Russia to supply five more Mi-171Sh helos to Bangladesh

The Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) has signed a contract with Russia's military export agency, Rosoboronexport, for the purchase of five additional Mi-171Sh transport helicopters. The contract,... More

US should respect Afghanistan’s sovereignty: China

China on Wednesday said the US should respect sovereignty and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, amid reports that America may deploy more troops in the war-... More

Lankan PM and cabinet issues strong messages against hate...

The Sri Lankan government will arrest and punish those who spread religious hate and will look at coming up with new laws to tackle religious... More

As Indian wins place on ITLOS, government likely to...

After getting its nominee elected to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) on Wednesday, the Indian government is likely to re-nominate... More

Massive landslides kill 134 in Bangladesh hilly areas

In the worst landslide since 2007, at least 134 people, including four army men, have died in the Bangladesh hilly areas of Chittagong, Rangamati and... More

GDP growth targeted at 6% for fiscal 2017-18: Ishaq...

Pak Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday said that target for GDP growth for fiscal 2017-18 has been set at 6 percent, adding that the... More

Qatar hosted Taliban ‘at request of US government’

Qatar hosted the Taliban at the request of the government of the United States, the Qatari foreign minister's special envoy on counterterrorism told Al Jazeera. Mutlaq... More

Middle East crisis: Pak PM meets Saudi king in...

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen Qamar Bajwa on Monday met with Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in the... More

Justice Karnan retires while absconding

Justice CS Karnan has created a record by retiring while absconding. This former judge of Kolkata high court has created history by being India’s judge... More

Rajasthan vigilantes try to burn truck of cows meant...

The five trucks carrying 80 head of cattle, which cow vigilantes had stopped just outside Barmer on Sunday night, were being taken for a flagship... More

‘Gorkhaland’ movement Intensifies: GJM begins indefinite strike

The Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) will go on an indefinite strike from Monday  demanding a separate state of 'Gorkhaland'. "We will go on strike from Monday.... More

IMF identifies future risks for Bangladesh

Considering the fast approaching general election in Bangladesh and a likely post-Brexit economic slowdown in Europe, the International Monetary Fund has identified seven risk areas... More

Maharashtra govt announces blanket loan waiver, farmers call off...

Clearing the decks for an end to the ongoing agitation by farmers in the state, the Maharashtra government Sunday announced a blanket loan waiver, the... More

Three Chinese naval ships arrive in Karachi

Three Chinese naval ships, Chang Chun, Jing Zhou and Chao Hu, arrived in Karachi on Saturday for a good-will and training visit. The convoy is being... More

India’s oil demand rises most since November’s demonetisation

India’s oil demand bounced back in May, led by the highest growth in gasoline consumption in nine months and the fastest increase in diesel usage... More

150 Hindu outfits to meet in Goa to discuss...

Approximately 150 Hindu outfits will meet in Goa from June 14 to17 for a convention to chalk out a programme for establishing a ‘Hindu Rashtra’... More

Xi: China and India should manage differences

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday told Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the two countries should work to "appropriately" manage their differences, the Chinese... More

India may be seeking conflict with Pakistan, warns FO

India could be seeking conflict with Pakistan, warned Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria at his weekly media briefing on Thursday. The spokesman’s statement has come amid... More

Nawaz, Modi exchange greetings in Kazakhstan ahead of SCO...

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi exchanged pleasantries in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday evening ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation... More

Qatar’s Al Jazeera battling major cyber attack

Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera said on Thursday that it was under a widescale cyber attack that had targeted "all systems", according to a statement released... More

Concerns over pro-Hindu party meeting with Kerala bishops

A meeting between India's pro-Hindu party and the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council has divided opinion within the Christian community. Amit Shah, president of the Bharatiya Janata... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... 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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