bangladesh. Twenty two agreements and MOUs were... More

Military interests of Bangladesh top Indian agenda


India is expected to bestow a cash bonanza pledge of a $ 500 million credit line for the purchase of defence equipment to Prime Minister... More

India seeks to boost military diplomacy in South Asia


Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat’s visits to Nepal and Bangladesh (Mar 28-Apr 2) were clearly aimed at boosting the country’s military diplomacy in South... More

Indian Army Chief visits Bangladesh, Nepal


The Chinese Defence Minister and State Councillor Chang Wanquan, rushed to Kathmandu and Colombo recently seeking to resolve blockages in ties and to enhance military-to-military... More

Dangers and dilemmas of Bangladesh-India defence deal


With a possible defense deal between Bangladesh and India in the pipeline, stakeholders on both sides of the border wait with bated breath to see... More

China to get rough with India if Dalai Lama...


The Chinese Consul General in Kolkata, Ma Zhanwu has told India that China will be compelled to take action if India did not cancel Dalai... More

Default loans deplete Bangladesh banking sector


Apprehensions escalate concerning Bangladesh’s banking sector, as allegations of irregularities and fraud in government and private banks steadily gain currency. Billions of taka in unrecovered... More

UN Inquiry Poses Problems for Myanmar Government


Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government is now facing its most critical test since coming to power a year ago. It is also a major... More

Mamata agrees to discuss Teesta


West Bengal’s chief minister Mamata Banerjee has finally agreed to discuss the Teesta issue. In an exclusive interview on Thursday with ABP Ananda, she said... More

Who Will Be The Next President of India?


  Scoring the strongest victory in the recent state assembly elections, the BJP will have the choice of their own candidate in the next presidential elections... More

Will Pranab dispel differences between Modi and Hasina?


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in her upcoming India visit will be the guest of the Indian president and stay at presidential palace, being the first Bangladeshi prime... 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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