• India: Efforts Begin in West Bengal to Update National Register of Citizens0

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    • September 19, 2018

    Jaishree Balasubramanian New Delhi 2018-09-18 West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi, Aug. 1, 2018. India’s Hindu nationalist BJP government has launched a campaign in West Bengal to elicit support for its plan to draw up a citizens list to identify millions of migrants who, it claims, do not belong

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  • World politics explainer: the Iranian Revolution0

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    • September 19, 2018

    Protests during the Iranian Revolution, 1978 represent broader struggles across the region between secular and Islamic models of governance playing out. Wikicommons Mehmet Ozalp, Charles Sturt University This article is part of our series of explainers on key moments in the past 100 years of world political history. In it, our authors examine how and

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  • What Pakistan’s minorities expect from Imran Khan0

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    • September 19, 2018

      Recent priorities expect from Imran Khan to grant citizenship to Bengali and Afghan refugees has been well received but doubts remain A Pakistani man sits near a poster of Pakistan’s cricketer-turned politician and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) party Imran Khan, in Islamabad in this July 30, 2018 file photo. (Photo

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  • Sri Lankan villagers affected by ash from coal power plant0

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    • September 18, 2018

      Villagers claim Chinese-funded coal power plant is affecting their health and livelihoods Lakvijaya Coal Power Plant was commissioned in 2011 under the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Villagers claim ash emissions have become a health issue. (ucanews.com photo) ucanews.com reporter, Norochcholai Sri Lanka September 18, 2018 Sri Lankan farmer Sebastian Fernando used to cultivate beetroot before his

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  • China’s Crackdown on Muslims0

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    • September 18, 2018

    The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or East Turkestan as preferred by some residents, is China’s largest region. The region is home to 21 million people, most of whom are Uyghurs, Kazakhs and others who share the Muslim faith. The region accounts for less than 2 percent of China’s population, yet 21 percent of all arrests

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  • Indian Kashmir Shuts Down Following Weekend Bloodshed0

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    • September 17, 2018

    Peerzada Mohammad Amin Srinagar, India 2018-09-17 Relatives wail over the body of Mukhtar Ahmad Malik, a soldier who was killed by suspected militants at his home in Indian Kashmir’s Kulgam district, Sept. 17, 2018. Sheikh Mashooq/BenarNews Separatist groups ordered shopkeepers in Indian Kashmir to close their businesses Monday to protest the killings of at least

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  • India’s Economic Vision 2022 can lift living standards of South Asia0

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    • September 17, 2018

    It is time for the neighbouring countries to realize that if India’s GDP grows at 9% in the next 20 to 30 years, then the per capita income will also rise, from US$ 1500 to US$ 7000 per annum, according to the report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which will significantly enable them to reach a higher income

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  • Pakistan PM to Offer Citizenship to Afghans Born in Pakistan0

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    • September 17, 2018

    September 16, 2018        Ayaz Gul FILE – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks to the nation in his first televised address in Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 19, 2018. ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an unprecedented announcement Sunday, pledged to offer Pakistani citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Afghans born to refugee families

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  • US, Bangladesh hold talks on trade, labour reforms0

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    • September 16, 2018

    The US and Bangladesh have discussed trade, digital economy and labour reforms at a key meeting here. Sep 16, 2018 WASHINGTON: The US and Bangladesh have discussed trade, digital economy and labour reforms at a key meeting here. The US-Bangladesh Trade and Investment Cooperation Forum Agreement (TICFA) Council held its fourth meeting in Washington on

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  • Hindu nationalism ‘eroding’ India’s secular nature: US Congressional report0

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    • September 16, 2018

    Hindu nationalism has been a rising political force in India in recent decades, “eroding” its secular nature, a US Congressional report has said, asserting that social media platforms provide “both tacit and overt sanction” for rising incidents of “majoritarian violence” in the country. Sep 15, 2018 Washington: Hindu nationalism has been a rising political force

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  • A Reporter’s View of Living and Working in Pakistan0

      Isambard Wilkinson’s ‘Travels in a Dervish Cloak’ is a fine example of why colonisers will continue to misunderstand the post-colonial world – because they cannot bring themselves to see those they once ruled as their equals. Much of the book is the author’s exploration of saints, tombs and practices. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Omair Ahmad   

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  • UN Human rights Commission wants actions against the attacks on Bangladesh protesters0

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    • September 16, 2018

      Special Correspondent  The weekly Holiday 16 September 2018 NEW High Commissioner for United Nations Human Rights body, Michelle Bachelet on Monday observed that student protesters and media professionals in Bangladesh were recently attacked, arrested and reportedly ill-treated. ‘The perpetrators of this violence must be held accountable to prevent recurrence,’ she said in her first

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  • India: Terrorism at the Taj: ‘Hotel Mumbai’ pulls no punches at TIFF0

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    • September 15, 2018

    ‘Hotel Mumbai’ is a gripping film that provides a glimpse into the fear and brutality of terrorism but also the everyday bravery of its victims. Here Armie Hammer in ‘Hotel Mumbai.’ Courtesy of TIFF Joseph McQuade, University of Toronto and Emily LeDuc, Queen’s University, Ontario Director Anthony Maras’ new film Hotel Mumbai had its world

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  • Afghanistan: Ghani Well Placed To Win Second Term As Afghan President0

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    • September 15, 2018

    September 15, 2018 Arab News By Ajmal Shams* Ever since becoming Afghanistan’s president in September 2014, Ashraf Ghani has been at war with warlords and other strongmen that challenge not only his authority but also the writ of the state. The powerful governor of the northern Balkh province, the virtual king, was removed by Ghani

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