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Militant Buddhist extremism resurfaces in Lanka


After a lull following the election of the new Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in 2015, the months of April and May this year has seen… More

Heads roll and re-fixed in Lanka


In a move that has disgruntled some, and in the immediate aftermath of frantic eleventh hour overnight lobbying, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday,… More

India announces policy for strategic partnerships in defence


India on Saturday finalised a policy that would allow local private companies to work with foreign players to make high-tech defence equipment, in a boost… More

‘Sub-conventional war’ threat makes India worry


A possible threat of ‘sub-conventional war’ has made India so worried that, in an unprecedented move, the country’s Chief of Air Staff, reportedly has written… More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and…


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due… More

Myanmar sees escalation of religious extremism


The spread of extreme Buddhist nationalism in Myanmar escalates by the day. Extreme nationalists are now preparing to protest against the country’s religious minister. Claiming that… More

Bangladesh Islami Bank chair accuses his deputy of violating…


The chairman of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd yesterday alleged that the bank’s vice-chairman violated his oath of office by spreading propaganda about the bank. Vice-Chairman Syed… More

Eight years after war, Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the… More

Mamata’s China trip: Chinese consul hopeful


China has not given up on the proposed trip of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, its consul-general in Calcutta Ma Jhanwu has said. Jhanwu told… More

India to deploy Rafale jets facing two-front war scenario…


The Indian Air Force (IAF) is to deploy its latest Rafale combat aircraft in Haryana and West Bengal after facing with a two-front war scenario… More

Sino-Indian relations to remain complicated: Global Times


Highlighting the ongoing tense relationship between China and India, China’s State newspaper Global Times has asserted that the increasingly tense relationship between these two countries… More

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance


A joint security mechanism against terrorism, including a pervasive country-wide surveillance system, is a key feature of the agreement between China and Pakistan on the… More

BSF Study on cross-border crimes urges direct communication to…


A pioneering study by the Border Security Force (BSF) has revealed that Human Trafficking networks on the highly-sensitive Indo-Bangladesh border are in the danger of… More

‘New Silk Road can spur China-India-Pak partnership’


The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which China hopes would become the flagship for a new wave of globalisation, can help establish a triangular partnership… More

‘Nervous’ India can’t stop neigbours backing OBOR: Global Times


New Delhi ‘should just be a good member of the audience’ if it does not wish to participate in the initiative, a report in the… More

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins…


By spurning China’s invitation to be part of the multi-billion dollar, multi-continental One Belt One Road (OBOR) project on an issue of “sovereignty” India has… More

South Asia Satellite: Space diplomacy or domination?


In a rather bizarre turn of events, on 5 May this year India launched a satellite into space. This is not the first satellite it… More

Modi woos Lanka, promises India Lanka connectivity


Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday glorified in the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist based links between the two countries in a… More

Hambantota port and FTA off the agenda for Wickremesinghe-Jinping…


The controversy surrounding the Hambantota port, and the ticklish issue of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with China, are not on the agenda of the… More

Modi plays Buddhist card with aplomb to get Sri…


The visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the “ancient Buddhist link” card with aplomb in a bid to give a firm historical… More

Vision 2030: A smart move


Begum Khaleda Zia, chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), has declared the party’s Vision 2030. To many, it came too early with election scheduled… More

COLUMN

Losing the Script in Kashmir

The groundswell of public anger in the Srinagar valley is spinning out of control . For even those who don’t believe in statistics as an perfect indicator of trends , the figures of casualty in 2016 is far too high for comfort. A RTI application by a… More

On the “bloody” Afghan Scenario

Yet again, Afghanistan is a spectre of violence. Yet again, precious lives have been lost due to the so-called ‘war on terror’ that has gripped the world since the fateful September, 11, 2001. What had started as a war to preserve democracy and liberal values has already… More

Game on

The Supreme Court’s (SC) seriousness of purpose in the PanamaGate case was evident from the brusque manner it dismissed Hussain Nawaz’s apprehensions of “personal bias” regarding two members of the JIT. The SC’s inference was clear, the PM and his family should come clean about the money… More

Greek lady, Bangla PM and the Islamists…

The fight over the sari clad statue of Themis, Greek goddess of Justice located in the Supreme Court premises of Bangladesh is both about clashes of cultures and politics that dominates the country. The demand by Islamists for its removal began after it was installed in December 2016… More

Next Door Nepal: Waiting for a PM

Several parallel and contradictory trends are clearly visible in Nepal’s politics, an area which has been a victim of a prolonged transition process and the resultant adhoc-ism over the years. Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist Centre, on Wednesday claimed that his… More

EDITOR’S CHOICE

Constitutional misadventure

In what can only be termed an extremely ill-advised constitutional manoeuvre, the government of India has sought to effectively prohibit cattle slaughter across the country through rules made under the Prevention of Cruelty to… More

Why neighbours dislike or suspect India

A little under 30 years ago, after Vishwanath Pratap Singh became prime minister, he met with Sri Lanka’s president Ranasinghe Premadasa. Singh, a polite man, says he was surprised when the first thing Premadasa… More

India should either come up with a better plan for Sri…

When it comes to Sri Lanka, China has an ambitious agenda. It wants to turn the island nation into a trading and military outpost in the Indian Ocean. And it has a good plan in advancing that agenda, including… More

Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One Belt, One…

While participating in last week’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe walked a tight rope: seeking economic and other benefits from China while maintaining close relations… 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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