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Thousands have fled Burma for Bangladesh in flimsy boats About 120 people are missing after their boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal, police in Bangladesh say. Survivors say many of those on the boat were Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent ethnic violence in Burma. Local fishermen rescued 13 people from the boat which […]

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CHENNAI, India — A tropical storm weakened Thursday after slamming into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths have been reported in India and Sri Lanka. Just before the storm made landfall Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats […]

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Imran Garda examines the 40-year war that has claimed thousands of lives but been largely ignored outside of India. A 40-year long civil war has been raging in the jungles of central and eastern India. It is one of the world’s largest armed conflicts but it remains largely ignored outside of India. Caught in the […]

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by Sadanand Dhume Its political class may not be up to the task of leading India toward prosperity. Just the other day, it seemed as if India could hardly put a foot wrong. Annual economic growth averaged above eight percent between 2003 and ’08, and the country was one of the world’s few major economies […]

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The BBC’s David Loyn says the violence looks like ethnic cleansing. The death toll from recent ethnic violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine has surpassed 100, an official said Friday, as the government warned that the strife risks harming the country’s reputation as it seeks to install democratic rule. Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing […]

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By: Mithun Kamal More than five lakh(500,000) Bangladeshimigrant workers may fall victim to tougher Saudi recruitment rules, officials said on Wednesday. Thousands of Bangladeshi workersfear that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will send them back to their countryafter suspension of sponsor visas under the new rules.(The New Nation ) Abul Bashar, former president of […]

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Indian parliamentarians and legislators will exercise their franchise today to elect the country’s new president amid indications that UPA nominee Pranab Mukherjee will walk away with a comfortable margin against BJP-backed Purno Agitok Sangma. A total of 4,896 lawmakers– 776 members of parliament and 4,120 members of legislative assemblies in states–are eligible to vote in […]

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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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