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Chinese land-grab in Bhutan and India: Timid responses won't work with Beijing

There have also been reports that other areas of Western Bhutan have been gradually encroached by China to secure access to the border with India, writes Lt Gen Prakash Katoch (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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Afghanistan: Challenges of peace through regional consensus

The region, overall, has gone through a major strategic realignment with the increasing influence of China, and its ties with Pakistan. Also, unlike the 90s,  there exists multi-dimensional international cooperation on the issue of Afghanistan today, writes Shraddha Nand Bhatnagar for South Asia Monitor

Ambassador Li Jiming Calls and Foreign Minister of Bangladesh

Dhaka's public admonition by Chinese envoy: Strategic fallout of an expanding profile in South Asia

The Chinese footprint in the South Asian region has been steadily increasing, while that of India is being diluted and all the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) nations are  differently dependent on Beijing for a mix of political, economic, trade and military support, writes Cmde C Uday Bhaskar (retd) for South Asia Monitor

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The pandemic: Bringing out the best, and the worst, in us

If it’s any solace, this dreadful time has given rise to an unnamed bond among strangers—call it humanity, altruism, empathy—but it’s helping many of us stay afloat, writes Azera Parveen Rahman for South Asia Monitor

COVID-19 vaccine (File)

Dhaka inks non-disclosure vaccine deal with Beijing

Bangladesh has signed a non-disclosure agreement with China on purchasing Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine and producing it in Bangladesh, a senior minister said

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Vaccine inequity triggers ‘huge disconnect’ between countries: WHO head

Although COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to decline globally for a second consecutive week, the UN health agency chief said on Monday that “a huge disconnect” is mounting between some highly…


COVID-19: India's daily recoveries more than 400,000; National Mortality Rate 1.1%

In a landmark achievement, with the dedication and tireless effort of all the healthcare and frontline workers, India has recorded daily recoveries of more than 400,000 COVID patients in a single…

Bilawal Bhutto (File)

Sindh becoming barren due to reduced water supply: Bilawal Bhutto slams PM Imran Khan

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Monday slammed Prime Minister Imran Khan, accusing him of trying to make the lands of Sindh barren by reducing water supply to the region…

Covid vaccine (File)

US considering Bangladesh’s request for Covid vaccines

The United States is actively considering Bangladesh government’s request for supply of Covid-19 vaccine doses to meet the South Asian country’s immediate needs, according to a senior Bangladesh…

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules

Sri Lanka Supreme Court rules certain provisions of Port City Commission Bill unconstitutional

In a significant judgement, the Sri Lankan Supreme Court has ruled as unconstitutional certain provisions of a bill that provides for setting up the Colombo Port City Commission to govern a…

Daily wagers

Nepal prohibitory orders hit daily wagers hard

Prohibitory order imposed in Kathmandu valley by the Nepalese  government to control Covid 19 spread has started taking a toll on daily wagers in urban areas


Despite pandemic, Bhutan registers 2 percent growth in exports, import plunges

Despite Covid disruption, Bhutan’s export in 2020 has increased to $652 million, recording a slight growth of 2 percent, mainly driven by growth in hydropower export, the national newspaper…

Afghanistan (File)

Taliban open to Turkey Conference but with conditions, says report

The Taliban, the main Afghan insurgent group, has expressed its openness to attend the Turkey Conference on the condition that the end talks must be held in Doha, Qatar, reported TOLOnews, citing…

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Israel to donate vaccines to Maldives

Israel will donate vaccines to the Maldives along with 18 other countries, reported Sun news. Israel, which has rolled out one of the fastest vaccination drives in the world, will donate 1000-5000…

Taliban (File)

Charged with supporting Taliban, Pakistan hits back at Afghan leadership

An enraged Pakistan Foreign Office has dubbed as "irresponsible statements and baseless allegations" the accusation of the Afghan leadership against the country with regards to its relationship…


Pakistani businessman held for 16 years at Guantanamo Bay likely to be set free

Guantanamo Bay's oldest prisoner Saifullah Paracha, a Pakistani businessman held for 16 years at the US detention center, has been notified that his release has been approved by Washington, The…

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Desiderata V

When Time itself, for each of us, comes with its limits clear

peak K2 base camp

Pakistan installs high-speed communication facilities at world’s second-highest peak base camp

To ensure high-speed internet connectivity at the world’s second tallest peak K2 base camp, the Pakistan government has installed a 4G Base Transceiver Station (BTS) in the base camp area of…

Reliance Jio’s IAX and IEX subsea projects to address region’s data revolution

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), India’s leading 4G and mobile broadband digital service provider, is constructing the largest international submarine cable system centered on India

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