Afghanistan (File)

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

Vaccination in India

Vaccination in South Asia: India still remains the best hope

While India must resume supplies to its neighbors, there is much that it can also learn from some of their best practices, including Bhutan, writes N Chandra Mohan for South Asia Monitor

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen

No blame game required in Chinese vaccine approval: Bangladesh FM

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said there was no need to start a blame game over the delay in approving the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm vaccine and said his country has followed its…

Rohingyas in Bangladesh

UNHCR to unveil USD 943 million plan for Rohingyas in Bangladesh

The UN refugee agency UNHCR is set to unveil a new USD 943 million Joint Response Plan (JRP) that seeks to meet the needs of more than 880,000 Rohingya refugees and 472,000 Bangladeshis in the…

COVID-19 test kits

Government-supported startup develops affordable COVID-19 test kits for rural areas

With Covid 19 reportedly spreading virulently in the vast rural hinterland of India, a Mumbai-based startup is ready with its affordable Rapid Antigen Test that offers COVID 19 diagnosis &…

Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Javad Bajwa (File)

Won’t allow terrorists to disturb peace: Pakistan Army chief

Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) has said terrorists would never be allowed to disturb the hard-earned peace in tribal districts of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, according to the military's media wing…

German Ambassador to Bangladesh Peter Fahrenholtz

EU remains Bangladesh’s most reliable partner: German Ambassador

The European Union is Bangladesh’s most reliable partner, the German envoy to Dhaka has said

Covid vaccine (File)

World Bank provides USD 80 million to Sri Lanka for COVID-19 vaccine

The Sri Lankan government and the World Bank have signed a USD 80.5 million additional financing agreement to enable the island nation access and distribute COVID-19 vaccines and t strengthen the…

Nepal-India (File)

Is Nepal lacking in diplomatic efforts to seek international aid for battling Covid?

With the raging Covid-19 pandemic overwhelming Nepal’s healthcare system amidst lack of oxygen, beds and ventilators, questions are being raised if the country’s own diplomatic efforts have been…


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…

US forces depart Kandahar airfield (File)

US forces depart Kandahar airfield, base turned over to Afghan Army

American forces have departed one of the biggest US bases in Afghanistan, Kandahar Airfield, NBC News reported citing three Defense Department officials

Former Maldives president Nasheed (File)

Former Maldives president Nasheed leaves for Germany for treatment

Maldives’ former president Mohammed Nasheed, who escaped an assassination attempt last week, has on Thursday departed for Germany to seek further medical treatment there, reported Raajje TV

Bangladesh PM invites Assam (File)

Bangladesh PM invites Assam to benefit from Bangladesh's growth trajectory

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has invited the bordering northeast Indian state of Assam to derive benefits from Bangladesh's growth trajectory, given the warmth, depth and diversity of…

Neera Tanden

Blocked from cabinet, Tanden now appointed Biden's senior adviser

Neera Tanden, whose appointment to a cabinet post was blocked in the senate, has been named a senior adviser to US President Joe Biden, according to a Democratic Party leader

European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS)

Violent attacks in Afghanistan and the Maldives threaten human rights and democracy

Only the harshest and most forceful terms would be fitting to describe terrorist attacks that specifically target children, no matter in which part of the world

Pakistani actor Veena Malik (File)

Pakistani actor Veena Malik under fire for anti-Semitic tweet

Pakistani actor Veena Malik is facing trolls on Twitter and other social media platforms after she posted an anti-Semitic tweet 'quoting' Adolf Hitler

Google joins 30 tech companies to support work visas for immigrant spouses

Search engine giant Google has joined 30 other tech companies to protect the work visas for spouses of highly skilled tech immigrants, a measure that will help Indian techies in America

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