• Bangladesh Again Denies Al-Qaeda Presence0

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    • January 18, 2021

    By Shailaja Neelakantan on Jan 15, 2021 Bangladesh strongly rejected U.S. charges this week that al-Qaeda cells had committed attacks on the South Asian nation, although the U.S. State Department had documented such incidents in its annual reports on terrorism around the world. In a talk in Washington on Tuesday on al-Qaeda’s “new home base

  • Safe water costs 40 times more in coastal Bangladesh than cities0

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    • January 18, 2021

    The Third Pole Water is everywhere in coastal Bangladesh, but is increasingly undrinkable as sea level rise caused by climate change is turning water sources saline Brajasundari buys water, a new experience in previously water-abundant Bangladesh, where salt water intrusion is affecting water sources [Image by: Riyan Talha] Riyan Talha, January 5, 2021 Twice a

  • India-Assam: Abolishing Madrasas or Converting Them into Dysfunctional Government Schools?0

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    • January 18, 2021

    By Arshad Alam, New Age Islam 4 January 2020 The Assam government recently passed an Act by which government madrasas in the state will be converted into regular schools. The subsequent opposition within the state, has created an impression that the Assam government has shut these madrasas altogether. This is simply not true. What has

  • PAKISTAN: Pakistani Ahmadis accused of blasphemy over Islamic tombstones0

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    • January 18, 2021

    Hardline Islamist party files police complaint against ‘declared infidels’ for hurting Muslims’ religious feelings Kamran Chaudhry, Lahore January 18, 2021 Ahmadi graves desecrated in Gujranwala, Punjab province, in July 2020. (Photo supplied)   Ahmadis in a Pakistani town have been accused of blasphemy for inscribing Islamic phrases on gravestones. Police in Sharaqpur Sharif in Punjab

  • INDIA: India’s BJP uses bishops’ logo against Muslims, apologizes0

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    • January 18, 2021

    Pro-Hindu party accused of trying to gain Christians’ political support for upcoming elections in Kerala state UCA News reporter January 18, 2021   Kummanam Rajasekharan, then president of the BJP in Kerala, leads a march in October 2017. The party is trying to improve its position ahead of state elections due in April. (Photo: IANS)   Leaders

  • Biden nominates 20 Indo-Americans, 13 of them women, in key positions0

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    • January 18, 2021

    by Editor  January 18, 2021 Share on WhatsApp Washington, January 18 (The Mint): US President-elect Joe Biden has nominated at least 20 Indian Americans, including 13 women, to key positions in his administration days before he is scheduled to be sworn in on 20 January. Among the Indians are Hindus, Muslims and Christians. As many


  • Book review: Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia0

    Partisans of Allah: Jihad in South Asia, by Ayesha Jalal, Harvard University Press, Cambridge MA 2008, Paperback, 400 pgs, $21.15 Amazon, ISBN-13: 978-0674047365-   by Arnold Zeitlin     18 January 2021 The concept of jihad has roiled the Islamic world and the rest of the world since the beginning of the Islamic era. The Arabic

  • India’s options in responding to the China problem in Nepal0

    by Rushali Saha     18 January 2021 Prime Minister K.P Oli’s “sudden” dissolution of Nepal’s parliament’s lower house, albeit unprecedented, should not come as a surprise to those following Nepal’s domestic politics— which has been marred by a power tussle for a long time now. In its 2018 electoral victory, K.P. Oli’s government—formed out of

  • American Telugu Association rejuvenates its Emergency Services – ATA SEVA0

      Bhuvanesh Boojala took charge as the new President of the American Telugu Association, ATA, a premier umbrella Organization serving the Telugu people’s needs across North America. Mr.Boojala, who hails from the Washington DC area, has been an ardent follower of ATA since 2004 and, as a Coordinator, was instrumental in the success of the

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  • Year-end review: Emerging Challenges for South Asia

      by Rajesh Kumar Sinha       3 January 2020 The year 2020 has just ended. The year has been extremely calamitous for the whole world. Especially, the pandemic Corona Virus has created such an unfortunate state where economies, infrastructure, loss of lakhs of lives, job losses, and uncertainty has gripped the whole of humanity.

  • Book review: The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones

      The Bhutto Dynasty: The Struggle for Power in Pakistan, by Owen Bennett-Jones, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 27 October 2020, Hardcover,  320 pages, $28, ISBN: 97880300246674. By Arnold Zeitlin Owen Bennett-Jones’s account of a Bhutto dynasty reminded me that I enjoyed a rare, near-quixotic relationship with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto during my time, September 1969 to April 1972, as

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