• Indian parliamentary elections from April 11 to May 19. Counting begins on May 23.0

    by EditorMarch 10, 2019 New Delhi, March 10 (The Hindu): The Indian Election Commission announced on Sunday the schedule for elections to the Lok Sabha, the lower House of the Indian parliament. Polling will be held in seven phases.The first phase will be on April 11 and the seventh and last on May 19. Counting will

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  • Myanmar: Arakan Army Is Not A Terrorist Outfit0

    South Asia Analysis Group 10 March 2019 By S. Chandrasekharan It looks that both the Myanmar Government and its Army with the tacit support of China are trying make out that the Arakan Army is deeply in cohort with the terrorist outfit- the ARSA in causing depredations in Rakhine State. The idea appears to be

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  • ‘Universal Basic Income will help achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals’0

    The revolutionary concept of universal basic income (UBI), propounded by Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling for his mountain state, is an important way of achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, whether it be poverty alleviation, food security, dignity, human resources development, participation in governance, cleanliness or climate change, P.D. Rai, the lone MP from Sikkim

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  • The India-Pakistan crisis: Pakistan’s version0

    On March 1st, Pakistan reopened its airspace and returned Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan to his home country via the Wagah border. Jinnah Institute, Islamabad Mar 8, 2019 On March 1st, Pakistan reopened its airspace and returned Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan to his home country via the Wagah border. As the region and its 1.2 billion

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  • President Sirisena and PM Wickremesinghe take opposite stances on Lanka war crime allegations0

    Colombo Correspondent, March 8, 2019 The Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister are following different ideologies with regard to pledges made by it to the UN Human Right s Council (UNHRC) to investigate alleged war-time atrocities. The island nation’s President Maithripala Sirisena announced that he did not want to “re-open old wounds” and would formally

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  • Can Sk. Hasina retire?0

    Afsan Chowdhury, March 2, 2019 Giving an interview after her electoral win, Bangladesh’s PM Sk.Hasina said that this is going to be her last term in office – her fourth- and she would like to retire and go back to her village home.  It was met with various emotions including near panic in some Awami League

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  • India: A Farrago of Farces0

    in India — by Prof M A Sofi — March 8, 2019 Where politicians of all hues vie with each other, but the BJP’s shenanigans ‘stand apart’! In its insatiable lust and a desperate bid for power, the BJP government is pulling no punches to use all the tricks in the trade to fleece masses

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  • China’s advice to India, Pakistan: ‘Turn the page, transform crisis into opportunity’0

    The statement comes days after Vice Foreign Minister Kong Kong Xuanyou was dispatched to Pakistan where he held series of meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Written by Sowmiya Ashok | Beijing |March 8, 2019 The Indian Express Ahead of the United Nations Security

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  • Caste in America; The US isn’t safe from the trauma of caste bias0

    Global Nation WGBH News March 08, 2019 By Tinku Ray 7 March 2019 Kanishka Elupula is a doctoral student in anthropology at Harvard University. Credit: Meredith Nierman/WGBH News This article is part three of the “Caste in America” series. Read parts one and two. This series was supported with funding from the Pulitzer Center and

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  • Kathmandu Offers Front-Row Seat to History Being Rebuilt0

    Good Sh*tGood Sh*tIf you’d want to drink it, eat it, wear it, ride it, drive it; if it’d be cool to see, listen to or do, we’re writing about it.Read more 7 March 2019 The Basantapur Tower in Kathmandu Durbar Square was badly damaged in the April 2015 earthquake. Because Kathmandu’s historic sites are unveiling

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  • Chinese Embassy Official: No Money Offered to Rohingya in Bangladesh0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury and Sunil Barua on Mar 07, 2019 Benar News China has not offered Rohingya refugees money to repatriate to Myanmar, a Chinese Embassy attaché in Dhaka told BenarNews, after the news outlet reported that a delegation of officials from Beijing had promised refugee families up to U.S. $6,000 each if they

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  • At Least Three Killed, Presidential Candidate, Bodyguards Injured In Kabul Mortar Attack0

    March 07, 2019 By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan KABUL — An Afghan presidential candidate and eight bodyguards of a rival candidate have been injured by a barrage of mortars that exploded in western Kabul, near a ceremony honoring a prominent Shi’ite leader who was killed by the Taliban more than 20 years ago. Amid conflicting

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  • Maharashtra: Cleared of terror charges after 25 years, 11 men look to rebuild a lifetime lost0

    This terse verdict on February 27 ended a legal battle that the 11 Muslim men, including a PhD holder, a six-time municipal councillor, three doctors and an engineer, from Bhusawal, fought to free themselves of terror charges for 25 years. Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH March 7, 2019 “This court finds you innocent.” The five words by

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  • Our Captured, Wounded Hearts0

    By deploying the IAF, Narendra Modi has ensured that Kashmir is conclusively internationalised Arundhati Roy. Photo: Collected Arundhati Roy 7 March 2019 With his reckless “pre-emptive” airstrike on Balakot in Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inadvertently undone what previous Indian governments, almost miraculously, succeeded in doing for decades. Since 1947 the Indian government has

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