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  • Bangladesh’s economic gains marred by plunge into autocratic rule0

    Rights groups say Sheikh Hasina’s party used law enforcement agencies to destroy opposition parties through arbitrary arrests, attacks and extrajudicial killings prior to Sunday’s poll By Nazmul ISLAM Bangladesh, January 2, 2019 5:04 PM Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a press conference in Dhaka on December 31, 2018. Photo: Indranil Mukherjee / AFP Ever

  • Lessons from Bangladesh elections for South Asia0

    By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express 1 January 2019 Colombo, December 31 (Daily Express): The results of Sunday’s parliamentary elections in Bangladesh and those of the recent State Assembly elections in India show very clearly, that economic issues play a decisive role in shaping peoples’ electoral choice. If the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) got defeated in the

  • Bangladesh: After Poll Drubbing, Opposition Refuses to Sit in Parliament0

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka, 2018-12-31  Benar News Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina smiles while speaking at a press conference in Dhaka after the ruling coalition scored a landslide victory in the nation’s 11th general election, Dec. 31, 2018. AFP  Bangladesh’s main opposition alliance declared Monday that its victorious candidates would not take the oath as

  • Why China’s Belt And Road Is Off Track0

    December 31, 2018 by the Foreign Policy Research Institute By Scott Moore* (FPRI) — Xinjiang, in northwest China, seems in many ways like the far edge of the modern world. Spanning a vast desert ringed by high mountains, the region was remote enough to have been chosen as the site of China’s nuclear testing in

  • The Pakistani government’s uphill corruption battle0

    By Zamir Awan December 31, 2018 In general, corruption is a form of dishonesty or criminal activity undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, often to acquire illicit benefits. Corruption may include many activities, including bribery and embezzlement, though it may also involve practices that are legal in many countries.

  • CIA oversees grisly war crimes in Afghanistan0

    Report sheds light on US intelligence agency-backed forces operating with no rules of engagement By Asia Times staff January 1, 2019 As debate in the US regarding the never-ending mission in Afghanistan is revived with calls from US President Donald Trump to draw down troop numbers, a horrifying view into US-backed operations there was printed

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  • Minorities in Indian polity

    Minorities in Indian polity0

    The UN Declaration on Minorities, 1992 brings out the need for special attention to the ‘national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities’. The Constitution of India, 1950 does not define ‘minorities’ or mention whom it considers minorities but provides in Part III that the cultural and religious rights of ‘minorities’ must be protected. The National

  • Witness to history

    Witness to history0

    A visit to Dhaka can be an overwhelming experience — not just because of the traffic, pollution, congestion or humidity, but also due to its history. As a Pakistani, I felt remorse, guilt and shame every time I walked into the corridors of Dhaka University. The names of the students, intellectuals and teachers, who died

  • Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle

    Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle0

    After years of considering Saudi Arabia as a major ally and economic benefactor, Pakistan may be on the verge of losing its erstwhile patron to archrival India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Riyadh last week for an official visit full of diplomatic significance. King Salman bin Abdul Aziz conferred the Kingdom’s highest civilian award,

  • INDCs of Bangladesh

    INDCs of Bangladesh3

    After twenty years of international negotiations and many years of despair, like desert rain, the historic Paris Climate Conference has brought a long sought gift for the world – a global agreement to combat climate change. At the heart of this agreement, which will determine the future of millions in vulnerable regions such as South

  • The Peace Building in Sri Lanka

    The Peace Building in Sri Lanka1

    The three-decade long civil war in Sri Lanka between govt. forces and rebel groups ended in May 2009, leaving behind several casualties, dead bodies, traumas, destruction of public utilities and civilian properties, and innumerable human rights violations. The country is now confronted with the post-war peace building process to restore the normal life in affected

  • The RMG Sector of Bangladesh: Problems and Survival Strategy

    The RMG Sector of Bangladesh: Problems and Survival Strategy2

    This paper will examine the impact on the apparel industry’s growth and the performance of major apparel exporting countries with special focus on Bangladesh after the phase out of the multifiber agreement (MFA) on 31 December 2004. Almost all anticipated that removal of the MFA might lead to a dramatic drop in export from Bangladesh

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