• Himalayan hydro developers wilfully ignore climate risks0

    Despite growing climate threats, politicians and developers are ignoring geological and environmental risks in a rush to make short-term profits Lower Subansiri dam construction site Beth Walker, March 4, 2019 With growing warnings of the cascading impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the region’s hydropower sector ought to take note. Melting snow

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  • Pulwama attack ‘main conspirator’ among those killed in J&K encounter, say officials0

    Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias ‘Mohd Bhai’, was an electrician with a graduate degree and was hailing from Pulwama. The 23-year-old had arranged the Maruti Eeco car and the explosives used in the February 14 strike. By IndianExpress Web Desk |New Delhi | March 11, 2019 4:11:53 pm A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operative, who was the “main

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  • Bangladesh; Can we speak?0

    Nur E Emroz Alam Tonoy  Dhaka Tribune March 10th, 2019 We must fight for the freedom of speech BIGSTOCK  What does the Arundhati Roy imbroglio say about our democratic freedoms? I’m sure, you all are familiar with the Bengali proverb: “A donkey always makes the water dirty before drinking.” If you have ever wondered what

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  • Protests bring CPEC’s Kashmir dam to a halt0

    Belt and Road As protests halt a major Chinese hydropower dam in Kashmir, Pakistani experts emphasise the need to move to solar and wind sources to generate energy Fears of river diversion have led to protests against a Chinese funded hydropower project in Kashmir [image by: Ghulam Rasool] Zofeen T. Ebrahim, March 7, 2019 The

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  • Govt’s Ad Ban on Kashmir Dailies Seen as Yet Another Attempt at Media Coercion0

    10 March 2019 Curtailing a major source of revenue for Kashmir newspapers seems to be the government’s way of telling the media in the Valley: fall in line or be prepared to face the music. Kashmir papers published blank front pages to protest the ban on advertisements against Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader. Credit: Muhammad

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  • Analysis: China’s growing military ambition in Pakistan0

    By BBC Monitoring 10 March 2019 China’s much-discussed economic project in Pakistan, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) – a part of Beijing’s ambitious trading network called the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – is believed to be taking a “military turn”, with speculation that military cooperation has been outlined as part of the project. The speculation stems from a report

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  • Indian parliamentary elections from April 11 to May 19. Counting begins on May 23.0

    by EditorMarch 10, 2019 New Delhi, March 10 (The Hindu): The Indian Election Commission announced on Sunday the schedule for elections to the Lok Sabha, the lower House of the Indian parliament. Polling will be held in seven phases.The first phase will be on April 11 and the seventh and last on May 19. Counting will

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  • Myanmar: Arakan Army Is Not A Terrorist Outfit0

    South Asia Analysis Group 10 March 2019 By S. Chandrasekharan It looks that both the Myanmar Government and its Army with the tacit support of China are trying make out that the Arakan Army is deeply in cohort with the terrorist outfit- the ARSA in causing depredations in Rakhine State. The idea appears to be

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  • ‘Universal Basic Income will help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals’0

    The revolutionary concept of universal basic income (UBI), propounded by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for his mountain state, is an important way of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, whether it be poverty alleviation, food security, dignity, human resources development, participation in governance, cleanliness or climate change, P.D. Rai, the lone MP from Sikkim

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  • The India-Pakistan crisis: Pakistan’s version0

    On March 1st, Pakistan reopened its airspace and returned Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan to his home country via the Wagah border. Jinnah Institute, Islamabad Mar 8, 2019 On March 1st, Pakistan reopened its airspace and returned Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan to his home country via the Wagah border. As the region and its 1.2 billion

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  • President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe take opposite stances on Lanka war crime allegations0

    Colombo Correspondent, March 8, 2019 The Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister are following different ideologies with regard to pledges made by it to the UN Human Right s Council (UNHRC) to investigate alleged war-time atrocities. The island nation’s President Maithripala Sirisena announced that he did not want to “re-open old wounds” and would formally

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  • Can Sk. Hasina retire?0

    Afsan Chowdhury, March 2, 2019 Giving an interview after her electoral win, Bangladesh’s PM Sk.Hasina said that this is going to be her last term in office – her fourth- and she would like to retire and go back to her village home.  It was met with various emotions including near panic in some Awami League

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  • India: A Farrago of Farces0

    in India — by Prof M A Sofi — March 8, 2019 Where politicians of all hues vie with each other, but the BJP’s shenanigans ‘stand apart’! In its insatiable lust and a desperate bid for power, the BJP government is pulling no punches to use all the tricks in the trade to fleece masses

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  • China’s advice to India, Pakistan: ‘Turn the page, transform crisis into opportunity’0

    The statement comes days after Vice Foreign Minister Kong Kong Xuanyou was dispatched to Pakistan where he held series of meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Written by Sowmiya Ashok | Beijing |March 8, 2019 The Indian Express Ahead of the United Nations Security

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