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‘Pact on Ktm, Kerung rail project at final stage’


Nepali Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Krishna Bahadur Mahara has claimed the much-talked about pact on the Kathmandu-Kerung rail... More

Inconsistent comments by SL ministers on Sirisena’s request for Fonseka


Commenting on President Maithripala Sirisena's request for Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to take up the post of Army Commander or Overall... More

Calcutta HC  judge ‘bans’ travel of 7 SC judges including CJI


Calcutta High Court judge C.S. Karnan on Friday deferred the hearing of his case against seven Supreme Court judges, including Chief... More

Afghan Taliban launch ‘Spring Offensive’


The Afghan Taliban announced on Friday the launch of their annual fighting season to “cleanse their country of foreign aggressors and... More

SAARC secretary general in Bhutan


Bhutan’s  King granted an Audience to the Secretary General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Amjad Hussian B... More

Hamid Mir will return award given to his father by Sheikh...


Hamid Mir, on April 27, announced that he will be returning an award given to his father, Waris Mir, in 2013,... More

Bangladesh to build hundreds of mosques with Saudi cash


Bangladesh has approved a project to build hundreds of mosques with almost $1 billion from Saudi Arabia, an official said Wednesday. The... More

Delhi’s Teen Murti Marg to be renamed after Israeli city Haifa...


Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Israel, the iconic Teen Murti Chowk and the Teen Murti Marg here will... More

US Army to Send 1,500 Soldiers to Afghanistan in Summer


The US Army announced in a statement on Thursday it will send about 1,500 soldiers to Afghanistan during the summer months... More

Flash flood cuts off Gasa


Gasa is once again cut off after a flash flood washed away a section of road at Tashithang along the Punakha-Gasa... More

President requests opposition leaders to send letters to free Nasheed


Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has requested that opposition leaders send in letters individually if they want to free the... More

Suu Kyi Rejects National-level Political Dialogue in Arakan State


State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has again rejected the Arakan Liberation Party’s (ALP) request to hold an ethnic-based national-level... More

Over 18,000 Police Officers Killed in Helmand in 15 Years


Helmand police headquarters said on Wednesday that almost 18,000 Afghan National Police (ANP) officers have been killed in battles in the... More

Yogi Adityanath’s UP government cancels 15 holidays including Eid Milad-un-Nabi


India’s Uttar Pradesh government under ultra-right Hindu leader Yogi Adityanath has cancelled 15 public holidays on death or birth anniversaries of... More

China Ready to Mediate Between Burma and Bangladesh over Arakan Refugees


China offered on Tuesday to help tackle a diplomatic row between Bangladesh and Myanmar over the flight of minority Rohingyas, two... More

President asked Fonseka to take up Post of Army Commander


Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday the President Maithripala Sirisena requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit the... More

Former TTP, JuA spox claims terrorist organisations being ‘used’ by India,...


The Army on Wednesday released the confessional statement of Liaquat Ali, infamously known as Ehsanullah Ehsan, a former spokesperson of the... More

India trying to thwart Nepal’s constitution: CPN-UML


CPN-UML Vice Chairman Bhim Rawal has said that the ruling and Madhes-based parties are acting on behalf of India to subvert... More

Kabul seeks Delhi’s help in repairing grounded military planes


Last Friday’s terror attack at an Army base at Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan in which nearly 140 people were killed has triggered... More

Pakistan’s National Defence University Delegation in Sri Lanka


An 18-member high-powered delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) of Pakistan, led by Commodore Shahid Sohail, is currently visiting Sri... More

Judiciary treated unfairly by all governments: Says BD chief justice


Successive governments treated the judiciary unfairly and the administration never wanted the judiciary to run independently, Bangladesh Chief Justice Surendra Kumar... 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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