• As Ties Thaw, India and Pakistan Must Avoid Maximalist Positions for Lasting Kashmir Solution0

    Despite passions running high, it is notable that both countries have made demonstrable progress in the direction of normalising ties over the past weeks, suggesting something major is in works behind the scenes. Representative image. Photo: Reuters Andrew Korybko Recent developments have raised hope that some progress might soon be made behind the scenes in

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  • Sewer Workers Need Safety, Dignity and Justice0

    in India — by Bharat Dogra — March 25, 2021 Some of the saddest news  in India which appears with tragic regularity relates to the deaths of sewer workers caused by occupational hazards. The demand for fixing responsibility and taking strong action against those  guilty of negligence has been gaining ground, as also the demand for the prompt compensatory  payment as

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  • India: After Targeting Azaan, Uttar Pradesh Minister Now Says Burqa is An Evil Custom0

    March 25, 2021 Muslim women wearing Burqa. — File photo “Muslim women will be freed from ‘burqa’ like triple talaq,” said UP Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Anand Swarup Shukla extending his tirade of hate against Muslims Clarion India LUCKNOW — Anand Swarup, a minister in Uttar Pradesh’s BJP government has embarked, it looks like,

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  • Core-Group supporters in UNHRC have a dismal Human Rights record0

     by Editor  March 25, 2021 UNHRC By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News Colombo, March 25: Although the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution on Sri Lanka was adapted at the 46th Session with 22 members voting for it, 11 voting against and 14 abstaining. This means that the majority (25) were not for the resolution. Foreign Minister

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  • 220 Chinese Vessels Stake Out Another Reef in Spratly Islands0

    Whitsun Reef, a submerged feature at Union Banks measuring about four miles per side (NASA)By The Maritime Executive 03-21-2021 China’s maritime militia has shown up in force at Union Banks, an atoll within the Philippine’s EEZ claim. According to the Philippine Coast Guard, about 220 maritime militia vessels were anchored in a line off one of

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  • China’s Troubling Solution to its Water-Security Woes0

    The Yarlung Tsangpo river systemBy The Strategist 03-20-2021 Beijing has long understood that China has a water-security problem that could pose an existential threat. In 2005, China’s minister for water resources reportedly said, “To fight for every drop of water or die: that is the challenge facing China.” Former premier Wen Jiabao observed that water shortages threaten “the very survival

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  • Fence Around Rohingya Camps Did Not Hamper Fire Rescue, Bangladesh Says0

    © Amlai Boyjors/Save the Children   By Abdur Rahman and Jesmin Papri on Mar 24, 2021  Bangladesh officials denied Wednesday that a barbed-wired fence around Rohingya refugee camps disrupted relief and rescue work during and after a massive fire at a refugee settlement this week that left at least 11 people dead. They also denied

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  • Genocide triggered Bangladesh’s independence0

     by Editor  March 24, 2021 By P.K.Balachandran Bangladesh got its freedom from Pakistan de facto on December 16. 1971, following the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops to the Indian armed forces on that day. However, Bangladesh observes its Independence Day on March 26 because it was on March 26, 1971, that a clandestine radio station calling itself the Swadin

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  • Taliban Claim Reduction in Violence in Their Proposal  0

    By Tahir Khan March 21, 2021 09:04 AM Mohammed Naeem Wardak, Spokesman for the Taliban office in Moscow, March 19, 2021.   [Photo: Khaama Press] ISLAMABAD – The Taliban claim they, not the U.S., originated the pending proposal for a three-month reduction in violence, or RIV, to “create a conducive atmosphere” for intra-Afghan peace negotiations, two Taliban

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  • India: Following Assault on Muslim Boy Outside UP Temple, Hindutva Groups Harden Communal Rhetoric0

    Emboldened by police not opposing bail to prime accused, right-wing groups are using situation to fuel hatred; many temples, shrines now have banners barring entry of Muslims or non-Hindus. The Hindu Yuva Vahini (Uttarakhand) appears to have mass produced this banner – which says the entry of non-Hindus is not allowed – and encouraged Hindutva

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  • Is Indian democracy turning into an electoral autocracy? Recent reports by global agencies downgrade the country’s political status0

    Nirendra Dev, New Delhi Mar 19, 2021 India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he addresses a public meeting ahead of the Assam Assembly elections, in Bokakhat on March 21. (Photo: AFP)   Two international reports recently have left Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government in India grieving and complaining that global organizations probably have an

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  • A Stop in Bangladesh May Be Part of Narendra Modi’s Plan to Woo Voters in West Bengal0

    A visit to Orakandi, around 190 km from Dhaka, is being seen as a bid to win Matua votes. Main temple of Matuas at Orakandi, Bangladesh. Photo: Special arrangement Himadri Ghosh The Wire India   23 March 2021 Kolkata: In a first, a political party in India in all likelihood is making use of foreign land

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  • The Quad gives a boost to India’s vaccine diplomacy0

    The Lowy Institute   18 March 2021 TEESTA PRAKASH Countering China’s influence is one thing. But fosteringregional cooperation plays to the strengths of the grouping.   The most notable takeaway from the first-ever “Quad” leaders meeting involving the US, India, Japan and Australia at the weekend was the agreement on expanding the global vaccine supply. The vaccination

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  • Profit Hungry Modi Government Ready to Risk Famine in India0

    Photo: The “Billionaire Raj” is preparing to turn India back from a country of hunger (on the 2020 Global Hunger Index, India is 94th out of 107 countries) to a country of famine. Child who starved to death during the Bengal famine of 1943. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Viewpoint by Justin Podur*      19 March 2021 This

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