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  • Indian experts fear US withdrawal from Afghanistan will lead to a Taliban-Pakistan take over0

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    • December 29, 2018

    by EditorDecember 29, 2018  Washinton, December 30 (Dawn): President Don­ald Trump’s plan toreduce US troops in Afghanistanhas set off alarm bells in India with experts suggesting New Delhi change its hostile attitude towards Taliban who in the new situation could gain significant influence in the war-ravaged country. In comments published in various Indian and US media

  • Bangladesh moves towards a ‘managed’ election0

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    • December 29, 2018

    As the poll date nears, hopes for a free and fair election, and a democratic future, diminish further in Bangladesh. by Shafquat Rabbee12 Nov 2018 more on Bangladesh Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet in lead up to election daytoday Bangladesh elections 2018: What you need to knowtoday Ten years of Sheikh Hasina: ‘Development minus democracy’yesterday

  • Bangladesh elections 2018: What you need to know0

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    • December 29, 2018

    Violence, mass arrests and opposition’s allegations of state coercion make Sunday’s vote a litmus test for democracy. 2018: A year of media suppression and rights abuses in Pakistantoday Bangladesh opposition leader: ‘Time has come for a change’today Bangladesh shuts down mobile internet in lead up to election daytoday Bangladesh elections 2018: What you need to

  • Bangladesh’s Choice: Authoritarianism or Extremism1

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    • December 29, 2018

    Sunday’s election is a contest between two bad options — but one is worse than the other. By K. Anis Ahmed  27 December 2018 Mr. Ahmed is publisher of the Dhaka Tribune. ImageElection posters on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Wednesday. After being in power for a decade, the Awami League faces serious anti-incumbent

  • Tensions mount as Bangladesh gears up for general election0

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    • December 29, 2018

    By Manveena Suri, CNN December 28, 2018  A man walks past a wall with images of Bangladeshi founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (CNN)Bangladeshis vote Sunday on whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a record third consecutive term in an election marred by allegations of human

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  • Bangladesh: Voter Turnout0

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    • December 28, 2018

    Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina is aiming to secure an unprecedented fourth term in the nation’s 11th general election on Dec. 30, 2018. 2018-12-28 Tanmoy/BenarNews Related Stories Bangladesh Polls: Putting the Brakes On Neighbors Betting on Bangladesh Vote Bangladesh Polls: Free and Fair? Bangladesh: Campaign Season Bangladesh: Opposition Leader Blocked from Contesting Upcoming Election Bangladesh: BNP

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  • Year-end review: Emerging Challenges for South Asia

      by Rajesh Kumar Sinha       3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.

  • Book review: The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones

      The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 27 October 2020, Hardcover,  320 pages, $28, ISBN: 97880300246674. By Arnold Zeitlin Owen Bennett-Jones’s account of a Bhutto dynasty reminded me that I enjoyed a rare, near-quixotic relationship with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during my time, September 1969 to April 1972, as

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