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Pakistan’s Sharif says World Ignores South Asia Tension at its Peril

By David Brunnstrom UNITED NATIONS, Sept 22 – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accused nuclear-armed rival India on Wednesday of putting unacceptable conditions on dialogue and said the world would ignore rising tension in South Asia at its peril. Sharif told the annual United Nations General Assembly Pakistan could not ignore India’s “unprecedented” arms build-up

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Day of the Disappeared: South Asia’s Torturous Wait For the Missing

By Nita Bhalla and Gopal Sharma NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, Sept 1  – Shova Bhatta vividly remembers the morning 16 years ago, when five men came to her grocery shop on the outskirts of the Nepali capital and took her husband Shyam. “They asked him to accompany them and promised that he would be back after answering

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With Eye on China, India Doubles Down on Container Hub Ports

By Nidhi Verma and Krishna N. Das NEW DELHI, July 28 – An Indian conglomerate has started building the country’s first transshipment port, conceived 25 years ago, and the government will construct another $4-billion facility nearby to create a shipping hub rivaling Chinese facilities in the region. New Delhi will grant billionaire Gautam Adani 16

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Three Indian Police Shot Dead in Kashmir Summer Capital

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India, May 23 – Three Indian policemen were shot dead at point-blank range on Monday in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, in the first such attacks in almost three years, a senior police officer said. The attacks followed a weekend shootout in north Kashmir in which five militants

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Bangladesh Hindu Tailor Hacked to Death in Attack Claimed by Daesh

By Ruma Paul DHAKA, May 1 – Three assailants sped up to a Bangladeshi tailor’s shop by motorcycle on Saturday, dragged out the Hindu owner and hacked him to death, police said, in an attack claimed by Daesh. Police official Abdul Jalil, quoting witnesses, said the attackers fled the scene after killing 50-year-old Nikhil Chandra Joardar

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Six Dead in Pakistan After Strong Quake Rattles South Asia

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, April 11 – Six people were killed across northern Pakistan although there appeared to be no widespread damage after a strong earthquake rattled major cities across South Asia at the weekend, authorities said on Monday. The 6.6-magnitude quake on Sunday startled residents in the Afghan capital, Kabul, and forced some in high-rise

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Strong Earthquake Shakes Buildings Across South Asia

By Paul Tait KABUL, April 10 – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 struck South Asia on Sunday, shaking buildings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, witnesses and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, although there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The USGS said the quake was centred near Chitral in remote

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Men Join Campaigns in India Against FGM Rituals Among the Bohra

By Rina Chandran MUMBAI, March 17  – Men in India and Pakistan are joining a campaign to end female genital mutilation (FGM), adding greater heft to the movement in the deeply patriarchal Dawoodi Bohra community. Little is known about FGM in India where the ritual is carried out in great secrecy by the close-knit Shi’ite

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Weather-Weary Indian Farmers Resort to New Cash Crop: Blood

By Shuriah Niazi JHANSI, India, Feb 17 – Karna, a farmer from Badgaon village in northern India, has few options but to sell his blood for money, after persistent drought left him unable to live off his land. The farmer, now 60, began commuting an hour and a half from his village to Jhansi town

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Travesty of Justice

The forthcoming execution of Bangladesh’s Nizami must be stopped BY Ehsan Siddiq On January 6, 2016, Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami, the leader of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami became the fifth opposition politician to be sentenced to death by the Supreme Court for alleged war crimes committed during the 1971 liberation war. However, with three executions last

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