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Bangladesh has resorted to public diplomacy in its efforts to narrow down the decades old “gap in understanding” with its neighbour Myanmar. The relations with the new democratic Myanmar are of strategic importance, as they are the gateway to China and ASEAN economies, besides spelling a potential supply of natural gas. In its latest move, […]

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By UCAN Christians and Muslims in India have welcomed comments by the head of an eastern state favoring quotas for Dalit religious minorities in government jobs and educational institutions, a right enjoyed by their Hindu counterparts. “The time has come to give quotas to low-caste Muslims and Christians who have long been deprived of this […]

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By MarEx Chinese and Pakistani officials say that the expansion of the deepwater port at Gwadar, Pakistan is approaching completion, and that the port will see traffic totaling to one million tons in 2017. The tonnage would represent a small fraction of the business at most seaports, and only a few tenths of a percentage […]

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Islamic State fighters in Bangladesh. The group has threatened India of ‘guerrilla attacks’. (IS group’s magazine, Dabiq (Isse 14)) The Islamic State intends to use its fighters in Pakistan and Bangladesh to mount “guerrilla attacks inside India” and create fear and chaos by working with local mujahideen, the head of the terror group in Bangladesh […]

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Shamsuddin Ahmed India is making frantic efforts to internationalize Nepal’s Madhesi issue and Maldives’ jailing of Delhi-friendly former president Mohammad Nasheed. A joint statement of European Union and India issued on the conclusion of their summit meeting in Brussels March 30 points out the issues. The statement said they agreed that Madeshi issue needs a […]

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Seven Indian soldiers died in the attack on the Pathankot air base. Pakistan’s ambassador to India has said the peace process between India and Pakistan is currently suspended. Abdul Basit said no meetings were currently scheduled between the foreign secretaries of the two countries. Diplomatic talks were postponed after an attack on an Indian air […]

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Ahmed Rashid The suicide bomber who killed seventy-two people on Easter Sunday in a park in Lahore, Pakistan has drawn condemnation from around the world. Among the killed were twenty-nine children, and another 370 people were wounded, many of them members of the country’s Christian minority. Far less noted, however, has been the attack’s equally […]

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Myanmar’s upper house of parliament approved a bill on Friday that gives Aung San Suu Kyi a powerful government role, despite opposition from the military on the second day of her party’s new administration. The bill creates the post of state counsellor and would allow the Nobel laureate to coordinate ministers and influence the executive. […]

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Police on Friday opened a case of culpable homicide against the company building a flyover that collapsed in Kolkata, killing at least 23 people and injuring dozens more. Rescuers worked all night with cranes and jackhammers to clear concrete slabs and steel girders from the 100-metre (110-yard) length of the flyover that broke off suddenly […]

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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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