• India is paying the price for its obsession with billionaires0

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    • February 21, 2018

    By Barkha Dutt February 20 at 10:00 PM Email the author A billboard featuring Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra promoted the store of luxury jeweler Nirav Modi earlier this month in Mumbai. (Punit Paranjpe/AFP/Getty Images) Indians are furious over a $1.8 billion bank fraud case involving Nirav Modi, a billionaire and the man whom Vanity Fair called (in an astonishingly poor sense of timing)

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  • Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives tensions0

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    • February 21, 2018

    Chinese naval task force (file image) Reuters Staff SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, a Chinese news portal said, amid a constitutional crisis in the tiny tropical island chain of the Maldives now under a state of emergency. A fleet of destroyers and at least one frigate,

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  • Human Rights at Sea Condemns “Irresponsible Shipbreaking”0

    file photo By Human Rights at Sea 2018-02-20 The NGO Shipbreaking Platform has published its List of Ships dismantled worldwide in 2017 in tidal beaches of South East Asia revealing the shipping industry’s irresponsible shipbreaking practices and a series of human rights and labor abuses, including loss of life, at shipbreaking yards. 543 ocean-going commercial

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  • This Muslim priest at Hindu temple spreads message of love0

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    • February 20, 2018

    Sadique Miyan, 85, has been serving as the priest at a Hindu temple for decades in central Bihar’s Arwal district, some 80 km from Patna February 20, 2018 Lata Rani, Correspondent Patna, India: Villagers at a distant hamlet in Bihar wake up every morning with the sounds of bells coming from a local temple. They

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  • Into The Sea: Nepal In International Waters0

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    • February 20, 2018

    February 20, 2018 Modern Diplomacy By Sisir Devkota* A visit to the only dry port of Nepal will immediately captivate busy scenes with hundreds of trucks, some railway carriages and huge Maersk containers at play. Trains from the Port of Kolkata in India carry tons of Nepal’s exports every week. Every year, Nepal is fined

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  • Rohingya refugees in India face deportation threat0

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    • February 20, 2018

    Pro-Hindu party claims persecuted minority is aiding the Islamic militants in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir A Rohingya refugee carries her son outside their shanty house in the Gandhi Nagar area of Jammu, India. Pro-Hindu groups often accuse Rohingya Muslims of supporting Islamic militants from Pakistan. (Photo by Umer Asif/ucanews.com) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar India February 19, 2018 India’s pro-Hindu party

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  • Hindu attacks on Christians double in India0

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    • February 20, 2018

    Victims of persecution are often accused of serious crimes such as sedition and insulting religions, according to new report Christians feel increasingly unsafe in India amid a rise in Hindu nationalism that often leads to physical attacks. (Photo by Igor Ovsyannkov/unsplash.com) Saji Thomas, Bhopal   India February 20, 2018 Hindu attacks on Christians in India have

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  • With ‘One Nation, One Election’, the Bugle for a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ Has Been Publicly Sounded0

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    • February 20, 2018

    By Amitabha Pande on 19/02/2018 In a federal democracy, the administrative convenience of the Union or the Election Commission cannot dictate the political processes of a state. Women standing in queue to cast their vote during assembly elections in Coimbatore. Credit: PTI/File India must probably be the only democracy where elected representatives treat the holding

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  • Nepal takes giant steps towards democracy0

    By Binodkumar Singh    19/2/2018 Local (panchayat) elections were held in Nepal in three phases in 2017 after an interregnum of 20 years. The first round was conducted on May 14, 2017, in 34 districts to elect representatives in 283 local level institutions, including four metropolitan cities, one sub-metropolitan city, 92 municipalities and 186 rural

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  • The Changing Face of Sufism in South Asia0

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    • February 19, 2018

    By Ayesha Siddiqa on 18/02/2018 Sufi syncretic culture today in South Asia is overstated. While tolerance may have been an inherent trait, the Sufi institution has evolved in a manner that it may not be able to deliver on this count. Tomb or Shrine of the famous Sufi Saint Hazrat Baha-ud-din Zakariya in Multan, Pakistan.

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  • A Rare Peek Into the 1857 Revolt, One of the First Wars to Be Caught on Camera in the World0

    By Soumitra Das on 18/02/2018 The Alkazi Collection of Photography: The Uprising of 1857, edited by London-based historian Rosie Llewellyn Jones, examines the infamous revolt, which was among the first fully photographed wars in the history of India. Felice Beato took this photograph of Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi in 1858. Courtesy: Alkazi Collection of Photography The

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  • Chinese Projects in Pakistan Prove Tempting Targets for Terrorist Groups0

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    • February 18, 2018

    Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 16 Issue: 3 By: Sudha Ramachandran February 8, 2018  Chinese workers in Pakistan On December 8, 2017, the Chinese embassy in Islamabad warned its nationals of possible terrorist attacks targeting “Chinese-invested organizations and Chinese citizens” in Pakistan (Dawn, December 8, 2017). It gave no details of how it had come by

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  • ‘Imagine No Country Claims You, and Your Own Country Wants to Throw You Into the Sea’0

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    • February 18, 2018

    By Rohini Mohan on 17/02/2018 Rohingya refugees in India are trying to make a better life for themselves while fighting the threat of deportation. Ten-month-old Shafiqa plays with her mother in their hut in a settlement in Narwal, Jammu. Credit: Rohini Mohan Jammu/New Delhi: In the centre of a ramshackle snack shop in the Narwal

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  • Zia’s Imprisonment Unifies Bangladeshi Opposition0

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    • February 16, 2018

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury Dhaka   2018-02-14 Supporters and leaders of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party hold a hunger strike in front of the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka to demand the release of party chief Khaleda Zia from prison, Feb. 14, 2018. BenarNews The imprisonment of Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia has unified factions within her

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