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Pak girl on a mission to read a book from every...


Aisha Esbhani is a 13-year-old on a mission, and what a mission indeed! About a year ago, Eshbani, a Karachi-based barely... More

“Why the hell don’t you let me enter my country?”


Bangladesh’s exiled feminist writer Taslima Nasreen wants to meet with Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during the latter’s visit to India.... More

A wild rhino causally walking in the street of Nepal


This is the amazing footage which shows a wild rhino talking a very casual walk down the high street of a... More

Beef tallow in 5-pound note?


The Bank of England invited members of the Hindu Council UK for a meeting over concerns that the new 5-pound polymer... More

Three Nepali cyclists on global tour to save nature


As the world is experiencing impacts of global warming, different countries and national and international organisations are taking numbers of measures... More

This Pakistani barber will set your hair on fire


A hairstylist in Pakistan has invented a unique hairstyling technique where he uses fire instead of scissors. The barber’s video was... More

10 unknown facts about Jayalalithaa


The entire nation is mourning the demise of Jayalalithaa, fondly known as ‘amma’, the people’s chief minister. People are pouring tributes on... More

That huge sinkhole in Japan sinking again


Panic in Japan as giant sinkhole which was repaired in just a week begins to sink again. A 30-meter hole suddenly... More

Pakistani ‘chai wala’ turns model after finding fame


A handsome "chai wala" (tea seller) in Pakistan has seen his life change overnight after a picture of him at work... More

Watch: Seven-year-old publishes book


Michelle Nkamankeng and her mum, Laurentine with her recently released book, Waiting for the Waves. The seven-year-old from Kensington, Joburg is a... More

COLUMN

Another futile attempt to switch over to Hindi

It was then Home Minister Gulzarilal Nanda who brought the question of Hindi to the fore. This time, it is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has done so. Many people in Tamil Nadu then immolated themselves alive to register their protest. Thank... More

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Pakistan’s India obsession hides its real water challenges

Over the past few months, with the deterioration of relations between Pakistan and India, there has been a renewed interest in the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Statements made from India seem to indicate a... More

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

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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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