A corona-clouded election in Sri Lanka sets a new welcome trend

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa set a fine example of neutrality of the public service in the forthcoming general elections by instructing that no public official serving in the security forces, government service, corporations, boards, and statutory bodies should engage in political activities, writes Sugeeswara Senadhira for South Asia Monitor


Structural shifts in Nepal’s India policy: New Delhi should continue to engage more

The use of anti-India sentiment is an old stratagem used by Nepalese politicians to assert their own relevance and divert attention away from the real problems facing Nepal, writes Shakti Sinha for South Asia Monitor


Easing of India-China standoff: Can China be trusted?

China’s fresh illegal claims on Bhutanese territory could lead to PLA intrusions to pressure India and orchestrate another standoff, writes Lt Gen P. C. Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor 


US-India strategic consultations: Delhi treads cautiously on Chinese 'threats'

India has been careful to maintain that its closer ties with the US and its Indo-Pacific partners were not directed against anyone – diplomaticspeak that they weren't meant to be anti-China, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor


India's corona cases near 850,000 death toll climbs to 22,674

With a record single-day spike of 28,637 new coronavirus cases and 551 deaths in the last 24 hours, India's total cases neared 8.5 lakh (850,000) with the death toll up to 22,674, the Ministry of…


Government warns against spike in virus cases in Pakistan

As over 61 percent of the patients who contracted novel coronavirus across the country have fully recovered, and there’s a decline in the number of tests as well as occupancy of ventilators, the…


Crackdown on human traffickers in Bangladesh

Bangladesh investigators are working to track down local human traffickers who along with different transnational syndicates send people abroad alluring them with promises of a better future


BIA new terminal project takes off with loan from Japan

The Bandaranaike International Airport’s new terminal in Colombo is to be constructed by a Japanese company at a cost of Rs 108 billion, Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Ministry Secretary S.…


Ruling NCP leadership standoff continues

Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leader Asta Laxmi Shakya said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli should have used his address to the nation yesterday to calm down youths protesting in the street in…


1,067 registered with Build Bhutan Project in a week

Four jobseekers with Master’s Degree and 139 university graduates are among the 1,067 jobseekers registered with the Build Bhutan Project (BBP) that was launched last week


Regional, world states unhappy with Taliban’s violence

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says that both regional countries and international community are unhappy with what it said “high level” violence by Taliban in Afghanistan


Ex-president Yameen's legal team reprimands state TV over unfair reporting

Former president Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s legal team has alleged that state TV, Public Service Media (PSM) spread false information in reporting the latest hearing in the former president's appeal…


India assures support to Bangladesh for Rohingya repatriation

India supports Bangladesh's stand on repatriation of Myanmar's forcibly displaced Rohingyas as it seeks a sustainable and lasting solution to the crisis, Bangladesh Foreign Minister, Dr A.K. Abdul…


Pakistan opens two key trade routes with Afghanistan

Pakistan has opened two key trade routes with neighbour Afghanistan that will help boost bilateral trade, Pakistani officials said


China, India stand very differently at UN: India's former UN envoy

India's former permanent representative at the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, on Saturday said countries like China and India stand very differently at the UN, in terms of their perspective and…


To counter China, India needs to enhance multilateral ties

Conducting bilateral diplomacy can no longer be the solution for India when dealing with China. Yet military action is also not the answer, writes Megda Bharadwaj for South Asia Monitor…

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