Lamat R Hasan

About Lamat R Hasan

Lamat is an Associate Editor at Asia News Network.

Analysis, Politics

Maldives strongman Abdulla Yameen in shock election defeat

The Maldivian election was watched closely as an indicator of China’s growing influence in the Indian Ocean region.

Analysis

How a new party trumped the ruling PDP in Bhutan’s primary polls

In its third election as a full-fledged democracy, Bhutanese came out in large numbers to oust the ruling People’s Democratic Party run by Harvard-educated Tshering Tobgay.

Curiosity

Why India’s Partition continues to haunt the Kashmir Valley

Pakistani writer Anam Zakaria travels through Pakistan-administered Kashmir to hear its people – their sufferings, hopes and aspirations.

Curiosity

LGBTQ rights: Asia has a long way to go

In most Asian countries same-sex relations are illegal with varying degrees of tolerance, and we take a look at some.

Analysis, News

Will India sign pact with US for secure military communications?

After being postponed twice this year, the inaugural ‘2+2’ meeting also marks the 10th anniversary of the landmark India-US civil nuclear deal.

Curiosity

Kerala floods telling of how India’s minorities are being pushed to the wall

India still takes pride in being seen as the world’s largest secular democracy, but its secular fabric is bursting at the seams trying to balance the diktats of the state, society and religion.

Analysis, News

Opening of Myanmar border gives filip to India’s Act East Policy

Myanmar shares an almost 1,600-km border with four northeast Indian states and a majority of residents in this region have relatives living on the other side of the frontier.

Curiosity

Raising a toast to India-Pakistan Partition literature

Third generation Indians and Pakistanis are doing their bit to not let the India-Pakistan rhetoric affect them, the rhetoric that peaks every year on August 15 – when India was partitioned to create Pakistan.

Analysis, Politics

Why it may not be a smooth sail for Pakistan’s Imran Khan

The going may not be easy for Pakistan’s Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan – seen as the army’s “puppet” – and with questions over the fairness and transparency of the polling process.

Curiosity

South Asian book publishing: writing top class, big deals missing

Indonesia is seen as a rising star in Asia’s book publishing industry even as Cambodia, Laos, Brunei and Myanmar are yet to make a mark.

News

China ‘gifts’ Sri Lanka 2 billion yuan

Sri Lanka and China have developed a close relationship over the past decade – so much so the Chinese national anthem was played out before the Sri Lankan anthem at a function.

News

Imran Khan set to be Pakistan’s next prime minister

Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has a clear edge over jailed former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

News

Pakistan goes to the polls today

Gallup Poll predicts a neck-and-neck contest between Imran Khan’s PTI and Nawaz Sharif’s PML(N) in Pakistan’s second civilian-to-civilian transfer of power.

Curiosity

The Ganges: India’s river of life & death

Victor Mallet effortlessly bares India’s complex relationship with the Ganga river, whom it reveres as a goddess, yet dumps its waste in her bosom.

News

‘Pulling plug on search ops for missing plane cannot bring closure’

The search for MH370 was suspended in June this year and it is likely to remain the world’s greatest aviation mystery.

Politics

Nawaz Sharif: In jail to strengthen Pakistan’s democracy

The appeals challenging the conviction of former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam were filed in court on July 16.

News

Will India’s top court decriminalise anti-LGBT law?

India’s LGBT community was outraged when a landmark ruling decriminalising homosexual acts was reversed in 2013 – the constitutional validity of this colonial-era law is being re-examined.

Economics, News

India’s richest man to take on global e-commerce platforms

Reliance Industries’ Mukesh Ambani is ready to take on global e-commerce giants Amazon and Walmart by launching his own.

News

Moon-Modi summit in New Delhi today

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on his first state visit to India after being elected President.

Analysis, News

Child labour in Asia: Wages of innocence

A majority of the 122 million children employed in child labour live in Asia.

Analysis, Economics

India’s tryst with the goods and services tax

At the stroke of midnight on June 30, 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rolled out India’s biggest and most complex tax reform – a look back on its pluses and minuses.

News

Global financial watchdog grey lists Pakistan

Financial Action Task Force grey lists Pakistan, India welcomes move, China defends ally for efforts taken to curb terrorism.

Analysis, News

Minister rejects report that India most dangerous for women

A survey prompted by the global #MeToo movement found India to be most dangerous country in world for women, along with neighbouring Pakistan.

Economics

China-led AIIB makes a mark in less than 3 years

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is beginning to make an impact around Asia as countries sign on to the China-led initiative.

Curiosity

Asia’s poor work-life balance in focus after list released

Three Asian cities – Mumbai, New Delhi and Hanoi – figure among the top five cities of the world that work the hardest.

Curiosity, News

South Korea tops internet usage in Asia

Among the countries surveyed, South Korea stands out as the most heavily connected society, with 96 per cent of adults reporting internet use.

News

Asia prepares to roll out yoga mat

Though yoga is equally popular in the east and west, Asia is home to some of the best yoga retreats in the world.

News

India needs to fix water crisis on priority

Over 600 million Indians are facing an acute shortage of water even as 200,000 die every year.

News

India’s Japan-backed train project in trouble?

