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  • Assam NRC Officials Incompetent to Deal with Verification Issues0

    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

  • Rapid industrialisation poses pollution risk to the Sundarbans0

    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

  • Shrinking space for freedom of expression in Bangladesh0

    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

  • Pakistan’s activist Supreme Court endangers a fragile democracy0

    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

  • GB residents threaten to shut Pak-China border0

    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.

  • Russia and Taliban deny US claims of working together0

    25 March 2018 Media captionGen John Nicholson: “We know that the Russians are involved” Russia and the Taliban have separately rejected comments made by the head of US forces in Afghanistan that Moscow has been supporting, and even supplying weapons to, the insurgent group. Gen John Nicholson told the BBC last week he had seen

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  • Cries mounted for reviving Nabin Chandra Bardoloi Library0

    By Nava Thakuria   1/3/2018 Persistent voices are being raised to revive a historic public library cum hall at the heart of Guwahati city and popular demands are floated for using the space for occasional and selected public gatherings. The library, surrounded by Cotton University, Handique Girls’ College, Gauhati High Court, State Museum, Ravindra Bhawan etc,

  • China’s dilemma: Balancing support for militants with struggle against political violence0

    By James M. Dorsey    28/2/2018 China’s recent failure to shield Pakistan from censorship by an international anti-terrorism funding and anti-money laundering body suggests that the People’s Republic is struggling to balance its contradictory interests in South Asia and may be trying to evade the potential cost of its long-standing support for Pakistani-backed, anti-Indian militants.

  • CPEC: Conflict Management0

    by Qura tul ain Hafeez     27/2/2018   CPEC is a great opportunity to enhance Pakistan’s economy. The new commercial and economic businesses nevertheless encompass certain security issues pertaining to the development and implementation of the new projects under the Long-Term Projects (LTP – 2018 to 2030). These challenges and threats are internal as well as

  • Arguing about India; Assam and citizenship0

      by Mukul Kesavan Feb 25, 2018 The political history of India over the last century and a half needs to be revisited because it is often assimilated in to the history of nationalism. The claim of the Indian National Congress to speak for the ‘nation’ or the raj’s subjects has always been contested by

  • Nuclear Deterrence and Doctrines in South Asia0

    By: Ahyousha Khan     27/2/2018   Even after witnessing the harrowing devastation of nuclear bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki during WW2 many states still wanted to have nuclear bombs in their arsenals. States knew the potential of nuclear weapons to inflict unacceptable damage yet they chose to develop these arsenals. The reason behind the pursuit

  • Pakistan and Non-Proliferation Treaty: Concerns and Challenges0

    Asma Khalid      27/2/2018   In the contemporary security environment, one of the predominant challenges to the world peace and security is the spread of nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT), since its inception, is considered as universal arms control agreement, which has been adhered to by all states except India, North Korea,

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  • Bangladesh: Will this country become Pakistan or Kashmir?

      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

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