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A new President was sworn in to office in Myanmar on Wednesday, capping a transition from military dictatorship to the country’s first civilian-led administration in more than half a century. The previous junta-led government who ran the country’s economy into the ground and brutally suppressed ethnic minorities and political opponents have stepped back, allowing liberalising […]

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India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has vowed to disenfranchise millions of Bangladeshi Muslim immigrants in the upcoming Assam Bidhan Sabha election, waging a polarising campaign in a bid to form its first government there. In campaign rallies in the remote eastern frontier state, party officials have also promised to identify and deport younger illegal […]

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A deepening rift has opened between Myanmar’s powerful military and Aung San Suu Kyi, sources say, threatening the democracy leader’s prospects for forming a successful government even as parliament prepares to nominate presidential candidates on Thursday. With the date fast approaching for Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) to take power, efforts to portray […]

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Shamsuddin Ahmed Election of the President in Myanmar, advanced by one week, will be held on March 10 when members of the Parliament voted in the November 8 polls will choose the new leader for transition of power from half a century military rule. But democracy, peace and stability in Myanmar beset with ethnic wars […]

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Ram Lal, a joint national general secretary of the BJP, held a secret meeting with some opinion-makers from Bangladesh at a resort near Calcutta last week as part of the party’s attempts to understand the ground reality in the aftermath of alleged attacks on minorities across the border. No one wanted to go on record […]

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COMMENT: Inevitable losses of human lives, ecosystems and damage to infrastructure raises pressure on countries to agree a tougher climate compensation scheme The 2015 Paris Agreement has set in train global actions by all countries to reduce emission of greenhouse gases and prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change. The next milestone will be on April […]

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A 32-year-old man allegedly killed 14 members of his family at their house near Thane in Indian state of Maharashtra and then committed suicide early Sunday morning, reports NDTV. Among the 14 killed are seven children and six women. The man allegedly killed them by slitting their throats after sedating them. One woman of the family […]

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Bangladeshi citizens have been experiencing unusually lengthy delays in visa applications for travel to Thailand. The time taken to process visas for Bangladeshis has recently multiplied ten-fold without warning or explanation. Much unnecessary inconvenience and hardship is being caused for applicants, some of whom are having their passports held up for months by delays in […]

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Rescue teams in Nepal on Wednesday found the burnt-out wreckage of a passenger plane that went missing in a remote mountainous area with 23 people on board, the aviation minister said. Aananda Prasad Pokharel said the Twin Otter turboprop aircraft had been found in the western district of Myagdi and bodies could be seen scattered […]

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The PM will be the chief guest during the centennial year convocation of BHU on February 22. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani will also attend the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declined to accept an honorary doctorate from Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi said on Saturday. The PM’s Office has not […]

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Shamsuddin Ahmed In Myanmar, the National League for Democracy (NLD) won a landslide victory in the November 8 election raising hope high for the transition of power after more than six decades of military rule. NLD is supposed to form the government with election of President by the parliament in early March. Its chief Nobel […]

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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says her government would urge the federal Indian administration to give citizenship to all Bangladeshis living in the state for five years or more. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said her government would urge the federal Indian administration to give citizenship to all Bangladeshis living in the […]

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