Tibetans are preparing to mark the 60th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile in India. Indian officials stoked controversy by spurning celebrations to avoid angering China. Sonia Phalnikar reports from Dharamsala. Tibetans in India mark 60-year exile of Dalai Lama The Dalai Lama, the revered spiritual leader of Tibetans and an international icon, fled Tibet
Mar 29, 2018 Guwahati Related news: Assam: NRC and Illegal Migrants Controversy Assam to kick off NRC verification from April 2 Though the Assam Government as well as the Supreme Court are attaching utmost importance to preparing an error-free and correct National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state of Assam, the ground reality presents a shameful and
The increasing number of heavily polluting factories producing petrochemicals, cement, and leather on the edge of the Sundarbans, as well as new thermal power plants, threatens the mangrove ecosystem The rejuvenated Mongla port is expanding very rapidly [image by: Soumya Sarkar] Soumya Sarkar, March 16, 2018 Mongla port is a hive of activity. Several oceangoing
Religious fanatics and a dictatorial government have created a repressive environment for journalists and free thinkers Bangladeshi secular activists protest the Digital Security Act in Dhaka on Feb. 2. The law would mean a journalist could be convicted of espionage for entering a government office and gathering information secretly using an electronic device. (Photo by
Adnan Rasool, Georgia State University Pakistanis head to the polls to elect their next prime minister in July. Until then, though, the Supreme Court seems to be in charge of the country. In July 2017, revelations from the Panama Papers leak spurred Pakistan’s high court to rule that then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had lied to
Families detention | Locals say their Chinese wives, children being held in Xinjiang Atif Khan March 27, 2018 ISLAMABAD – Residents of Gilgit-Baltistan have threatened to shut down the Pak-China border if Beijing does not release over 50 women of Chinese origin married to G-B men, who have been detained in the neighbouring Xinjiang province.
Sri Lanka’s Special Task Force soldiers walk past a damaged mosque after a clash between two communities in Digana central district of Kandy. (Reuters) By Dr. S. I. Keethaponcalan 14/3/2018 On February 27, 2018, a riot broke out in Ampara, a Southeastern town in Sri Lanka. A group of Sinhala-Buddhist rioters attacked and destroyed a
By Dolly Mishra and Rohit Kumar 12/3/2018 South Asian sub-continent comprises of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan. Among them India has a vast and complex capitalist society. It is the largest democratic state and second largest populous nation in the world with 134 crore populations as on 20th September
By James M. Dorsey 10/3/2018 Seventy years after its birth, Pakistan is struggling to get a grip on Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism and its militant offshoots that were aided and abetted by successive governments as well as Saudi Arabia and at times the United States. The stakes for Pakistan are high as it
By James M. Dorsey 9/3/2018 To understand that Western emphasis on human rights is at best a fig leaf to do business with autocrats whose rule is based on repression, contrast Winston Churchill’s encounter with Mohammed bin Salman’s grandfather, King Abdulaziz, with British prime minister Theresa May’s recent talks with the crown prince.
By James M. Dorsey 7//3/2018 International soccer bodies, in violation of their own bylaws, have ignored the blatant mixing of sports and politics in advance of this month’s Egyptian presidential elections that general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al Sisi is set to win after ensuring that no credible candidate would challenge him. Despite recently warning
By James M. Dorsey 5/3/2018 Controversy in South Korea over a secret military clause in a nine-year old agreement to build the United Arab Emirates’ first nuclear reactor raises a Pandora’s Box of questions about political and military demands that Arab nations may seek to impose as they embark on a nuclear
1. A political group is spreading the perception that the country will again become Pakistan if Awami League loses control of Bangladesh. They even suggested a label “Banglastan” for this supposed nation which transforms into an improvised Pakistan in the East. But symptomatically it appears to become another Kashmir, or in a classical sense