• Asia is both perpetrator and victim of the collapsing nuclear order: Prof R Rajaraman0

    The tacit taboo on the use of nuclear weapons that was in place after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings is undergoing a change with nation-states changing their view on the use of nuclear weapons and embarking on a quest to expand their arsenal, said Dr R Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and

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  • Security measures hamper Amaranth Yatra in Kashmir0

    Umar Manzoor Shah, July 21, 2019 In the midst of majestic mountains and emerald streams, Younis Iqbal has been spending days and nights in makeshift tents. He hasn’t visited his home even once in the past 15 days as he is busy taking Hindu pilgrims to a holy cave in Kashmir considered a symbol of Lord

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  • India: The Controversy Surrounding Dibang Dam, India’s Largest Hydropower Project0

    The Wire India 22 July 2019 The Wire delves into the specifics of the ambitious multi-purpose project, the purported aim behind it as well as the controversy that has been associated with it. New Delhi: On July 18, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave the go-ahead to

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  • Floods put over 4 million people at risk in Bangladesh0

    Torrential rains in the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than 4 million people at risk of food insecurity and disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said Jul 20, 2019               DHAKA: Torrential rains in the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than

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  • India’s vanishing nuclear scientists0

    July 22, 2019 Nuclear scientists were among the world’s most coveted assets during and after World War II, so much so that powerful nations engaged in a tug-of-war on the European playground to claim as many as possible. When you are in one of three neighboring nuclear powers like Iran, Pakistan and India, each struggling

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  • India’s need for hydro-diplomacy with China, Pakistan and Bangladesh0

    It is critical for India to articulate its middle riparian position, first to change the perception in the neighbourhood that India is a ‘water hegemon’, as is often expressed by Pakistan and Bangladesh, in spite of the robustness of the water treaties with these two countries; and second, to draw China into the South Asian

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  • Cardinal calls on Sri Lanka government to quit0

    Malcolm Ranjith takes Colombo to task over alleged failure to investigate ‘international conspiracy’ behind deadly Easter bombings By AFP Staff The head of Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church Sunday called for the government to resign over its alleged failure to investigate an “international conspiracy” behind the deadly Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the authorities

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  • India heads to the Moon’s South Pole0

    The successful launch of the Chandrayaan 2 moon mission opens up exciting new possibilities for India’s space program By Saikat Datta India’s ambitious Chandrayaan 2 (Moon Vehicle) headed off into space – at 2.43pm local time this afternoon – aimed for the South Pole of the moon, an area that remains unexplored so far. This

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  • Female suicide bomber kills eight in north-west Pakistan0

    21 Jul 2019 DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: A female suicide bomber in north-western Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded 26 more in an attack outside a local civilian hospital on Sunday (Jul 21), local officials said. The attack in Dera Ismail Khan early on Sunday was claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, often known as

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  • Bangladesh govt condemns Priya Saha’s allegation to Trump0

    Jul 20, 2019 Prothom Alo State minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on Friday strongly condemned the allegation made by a Bangladeshi to US president Donald Trump saying that the government will look into it why Priyabala Saha did so. “I’d answered questions of various countries and NGOs both from home and abroad related

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  • Iran Says It Has Seized a British-Flagged Oil Tanker0

    Iranian forces said Friday that it had seized the ship, as another vessel, bound for Saudi Arabia, lost contact with its owners and abruptly changed course toward Iran ByAresu Eqbali and Benoit Faucon July 19, 2019 TEHRAN—Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said it had seized a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, amid mounting concerns

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  • Tehreek-e-Labbaik: how blasphemy case in Pakistan brought down hardline religious party0

    Abdullah Yusuf, University of Dundee 19 July 2019 Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian and farm labourer, was beaten by a mob and arrested for blasphemy in June 2009 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad during an argument. She maintained her innocence throughout the trial the following year, but was sentenced to death. Almost

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  • Bangladesh – ERSHAD: A mixed legacy0

    The Daily Star July 19, 2019 by Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan ndc, psc (Retd) There are certainly many better persons than I who can assess former President HM Ershad more insightfully and, perhaps, more eloquently. As a writer one cannot escape the inevitable influence of the personal association with the man he is writing

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  • UN investigator finds US sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate0

    Reuters . Kuala Lumpur/Dhaka, Bangladesh | Jul 19, 2019   Prothom Alo Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar’s military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Thursday. The United States banned Myanmar military Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing, three other

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