• China marks 70 years of communism and human rights abuses0

    Beijing, China, Oct 1, 2019 (CNA) On Tuesday, the People’s Republic of China marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country’s communist regime. While some world leaders offered congratulations, others reflected on the nation’s long history of human rights abuses. The White House and State Department offered official best wishes on behalf of

  • Bangladesh’s deadly ‘teen gang’ culture0

    Murder of 14-year-old highlights breakdown in society and families Stephan Uttom and Rock Ronald Rozario, Dhaka Bangladesh October 2, 2019 On Sept. 4, a group of teenagers hacked to death Mohsin Ali, 14, a ninth-grade student from the Mohammadpur area of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka. The attack also left three of his friends seriously injured. The

  • Afghanistan’s Low-turnout Election, Insecurity and Unsettled Prospects for Peace0

    Crisis Group Q&A / Asia 2 October 2019 Afghanistan’s fourth presidential election since 2001 brought perhaps 26 per cent of the electorate to the polls. In this Q&A, Crisis Group consultant Graeme Smith and Senior Analyst Borhan Osman explain the weak participation rate and explore the contest’s implications for the country’s stability. What happened in

  • India Isn’t Letting a Single Onion Leave the Country0

    By Jeffrey Gettleman, Julfikar Ali Manik and Suhasini Raj Oct. 1, 2019 NEW DELHI — Truckloads of onions are being turned back at the Indian border. Officials are threatening raids to prevent onion smuggling. India’s neighbors, reliant on hundreds of millions of pounds of the crop, are reeling from the news: Not a single onion

  • What was Modi trying to establish by meeting Rouhani?0

    M.K. Bhadrakumar, October 1, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his 6-day long visit to the US with a bang — a stunning stage appearance with President Trump at the Howdy Modi in Houston last Sunday. But on Thursday, he ended up with a hastily arranged meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in New York just

  • Bangladesh rivers to swell as India opens all gates of Farakka barrage0

    Nayadiganta English Desk   01 October 2019, 02:00 The water level of some rivers in the northern region might swell as India has opened all the 119 gates of Farakka barrage to ensure speedy discharge of the Ganges water following flood in Patna and 12 other districts, UNB reports. According to the Times of India, the


  • Inherent limitations to a ‘muscular’ neighbourhood policy0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  16 April 2019  The twin-victories for ‘democratic forces’ in Maldives that New Delhi had supported openly might give some the idea that India should adapt some muscle-flexing in the neighbourhood consistently, even if of the non-military variety. Such a construct comes with certain inherent limitations that some of India’s current ‘allies’ in

  • Kashmir Around Recent Indian Elections0

    by Dr. Rajkumar SIngh 17 April 2019 Earlier to the current 17th Loksabha elections due in April-May 2019 the  general elections to the 16th Lok Sabha was held in April – May 2014, proved a watershed in the political history of independent India. For the first time a non- Congress political party, the Bharatiya Janata

  • Social Media Awareness: Are We Lacking Behind?0

    Ishfaq Majid 17 April 2019 With the start of the first social networking site “Six Degrees” in 1997, the internet got the attention of the users. Though it was an era of Web 1.0 where one-way communication model was followed. The users accessing social networking sites were able to post their ideas and thoughts but

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  • Not Only in Ladakh, India Losing Ground in Bangladesh Too

    by Taj Hashmi 18 June 2020 We know things are not going well in regards to India’s relationship with China. On 5th/6th May, China captured around sixty square kilometre of Indian territory in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh, which is strategically important to all the three countries in the region, China, India, and Pakistan. On 14th/15th

  • Fear of the unknown: Hysteria in Bangladesh

    by Ajmal Sobhan 17 June 2020 When Minhaz Khan passed away three weeks back in Dhaka, he had been terminally ill for a few years. With advanced Parkinson’s disease, he had been living under the care of a live-in nurse in his own home. He was dependent on the nurse for feeding, bodily functions, and

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