• The growing attention on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands0

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    • November 21, 2018

    In recent years, these islands have been increasingly recognised as militarily important. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) By Aarti Betigeri   21 November 2018 Ecologically fragile The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a group of 572 islands, roughly equidistant from both Kolkata and Chennai, about 1,200 kilometres each way to the mainland. Just 37 islands are permanently inhabited, by

  • Specter of 2014 Polls Violence Haunts Bangladesh0

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    • November 21, 2018

    By Jesmin Papri and Pulack Ghatack on Nov 21, 2018 3:55 pm Bangladesh is on edge ahead of its next general election in late December, amid fears of a repeat of violence that accompanied nationwide polls five years ago. That election was the most violent in the country’s history, according to one assessment. In the

  • Fresh parliamentary elections may be the only way out of Lankan logjam0

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    • November 21, 2018

    By Editor  November 21, 2018                           Colombo, November 21 ( Fresh parliamentary elections may be the only way out of the logjam Sri Lanka finds itself in at present, and for the foreseeable future. The opposition is trying its level best to use

  • Rock ‘n’ roll is dying in Bangladesh0

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    • November 21, 2018

    ‘It’s really difficult to live as a rock musician in Bangladesh,“ says Samir Hafiz, a guitarist in the heavy metal band Warfaze. Mubashar Hasan, University of Oslo The seeds of rock ‘n’ roll culture were planted in Bangladesh during the birth of the country in 1971, after a war for liberation separated this majority-Muslim territory

  • In China’s debt, Malaysia and Pakistan pledge to help each other0

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    • November 21, 2018

    New Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad say they face similar situations of ‘unprecedented debt’ PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 November, 2018   Tashny Sukumaran The announcement came as Pakistan’s new prime minister, Imran Khan, wrapped up his first visit to Kuala Lumpur since coming to office in August. The move by the

  • Rohingyas: Hindu refugees want to return to Myanmar0

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    • November 21, 2018

      Community leader says Hindus feel neglected in Bangladesh camps because focus remains on Muslim Rohingya Young Hindu refugees attend a class at Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh on Nov. 15. Not one refugee crossed back into Myanmar from Bangladesh on Nov. 15 under a disputed repatriation program. (Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP) John Zaw, Mandalay Myanmar November 21,


  • Sri lanka: ‘Black July’: Forgotten, forgettable?4

      N Sathiya Moorthy,  28July 2018 Thirty-five years after the event, the nation is still going through the ‘ritual’ of remembering, if not observing the ‘Black July’ anti-Tamil pogrom of 1983. Rather, the Tamils ‘observe’ it and the rest of the nation is ‘observing’ what the Tamils are doing, or not doing, if only to

  • Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East0

    By James M. Dorsey     28 July 2018 With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged what many in the Middle East have long said privately: the UAE’s recently-found assertiveness and determination to punch above its weight stems from its

  • Bangladesh: Government doublespeak fuelling quota-reform protests0

    By Arshad Mahmud     27 July 2018 Dhaka: The quota-induced agitation refuses to die down. Despite police action and Chhatra League (student wing of the ruling Awami League) goons cracking down on the anti-quota protagonists, the turmoil is spreading, causing a lingering headache for the government of Sheikh Hasina. The government, appearing somewhat befuddled and

  • Roadblocks to Regional Integration in South Asia0 Dr. Manoj Kumar Mishra 27 July 2018 While there are numerous non-traditional security threats that plague the South Asian countries like poverty, hunger, unemployment, illiteracy and illegal trafficking in people and drugs and the growing menace of militancy, the nations of the region are still trapped in their traditional concerns for political and territorial

  • Pakistan’s Journey to the Infinity and beyond0

    By: Ahyousha Khan     27 July 2018 Earlier this July, Pakistan launched two satellites from China’s Jiuquan Satellite Centre. Pakistani official from MOFA confirmed the launching of satellites named – PRSS-1 and Pak-TES-1A. PRSS-1 is 1200 kg satellite which can operate at an altitude of 640 kilometers. On the other hand, Pak-TES-1A is 285 kg


    by N.S. Venkataraman        27 July 2018 Not many were surprised when Imran Khan’s party emerged as the single largest party in the general election in Pakistan. While his adversaries and critics say that his victory was due to the support that he enjoyed from Pakistan army, the discerning observers would view such

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