8,000 innovations added on China’s 1st home-made aircraft carrier

China has incorporated some 8,000 technological breakthroughs and industrial standards on its first domestically-built aircraft carrier which was launched this week,... More

Indian Supreme Court denies special powers to army

The Indian Supreme Court has declined the Centre’s curative petition seeking protection to the Army in dealing with militants and insurgency... More

Nationalist Mob Closes Two Islamic Schools in Rangoon

Two madrasas near downtown Rangoon were sealed off by an alleged Buddhist nationalist group on Friday evening, making the accusation that... More

Lanka’s wins GSP plus vote in EU parliament

A crippling Hartal unleashed Thursday in the Tamil majority North of the country, protesting against lack of action by the government... More

Prez Sirisena look to war winning general to ‘discipline’ country, Fonseka...

Following Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asking the war winning Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, to take the post of Army Commander or... More

April 13 US bombing killed 13 RAW agents in Afghanistan: Pakistan...

Pakistan claimed on Thursday that at least 13 Indian spies were also among those killed in a massive US bomb blast... More

All-women battalion in Jammu and Kashmir to deal with stone pelters

An all-women India Reserve Battalion will be raised in Jammu and Kashmir to primarily deal with incidents like stone pelting, a... More

Sukma attacks in retaliation to sexual violence on tribal women, say...

The Dand Karanya Special Zonal Committee (DKSZC) of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) on Thursday claimed that the Sukma attacks... More

Indian Home Ministry Calls Emergency Meeting After Kashmir Attack

Three soldiers died in a suicide attack early today at an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara. Five soldiers were... More

Lanka approves counter-terrorism framework and await GSP Plus

The Lankan Government says it has taken key steps towards proving that the island is honoring post-war human rights pledges, as... More

Indian authorities block social media in IOK after clashes

Authorities in Indian Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday ordered internet service providers to block popular social media services including Facebook, Twitter and... More

‘India will maintain ties with Russia independent of US’

India will maintain its relationship with Russia “independent of the US” as Moscow is willing to provide in depth capabilities and... More

Municipal election: Delhi picks BJP again, AAP spurned

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained power in all three municipal corporations in Delhi (MDC). The party made huge gains in... More

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier in latest display of growing...

China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, formally named the Shandong, was launched on Wednesday in the latest display of Beijing’s growing... More

Chinese Officials Push for Kyaukphyu SEZ to Move Forward

During a trip to Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township on Monday, Chinese official Wang Yajun emphasized that his country aims for the... More

Nepal Govt begins process to increase local units in Tarai

  The Nepal government has started a process to increase local units in 11 districts of Tarai. The process to increase the local... More

Indian families slip away to join ISIS

The silent departure of five Indian families for territory controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Afghanistan... More

Modi amenable to talks in J&K: Mehbooba

  Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that there was an urgent need for dialogue to improve the deteriorating situation... More

China Calls for all Afghan Sides to Actively Participate in Reconciliation...

China Monday called for all sides in Afghanistan to participate actively in the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process and jointly uphold... More

Chevron to sell Bangladesh gas fields to Chinese consortium

Three Bangladesh gas fields belonging to Chevron Corp, the American multinational energy corporation, is to be sold to a Chinese consortium,... More

Lankan PM to visit India, revive talks on ETCA

Talks between Sri Lanka and India on the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Framework Agreement (ETCA) is to re-commence this week... More


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


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



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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