With farmers not willing to give up their land, one of Narendra Modi’s most ambitious projects is falling off-track.

Politics

India refuses to endorse China’s Belt And Road project

Becomes lone dissenting voice against project at SCO summit.

Curiosity

Asia’s rising passport power

Wealthy Asian nations are being counted among countries with world’s most powerful passports.

Analysis

China defends treasure hunt at India border

The mining project is being undertaken in Lhunze county, under Chinese control, adjacent to India’s northeast.

News

India recognises gravity of mental health issues

New Mental Healthcare Act notified, suicide decriminalised in India.

Analysis, Diplomacy

Modi summit with Putin discusses a way around US sanctions

The informal summit was held at the Black Sea resort of Sochi less than a month after Modi’s meeting with Xi in Wuhan.

Analysis

Drama far from over in India’s Karnataka after polls

Supreme Court orders one-day-old Karnataka chief minister to prove majority on May 19.

Diplomacy

India reaches out to North Korea

India sends minister to Pyongyang for the first time in two decades.

Analysis

When Modi played up cultural linkages to mend ties with Nepal

On his recent visit to Nepal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi put to good use religion and culture to firm India’s ties with the Himalayan nation.

Economics, News

Walmart, Flipkart seal world’s biggest e-commerce deal

Flipkart was launched in 2007 in the southern Indian city of Bengaluru by Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, both former Amazon employees.

News

Rahul Gandhi says ready to be India’s prime minister

The 47-year-old scion of the Gandhi dynasty first expressed interest to become prime minister last September.

Analysis

Jinnah portrait row: Another example of India’s growing intolerance?

Hindu nationalists want Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s portrait taken off wall of prestigious Muslim campus.

Analysis

India world’s fifth largest military spender

India’s military spending increased in 2017 and it now occupies the fifth spot after US, China, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

News

India’s grand ‘adopt-a-heritage’ scheme draws flak

Top corporate bags multimillion contract to ‘adopt’ historic Red Fort; India’s iconic Taj Mahal up for ‘adoption’ next.

News

Asian media going the China way: report

Norway, Sweden, Finland top press freedom rankings, North Korea finishes last.

Analysis

Modi-Xi meet: Bonhomie in Wuhan

The biggest takeaway from the unstructured conversations was an agreement to improve communications between the militaries.

Analysis

A major chance to lift China-India ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi get set for their first informal summit in Wuhan.

News

China says economic ties with India on the rise

China says it will work to boost cooperative platforms with India to infuse fresh vigour into business, reports China Daily.

Diplomacy, Economics

Indians hit as US plans to scrap work permits of spouses

The cancellation of the work permits of spouses will mostly hit Indian and Chinese women.

Diplomacy

Modi’s visit to China aimed at repairing relations

The two Asian giants will work on improving bilateral ties at the two-day meet in Wuhan which hit a low following last year’s border stand-off.

Analysis, News, Politics

India approves death penalty for child rapists

After facing flak both at home and abroad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called an emergency meeting of the Cabinet which endorsed death for child rapists.

Diplomacy, Economics

Britain rolls out red carpet for Modi, Indian investment

Theresa May’s government rolled out the red carpet for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is set to invest in post-Brexit UK.

Economics

ATMs run dry in India

ATMs in several cities across the country are running dry bringing back ugly memories of the November 2016 demonetisation.

Analysis, Opinion

India tired of rape culture excuses

In India, 106 women are raped per day and the numbers aren’t going down.

News, Politics

India’s shame: Temple priest, legislator accused of rape

Minor shepherd girl gangraped, killed to instil fear in nomadic tribe; 18-year-old raped by ruling Bharatiya Janata Party legislator.

Politics

Bangladesh abolishes quota in jobs

Bangladesh scraps reservation in government jobs after massive protests by students.

Analysis, Politics

Pakistan’s Pashtun fight against discrimination

Caught between the military and militants, Pakistan’s Pashtuns stand up for their rights.

Politics

India drops proposed fake news laws

The Indian government has dropped controversial plans for a fake news law targeting journalist after pushback from the media.

Curiosity, Politics

Caste protests disrupts India

A supreme court decision to review a discrimination law has prompted caste violence across India.

Diplomacy

20 killed after weekend clashes in Kashmir

India says the top commanders of militant outfits Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed over the weekend in Kashmir during the largest counter-insurgency operation in years.

Analysis, Diplomacy, Politics

Is Myanmar blocking the return of Rohingyas?

Around 28,000 people are working round-the-clock to manage the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Diplomacy

China says India should have ‘learnt lessons’ from Doklam standoff

China contends that Doklam, a stretch of land between India, Bhutan and China, is Chinese territory and that its activities there are within its sovereign rights.

Politics

India’s two main parties spar over data breach

Congress Party accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official app of leaking data.

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.

Politics

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.

Politics

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.

Politics

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.

Curiosity

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.

Politics

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.

Curiosity

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.

Economics

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.

Politics

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.

Curiosity

Indian actors Sridevi, Shashi Kapoor remembered at Oscars

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

Politics

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.

Curiosity

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.

Politics

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.

Analysis

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.

Politics

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.

Politics

‘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.

Diplomacy

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.

Economics

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.

Curiosity

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.