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  • Bangladeshi Activist Clarifies Controversial White House Remarks0

    By Pulack Ghatack and Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Jul 22, 2019 A woman who made comments during a White House meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump about the plight of religious minorities in Bangladesh has clarified her statements after Dhaka condemned them as “blatant lies.” Priya Biswas Saha’s remarks on July 17 that 37 million

  • The World Is Dedollarizing0

    By Peter Koenig Global Research, July 19, 2019 What if tomorrow nobody but the United States would use the US-dollar? Every country, or society would use their own currency for internal and international trade, their own economy-based, non-fiat currency. It could be traditional currencies or new government controlled crypto-currencies, but a country’s own sovereign money.

  • Asia is both perpetrator and victim of the collapsing nuclear order: Prof R Rajaraman0

    The tacit taboo on the use of nuclear weapons that was in place after the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings is undergoing a change with nation-states changing their view on the use of nuclear weapons and embarking on a quest to expand their arsenal, said Dr R Rajaraman, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Jawaharlal Nehru University and

  • Security measures hamper Amaranth Yatra in Kashmir0

    Umar Manzoor Shah, July 21, 2019 In the midst of majestic mountains and emerald streams, Younis Iqbal has been spending days and nights in makeshift tents. He hasn’t visited his home even once in the past 15 days as he is busy taking Hindu pilgrims to a holy cave in Kashmir considered a symbol of Lord

  • India: The Controversy Surrounding Dibang Dam, India’s Largest Hydropower Project0

    The Wire India 22 July 2019 The Wire delves into the specifics of the ambitious multi-purpose project, the purported aim behind it as well as the controversy that has been associated with it. New Delhi: On July 18, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, gave the go-ahead to

  • Floods put over 4 million people at risk in Bangladesh0

    Torrential rains in the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than 4 million people at risk of food insecurity and disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has said Jul 20, 2019               DHAKA: Torrential rains in the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than

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  • Achieving religious harmony in a world of fear and populism0

    By James M. Dorsey       5 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Edited version of remarks made at the Inter-Religious Organization Singapore, 1 October 2018 This is a tough time for men and women of the cloth, at least those whose message is one

  • ARE FARMERS’ AGITATION IN INDIA JUSTIFIED?0

    by N.S. Venkataraman          5 October 2018 Indian Agriculture sector employs more than 50% of the total workforce in India and contributes 17 to 18 % of the country’s GDP. 70 percent of its rural households still depends primarily on agriculture for their survival. India has been witnessing repeated scenes of thousands

  • Bangladesh: SDG implementation: Ensuring localisation and inclusiveness0

    Shamsul Alam | October 04, 2018  Successful implementation of SDGs in Bangladesh will largely hinge on how effectively it is integrated into national planning as well as localisation at district and upazila levels. At national level SDGs are fully integrated into the national development plan and strategies. The implementation at macro level is in full

  • Journalist’s disappearance challenges fragile Middle Eastern pragmatism0

          By James M. Dorsey   3 October 2018 A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Saudi Arabia and Turkey, despite being on opposite sides of Middle Eastern divides, are cooperating in Syria to enable youth and women to acquire skills that would either allow them to

  • Bhutan’s Happiness Saga0

    Photo credit: Uplift Connect   Rashed Nabi        2 October 2018 Bhutan ardently advocates for happiness as the ultimate measure of a nation’s progress, but its own happiness record is barely persuasive of it. In the 2018 rankings of the World Happiness Report (WHR), it was ranked in underperforming 97th place out of 156

  • Kashmir: PoK editor bets for more exchanges0

    By Nava Thakuria       2 October 2018 Guwahati: leaving aside all differences, a Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) based editor-journalist favours more people-to-people contact and exchange of ideas between all parts of Kashmir for greater regional understanding and meeting of minds. Haris Qadeer, Who used to edit once the highest circulated Urdu daily newspaper published

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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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