• Rising temperatures push down South Asian livelihoods0

      In Bangladesh alone, 134 million people face reduced living standards in the coming decades, report says Women wade through floodwater in southern Jessore district on Aug. 22, 2016. Climate scientists say frequent natural disasters like cyclones and flooding have an economic cost. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/   Stephan Uttom and Rock Rozario, Dhaka  Bangladesh  October 4, 2018 Half

  • Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism law paves way for abuse0

      Critics question why island nation needs new law as it poses threat to system of checks and balances A Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) soldier stands guard at the memorial for the fallen soldiers who died in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers, during a commemorative ceremony marking the 9th anniversary

  • India Prepares to Return 7 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar0

      By Jhumur Deb on Oct 03, 2018  Indian authorities on Wednesday put seven Rohingyas on a heavily guarded bus to travel more than 300 kms (186 miles) to the border with Myanmar where they are to be deported as New Delhi toughens its stand on illegal immigrants. The seven have been in a prison

  • Told Saudi king he wouldn’t last without US support: Donald Trump0

    By Reuters Published: October 3, 2018 US President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman I. PHOTO: REUTERS SOUTH HAVEN: President Donald Trump made an undiplomatic remark about close ally Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, saying he warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the US military. “We protect Saudi Arabia.

  • India must continue to play its cards judiciously in the Maldives0

    The election result came at an opportune moment for India, which was feeling unrelenting pressure from increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood. Maldives has recently, next only to Pakistan, used its rapidly expanding ties with China to snub India, writes Amb Ashok Sajjanhar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor By Ashok Sajjanhar  OCT 2, 2018    

  • Bangladesh: Sudden rise in incidents of enforced disappearance: Odhikar0

    Oct 02, 2018        Fear that opposition leaders and activists may face repression, legal suits and be subjected to enforced disappearance has come true, says human rights group Odhikar. Incidents of enforced disappearance rose remarkably, and according to Odhikar, more than a half of such incidents recorded this year took place only in September. There were 30 cases


  • Bangladesh – Stifling opposition at all costs0

    by South Asia Journal    10/4/2018 Human rights groups in Bangladesh have been issuing reports after reports about the state-sponsored abductions and crossfire killings to muzzle dissent. Currently, university students nationwide have come out in droves to protest the government’s quota system into the civil servant jobs wherein 54% of these lucrative jobs are reserved

  • Karnataka Assembly Elections: its nationwide implications0

    Suhail Mohammed           10/4/2018 So, this summer as the sun blazes all over, there will be scorching political heat as well.The much-awaited poll bugle in Karnataka has been blown, and preparations for the showdown are on. We will be witnessing an intensely fought poll battle in the recent times. Political parties are

  • Maldives: Can Indian Dornier fall into ‘wrong hands’?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  10 April 2018   With a leading Indian newspaper reporting that India had long back offered a Dornier maritime surveillance aircraft to Maldives, but the host-nation had not responded in months/years, there should be greater concern about Male’s intent on the bilateral front, especially in terms of strategic and security cooperation in the

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • 2019 Election and the Debate Around the Issue of India’s Identity: A ‘Hindutva’ India or ‘Sarvadharma Sambhava’ India?

    By: Rajit Das 22 May 2019 The world’s largest democracy is going through with elections to elect the new prime minister of India. After five years of rule under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the citizens of India are making their voices heard by practicing their democratic franchise of

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