By Roni Toldanes on Jul 26, 2019 Former Bangladeshi Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha said Friday he had requested political asylum in Canada, as officials in Dhaka vowed to pursue corruption charges against him and rejected his claims that he was forced to go into exile. Sinha, 68, left Bangladesh in October 2017, alleging he
Kyla Tienhaara, Queen’s University, Ontario 27 July 2019 It’s been a rough month for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan. It started off with the International Monetary Fund approving a US$6 billion dollar loan to the country. The strict conditions on the loan meant that instead of expanding the welfare state, Khan’s government had to impose
Muhammad Abdul Mazid | July 26, 2019 After the colonial era, most countries of the South Asian region became independent and sovereign states. To remain aligned to their legacy, the nation states strived to form small groups aiming at establishing regional cooperation to enhance each member state’s security, economic growth and cultural harmony. Jawaharlal Nehru
by Angshuman Choudhury Jul 26, 2019 In November 1998, Srinivas Kumar Sinha, the then Governor of Assam and also former Vice Chief of Staff of the Indian Army, penned a rare report titled ‘Report on Illegal Migration in Assam’ and sent it to the then President KR Narayanan. Since then, the 22-page report has acquired
While India and the US continue to vie for influence in Nepal, Huawei’s 5G network will give China an advantage By Arun Budhathoki 26 July 2019 Asia Times Great wars were fought over physical boundaries in the past, and those who had an advantage over it won the game in a whisker. But with changing
By Santo D. Banerjee 25 July 2019 IDN NEW YORK (IDN) – The eight-day High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development was eclipsed by reports indicating that current efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being undermined by climate change and escalating inequalities. Yet, the situation is not irredeemable, concluded the Forum and called for an increased critical
Michael Kugelman,The National Interest•April 22, 2019 Michael Kugelman The U.S. decision to pursue talks with the Taliban is rife with risk, but it’s the right decision. Washington’s Gamble in Afghanistan There’s a famous saying that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. By that measure,
By Nilanthi Samaranayake 26 April 2019 Summary • The smaller South Asian (SSA) countries maintain different levels of interaction with China, ranging from Bhutan, which has no formal diplomatic relations with China, to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, which have the strongest military and economic ties, respectively. • On balance, SSA countries have benefited from China’s
Syeda Saiqa Bukhari 26 April 2019 South Asia is one of the most instable regions in the world because of the ever growing hostility between Pakistan and India. Since partition India has always tried to dominate the region due to its conventional superiority over Pakistan. The bilateral relations of Pakistan and India arebased on distrust
by Ishaal Zehra 26 April 2019 General elections are underway in India, and in next four weeks, 900 million people there will be eligible to cast a vote to choose their next Prime Minister. Polls predictions so far suggests the potential re-election of BJP with Modi in power again for the next five years. Now,
N Sathiya Moorthy 24 April 2019 Shocking, stunning, saddening and revolting as it is, the Easter Day ‘massacre’ – and that is the only way to put it – has added a ‘new element’ to the nation’s ‘terrorism history and vocabulary’. This is so even as Sri Lanka and neighbourhood were getting accustomed to a
by Natasha Fernando 25 April 2019 In 2009, Sri Lanka defeated one of the world’s most ruthless terrorist organizations, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE), after three decades of carnage. The recent terror attacks in Colombo, Negombo, and Batticaloa mirrored the violence of the past, crippling the entire state security apparatus in just one day.
Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra, 12 October 2019 While the second informal meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping takes place at Mamallapuram, in the Indian city of Chennai after the two leaders met last time in China’s Wuhan in April last year, some attempts need to be considered in order
9 October 2019 BBC Bangladesh student protests A Bangladeshi undergraduate student killed in his dormitory on Sunday days after criticising the government online was beaten for several hours before he died, witnesses told the BBC. Fellow students say Abrar Fahad was taken from his room around 20:00 (14:00 GMT) and beaten at least four hours.