• ‘Since When Did a City of Only Dead Bodies Celebrate Eid?’0

    There was commotion on the road, local mosques were empty and shops overcrowded with people stocking up on essentials. The only thing missing that would make the day of a recent Shopian encounter look like Eid were firecrackers. And soon, tear gas shelling and pellet gun sounds compensated for that. Credit: Reuters Rouf Fida The darkness

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  • Hindus object to Eid animal slaughter in India0

      Government urged to take action against Muslims killing animals to celebrate festival Pakistani men handle a camel at an animal market in Karachi on Aug. 15. Muslims around the world will mark Eid al-Adha by sacrificing sheep, goats, cows and camels but Hindus in India are opposed to such slaughter. (Photo by Asif Hassan/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah,

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  • Hindu musicians hit wrong note at Indian Christian concerts0

      Singer pulls out of show after being called a ‘traitor’ and ‘Vatican stooge’ on social media T.M. Krishna performs at the iconic Afghan Church in Mumbai on Dec. 17, 2017. He believes in using music for interreligious harmony by singing songs of Christian and Islamic themes using the Carnatic school of music, considered a bastion of upper-caste

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  • Illegal immigration issue will remain a political football in India till 20190

    It was in 1997 that the then Assam Governor, Lt. Gen. (retd) S.K. Sinha, wrote to the President of India that there were over 4 million Bangladeshis living in Assam illegally and action should be taken to send them back, writes Rashmi Saksena for South Asia Monitor By Rashmi Saksena Aug 17, 2018 Assam, in

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  • Will the Maldivian democratic institutions remain independent in the forthcoming presidential elections?0

    Malé, capital of Maldives (Photo: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) August 15, 2018 By Srimal Fernando and Megha Gupta In September, the small island nation, Maldives will be facing a presidential election. This will be a crucial time not only for this South Asian island state but also for the other nations in this region especially

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  • China, India break Asian toilet taboo with national sanitation campaigns0

    By Zhang Hongpei Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/12 China drives sanitation campaign to boost tourism while India eyes open defecation-free villages A view of a Wi-Fi-enabled smart toilet facility on the streets of Changsha, capital of Central China’s Hunan Province Photo: IC China and India have both achieved progress in their campaigns to build more hygienic

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  • Bangladesh: ELECTION 2018 & POST-EID SPECTACLES0

    Haggling beneath the surface yields nothing fruitful Shahid Islam   20 August 2018 Beyond the pale of the ordinary folks, haggling of an inordinate vintage has been on to bring the country’s ‘extra-parliament’ main opposition party, the BNP, into an accommodative electoral fold, according to reliable sources. This months-long beneath the surface haggling yielded no substantive

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  • The Sangh Sees the NRC as a Device to Target Muslims All Over India0

    For Hindutva ideologues, it is just a short step to go from declaring Muslims suspected of being Bangladeshi as ‘foreigners’ to looking at all Muslims as foreigners. Credit: PTI Ajay Gudavarthy 18/Aug/2018 The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is worrying not just because of what lies in store for the 40 lakh, people in Assam

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  • The Iranian paradox made more complex by erratic US behavior0

    By Abbas Milani, opinion contributor — 08/18/18  The views expressed by contributors are their own and not the view of The Hill   © Getty Images The Iranian regime is in turmoil and its sole salvation might well be a controlled confrontation with the United States. Giddy minds, Shakespeare tells us, are best kept busy

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  • Bangladesh Official: Myanmar is not Conducive for Rohingya Return0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Aug 17, 2018  The situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state still is not conducive for the return of Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh, according to Bangladesh officials who accompanied their foreign minister on his first visit to the troubled state recently. The official said the conditions in Rakhine’s capital Sittwe and

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  • Shahidul Alam: Jailed journalist’s powerful photos of Bangladesh0

    15 August 2018 Image copyrightEPA Renowned Bangladeshi photographer and activist Shahidul Alam has been jailed in the wake of mass demonstrations by young people earlier this month. He took his camera into the streets to document the fury of thousands of students fed up with unsafe roads after two children were killed by a speeding

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  • Inside The Mad World of Indian and Pakistani Visa Rules0

    The struggle an Indian has to go through to get a Pakistani visa and vice versa is frustrating and largely fruitless. That’s where all the ties the two countries share just aren’t enough. Photo for representative purposes only. Credit: Reuters Sanchia DeSouza 19 August 2018 When the news first broke that Imran Khan was likely

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  • The Taliban Takes on Islamic State: Insurgents Vie for Control of Northern Afghanistan0

    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 16 By: Waliullah Rahmani August 10, 2018 Fierce fighting between the Taliban and Islamic State-Khorasan (IS-K), the Afghan chapter of IS, have seen hundreds of militants killed in Jowzjan and Faryab provinces, two provinces in northern Afghanistan considered to be IS-K strongholds. About 300 militants were killed in two weeks

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  • Bangladesh: Falsification of police FIR against Shahidul (part two)0

    Monday, August 13, 2018 Falsification of police FIR against Shahidul (part two) This blog has  already written how the police significantly distorted its First Information Report written against Shahidul Alam – which sets out the rationale for his detention – claiming that he had stated sentences which he had never said, in fact just inventing sentences

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