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    NewsIn.Asia is a South Asian website, operating from Colombo and accessed by readers worldwide. It offers its readers timely, indepth and comprehensive coverage of South Asian news, views and analyses. The site is active on social media such as Facebook and Twitter where it has thousands of followers. Within months after its launch, in July 2016, NewsIn.Asia has become a popular web portal in Sri Lanka and many South Asian countries where it has gained a reputation of unbiased reporting amongst its readers. The areas covered by NewsIn.Asia include politics, business, sports, cinema, off beat, food and travel.

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  • Fate of Maldives-China FTA uncertain as Male loosens ties with Beijing0

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    • February 9, 2019

    by Editor February 8, 2019  By P.K.Balachandran/South Asian Monitor The Maldives-China Free Trade Agreement (MCFTA) which was signed amidst great controversy on December 8, 2017, is today in limbo as the new Maldivian government headed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih is looking into all deals, including the MCFTA, entered into by the previous regime headed by strongman Abdulla

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  • Rajapaksa urges revival of war-time Troika to manage India-Lanka relations0

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    • February 9, 2019

    by EditorFebruary 9, 2019  Colombo, February 9 (newsin.asia): Mahinda Rajapaksa, Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan parliament and a former Sri Lankan President, has strongly urged the governments of India and Sri Lanka to revive the “Troika” system which managed relations between the two countries during the crucial final phase of the war against

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  • “Indians are there to assist us, to help us and be good neighbors.” says Maldivian Defense Minister0

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    • February 6, 2019

    by EditorFebruary 6, 2019  Male, February 6, (Strategic News International): In an interview given to ‘Strategic News’ of India, the chief of the Maldivian Defense Force, Maj.Gen Abdulla Shamaal, said ten radars are being installed in the Indian Ocean archipelago. When the radars are installed and connected via a network, the monitoring of the Maldivian economic zone

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  • Bangladesh’s growth will offer opportunities for India-China collaboration0

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    • January 10, 2019

    By Prof. Swaran Singh/Ceylon Today 10 January 2019 Tuesday saw Sheikh Hasina being sworn in as Prime Minister of Bangladesh for the historic fourth time, and for the third consecutive term since 2009. Now, as her 41-member Council of Ministers – that includes 37 new faces – hits the ground running to fulfill her promised double-digit

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  • Rahul Gandhi-Defense Minister spat over Rafale fighter and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. continues0

    by EditorJanuary 7, 2019 New Delhi, January 7 (NDTV): The spat between Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman continued on Monday with Sitharaman saying that the state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, has orders for Rs. one million million or Rs. One trillion, and Rahul saying that the actual orders were only for Rs.

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  • India: Ayyappa temple entry imbroglio: Conservative backlash stems from vote bank politics0

    by Editor January 5, 2019 By P.K.Balachandran/DailyFT Kerala has been in unprecedented political and social turmoil since September 28, 2018. It was on that day that the Indian Supreme Court had allowed women of all age groups to worship at the 800-year old shrine for Lord Ayyappa at Sabarimala. Conservatives Hindus were up in arms against the

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  • Lessons from Bangladesh elections for South Asia0

    By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express 1 January 2019 Colombo, December 31 (Daily Express): The results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Bangladesh and those of the recent State Assembly elections in India show very clearly, that economic issues play a decisive role in shaping peoples’ electoral choice. If the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got defeated in the

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  • Indian experts fear US withdrawal from Afghanistan will lead to a Taliban-Pakistan take over0

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    • December 29, 2018

    by EditorDecember 29, 2018  Washinton, December 30 (Dawn): President Don­ald Trump’s plan toreduce US troops in Afghanistanhas set off alarm bells in India with experts suggesting New Delhi change its hostile attitude towards Taliban who in the new situation could gain significant influence in the war-ravaged country. In comments published in various Indian and US media

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  • Emerging South Asian scenario: An Indian viewpoint0

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    • December 25, 2018

    by Editor NewsinAsia 25 December 2018 By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Mirror Despite striking similarities in culture and a shared history going back to ancient times, South Asia is one of the least integrated regions in the world. But there are visible signs of change both within South Asia and in the way the world looks at the

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  • With new rules to snoop on online content, India is moving towards the Chinese model of surveillance0

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    • December 24, 2018

    by Editor  December 24, 2018 By Apar Gupta/ Executive Director at the Internet Freedom Foundation. New Delhi, December 24 (Daily Hunt): As reported in the Indian Express on Monday, the Indian government and large online platforms are privately discussing how to censor and break the encryption of your social media and messaging to enable your posts

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  • Bangladesh elections: Will Hasina’s authoritarianism dent her developmental plank?0

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    • December 23, 2018

    By Editor on December 22, 2018 By P.K.Balachandran/DailyFT As Bangladesh goes for general elections on December 30, the million dollar question in people’s minds is whether or not Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s authoritarian actions will dent her impressive developmental plank. Hasina’s ten-year tenure as Prime Minister, from 2009 till date,  has been marked by very impressive economic growth.

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  • Challenges to South Asian security0

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    • December 19, 2018

    By Editor  December18, 2018 By P.K. Balachandran Terrorism, religious fanaticism and class wars are endemic in South Asian states. There is continuous cross-border terrorism which is but a proxy war between States. There are external economic and military threats from new and old hegemonic forces.  There are threats from non-State actors like terrorists, pirates, human smugglers

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  • Sirisena refuses to re-appoint Wickremesinghe even as Appeal Court stays Rajapaksa Premiership0

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    • December 4, 2018

    By Editor on December 3, 2018 Colombo, December 3 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan Court of Appeal on Monday passed an interim order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa and his 49-member purported Council of Ministers from functioning till the Quo Warranto petition filed by 122 Members of Parliament is adjudicated. Later, Rajapaksa issued a statement saying that he will appeal to

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  • TNA says it won’t support any impeachment move if President withdraws unconstitutional actions0

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    • December 1, 2018

    By Editor on December 1, 2018                         Colombo, December 1 (newsin.asia): The 14-member Tamil National Alliance (TNA) group in the Sri Lankan parliament, which is playing a pivotal role in the on-going constitutional imbroglio, has told President Maithripala Sirisena that it will not support any move by

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