India is no longer the fastest-growing economy

India lost its fastest-growing major economy tag in the fourth quarter of 2016-17, with GDP growth coming in at 6.1% compared with China’s 6.9% in… More

U.S. Embassy issues security threat post Kabul bombing

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has issued a fresh security alerts for its citizens in Afghanistan after as many as 80 people were killed and… More

China welcomes reports of India rejecting Australia’s request to…

China, on Wednesday, welcomed India’s reported decision to reject Australia’s request to join this year’s Malabar naval exercises saying the security concerns of the different… More

Indian Navy in Bay rescues 33 cyclone survivors

Indian Navy is engaged in rescuing stranded survivours of cyclone Mora from the Bay of Bengal, the Indian High Commission in Dhaka said today (Wednesday). Currently… More

Hurriyat leader slames Indian Army chief

Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday described the recent statements of the Chief of the Army Staff, General Bipin Rawat, on Kashmir as… More

Babri case: Advani, Joshi, Bharti charged with criminal conspiracy

A Special CBI court here on Tuesday charged senior BJP leaders L.K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Union Minister Uma Bharti with criminal conspiracy in… More

Ban on sale for slaughter at animal markets: Madras…

THE MADURAI bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on the Centre’s notification banning sale and purchase of cattle for… More

Shutdown, curfew like restrictions cripple life in Indian Kashmir…

Amid complete shutdown, authorities imposed curfew and restrictions in different parts of Valley to maintain law and order. Scores of people had suffered injuries while some… More

India to Raise Another Mountain Corps Division With China…

India is raising a second division of Mountain Strike Corps to strengthen its capabilities against neighboring China. The first division is stationed in Panagarh in… More

Pakistan draws redlines for joining Saudi alliance

Pakistan has decided to draw certain ‘redlines’ for becoming part of the Saudi-led Islamic Military Alliance against Terrorism (IMAT) in an effort to avoid the… More

Ma Ba Tha Lay members announce plan to form…

Leading laypersons from Burma’s biggest Buddhist nationalist group, the Association to Protect Race and Religion—commonly known as Ma Ba Tha—have announced that they will soon… More

Signal 7 at maritime ports as Cyclone Mora near…

Maritime ports of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar have been advised to hoist danger signal number seven while Mongla and Payra ports signal number five as… More

Pakistan fears Indian influence in Afghanistan, say US spy…

The US intelligence community, in a rare acknowledgement of Pakistan’s concerns, has informed Congress that Islamabad does not want heavy Indian influence in Afghanistan and… More

Chinese footprint on the Pakistani budget

The Nawaz Sharif government’s last budget is more or less an extension of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative. It is an effort by the government to… More

Peace conference to end ‘without good result’: Govt

The second session of the 21st Century Panglong peace conference is likely to end without major agreement after the issue of “non-cessation” from the Union… More

Chinese and Bangladesh navies conduct joint maritime drill

A Chinese ocean-going naval fleet completed its friendly visit to Bangladesh and left the Port of Chittagong at about 10:00 am on May 26, local… More

China-backed militia new powerbrokers in Myanmar peace process

Branded as Asia’s most heavily-armed drug dealers, the China-backed ethnic Wa rebels have emerged as key players in Myanmar’s peace process, a development seen as… More

India and Pakistan among first countries to rush emergency…

India and Pakistan were among the first countries to respond in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s flash flood disaster which has killed at least 103… More

New restrictions on cattle slaughter in India

Indian government has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at animal markets across the country. Under a notification, titled the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals… More

Opposition waits for NDA to make its move

In a show of strength, leaders of 17 opposition parties came together on Friday — the third anniversary of the BJP-led NDA government — to… More

Pak government unveils Federal Budget 2017-18 with Rs4.75tr outlay

Lawmakers had gathered on Friday in the National Assembly in Islamabad ahead of the government’s announcement of the Federal Budget 2017-18. The session was a turbulent… More


Myanmar’s peace process hits a bumpy road

Myanmar’s peace process remains stalled after the peace conference held some two weeks ago. “It’s one step forward and two steps backwards,” said an Asian diplomat, who closely follows developments, on condition of anonymity. Like most things in Myanmar, progress is very slow; “still limping along,” according… More

Modi’s regime is a lot of optics…

Having completed 60% of his five-year term in May this year, it is time Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was assessed both by the people of India and the regime itself. To win the next elections in May 2019, just two years down the line, Modi should… More

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


Transacting with Trump

Delhi tends to use the word “transactional” pejoratively. This is particularly true of the Indian discourse on the partnership with the United States. The political elite of independent India had convinced itself that foreign… More

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate agreement is great news…

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement caused anger and anxiety across the world, with one major exception: China. With the US stepping away from its role as a leader of the… More

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



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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