The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Ms. Sheikh Hasina at the inauguration of the various projects in Bangladesh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on March 27, 2021

Modi visit to Bangladesh: A new turn to South Asia's complex geopolitics

The leadership on both sides has ushered a new chapter in India-Bangladesh relations. India is well-positioned geographically and industrially to play the role of a near-shore partner for its allies like Bangladesh, writes Dr Indu Saxena for South Asia Monitor

US President Joe Biden visits the Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to pay his respects at the graves of US military personnel killed in Afghanistan. (Photo: White House)

Western pullout from Afghanistan's 'forever war'; Kabul's future a strategic challenge for India

Biden, who is trying to draw India closer on the strategic front in the Indo-Pacific also wants to increase its involvement in Afghanistan, writes Arul Louis for South Asia Monitor  


Whither Afghan peace? Taliban throws the gauntlet to Washington

Walking out from the US-proposed intra-Afghan talks in Turkey, Taliban has cocked a snook at Capitol Hill indicating it will commence attacking foreign troops next month, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (Retd) for South Asia Monitor


Pandemic's devastating impact on education in South Asia: Need for intra-regional cooperation

The digital economy gives a strong option for all countries of South Asia to connect not only within themselves but also globally, writes Partha Pratim Mitra for South Asia Monitor


China offers six million doses of Sinopharm to Bangladesh

As Bangladesh struggles to procure vaccines, Sinopharm, the Chinese drug firm, has offered to provide six million doses of its COVID-19 vaccines to the country, a report in The Daily Star said


Concerted action needed across borders to tackle diverse challenges: Jaishankar

Underlining that the world order built after the Second World War was under ‘serious stress’, India on Monday called for coordinated and concerted action across borders to tackle diverse…


India registers 1761 deaths due to COVID-19 in past 24 hours

India recorded 1761 deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a massive spike in the casualty figure registered in the country during the period of a single day, as per Ministry of Health…


Pakistan violence: Imran Khan govt freezes TLP's assets

The Pakistan government has directed all concerned authorities to freeze properties/assets of the banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) and its top leadership's accounts, media reports said


US giving more weightage to Bangladesh and its views: Foreign Minister Momin

The United States is giving “increased importance to Bangladesh” in tackling the climate issues, said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momin, adding the issues raised by the country would be…


Sri Lankan cardinal, who claimed Easter attacks political plot, makes U-turn

Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith retracted his earlier statement where he had claimed that the 2019 Easter attacks were used by a group of influential people to grab power in the…


Three Russian climbers missing in Nepal

Three Russian climbers have reportedly lost contact with the base camp since Sunday while descending from Mt Annapurna


Bhutan puts all southern districts under lockdown

The Bhutanese government on Friday night decided to put all southern border districts under lockdown as authorities detected two positive cases of the Covid-19, possibly through local transmission…


US to retain counter-terror capabilities after pullout from Afghanistan

The US will maintain counter-terrorism capabilities after pulling its troops out of Afghanistan, according to Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby


Terror suspect alleges custodial torture; Maldives’ rights commission starts probe

A terror suspect, arrested allegedly for plotting to blow up a school laboratory in the Maldives, on Friday alleged custodial torture by law enforcement officers, reported Sun news


Pakistan slaps two-week ban on travelers from India

Pakistan has enforced a two-week ban on travellers from India through air and land routes, citing the spread of a new variant of the novel coronavirus in its neighboring country, Dawn reported


Talks on with Saudi Arabia to bring back detained women: Sri Lanka

Talks are underway between the Sri Lankan authorities and their counterparts in Saudi Arabia to bring back a group of Sri Lankan women detained at a deportation centre in the West Asian nation,…


After Western pullout, send UN peacekeepers to Afghanistan

India is already battling Islamic extremists in Kashmir and the terrorists from the soil of Afghanistan and Pakistan would certainly increase the intensity of their attacks. It remains to be seen…


Sri Lankan spin legend Muralitharan out of hospital

Sri Lankan cricket legend and Sunrisers Hyderabad spin coach Muttiah Muralitharan has been released from hospital after undergoing a successful coronary angioplasty at a Chennai private hospital…

US mum on lifting ban on vaccine raw-material exports, India concerned

President Joe Biden's spokesperson Jen Psaki has refused to say if the US will allow the export of COVID-19 vaccine raw materials to India, a shortage that could impact global supply, or set a…

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