• Nepal’s Parliament raises punishment for marital rape – but differentiates0

    South Asia Monitor,  Apr 11, 2018 By Harsh Mahaseth The Parliament of Nepal recently adopted a landmark Criminal Code Bill which increases the punishment for marital rape. The Supreme Court of Nepal had earlier already declared marital rape as an offence punishable by law. Nepal is among the notable countries that have identified marital rape

  • 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


  • Negating Nuclear Bluff0

    Asma Khalid    14/4/2018 The war of words between India and Pakistan’s militaries prove that both South Asian nuclear states are intertwined in a traditional security competition. Indian Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat, while delivering the annual Army dinner, stated:”We will call the (nuclear) bluff of Pakistan. If we will have to confront the Pakistanis,

  • How would John Bolton in NSA Impact Pakistan?0

    by Ubaid Ahmed     14/4/2018 Despite the triumphs Pakistan has had in curbing terrorism, the NSA John Bolton doesn’t believe that Pakistan is internally strong enough to thwart an assumed Islamist takeover of the state. President Trump on March 23rd announced in a tweet that he was removing H.R. McMaster from his post of National Security


    N. S. Venkataraman    14/4/2018 It is now very well known that the entire private TV media in India are owned by business houses or political parties, which largely function with the twin objectives of earning revenue and profit at any cost and carrying out motivated propaganda with partisan outlook, to serve the interest of

  • So-called Nepal Experts In India Create Havoc Between Two Countries’ Relationship0

    BY HARI PRASAD SHRESTHA    14/4/2018 During the recent India visit of Nepal Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli, it has been observed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted, to some level that he was misguided by the so-called Nepal experts – during the promulgation of Constitution of Nepal in 2015 and Nepal India

  • Why TN turned its back on Modi0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 13 April 2018 Thursday’s protests across Tamil Nadu was less pro-Cauvery and more anti-Modi in character and content — including in it various development projects in the state that are perceived as ‘environmentally unfriendly’ and hence ‘anti-Tamil’, says N Sathiya Moorthy.  If the ruling BJP leadership at the Centre had thought that through the

  • Turning Qatar into an Island: Saudi cuts off its nose to spite its face0

    By James M. Dorsey  13/4/2018 There’s a cutting-off-the-nose-to-spite-the face aspect to a Saudi plan to turn Qatar into an island by digging a 60-kilometre ocean channel through the two countries’ land border that would accommodate a nuclear waste heap as well as a military base. If implemented, the channel would signal the kingdom’s belief that

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  • The Rohingyas – Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide, book review

    The scale and nature of the violence unleashed by the Myanmar authorities against the Rohingya have prompted a top United Nations official to describe the operation as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Human Rights Watch has concurred, and Amnesty International has called for an investigation into these criminal acts. The violence, underpinned by the

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