• Huge crowds mark 60 years since Tibet uprising0

    Dalai Lama’s supporters chanted and prayed in Dharamsala, where 83-year-old established government-in-exile ByAsia Times staff 11 March 2019 Massive crowds assembled at the Dalai Lama’s temple in India Sunday to mark the 60th anniversary of the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule that forced the spiritual leader into exile. Supporters of the Dalai Lama chanted

  • Himalayan hydro developers wilfully ignore climate risks0

    Despite growing climate threats, politicians and developers are ignoring geological and environmental risks in a rush to make short-term profits Lower Subansiri dam construction site Beth Walker, March 4, 2019 With growing warnings of the cascading impacts of climate change in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, the region’s hydropower sector ought to take note. Melting snow

  • Pulwama attack ‘main conspirator’ among those killed in J&K encounter, say officials0

    Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias ‘Mohd Bhai’, was an electrician with a graduate degree and was hailing from Pulwama. The 23-year-old had arranged the Maruti Eeco car and the explosives used in the February 14 strike. By IndianExpress Web Desk |New Delhi | March 11, 2019 4:11:53 pm A Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operative, who was the “main


  • Saudi moderation: How far will Crown Prince Mohammed go?0

      By James M. Dorsey       21/3/2018 In his effort to improve Saudi Arabia’s badly tarnished image and project the kingdom as embracing an unidentified form of moderate Islam, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has hinted that he envisions a conservative rather than an ultra-conservative society, but not one in which citizens are

  • Iran’s Offer to Pakistan to join Chabahar reflects its trust deficit with India0

    by Asia Maqsood     21/3/2018 Iran’s recent proposal for Pakistan to join Chabahar Port may reflect its lack of trust on its counterpart “India.” India may stop the development of this project under the US pressure. Besides, the Indo-US strategic robust strategic partnership can put pressure on Iran because US-Iran relations are not cordial. In

  • An interview with Venugopal Chandrasekhar0

    by Elsa Lycias Joel        21/3/2018 In conversation with Elsa Lycias Joel Like a Phoenix, he rose… Having read and heard a lot about Venugopal Chandrasekhar, I wasn’t able to handle my anticipation and excitement as I walked into his TT academy one late noon. He received me with a pleasant smile, friendly handshake

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  • Bangladesh: The manuscript of a forbidden history

    Bangladesh government’s Year of Mujib begins this Friday (January 10th). The authorities will do all they can to stop the publication of history critical of the country’s independence leader. Pinaki Bhattacharya January 9, 2020 In 2013, I read the book India after Gandhi by Ramchandra Guha. By then I had written a book, Sonali Banglar Rupali Kotha, on the

  • Telling good lies: Digital rhetoric and rumor in Bangladesh

    by Sayeed Al-Zaman 15 February 2020 How to convince people? Thousands of ways might be there but with a single instrument, that is language. Pursuing others using speech was thought be an art in the Classical Greece: they named it “rhetoric”. Yet, some thinkers like Plato, who was discontented with rhetoric and designated it as

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