• Fearing mass protests, India imposes ‘full curfew’ in occupied Kashmir0

    Security personnel stand guard outside the grand mosque in Srinagar. Photo: AFP Indian authorities on Monday night issued the order to impose a “full curfew” in occupied Kashmir, a day before the one-year anniversary of August 5 when the Modi-led government stripped the region of its autonomy, generating widespread criticism and rebuke. Officials announced a

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  • An appeal to the Mayor: stop the celebration of hatred and islamophobia, on August 5th in NYC0

      July 31, 2020 Dear Mayor De Blasio, We are individuals and organizations devoted to democracy, secularism, and the upholding of human rights in India. We write to bring to your attention an Islamophobic billboard set to be projected in Times Square in order to dehumanize Muslim New Yorkers and celebrate human rights abuses against

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  • Air pollution robs people of over five years of life in South Asia0

    The Third Pole In parts of northern India, including Delhi, life expectancy shrivels by over nine years from breathing filthy air, a situation that can be reversed only through drastic policy changes and action Air pollution has shortened lives by 9.4 years over the past 20 years in Delhi, India [image by: Alamy] Soumya Sarkar,

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  • The Importance of Bangladesh0

    August 3, 2020   Clarion India Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. — File photo Jayanta Ghosal DID the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, call up the Prime Minister of Bangladesh? Yes, he did! So what’s with that? Earlier, when Sheikh Hasina had visited Delhi, we paid her a visit at the Bangladesh High Commission in

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  • Japanese and American Catholics Take on the Bomb0

    IDN-InDepthNews Photo: Atomic Bombing in Nagasaki and the Urakami Cathedral. Credit: Google Arts&Culture By Drew Christiansen    3 August 2020 Writer Drew Christiansen, S. J., is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Human Development at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. He is the co-editor with

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  • Kashmir- Video: The human costs of the Baglihar dam0

    The Third Pole  The Baglihar dam in Jammu and Kashmir bears testimony to the enormous human costs associated with hydroelectricity projects The mosque is one of the few structures in Pul Doda whose top portion can still be seen after water covered the town [image by: Raqib Naik] Raqib Hameed Naik, July 24, 2020 Pul

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  • Modi is a Banyan Tree Under Which Nobody Grows0

    A place in Modi’s cabinet offers no guarantee of fame or even applause for work done. Pragya Singh 03 Aug 2020 What does it say about a government that its spokespersons are far better known than its ministers? Recently a BJP spokesperson forgot who the Minister for Labour was on live TV. Stumped by the

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  • Russia may be withholding missile deliveries to China0

    Asia Times Moscow has reputedly stalled on shipping S-400 mobile missile defense systems to Beijing as ties strained by various controversies by Frank Chen July 29, 2020 The Russian-made S-400 missile system in a file photo. Image: Twitter Are cracks appearing in Russia-China ties after the People’s Liberation Army’s border skirmishes with India and an

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  • Rajapaksas set to win Lankan polls0

    The style and nature of governance under a regime led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be markedly different from the preceding regime which was marked by inactivity stemming from internal ideological and political differences by editor   August 3, 2020 By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, August 4 (The Citizen): The Sri Lankan parliamentary

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  • India heightening security to hide people’s anger and frustration: Mehbooba Mufti0

      Former IoJK Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti speaks during an interview with Reuters at her residence in Srinagar March 8, 2019. Photo: Reuters Former chief minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJK) Mehbooba Mufti accused New Delhi of heightening security and surveillance “to ensure that anger and frustration felt by people here remain hidden”.

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  • India Posts Record Fiscal Deficit as Coronavirus Hits Economy0

    August 1, 2020 A cashier checks Indian rupee notes inside a room at a fuel station in Ahmedabad, India. — Reuters File photo MUMBAI — India’s federal fiscal deficit touched a record $88.5 billion in the April-June quarter, 83.2 per cent of the target for the whole of the current fiscal year, reflecting the impact

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  • India’s anti-defection law exposes its flawed democracy0

    One serious objection to the anti-defection law is the unlimited powers given to every political party to put down dissent or an alternative view, writes Vinod Aggarwal for South Asia Monitor By Vinod Aggarwal Aug 01, 2020 One Indian law, the anti-defection law, which nobody remembers most of the time, has suddenly become the flavor

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  • Detention of India’s intellectuals: Is it persecution under the 1951 Refugee Convention?0

    The rising fundamentalism around the world in its fair share can be witnessed in India as well, where intellectuals, activists, and dissenters of the government are seen to be systematically targeted By Gauri Thampi Aug 01, 2020 The rising fundamentalism around the world in its fair share can be witnessed in India as well, where

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  • UK’s ‘biggest ever crime bust’: 700-plus suspected crooks arrested0

    Entire criminal gangs have been shattered following a two-month sting spanning the globe – after a secret communication network was cracked – source UK Police Investigate Who’s Behind ‘Jay Patel’ After Record $68Mln Cash Seized UK police have raided a home in London and arrested a 20-year-old Indian allegedly for being involved in organized crime and

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