• Banngladesh: COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION 2018-2; All roads lead to Washington0

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    • September 23, 2018

    Credit: Prothom Alo   Shahid Islam       23 September 2018 The national cherry blossom festival in the Washington DC usually takes place between March and April each year; depending on the full blossom of these throbbing, eye-catching flowers. But many politicians from around the world cherish a dream to be showered by Washington’s blessing

  • India: BJP President Amit Shah says Bangladeshi migrants are “termites”0

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    • September 23, 2018

    By Editor on September 23, 2018 Jaipur, September 23 (NDTV): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah said on Sunday that Bangladeshi migrants are “termites” who would soon be struck off the country’s electoral rolls. Shah, who was addressing a public rally at Gangapur in Rajasthan’s Sawai Madhopur district ahead of the state assembly elections, went on to

  • Pakistan: Saudi Arabia to Join China-Funded Development Project0

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    • September 22, 2018

    September 20, 2018 Ayaz Gul In this photo released by the state-run Saudi Press Agency, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, left, meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Sept. 19, 2018, in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. ISLAMABAD — Pakistan announced Thursday that Saudi Arabia has agreed to join and invest “heavily” in its ongoing China-funded bilateral infrastructure and

  • How Modi’s Rafale defence deal has left India lagging China, Pakistan0

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    • September 22, 2018

    Indian army soldiers. Photo: AP How Modi’s Rafale defence deal has left India lagging China, Pakistan India puts defence preparedness on the back burner as a result of the controversy over the purchase of Rafale fighter aircraft, even as regional rivals continue to arm rapidly By Ajai Shukla   22 Sep 2018 The Indian government, rattled

  • Jail time in Bangladesh0

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    • September 21, 2018

    By Khademul Islam     14 September 2018 Shahidul Alam and snapshots from Dhaka Central Jail. Dhaka Central Jail, Keraniganj. Photo: 14 August 2018 Breakfast at the jail canteen is parathas, egg mamlet and veggie daal. It takes me back to my university cricketing days, grabbing lunches at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) canteen

  • Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act may lend itself to gross misuse0

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    • September 21, 2018

    By Editor on February 1, 2018 Comments Off on Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act may lend itself to gross misuse Bangladesh’s proposed Digital Security Act (DSA) has sections which could be used by both the State and private individuals to throttle the freedom of expression guaranteed in the constitution, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The vaguely worded and all-encompassing draft


  • Israel adopts abandoned Saudi sectarian logic0

    By James M. Dorsey       16/6/2018 Amid ever closer cooperation with Saudi Arabia, Israel’s military appears to be adopting the kind of sectarian anti-Shiite rhetoric that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is abandoning as part of a bid to develop a national rather than a religious ethos and promote his yet to be

  • India’s Blood-Filled Kashmir Policy0

    By Ishaal Zehra   15/6/2018 Indian Occupied Kashmir continue to witness bloodshed as Indian forces are indiscriminately and incessantly hunting down the innocent people in the name of so-called search operations. Though the Indian government announced to suspend these operations during the holy month of Ramadan, however, on the second Friday of the Ramadan, heavy shelling

  • United Nations Human Rights Report on Kashmir: Response from India and Pakistan0

    What is the report? United Nations has issued a report which mainly focused on the “situation of human rights in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir from July 2016 to April 2018. It is the period over which allegations of widespread and serious human rights violations were received, notably excessive use of force by

  • Is Growing Populism threat to Liberal Democracies…?0

    by Muzamil Yaqoob    14/6/2018 Francis Fukuyama, the US-based political scientist, argued in the early half of the nineteen-nineties that with the triumph of western liberal democracy the ideological evolution of humankind is completed. Liberal Democracy, he says ‘is now an ideal for all the states of the globe.’ As many political commentators believe that,


    by Qur Tul Ain Hafeez    14/6/2018 Pakistan has been trying to acquire the membership of the 48 member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for the past several years. Its quest for the NSG membership is not only limited to gain parity with India but, to meet the growing energy demands also. The international community is

  • 28th NSG Plenary: National Interests or Non-proliferation Norms0

    By: Ahyousha Khan      14/6/2018 Another year has elapsed, and future of South Asian non-NPT states aspiring to become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group is still hanging in the air. Now as 28th NSG plenary is approaching, the time has come to see whether the efforts made by India and Pakistan will be

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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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