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The armies of Bangladesh and India will hold a joint military exercise from November 5-18 This is the seventh instance of the two armies conducting a joint military exercise. Titled Shampriti-7, the exercise will focus on counterterrorism and disaster management will be held at Bangabandhu Cantonment in Tangail. Bangladesh army frequently conducts joint military exercises […]

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India’s biggest minority grows anxious about its future FOR a community of 172m, almost 15% of the population, Muslims at first glance appear oddly absent from the pages of India’s newspapers. In fact, they crop up a lot, but not by name. Instead, reporters coyly refer to “a certain community”. The clumsy circumlocution is a […]

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Indian police gunned down eight Islamists yesterday after they escaped from a high-security jail by slitting the throat of a prison guard and scaling the walls with knotted bedsheets. The members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) had staged the breakout from the prison in Bhopal by attacking and murdering the warder […]

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by M. Adil Khan In one of its recent reporting the Guardian reports that at the entrance to Thaungtan village in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta a brand-new signasserts, “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” Al-Jajeera also reports of similar rise in systematic eviction, rape, loot and arson […]

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The ‘gau raksha’ gangs patrol highways and country roads at night, hunting for cattle being smuggled to Bangladesh ne of the men stood guard, a rifle slung over his shoulder, as the others went to work on the truck: banging hard on the outsides, pressing their ears against the metal, sniffing the air for a […]

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Indian Border Security Force has decided to deploy six to seven floating border outposts next year with a view to strengthening vigil along the riverine border with Bangladesh. However, the security force has declined to divulge the number of BOPs that it is going to deploy. There are, at present, three BOPs that keep surveillance […]

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Dhaka-based ‘South Asian Network on Economic Modelling (SANEM)’ on Wednesday said a deeper regional integration is needed in South Asia for generating and sustaining economic growth, and alleviating poverty. “We shouldn’t abandon the SAARC process. There should be efforts to bring down the political rivalry in South Asia,” said SANEM executive director Selim Raihan at […]

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By Dr. Habib Siddiqui Myanmar’s government said that the October 9 raids were conducted by the Aqamul Mujahidin organization, which it described as being affiliated with an extremist group. On the other hand, a previously unknown group – Faith Movement – has released a press statement on October 15 in which it claimed itself as […]

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Pakistan on Tuesday mourned the killing of at least 61 people in a brutal gun and suicide bomb assault on a police academy, the deadliest attack on a security installation in the country’s history. Three masked gunmen burst into the sprawling academy in the southwest, pretending to be soldiers as they targeted sleeping quarters home […]

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Nepal’s foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat has claimed that it was not Nepal’s failure that the 19th SAARC summit was postponed. Speaking at an interaction in Dhulikhel on Friday, Mahat said the summit had come to a halt after some of the member states were unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad, according […]

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A Pakistani view on the strategic implications of a new Indian nuclear city by Ahmad Khan There have been repeated confirmed reports that India is constructing a new nuclear city at Challakere, Karnataka. The city-size complex will produce highly enriched uranium to not only fuel its nuclear powered submarines, but also feed its thermonuclear bombs. […]

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Humanitarian Groups, Journalists, and Rights Monitors Need Access The Burmese government and army should urgently ensure humanitarian aid can reach ethnic Rohingya and other vulnerable populations in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. Government security operations have cut off assistance to tens of thousands of people and forced many to flee their homes. […]

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