• Dali-Ruili railway across the Nujiang river in China’s Yunnan province. This is a key section of the China-Myanmar railway project to link Yunnan and Yangon [image from: Alamy]

    China builds in Myanmar’s conflict areas

    November 26, 2019

    Winding through many of the areas of conflict in Myanmar’s areas dominated by ethnic minorities, the China Myanmar Economic Corridor may spark off more fighting, writes Nicholas Lo

  • A view of Thimpu, Bhutan's capital

    Thirsty Thimphu in water abundant Bhutan

    November 21, 2019

    Authorities are struggling to meet the water needs of the fast growing capital, Thimpu, especially in the winter when there is little rain or snow and pipes freeze over.

  • Narendra Modi speaking on a podium

    India should learn sanitation from Bangladesh

    October 02, 2019

    Narendra Modi may declare that India is open defecation free, but toilet use has to be driven by community engagement, and that is where Bangladesh’s example has important lessons for India

  • passengers boarding aeroplane

    When ‘jetsetting’ is no longer cool

    August 26, 2019

    Campaigner Greta Thunberg and activists Extinction Rebellion have focused attention on aviation’s climate impacts, and a small but growing trend is taking hold

  • China Railway

    Nepal-China railway project: fantasy or reality?

    June 18, 2019

    The world’s toughest rail route, from Kerung in Tibet to Kathmandu, is struggling to get off the ground amid growing fears of debt, earthquakes and benefits bypassing local communities

  • A tiger reserve sliced in two

    June 03, 2019

    Rail and road projects have divided the Rajaji National Park, one of India’s 50 tiger reserves, into two parts, with a massive impact on the tiger and elephant population