• Pakistan: Saudi Arabia to Join China-Funded Development Project0

    • Blog
    • September 22, 2018

    September 20, 2018 Ayaz Gul In this photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Sept. 19, 2018, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. ISLAMABAD — Pakistan announced Thursday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to join and invest “heavily” in its ongoing China-funded bilateral infrastructure and

  • How Modi’s Rafale defence deal has left India lagging China, Pakistan0

    • Blog
    • September 22, 2018

    Indian army soldiers. Photo: AP How Modi’s Rafale defence deal has left India lagging China, Pakistan India puts defence preparedness on the back burner as a result of the controversy over the purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft, even as regional rivals continue to arm rapidly By Ajai Shukla   22 Sep 2018 The Indian government, rattled

  • Jail time in Bangladesh0

    • Blog
    • September 21, 2018

    By Khademul Islam     14 September 2018 Shahidul Alam and snapshots from Dhaka Central Jail. Dhaka Central Jail, Keraniganj. Photo: 14 August 2018 Breakfast at the jail canteen is parathas, egg mamlet and veggie daal. It takes me back to my university cricketing days, grabbing lunches at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) canteen

  • Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act may lend itself to gross misuse0

    • Blog
    • September 21, 2018

    By Editor on February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act may lend itself to gross misuse Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act (DSA) has sections which could be used by both the State and private individuals to throttle the freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The vaguely worded and all-encompassing draft

  • Digital Security Bill passes amid free speech concerns0

    • Blog
    • September 21, 2018

     Tribune Desk September 19th, 2018 File photo of the session room inside the Bangladesh Parliament Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune The new law brings tougher punishment for illegally accessing and destroying any important information related to the state affairs Parliament has passed the much-talked-about Digital Security Bill, 2018, which provides for stiff penalties for a wide variety

  • In Kashmir, a photo of a militant’s body being dragged by security forces sparks outrage0

    • Blog
    • September 20, 2018

    Retired generals insist that this is standard procedure since militant bodies are often booby trapped. via Twitter Sep 14, 2018 Rayan Naqash On the evening of September 13, a photograph of security personnel dragging a body with rope tied to its feet went viral in the Kashmir Valley. Earlier that day, two gunfights had broken


  • Indo-Bangladesh Relations: Possible Implications of the Friendship Pipeline Project0

    Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra Addressing underdevelopment has been an issue of priority for Bangladesh. Despite being a smaller country in the South Asian landscape, it took the first step towards forging regional cooperation ahead and it was the former President of Bangladesh Ziaur Rahman who made the first concrete proposal for establishing a framework for

  • Middle Eastern Black Swans dot China’s Belt and Road0

    By James M. Dorsey     22 September 2018 Edited remarks at the RSIS Book Launch of China and the Middle East; Venturing into the Maelstrom (Palgrave 2018), 20 September 2018 A podcast version of this story is available at If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign

  • Indian Democracy in Kashmir: An Appraisal0

    Abstract The political history of the world has evolved from traditional political systems to modern political ideas which mostly transformed and enlightened the societies. Democracy though rooted in the Greek history has evolved and is presently considered as the best form of government in the human world. Democracy is based on the enlightened fundamentals which

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