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Russia to host 6-nation conference on Afghan peace


Russia is set to host a six-nation conference this month to discuss the Afghanistan peace process. Arch rivals Pakistan and… More

New CEC triggers old controversy


Speculations about the political and election scenario in Bangladesh are drawing to a close with the restructure of the… More

Turmoil in India’s Northeast again as Nagaland erupts


Violent protests have forced the government in India’s Nagaland state to cancel elections to ten town councils in an… More

Lanka re-negotiating Hambantota port deal with China

Welcome or not, it does look like the Chinese are here to stay, at least in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. In the port and the envisaged industrial… More

Strategic equations block solution to Rohingya crisis


The Rohingya crisis is one of the most widely discussed issues in the world right now. A population of… More

Can BD’s economy base ensure sustainable development?


In recent years Bangladesh economy has been enjoying an upper-mid growth rate, but it is doubtful whether this development… More

Trump administration for aggressive policy on Pakistan?


The Trump administration is showing glimpses of a possible hardline policy against Pakistan. After Trump hinted at his stern… More

India giving military contract to local private companies


For the first time India is delegating major military contract to domestic private companies. This is being considered a… More

New Delhi waiting for Trumps policy on Afghanistan


Afghanistan has been one of the most uncertain issues since Donald Trump assumed US president’s office. This is the… More

Will initiatives to revitalize SAARC succeed?


The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is likely to be active again as almost all member countries… More

2017, a challenging year of BJP, India


Donald Trump’s various initiatives after taking over as US president, China’s pro-active foreign policy and strict security strategy, the… More

India desperate to keep China away from Indian Ocean


Two news items published this month in the South Asian media –the presence of Chinese nuclear submarine at Pakistan’s… More

Russia’s new opportunity in South Asia


With apprehension rising high that a ‘Pakistan-India war just one terrorist attack away’, no initiative to bring the two… More

China wants India to make RCEP real


India’s cooperation, rather than barriers to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) negotiations, will boost the country’s economic stamina… More

Indian Army Chief’s comment about “Cold Start” Doctrine sparks controversy


Recent remarks by India’s new army chief General Bipin Rawat have raised questions if the country has revived its… More

New strain in Indo-Lank relations over ETCA


Long-standing apprehensions about a hitch in relations between India and Sri Lanka over the Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement… More

Demand for a separate state for Rohingyas


Demand of separate state for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, one of the most tortured ethnic group in world, is growing… More

Strategic polarization evident in SA


Sharp strategic polarization among major powers with South Asia at the center is about to emerge after certain developments… More

New Delhi nixes tripartite talks on Brahmaputra


New Delhi is not interested in tripartite negotiations on the Brahmaputra water-sharing issue. First and foremost, they are seeking… More

Nepal-China military drill worries Delhi


Nepal’s first joint military exercise with China is making their large neighbor India increasingly anxious. Officially Nepal and China… More

Bangladesh struggles to leave the LDC bracket


The latest United Nations report stated that Bangladesh will be able to make its transition from the Least Developed… 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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