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Govt invites inflation

When all the countries of the world have been trying hard to come out of the grip of high inflation rate, the Bangladesh government at that very moment invited inflation by hiking the fuel oil price at a record margin of up to 51 per cent. This record price hike will stoke the inflation rate more and bring sufferings for the low income people. Inflation is being considered as the biggest problem for the global...

SOUTH ASIAN BRIEF

Is Pakistan’s new government on shaky ground?

Welcome to South Asia Brief.

The highlights this week: Pakistan’s new government suffers another setback, Sri Lanka’s Parliament appoints Ranil Wickremesinghe as president, and Bhutan announces changes to its tourism policy.

What’s Next for Pakistan’s New Government?

The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won 15 of 20 seats in by-elections in Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province, on...

Reports

Making Sense of the Nepal Army’s Engagement With...

For the past 20 years the Nepal Army chief has been a regular presence at the annual Indo-Pacific Chiefs of Defense (CHODs) conference. Very few Nepalis were aware of the powwow, held under the aegis of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. But it was a different...

India’s trade deficit hit high of $31 billion in...

New Delhi: Financial year 2022-23 is creating one headwind after another for the Indian economy. First, it was the high fiscal deficit, then the fall in rupee, and now the current account deficit, a large portion of which is the rising trade deficit. India’s preliminary data...

Assam is becoming hotbed of ‘jihadi activities’,...

Guwahati: Assam has become a hotbed of “jihadi activities” with five modules having links with Bangladesh-based terror outfit Ansarul Islam busted in five months, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday. Six Bangladeshi nationals belonging to Ansarul Islam had entered Assam to indoctrinate youths, and...

ASEAN to host ministerial talks amid Myanmar cri...

PHNOM PENH -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will host its annual ministerial meetings starting Wednesday (today) to tackle the deepening regional crisis in Myanmar and other security issues. The talks in the Cambodian capital will also include external partners, such as the...

SAM Special

Similarities and differences between the Taiwan and Ukraine crises

Colombo: The US-China standoff over House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan can be compared with the conflict between the US and Russia over Ukraine. There are similarities as well as differences between the two episodes. Both conflicts began with the US using a State on the border of a rival power to pose a direct security threat to the latter. It was Ukraine in the case of rival Russia, and Taiwan...

Issues

Afghanistan is now an Asian problem

A year ago, the Taliban took over Afghanistan as the U.S. completed its botched withdrawal from the country. Since then, other global crises, particularly Russia's aggression against Ukraine, have moved the Afghan issue to the back of the world's conscience. NATO, previously a key player...

Why the Enforcement Directorate is being seen as...

Is it any wonder that Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP, skipped summons twice to present himself before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) before he was raided and detained on Sunday? The truth is that the ED, already a feared institution, has been further empowered in cases relating to the Prevention...

Load-shedding is fine, if...

A picture on Facebook of bullock carts on Colombo's streets brought to mind Sri Lanka's past glory. I visited the country several times for a human rights organisation. There were rows of brightly lit five-star hotels parallel to the sea beach along the road leading...

Asian financial crisis lessons offer recovery pa...

Ranil Wickremesinghe, who rescued Sri Lanka's economy from recession as prime minister in 2002, is back, now as executive president. This time around, his challenge is far greater. Wickremesinghe has taken office with supplies of fuel and electricity scarce due to the country's lack of...

Editor`s Choice

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying VR journey into the nuclear bunker

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying...

It became clear that things had gone terribly awry on this particular day when I saw that the most moderate option on the desk in...
3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemic years

3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemi...

If you have had contact with people over the past few months, and I don't mean to rub it in if you haven't, then there...
Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with our anger and angst

Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with ou...

They call it ennui. You know, that lingering mix of feelings of listlessness and tedium, of being adrift, bereft of neither a sense of anticipation,...

Focus

India

TMC may have cacked Partha Chatterjee, but its problems with corruption run deep

Kolkata: It took fewer than five days for West Bengal’s ruling party, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), to change its stance on senior party leader and heavyweight minister Partha Chatterjee, arrested on July 23 on charges of money laundering. From ‘innocent until proven guilty’ a few hours after arrest, he became ‘guilty until proven innocent’ by July 28. The scam had hit the party that hard. Resultantly, it marked the first instance in the 11 years of...
It is going to get worse before it gets better. It is going to be a painful few years ahead.
Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali Sabry on his country’s economy