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Ranil Wickremesinghe hails China’s connectivity project


Sri Lanka will leverage its strategic location and connectivity to become the hub of the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the recently-concluded... More

India Builds Longest River Bridge Near Chinese Border


In order to improve military mobility along the India-China border, India has completed the construction of the country's longest bridge over the trans-boundary Brahmaputra river... More

Pakistan, India face off at The Hague


Kulbhushan Jadhav is a terrorist and New Delhi’s story is far-fetched at best. This was the opening salvo of Khawar Qureshi, Pakistan’s lawyer at The... More

Small businesses: ‘Mad in India’


When Mr Saurabh Ahuja tried to import a US$600 (S$842) 3D printer for manufacturing drones in his New Delhi workshop, he ended up spending another... More

Palestine president visits India ahead of PM Narendra Modi’s...


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas landed in New Delhi late Sunday (May 15) for a three-day visit looking to strengthen ties with India ahead of Prime... More

Bangladesh Govt claims a record 7.24% GDP growth, WB...


Bangladesh government announced on Sunday that the country's GDP growth would hit a record 7.24 percent in the outgoing fiscal year, while the World Bank... More

Xi Jinping evokes Panchsheel as India skips Belt and...


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday proposed five principles of peaceful co-existence or Panchsheel — the brainchild of China, India and Myanmar in the 1950s... More

Geo-economics must take precedence over geo-politics, Pak PM says...


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday addressed the plenary session of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation in Beijing, where he... More

Security situation in Afghanistan likely to get worse: U.S....


The security situation in Afghanistan will further deteriorate even if there is a modest increase in U.S. military support for the war-torn country, the top... More

Ethnic states win right to draft constitutions


Myanmar’s seven ethnic states have won the right to draft their own constitutions, an unprecedented breakthrough in their fight for equality and self-determination, according to... More

Professionals’ National Front writes to Indian PM on ETCA,...


A strong consortium of professional bodies and trade unions of Sri Lanka, the Professionals’ National Front, delivered a letter to the High Commission of India... More

Trilateral talks: Concerted efforts against Da’ish urged


Senior military officials from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States held talks in Rawalpindi on Friday and discussed steps to prevent cross-border fire violations. The trilateral... More

Nepal, China sign framework deal on OBOR


Nepal and China on Friday signed a framework agreement on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, days ahead of a summit in Beijing where... More

BD FM Muhith says new budget will put pressure...


Finance Minister AMA Muhith understands that the government will not be able to pressurise the people for revenue in the budget before the election, so... More

ICJ writ may not be applicable to Pakistan


Prominent commentators have expressed doubts over the ability of the International Court of Justice to enforce its order in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case. The case,... More

Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims worst off, says Indian exclusion report


Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims continue to be the worst-hit communities in terms of exclusion from access to public goods, according to the 2016 Indian Exclusion... More

UN officials urge India to lift social media ban...


Two United Nations (UN) special rapporteurs are urging the Indian government to lift a ban on social media sites and mobile internet service in the... More

Justice Karnan might have crossed Indian border today, says...


As a five-member team of Kolkata Police is in search of Calcutta High Court judge C S Karnan, W Peter Ramesh Kumar, Justice Karnan’s close... More

RSS key to Modi’s political rise, says China scholar


Steeled by the firepower provided by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a... More

Dawn Leaks: Army withdraws tweet rejecting PM’s orders


The Pakistan Army on Wednesday withdrew an earlier tweet which had rejected a government notification regarding the Dawn Leaks, saying the issue had been settled... More

BNP unveiled “Vision 2030”: Proposed to curb the PM’s...


Bangladesh main opposition party BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia unveiled “Vision 2030” on Wednesday, a set of proposals she said her party would implement if voted... 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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