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Narendra Bisht No one individual critic has taken on the Indian State like Arundhati Roy has. In a fight that began with Pokhran, moved to Narmada, and over the years extended to other insurgencies, people’s struggles and the Maoist underground, she has used her pensmanship to challenge India’s government, its elite, corporate giants, and most […]

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Cross-over … a hijra dances at a conference for equality. Photo: AP Legal recognition for Pakistan’s transgender community has changed their role in society, writes Jon Boone in Karachi. In a bright pink salwar kameeez and matching headscarf, Nargis marches around one of Pakistan’s richest neighbourhoods on a mission to embarrass residents into paying their […]

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Rezaul Karim Myanmar President Thein Sein will pay a three-day official visit to Bangladesh beginning on July 15 with officials saying that repatriation of Rohingya refugees, energy cooperation, trade and connectivity will be high on the agenda. Besides, cooperation in the agriculture sector will also come up for discussion while Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw, […]

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NEW DELHI: In one of his publications which he presented to BJP leader LK Advani last week, Bangladeshi high commissioner to India Ahmed Tariq Karim attacked the Pakistan army saying its “selfish corporate” interests may spark off a nuclear confrontation with India. In the 19-page document, excerpts from which have been displayed by Advani on […]

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Praveen Swami As a grand finale to the victorious role played in the liberation of Bangladesh and to make their final withdrawal, the Indian Army held a farewell parade at the Dacca Stadium on March 12, 1972 where the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rehman, took the salute. Photo shows Sheikh Mujibur Rehman reviewing […]

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Pakistan’s parliament on Friday elected former water and power minister and ruling party member Raja Pervez Ashraf as the new prime minister. Ashraf replaces Yusuf Raza Gilani, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court this week for refusing to reopen corruption cases against Pakistan’s president. The South Asian nation’s three power centres – the military, […]

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By DAN MORRISON DHAKA, Bangladesh — The Rohingyas of Myanmar would seem to be a most impolite people. They refuse to die. A population of Muslims descended from Burmese Buddhists, ethnic Bengalis and Arab seafarers, the Rohingyas are despised and violated in their homeland and often rejected when they seek refuge elsewhere. Since last week, […]

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Fastest-Growing Population Group Supplies U.S. With Skilled Workers, Study Says By MIRIAM JORDAN Noah Rabinowitz for The Wall Street JournalManoj Kumar, right, with his family in Cortland, N.Y., Sunday. The Indian ear, nose and throat specialist opened his own practice in the U.S. in 2007. Asians are the fastest-growing, most educated and highest-earning population in […]

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Last week a small NGO took a report detailing state discrimination against Muslim babies in Burma to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Muslim minority in question, the Rohingya, has suffered for decades as a result of an outwardly racist governmental policy toward non-Buddhists in Burma, which has also seen […]

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India cannot swap land with Bangladesh despite signing a protocol to that effect at the highest level between the two countries without amending the Constitution and enacting a law, a Division Bench of the Gauhati High Court said here last week. The verdict, given while a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice A K Goel and […]

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Against the backdrop of the strain in ties between TMC chief Mamata Banerjee and the Centre over Presidential election nominee, the Indian govt has said it does not expect her to put brakes on the signing of the proposed Teesta water-sharing deal with Bangladesh. Official sources said there is no doubt that the much-awaited accord […]

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What Rio Can Do

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June 17, 2012 What Rio Can Do By THOMAS LOVEJOY Twenty years after the largest gathering of heads of state in history at the 1992 Earth Summit, the world’s nations are returning to Rio de Janeiro to negotiate further progress toward sustainable development. The 80-page draft text that the delegates will be discussing addresses a […]

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