• Bangladesh: Gas Plant Sparks Pollution Fears0

    By UCAN    12.4.2018 By Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario A Bangladeshi government decision to allow a gas plant to be built near the Sundarbans mangrove forest has sparked anger and opposition from environmental activists. Energypac applied for permission to set up the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant in 2012 and received a primary

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  • Is India Inc Missing Trillion Dollar Opportunity Of Climate Change?0

    April 12, 2018 By Observer Research Foundation By Sandip Sen In the year 2010, barely two years after Apple produced the first smartphone, China doubled the price of 17 rare earth metals. These difficult to mine materials are considered critical to modern day electronics. Be it mobile phones, solar batteries, semiconductors, electromagnets, aerospace or defence

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  • Crime–Terror Nexus Along India’s Eastern Border0

    By Mohammed Sinan Siyech    RSIS    12/4/2018 Synopsis Bangladeshi authorities recently confiscated weapons bound for locations in India illustrating the vulnerabilities along the eastern border. Commentary ON 19 MARCH 2018, a consignment of arms being transported in a boat was intercepted by Bangladeshi authorities. The destination of these weapons was reportedly for locations in

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  • More Rohingya refugee camps to close in Myanmar0

    Displaced people wary of resettlement program and say they would prefer to return to their homes An armed Myanmar border guard patrols near a barbed wire fence between Maungdaw district of Rakhine State and Bangladesh on March 18. (Photo by Joe Freeman/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar April 11, 2018 Myanmar authorities have moved to close four camps

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  • Drones will soon decide who to kill0

    Algorithms will soon be able to decide who to target. US Air Force Peter Lee, University of Portsmouth The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled

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  • Chargesheet in Rape and Murder of Minor in Kathua Details Plot With Communal Aim0

    The chargesheet in the case was filed on Monday against eight people, including two special police officers. The Wire Staff April 12, 2018  New Delhi: The chargesheet in the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl in Jammu’s Kathua – filed on Monday amid protests by a group of lawyers who attempted to stop crime branch officials

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  • Will Justice for Sahar be the Tipping Point for Pakistan’s Rule of Law?0

    April 11, 2018 By Farva Rashid Minhas and Abbas Hussain After four long and painful years, the parents of Sahar Batool finally got a taste of justice last month. In 2014, their seven-year-old daughter, who belonged to the Hazara minority ethnic group in Balochistan province, was raped, murdered, and left on a pile of garbage in her hometown, Quetta. The

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  • Prejudice Flares After Rape, Murder of Muslim Child in India0

    Lawyers Try to Block Police from Filing Charges Against Hindu Suspects Meenakshi Ganguly South Asia Director mg2411 EXPAND Lawyers clash with police outside a courthouse in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state, April 9, 2018.  © 2018 unknown/social media A heated scene outside a courthouse in India’s Jammu and Kashmir state unfolded yesterday, as lawyers physically attempted

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  • India’s online news media fear state clampdown0

    BJP-run government tasks committee with drawing up new regulations in run-up to crucial national election Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media in New Delhi in January. Concerns are growing that his government intends to gag online media. (Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP) Umar Manzoor Shah, Srinagar   India April 10, 2018 India’s federal government is planning to regulate

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  • Protest over Bangladesh civil service quota turns violent 0

    Police dispersal of Dhaka rally leaves 50 injured but students vow to step up opposition to ‘unfair and discriminatory’ system Policemen fire rubber bullets and blank shots to disperse students protesting against the civil service quota system in Dhaka on April 8. (ucanews.com photo) Stephan Uttom, Dhaka Bangladesh April 10, 2018 At least 50 people,

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  • India: Another Accord In Mizoram0

    April 10, 2018 SATP   By Giriraj Bhattacharjee* The Mizoram Government and the H. Zosangbera faction of the Hmar People’s Convention-Democratic (HPC-D-Zosangbera) on April 2, 2018, after six rounds of talks, signed a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) at the State Guest House in Aizawl. The MoS was signed by Chief Secretary Arvind Ray on behalf

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  • Aung San Suu Kyi’s last chance to save herself0

    Changing president and speaker are a start but she must do more with the economy and for minorities to hang onto power Newly sworn in Myanmar President Win Myint (C), State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and First Lady Cho Cho pose for a picture after an oath taking ceremony in the parliament in Naypyidaw

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  • In Srinagar Hospital, Bandaged Eyes Bring Back Bad Memories of 20160

    Scores of pellet gun victims from the recent Shopian encounter are proof that despite what the state government claims, the indiscriminate weapon continues to be used in Kashmir. Mehraj Udin Wani, who was previously injured by a pellet gun. Credit: Shome Basu/The Wire Majid Maqbool    9/4/2018 Srinagar: On April 2, ward number 8 of the

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  • The Nautical Dimension of India’s “Act East” Policy0

    Abhijit Singh IDSS / Conflict and Stability / Country and Region Studies / International Politics and Security / Maritime Security / Policy Reports / South Asia 09 April 2018 Introduction Over the past two decades, India’s Look East Policy (LEP) has served as New Delhi’s principal foreign policy instrument in the Asia Pacific region. Originally

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