• Are China and Russia teaming up on the US in the Indian Ocean?0

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    • January 11, 2021

    Naval exercises and other moves by the two countries in the region suggest they are teaming up to counter the US, India and others But some analysts view the partnership as merely ‘symbolic’, with Beijing and Moscow trying to extend their individual spheres of influence Maria Siow 11 Jan, 2021  South China Morning Post The

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  • Persecuted Hazara demand justice in Pakistan0

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    • January 11, 2021

    Shia Muslims protest latest killings and demand protection from attacks by Islamic militants Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore January 11, 2021 Blindfolded female protesters at the sit-in by the Hazara community in Quetta. (Photo supplied)   When Tahir Khan visited a Quetta highway blocked with the bodies of 11 slain coal miners, he was greeted by women wearing white

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  • The Trials and Tribulations of Being a Muslim in Today’s India0

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    • January 10, 2021

    As the communal divide deepens with every passing day, Muslims in today’s India have a lot to despair about and much more to be afraid of. Photo: Reuters N.C. Asthana It both rattles and embarrasses me deeply when even my childhood Muslim friends tell me that, in the end, when the mopping up begins, all

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  • Winter in Kashmir: For local Kashmiris, it’s living a nightmare0

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    • January 10, 2021

    by Prof M A Sofi — January 10, 2021 The line in the subtitle above underscores a reality that not many of those coming to visit the valley from outside Kashmir would concede as a fact of life. The fact is that whereas everything is done by their local hosts and the local administration to ensure that

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  • Meet the Indian-American who waved Indian flag amid violence at US Capitol0

    Several Indians commented on the person’s Facebook posts saying his participation in the storming of the US Capitol was an “embarrassment for the Indian-American community”.  MONEYCONTROL NEWS JANUARY 08, 2021 The Indian flag be waived at the US Capitol during the violence on January 6. (Image: Twitter/@VincentPXavier) The Indian flag spotted during the storming of the

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  • The out-of-control line between India and Pakistan0

    07/01/2021  www.france24.com/en The Line of Control, Kashmir’s ceasefire line between Indian and Pakistani forces, is more dangerous than ever, with recent violence at a level not seen in twenty years Sajjad QAYYUM AFP Tanghdar (India) (AFP) Shells and bullets are hurtling thicker and faster than ever between Indian and Pakistani forces across Kashmir’s ceasefire line, killing

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  • Can the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party emerge as a credible opposition anytime soon?0

    When survival is not enough Kamal Ahmed January 7, 2021 BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at a rally outside her party office in January 2016, to mark the second anniversary of the January 2014 national elections that the party boycotted. Photo: Suvra Kanti Das/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News Bangladesh enters its eighth consecutive year without an effective

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  • Ropeways’ green image masks potential damage in Himalayas0

    Ropeways are being touted by the Indian government as an environment-friendly form of transport in the Himalayas, but experts and locals say they risk disturbing fragile mountain ecosystems and disrupting livelihoods Ropeway terminal under construction in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh [image by: Meenakshi Kapoor] Meenakshi Kapoor, January 4, 2021   “We are not against the ropeway

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  • India aims to use coronavirus ‘vaccine diplomacy’ to counter China, but is it jumping the gun?0

    India aims to roll out its Covid-19 vaccines Covishield and Covaxin to its neighbours to boost its regional importance But analysts say New Delhi must tread cautiously as Covaxin has not completed phase three trials and any side effects could cause a diplomatic crisis Vasudevan Sridharan 9 Jan, 2021 On January 3, India’s drug regulator

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  • Far-right activists on social media telegraphed violence weeks in advance of the attack on the US Capitol0

    Alex Newhouse, Middlebury Institute of International Studies The attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 was shocking, but no one following right-wing activity on social media should have been surprised. The attempt by President Donald Trump’s far-right supporters to violently stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote and formalizing Joe Biden’s election

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  • South Asia: The road ahead in 20210

    Feature by South Asia Center    Atlantic Council Related Experts: Irfan Nooruddin, Harris A. Samad Light illuminates a mountain range above the valley during sunset in Kathmandu, Nepal REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar CLICK here for the full article Introduction By Irfan Nooruddin At long last, the year that seemed like it might never end is in the history books. While the

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  • India: Why is the BJP Being So Mean to Kapil Gujjar, the Shooter of Shaheen Bagh?0

    Kapil decoded the cryptic Islamophobia in Modi’s ‘kapdon se pehchanon’ message with laser sharp precision. Perhaps he was even more serious about the request made by Amit Shah to give an electric shock to Shaheen Bagh. Kapil Gujjar joined joined the BJP, only to be thrown out less than two hours later. Photo courtesy: Twitter/@scribe_prashant

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  • Bangladesh National Sentenced in US for Human Smuggling0

    By Anonymous on Jan 07, 2021 Benar News A Bangladeshi man has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for smuggling his countrymen into the United States, the United States Department of Justice said Thursday. After serving out his sentence Moktar Hossain will have three years of “supervised release,” a DOJ statement said. “The defendant

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  • Many Pregnant Women in Rural Bangladesh Being Refused Healthcare Due to Pandemic0

    By Anonymous on Jan 07, 2021 Benar News Healthcare facilities in rural Bangladesh have been denying care to many pregnant women over fears they might be infected with the novel coronavirus or because doctors themselves have COVID-19, according to clinical data and new mothers in one such area. Healthcare providers prefer to turn away pregnant

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