SOUTH ASIAN DIGEST

Sri Lanka police arrests absconding monk for attack on Rohingya refugees

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The Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera who is wanted in connection with the Mount Lavinia attack on 31 Rohingya refugees was arrested on Friday (October 20) at Nittambuwa by a special team of police personnel. Police... More

One killed, 7 apprehended in IBOs in Pakistan’s Balochistan

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Security forces, as part of the continuing Operation Raddul Fasaad, killed one and apprehended seven other terrorists in raids carried out in Balochistan on Friday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. “FC Balochistan conducted IBOs... More

Oxford college drops Aung San Suu Kyi from common room’s name

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Undergraduates at the Oxford college where Aung San Suu Kyi studied have voted to remove the Myanmar leader’s name from the title of their junior common room because of her response to the Rohingya... More

India, Russia kick-start their first Joint Military War Games

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India and Russia on Friday kick-started 10-day military exercises engaging their armies, navies and air forces for the first time, said the Defence Ministry. The war games began in the eastern military district of... More

Rural Bhutan grapples with the misuse of social media

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While the penetration of social media has enhanced communication and transformed the information sharing culture in rural Bhutan, users are now seeing the ugly side of technology. Recently, an unclothed image of man in Trongsa... More

Jordanian Queen to visit Bangladesh Oct 23 to see Rohingya situation

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Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah will visit Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar on October 23 to see for herself the Rohingya situation on the ground. Queen Rania is scheduled to arrive here on Monday morning, an official... More

Taliban reps, Afghan politicians to meet in Dubai

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be hosting a two-day meeting between Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives next month, an official said. Organized by the Canadian organization Pugwash, the event will take place on November... More

IPU concerns over human rights violations against Maldives lawmakers

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The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) has expressed concern over human rights violation against opposition lawmakers in the Maldives. In a press statement Wednesday (October 18), the global organisation of national parliaments called for a fact-finding mission... More

Diplomats in Nepal seeks Maoist flexibility for transitional justi

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The international community in Nepal has sought 'firm commitment' and 'sincerity' on the part of the CPN (Maoist Center) in providing transitional justice to conflict-era victims. During a meeting between Kathmandu-based ambassadors of almost all... More

TODAY'S NEWS

NEWS ANALYSIS

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?


Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to... More

REPORTS

Rift within Reserve Bank of India’s panel widens, minutes show: Report

India’s monetary policy-makers disagreed sharply over whether the economy needed another dose of stimulus, underlining their dilemma as growth slowed with inflation forecast to accelerate. Data released after the RBI’s decision showed inflation unexpectedly... More

Why has Russia’s Military joined India for North Korea border drills?

Russia’s forces in the Pacific continue their ongoing courtship of foreign militaries, launching a joint drill with India off the coast of its border with North Korea, according to state news agency Itar-Tass. The... More

Attack on workers at key Pakistan port for Chinese project

Unidentified men threw a grenade into a labourers' hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them, police said on Friday (Oct 20), in an attack likely to raise concern about... More

Suicide bombers attack two Afghan mosques, at least 72 dead

Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday (Oct 20), killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said. One bomber walked into a Shi‘ite Muslim mosque in the capital Kabul... More

EVENT

Dhaka-Beijing to strengthen cooperation, says envoy

Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Ma Mingqiang said the relations between Bangladesh and China reached such a height which will help expedite development efforts benefiting people of the two countries. He also said China follows... More

VISTA OF VIEWS

US-India rapport more symbolic than substantial

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson delivered a speech "Defining Our Relationship with India for the Next Century" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington on Wednesday, calling... More

ISSUES

Let’s build a positive ‘transactional relationship’ with the US


U.S Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson will visit Pakistan next week to discuss the US vision for the new South Asia Policy. The confirmation of the visit comes at... More

India welcomes Tillerson call for deeper ties to counter China


Speaking ahead of a visit to India next week, Tillerson on Wednesday called for deeper cooperation with India in the face of growing Chinese influence in Asia and said... More

Confront the challenges: Engage Afghanistan, protect CPEC


Two of Pakistan’s foreign policy core themes: CPEC and Afghanistan are passing through a critical moment and will soon become the most pressing challenges for the country’s strategic and... More

Lanka’s support to Pakistan on SAARC summit venue a setback for India


Colombo, October 19: Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan on hosting the 20 th. SAARC summit in Islamabad, is a setback for India as it signals a subtle shift in... More

INTERVIEW

‘The frictions in the Rakhine state are less about Islamophobia than Rohingya-phobia’


Photographs of terrified Muslim men, women and children fleeing the Rakhine state of Myanmar to neighbouring Bangladesh in the last few weeks have made the global community take note of... More

‘Indus treaty can’t be revoked unilaterally’


In its anti-Pakistan rhetoric following Islamabad’s recent diplomatic effort to highlight the Kashmir issue, the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been whipping up ideas to scrap... More

Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River could fuel more conflicts in the country

Myanmar makes many headlines these days. While most of the focus has been on the Rohingya issue, the country is also heading towards an... More

COLUMN

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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READER'S VIEWS

Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor


Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I... More
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How Karbala has influenced writers and poets in South Asia...

Every significant event ever unfolded on the face of the earth is temporal in a sense that it occurs in a particular time-space setting,... More

The killing fields of Jammu: How Muslims become a minority...

What was the death toll in the killing fields of Jammu? There are no official figures, so one has to go by reports in... More

What is the future of the media in Myanmar?

The media – once termed the “Fourth Estate” in society by British parliamentarian and philosopher Edmund Burke – plays a vital role in shaping... More

Writing on the wall for bookstores in Quetta

Sajid Baloch, 22, is holding on to two books: In the Shadow of History, a compilation of scholar Dr. Mubarak Ali’s articles, and In... More

As India warms, farm-suicide ‘epidemic’ will worsen: US scientist advises...

Every one-degree-celsius rise in temperature beyond 20°C (degrees Celsius) during the growing season on India’s farms causes 67 suicides, with 59,300 suicides since 1980... More

From Iraq to Burma: These recipes show that Bengalis aren’t...

Bengali’s beloved Ilish is all set to earn its Geographical Indication tag as a product unique to Bangladesh. According to reports and data from World Fish,... More

Why Pakistan and India remain in denial 70 years on...

The division of British India was poorly planned and brutally carried out, as fear and revenge attacks led to a bloody sectarian On 3... More

Bleeping out Amartya Sen

The censor board’s objection to the use of words such as “cow”, “Hindutva” and “Gujarat” in a documentary on the Nobel Prize-winning economist is... More