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Indian border security forces on Friday said they shot dead seven Pakistani soldiers in retaliation to a ceasefire violation on the disputed Kashmir border, with Pakistan refuting the claims. India’s Border Security Force (BSF) said Pakistan Rangers targeted Indian positions with sniper fire early Friday, following a failed attempt by militants overnight to enter the […]

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More than a week after attacks on police officers began a wave of bloodshed in western Myanmar, a lockdown by security forces has prevented aid workers from operating in the area, and new videos of what appear to be local Muslims calling for resistance have raised fears of more violence. Maj. Gen. Aung Soe, the […]

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Many of the 22 dead were elderly people who had suffocated to death, CR Nayak, the state’s director of health services, told reporters At least 22 people were killed when a fire broke out at a private hospital in India’s eastern state of Odisha on Monday, officials said. The fire erupted in the dialysis ward […]

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Modi’s remarks to a meeting of leaders from the BRICS – which include Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa – escalated his diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi branded Pakistan a “mother-ship of terrorism” at a summit of the BRICS nations on Sunday, testing the cohesion of a group whose heavyweight […]

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Building new Silk Road trade routes — an ambitious project masterminded by Chinese President Xi Jinping — appears a game changer in South Asia’s regional politics. In his landmark visit Xi roped Dhaka with his initiative. Earlier, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, three Saarc members, agreed to the plan. In 2014-15, the Chinese leader […]

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At least 19 people, mostly women, have been killed and many were injured in a stampede at a religious gathering in Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi of India on Saturday. The stampede broke out when thousands of devotees of a religious leader tried to cross a bridge at once, reports NDTV. Followers of Jai Gurudev, the leader […]

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Every political culture has a cherished seasonal ritual. In Iowa, it’s the pig roast. In Russia, political leaders strip to their skivvies and dunk themselves in icy ponds and rivers on Epiphany. Indian politicians come forward every year on the Hindu festival of Dussehra to re-enact the slaying of a 10-headed demon, a climactic victory […]

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Priya, India’s first female superhero, made her debut at Comic Con Mumbai in 2014. Priya originated after the horrible Delhi gang rape of 2012. The graphic novel talks about women’s rights and equality. Two years after unveiling a comic about a rape survivor-turned-superhero who takes on her abusers, filmmaker Ram Devineni is using a sequel […]

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Nine police officers were killed during coordinated ambushes in Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state on Sunday with authorities saying the attackers hailed from the Muslim Rohingya community, a persecuted minority. The night time raids hit three posts on the border with Bangladesh and have sent tensions soaring in a region battered by sectarian clashes between Buddhists […]

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Shahid Islam Unlike the marching to the battle fields in the 460 BC of the Persians and the Spartans amidst blazing bugle sounds and clatters of bows, lances and arrows, soldiers of India and Pakistan had moved discreetly to the vicinity of the LoC (line of control) without sporting such classical fun fare and glitters. […]

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In August, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Dhaka and spoke about the strength of the U.S.-Bangladesh partnership. He mentioned that our two countries now work together on everything from health care to education to regional and global security. As the Commanding General of the U.S. Army in the Pacific (USARPAC), I want to […]

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India has said there is need for the international community to stand united against those whose persistent violations increase nuclear threat and proliferation risks and exercise “utmost vigilance” against terrorist groups gaining access to weapons of mass destruction. “India’s support for global, non-discriminatory, verifiable nuclear disarmament in a time-bound manner remains firm,” Ambassador D B […]

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