• Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world’s poor at risk0

    Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY Kristie Ebi, University of Washington Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including

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  • Issue of rights and disputes under CPEC being discussed0

    by Shahzad    13/6/2018 CPEC Monthly Monitor – May 2018 (Click here to read complete monitor – PDF) While much of the older news about CPEC was about representation of smaller provinces in the project, the new development pertain to settling issues of rights and disputes emerging out of CPEC. The most significant was a national judicial conference

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  • Priyanka, ABC Apologise for ‘Quantico’ Plot But Who Will Say Sorry to Sharbari Ahmed?0

    Hyper-nationalist TV channels and Hindutva trolls have turned on a Bangladeshi American writer who had nothing to do with scripting the controversial plot line involving ‘Indian nationalists’ out to implicate Pakistan. Priyanka Chopra in a scene from Quantico. Credit: ABC Rheea Mukherjee Most of the Twitter world knows about ABC’s ‘Quantico’ being targeted for a

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  • India’s Strategy of Connectivity and Autonomy0

    By P S Suryanarayana     11/6/2018 Synopsis China and Russia’s outreach towards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has created space for him to explore a new ‘Connect East’ strategy towards ASEAN and seek nuanced ‘strategic autonomy’ in engaging big powers. Commentary RESPONDING TO China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Southeast Asia, Indian Prime Minister

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  • Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project: New power facility may become another flashpoint in India-Pakistan ties0

    India Rashme Sehgal May 25, 2018  Has the Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project (KHEP) become another flashpoint for India and Pakistan? This 330 MW 3 unit project to generate 1713 million units of electricity annually was inaugurated by remote from Srinagar by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 19 May. Pakistan retaliated to its construction by threatening to re-open this

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  • Satellite tender 2: BRTC manipulates tender evaluation0

    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

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  • Pranab: He Came, He Spoke, the RSS Conquered0

    Pranab Mukherjee called RSS founder Hedgewar a ‘great son of India’, the same man who said Muslims are ‘Yavana snakes’, who should be seen with suspicion. Former President Pranab Mukherjee with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and other leaders at the closing ceremony of ‘Tritiya Varsha Sangh Shiksha Varg’, an (RSS) event to mark the conclusion

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  • Indian, Japanese, U.S. maritime forces begin Malabar exercise0

    From Task Force 70 Public Affairs Posted June 6, 2018 In this file photo, ships from U.S. Navy, Indian Navy, and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force sail in formation during Malabar 2017. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Cole Schroeder) SANTA RITA, Guam – Naval ships, aircraft and personnel from India, Japan and the United States will participate in exercise

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  • Apartheid with Chinese characteristics: China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other0

    Totalitarian determination and modern technology have produced a massive abuse of human rights  Economist Print edition May 31st 2018| HOTAN, XINJIANG PROVINCE “THE prophet Sulayman approached his son and said to him, ‘I have received a message from God. I want you to circle the Earth and see if there are more people who are

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  • Ban on Pak Scholars Against Open Exchange of Ideas: Asian Studies Conference Organisers0

    Ban on Pak Scholars Against Open Exchange of Ideas: Asian Studies Conference Organisers A political clearance letter from the MEA includes explicit instructions from the Indian government to not include any scholars from Pakistan at next month’s event. An image from 1947 showing the partition of books from India and Pakistan, at the Calcutta National Library.

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  • Water Shortages: China’s Unrecognized Threat0

    Opinion – June 6, 2018 By Caleb Mills You’ll be hard stressed to find universal similarities in a nation populated by over a billion people, all with unique identities and cultures, spanned out over 3.705 million miles filled with diverse landscapes. But in China’s case, history has proven that nothing brings them together better than

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  • What Bangladesh media failed to publish about UK parliamentary report0

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018 If you only read Bangladesh newspapers, and news websites, you might think that the recent UK parliamentary report, “Bangladesh, Burma and the Rohingya Crisis” published by the select committee on international development was full of applause for Bangladesh. This was because all the newspapers which wrote about the report – including

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  • Bangladesh: Sajeeb Wazed Joy’s dictionary of new political terms0

    Thursday, June 7, 2018 Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the son of Bangladesh’s prime minister has recently published not one but two extraordinary articles which not only denies that the country’s law enforcement authorities are involved in enforced disappearances – the picking up, secretly detaining and often killing of men in Bangladesh – but also that the

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  • America’s Exceptional Opportunity With India0

    by David C. Mulford Thursday, May 31, 2018 We are faced today with numerous global challenges, many extremely dangerous because they are set within the context of a changing world order. Evidence of evolution and uncertainty is all around us. After decades of leading and shaping the world which emerged from World War II, the US

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