• New Nationalist Movement Emerges From Pakistan’s Pashtun Protests0

    April 11, 2018   Abubakar Siddique Manzoor Pashteen, leader of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement, addressing a protest gathering in Peshawar on April 8. A new movement demanding security for Pakistan’s ethnic Pashtun minority is transforming into a nationalist struggle with long-term consequences for the country’s politics, security, society, and foreign policy. On April 8, tens of

  • 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


  • Neutralizing The Messengers Of India0

    By Nava Thakuria    April 8, 2018 India continues to be a dangerous place for working journalists as the largest democracy in the globe has lost three journalists in mysterious accidents within the first three months of the year. Even the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres came out with a strong condemnation against the journo-killings


      by N.S. Venkataraman  6/4/2018 Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli has rejected the concern expressed by several well-wishers of Nepal that Nepal joining One Belt One Road initiative (OBOR) could lead to a death trap. He has lightly dismissed such view stating that Nepal wants to be seen as a land-linked and

  • Could Centre have avoided TN’s contempt plea in Cauvery case?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy 2 April 2018 A possible, easier and less-complicated way for the Centre would have been to approach the SC with the same queries much earlier, before a ground-swell of popular sentiments and consequent political tensions had built up in Tamil Nadu, says N Sathiya Moorthy. By slating Tamil Nadu’s contempt plea against the Centre

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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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