• Modi’s big chance to put ‘Act East’ into action0

    Michael Kugelman | Sunday 21 January 2018 On Jan. 25, 10 Southeast Asian leaders will descend on New Delhi for this year’s India-ASEAN summit. For Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there’s much at stake. He won’t just be serving as host for this high-level event — he will also be seizing an opportunity to showcase

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  • Sino-Indian Jostling In South Asia0

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    • January 23, 2018

    January 17, 2018     YaleGlobal Online   With help from the Belt and Road Imitative, China strives to compete with India for influence throughout South Asia. By Harsh V Pant* The past year has marked a turning point in Sino-Indian relation in more ways than one. If 2017 began with India taking a strong stance

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  • On Bharatratna and other Indian national civilian awards!0

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    • January 23, 2018

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal         23/1/2018 As usual, the Republic Day is fast approaching once again as all “needy billionaires and other close associates with connections” push their candidatures for top national awards for their “services” to the Indian nation on the 26th. At many places, money bags must have already changed hands

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  • Remembering Mahatma Gandhi through Champaran Satyagraha0

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    • January 23, 2018

      Indeed, Champaran Satyagraha marked the emergence of Mahatma from M. K. Gandhi wherefrom began a new era in India’s freedom struggle. During those days when popular protests were repressed by brute force unleashed by the British government, the strategy of peace and non-violent persuasion in Champaran proved to be highly useful as it discouraged

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  • It’s In No One’s Interest to See Southeast Asia Become a Ground for Proxy Tensions: Indonesian Envoy0

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    • January 23, 2018

    By Devirupa Mitra on 22/01/2018 In an interview ahead of the India-ASEAN Commemorative summit, Indonesian envoy Suryodipuro talks about ASEAN unity and the role of outside powers in the region. Indonesia’s ambassador to India Sidharto Reza Suryodipuro. Credit: Twitter New Delhi: Southeast Asia should not again become a proxy battleground for competition between major global powers,

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  • Sri Lanka President’s 2020 Dilemma?0

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    • January 22, 2018

    By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan, January 21, 2018 Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena surprised many people by asking the Supreme Court (SC) whether he has “any impediment to continuing in the office of President for a period of six years.” Sirisena was elected to the office on January 8, 2015, for a term of six years

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  • WAR CRIMES: One still at large0

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    • January 20, 2018

    By F R Chowdhury   Jan 14, 2018  [This relates to Balkan war that eventually saw the disintegration of former Yugoslavia giving way to a number of independent countries. In the process thousands of Muslims were massacred. Radovan Karadzic and Ratko Mladic were eventually tried and jailed by the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands but

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  • HONESTY AND SINCERITY IN POLITICAL LIFE0

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    • January 20, 2018

      By F R Chowdhury    Jan. 14, 2018   As we embrace the New Year, I try to recollect some of the persons in our recent politics who, to the best of my knowledge, maintained a clean image in politics. They refrained from the lure of corruption. They neither made fortune out of politics

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  • Anger on social media after Waziristan man killed in Karachi ‘encounter’0

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    • January 20, 2018

    Dawn.com | Imtiaz Ali    January 18, 2018 A photo of the deceased Naqeebullah.— Photo: Facebook Acquaintances and relatives of a man who was killed in an allegedly staged encounter by police in Karachi last week have disputed the police claim that the deceased was a militant affiliated with the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Naqeebullah, a 27-year-old hailing from

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  • Bangladesh : Hasina wants election to keep her party in power, no matter what0

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    • January 20, 2018

      Faruque Ahmed     19.1.2018 The High Court stay of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election for three months in the wake of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s announcement of parliamentary election in December this year seems highly misleading. Many believe it may be art of a complex political calculation in an election year although clearly

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  • Chinese engineer’s disappearance takes on geopolitical significance0

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    • January 19, 2018

    By James M. Dorsey Thirty-six-year-old Chinese engineer Pingzhi Liu went missing almost a month ago. It took Pakistani authorities three weeks to classify Mr. Liu’s disappearance as a likely kidnapping <https://www.dawn.com/news/1381873>  that could have significant political and economic consequences. Identifying the mysterious disappearance as a kidnapping is not only embarrassing because Mr. Liu was one

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  • Rohingya refugee leaders ‘issue demands’ before repatriation0

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    • January 19, 2018

     PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 January, 2018 Reuters Why the world won’t call the Rohingya crisis ‘genocide’ 19 Jan 2018 Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of thousands in a repatriation process expected to begin next week

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  • Bangladesh: Impunity Endures for Rights Violations0

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    • January 18, 2018

    Human Rights Watch Credit for Hosting Rohingya, But Need to Better Protect Refugee Rights A Rohingya refugee stands next to a pond in the early morning at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh December 26, 2017.  © 2017 Marko Djurica/Reuters (New York, January 18, 2018) – Bangladesh authorities failed to respond to repeated and serious

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  • A Non-Ally Relationship with Pakistan0

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    • January 18, 2018

    Calling a Spade a Spade A Non-Ally Relationship with Pakistan by Husain Haqqani   12/1/18 President Trump’s eruptions against Pakistan acknowledge a longstanding historical reality: for all practical purposes, Pakistan and the United States are not allies. The language of President Trump’s New Year’s Day tweet about Pakistan was undeniably, and undiplomatically, harsh: “The United States has

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