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India -Bangladesh defense pact – Honey mixed with poison for a friend

India -Bangladesh defense pact – Honey mixed with poison for a friend Minar Rashid A famous folk song in Chittagong goes like this; “my love, you fed me poison telling it’s honey.” In colloquial Chittagonian, it is; “Modhu koi Koi, arey bish khawaila”. Bangladesh is reverberating with news of India-Bangladesh defense pact expected to be […]

Bangladesh and India are to sign a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to formalise defence cooperation between the two countries, officials concerned confirmed. The draft of MoU includes cooperation in the defence industry and joint initiatives for its development, defence technology, research and maritime infrastructure development. Officials told Prothom Alo on Wednesday that the draft […]

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Determined to resolve the Teesta River water sharing issue, the Indian government is planning to bring together the chief ministers of states bordering Bangladesh to meet Prime MInister Sheikh Hasina to resolve bilateral issues. On top of the list is the Teesta water sharing issue and Delhi wants a direct discussion between Hasina and West […]

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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday stated that the government will not seal any deal with India against national interests. “We maintain a friendly relationship with India. But if we sign any deal with them, it will be in favor of our national interest,” he said in a party program in Dhaka. “I […]

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The Disappeared, Pakistan Mohammed Hanif During a protest in Lahore, Pakistan, last month, activists held images of bloggers who have disappeared. Credit Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images KARACHI, Pakistan — Every few weeks I get a phone call or text message informing me that yet another journalist, political activist or someone hyperactive on social […]

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ASEAN countries should find a solution to end the persecution of Rohingya January 20, 2017 3.10pm AEDT The Rohingya are one the of the world’s most-persecuted ethnic minorities. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters  Ahmad Rizky M. Umar   Research Fellow at the ASEAN Studies Center, Universitas Gadjah Mada Disclosure statement Ahmad Rizky M. Umar does not work for, […]

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The Lady and the Rohingya By DAVID SCOTT MATHIESONJAN. 16, 2017 Rohingya from Myanmar at a refugee camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh, in December. Some 65,000 Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since October, according to the United Nations. Credit Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar — Just days before the November 2015 general election, Daw Aung San Suu […]

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2016 did not end completely hopelessly. M Adil Khan In late December,15 Nobel Laureates including Professor Mohammed Yunus and 12 global leaders wrote an Open Letter to the President of the United Nations Security Councils (UNSC) and its members decrying the Rohingya carnage in Myanmar that are“amounting to ethnic cleansing” and that the crisis has […]

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Myanmar: A New Muslim

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Myanmar: A New Muslim Insurgency in Rakhine State International Crisis Group Asia Report N°283 | 15 December 2016 Headquarters International Crisis Group Avenue Louise 149 • 1050 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 2 502 90 38 • Fax: +32 2 502 50 38 brussels@crisisgroup.org   Executive Summary The deadly attacks on Border Guard Police (BGP) bases […]

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  At a local mosque, men and boys join in Friday prayer, an important weekly practice for the Muslim Rohingyas at the IDP camp. In 2012, sectarian violence between the Rohingyas — who are Muslim — and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists killed at least 200 people and made 140,000 homeless, most of them Rohingyas. Photo courtesy […]

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Dhaka hands over strong protest letter to Islamabad Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh Samina Mehtab was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to hand over a strong protest letter on the comment of Islamabad on the execution of Jamaat leader Mir Quasem Ali. Samina Mehtab was summoned by Additional Secretary of the Foreign Ministry […]

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By Nisid Hajari Of all the hopes raised by Narendra Modi’s election as prime minister of India one year ago, perhaps the grandest was ending the toxic, decades-long rivalry with Pakistan. Inviting his counterpart Nawaz Sharif to the swearing-in — remarkably, a first since their nations were born out of the British Raj in 1947 […]

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