Nepal and India: A shared history of subversion of democratic norms

Nepal’s story is not much different than that of India’s. Nepal’s prime ministers - Girija Prasad Koirala (1994), Manmohan Adhikari (1995), and K P Sharma Oli (2020-) have taken steps to dissolve the house despite their parties’ being in majority, write Jivesh Jha & Alok Kumar Yadav for South Asia Monitor


Hate and right-wing politics: Only secularism can ensure peace among communities

If white supremacism is the basis of right-wing politics in America and Europe, Hindu supremacism is in India. Both have their roots in the concept of the "Master Race" and the "Chosen Land", writes Amulya Ganguli for South Asia Monitor 


South Asia’s energy cooperation: Politics can play the spoiler

South Asia’s diverse topography lends itself to greater cross-border power trade, but political inhibitions have ensured that actual progress has been less than the potential, writes N Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor


Polarization and its corrosive implications: US happenings have lessons for India

Polarization over the prevailing socio-political orientation since Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office has been marked and a bitter sectarian fissure has emerged in India, writes Cmde C Uday Bhaskar (retd) for South Asia Monitor


'CPEC to provide great benefit to Afghanistan, Central Asian nations'

Pakistani President Arif Alvi said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will benefit Afghanistan and Central Asian countries by enhancing the connectivity of the region


Sri Lanka Tamil parties want UN action against government for rights violations

Sri Lanka’s Tamil political parties, Civil Society organisations and Victims’ Organisations have written to the 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) demanding action against…


'No progress in talks between Dalai Lama's envoys and China'

There was no progress of formal negotiations between the Dalai Lama's envoys and China and the religious freedom continues to deteriorate in Tibet, the 2020 annual report by the US Congressional-…


Go-ahead to AstraZeneca in Pakistan

In a major development, the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (Drap) has approved AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use and was expected to register the Chinese state-owned firm…


Bangladesh pharma major Globe Biotech applies for approval to run clinical trial of COVID vaccine

Bangladeshi drugmaker Globe Biotech Limited has applied for approval to begin clinical trials of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate 'Bangavax'


Sri Lanka to use Oxford AstraZenaca vaccine

Sri Lanka has decided to import the Oxford- AstraZeneca anti Covid-19 vaccine, said State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle says


Constitutional bench to adjudicate Nepal's House dissolution case

The constitutional bench of Nepal's Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana today ruled that cases field against the dissolution of the House of Representatives would be…


Bhutan to begin four-day long mass testing

To assess the scale of COVID-19’s spread in the capital Thimphu, Bhutan will begin its mass testing in a phased manner


US troops down to 2500 in Afghanistan

The number of US troops stationed inside Afghanistan is now just 2500, in accordance with the earlier announcement by US Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to reduce the number by 15…


Maldives president declines to be vaccinated in the UAE

Maldives President Ibrahim Muhammad Solih recently made a personal visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he reportedly declined an offer from the UAE officials to get himself vaccinated


India gifts Rs. 200 million worth radar spares to Sri Lanka Air Force

India has gifted Rs. 200 million worth 341 Indra Radar Spares to Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) to augment maintenance support for four INDRA Mk-II Air Surveillance Radars gifted to Sri Lanka Air…


Biden inducts another Pakistani American into his team

US President-elect Joe Biden has inducted a second Pakistani American, Salman Ahmed, into his foreign policy team, said a statement issued on Friday


'Intolerant majoritarianism' and a less open India not aligned to vision of 'Global Britain': Chatham House

Presenting a vision for an influential ‘Global Britain’, a leading British think tank has clubbed India in the “difficult four” countries for the future strategic scenario for Britain. Calling…


Bangladesh film ‘Nonajoler Kabbo’ best film in Asian Select Category at Kolkata International Film Festival

Bangladeshi director Rezwan Shahriar Sumit's acclaimed debut feature film "Nonajoler Kabbo" won the Best Film in the Asian Select NETPAC category of the 26th Kolkata International Film Festival,…

Bharat Dynamic and Thales ink pact to manufacture air defence system in India

Bharat Dynamics Ltd (BDL) and Thales have signed a Teaming Agreement to work in partnership on the STARStreak Air Defence System with the support of both the Indian and the UK governments

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