• Bangladeshi Bus Drivers Stuck in Gridlock of Transport Woes0

    By Sharif Khiam on Jun 14, 2018 02:55 pm After watching a viral video of a bus crash at a Dhaka intersection, bus driver Mohammad Faruk Hawlader merely shrugged. The video shows a man casually crossing the road in the middle of an intersection where there is no pedestrian lane. A bus speeds by and

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  • UN Calls for Probe of Rights Violations in Kashmir0

    By Amin Masoodi on Jun 14, 2018    In its first-ever report on the state of human rights in Kashmir, the United Nations on Thursday slammed India and Pakistan for alleged abuses in areas they rule in the disputed Himalayan region and called for a major investigation into such violations. In the 49-page report, U.N.

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  • In Search of the Real Indo-Pacific; Global powers show renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific region0

    Global powers express renewed interest in the Indo-Pacific, and intentions are divided over strategies that could counter China or entice Chinese participation. The Indo-Pacific region dominated discussions at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, even more so than the summit between leaders of North Korea and the United States, explains Donald K. Emmerson, director of the

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  • Myanmar to Repatriate Rohingya Boat People, Return 12 to Bangladesh0

    By Anonymous on Jun 13, 2018  Authorities in Myanmar have verified that nearly all of the more than 100 refugees who washed ashore in Rakhine state earlier this week after bad weather wrecked their boat are Rohingya from Myanmar, except for 12 who are Bangladeshi citizens and will be returned to their country, two government

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  • US Concerned as Body Count Mounts in Bangladesh’s Anti-Drug War0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jun 13, 2018  The United States urged Bangladesh on Wednesday to meet its human rights obligations while expressing concerns over reports that security forces had killed at least 147 people and arrested 21,000 since mid-May in a nationwide anti-narcotics campaign. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government launched the anti-drug campaign on

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  • Myanmar’s Ethnic Armed Conflict: Emerging Trends In Violence0

     June 13, 2018 IPCS  By Angshuman Choudhury 2018 has been a violent year in Myanmar. Besides the crisis in the northern Rakhine State concerning the Rohingyas, the country has been engulfed by incessant fighting between the Tatmadaw (the military) and various Ethnic Armed Organisations (EAOs) from almost all sides. The third iteration of Myanmar’s flagship biennial

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  • India and Saudi Arabia: United against global terrorism0

    India has time and again lauded efforts by the kingdom in fighting terrorism such as the royal decree on counter-terrorism issued by King Abdullah. The kingdom is also a member of the 68-nation strong Global Coalition Against Daesh and one of the founding countries of the Islamic Military Alliance against ISIS in Syria and Iraq,

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  • Kashmir: walking the line0

      BY       Stuti Bhatnagar*       7 June 2018 Perhaps the biggest casualty of the current state of India–Pakistan relations has been Kashmir, where issues regarding territory, autonomy, and cross-border confrontations have been a long-standing flashpoint between the two countries. Recent times have seen total disregard for the 2003 ceasefire at points known as the Line of Control, which

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  • Gunfights” in Bangladesh0

    Gunfights” in Bangladesh Members of Rapid Action Battalion, RAB, in Dhaka, Bangladesh BY    Syed Badrul Ahsan*    13 June 2018 In the past three weeks, no fewer than 130 people have died in what Bangladesh’s security forces have described as “gunfights”. The police and other forces, such as the Rapid Action Battalion, used this term to

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  • In Assam, a Myth, WhatsApp and Lack of Faith in Justice System Have Fuelled Lynchings0

    by Shaheen Ahmed    13/6/2018 The recent brutal killing of two young men after suspicions that they were child-lifters did not happen in a vacuum, and scholars argue that the state must put in place strong anti-lynching legislation to avoid such violence. A protest rally against the lynching two men in central Assam’s Karbi Anglong

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  • India’s top Muslim cleric wants govt to change its ways0

    PM Modi’s party seeks to mend fences with the Islamic community ahead of national elections next May Indian Muslims leave after attending prayers on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at the Jama Masjid in the old quarters of New Delhi on June 8. The pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national government

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  • Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the world’s poor at risk0

    Rice farmer in Longsheng, China. kevincure, CC BY Kristie Ebi, University of Washington Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including

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  • Issue of rights and disputes under CPEC being discussed0

    by Shahzad    13/6/2018 CPEC Monthly Monitor – May 2018 (Click here to read complete monitor – PDF) While much of the older news about CPEC was about representation of smaller provinces in the project, the new development pertain to settling issues of rights and disputes emerging out of CPEC. The most significant was a national judicial conference

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  • Priyanka, ABC Apologise for ‘Quantico’ Plot But Who Will Say Sorry to Sharbari Ahmed?0

    Hyper-nationalist TV channels and Hindutva trolls have turned on a Bangladeshi American writer who had nothing to do with scripting the controversial plot line involving ‘Indian nationalists’ out to implicate Pakistan. Priyanka Chopra in a scene from Quantico. Credit: ABC Rheea Mukherjee Most of the Twitter world knows about ABC’s ‘Quantico’ being targeted for a

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