South Asian nations must formulate holistic strategies to deal with remittance fall

In 2021, there could thus actually be a drop in remittances - more so after the second wave of Covid 19, and the recent travel restrictions imposed by many countries including those in the Gulf on travelers from South Asia, write Tridivesh Singh Maini and  Karan Bidani for South Asia Monitor


As SAARC falters, BIMSTEC's seamless transport connectivity project a big step in regional economic integration

BIMSTEC gained importance and traction after progress in SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) got stalled following heightened frosty ties between India and Pakistan, writes  Ranjana Narayan for South Asia Monitor

Basmati rice

Latest on India, Pakistan – a battle over Basmati

Although India controls two-thirds of the global Basmati market, competition between the nations has grown in recent years as Pakistan increases sales to Europe, writes Mahendra Ved for South Asia Monitor

Oil and Gas

Beyond oil and gas: India must look to West Asia with a new vision and mission

India must augment science and technology transfer and research cooperation in space with nations like Saudi Arabia, Israel, UAE, Bahrain and Qatar, writes  Aneek Chatterjee for South Asia Monitor

Sri Lankan Navy

Boat carrying 273 kg of cannabis intercepted by Sri Lankan Navy

The Sri Lankan Navy on Monday intercepted a boat carrying 237 kg of cannabis, valued at $ 356,000, in a special operation conducted in seas north of Point Pedro

529 Bangladeshis rescued

529 Bangladeshis rescued from Libya, Tunisia in a month

Altogether 529 Bangladeshis, who had been lured by human traffickers, were caught and rescued in two African countries Libya and Tunisia

Sri Lanka president inaugurates hospital

Sri Lanka president inaugurates hospital received as full grant from Chinese government

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared open the China-Sri Lanka Friendship National Nephrology Hospital in Polonnaruwa, the second-largest city in the island nation’s North…

UN chief Antonio Guterres

Vaccines should be considered 'global public goods': UN chief

Lifesaving COVID-19 vaccines should be considered “global public goods”, the UN chief told journalists on Friday, covering the G7 Summit of leading industrialized nations taking place in the…

Indian Prime MInister Narendra Modi on Monday tweeted to wish new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Looking forward to deepen strategic partnership between Israel and India: Modi

Indian Prime MInister Narendra Modi on Monday tweeted to wish new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and said he is looking forward to meeting and deepening the strategic partnership between…

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (File)

Don't start a new blame game: Pakistan to Afghanistan

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday warned his country will not take responsibility for any deterioration in the Afghan peace process

Bangladesh actress Pori Moni

Five arrested for alleged rape and murder attempt on Bangladesh actress Pori Moni

Police arrested five persons including businessman Nasir U Mahmud and Omi on Monday after actress Pori Moni filed a case with Savar police station over attempted rape and murder

Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe

Don’t politicize or throw away GSP Plus concession: Former Sri Lanka premier warns government

Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has called upon the government not to politicize and throw away the GSP Plus trade concession granted by…

Daily wagers in Nepal

Daily wagers hit hard in Nepal’s Lumbini

When the cases of the coronavirus were surging in Nepal, authorities had imposed a strict lockdown across the country, forcing many out of work

Bhutan parliament

Bhutan suspends parliament session amid lockdown

The Bhutan parliament has suspended its summer session, which began on 27 May after the announcement of a 72-hour lockdown in Thimphu on June 12

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey ‘only reliable’ country to stabilize Afghanistan: Erdogan

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave an indication of assuming greater responsibility for the Afghanistan peace process, saying his country would be the "only reliable" country left to…

Airports in the Maldives

Foreign companies allowed to run airports in the Maldives

Foreign firms have now been allowed to operate airports in the Maldives as parliament passed an amendment permitting 100 percent stakes for foreign companies in running airports

Patanjali Yoga

How to attain true liberation: Memory, karma and Indian philosophy

Uncluttering the brain of memories will allow it to function properly and faster

Nepali Army

Nepali Army Inc. - from catering to education

The Nepali Army’s foray into the education sector for running a course in agriculture for the public has drawn criticism with observers saying there has to be a line drawn on what the defense…

The State Bank of Pakistan

Pakistan proposes new framework facilitating exports on e-market platforms

Weeks after Amazon added Pakistan to its sellers’ list, the country’s central bank has proposed a fresh framework for easing the exports of Pakistani goods on global digital market platforms

India's Vinoo Mankad and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara

India’s Vinoo Mankad, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara only two South Asians in ICC Hall of Fame

Legendary cricketers Vinoo Mankad of India and Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara are the two cricket greats from South Asia among ten cricketers freshly inducted into the International Cricket Council…

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