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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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by Minar Rashid উগ্রবাদী এক হিন্দু জাতিয়তাবাদী নেতার সাথে অখন্ড ভারত প্রতিষ্ঠায় সুর মিলিয়েছে এদেশের কিছু মানুষ । দেশের প্রথম শ্রেণীর একটি অন লাইন পত্রিকা সরাসরি সম্পাদকীয় লিখে অখন্ড ভারত প্রতিষ্ঠার পক্ষে ওকালতি করেছে । তারপরেও ঐ অনলাইন পত্রিকার বিরুদ্ধে কোন রাষ্ট্রদ্রোহিতার অভিযোগ তোলা হয় নি। আমাদের স্বাধীনতা যেন আজ এক পয়তাল্লিশ বছরের থুথ্থুরি বুড়ি […]

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Sadeq Khan The Dhaka meeting this December at Director Generals’ level on bi-annual BGB-BSF consultation and cooperation in border management has been postponed. Nearly half the Indian team from BSF had already arrived in Dhaka, but those due on 22 December including D.G., BSF had to stay back and cancel the meeting, since a BSF […]

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By John Elliott Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighboring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, […]

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Sadeq Khan Bangladesh is now set to obtain undisputed delineation of all its borders, land and marine. Myanmar settled first, by mutual accommodation with Bangladesh on land and by UNCLOS verdict on territorial waters and overlapping shelf under water. With India, the 1974 agreement on land has been pending for over forty years for Indian […]

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M. Serajul Islam Syed Akbaruddin, the Spokesman of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, is a superb diplomat. Nevertheless he too, with all his diplomatic acumen, had to dig deep into his inner self to articulate and answer the journalist who asked him recently about the recent visit of the Indian Foreign Secretary to Bangladesh […]

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Special Correspondent British lawyer Geoffrey Robertson wants trial of some freedom fighters for alleged war crimes perpetrated against surrendered Pakistani troops and Urdu-speaking civilians locally called ‘Biharis’. “There are some severe allegations of war crimes against the Bengali freedom fighters ,” Robertson told a London press conference on Wednesday, report  agencies. “These war crimes were […]

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by Alyssa Ayres After nearly seventy years, it appears that India and Bangladesh may at last resolve their border issues, a legacy of the partition of India in 1947. Following the failed effort of the previous Indian government to ratify a Land Boundary Agreement negotiated with the government of Bangladesh, announced in 2011 but never […]

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