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Z Digest

Police Fire Warning Shots After Buddhist Nationalists Storm Muslim Neighborhood

Myanmar Police fired two warning shots to break up a confrontation between Buddhist nationalists and Muslims in Rangoon’s Mingalar Taung Nyunt Township that reportedly left one person injured in the early hours of Wednesday. Buddhist... More

Govt. proposes 40 percent pay rise for LG officials

The Bhutan government proposed to revise the monthly pay of local government (LG) members by 40 percent, their daily allowance (DA) by 33 to 66 percent along with the entitlement to claim mileage while... More

India protests Canadian PM’s presence at ‘Khalsa Day’

India indicated that it has taken up the issue of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s attendance at a Sikh community event in Toronto that saw a felicitation of separatist elements again, after earlier protests on... More

Top leaders sign commitment letter to abide by election code

Top leaders of major political parties including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal have signed a commitment letter to abide by the election code of conduct. Earlier, Wednesday, the Election Commission (EC) has summoned top leaders... More

Maldives opposition leader Gasim released

The Maldives criminal court has released Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim with conditions after 20 days in police custody. According to defence lawyer Hisaan Hussain, the court imposed seven conditions for the opposition lawmaker’s release,... More

Pak-Iran border commission formed to work on outstanding issues

The Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, on Wednesday said a Pak-Iran border commission has been formed and will hold its first meeting within a month. He said the commission will comprise... More

Sri Lanka takes the sting out of Modi’s visit

Sri Lanka has taken the unusual step of clearing wasps from a tea plantation to ensure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not get stung during his upcoming visit. Police in Hatton, 125km east of... More

Maldives Ruling party concedes defeat in council polls

Amid the initial confusion over contrasting provisional results, both parties had claimed victory in the elections. The confusion seems to stem from the contrasting preliminary results reported by state broadcaster Public Service Media (PSM) and... More

Govt, oppn agree to move ahead amendment on May 18

The ruling CPN (Maoist Centre), Nepali Congress, main opposition CPN-UML have agreed to move ahead the constitution amendment process at the legislature parliament on May18. In the meeting held at Prime Minister’s residence in Baluwatar... More

UNESCAP forecasts 4.8% growth for Sri Lanka in 2017

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is forecasting Sri Lanka’s economy to grow by 4.8% this year, marginally up from 4.4% in 2016. However the UNESCAP estimate is... More

Kashmir on the boil: Pakistan tells India to address ‘human rights issues’

Pakistan has made five recommendations aimed at addressing alleged human rights issues in India before the United Nations, reflecting the chill in ties between the two countries. In comments certain to irk New Delhi, Pakistan... More

Nepal fines solo Everest climber without permit $30,000

A South African attempting to climb Mount Everest alone and without a permit has been ordered off the mountain, had his passport confiscated and will be fined US$22,000 (S$30,914), an official said on Monday... More

EU envoy confident SL will regain GSP+

European Union Ambassador in Colombo, Tung-Lai Margue said he hoped his colleagues in the Member States and in the European Parliament would soon indicate their willingness to grant the GSP plus facility to Sri... More

Maumoon Gayoom’s SG pays MVR85k fine for contempt of court

Abdul Aleem, the secretary-general of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s faction of the divided ruling party, has paid an MVR85,000 (US$5,500) fine for contempt of court. Aleem was fined by the civil court on April... More

Calcutta HC Judge Karnan orders 5-year RI for CJI, 7 other...

Calcutta High Court Judge C.S. Karnan on Monday issued an order sentencing eight Supreme Court judges to five years of “rigorous imprisonment” and imposed a fine of ₹10,0000 each under the Scheduled Castes and... More

Belt Plan to Open New Chapter in Sino-Afghan Relations

A Chinese delegation that arrived here (Kabul) on Monday said realization of Beijing’s One Road One Belt Initiative (BRI) would turn Afghanistan into a regional intersection. The six-member delegation led by Xing Guangcheng, Director General... More

PMO, Jaitley push clears path for big private role in defence...

The Indian defence ministry seems to have unlocked the strategic partnership (SP) logjam with a firm push from the Prime Minister’s Office and sustained focus by defence minister Arun Jaitley, setting up the private... More

Myanmar says fake news being spread to destabilize govt, vows action

The government of Myanmar has warned it will take action over false news and rumors it claims are being disseminated to cause instability and confusion. In a statement published by the state-run Global New Light... More

Iran Ready for Talks on Legalising Stay of Afghans

Tehran on Sunday expressed its readiness to work together with Kabul on legalising the status of Afghans living in the neighbouring country and offered all possible support to the war-torn nation.. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad... More

Bangladesh opposes proposal of ADB regional hub

Bangladesh is opposed to any regional hub of the Asian Development Bank as most country and sub-regional offices are faring well, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Sunday. "I'm not in favour of the regional... More

House meeting postponed to avoid tussle with judiciary

Parliament’s meeting has been postponed till after the first phase of local level elections, amid confusion over whether the legislature should continue with the impeachment motion filed against Chief Justice Sushila Karki even after... More


The lady and the generals are learning...

In the last few weeks there has been growing speculation that Myanmar’s military leaders are planning a possible coup if the country’s new democratic government, led by the charismatic democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, continues to falter. Many Myanmar analysts and commentators are finding fault with... More

Punish the real culprit(s)!

Facing the storm unleashed by the leaking of the Cyril Almeida story, “Act Against Militants or Face International Isolation, Civilians Tell Military,” the Nawaz Sharif government labelled it as being ‘fabricated and planted.” The PM Office’s initial statement about DawnLeaks that “evidence available so far points to... More

Economic migration: Why flee from an emerging...

Bangladesh has been a top performing economy in Asia, averaging a 6 % + growth rate largely driven by exports, particularly the garments sector, for almost a decade.  Problems do remain though and the World Economic Forum has suggested that better infrastructure, less bureaucratic hassle and less... More

Repeal AFSPA in India

The draconian Indian law, Armed Forces Special Powers Act or AFSPA, has wiped out the human face of counter-insurgency in the country’s many conflict zones. Just see the Bollywood film "Haider" and you know how AFSPA is misused in places like Kashmir. Often it leads to “use... More

Pakistan’s attempts to woo Afghanistan backfire

Last 2 weeks saw a lot of diplomatic activity taking place between Pakistan and Afghanistan on the question of ‘restroing trust’ between them. Apart from Pakistan’s ISI chief’s visit to Kabul, a parliamentary delegation did also visit Afghanistan to  reportedly bridge the ever widening gap between the... More


No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... More

Network is the key

Official India has turned its back on China’s celebration of President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) this week in Beijing. Some in Beijing and Delhi have warned India against isolating itself amidst... More

Regional connectivity projects can support India’s ambitions

India's Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has called for an increased defense budget and insists the country should look for new allies to deal with its neighbors along the northern and western borders, according... More

Returning the award

My friends in Bangladesh are insisting that I explain why I am returning the award bestowed upon my father Professor Waris Mir in 2013 by Sheikh Hasina Wazed. There have been many comments about... 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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