• Bangladesh: Tea Seller Complains Police Threatened to Kill Her0

      By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jun 05, 2018  A woman who operates a tea stall in Bangladesh’s capital has filed a complaint in court against four police officers who, she alleges, vandalized her business and threatened to kill her unless she paid a bribe. Maksuda Begum, 50, who sells tea on a footpath in

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  • VOA Exclusive: Pakistan Mulls Blocking US Supply Lines Into Afghanistan0

    Last Updated: May 31, 2018 12:50 PM Ayaz Gul FILE – Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan speaks during the Conference on International Security. ISLAMABAD — Pakistan says it is reassessing strained ties with the United States, a move that could lead to halting supply lines into Afghanistan where American troops are fighting insurgents to stabilize

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  • Modi Wants India to be a Trans-shipment Hub. But Can it Beat Sri Lanka and Singapore?0

    A number of factors will limit India’s ambitions. What the change in shipping policy does though is help foreign firms while potentially impacting the revenue of local shipping lines. Cranes at the Vallapardam port. Credit: Wikimedia Commons M.K. Venu and Noor Mohammad New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has relaxed its cabotage policy – a set

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  • Bangladesh And Nuclear Power: Significance For India0

    Illustration of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh.    June 2, 2018 IPCS     By Tarika Rastogi The Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (RNPP) in Bangladesh has the potential to re-energise India-Russia cooperation and significantly enhance India’s geopolitical clout and standing in the nuclear community. The RNPP (whose construction began in 2013) will be Bangladesh’s first and

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  • Afghanistan: Taliban, ‘Talks’ And Blind Optimism0

     June 2, 2018 SATP     By Ajit Kumar Singh* The latest round of efforts to bring Taliban to ‘talks table’ has commenced. Sounding optimistic, Atturahman Saleem, Deputy of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council (HPC), when asked whether the Council would wait for a Taliban response, stated on May 20, 2018, “Absolutely. Necessary pressures, military, political and religious,

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  • Pakistan Reflects on Nuclear Achievement in Run Up to Election0

    June 4, 2018 | Bennett Seftel Photo: iStock/India-Pakistan Wagah Border Closing Ceremony Bottom Line:   Pakistani citizens are heading to the polls next month in a public display of democracy and choice. Yet, with Pakistan’s military continuing to play a leading role in the country’s political affairs, it seems that the upcoming elections will once again

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  • Rohingya reluctant to return home despite UN deal0

    Myanmar authorities accused of trying to divert attention from atrocities committed by its military Rohingya refugee Jokhir Ahmend at Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where 700,000 Rohingya Muslims are preparing for the monsoon season. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar June 1, 2018 A deal between the Myanmar government and United Nations agencies has

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  • India ‘insincere’ about seeking peace in Kashmir0

    Separatist groups insist Pakistan must be part of any talks if the long-running conflict is to end Indian security personnel and protesters clash following a gun battle between security forces and suspected rebels in Srinagar in Kashmir on May 5. (Photo by Habib Naqash/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar India June 1, 2018 India’s renewed offer to hold

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  • The Maldives: Lessons for Small States in a Changing World0

    No. 092/2018 dated 4 June 2018 The Maldives: Lessons for Small States in a Changing World By Han Fook Kwang Synopsis The Maldives is facing both internal political turmoil and external challenges from the changing geopolitical landscape in the Indian Ocean. There are lessons here for small states seeking to protect their sovereignty. Commentary THE

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  • Bangladesh: Extrajudicial killing fears in drug crackdown0

    More than 30 alleged drug dealers killed in the past week in ‘shootouts’ with police amid rights activists’ warnings. by Faisal Mahmud     22 May 2018 Members of the Rapid Action Battalion guard a street during an operation in Dhaka in January [File: AP] MORE ON BANGLADESH Bangladesh‘s security forces have killed more than 30 alleged drug dealers

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  • Bangladesh 2017 Human Rights Report0

    Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh Executive Summary According to its constitution, Bangladesh is a secular, democratic people’s republic. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League (AL) party that she led assumed power in 2009. The 2014 parliamentary elections that resulted in the prime minister and AL’s re-election were

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  • US Report Highlights Concerns about Religious Freedom in South, Southeast Asia0

    By BenarNews staff on May 29, 2018 Buddhist monks in Thailand took to social media to call for violence against Muslims last year, the United States government said Tuesday in its latest annual report on curbs to religious freedom worldwide. The U.S. State Department also highlighted concerns about issues affecting minority groups in Malaysia, Indonesia,

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  • Bangladesh: 112 Drug Suspects Killed in Gunfights with Police in 2 Weeks0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on May 29, 2018  Bangladeshi police have shot dead at least 112 suspected dealers since the middle of May in an all-out war on drugs, the nation’s home minister said Tuesday, the day a dozen suspects died in alleged gunfights during anti-narcotics operations. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told BenarNews that

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  • New Evidence for China’s Political Re-Education Campaign in Xinjiang0

    By: Adrian Zenz May 15, 2018  This article is condensed from a longer paper, available for download here. Since summer of 2017, troubling reports in Western media outlets about large-scale detentions of ethnic Muslim minorities (including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have multiplied (RFA, May 4). These reports include substantial anecdotal

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