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Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min to SL


China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders… More

Worried Mamata to relent on Teesta?


Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, is upset. And she has reasons to be. The election results… More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of big power…

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of… More

Sheikh Hasina’s four-day India visit announced


Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Indian visit was officially announced on Tuesday, after several hiccups in scheduling the trip…. More

BJP’s electoral victory in UP will boost ties with Israel

The stunning victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by the pugnacious Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in… More

Will Modi’s UP-Uttarakhand sweep help Hasina!


The BJP’s sweep in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand state polls is a huge boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s… More

Indian Supreme Court push border fence with B’desh


India’s Supreme Court (SC) has asked the federal government to release funds for a border fence with Bangladesh and… More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over Hambantota port

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka,… More

India visit: Time for Hasina to show her cards


For Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina it’s time to show her cards. Her close ally India is fast growing… More

India changing attitude towards trans-continental connectivity!


India has invited six countries including Pakistan to create a trans-continental rail network amid its long opposition to China… More

India prepares new war plan for Bay of Bengal


India goes for new war plan to counter increasing threat in and around Indian Ocean including Bay of Bengal…. More

Tackling the Dragon


China and its growing influence in South Asia was the focus of India’s top diplomat Subrahmanyam Jaishankar’s three-nation tour… More

Jaishankar’s visit: Bringing BD back to the fold?


Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is on a short visit to Bangladesh. What messages is he bringing in for… More

A glimpse into the saga of Sri Lanka’s constitutional reforms

The attempts by Sri Lanka’s National Unity government to draft a new constitution in order to seek a permanent… More

SAARC assailed by fresh debate


Fresh debate has arisen over the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation or SAARC. The SAARC summit scheduled to… More

A lull in the NGO movement


The NGO movement in Bangladesh is steadily losing steam. Land rights, health awareness, AIDS, local government, arsenic contamination and… More

Much-talked US Seventh Fleet will get service in India


Much-talked US Seventh Fleet which was deployed into Bay of Bengal during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971,… More

Is Beijing worried about Chinese investment and trade environment in India?


It seems China is becoming increasingly worried about the trade environment and existing Chinese investment in India. With tensions… More

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent


Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing… More

West Bengal objects to BD’s Ganges Barrage too


West Bengal has been a major obstacle to the Teesta water agreement between Bangladesh and India. They are now… More

India, Pakistan, Bangladesh to be 2nd, 15th & 23rd largest economies…


IMF predicts that world economy will be centered on Asia by the year 2050, shifting from North America, Western… More

COLUMN

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

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their… More

The other side of the panama ruling

On not so historic a day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s ruling on Panama leaks just fell short of what it was meant to be: a clear-cut verdict. The order for further investigation by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has, therefore, prolonged a controversy that has already consumed more than a… More

EDITOR’S CHOICE

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

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval…

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India’s Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about… More

Jinnah’s 2-nation theory triumphs in Kashmir

Kashmir: the jewel in the crown of India’s secularism. In 1947 when the Muslim-majority state acceded to India, it joined a brave homeland for all. India was not going to be a mirror image… 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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