• Why Are the Armed Forces in Kashmir Plagued by so Many Suicides and Fratricides?0

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    • September 30, 2017

    By Majid Maqbool on 29/09/2017 Stress, the daily threat of violence, issues their families are facing at home and long hours are pushing jawans to the brink, triggering the need for preventive measures. According to the Centre, 597 armed forces personnel committed suicide between 2009 and 2013. Credit: Danish Ismail/Reuters/ Files Srinagar: On Friday, a Central

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  • UN chief urges Myanmar to end military operations in Rohingya crisis0

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    • September 29, 2017

    António Guterres warns that crisis is a breeding ground for radicalisation, criminals and traffickers, and risks creating international tension    UN secretary general António Guterres addresses the security council meeting on Myanmar. Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP Thursday 28 September 2017 18.49 EDTFirst published on Thursday 28 September 2017 18.34 EDT The UN secretary general, António Guterres, has urged Myanmar’s authorities

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  • BOOK REVIEW-KASHMIR: EXPOSING THE MYTH BEHIND THE NARRATIVE0

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    • September 29, 2017

      Reviewer: Abdul Majid Zargar Book: Kashmir Exposing the myth behind the narrative  Author: Khalid Bashir Ahmad  Publisher: Sage Publications Price: 595 INR ISBN: 9386062801 Genre: Non-Fiction | History By Abdul Majid Zargar The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic (John Kennedy). A myth is a

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  • Sri Lanka: Troubles still ahead for a new Constitution0

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    • September 29, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy  28 September 2017 Sri Lanka’s leadership duo of President Maithiripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, especially the latter, has done well in presenting the Steering Committee Report for a new Constitution, not getting distracted by economic crises, political scams and speculation about Government stability. Piloting the Report in Parliament in its

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  • The leverage factor in US–Pakistan relations0

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    • September 28, 2017

    28 September 2017 Author: Michael Kugelman, Wilson Center In a speech on 21 August announcing his new US Afghanistan strategy, US President Donald Trump minced no words. ‘We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting’, the US president declared.

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  • The Rohingya Are the New Palestinians0

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    • September 27, 2017

    The plight of the Rohingya is a rare moment of global unity for Muslim countries. But will that be enough to save them?   The systematic persecution of Palestinians has long occupied a place in the consciousness of the ummah, the global community of Muslims. Muslims worldwide have watched for decades as Palestinians have been

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  • Contextualizing Extremism in Pakistan: The Need of the Hour!0

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    • September 27, 2017

    Violent extremism has emerged as a serious issue in the contemporary world. A closer demonstration puts out the fact as for how for centuries the societies have remained hostile towards different categories of religious, ideological, political, racial or cultural extremism. Soviet communism was signified as extremism by the so-called ‘free and democratic world.’ As for

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  • ‘Everything’s changed’: despair of Briton held without charge in Bangladesh0

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    • September 25, 2017

    Hasnat Karim remains in prison although no evidence has been produced to implicate him in 2016 Holey Bakery attack in which more than 20 were killed Bangladeshi police officers escort Hasnat Karim, centre, to a court appearance in Dhaka in August 2016. Photograph: ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock ‘Everything’s changed’: despair of Briton held without charge in Bangladesh

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  • The history of the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya0

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    • September 25, 2017

    Engy Abdelkader, Rutgers University Some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims, a religious and ethnic minority community in Myanmar, have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since August this year. The United Nations has called the Rohingya the world’s most persecuted minority group and described the atrocities by Myanmar’s authorities as “ethnic cleansing,” whereby one group removes another ethnic or

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  • The Muslims are coming, the Muslims are coming!1

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    • September 24, 2017

    Posted at: Sep 24, 2017 MOCKINGBIRD Saba Naqvi Indian television has been at the forefront of Muslim-bashing. If stories of traitors and love jehad weren’t enough, TV channels are making us believe that the Rohingya will spread terror   I have spent most of my life believing in such nonsense as humanism, secularism, composite culture,

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  • The US Has High Stakes for a Peaceful Outcome in Myanmar0

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    • September 23, 2017

    This Article was published in Huffington Post on September 22, 2017 and is Co-Authored by US Ambassador Osman Siddique & Samier Mansur As world leaders converged upon New York City for this week’s UN General Assembly, over 420,000 Rohingya refugees traversed the monsoon rains and bloodied fields of Myanmar into Bangladesh’s make-shift and overcrowded refugee

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  • H-1B Visas; How Hyderabadis & Indian IT firms fooled Americans0

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    • September 23, 2017

    U.S. government created the H-1B visa program in 1990 so, that U.S.companies could hire foreigners with special skills. Approximately 85,000 H-1B visas are distributed annually. (1) Majority of them go to technology companies, which claim that U.S has a shortage of skilled technology workers. (6) Critics, however say that H-1B visa program has been hijacked

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  • LAUDABLE MOVE OF ASSAM GOVERNMENT IN INDIA TO CONTROL POPULATION0

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    • September 21, 2017

    Assam government has approved a proposal to insist that each family in the state should have not more than two children. The Assam government proposes to deny several privileges to those bearing more than two children including the denial of state government jobs. They cannot contest the local body elections. This is a much-needed step

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  • Rohingya Exodus the Fastest, Most Concentrated Refugee Movement in Asia Since 19710

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    • September 20, 2017

    By Tom Felix Joehnk on 19/09/2017 Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction. Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/ An uncle of mine, a reporter

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