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Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min...


China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders in Colombo on Monday after arriving... More

Worried Mamata to relent on Teesta?


Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, is upset. And she has reasons to be. The election results in the five states have not... More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of...

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road... More

Sheikh Hasina’s four-day India visit announced


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Indian visit was officially announced on Tuesday, after several hiccups in scheduling the trip. The two countries jointly announced the... More

BJP’s electoral victory in UP will boost ties with...

The stunning victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the pugnacious Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the just concluded Uttar Pradesh State... More

Will Modi’s UP-Uttarakhand sweep help Hasina!


The BJP's sweep in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand state polls is a huge boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's image. Those in the party who were... More

Indian Supreme Court push border fence with B’desh


India's Supreme Court (SC) has asked the federal government to release funds for a border fence with Bangladesh and observed that the updating of the... More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over...

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka, in collaboration with allies Japan and... More

India visit: Time for Hasina to show her cards


For Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina it’s time to show her cards. Her close ally India is fast growing impatient. The confidence India had in... More

India changing attitude towards trans-continental connectivity!


India has invited six countries including Pakistan to create a trans-continental rail network amid its long opposition to China initiated One Belt One Road (OBOR)... More

India prepares new war plan for Bay of Bengal


India goes for new war plan to counter increasing threat in and around Indian Ocean including Bay of Bengal. India’s war doctrine, till now, hinged... More

Tackling the Dragon


China and its growing influence in South Asia was the focus of India's top diplomat Subrahmanyam Jaishankar's  three-nation tour (Feb. 18-24). The Indian foreign secretary participated... More

Jaishankar’s visit: Bringing BD back to the fold?


Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is on a short visit to Bangladesh. What messages is he bringing in for Bangladesh? Speculations abound. Indian sources say... More

A glimpse into the saga of Sri Lanka’s constitutional...

The attempts by Sri Lanka’s National Unity government to draft a new constitution in order to seek a permanent solution to the long drawn Tamil... More

SAARC assailed by fresh debate


Fresh debate has arisen over the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC. The SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad last November... More

A lull in the NGO movement


The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam.  Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and media freedom as well as other... 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

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

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent


Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing louder with the military operation against... More

West Bengal objects to BD’s Ganges Barrage too


West Bengal has been a major obstacle to the Teesta water agreement between Bangladesh and India. They are now objecting to the Ganges Barrage Project... More

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh to be 2nd, 15th & 23rd...


IMF predicts that world economy will be centered on Asia by the year 2050, shifting from North America, Western Europe and Japan. And three large... More

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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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