• Dozen detained in Maldives from opposition Victory Day protest0

    • Blog
    • November 4, 2019

    SAM Staff, November 4, 2019 A dozen people were arrested from a protest organised by the opposition on Saturday night to mark Victory Day. Shortly after the gathering began outside the Progressive Party of Maldives office in Malé around 8:30pm, police issued warnings through a loudspeaker and announced that the area was not designated for gatherings.

  • Japan, China and India vie for influence over Myanmar0

    • Blog
    • November 4, 2019

    Larry Jagan, November 4, 2019 Behind the scenes of this year’s ASEAN and East Asian summits, currently taking place in Bangkok, the region’s key nations – China, India and Japan – are engaged in a quiet tussle for greater influence in Myanmar. The fact that Myanmar’s State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, is in Bangkok, is

  • Is there a Chinese hand behind stalling of Naga peace accord?0

    • Blog
    • November 4, 2019

    It remains to be seen when the final Naga Peace Accord will be signed, whether the contents will be made public, and whether all Naga factions, particularly the NSCN (IM), abide by it, writes Lt Gen PC Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor  By Lt Gen PC Katoch (retd) NOV 4, 2019 The “historic moment” of

  • UN concerns delay Rohingya island relocation0

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    • November 4, 2019

    Bangladesh had wanted to move 100,000 people to the mud-silt island of Bhashan Char By Shafiqul Alam, Dhaka     5 November 2019 Bangladesh said Sunday plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya living in overcrowded refugee camps to a remote island were “uncertain” after authorities failed to gain support from UN agencies. Dhaka had wanted to begin

  • In Kashmir, the Justice System Is in Limbo0

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    • November 4, 2019

    Even two months after the decision to dilute Article 370, Kashmiris are finding it hard to access courts. Freny Manecksha 5 November 2019 A few days after repressive measures were imposed in Kashmir in the wake of the dilution of Article 370, a distraught woman banged on the doors of the home of Shopian-based lawyer

  • Asean leaders reiterate need for comprehensive solution to Rohingya crisis0

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    • November 4, 2019

    Nayadiganta English Desk 04 November 2019 Asean leaders have reiterated the need to find a comprehensive and durable solution to Rohingya crisis addressing the root causes of the conflict in Rakhine State, UNB reports. They laid emphasis on efforts to create a “conducive environment” so that Rohingyas, now taking shelter in Bangladesh, can rebuild their


  • India-Pakistan Strife and Diplomatic Logjam0

    by Sunil Kumar 22 June 2019 The Balakot air strikes carried out by Indian Air Force against alleged terrorist camps inside the territory of Pakistan on 26th of February, 2019 hangs like an albatross around the neck of South Asian region. Post strikes, the diplomatic standoff and one-upmanship maneuvering between India and Pakistan is leading

  • Sri Lanka’s Muslims bloodied by Buddhism0

    By Ana Pararajasingham June 20, 2019 Sri Lanka has become more fragile, fractured and polarized following the Easter Sunday bomb attacks as the country’s Muslims are harassed and subjected to violence by mobs of Sinhala Buddhists who form the majority of the island’s population. Although those targeted by jihadist violence on Easter Sunday were the

  • Bangladesh: LDC graduation: Progress brings its own challenges0

    by Shamsul Alam    20 June 2019 The development progress of Bangladesh, measured in terms of income, poverty and human development, is truly impressive, especially after 2009. Between FY1974 and FY 2018, per capita income increased from $90 to $1,752, the incidence of moderate poverty declined from 72 per cent to 22 per cent, average life

  • Bangladesh And Revenge Politics: To What End?1

    “Revenge, the sweetest morsel to mouth that ever was cooked in hell.” ~Sir Walter Scott from The Heart Of Mid-Lothian Revenge politics has long been the bedrock of Sheikh Hasina’s personal and political motto and raison d’etre. The people of Bangladesh are well aware of this unwelcome fact, which has, very regrettably, become mundane in

  • US-India relations0

    by Tridivesh Singh Maini and Mahitha Lingala 18 June 2019 Introduction While in certain areas, especially pertaining to terrorism and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, India-US ties may be witnessing an upswing, there are serious differences on critical economic and strategic issues, such as India’s economic relations with Iran, disputes over trade issues between Washington and

  • Toward Post Terror Stability In Sri Lanka0

    by IPCS June 18, 2019 By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera A few weeks ago, a security expert who has studied the so-called Islamic State (IS) rightly said to this author, that “Your country was ‘staged’.” While the IS attempted to take credit for the attacks, they do not appear to have been directed by the group. Those

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  • Security Threats in South Asia: China’s Revised Assessment

    by Mian Hameed 1 June 2020 Wisdom in my younger life was an unknown entity to me. In due course, I was able to fine-tune a process to gain wisdom. Though I am of no consequence here, the wisdom of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has implications for India. Here, I will not


    By: Barrister Pirzada Aurang Zaib 27 May 2020 ‘You are free to go to your temples; you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed that has nothing to do with the business of

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