Under water protest in Maldives to free Nasheed

 
It was an unusual protest by all means even by Maldives standards. A hundred scuba divers held an underwater protest near Male demanding the release ...
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Sri Lanka Army releases 570 acres of occupied lands

 
In keeping with the spirit of the times the Sri Lankan army Friday released 570 acres of land in Valali and Kankasanthurai, in the Valikamam ...
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Accountability required in SL to achieve reconciliation: US

 
Colombo: The US Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour Tom Malinowski said Thursday Sri Lanka has a chance to achieve peace and reconciliation, ...
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Retired General Fonseka Made Sri Lanka's Field Marshal

 
General Sarath Fonseka, who was stripped of his rank, pension and medal after leading Sri Lanka’s army to victory in the Eelam War -IV (2006-2009), has ...
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PAKISTAN

Gilgat –Baltistan Elections -A Farce

 
Elections to Gilgit -Baltistan Legislative Assembly are taking place on June 8 under the supervision of the Pakistan Army. This 'democratic' exercise is a farce as actual power rests not with the elected assembly but with a Council chaired by the Prime Minister of Pakistan with Governor of Gilgit- Baltistan as its vice chairman, says the author while putting the issue in its historical perspective. ...
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Money Laundering Thrives In Pakistan

 
Pakistan is strategically located at the nexus of south, central, and western Asia, with a coastline along the Arabian Sea. Its porous borders with Afghanistan, ...
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Narcotics Business in Pakistan

 
Pakistan is one of the world’s top transit corridors for opiates and cannabis, which are pervasively trafficked through the country’s porous borders with Afghanistan and ...
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Fear grips Pak Christians after terror strikes Lahore

 
Fear is running high in the homes of the over 70,000 Christians in Youhanabad, a settlement in Lahore - the capital of Pakistan’s populous Punjab ...
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MYANMAR/CHINA

Tibetan Nun Calling for End to China Rule and Dalai Lama’s Return Sets Self on Fire

 
BEIJING — A nun set herself on fire in the past week in a Tibetan area of western China to protest Chinese rule and to ...
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Whither the Chinese Economy?

 
A slowdown in growth, the real estate bubble, and rampant corruption are only some of the issues that came up front for scrutiny at the National People’s Congress session as the world is keeping close tabs on the scene to the acute discomfort of Beijing, says the analyst. ...
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China's Fragile Evolution

 
China's anti-corruption campaign took a significant turn when former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang was accused of having "trampled the law, and damaged unity within the Communist Party." In Chinese bureaucratic speak, this is only a few steps shy of confirming rumours that he had plotted a coup to pre-empt the ascension of Xi Jinping. And this is a radical departure from the hitherto depoliticized official language of the anti-corruption campaign, say Rodger Baker and John Minnich...
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Maritime Security in the Indian Ocean : An Indian Perspective

 
For a maritime nation like India, its conception of maritime security of the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and, specifically, its approach to maritime security has ...
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Sri Lankan government postpones constitutional amendment

 
The postponement was a result of infighting between ruling and opposition parties and compounded by the Supreme Court’s advisory opinion that some clauses should be referred to a referendum....
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No 'shortcuts' to reconciliation in Sri Lanka says UN official

 
The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, Mr Pablo de Greiff, visited Sri Lanka from March 30 ...
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Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy

 
The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”....
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Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

 
Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP....
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China Factor in B’desh

 
The Curtis- Hossain report pitches for greater US naval contact and cooperation with Bangladesh to further counter China. ...
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Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters

 
While the perception of the Afghan conflict as simply the government and allied forces against a unified Taliban has long been an over-simplification, in recent years the number of fighting groups has grown exponentially... There are now believed to be three shuras another seven or eight independent "fronts". ...
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Afghanistan War ends only to continue

 
While immediately after the 9/11, the concern of Washington was Al Qaeda, now its focus is on the Taliban and other armed militant groups that operate from the Pakistani soil, mostly with the patronage of Rawalpindi GHQ Shura which acts through the ISI....
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Obama wakes up to Afghan reality with half-step

 
The developments in Iraq and Syria have lessons for the Americans in Afghanistan. Playing for short term stakes, pampering Pakistan or spurning help from India, which has a stake in the well-being of Afghanistan besides expertise in handling insurgency, pay no dividends even in the near term, says the analyst....
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The Terror Attacks in Paris : Tip of the Iceberg or a Passing Episode?

 
The coordinated attacks by an Islamic terrorist cell against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in the heart of Paris, which caused ...
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Fall-out of Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

 
To check the slide of the Palestinian conflict from political to the religious level, Israel will do well to open a dialogue with the Arab civil society in East Jerusalem, says the analyst in the context of Nov 18 attack on a synagogue. ...
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Australia-India uranium deal

 
The civilian nuclear deal India had entered into with the US during Bush Junior’s presidency undoubtedly opened the doors for India-Australia uranium business. Hitherto, Abbott’s predecessors’ saw India through the NPT prism and blocked the sale of uranium since India is not a signatory to treaty. ...
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Dangers From Anti-West Mood In The Islamic world

 
The West must factor in and come to grips with the factors that have given birth to IS phenomenon; this they must do with the same seriousness with which they calculate their military moves since crushing the head of a serpent with a bomb or a missile is in no way sufficient for a successful war against the phenomenon like IS, says the analyst, who is a reputed authority on Islamic movements in the Arab World and Islamic Fundamentalism....
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Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
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Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
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