• Beyond Balakot: Why the sudden deployment of INS Vikramaditya off the Pakistan coast is significant0

    As Pakistan Day approaches, this could be a general security arrangement in our part of the seas. Or, it could be a deployment based on specific intel inputs, including possibly of ‘samundari jihad’. 18-03-2019 In the backdrop of India and Pakistan’s simmering tension, India’s decision to deploy a buildup comprising aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya and nuclear submarine INS

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  • The ‘Berlin Wall Collapse’ That Modi Is Counting on to Win 20 Million Votes0

    | Fast Forward | OZY By Maroosha Muzaffar • MAR 18 2019 Why you should care For the country’s 20 million Sikhs, the struggle to visit the religion’s holiest shrine has been a pain point for generations.Punjab view mapCreated with Raphaël 2.1.0Created with Raphaël 2.1.0 27,743,338Population PunjabiSpoken Languages $7845GDP Per Capita ChandigarhCapital City In the

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  • Farmers on India-Pakistan border fear for lives, crops0

    Farmers on India-Pakistan border fear for lives, crops- ucanews.com Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar , India 18 March 2019 Vijay Kumar gives a tour of his farm to show how close it is to the India-Pakistan border. He fears his crops may be destroyed and the lives of his family imperiled if the conflict between the nuclear-armed archrivals over the

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  • Is This the Last Dalai Lama?0

    Charles McQuillan—Getty Images The Dalai Lama gives a public talk during a Children in Crossfire conference in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, September 10, 2017. Jessica Batke 15 March 2019 Jessica Batke is a ChinaFile Senior Editor. She is an expert on China’s domestic political and social affairs, and served as the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence

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  • Maldives and India reiterate their “India-First” and “Neighborhood-First” policies0

    by EditorMarch 18, 2019 Male, March 18 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, reiterated his government’s “India-First Policy” in his meeting with his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj here on March 17 and the latter reiterated her government’s “Neighborhood First” policy. Shahid said that his government looks forward to working closely with the government of India

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  • Kashmir’s YouTubers Put a Smile on the Face of an Injured Society0

    Two YouTube channels in the Valley are using subtle humour to try and distract people from the pains of conflict. Muhammad Younis 16 March 2019 Srinagar: Abdul Hameed, 45, was on his way home in Panzinara village in north Kashmir, when he was called aside for questioning at a security check-point. He doesn’t know Hindi,

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  • Is Pakistan Finally Getting Serious About Cracking Down on Violent Extremists?0

    The Editors World Politics Review Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Pakistani authorities announced last week that they had arrested 44 people affiliated with violent extremist groups. Among those taken into custody, according to Pakistan’s interior minister, were two relatives of the founder of Jaish-e-Mohammed, the terrorist group that claimed responsibility for the attack in Kashmir last

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  • ASEAN leaders stumble over humanitarian crises 0

    Catholics, Muslims and ethnic Chinese have borne the brunt of the bloc’s failure to act Luke Hunt, Hong Kong Asia March 14, 2019 Five great refugee floods have blighted Southeast Asia over the last half-century — sparked by conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, East Timor (also known as Timor Leste) and Myanmar — in

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  • Rohingya run schools in India for rejected kids0

    Govt schools turn away children of Muslim refugees as Hindu groups in Kashmir demand they be deported to Myanmar A bashful Tasleema Akhtar, 4, has her photo taken at a makeshift classroom inside a refugee camp in India’s Jammu. She is among about 100 Rohingya children who are attending the preparatory school after government-run schools in the area began turning the refugees

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  • Every street in Lhasa is watched: Chinese media0

    A CCTV camera in a street in Lhasa. Photo: Weibo 11 years after historic riots, the Tibetan capital is awash with CCTV cameras ByAsia Times staff 15 March 2019 Chinese media say virtually every street in Lhasa, capital of the southwestern Tibet Autonomous Region populated by devout worshipers of Tibetan Buddhism, is under constant CCTV surveillance.

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  • Indian government meddling with data: Experts0

    A group of 108 academicians has accused the government of trying to influence statistical data on economic growth and jobs ByAsia Times staff 15 March 2019 Recent moves by the government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tweak the yardsticks used to arrive at statistical data related to gross domestic product and withhold unpleasant

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  • India: General Elections 2019: Who is funding the electioneering of our political parties?0

    Part I. General Elections 2019: Who is funding the electioneering of our political parties?Recent amendments in various statutes bringing in electoral bonds and allowing funding from foreign sources jeopardise transparency and expose our political parties to undesirable influences and unaccounted money. 15-03-2019  Daily O Prasanna MohantyPRASANNA MOHANTY @prasannamohanty The first part of this two-part series

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  • India, Pakistan and the changing rules of engagement: here’s what you need to know0

    Stuti Bhatnagar, University of Adelaide and Priya Chacko, University of Adelaide More than 40 Indian security staff lost their lives in a suicide attack on February 14, 2019 in the Pulwama region of Indian-administered Kashmir. The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack. Twelve days later, India launched air strikes against

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  • Dalit Christians, Muslims seek rights in poll-bound India0

    With upcoming elections, it’s now or never for these disadvantaged groups to pressure for change Bijay Kumar Minj, New Delhi India March 14, 2019 Hundreds of protesting Dalit Christians and Muslims marched through India’s capital in what they said was a last-ditch effort to gain welfare benefits denied to them. Some 500 Christians and Muslims

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