Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA)

After PTA, Bangladesh and Bhutan can cooperate to solve regional issues, tackle Covid

Once the PTA comes into force, more people in Bangladesh will get access to good apples and oranges from Bhutan, while the fashion-conscious Bhutanese can choose from more varieties of quality apparel from Bangladesh, writes Md Pathik Hasan for South Asia Monitor 

A new street battle by Afghan women

A new street battle by Afghan women that Taliban may not be prepared to fight

The sense of losing everything - after a quarter-century of modernization and social progress - seems to have broken the Afghan women's fear of confronting the Taliban, writes Shraddha Nand Bhatnagar for South Asia Monitor 

India-Pakistan cricket rivalry

South Asia's cricket rivalry: Is the Indian pace battery a notch-up on Pakistan's feared pace attack of the last century?

The difficulty level the current Indian pacers had to overcome to achieve consistency and success in top-flight international cricket is substantially higher than what their counterparts from Pakistan had to surmount decades back, writes Sirshendu Panth for South Asia Monitor

People of Afghanistan

Augury of a 'failed' Afghanistan: Global sympathy should be with the Afghan people

So, what the future looks like for Afghanistan? In one word: hopeless, writes Anondeeta Chakraborty for South Asia Monitor

India-Nepal flags (File)

Former Nepali Army chiefs' presence at Indian Army military conclave highlight fraternal ties

Several former chiefs of the Nepali Army have been invited by the Indian Army to a three-day military conclave that began on Thursday. Several former officials and serving chief of the Indian Army…

Representational Photo

Bangladeshi couple sentenced in US for supporting IS

A Bangladeshi couple was sentenced in the United States for providing support to the Islamic State, a banned foreign terrorist group in the US

India's Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat

Afghanistan may see more turmoil; China will step in, says India's top general

The situation in Afghanistan can deteriorate resulting in more turmoil, says India's Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat, and China could potentially "step into Afghanistan" in times to…

UN should redesign Sustainable Development Goals

UN should redesign Sustainable Development Goals, revise targets under Covid challenge

It is the best time to pursue a truly transformative framework by prioritizing the goals, resetting targets with deadlines and setting the strategic actions to fruitfully implement SDGs and their…

Covid may become more manageable

Covid may become more manageable in six months; no new variant found in India: Indian health body chief

Covid will start becoming endemic in India in the next six months, a top expert has said, asserting that a new variant can't alone bring the third wave of infections

Seven more Pakistani soldiers killed in Waziristan

Seven more Pakistani soldiers killed in Waziristan: Afghanistan fallout

There is trouble brewing from Pakistan - a possible fallout from Afghanistan's volatility. Seven more members of Pakistan security forces and five insurgents were killed in the country’s northwest…

BNP founder Ziaur Rahman

BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was involved in the 1975 carnage that killed Sheikh Mujib: Bangladesh PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Thursday told parliament said she did not doubt that late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), was involved in…

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka hopes to boost foreign inflows through remittances, tourism, high investments

In a bid to boost foreign inflows, crisis-hit Sri Lanka is banking on high investments, remittances, and tourist arrivals, Cabinet Co-spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said as imports hit a 17-…

Nepal government faces shutdown

Nepal government faces shutdown, budget deadlock continues

Nepal has stopped all government spendings since Wednesday as the government failed to pass the budget amid a political row with the main opposition party seeking suspension of 14 of its lawmakers…

Bhutan government

Bhutan government scraps Five Year Plan, irks opposition party

The Bhutan government discontinued the practice of drafting the Five-Year-Plan - a practice that they had picked up from India which itself had discontinued them from 2014 - for development and…

Rift in Taliban leadership

Rift in Taliban leadership?

Supporters of two Taliban leaders indulged in a brawl earlier this month at the presidential palace in Kabul days after the group announced the new interim government, a report in BBC Pashto…

Former Maldivian president Nasheed

Former Maldivian president Nasheed backs incumbent president in leaked audio scandal of judges

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih would never attempt to influence a judge, said former president Mahammad Nasheed, as the former faces the allegation of influencing the trial of now-…

The taboos that are pulling India down

The taboos that are pulling India down

No society can progress if it does not muster the courage to question taboos, particularly those which trample on human rights, dignity, and liberal values

Rights of the incarcerated

Rights of the incarcerated: Plight of pre- and under-trial detainees overcrowding prisons in South Asian nations

Prisons in South Asian countries are overcrowded-- with some countries like Bangladesh and Sri Lanka having almost double their official capacities-- as most people spend years there as pre-trial…

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka prized tea industry under threat from Rajapaksa’s organic utopia

Sri Lanka’s world-renowned tea industry--accounting for almost ten percent of its total exports--is staring at a disaster, industry players believe, as they anticipate a failing crop by next month…

Afghanistan’s girl footballers escape to Pakistan

Afghanistan’s girl footballers escape to Pakistan

Afghanistan’s national junior girls' football team members along with their families have crossed over to Pakistan after Islamabad issued emergency humanitarian visas to evacuate them from their…

NEWS BEHIND THE NEWS (NbN)News Behind the News Special Studies