• NUCLEAR WEAPONS: PAKISTAN’S NATIONAL SECURITY ASSETS0

    by Usman Ali Khan        31/5/2018 In the 1970s, the then prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, famously declared that “We will eat grass, even go hungry, but we will have our own,” while referring to the attainment of nuclear weapons. Forty years after that declaration, we attained this capability by ensuring the

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  • A MILLION IS TEN TIMES MORE THAN A LAC/ LAKH0

      by F R Chowdhury    31/5/2018   Most Bangladeshis still remember late Sirajur Rahman of BBC. In those dark days of Bangladesh when it was still under illegal occupation of Pakistan Army, people in Bangladesh used to eagerly wait for BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) news to know about the progress of the liberation war.

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  • Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina continues the heroic offensive against drugs0

    M A Hossain        28/5/2018 Every sensible media in Bangladesh and abroad are highly applauding Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her heroic drive against drugs. As the daughter of the founding father of the country, Hasina has exhibited her guts in instructing the members of the law enforcing agencies, especially Bangladesh police

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  • 20 Years of Overt Nuclearization and Deterrence Stability in South Asia0

    By: Ahyousha Khan      28/5/2018 May 2018 will mark 20 years of “overt” nuclearization of South Asia wherein one is reminded of the nuclear tests at Chagai and Pokhran-II, which established nuclear deterrence between India and Pakistan. However, it pertinent to mention that the nuclearization of South Asia started with India’s so-called peaceful explosion

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  • Sheikh Hasina Complicit in Secret Detentions by Bangladesh Intelligence, Says Source0

    Interviews with a close political colleague of the prime minister are the first time that evidence has pointed towards the prime minister’s direct involvement. Under the current regime, there have been hundreds of secret detentions by law enforcement authorities, many involving the opposition. Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed speaks with a reporter during the

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  • WHY NOT REFERENDUM ON STERLITE COPPER PROJECT IN TUTICORIN, INDIA?0

    by N.S. Venkataraman           28/5/2018 Protest against Sterlite copper project in Tamil Nadu, India which resulted in violence and the subsequent decision to close down the unit by the state government has been widely reported all over the world and has caused concern amongst the investors. In recent times, some industrial projects,

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  • India: The common thread running through TN protests0

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 28 May 2018  In the circumstances, an independent probe alone would establish the truth, starting from Koodangulam. It is more so in the case of Marina violence over Jallikattu, which may even at this late hour hold a candle to the events and developments in Thoothukudi, says  N Sathiya Moorthy. Given a chance,

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  • Sri Lanka: Holding the flock together or what0

      N Sathiya Moorthy,  28 May 2018 Reports that ruling UNP ‘Leader’ and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe held at least one round of talks with the existing allies of the loosely-knit United National Front (UNF) part of the present government combine makes for interesting reading. If the talks were to lead to the UNP-UNF obtaining

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  • Why does India want CBMs surrounding Pakistan’s naval developments?0

    by Uzge S. Saleem       27/5/2018 In 2017, India tested its Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile (SLBM) from a nuclear-powered submarine. India did not realize that the move had somehow destabilized the region, it did not feel guilty of taking the war into the Indian Ocean, and it did not hear anything over the triumph

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  • Pakistan – Youm-e-Takbeer: History and Significance0

    Asma Khalid      27/5/2018 28th May this year marks the 20th anniversary of the historical moment when Pakistan successfully detonated nuclear devices in the Chagai district, Balochistan; and joined the prestigious club of nuclear weapon states. Pakistan was compelled to test the atomic weapon in response to a series of nuclear tests by India

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  • Modi vs rest of India0

      N Sathiya Moorthy  27 May 2018   Whoever has lamented the BJP losing the chance to rule Karnataka despite being the ‘single-largest party’ do not know the nation’s political past over the decades – or, they do not want to remember. Among them, whoever believes that the party leadership should not have rushed through ministry-formation

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  • Middle Eastern culture wars: The battle of the palates0

      By James M. Dorsey      27/5/2018   Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed.   Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc of crisis-wracked by ethnic and religious conflict; clamour for political, economic, social,

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  • Assam burns over Centre’s citizenship mess.0

    By Nava Thakuria          25/5/2018 Assam, if not the Barak valley, is burning. At least, if someone follows the media reporting and related contents, it’s convincing that the Brahmaputra valley of the Northeastern State has been witnessing an uproarious situation for a few weeks now. The other States, precisely Meghalaya, maintains their

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  • TAMIL NADU IN INDIA NOW ON SLIPPERY PATH1

    by N. S. Venkataraman         25/5/2018 In recent times, Tamil Nadu has been in the news for all wrong reasons. A few years back, investors and employees in Kerala and West Bengal, both those residing in the state or from outside the states, were reluctant to invest or seek employment in Kerala and

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