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  • New Delhi Signs $5 Billion Air Defense Deal with Moscow0

    By Jaishree Balasubramanian on Oct 05, 2018 02:18 pm India inked a military deal on Friday worth U.S. $5 billon to buy S-400 missiles from Russia, disregarding American warnings about arms purchases from Moscow. The missile deal and several other agreements were concluded after wide-ranging talks in New Delhi between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

  • After 2 Months Behind Bars, Bangladeshi Photographer Awaits Bail Decision0

    By Prapti Rahman on Oct 05, 2018  A High Court panel is scheduled on Sunday to hear a fifth bail request for noted photographer Shahidul Alam since his arrest and jailing two months ago for allegedly violating Bangladesh’s online defamation laws. Alam was arrested on Aug. 5 after he posted Facebook updates and gave an

  • Afghanistan’s election dilemma0

    BY THOMAS RUTTIG 4 OCTOBER 2018 Afghanistan is under-prepared for robust elections, but postponement could cause further instability. Photo: camafghanistancam / Flickr With just over a fortnight to go for Afghanistan’s next election, many Afghans are still wondering whether they will be able to vote, and if so, what exactly they will be voting for. Though parliamentary polls

  • SAARC nations need compromise, shared vision to revive South Asia’s fortunes0

    The future viability of individual strategies will depend on the will and capacity of the regional nations to reach a compromise for a shared future vision, write Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar for South Asia Monitor By Srimal Fernando & Mizly Nizar  SEP 28, 2018 The India Economic Vision 2022 document, which aims to double India’s

  • 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/ucanews.com)   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

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  • The battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?0

    By James M. Dorsey Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based cell of ant-Shiite militants in a clash this week on the Iranian side of the border. The clash, shrouded in mystery like similar past incidents in the ethnic Baloch province

  • India’s Shifting Nuclear Doctrine: Impact on Strategic Stability0

    Asma Khalid      4/7/2018 Strategic Stability is considered crucial for preventing war and conflict between nuclear adversaries. It is comprised of two essential factors: deterrence equilibrium and crisis stability. India and Pakistan’s military buildup and technological advancements are considered satisfactory to maintain the Balance of Power (BOP) and nuclear deterrence equilibrium. While on the

  • WHY NOT BE POLLUTION CONTROL BOARDS MADE AUTONOMOUS BODIES IN INDIA?0

      by N.S. Venkataraman       4/7/2018 The recent decision of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to shut down the Sterlite Copper project in Tuticorin and seal the facilities have been widely reported and discussed all over India and abroad. Tamil Nadu government has repeatedly said that the unit would not be allowed to function

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  • End of Year Editorial; Evolving Political Dynamics in South Asia

    By M. Adil Khan, Guest Editor 2018 has been an eventful year for South Asia especially at the political level. During 2018 several countries in the region have had their elections and these elections have altered their political pictures. In others preparations for elections are underway and yet in others sub-national elections and their outcomes

  • 2018 Bangladesh General Election: A Time for Stock-taking and Pondering the Stakes

      By Adil Khan and Habib Zafarullah*    4 December 2018 The 2018 Bangladesh General Election scheduled on December 30, 2018 marks the end of two consecutive terms of the ruling Awami League (AL), first ever by any political party since 1991, the year a combined opposition movement against a decade long dictatorship resurrected and re-introduced

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