• India: Ganga Sagar Mela – This Popular Indian Festival Is Sinking Into the Sea0

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    • November 8, 2019

    By Catherine Davison      8 November 2019 www.ozy.com Why you should care This beach celebration in India is running out of beach. Climate Surprises: This OZY series captures the global warming-induced changes you’ve never thought about.   Sitting in the gardens of the Kapil Muni Temple on Sagar Island, Sanjay Das seems unperturbed by the fact

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  • The Orwellian dystopia in Bangladesh0

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    • November 8, 2019

    By Quamr Ahmed   9 November 2019 In a living embodiment of Orwellian dystopia, the hapless Bangladeshi polity has switched back to complete surrender, after a blip of pointless outrage following the grisly murder of Abrar Fahad, a student of the elite Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Before his murder, Abrar was tortured for

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  • Indian couple stoned for marrying outside caste0

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    • November 8, 2019

    The incident is the latest in a string of so-called ‘honor killings’ which are rampant in rural parts of the country By Asia Times 9 November 2019 Relatives of an Indian woman who married outside her caste and fled her home to escape punishment stoned her and her husband to death after the couple returned

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  • Uncertainty over Bangladesh’s Rohingya relocation plan0

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    • November 8, 2019

    Aid agencies won’t help move refugees to an island they describe as ‘remote, flood-prone and uninhabitable’ ucanews reporter, Dhaka Bangladesh November 8, 2019 Bangladesh’s plan to relocate hundreds of Rohingya refugees to a remote island is in doubt after authorities apparently failed to gain the support of international communities, including the United Nations. Officials in

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  • India: CISF to Be Deployed Permanently in WB’s Visva-Bharati University0

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    • November 7, 2019

    Citing instances of confrontation between the administration and students, the vice chancellor had requested the HRD ministry to deploy paramilitary forces. Representative image of CISF jawans. Photo: PTI The Wire Staff 7 November 2019 New Delhi: In a bizarre development, the Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal’s Santiniketan is all set to become the first Central

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  • Global Economy Struggles With Negative Rates0

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    • November 7, 2019

    To sustain economic growth, central banks in advanced economies have steadily reduced interest rates, encouraging consumers to spend. About 30 percent of the world’s investment-grade securities is in negative rate territory – which means lenders and savers pay others to use their funds. But economies are not so easily moved. “Cheapening money to incentivize economic

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  • India’s social media content removal order is a nail in the coffin of the internet as we know it0

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    • November 7, 2019

    Dan Jerker B. Svantesson, Bond University In recent weeks, India’s High Court of Delhi put another nail in the coffin of the internet as we currently know it. The court granted an order requiring Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove certain content globally, based on that content being defamatory under local law in India. This

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  • Bangladesh under fire for extrajudicial killings0

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    • November 7, 2019

    Amnesty International report details executions by law enforcers and disappearances during war on drugs ucanews reporters, Dhaka  Bangladesh   November 6, 2019 A global rights group has slammed Bangladesh for hundreds of extrajudicial executions in the guise of so-called anti-drugs clampdowns last year. In 2018, law enforcers in Bangladesh were involved in 466 extrajudicial killings, a

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  • The Economist: India is stumbling because of its prime minister’s failure to curb his darker side0

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    • November 6, 2019

    Narendra Modi needs to show more of his reformist character and less of the Hindu nationalist, says Max Rodenbeck Print edition | Special report Oct 24th 2019 To roars of approval from the pumped-up crowd packing a stadium in Houston, Texas, India’s prime minister gave his answer to the local greeting. “You ask, ‘Howdy, Modi?’, so

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  • Persian Gulf: Evaluating the Hormuz Peace Endeavor0

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    • November 6, 2019

    November 6, 2019 Lobe Log By Kayhan Barzegar Concerns of increased tension, instability and possible conflict, mainly involving energy security, has inclined the international community to think of establishing a collective security system in the Persian Gulf. In this respect, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani proposed the Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) at the UN General Assembly

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  • India: Beginning Of An End In Nagaland?0

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    • November 6, 2019

    November 4, 2019 By SATP By M.A. Athul* Marking a possible final phase of India’s longest enduring insurgency, the deadlock between the Government of India (GoI) and National Socialist Council of Nagaland – Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) was broken on October 31, 2019, with the NSCN-IM agreeing to sign a peace deal. Both parties, according to reports, have

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  • The Afghan President (To Be) Who Lived A Secret Life In A Czechoslovak Forest0

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    • November 5, 2019

    November 03, 2019 By Frud Bezhan Petr Kubalek KRASLICE, Czech Republic — In the winter of 1978-79, Afghanistan’s communist regime deployed a hit squad to find and kill Babrak Karmal, the high-profile ambassador to Czechoslovakia. Fearing for his life, Czechoslovak authorities secretly hid Karmal and his family in a remote hunting lodge in the dense

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  • Learning the hard way; Bangladesh’s ruling party runs university campuses with an iron fist0

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    • November 5, 2019

    But a recent murder has put it on the back foot The Economist Print edition | Asia Oct 31st 2019| DHAKA Early in october Abrar Fahad, a student at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (buet) was beaten to death in his dormitory. Police have detained 21 people in connection with the murder, many of them

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  • Dozen detained in Maldives from opposition Victory Day protest0

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    • November 4, 2019

    SAM Staff, November 4, 2019 A dozen people were arrested from a protest organised by the opposition on Saturday night to mark Victory Day. Shortly after the gathering began outside the Progressive Party of Maldives office in Malé around 8:30pm, police issued warnings through a loudspeaker and announced that the area was not designated for gatherings.

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