• At Least 17 Killed In Afghanistan Attack As U.S. Sees ‘Progress’ In Peace Talks0

    Last Updated: March 06, 2019 At least 17 people have been killed in a militant attack on a construction company in eastern Afghanistan, officials say. The extremist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the March 6 attack through its Amaq news website. Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, said a

  • Bangladesh: ICC Officials will Visit Rohingya Camps0

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Mar 06, 2019 International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutors will visit refugee camps in Bangladesh later this week as part of an examination into a mass exodus of Rohingya from Myanmar that began in August 2017, Bangladeshi officials said Wednesday. The ICC team was due to arrive on Friday in Cox’s

  • India’s BJP fakes fight on ‘fake news’0

    India’s BJP fakes fight on ‘fake news’ By Shivam VijMarch 6, 2019 Facebook’s global vice president for public policy, Joel Kaplan, will on Wednesday appear before the Indian parliament’s committee on information technology to discuss “safeguarding citizens’ rights on social/online news media platforms”. On February 25, the same subject was under discussion when the Parliamentary

  • Why, despite tensions between India and Pakistan, I have hope for a better world0

    There is a silver lining to all our recent troubles. Pakistan wishes to have a dialogue with India to resolve all issues, from Kashmir to terrorism. TARAR SQUARE    06-03-2019 MEHR TARAR @mehrtarar There is something in the air. Looking at the world around me this serene March morning, as I inhale the faint petrichor, that scent

  • India-Pakistan Crisis: A New International Factor0

    By P S Suryanarayana 6 March 2019 SYNOPSIS India’s “counter-terrorism” strike inside Pakistan and their brief military exchanges have brought into focus China’s apparent stake in the stability of Indo-Pakistani relations. COMMENTARY WARLIKE HOSTILITIES broke out briefly between India and Pakistan, major South Asian neighbours, on 27 February 2019. The Indian Air Force had, on

  • Bangladesh: Locals in Cox’s Bazar demand Rohingya return to Myanmar0

    Anti-Rohingya protest in southeastern Bangladesh turns violent, police among the injured  Thousands of Bengalis protest at Cox’s Bazar in southeastern Bangladesh on March 4 demanding the speedy repatriation of Rohingya Muslims. They also demanded that the refugee camps be properly fenced off, and that jobs be made available to local communities. (Photo by Abdul Aziz/       Stephan Uttom, Dhaka BangladeshMarch 6, 2019 Thousands



    by N.S. Venkataraman        30 July 2018 Sabarimala temple in Kerala is one of the holiest of the temples in India, where lakhs of Hindus from all over India and abroad visit the temple during specific period every year. What is particularly noteworthy is that the devotees observe the strict code of conduct

  • Fifty Years of NPT: Weaknesses over the course0

    Asma Khalid      30 July 2018 NPT is a landmark treaty that lies at the heart of the non-proliferation regime (NPR). In July 2018, the Fiftieth anniversary of the NPT has been celebrated. Theoretically, NPT is committed to the goal of arms control and aims to accomplish the nuclear disarmament. For this purpose, the

  • Why Imran Khan Is Unlikely To Break The India-Pakistan Stalemate0

    Bloomberg Quint Opinion Michael Kugelman  29 July 2018urned-star politician, will soon be Pakistan’s new prime minister. Given his close ties to the Pakistani army, and given his troubling approach to counterterrorism—Khan has repeatedly criticised his country for targeting Pakistani terrorists with force—one might reasonably expect New Delhi to be concerned. In reality, Khan’s arrival on the scene

  • Sri lanka: ‘Black July’: Forgotten, forgettable?4

      N Sathiya Moorthy,  28July 2018 Thirty-five years after the event, the nation is still going through the ‘ritual’ of remembering, if not observing the ‘Black July’ anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983. Rather, the Tamils ‘observe’ it and the rest of the nation is ‘observing’ what the Tamils are doing, or not doing, if only to

  • Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East0

    By James M. Dorsey     28 July 2018 With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its

  • Bangladesh: Government doublespeak fuelling quota-reform protests0

    By Arshad Mahmud     27 July 2018 Dhaka: The quota-induced agitation refuses to die down. Despite police action and Chhatra League (student wing of the ruling Awami League) goons cracking down on the anti-quota protagonists, the turmoil is spreading, causing a lingering headache for the government of Sheikh Hasina. The government, appearing somewhat befuddled and

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  • Counting to Segregate: Behind Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC)

    On 31 August, India released the final iteration of the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a list of “genuine Indian citizens” that is being updated on order of the Supreme Court. The final version, which comes after two preliminary drafts published in 2017 and 2018, identified close to 1.9 million as “illegal immigrants”. The second

  • The Kashmiri narrative

    Columbia Journalism Review by Rozina Ali August 28, 2019 In mid-February, a young man named Adil Ahmed Dar killed 44 Indian paramilitary officers in a suicide bombing in Kashmir’s Pulwama district. It was the deadliest attack against Indian soldiers in three decades. Dar was from a local village, but the militant group that claimed responsibility

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