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  • Bangladesh: Gas Plant Sparks Pollution Fears0

    By UCAN    12.4.2018 By Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario A Bangladeshi government decision to allow a gas plant to be built near the Sundarbans mangrove forest has sparked anger and opposition from environmental activists. Energypac applied for permission to set up the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) plant in 2012 and received a primary

  • Is India Inc Missing Trillion Dollar Opportunity Of Climate Change?0

    April 12, 2018 By Observer Research Foundation By Sandip Sen In the year 2010, barely two years after Apple produced the first smartphone, China doubled the price of 17 rare earth metals. These difficult to mine materials are considered critical to modern day electronics. Be it mobile phones, solar batteries, semiconductors, electromagnets, aerospace or defence

  • Crime–Terror Nexus Along India’s Eastern Border0

    By Mohammed Sinan Siyech    RSIS    12/4/2018 Synopsis Bangladeshi authorities recently confiscated weapons bound for locations in India illustrating the vulnerabilities along the eastern border. Commentary ON 19 MARCH 2018, a consignment of arms being transported in a boat was intercepted by Bangladeshi authorities. The destination of these weapons was reportedly for locations in

  • More Rohingya refugee camps to close in Myanmar0

    Displaced people wary of resettlement program and say they would prefer to return to their homes An armed Myanmar border guard patrols near a barbed wire fence between Maungdaw district of Rakhine State and Bangladesh on March 18. (Photo by Joe Freeman/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar April 11, 2018 Myanmar authorities have moved to close four camps

  • Drones will soon decide who to kill0

    Algorithms will soon be able to decide who to target. US Air Force Peter Lee, University of Portsmouth The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). This is a big step forward. Whereas current military drones are still controlled

  • Chargesheet in Rape and Murder of Minor in Kathua Details Plot With Communal Aim0

    The chargesheet in the case was filed on Monday against eight people, including two special police officers. The Wire Staff April 12, 2018  New Delhi: The chargesheet in the gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl in Jammu’s Kathua – filed on Monday amid protests by a group of lawyers who attempted to stop crime branch officials

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  • For Whom All Does The Bell Tolls, When, Why And For How Long?0

    N. Sathiya Moorthy The Holiday Season sets the mood for rejoicing and relaxing, but anyone in his senses and decision-making positions in this country cannot be doing that. But even during the long years and decades of ethnic war(s), Sri Lanka was not known to have taken a holiday from those holidays, just as the

  • Unresolved issues0

    Javeed Bin Nabi Ever since 1947 partition of British India, Kashmir has always dominated the regional and national psyche. The partition of British India which divided the subcontinent into two big ideologies, cultures and created two rival countries and vying for control over Kashmir has caused immense damage to the economy of Kashmir as well

  • A Brief History of Arakan: From Kingdom to a Colony

    A Brief History of Arakan: From Kingdom to a Colony0

      Abid Bahar On December 31st, 2011, Arakanese Diaspora marked its 227th anniversary of the fall of the great Arakanese medieval kingdom. Arakan’s powerful kingdom was established by King Noromikhla. Arakanese nationals didn’t forget, in 1784 Burmese king Budapaya sent a large army led by his son who mercilessly razed the city to ground and

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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