• Noose looms large for Sri Lankan drug dealers0

      Activists and religious leaders oppose the government’s decision to hang persistent offenders Many drugs are smuggled into Sri Lanka on fishing vessels. A Sunday school teacher claims her fisherman father is innocent after drugs were found on his boat. ( photo) Quintus Colombage, Colombo , Sri Lanka August 13, 2018 Harshi Sudarshani, a Sunday school

  • Bangladesh: Quota reformers suffer0

    Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Prothom Alo English       Quota reform campaigners are leading a miserable life as many have been mercilessly beaten by Bangladesh Chhatra League men while some have been arrested by the police. Those who had been beaten were even denied proper treatment at the public hospitals. A few others have gone into hiding.

  • Opinion: Bangladesh has damaged its democratic credentials with the latest crackdown0

    The actions of the ruling Awami League, not its words, speak of state that is autocratic and repressive. Police fire tear gas shells during the students’ protest in Dhaka on August 5, 2018. | Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters Aug 11, 2018  Ikhtisad Ahmed In the following days, these organic demonstrations grew into a peaceful civil disobedience


  • India’s Shifting Nuclear Doctrine: Impact on Strategic Stability0

    Asma Khalid      4/7/2018 Strategic Stability is considered crucial for preventing war and conflict between nuclear adversaries. It is comprised of two essential factors: deterrence equilibrium and crisis stability. India and Pakistan’s military buildup and technological advancements are considered satisfactory to maintain the Balance of Power (BOP) and nuclear deterrence equilibrium. While on the


      by N.S. Venkataraman       4/7/2018 The recent decision of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to shut down the Sterlite Copper project in Tuticorin and seal the facilities have been widely reported and discussed all over India and abroad. Tamil Nadu government has repeatedly said that the unit would not be allowed to function

  • Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem0

      By James M. Dorsey        3/7/2018 A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more overt edge to Saudi religious diplomacy and the kingdom’s quest for regional hegemony that risks deepening divides in the Muslim world. The effort also serves

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