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  • Bangladesh Opposition: Election Date Meant to Avoid Scrutiny0

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    • November 13, 2018

        By Jesmin Papri on Nov 13, 2018    Benar News A Bangladeshi opposition coalition on Tuesday slammed the Election Commission’s decision to postpone nationwide polls until Dec. 30, saying the move to hold the vote during the Christian holiday season was a ploy to dodge international scrutiny. Election officials announced on Monday that

  • BIMSTEC: Re-modelling for a Bigger Role?0

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    • November 13, 2018

      By Nazia Hussain      13 November 2018 Synopsis Changing geopolitical realities in the region have brought about a renewed interest in the Bay of Bengal. Can BIMSTEC utilise the momentum to remodel itself as a grouping to be reckoned with? Commentary BIMSTEC, officially known as the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic

  • China’s growing footprint in Nepal: Challenges and opportunities for India0

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    • November 13, 2018

    China’s growing footprint in Nepal: Challenges and opportunities for India Oct 03 2018 Anil Sigdel Abstract China is extending its hand to Nepal, India’s Himalayan neighbour, which for its part is understandably attracted to the prospects that are emerging on its Northern front. How does China’s expanding footprint in Nepal affect India? This brief examines

  • Iran prepares cryptocurrency as US cuts SWIFT services0

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    • November 13, 2018

    According to the US Treasury Department, Iran has now been cut off from the SWIFT financial messaging system. Photo: iStock Tehran feels forced to turn to crypto and will start to issue ‘digital Rial’ to banks and institutions for payment testing and interbank settlements By Luke Thompson November 13, 2018 Iran has now been cut

  • Bangladesh Opposition Vows to Challenge Ruling Party in General Election0

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    • November 12, 2018

      by Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Nov 11, 2018  Bangladesh’s main opposition party and a group of centrist parties vowed Sunday to participate in the Dec. 23 general election, posing the first electoral challenge to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in 10 years. Kamal Hossain, leader of the Jatiya Oikya Front (National United Front), made

  • Bhutan National Assembly Elections 2018: A Mandate for Change?0

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    • November 12, 2018

    Nihar R Nayak Nihar R Nayak is Research Fellow at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Click here for detail profile. More from the author Rajrajeshwari Singh Rajrajeshwari Singh is Research Intern at Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. More from the author Ashok K. Behuria Ashok K. Behuria is Senior

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  • South Asia: Is ‘regime-change’ an end in itself?0

      The alternative for India would and should be to shed the post-Cold War past here and now — re-look at the South Asian priorities. N Sathiya Moorthy   12 November 2018 If there is a ‘lesson’ the ‘international community’ (read: West) has to learn (!) from some of the events standing also in their name in

  • Ron Paul: President Trump’s Iran Policy, Is It ‘Normal’?0

    November 13, 2018 Ron Paul It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on. So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly

  • Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid repatriation0

    Rohingya refugees perform prayers as they attend a ceremony organised to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo: AFP/Dibyangshu Sarkar Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid repatriation It’s not clear conditions

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