• Rising temperatures push down South Asian livelihoods0

      In Bangladesh alone, 134 million people face reduced living standards in the coming decades, report says Women wade through floodwater in southern Jessore district on Aug. 22, 2016. Climate scientists say frequent natural disasters like cyclones and flooding have an economic cost. (Photo by Stephan Uttom/   Stephan Uttom and Rock Rozario, Dhaka  Bangladesh  October 4, 2018 Half

  • Sri Lanka’s counter-terrorism law paves way for abuse0

      Critics question why island nation needs new law as it poses threat to system of checks and balances A Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) soldier stands guard at the memorial for the fallen soldiers who died in the decades-long conflict against the Tamil Tigers, during a commemorative ceremony marking the 9th anniversary

  • India Prepares to Return 7 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar0

      By Jhumur Deb on Oct 03, 2018  Indian authorities on Wednesday put seven Rohingyas on a heavily guarded bus to travel more than 300 kms (186 miles) to the border with Myanmar where they are to be deported as New Delhi toughens its stand on illegal immigrants. The seven have been in a prison

  • Told Saudi king he wouldn’t last without US support: Donald Trump0

    By Reuters Published: October 3, 2018 US President Donald Trump with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman I. PHOTO: REUTERS SOUTH HAVEN: President Donald Trump made an undiplomatic remark about close ally Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, saying he warned Saudi Arabia’s King Salman he would not last in power “for two weeks” without the backing of the US military. “We protect Saudi Arabia.

  • India must continue to play its cards judiciously in the Maldives0

    The election result came at an opportune moment for India, which was feeling unrelenting pressure from increasing Chinese presence in its neighbourhood. Maldives has recently, next only to Pakistan, used its rapidly expanding ties with China to snub India, writes Amb Ashok Sajjanhar (Retd.) for South Asia Monitor By Ashok Sajjanhar  OCT 2, 2018    

  • Bangladesh: Sudden rise in incidents of enforced disappearance: Odhikar0

    Oct 02, 2018        Fear that opposition leaders and activists may face repression, legal suits and be subjected to enforced disappearance has come true, says human rights group Odhikar. Incidents of enforced disappearance rose remarkably, and according to Odhikar, more than a half of such incidents recorded this year took place only in September. There were 30 cases


  • China’s policies spur Central Asians to cautiously chart independent course0

    By James M. Dorsey      25 July 2018 China’s brutal crackdown in its north-western province of Xinjiang and growing questions about the dark side of some of its Belt and Road investments is fuelling anti-Chinese sentiment, prompting some countries to explore ways to chart an independent course, and feeding into the narratives of rising

  • Tamil Nadu’s ‘developmental dilemma’0

    Protesters in large numbers take out a march against the Sterlite copper plant on May 22, 2018.   Wikimedia Commons.   N Sathiya Moorthy  25 July 2018  The ‘Thoothukudi protests’ and police-firing, followed by multiple localised agitations against land-acquisition for the Rs 10,000-crore Chennai-Salem, eight-lane ‘Green Corridor’, again accompanied by pre-emptive police action preventive arrests, have raised questions

  • Is Imran Khan the Pakistani military’s ‘favourite son’?0

     by Michael Kugelman 23 July 2018 Given Khan’s personality and policy positions, there’s reason to doubt that he is the army’s blue-eyed boy. Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, speaks during an interview at his home on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan on July 29, 2017 [File: Reuters/Caren Firouz] MORE ON PAKISTAN

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