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  • Reining in the rogue state Rohingyas: Bangladesh and the international community0

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    • October 17, 2020

    The Daily Star October 18, 2020 Rohingya refugees hold up placards during a visit by a UN Security Council team to Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh on 29 April, 2018. Photo: Sam Jahan/Afp C R Abrar It was a blatant charade of epic proportion. On September 29, the minister of the Office of the State

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  • South Asia faces worst ever recession, tipping millions into poverty: World Bank0

    The Daily Star  October 09, 2020 A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a labourer resting on a handcart in a closed wholesale market in Kolkata. Photo: Reuters/file Reuters, New Delhi Millions of people in South Asia are being pushed into extreme poverty as the region where a quarter of humanity lives suffers

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  • India’s Onion Dilemma0

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    • September 27, 2020

    The Daily Star  September 27, 2020 An Indian labourer takes a break from unloading sacks of onions from a truck. Photo: San-jay Kanojia/AFP Pallab Bhattacharya When India imposed a ban on onion export on September 14 this year to check its soaring price in the domestic market, the criticism of the government’s action, mainly from

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  • India’s Silenced Parliament0

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    • September 22, 2020

    The Daily Star September 22, 2020 A photo from March 3, 2020, shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) and other politicians during a BJP parliamentary committee meeting at the Parliament House in New Delhi. Photo: AFP Shashi Tharoor After a nearly six-month hiatus, the Indian parliament will reconvene in mid-September at a time of

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  • India: A toxic blend of Bollywood and politics0

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    • September 19, 2020

    The Daily Star       September 19, 2020 Pallab Bhattacharya Seldom has a Bengali actress of Bollywood roiled the politics of three Indian states—Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal—for contrasting reasons. That is precisely what is happening after Rhea Chakraborty was sent to jail after being charged in alleged drugs-related cases linked to the death of

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  • South Asian governments not protecting independent journalism during Covid-19: Speakers0

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    • September 16, 2020

    The Daily Star September 16, 2020 Star Online Report Governments of South Asian countries have become more authoritarian during the coronavirus pandemic and the crisis is shrinking the field of independent journalism in the whole region, speakers said at a webinar discussion today on media advocacy. They also said new laws and regulations are being

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  • Covid-19 in Bangladesh: Muddled response marks 6 months0

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    • September 12, 2020

    The Daily Star September 08, 2020 A look beyond daily counts may draw a grimmer picture, say experts Moudud Ahmmed Sujan The present Covid-19 situation suggests actions taken by the government made little impact on containing the virus, say public health experts as today marks half a year since the first novel coronavirus cases were

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