• Pakistan claims it has arrested two Indian pilots and rules out use of nuclear weapons0

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    • February 27, 2019

    by EditorFebruary 27, 2019 Islamabad, February 27 (Dawn): The Pakistan military spokesman has claimed that two Indian pilots had been arrested within Pakistan-held territory in Kashmir. But officials rule out use of nuclear weapons saying it is “insane” to even consider it. “Our ground forces arrested two pilots; one of them was injured and has been

  • The Rakhine Crisis – Role of ASEAN0

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    • February 27, 2019

    By Vishalini Suresh S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) 27 February 2019 SYNOPSIS Violence in Rakhine state, involving the Myanmar national armed forces (Tatmadaw) and the outlawed Arakan army has added pressure on ASEAN to take concrete action to improve the situation in the state. ASEAN’s own credibility and standing has been undermined by

  • Mohammed bin Salman’s Foray Into the South Asian Quagmire0

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    • February 26, 2019

    The ‘winner’ in these South Asian encounters was most probably the crown prince. Narendra Modi with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters Talmiz AhmadDiplomacySecuritySouth Asia23/Feb/2019 Three separate but interlocking factors provided the framework and content for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s first visits to Islamabad and New Delhi, where he was honoured as

  • Religious minorities in India ‘attacked with impunity’0

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    • February 26, 2019

    Reports by rights groups show victims are often blamed as BJP moves to create Hindu-only nation Students’ Federation of India activists burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chief minister of Assam in Guwahati on Jan. 8 after India’s lower house passed legislation that will grant citizenship to members of certain religious minorities but

  • Christian beheaded in India’s Odisha state0

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    • February 26, 2019

    Families say he was earlier threatened with death by Hindu villagers for converting to Christianity Sukhbati Gand with her children in a photo taken before her husband Anant Ram Gand was found murdered in India’s Odisha state. He had been given an ultimatum to renounce Christianity or face death. (Photo supplied) reporter, New Delhi

  • Indian fighter jets hit targets inside Pakistan0

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    • February 26, 2019

    A file photo of an Indian Air Force Mirage 2000C, similar to the ones used in strikes on Tuesday morning against Pakistan. Photo: Wikimedia Commons For the first time since the 1971 war, Indian combat jets hit places in Pakistan described as ‘non-military targets’ By Saikat Datta | Kunwar Khuldune Shahid, New Delhi & Karachi


  • 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 Strategy1

    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

  • Indo-US Joint Strategic Vision: Implications for the Indo-Pacific

    Indo-US Joint Strategic Vision: Implications for the Indo-Pacific0

    The emergence of the Indo-Pacific as a region, which is distinct from the Asia-Pacific in terms of geostrategic significance, as opposed to it being a sub-region of the Asia-Pacific, is yet to happen. The cooperation between the US and India in this region has the potential to effect this much needed transformation. The due recognition

  • Modi’s Visit to Central Asia

    Modi’s Visit to Central Asia0

    Prime Minister Modi’s forthcoming visit to the Central Asian States could prove a smart strategic and diplomatic feat by paving the way to overcome several predicaments that have so far stymied India’s role in the region. Though much time has been lost, reconnecting with the land of Sakas (Kushans) would be a useful national strategic

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  • Searching for a Potemkin Village Opposition

    by William Milam April 9, 2021   “Potemkin village” is actually a term that originated in politics, and thus, for this article, a very appropriate term to describe one interesting recent, possibly rhetorical, sidestep in the authoritarian march of Sheikh Hasina and the Awami League government she runs. According to Wikipedia, a Potemkin Village is “any

  • Bangladesh: I am Zia Speaking

                       I am Zia Speaking  “In that case, we revolt,” Major Ziaur Rahman (March 25, 1971)    Zia is enmeshed in every paddy sheaf of Bangladesh. From every nook and corner, a voice continues to ring: I am Zia speaking.[I]   By R Chowdhury     25 March

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