• Pakistani terrorists made a big mistake: Modi0

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    • February 15, 2019

    Indian PM says Jaish-e-Mohammed will pay a heavy price for attack on police convoy that killed over 40 By Saikat Datta, New Delhi A car-bomb attack in Kashmir on Thursday afternoon killed at least 44 Indian police and left many more injured. Officials said a suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into a

  • Indo-Pacific: One Region, Many Visions?0

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    • February 14, 2019

    14 February 2019 By Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy SYNOPSIS Diverse perspectives on the idea of “Indo-Pacific” are resulting in a lack of clarity on this concept. As a framework, the Indo-Pacific seeks to create a connected multipolar Asia that must be governed by commonly agreed international norms, rules and practices. But what is the Indo-Pacific? COMMENTARY

  • Bangladesh to Send Troops to Saudi Arabia under Defense Pact0

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    • February 14, 2019

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka, 2019-02-14 A man inspects bus wreckage at the site of a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in Saada, Yemen, Aug. 12, 2018. AP Bangladesh is to deploy hundreds of soldiers to Saudi Arabia for demining operations along the kingdom’s border with war-torn Yemen under a new bilateral defense deal between Dhaka and Riyadh,

  • India’s BJP issues vote-buying budget0

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    • February 14, 2019

    By Shashi TharoorFebruary 14, 2019 One sign that an Indian general election is imminent, and that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is readying its campaign pitch, is the government’s final pre-election budget. By tradition, it is an “interim budget” – a modest rollover of expenditures to see the government through for a few months

  • Bangladesh Minister Brushes Aside US Lawmakers’ Concern about Electoral Fraud0

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    • February 13, 2019

    By Kamran Reza Chowdhury on Feb 13, 2019 03:35 pm Bangladesh’s new foreign minister said Wednesday he was not concerned by a letter from a U.S. congressional committee that alleged fraud and other irregularities in last December’s general election. Minister A.K. Abdul Momen said the South Asian nation had the backing of the American government

  • Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission limps on0

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    • February 13, 2019

    by Renee Jeffery 12 February 2019 The Lowy Institute On 9 February 2019, the operational mandate of Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) was due to expire. With neither commission having completed even one investigation into the tens of thousands of complaints filed by victims of


  • Sri Lanka: An ‘unholy alliance’ comes unstuck0

    N Sathiya Moorthy      27 October 2018 There is no denying the surprise element in the timing of the unsettling ‘power-transfer’ in Colombo, which however was waiting to happen for too long that the nation had begun getting tired and bored about media speculation of the past year and more. Even more surprising in the

  • Electronic Voting Machines in India Face Criticism from Opposition Political Leaders0

    An Indian officer examines an electronic voting machine ahead of parliamentary elections in Jammu. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA   bt Yead Mirza     29 October 2018 Faced with a wave of criticism from political corners and civil society members for the alleged erroneous and malicious use of the Electronic Voting Machines, India’s Election Commission had introduced

  • India: S-400 Deal – Implications for South Asia0

    By: Ali Raza      29 October 2018 Finally, the contentious deal of an air defence missile system (S-400) between India and Russia has been signed by President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5, 2018. Almaz Central Design Bureau of Russia developed S-400 Triumph. The new system has replaced air

  • Pakistan and its Militants: Who is Mainstreaming Whom?0

    Gandhara RFE/RL Members of Pakistani Islamist parties protesting against U.S. aid cuts in January 2018 by James M. Dorsey  23 October 2018 Abstract Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under ten per cent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented long-standing legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups or fronts for

  • Answering the CPEC Challenges0

    By Qura tul ain Hafeez    23 October 2018 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will help sustain the economic growth of China and will highlight the strategic importance of Pakistan. It will offer Pakistan with a chance to broaden the horizon of its economy and enlarge its foreign reserves. However, whilst venturing towards industrialization and Foreign Direct Investment

  • Can Nepal become Tourist Hub, despite India’s air-blockade?0

      Shangrila Alive By Hari Prasad Shrestha      22 October 2018 Recent India’s decision to refuse additional entry air routes to Nepal could be a big blow to its tourism industry in the future. In the past nine years, Nepal requested India to grant air routes, but India was only haunting without accepting or

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  • Bangladesh’s rape epidemic: Are these a case of deviant sexual behaviour or ‘System’s failure’?

    By M Adil Khan 16 May 2019 In Bangladesh incidents of loot, plunder, enforced disappearances, breakdown of rule of law, extra-judicial killings, deaths and injuries in road accidents through reckless driving have become parts of daily news.  Lately, news of audacious rapes, abductions of girls and women and sexual harassments in almost all parts of

  • Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka: Crisis, Correction and Hope

    By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera 8 May 2019 “What happened on September 11th is at least, theoretically, small stuff compared to what can happen.” Robert D. Kaplan  I was 16 when I witnessed the horror terrorism first hand. It was the blast I lost my father in. When the long battle ended with the Tamil Tigers in

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