• Analysts: Bangladeshi Militants Change Tactics, Target Police in ‘Lone-Wolf’ Bombings0

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    • September 5, 2019

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Sep 05, 2019 Three years after an elaborately planned terrorist attack left 29 dead at a Dhaka café, militants have become active again in Bangladesh but reduced to mounting low-intensity, “lone-wolf” attacks that target police, analysts say. Since late April, a series of bomb explosions in the Bangladeshi capital have

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  • Trouble on the cards for Bangladesh from Rohingya’s presence0

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    • September 5, 2019

    Afsan Chowdhury, August 31, 2019 August marks the second anniversary of the arrival of the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In Myanmar, the Rohingyas are hated for their language, faith and complexion, three of the commonest markers of racism. In Buddhist Myanmar, populated by the fair or yellow complexioned “Burma”, speaking a Tibeto-Burman language, the Rohingyas have

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  • India’s Act East Policy and Manipur0

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    • September 5, 2019

    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pursued an “Act East Policy,” intended to strengthen Indo-Pacific strategic relationships, regional political stability, and economic exchanges with Myanmar and other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. Stronger ties require stabilizing the region near India’s northeast border with Myanmar. India’s state of Manipur, with about

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  • Breaking Byte of Religious Extremism0

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    • September 5, 2019

    By Muhammad Faizal Abdul Rahman 5 September 2019 SYNOPSIS Contemporary societies exist in challenging times because of internal schisms and intra-state conflicts where religious extremism is a significant contributing factor, harming religious harmony and social cohesion. Singapore’s updating of the Maintenance of Religious Harmony Act will empower it to respond swiftly to threats on the

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  • Indian ‘citizenship’ list causes anger, confusion0

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    • September 4, 2019

    04 Sep 2019 channel newsasia GUWAHATI: After living in India all his life, father-of-two Gokul Chandra Saha woke up last weekend to learn he was among almost two million people in the religiously diverse state of Assam that the government had suddenly deemed to be foreigners. Saha, 68, a Hindu, insists he has the documents to

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  • The Thickening Web of Asian Security Cooperation: Deepening Defense Ties Among U.S. Allies and Partners in the Indo-Pacific0

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    • September 4, 2019

    Deepening Defense Ties Among U.S. Allies and Partners in the Indo-Pacific by Scott W. Harold, Derek Grossman, Brian Harding, Jeffrey W. Hornung, Gregory Poling, Jeffrey Smith, Meagan L. Smith Download Download eBook for Free Format File Size Notes PDF file 2.4 MB Technical Details »Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best

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  • Hindu American on U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom decries ‘religious test’ for Muslims in Assam0

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    • September 4, 2019

    Modi government’s policies could undermine religious freedom of religious minorities, says Anurima Bhargava By Aziz Haniffa Sep 1, 2019 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tony Perkins, the chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) — a Congressionally mandated government advisory board — and Anurima Bhargava, the only Hindu American member of the Commission,

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  • Kashmiri Youth Succumbs to Pellet Injuries in Srinagar, Restrictions Reimposed0

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    • September 4, 2019

    Asrar Ahmed Khan was part of a group holding protests in Soura on August 6, where he was hit by pellets fired by security forces. Srinagar on Tuesday, September 2, 2019. Photo: PTI Srinagar: A Kashmiri youth who was injured during protests last month died at a Srinagar hospital in the early hours of Wednesday, prompting

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  • US envoy shows draft of deal with Taliban to Afghan president0

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    • September 4, 2019

    Zalmay Khalilzad briefs President Ashraf Ghani on US-Taliban talks as clashes intensify in several provinces. 2 Sept 2019 more on Afghanistan The Afghan ‘peace’ deal will not bring peace to the Afghan peopleyesterday Taliban deal would see US troops ‘withdraw from five bases’2 days ago US envoy shows draft of deal with Taliban to Afghan

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  • 4 Bangladeshis Sentenced to Prison over 2014 West Bengal Explosion0

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    • September 2, 2019

    By Paritosh Paul on Aug 30, 2019 An Indian court on Friday sentenced 19 suspected members of the banned militant group JMB, including four Bangladeshi nationals, to serve six to 10 years in prison, after convicting them of involvement in a 2014 explosion that killed two people. Improvised explosive devices were being manufactured five years

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  • Eviction of two million India forest dwellers stirs up a storm0

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    • September 2, 2019

    Their claims were rejected, raising concerns whether due process was followed By Kriti Singh 2 September 2019 The recent Amazon wildfires brought everyone to a choking standstill as the world’s largest tropical rainforest and the lungs of our planet were going up in flames. Environmentalists blamed the far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who pushed for

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  • Why Is BJP Changing Tack on NRC in Assam?0

    After calling all those excluded from the final draft ‘infiltrators’, the party has now begun expressing concern for ‘genuine citizens’ who have been left out. BJP Assam president Ranjeet Kumar Dass (in beige shirt). Photo: Twitter Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty 30 August 2019 Guwahati: With just days to go before the final National Register of Citizens

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  • Bangladesh: International Day of Enforced Disappearance: Victims families demand independent probe commission0

    Kohinur Khyum Tithila 30 August 2019 Family members of the disappeared lament as their wait to get back the loved ones are never ending Rights activists, eminent citizens, and politicians have demanded that the government forms an independent probe commission to investigate the allegations of all enforced disappearances. They came up with the demand at

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  • ‘Hindus have been disproportionately targeted’: Why the Assam government is not happy with the NRC0

    The BJP suggested low exclusion rates in border districts meant the NRC was inaccurate. Political analysts in the state say migration levels have dropped. Aug 04, 2019 Arunabh Saikia On August 1, the Assam government released the district-wise break-up of the 40.07 lakh people who were left out of the draft of the National Register

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