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Bangladesh: Some success in containing extremism
The achievements of the Awami League-led government in Bangladesh on the counter-terrorism and internal security fronts through 2016 have been remarkable. However, extremism and terrorism are far from over, writes S. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor. 
 
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India-Arab partnership: Extraordinary potential needs quick realisation
To build confidence among Gulf investors, India would be required to walk that extra mile which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to do through sustained political engagements and smoothening the trouble spots in the system to attract investments from Gulf countries and improve bilateral trade and commerce, writes Md. Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor.
 
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Payra port development will enhance India-Bangladesh ties
 In its efforts to further strengthen India-Bangladesh friendship, New Delhi is eager to develop the neighbouring country’s proposed Payra sea\por, writes Rupak Bhattacharjeefor South Asia Monitor.
 
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India needs to re-craft its Be...

The time has come for India to re-work its Beijing policy and, thereafter, shift its negotiating ...

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Pakistan revives controversial...

The political opposition in Pakistan has responded cautiously but has emphasised on the need for ...

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Demonetisation in India: Test ...

Having raised the expectations of the people about his anti-corruption commitment to a very high ...

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India should not be sucked int...

It is hoped that even in the face of developments that seem to be moving towards an arms race in ...

 

More war than peace: Nobel peace winner Obamaís legacy Author Name What is the foreign policy legacy of Barack Obama, who won a Nobel peace prize not for his accomplishments as US pres...

Left unsaid at Raisina Dialogue: Little chance of improvement in India-Pak ties Author Name The New Year has begun on a familiar template for India-Pakistan ties: talks and terror cannot go together, as Prime ...

Concede to win Author Name The Narendra Modi government has done well to thrash out a deal with states on the contentious issue of sharing of ad...

Save Our Children: Better policing and quicker justice needed to prevent sexual predators Author Name Horrific details emerging about paedophile and serial rapist Sunil Rastogi – recently arrested in Delhi for rap...

Elixir of life itself being muffled No Image Oceans of the world have always been an indispensable part of state diplomacy and international politics, be it a belligerent China staking its claim over South China Sea or India attempting to ...

Government canít afford universal basic income; NREGA is the dole itís looking for No Image The government is reported to be considering a social security scheme in which it would introduce either a universal basic income or a dole restricted to the most vulnerable. Let us be clear on one thing. 

Patching up

Afghanistan is heavily dependent on foreign assistance. Four decades ago, the country was abode of peace and stability. The heydays are long gone. Interference of neighboring countries and a few...

In the twilight of globalization

As world leaders gather in Davos to reflect on the increasingly grim future of globalisation, it is worth a moment to reflect on where Pakistan has stood in this process, and how it might fare a...

 

Do your own job

Almost all the parliamentary panels give directive to the government on areas that do not fall under their jurisdictions  

RAB's methods need reevaluation

The issue of reassessing RAB's operation was dwelt on in these very columns when the gruesome murders came to light in April 2014. The verdict in the seven-murder case compels one to do so a...

 

The US and AID: Sri Lankaís dangerous liaison

While the Parliament Secretary General’s letter clarifies that the House Democracy Partnership Agreement signed by Speaker Jayasuriya in Washington, and USAID’s SDGAP (Strengthening ...

Polls predict a change

Will Punjab get the change that it has long waited and prepared for? This is the big question that we should be asking in the forthcoming Assembly elections. This is no ordinary election. Punjab...

 

Major cyber attacks disrupt internet service across the Maldives

Disgruntled internet users are calling on telecoms companies for compensation after cyber attacks disrupted internet services across the Maldives for more than a week.

 
                                           

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China is yet to reciprocate to India’s territorial concerns on China-Pakistan Economic Corridor'
 
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The possibility of a Taliban attack targeting Emirati officials is not going down well with analysts writes Monish Gulati
 
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Since late 2015, cultural and political issues have strained relations between the two countries with anti-Indian sentiment growing amongst the government and people of Nepal, writes Dr. Binodkumar Singh for South Asia Monitor.  
 
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A bunch of years ago, the problem was a declining state. Across swathes of social, economic and security interventions, the state was in retreat.  
 
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Marking the 100th year of its journey in promoting academic research on matters related to Asia and Africa, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London hosted its 'Centenary and Campaign Celebrations' in New Delhi on January 17, 2017 with the Society for Policy...
 
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spotlight image Donald Trump's election was a shock to those who rely on mainstream media and television talking heads, and revealed the fears of the underprivileged about economic inequality and living standards being eroded by globalization, unmanaged immigration and outsourcing. 
 
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spotlight image Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe just wrapped up his tour to four Asia-Pacific nations - the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam - Thursday. During the six-day trip, he mentioned the South China Sea disputes on many occasions to keep China in check in the name of maritime security.
 
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Read the transcriipt of UN Secretary-General's End-of-Year Press Conference, held in New York on December 16, here...
 
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spotlight image It is wrong to look only at Israel while fighting rages across the Middle East, writes the former Shin Bet chief.
 
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spotlight image The expert committee led by Lieutenant General (retd.) D.B. Shekatkar has recently submitted its report to the Defence Minister. The committee, composed mostly of retired senior military officers, was appointed in May 2016 and was tasked with looking at “Enhancing Combat Capability and Rebalancing Defence Expenditure”. 
 
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What went wrong for the West in Afghanistan? Why couldn't a global coalition led by the world's preeminent military and economic power defeat "a bunch of farmers in plastic sandals on dirt bikes" in a conflict that outlasted b...

 
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What will be Pakistan's fate? Acts of commission or omission by itself, in/by neighbours, and superpowers far and near have led the nuclear-armed country at a strategic Asian crossroads to emerge as a serious regional and global concern whi...

 
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Some South African generals, allied with the British forces, sought segregation from the enlisted men, all blacks, after being taken prisoners of war. The surprised German commander told them firmly that they would have to share the same quarte...

 
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An aching sense of love, loss and yearning permeate this work of fiction which, however, reads like a personal narrative set in an intensely disruptive period of Indian history, and adds to the genre of partition literature, writes Ni...

 
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