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  • Baloch resentment against Chinese ‘colonisation’ runs deep0

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    • January 26, 2019

    The security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan has become a concern for both nations. The Chinese are now targets of the religious extremists and the Baloch separatists, writes Aparna Rawal for South Asia Monitor By Aparna Rawal JAN 21, 2019 The continual subjugation and marginalization of the Baloch people by the Pakistani government has left

  • Indian Navy Commissions Expanded Base in Andaman Islands0

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    • January 26, 2019

    Jaishree Balasubramanian New Delhi  2019-01-25 A runway controlled by the Indian military is pictured at Port Blair, in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands, July 4, 2015.  Reuters A newly expanded military base commissioned by India in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar Islands will bolster its defenses in the Indian Ocean, according to officials, while analysts

  • Hasina bats for BRI, Indian anxiety goes up0

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    • January 26, 2019

    Hasina bats for BRI, Indian anxiety goes up | Southasian Monitor Afsan Chowdhury, January 25, 2019 “India is such a big country and economy, it should not worry about OBOR. Rather, it can also join so that all the countries can benefit economically,” Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently said in an interview to CNN-News18

  • India belongs to all citizens: President Kovind in Republic Day speech | Full text0

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    • January 26, 2019

    In his speech, the President said that the recent decision of extending 10 per cent reservation to the poor families among the upper castes is a step towards realising the India of our dreams. India Today Web Desk New Delhi January 25, 2019 President Ram Nath Kovind said: India belongs to each of us and

  • India Becoming Transit Route for Drugs Entering Bangladesh: Anti-Narcotics Chief0

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    • January 26, 2019

    Kamran Reza Chowdhury, Dhaka2019-01-25 Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion soldiers stand guard during a raid on suspected drug dealers at Mohammadpur Geneva Camp in Dhaka, May 26, 2018. Methamphetamine tablets made in Myanmar that were traditionally smuggled through southeastern Bangladesh are coming across the border from India, Bangladeshi officials told BenarNews. Meanwhile, local law-enforcement authorities confirmed that

  • Bangladesh elections: Some election observers now ‘regret involvement’0

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    • January 22, 2019

    Reuters . Dhaka | Prothom ALo  Jan 22, 2019 A top official at an observer group that monitored Bangladesh’s election, as well as one of its foreign volunteers, have said they regret participating in the process, casting doubt on the credibility of a vote won overwhelmingly by prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling alliance. The president of the

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  • Indian Politics: — Modi Returns!

    by Nilofar Suhrawardy 25 May 2019 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s stunning victory in Indian parliamentary elections marking return of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister have raised apprehensions of it spelling danger signals for Indian secularism as well as democracy. Undeniably, Modi’s term, from 2014 to present, has been marked by saffronization of certain institutions

  • Unforgettable Zia, As I Knew Him

    By R Chowdhury 23 May 2019 Following my escape from Pakistan Army in 1971, I was posted to Z Force of Colonel Ziaur Rahman in the eastern theater of the Bangladesh liberation war. The nearly 20-day journey took me from Lahore to Khem Karan to Rajoke to Ferozepur to Delhi to Kolkata to Agartala and

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