• Bangladesh: 18 charts to help better understand the country’s growing economy in real time0

    These charts explain Bangladesh’s actual economy Jyoti Rahman April 8, 2021 The garment sector is an important part of Bangladesh’s growing economy. (SOPA Images Limited/Alamy) With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic a year ago, economic activities shut down around the world as lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing and other health measures were introduced. The pandemic

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  • Myanmar’s brutal military was once a force for freedom – but it’s been waging civil war for decades0

    Every March 27, the Myanmar military celebrates its anniversary with a parade. The day of the 2021 parade, soldiers killed at least 90 pro-democracy protesters. Xinhua/Zhang Dongqiang via Getty Images Tharaphi Than, Northern Illinois University With great fanfare – but few guests – Myanmar’s armed forces recently celebrated their 76th anniversary in the nation’s capital

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  • “It Feels Like It Was a Trap”: Stateless in Indian Administered Kashmir0

    Photo Credit: Safina Nabi Safina Nabi Safina Nabi is a full-time independent journalist based in Kashmir. She writes about gender, health, human rights, and development. For the past three months, Uzma Rayees has been grieving her father’s death from afar. She’s one of a group of women in Kashmir rendered stateless by accompanying a husband

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  • ‘Bangladesh democratic situation declining’0

    Prothom Alo English Desk 05 Apr 2021 On 10 November 1987, Awami Jubo League (AJL) leader Nur Hossain, who imprinted his bare chest and back with the slogans ‘Free democracy’ and ‘Down with autocracy’, embraced martyrdom in police firing File Photo The democratic situation in Bangladesh is declining as the country’s position in the liberal

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  • What did Bangladesh gain from Modi’s visit?0

    With at least 14 protestors dead, a resurgence of a conservative Islamic grouping, an angered West Bengal leader, it is unclear who gained from the Indian prime minister’s visit.   Kamal Ahmed April 2, 2021 Progressive student organisations take out a procession from Dhaka University on March 26, 2021 to protest against the Indian prime minister’s

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  • Human rights in Sri Lanka: Why no moral stance on the question of genocide?0

    Prothom Alo Kamal Ahmed 24 Mar 2021 The Tamil prisoners were massacred in Welikade in July 1983. Colombo Telegraph It happened just as apprehended. Actually, there had been such speculations in Geneva, London and Geneva over the last few days. Bangladesh voted against the proposal to give the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

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  • Maslin: The ancient fabric that no one knows how to make0

    THE LOST INDEX | INDIA BBC (Image credit: Drik/ Bengal Muslin) By Zaria Gorvett  16th March 2021 Nearly 200 years ago, Dhaka muslin was the most valuable fabric on the planet. Then it was lost altogether. How did this happen? And can we bring it back? I In late 18th-Century Europe, a new fashion led to an international

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  • Anti-Modi Protests in Bangladesh0

    Clashes break out in Baitul Mukarram area Prothom Alo Staff Correspondent Dhaka 26 Mar 2021 Clashes break out at Baitul Mukarram areaHasan Raja Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area has turned into a battleground as clashes erupt between devotees and ruling party men on Friday afternoon. The clashes broke out as a section of devotees had

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  • Now Reading Tibetans in Exile Facing New Challenges0

      2021/03/31, East Asia Forum East Asia Forum is a platform for analysis and research on politics, economics, business, law, security, international relations and society relevant to public policy, centred on the Asia Pacific region. It consists of an online publication and a quarterly magazine, East Asia Forum Quarterly, which aim to provide clear and

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  • MAROONED IN THEIR MYTHS – If the partition of 1905 were allowed to stand0

    Ashok Mitra   |     |   Published 27.06.05, 12:00 AM The Bengali bhadralok and their id?es fixe are not easily parted. The current year marks a full century since the Bengal Presidency was divided by the British rulers and a new province, Eastern Bengal and Assam, was carved out. To Bengal?s then influential Hindu gentry, it was an affront and an omen. That most

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  • New report shows growing CCP control of Tibetan Buddhism0

    By International Campaign for Tibet|March 10, 2021| A new report by the International Campaign for Tibet shows how new measures of surveillance and control are threatening to turn the Tibetan Buddhist monastic community into a tool of the Chinese Communist Party. “Party Above Buddhism: China’s Surveillance and Control of Tibetan Monasteries and Nunneries” is available

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  • ‘We Will Leave’ Afghanistan Likely This Year, Biden Declares0

    But not by May 1. “It’s not my intention to stay there for a long time, the question is how and under what circumstance,” the president said, at the White House. Kevin Baron March 25, 2021 By Kevin Baron Executive Editor March 25, 2021 Updated: This breaking news article has been expanded to include additional

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  • COVID-19 cases surge across India0

    Wasantha Rupasinghe   Yesterday, India, the third worst-impacted country in the world, reported 53,364 coronavirus infections, the highest number in a single-day in more than five months. Its total caseload is now over 11.73 million with a death toll of more 160, 440, even according to under-reported official records. The rapidly increasing number of infections

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  • Huge Fire at Bangladesh Rohingya Camp Leaves Thousands Homeless0

    By Sunil Barua and Jesmin Papri on Mar 22, 2021  A massive fire damaged thousands of makeshift shelters at a Rohingya refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh on Monday, officials said, but could not immediately confirm reports that there were casualties. Firefighters took more than eight hours to extinguish the blaze, which was fanned by high

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