• UN, Bangladesh Launch Joint Effort to Verify Rohingya Refugee Identities0

    By Jesmin Papri and Abdur Rahman on Jun 27, 2018 04:20 pm The United Nations refugee agency is working with Bangladesh’s government to verify the identities of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and issue ID cards, officials said Wednesday. The verification process is expected to last half a year and use biometric

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  • Bangladesh, India Launch Coordinated Naval Patrols0

    By Pulack Ghatack on Jun 27, 2018 05:25 pm The chiefs of the Indian and Bangladeshi navies on Wednesday inaugurated a program for joint patrols and exercises in the Bay of Bengal to curb maritime crimes and militancy threats at sea, officials said Wednesday. Indian Adm. Sunil Lanba and Bangladeshi counterpart, Adm. Nizamuddin Ahmed, officially

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  • Bangladesh: Satellite tender 3: Family links raise further questions0

      The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole process started with serious irregularities in the tender process that resulted in a small US company receiving a $10

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  • Five Myths and Misconceptions About the UN Report on Kashmir0

    The heated objections and protests to a report on human rights in Kashmir simply do not hold up to scrutiny. Parents comfort their son whom they say was injured by pellets shot by security forces in Srinagar following weeks of violence in Kashmir, August 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Files Aman 26/Jun/2018 The recent report on the situation

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  • Disturbed Areas Act in Gujarat: A Tool to Discriminate Against Muslims0

    The motive of passing the Act was the prevention of distress sales, including inter-community social distress sales. However, for three decades, it has been used to drive Muslim residents away from areas that have a mixed population. In April this year, there were reportedly complaints from a local outfit called Nagrik Sewa Samiti in Paldi,

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  • Ahmadis: slaughter and silence in Pakistan0

    Staying silent on Ahmadi slaughter cannot guarantee protection of Christians or any other minority in the Islamic republic Pakistani civil rights activists protest the killings of Ahmadis outside a mosque in Lahore in May 2010. More than 80 people died when militants burst into prayer halls firing guns, throwing grenades and taking hostages. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP) Kamran Chaudhry,

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  • Assam 5th ‘most corrupt’ State in India!0

    Jun 26, 2018 Guwahati Staff Curator Latest News: Government is committed to free Assam of all ‘illegal foreigners’: Sonowal Assam CM Sonowal lays foundation stone of Rs. 43.87 crore railway over bridge at Barpeta Road According to the 2018 report of the World Bank, while India has climbed up 30 places to make it to the

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  • Bangladesh PM Issues Orders to Improve Working Conditions for Bus Drivers0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jun 26, 2018 03:17 pm Bangladesh’s leader says public transportation drivers should not be driving more than five consecutive hours on the country’s highways, as a way to reduce traffic fatalities after road accidents killed more than 6,000 people nationwide in the past two years. This is just one measure

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  • A new world is dawning, and the US will no longer lead it0

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump, at the contentious G7 Leaders Summit in Canada in June. AP/Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government Gordon Adams, American University School of International Service From pulling out of treaties to denigrating allies to starting trade wars, the impulsive actions of President Donald Trump are upending the

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  • Global spotlight on Bangladesh’s upcoming elections0

    By S K CHATTERJI* The People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the eighth most populous country in the world, is holding general elections later this year. Notwithstanding how the contest pans out, South and Southeast Asian countries, China, Japan and even the US, UK and a host of Nato countries will be focused on Bangladesh. With China trying

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  • Sri Lankans rally in support of Pakistan’s disappeared0

    Show of unity outside Pakistan High Commission as relatives of missing loved ones call for justice Mauri Jayasinghe holds a placard to show solidarity to Pakistan’s disappeared at a demonstration organized by South Asian Solidarity in Lanka on June 12 in front of the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka. (Photo by Niranjani Roland/ucanews.com) Niranjani Roland,

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  • Bangladesh: European union’s limp response to mass extra judicial killings0

    Once again, European Union diplomats in Bangladesh have failed to take a firm position on the Bangladesh government’s egregious human rights record. On June 4, the EU heads of mission in Bangladesh, along with Norway, issued a ridiculously weak responseto the government’s policy of killing over hundred alleged drug traders. Instead of describing the deaths

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  • Bangladesh – Satellite tender 1: US bid winner not meet tender requirements0

    by David Bergman Sunday, May 13, 2018 Satellite tender 1: US bid winner not meet tender requirements The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole

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  • India’s Mizoram snubs Yoga Day as ‘anti-Christian’0

    Pro-Hindu Prime Minister Modi calls on nation to rejoice in celebration of national identity but some claim cultural bias Yoga enthusiasts mark International Yoga Day at the Sri Kanteerava Stadium in Bangalore on June 21. Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors were set to sprout all over the world as the annual event was held for the

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