Lamat R Hasan

About Lamat R Hasan

Lamat is an Associate Editor at Asia News Network.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Afghan-Pakistan relations dogged by accusations

Recent relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been dogged by allegations that Islamabad is harbouring terrorists.

Diplomacy, Economics

India bets big on solar after Macron visit

India is investing heavily in its renewable sector after an early-March visit from French President Emmanuel Macron.


India announces death of 39 nationals missing in Iraq

India announced the death of 39 of its nationals in Iraq, presumed to be killed by Islamic State militants.


Chaos ahead as Bangladesh prepares for elections

A jailed opposition leader, a massive influx of refugees and growing Islamic extremism means chaos for Bangladesh ahead of elections.


India’s Congress party signals challenge for 2019 general elections

Positioning himself as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s principal challenger is newly appointed Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi.


Singapore is happiest nation in Southeast Asia

The World Happiness Report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, ranks countries on income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.


Nepal’s first woman president gets second term

Bidya Devi Bhandari, the Himalayan nation’s first woman president, gets a second term for the largely ceremonial role.


India allows passive euthanasia

India’s Supreme Court allows people to draw up what it termed “living wills” on how they would like to be treated if critically sick.


India-China trade hits a record of US$84.55bn in 2017

India-China trade reached a historic high despite bilateral tensions over a number of issues including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Doklam standoff.


Sri Lanka declares emergency as Buddhist mob ransacks Muslim properties

Tension has been brewing between the majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims in Sri Lanka over the past year.


Indian actors Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor remembered at Oscars

Indian actors Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor are among those remembered at the Oscars.


Attack on Bangladeshi Sci-Fi writer bears hallmark of militant outfit

Officials says a stabbing attack on Muhammad Zafar Iqbal, an outspoken opponent of militancy and communalism, may be the work of Islamist militants.


India mourns legendary actress Sridevi

India’s legendary actress Sridevi’s passing is not only early – at 54 – but sudden, plunging a nation full of fans into shock and sadness.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Iran-India: A history of culture and cooperation

The leasing of the Chabahar deepwater port from Iran to India is the latest in a millennia-long history of cooperation between the two countries.

Analysis, Curiosity

As one of the world’s leading plastic polluters, can India help save environment?

India will be the global host of the World Environment Day on June 5 with Beat Plastic Pollution as the theme.


Bangladesh court sends former prime minister Khaleda Zia to jail

The 72-year-old Khaleda Zia is the first former prime minister of Bangladesh and the second head of government after former President Gen HM Ershad to be convicted and sentenced.


Is press freedom under threat in Asia?

In a year noted for excellent journalism, 2017 also saw remarkable attacks on the media – oftentimes from those holding the highest office.


India unveils Modicare, world’s biggest healthcare scheme for poor

With an eye on the 2018 general elections, India unveiled Modicare – the world’s biggest healthcare scheme.


‘India cannot become refugee capital of the world’

The Indian government tells Supreme Court that Rohingya issue is not a matter for the apex court to intervene in.


India-Asean agree to strengthen maritime ties

With China’s growing influence in the region, India and the Asean nations decided to step up maritime and counter-terror cooperation and bolster connectivity plans during a two-day commemorative summit in New Delhi on January 25.


The Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Grand Project

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a unique opportunity to connect continents through infrastructure, cultural and technological exchange.


Asians spend the most on children’s education

Hong Kong tops the global list, followed by the UAE – both countries spending a whopping US$130,000 and US$100,000 respectively on their children’s education.