• New Delhi Signs $5 Billion Air Defense Deal with Moscow0

    By Jaishree Balasubramanian on Oct 05, 2018 02:18 pm India inked a military deal on Friday worth U.S. $5 billon to buy S-400 missiles from Russia, disregarding American warnings about arms purchases from Moscow. The missile deal and several other agreements were concluded after wide-ranging talks in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • After 2 Months Behind Bars, Bangladeshi Photographer Awaits Bail Decision0

    By Prapti Rahman on Oct 05, 2018  A High Court panel is scheduled on Sunday to hear a fifth bail request for noted photographer Shahidul Alam since his arrest and jailing two months ago for allegedly violating Bangladesh’s online defamation laws. Alam was arrested on Aug. 5 after he posted Facebook updates and gave an

  • Afghanistan’s election dilemma0

    BY THOMAS RUTTIG 4 OCTOBER 2018 Afghanistan is under-prepared for robust elections, but postponement could cause further instability. Photo: camafghanistancam / Flickr With just over a fortnight to go for Afghanistan’s next election, many Afghans are still wondering whether they will be able to vote, and if so, what exactly they will be voting for. Though parliamentary polls

  • SAARC nations need compromise, shared vision to revive South Asia’s fortunes0

    The future viability of individual strategies will depend on the will and capacity of the regional nations to reach a compromise for a shared future vision, write Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor By Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar  SEP 28, 2018 The India Economic Vision 2022 document, which aims to double India’s

  • Rising temperatures push down South Asian livelihoods0

      In Bangladesh alone, 134 million people face reduced living standards in the coming decades, report says Women wade through floodwater in southern Jessore district on Aug. 22, 2016. Climate scientists say frequent natural disasters like cyclones and flooding have an economic cost. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/   Stephan Uttom and Rock Rozario, Dhaka  Bangladesh  October 4, 2018 Half

  • Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism law paves way for abuse0

      Critics question why island nation needs new law as it poses threat to system of checks and balances A Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) soldier stands guard at the memorial for the fallen soldiers who died in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers, during a commemorative ceremony marking the 9th anniversary


  • Anti-government statements, not sedition: Indian Supreme Court!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal _____ Today most governments are increasingly intolerant of the public criticism of their misgovernance and corruption. The critics are attacked – India claiming to be the largest secular democracy in the world suffers badly on that count. Many critics face notorious seduction charges and are in jail because of their conviction

  • Nuclear Politics and Strategy in South Asia0

    by Asma Khalid Strategic framework of South Asia is comprised of the bipolar equation between India-Pakistan, inter-connected with Regional Security complex and other Major Powers. It is considered that in South Asia: peace and stability being with a Nuclear weapon. Nuclear arsenals are characterized as the great equalizer and ultimate tool to counter adversary’s present

  • Surgical Strikes and Deterrence Stability in South Asia0

    by Ahyousha Khan In April 2017, India announced its Joint Military Force Doctrine to counter “full spectrum of Military Conflicts.” One of the significant developments in this doctrine is Indian infatuation of “surgical strikes” with the usage of this term first time in September 2016. It was claimed that surgical strike strategy was opted to

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  • Was India Behind 2009 Border Guards Massacre in Bangladesh?

    August 17, 2019 B.Z. Khasru Public speculation by many, including the prime minister herself, termed the tragedy as an external conspiracy. One explanation for the mutiny was that the rebel soldiers opened fire on their officers when they dismissed appeals for better pay. The viciousness of the mutiny convinced many Bangladeshis that something more than

  • Kashmir: Revoking Article 370: Why now?

     Ali Riaz 16 August 2019 More than a week has passed since Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution have been scrapped by the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. The complete communication lockdown in Kashmir, imposed in the wake of the abrogation, is still in place; curfew is yet to be lifted in some places; leaders

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