• Rohingya repatriation – A trick Dhaka fell for0

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    • February 16, 2018

    Rohingya repatriation delayed as the govt agrees to Naypyidaw’s demand for Family-wise list; Myanmar still blames it on Bangladesh Porimol Palma   16/2/2018 The repatriation of Rohingyas was supposed to begin last month as per an agreement signed by Bangladesh and Myanmar, but a pre-condition set at the eleventh hour held up the process. A bilateral

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  • WHAT MOST INDIANS EXPECT FROM MR. MODI BEFORE 2019 ELECTIONS?0

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    • February 15, 2018

    by N.S. Venkataraman Ever since Mr. Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India, the opposition political parties, section of non governmental organizations who receive substantial aid from abroad in various forms and section of so-called intellectuals have been criticizing all activities of Modi government and they have been getting considerable support and publicity from

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  • China-friendly communist K.P. Sharma Oli appointed Nepal’s new prime minister after landmark polls0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Oli’s left-wing alliance is considered to be closer to China while outgoing leader Sher Bahadur Deuba is widely seen as being closer to India Thursday, 15 February A presidential spokesman said Oli, who spent 14 years in jail for opposing the now-abolished monarchy in the 1970s and 1980s, was named prime minister hours after Sher

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  • More Afghan Civilians Being Deliberately Targeted, U.N. Says0

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    • February 15, 2018

    By ANDREW E. KRAMERFEB. 15, 2018 A bombing last month in Kabul, Afghanistan, using explosives hidden in an ambulance, killed more than 100. Deaths from suicide attacks in Afghanistan rose sharply last year, the United Nations said on Thursday. Credit Andrew Quilty for The New York Times KABUL, Afghanistan — An annual United Nations report

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  • Militarising Hindus Is a Long-Standing Unaccomplished Project of Hindu Nationalists0

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    • February 15, 2018

    By Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay on 14/02/2018 Savarkar, the ideological guru of the Sangh Parivar, firmly believed that able-bodied and armed Hindus were the only answer to the “growing danger from the designs of the awakened Muslim mind”. Savarkar’s childhood ambition to militarise Hindus to confront Muslims became part of his life’s mission. Credit: Wikipedia When he

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  • Kyaukphyu authorises ESIA but Rakhine committee demands strategic review0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Thompson Chau 15 Feb 2018 The Committee for Implementation of the Recommendations on Rakhine State (Rakhine committee) issues a report on the progress. Photo: EPA A Strategic Environmental Assessment prior to ESIA is “a tangible step the NLD can take to avoid another Myitsone scenario”, the ICJ said. THE committee charged with implementing the recommendations

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  • Religious nationalism in India self-annihilation: bishops0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Indian bishops say authentic nationalism respects the human dignity of all citizens, not the exclusion of some Indian bishops attending a session of their Feb. 2-9 biennial plenary in the southern Indian city of Bangalore. Their final statement warned that promoting nationalism based on religion would lead India on a path of self-destruction. (Photo by

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  • Rohingya welcome plans to include UN in repatriation0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Bangladesh signs deal letting refugee agency oversee the return of thousands of displaced people to Myanmar Rohingya refugees soak in the rain near Balukhali refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo by Piyas Biswas) Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka, and John Zaw, Mandalay Asia February 14, 2018 Rohingya refugees

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  • Still no justice for murdered Bangladeshi journalists0

    Priest joins chorus of anger 6 years after brutal killings as conspiracy theorists claim govt cover-up Bangladeshi police have come under fire for their failure to catch the killers of journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi, who were murdered in Dhaka six years ago. (Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP) Stephan Uttom and Rock Rozario, Dhaka

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  • Bollywood epic Padmavaat has emerged out of the mists of legend to divide Indian society0

    Monia Acciari, De Montfort University    15/2/2018 Bollywood saga Padmaavat has divided India. The film, by the popular director Sanjay Leela Bhansali – whose epic (and controversial) love stories have earned him popular acclaim in the past – has provoked riots, attacks on cinemas and death threats against the film’s stars. The Hindu nationalist BJP

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  • Sikh Mazhab Se Mutalliq Motabar Muslim Shaksiyat (Urdu) (“Respected Muslim Personalities Related to the Sikh Religion”)0

      By Iqbal R. Sama, New Age Islam    12 February 2018   This remarkable book in Urdu by a Muslim scholar highlights some noted Muslim personalities who played important positive roles in Sikh history. In doing so, it also highlights the great contribution of the Sikh Gurus in spreading true spirituality and promoting harmony among

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  • The Indian Ocean Base Race0

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    • February 15, 2018

    Joint Chinese-Djibouti naval exercise, 2015 (file image courtesy PLAN) By The Lowy Interpreter 2018-02-14 [By David Brewster] It seems that we are in the middle of a base race across the Indian Ocean. The latest move, reported on Tuesday, involves an agreement to give India access to naval facilities in Oman, close to the Strait of Hormuz. This

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  • Beyond Babri Mosque: Truce Can Only Come Through a Localised Genuine Dialogue0

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    • February 14, 2018

        By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam 14 February 2018 How should we understand the ongoing parleys between two of the most established religious and mediatised scholars of Muslims and Hindus over resolving the Babri Masjid-Ram Janambhoomi dispute? Before going any further, let me frankly state that the resolution of any dispute between Muslims

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  • Afghan Women Pessimistic on Peace Talks with Taliban0

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    • February 14, 2018

    February 14, 2018 By Mohammad Shoaib Haidary FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare For a war-torn country like Afghanistan, where a fresh wave of Taliban attacks in the last month alone left scores of civilians dead and the capital still grieving, renewing peace negotiations with anti-government groups seems like it would be welcome news. However, that depends on who you

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