• Anger on social media after Waziristan man killed in Karachi ‘encounter’0

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    • January 20, 2018 | Imtiaz Ali    January 18, 2018 A photo of the deceased Naqeebullah.— Photo: Facebook Acquaintances and relatives of a man who was killed in an allegedly staged encounter by police in Karachi last week have disputed the police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Naqeebullah, a 27-year-old hailing from

  • Bangladesh : Hasina wants election to keep her party in power, no matter what0

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    • January 20, 2018

      Faruque Ahmed     19.1.2018 The High Court stay of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election for three months in the wake of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement of parliamentary election in December this year seems highly misleading. Many believe it may be art of a complex political calculation in an election year although clearly

  • Chinese engineer’s disappearance takes on geopolitical significance0

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    • January 19, 2018

    By James M. Dorsey Thirty-six-year-old Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Mr. Liu’s disappearance as a likely kidnapping <>  that could have significant political and economic consequences. Identifying the mysterious disappearance as a kidnapping is not only embarrassing because Mr. Liu was one

  • Rohingya refugee leaders ‘issue demands’ before repatriation0

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    • January 19, 2018

     PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 January, 2018 Reuters Why the world won’t call the Rohingya crisis ‘genocide’ 19 Jan 2018 Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week

  • Bangladesh: Impunity Endures for Rights Violations0

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    • January 18, 2018

    Human Rights Watch Credit for Hosting Rohingya, But Need to Better Protect Refugee Rights A Rohingya refugee stands next to a pond in the early morning at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh December 26, 2017.  © 2017 Marko Djurica/Reuters (New York, January 18, 2018) – Bangladesh authorities failed to respond to repeated and serious

  • A Non-Ally Relationship with Pakistan0

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    • January 18, 2018

    Calling a Spade a Spade A Non-Ally Relationship with Pakistan by Husain Haqqani   12/1/18 President Trump’s eruptions against Pakistan acknowledge a longstanding historical reality: for all practical purposes, Pakistan and the United States are not allies. The language of President Trump’s New Year’s Day tweet about Pakistan was undeniably, and undiplomatically, harsh: “The United States has

  • VOA Interview: US Ambassador Haley on Koreas, Palestinians, Rohingya0

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    • January 18, 2018

    The Voice of America (VOA); January 17, 2018  Interview with Greta Van Susteren Watch the full interview NEW YORK — U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke with VOA contributor Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday in New York. Haley discussed several topics, including North and South Korea: “…We are not comfortable with

  • New trouble for India: China occupies North Doklam, with armoured vehicles & 7 helipads0

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    • January 18, 2018

    Col. Vinayak Bhat (retd)  17 January, 2018 Vinayak Bhat/ThePrint New visuals show PLA deployment is close to last year’s face-off point and hasn’t thinned down as Indian Army chief Gen. Rawat claimed last week. New Delhi: Almost five months after India and China agreed to end their tense military face-off in the Himalayan region of


  • Society, Rights and Tradition0

    by Aishwarya Chaturvedi      19/1/2018 The idea of a society which we confront is not something given by nature but instead that which was crafted by human beings in the past and that which is constantly being made and remade by them in the present. Neither in respect of individuals nor in respect of society,

  • Pretending to be savior of Bengalis in Assam0

      By Nava Thakuria       18/1/2018 For many people in eastern India, Bangladeshi means Bengali. It indicates that everyone living in Bangladesh must be a Bengali. But in reality, Bangladesh is a tiny neighboring nation with a secular identity comprising various ethnic tribes. The populous country is however dominated by Muslim population where almost

  • Redefining the secular mode for India0

    By Romila Thapar   18/1/2018 17 January 2018 India needs to own its historical secularism, rather than reject it as an alien concept, to move the country towards more just governance. Flickr / M. Aditya Bharadwaj Let us begin with the assumption that we want a secular society in India. How then would one define it?


    F R Chowdhury   17.1.2018 Donald Trump had a simple and easy slogan for his election campaign – MAGA – make America great again. Many think that Trump was trying to refer to Barrack Obama presidency period as a dark chapter and promised to bring back the white supremacy again. Obama is not only black, but

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