• Ladakh Buddhists who hailed India’s Kashmir move not so sure now0

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    • October 16, 2020

    A year after India scrapped Kashmir’s special status, anger and apprehensions in Ladakh over their future. Buddhist prayer flags fly at Namgyal Tsemo Monastery above the town of Leh in Ladakh [Cathal McNaughton/Reuters] By Bilal Kuchay 14 Oct 2020 Leh, Ladakh – When the Indian government last year abrogated the special status and partial autonomy of

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  • To pile pressure for action, human rights commission lists 286 violators0

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    • October 16, 2020

    Rights abusers are from the time of armed conflict and they could face national and global scrutiny as the government fails to implement the constitutional body’s recommendations. It is the legal responsibility of the commission to make public the list of human rights violators, the chief commissioner says. Photo: NHRC Binod Ghimire October 16, 2020   

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  • Afghanistan and Iran: From water treaty to water dispute0

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    • October 16, 2020

    Lowy Institute      14 October 2020   Said Hashmat Sadat  and Nasrat Sayed A dam near completion on the Helmand River in Afghanistanis at the centre of a disagreement over water rights. The Helmand River in Afghanistan (Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images) Published 14 Oct 2020   With an estimated 75 billion cubic metres

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  • Companies keep choosing to serve the Chinese market — and that’s likely not good news for the Pentagon0

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    • October 15, 2020

    South Korean K-Pop boy band BTS caused uproar in China after RM, the band’s leader, thanked Korean War veterans for their sacrifices but made no mention of China. File photo from December 31, 2019, in Times Square, New York City. File Photo by: zz/John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx China or Your Soul? Pompeo’s Thunder Falls Flat on

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  • India – Tanishq: Jewellery ad on interfaith couple withdrawn after outrage0

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    • October 15, 2020

    15 October 2020     BBC     Published 2 days ago IMAGE COPYRIGHTTANISHQimage captionThe video has now been removed from the Tanishq site Popular Indian jewellery brand Tanishq has withdrawn an advertisement featuring an interfaith couple after a right-wing backlash on social media. It shows a baby shower organised for the Hindu bride by her Muslim

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  • ARE INDIA’S MUSLIM WOMEN BEING DRIVEN OUT OF POLITICS?0

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    • October 15, 2020

    CAPTION By Maroosha Muzaffar        14 October 2020 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Shazia Ilmi addresses a press conference as she resigned from the party on May 24, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Ilmi said the “lack of inner democracy” within AAP triggered her resignation. She said while AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal talked

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  • North and East of Sri Lanka paralysed by mass anti-government protest0

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    • October 15, 2020

    A series of protests are currently underway across the North-East today as Tamils across the homeland commemorated the death of LTTE’s Lt Col Thileepan, despite a Sri Lankan court ban and intimidation from the security forces. Politicians, including from the Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), joined civil society members and

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  • US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Sri Lanka amid rising anti-China provocations0

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    • October 15, 2020

    Vijith Samarasinghe       15 October 2020 Sri Lanka’s secretary to the ministry of foreign affairs Admiral Jayanath Colambage announced last weekend that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Sri Lanka during his scheduled trip to India at the end of this month. Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark Esper are visiting New Delhi

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  • Air pollution in winter could exacerbate the severity and spread of coronavirus in South Asia0

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    • October 15, 2020

    Long-term exposure to pollutants before the pandemic may be associated with severe symptoms from Covid-19 and a greater risk of death. Air quality in Delhi slipped to ‘poor’ for the first time in three months in October. | Reuters 15 October 2020 Soumya Sarkar, Zofeen Ebrahim & Ramesh Bhushal   The dramatic drop in air pollution after large swathes of

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  • World no longer buying India’s terrorism narrative on Pakistan ‘blindly’: Qureshi0

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    • October 14, 2020

    Dawn.com    12 Oct 2020 Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi addresses an event in Islamabad on Monday. — DawnNewsTV Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday defended the government’s foreign policy performance under his watch, saying the world was no longer “blindly” buying the Indian narrative due to Islamabad’s successful efforts to counter negative perceptions.

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  • Pakistani Dissidents in the US Blame the Military for Country’s Multiple Crises0

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    • October 14, 2020

    The Wire India Prominent Pakistani dissidents, including former and current members of parliament, described Prime Minister Imran Khan as a “military puppet”. File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and chief of army staff General Qamar Bajwa. Photo: ISPR Lalit K. Jha 13/Oct/2020 Washington: Terming Prime Minister Imran Khan as a “military puppet,” prominent Pakistani

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  • “Bangladesh has little to offer China strategically”0

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    • October 14, 2020

    Netra News Oct 14 , 2020 Last week, Netra News published an analysis of Bangladesh’s relationship with India and China which concluded that Bangladesh is unlikely to turn its back on its oldest friend, India, anytime soon. Another article written by two academics Mubashar Hasan and Arlid Engelsen Ruud for the Lowy Institute makes another

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  • A third aircraft carrier for India: Budget versus necessity0

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    • October 14, 2020

    14 October 2020 M Matheswaran Concerns about cost overruns should be kept in perspective.The need for naval power projection is only growing. INS Vikramaditya, India’s domestically constructed aircraft carrier (STR/AFP via Getty Images) Published 13 Oct 2020   The Indian military is undergoing what may be its most significant reorganisation since India’s independence, with considerable

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  • Interview – ANM Muniruzzaman: Bangladesh must maintain geostrategic independence0

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    • October 13, 2020

    Prothom Alo    13 October 2020 Mizanur Rahman Khan ANM Muniruzzaman Maj Gen (red) ANM Muniruzzaman is the president of Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Strategic studies. In an interview with Prothom Alo, he talks about the India-China dilemma, the growing security and military significance of the Indian Ocean, Bangladesh’s geostrategic position, and more. After

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