• At Least 22 Rohingya Slain in Refugee Camps in 11 Months: Bangladeshi Police0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jul 16, 2018 At least 22 Rohingya people were slain through “internal” disputes at refugee camps in Bangladesh during the past 11 months, according to police, but members of the uprooted community allege that ARSA insurgents were behind some of those killings. Bangladeshi authorities have officially denied the presence of

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  • Bangladesh Bank Official Disputes Customs Report about Gold Tampering0

    Pulack Ghatack Dhaka     2018-07-17 The Bangladesh Central Bank in Dhaka is seen in this 2007 file photo. A Bangladesh Central Bank official on Tuesday challenged a claim by customs officials that confiscated gold deposited in its vault had been tampered with to lower its value. The Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate of the National

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  • Echoes of India’s 1975 emergency under Modi regime0

      BJP-led government has been called authoritarian, inviting comparison with Indira Gandhi’s rule 40 years earlier Congress party activists burn an effigy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 7 during a protest in Jalandhar against a fuel price hike. (Photo by Shammi Mehra/AFP) Nirendra Dev, New Delhi , India July 13, 2018 Critics of politics often

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  • Protests Rage in Bangladesh as PM Appears to Backtrack on Job-Quota Policy0

    Prapti Rahman Dhaka  2018-07-13 A Bangladeshi man protesting in favor of reforms to quotas for civil service jobs is attacked by counter-demonstrators near the Central Shaheed Minar, a national monument in Dhaka honoring people who died during pro-Bengali language demonstrations in 1952, July 2, 2018. BenarNews Bangladesh’s leadership seems to be backtracking on a promise to abolish

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  • Bangladesh: Khaleda Zia’s British Lawyer Refused Entry to India0

      BenarNews staff,  Washington,  2018-07-12 Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Khaleda Zia leaves court in Dhaka, Dec. 21, 2017. BenarNews A British lawyer representing jailed Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia said Thursday he was flying to India to hold a press conference about his client when he learned he was refused entry despite having a visa. Lord Alexander

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  • Indian pilgrims undaunted by Kashmiri militants0

      Many locals in the Muslim-majority state welcome the Hindu influx and condemn past violent attacks Amarnath pilgrimage in violence-scarred Jammu and Kashmir state, where an Islamic secessionist movement continues unabated. (Photo by Umar Manzoor Shah/ucanews.com) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar India July 12, 2018 Arindham Banergee decided six months ago to undertake an historic Hindu pilgrimage

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  • Chinese spies ‘target Cambodian election committee’0

      US cybersecurity group says espionage network is targeting Phnom Penh ahead of polls Supporters hug Hun Sen, prime minister and leader of the Cambodian People’s Party, during a general election campaign in Phnom Penh on July 7. The strongman has hailed a successful crackdown on the opposition’s “color revolution” that wanted to unseat him. (Photo

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  • The Ongoing Rakhine Crisis: Time For ASEAN to Act0

    By Kang Siew Kheng    11/7/2018 Synopsis ASEAN foreign ministers meet in Singapore this month, amid the growing Rohingya crisis that has no clear solution in sight. ASEAN’s credibility is challenged by this multi-faceted tragedy. What should ASEAN do? Commentary EVEN AS the monsoon season readies its full onslaught into Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh, the repatriation

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  • CPEC is projected as an integral part of regional connectivity0

    By  CPEC Watch July 10, 2018 CPEC Monthly Monitor – June 2018 (Click here to read complete monitor) Concept of “regional connectivity” is being increasingly endorsed at various forums in the region surrounding Pakistan. These are evident from the statements of key official of SAARC chamber as well as from discussions at SCO.  CPEC can be connected as

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  • Can Nawaz Sharif Outfox Pakistan’s Army and Stage a Comeback?0

    Nawaz Sharif and his family are being punished for taking on the army. With elections around the corner, they are set to return to the country to try and outmanoeuvre the establishment and rehabilitate their image. Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Credit: Reuters Mohammad Taqi South Asia   09/Jul/2018 Pakistan’s three-time former Prime Minister Mian

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  • Violence up in Kashmir as more youths join militants0

      Seeds of chaos are being sown to reap political advantage, according to critics of India’s government Kashmiri protesters and government forces clash after Friday prayers during the last Friday of Holy month of Ramadan in Srinagar on June 8. (Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar India July 10, 2018 Violence has spiked in

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  • Malaysia Rejects India’s Request To Deport Muslim Preacher Zakir Naik0

    July 7, 2018  BenarNews By Hadi Azmi Malaysia’s new prime minister said Friday his government would not comply with a request by New Delhi to extradite a controversial Indian Muslim preacher who is wanted there for alleged extremist-related activities and giving sermons that inspired terrorism. Cleric Zakir Naik, 52, founded the Dubai-based satellite television network Peace

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  • After Making Case for His Innocence in India, Bangladesh Jails Man0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jul 06, 2018  A Bangladesh man returned to Dhaka on Friday nearly a decade after he left for India to visit the Taj Mahal in July 2008, only to end up in prison on a murder conviction the Bangladeshi government said he could not have committed. After serving almost 10

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  • The US-Launched Trade War: Its Wide-Ranging Impact0

    No. 114/2018 dated 5 July 2018 S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU, By Vincent Mack and Christopher H. Lim Synopsis The United States under President Trump has in effect launched a trade war with its announcement of new tariffs targeted at imports from US allies and China. But this strategy could backfire, with devastating

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