• Teachers’ uniform offends Muslims at Sri Lanka college0

    Rights groups fear issue could tear communities apart but others see it as isolated incident Sri Lankan Muslim women offer greetings in this July 2016 file photo. Muslim teachers at a Tamil Hindu ladies college are causing a storm for wearing Muslim attire. (Photo Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP)   ucanews.com reporter, Colombo Sri Lanka June 19, 2018

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  • Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansion0

    Asian Waters: The Struggle Over the South China Sea & the Strategy of Chinese Expansion book by Humphrey Hawksley; review by Susan Froetschel 19/6/2018 China ranks 11th among countries with the most coastline, well after Indonesia, Russia, the Philippines and Japan. Supported by the US-led international security and trade rules, China has steadily risen to

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  • Bangladesh Blocks News Website for Hours0

    BenarNews staff  Washington    2018-06-18il This screen grab shows a notice by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) “ordering” the blocking of the news website bdnews24.com, and which was published by the website on its homepage, June 18, 2018. BenarNews The Bangladesh government blocked the country’s first online news portal for a few hours Monday,

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  • In Depth: The Ganna That Prevailed Over Jinnah0

    With pending dues of Rs 22,000 crore, sugarcane farmers in the country continue to suffer as the Centre’s package to ‘address the current crisis’ proves thoroughly inadequate and misdirected. The Wire takes a deep dive into the sugarcane crisis. According to sugar mills, dues have remained pending as the selling price of sugarcane, due to

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  • China and India’s border dispute is a slow-moving environmental disaster0

    Development is peaking in the high country between India and China. Vinay Vaars/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Ruth Gamble, La Trobe University Chinese and Indian competition on their shared Himalayan border is more likely to create a slow-moving environmental catastrophe than a quick military or nuclear disaster. The Himalayan plateau plays a crucial role in Asia.

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  • Controversial Sri Lankan Buddhist monk gets jail time0

    Leader of ‘Buddhist Power Force’ has been blamed for a rise in attacks against minority Muslims and Christians Buddhist monk Galaboda Aththe Gnanasara Thera being escorted to a prison bus after his sentencing by Homagama Court on June 14. (Photo by S. Kumar/ucanews.com) Quintus Colombage, Colombo  Sri Lanka June 15, 2018 Controversial Sri Lankan Buddhist monk

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  • India’s strategic vision amid disorder order: Urgent need to redress the voids0

    Modi in his address indicated that India seeks a robust engagement with all major powers – viz USA, China, Russia and Japan and added that the ASEAN bloc was the critical entity for India’s ‘Act East’ policy. The change in semantic to the Indo-Pacific is an acknowledgement of India’s own relevance in the extended maritime

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  • Shujaat Bukhari, A Hero Martyred0

    English language journalism in India has produced many great editors, but few heroes, and no martyrs. Now it has produced both. Shujaat Bukhari. Credit: The Wire Prem Shankar Jha 16/JUN/2018 Death has shadowed Shujaat Bukhari’s family since the first days of the militancy in Kashmir. I first met him in 1992. He was then the correspondent

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  • In Recording, Chilling Proof That Hasina’s War on Drugs Involves Extra-Judicial Killing0

    Phone call first captures single kill shot, then further shots as Bangladesh security forces discuss how to fake gun battle with dead man. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Credit: Reuters Tasneem Khalil SOUTH ASIA 16/JUN/2018 Before his death, Ekramul Haque had three brief phone conversations with his daughter. He made the first call from his

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  • Myanmar’s violent road to ‘peace’0

    BY TEACIRCLEOXFORD,  JUNE 7, 2018  Angshuman Choudhury analyses the recent bouts of rebel-military violence in Myanmar and assesses their implications for the peace process ahead. On 21 May 2018, the Myanmar government announced that the third edition of the 21stCentury Panglong Conference (also known as the Union Peace Conference) will be held in mid-June instead of end of

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  • I visited the Rohingya camps in Myanmar and here is what I saw0

    A camp for displaced Rohingyas in the city of Sittwe in western Myanmar. Cresa Pugh, CC BY Cresa Pugh, Harvard University Myanmar recently claimed to have repatriated its first Rohingya refugee family. But, as an official from the United Nations noted, the country is still not safe for the return of its estimated 700,000 Rohingya

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  • Building lives of young brick makers in Pakistan0

    Bonded labor in slave-like conditions continues to plague the country despite a prohibition Christian True Spirit Bhatta (brick kiln) school at National Bricks 2, a brick kiln in Kasur district Punjab Province. (Photo by  Kamran Chaudhry/ucanews.com) Kamran Chaudhry, Kasur Pakistan June 15, 2018 Neha Rehmat and her siblings make more than 3,000 bricks every day before going

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  • Karzai Blames U.S., Pakistan For Afghanistan Chaos0

    Photo: Snapshot of Hamid Karzai’s Interview with NTV Russia. Courtesy: Office of Hamid Karzai. By Kalinga Seneviratne    16/6/2018 BONN (IDN) – Former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has blamed the United States and Pakistan for the chaos created in his country over the past two decades. He firmly believes that the West, including Germany, should

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  • Serious questions and doubts hang over the new MOU signed between the United Nations and the government of Burma0

    By Mark Farmaner, Director, Burma Campaign UK Serious questions and doubts hang over the new MOU signed between the United Nations and the government of Burma on a supposed framework for creating conditions for safe return for Rohingya refugees. For a start, to date, it’s a secret deal. It’s about the Rohingya but the Rohingya

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