India needs to be fair to its own migrants, the city builders and sustainers

The census data of 2011 reflects that the four states - Uttar Pradesh (UP), Bihar, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh -account for 50 percent of India's total inter-state migrants, write Suresh Kumar Patel, Abhishek Kumar & Noorul Quamer for South Asia Monitor


The Wuhan virus and China's biological warfare: Warnings the world ignored

Launch of China Virus/COVID-19  - which only India had guts to name biological weapon - had decades of preparation to deny/mitigate global response, writes  Lt Gen P. C. Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor


COVID 19: South Asian nations must take care of refugees, or we all are vulnerable

The Rohingya refugees staying inside and outside camps in Bangladesh and India are worth mentioning in the South Asian context. Their already slum-like dwellings, lack of fresh water and sanitation, densely-crowded living conditions and hunger puts them in a more perilous situation, writes Sariful Islam for South Asia Monitor


The final frontier: Women in combat roles must become the new normal

In the Indian context, the Indian Air Force and the Indian Navy have granted a permanent commission to women officers even as both have opened up some combat roles for women, write Subhranil Ghosh & Sayantan Bandyopadhyay for South Asia Monitor


India has 2,902 corona cases, 68 deaths; 22,000 Jamaat members quarantined

The Indian government on Saturday said the number of coronavirus cases rose to 2,902 in the country, out of which 1,023 positive cases have links to Tablighi Jamaat, the Islamic missionary outfit…


Pakistanis immune to coronavirus? PM Imran advises citizens not to be 'foolish'

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said that reports circulating on social media that the coronavirus would not affect Pakistanis were false, cautioning that the disease would not spare anyone…


Thousands returning to Dhaka amid shutdown

Thousands of people were seen coming to Dhaka from Savar, Manikganj, Barishal, Mymensingh, Gazipur and many other parts of the country amid the nationwide shutdown enforced to combat the spread of…


Sri Lanka government looks beyond Covid-19 to source export markets

Sri Lanka's Ministry of Foreign Relations, through its mission network and in collaboration with the Export Development Board (EDB),  is in the process of facilitating Sri Lankan exporters at this…


First locally transmitted case confirmed in Nepal

Teh first case of local transmission of the coronavirus infection has been confirmed in Nepal. The Ministry of Health and Population today shared the information of three new confirmed COVID-19…


Bhutan's first two Covid-19 patients recover

There is good news from Bhutan. Early detection and containment approach, which Bhutan has adopted to fight against Covid-19, has worked well for the country


Afghan presidential guard killed in Kabul attack

Unidentified gunmen attacked two Afghan Presidential Protective Service (PPS) members, killing one and injuring the other on the outskirts of capital Kabul, an official confirmed on Saturday


Maldives budget deficit projected to increase

Maldivian Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer has said the government now projected the budget deficit to increase to MVR 12 billion in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic


India's lockdown hurts Bhutan's pan shops

The ongoing lockdown in India has led to a shortage of doma (areca nut) and paney (betel leaves) in the Bhutanese market


ADB projects Nepal’s growth At 5.3%

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected that Nepal’s economy will grow by 5.3 percent in the current fiscal year 2019/20. “Nepal’s economy is anticipated to grow by 5.3 percent (at market…


UN Human rights chief criticises India's quarantine measures

While India is fighting to stop the spread of Covid-19, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michele Bachelet, on Thursday criticised the quarantine measures put in place in the country, saying…


China profits from the pandemic it sparked

In what is being called the "cruelest irony" China, that blasted the world with one million coronavirus cases, now stands to gain from the fallout, exporting equipment and supplies needed to fight…


SAMDEN protests actions against Mir Shakilur Rahman and The Wire

Leading editors and media professionals from South Asia today protested actions against the media in Pakistan and India - the detention of Pakistani editor and publisher Mir Shakilur Rahman in…


Soleimani killing will lead to reprisal, increase chances of regional conflict: Dilip Hiro

After the targeted killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force by the US, the Persian Gulf nation is not going to sit silent…

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