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  • Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War0

    As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them. By Preethi Nallu | June 27, 2018 Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks” where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel

  • UN, Bangladesh Launch Joint Effort to Verify Rohingya Refugee Identities0

    By Jesmin Papri and Abdur Rahman on Jun 27, 2018 04:20 pm The United Nations refugee agency is working with Bangladesh’s government to verify the identities of Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine state and issue ID cards, officials said Wednesday. The verification process is expected to last half a year and use biometric

  • Bangladesh, India Launch Coordinated Naval Patrols0

    By Pulack Ghatack on Jun 27, 2018 05:25 pm The chiefs of the Indian and Bangladeshi navies on Wednesday inaugurated a program for joint patrols and exercises in the Bay of Bengal to curb maritime crimes and militancy threats at sea, officials said Wednesday. Indian Adm. Sunil Lanba and Bangladeshi counterpart, Adm. Nizamuddin Ahmed, officially

  • Bangladesh: Satellite tender 3: Family links raise further questions0

      The Bangladesh government has in the last few days launched the country’s first satellite, named Bangabandhu-1. Back in May 2012, I wrote a series of three articles for the Bangladesh daily newspaper, The New Age about how the whole process started with serious irregularities in the tender process that resulted in a small US company receiving a $10

  • Five Myths and Misconceptions About the UN Report on Kashmir0

    The heated objections and protests to a report on human rights in Kashmir simply do not hold up to scrutiny. Parents comfort their son whom they say was injured by pellets shot by security forces in Srinagar following weeks of violence in Kashmir, August 18, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Files Aman 26/Jun/2018 The recent report on the situation

  • Disturbed Areas Act in Gujarat: A Tool to Discriminate Against Muslims0

    The motive of passing the Act was the prevention of distress sales, including inter-community social distress sales. However, for three decades, it has been used to drive Muslim residents away from areas that have a mixed population. In April this year, there were reportedly complaints from a local outfit called Nagrik Sewa Samiti in Paldi,

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  • Global Trends of Maritime Piracy0

      Muhammad Abbas Hassan Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and the global economy. Around 80 percent of global trade by volume and over 70 percent of global trade by value are carried by sea and are handled by ports worldwide. These shares are even higher in the case of most developing countries.

  • Sri Lanka; Bench-marking Cabinet berths!0

    Sathiya Moorthy,  10 May 2018  In London recently for the Commonwealth Summit, President Maithiripala Sirisena was reported to have told the BBC Sinhala channel that those selected for Cabinet positions ‘must not only be acceptable locally but also internationally’. Though the question reportedly pertained to the choice for Law and Order Minister, the President was quoted as

  • Playing US sanctions: China walks a fine line in Iran0

    By James M. Dorsey      10/5/2018 Chinese businessman Sheng Kuan Li didn’t worry about sanctions when he decided in 2010 to invest $200 million in a steel mill in Iran that started producing ingots and billet within months of the lifting of punitive measures against the Islamic republic as part of 2015 international nuclear

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