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  • Grim lives of Bangladesh’s modern-day slaves0

      Global report reveals low wages, poor labor practices and dangerous conditions for many workers Tannery workers on duty in unhealthy conditions in Savar, a suburb of capital Dhaka, on July 10. The Global Slavery Index 2018 says 592,000 Bangladeshis are modern-day slaves. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/ucanews.com) Stephan Uttom, Dhaka UCA News Bangladesh July 25,

  • Bangladeshi Journalists Denounce Bloody Assault on Ex-Newspaper Editor0

    Jesmin Papri, Dhaka, 2018-07-23 Bangladeshi police escort Mahmudur Rahman (left) after unidentified men assaulted the former newspaper editor as he was leaving a courthouse in Kushtia district, July 22, 2018.  Newsroom Photo Bangladeshi journalists took to the streets Monday to condemn a brutal attack on a former newspaper editor as he was being released on bail in

  • Bureaucratic Anomalies Put Assam’s ‘Doubtful Voters’ in a Precarious Position0

    With the final draft NRC expected soon, there is still no visible mechanism in place for the EC to continuously update its list based on the judgements by tribunals clearing ‘D voters’. Voters during the 2016 Assam elections. Credit: PTI Sangeeta Barooah Pisharoty   24 July 2018 Guwahati: Shah Alam Bhuyan, an assistant inspector in the Assam

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  • Is South Asia the New Middle East?0

    Sep 27, 2017 Dominique Moisi The plight of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Myanmar highlights a broader trend toward political fragmentation and violence in the region. If a geostrategic catastrophe is to be avoided, the unholy alliance of religion and nationalism must be broken. PARIS – The Middle East is often viewed as a region

  • Mr. Xi Jinping, Take AGood Look At This Photo0

    by M Adil Khan — September 27, 2017 I urge you, Mr. Xi Jinping, President of Peoples’ Republic of China to take a good look at this photo. Do you see what I see? I see the agony. I see sadness. I also see numerous questions in the eyes of these Rohingya kids that are

  • Mishandling the Rohingya Crisis May Open New Frontier for Terrorism0

    Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar where they lack citizenship rights, and they head for Bangladesh. Myanmar, a country of 55 million, is more than 85 percent Buddhist; Bangladesh, with more than 160 million people and predominantly Muslim, reports a lower GDP per capita than Myanmar. The Myanmar military

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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

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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