CPEC and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Afghanistan

Multiple state actors' clashing interests may throw Afghanistan's future into uncertainty

China is also keen to extend the coverage of CPEC and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to Afghanistan. This expansion of China’s footprint would be a matter of huge concern for both the US and India, writes Amb Ashok Sajjanhar (retd) for South Asia Monitor


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

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

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…

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-Genral Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

More transparency needed in investigating coronavirus origins: WHO Director-General Tedros

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-Genral Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on China to cooperate on the ongoing investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus

Indian Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in India-China Galwan valley clash

Indian Army pays tribute to soldiers killed in India-China Galwan valley clash

The Indian Army on Tuesday paid rich tributes to the soldiers who were killed in a violent clash with Chinese troops on this day last year in Galwan valley along the Line of Actual Control (LAC)…

Four Pakistani soldiers killed

Four Pakistani soldiers killed in bomb attack in Balochistan

At least four personnel, including a junior commanding officer of the Pakistan Frontier Corps, were killed and eight injured in an IED bomb attack in the country’s restive province of Balochistan…

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

Bhutanese school

Bhutanese school comes to rescue of student; raises $68000 needed for transplant

Tenzin Thomey, a 14-year-old student in Bhutan, suffers from Fanconi Anemia-- a rare inherited blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure

Afghan communication infrastructure

Afghan communication infrastructure targeted; antenna worth a million dollars destroyed

Afghanistan’s communication infrastructure has been a target as the fighting intensified between the Taliban and the government forces

Maldives Bank

Maldives launches low-interest loan for housing

The Maldivian government has introduced a new low-interest home loan scheme, aimed at providing easy finances to people living in residential islands outside the capital

Attacks on journalists in Pakistan

Attacks on journalists: Mediapersons in Pakistan on collision course with establishment

Pakistan has fallen six places - 139 to 145 - in the Reporters without Borders World Press Freedom Index since 2018

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…

PepsiCo Foundation

PepsiCo Foundation with SEEDS India provides oxygen concentrators in Bengal

PepsiCo Foundation has announced a series of community relief outreach programs for West Bengal in partnership with Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS) India

Kashmir youth

Kashmir youth, 17, is teen sensation with his business acumen, tech explorations

A teenager from the apple-producing town of Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir is using his digital marketing skills for his tech exploration and business expansion

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