• Should Tamils hear out the Rajapaksas?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  5 August 2018 Reports that war-time Defence Secretary and a prospective presidential aspirant/hopeful from the SLPP-JO met with Tamil journalists in Colombo recently should be a welcome opening for a two-way conversation. Leave aside their later-day or last-minute decisions on whom to vote, the rest of the Tamil community too should be open

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  • Dangers of maritime piracy, hidden figures and the need to secure the Indian Ocean0

        The Indian Ocean has immense strategic and economic value, due to trade and commercial activities. However, maritime crime which includes: piracy, human, drug and weapons trafficking have posed a threat to safe navigation of the seas. A Stimson Institute study (2012) on maritime security challenges in Indian Ocean region identifies the following: it

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  • Afghanistan: Tug Of War Between Western Educated Technocrats And Strongmen0

    By Ahmad Shah Katawazai*   July 7, 2018 At a critical moment when the Afghan government and U.S. troops are fighting against emerging ISIS-K and after a successful temporary ceasefire when a new momentum is taking place for peace talks with Taliban insurgents, warlords and strongmen pose a brazen challenge to the central government. The national

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  • Tibet activist jailed in China over language campaign0

    22 May 2018 Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionA volunteer holds placards of detained Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-cheh (L) and Tibetan education advocate Tashi Wangchuk (R) A Tibetan activist has been jailed for five years in China for “inciting separatism,” after he spoke to the New York Times about efforts to preserve his native language. Tashi Wangchuk was

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  • Hasina, the ODI and human rights in Bangladesh0

    Is the reputable, and supposedly independent, Overseas Development Institute helping the Bangladesh government to enforce here in London the draconian restrictions that journalists experience in Bangladesh? And is it, in light of how ODI dealt with a question from a Channel Four News journalist at the meeting itself, protecting the prime minister from having to

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  • Rolling back militancy: Bangladesh looks to Saudi in a twist of irony0

    By James M. Dorsey      15/4/2018 Bangladesh, in a twist of irony, is looking to Saudi Arabia to fund a $ 1 billion plan to build hundreds of mosques and religious centres to counter militant Islam that for much of the past decade traced its roots to ultra-conservative strands of the faith promoted by

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  • South Asia Journal wants voluntary Assistant Editors0

    PositionTitle: Assistant Editor, South Asia Journal South Asia Journal seeks several Assistant Editors for daily posts in the website and also for the quarterly print issue of the magazine covering South Asian strategic, political and economic issues. The ideal person will have some online publishing experience, with an interest and background in the affairs of

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  • Redefining the secular mode for India0

    By Romila Thapar   18/1/2018 17 January 2018 India needs to own its historical secularism, rather than reject it as an alien concept, to move the country towards more just governance. Flickr / M. Aditya Bharadwaj Let us begin with the assumption that we want a secular society in India. How then would one define it?

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  • Afghan army to collapse in six months without US help: Ghani0

      Anwar IqbalUpdated January 18, 2018 WASHINGTON: President Ashraf Ghani has said that the Afghan National Army will not last more than six months without US support and the Afghan government will also collapse. Mr Ghani acknowledged his government’s almost absolute dependence on Washington in an interview to a television show CBS 60 Minutes, broadcast

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  • Trade agreement: Pakistan for FTA with Pacific South East nations0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal ______ Pakistan aims initiate negotiations with Pacific and South East Asian nations on a proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to enhance multilateral trade. Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines in the Pacific region are among the countries in the list to start a dialogue on Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) which will pave

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  • State, Secrecy And CPEC0

    December 1, 2017 By Sadia Kazmi Ever since the inception of the idea of CPEC, it has been embroiled in controversies with regards to its viability, alleged provincial preferences, never-ending debate about cost and benefit and above all for the lack of transparency. Intentionally or unintentionally, the ruling party in the Government has resorted to

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  • Rights Groups Criticize Enforced Disappearances in Bangladesh0

     Last Updated: November 29, 2017 Maaz Hussain Bangladeshi human rights group Odhikar activists and volunteers demonstrating against enforced disappearances in the country on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Khulna, Bangladesh Aug. 30, 2017. Share Hazera Khatun says she has spent every day for the last four years praying for the

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  • Bangladesh says agreed with Myanmar for UNHCR to assist Rohingya’s return0

    Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to take help from the U.N. refugee agency to safely repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who had fled violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh said on Saturday. Rohingya refugees wait at a relief centre after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in the Teknaf area, Bangladesh, November

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  • A Sustainable Solution with the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy0

    With India signing the Paris Agreement and the Government unveiling an ambitious plan to generate 100 Giga Watts (GW) of electricity from solar energy, India has developed a comprehensive renewable energy policy and a climate action plan to follow through. With the new policy and plan in play, wind energy has taken the back seat

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