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CJA deplores new Bangladesh digital law, says it muzzles free expression

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) expresses its acute concern at the passage by the Bangladesh parliament of the Digital Security Act, a draconian step which bodes ill for human rights and free expression in Bangladesh.

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China will not give up its demands on India

India and China were ‘eyeball to eyeball’ for 73 days at the Doklam tri-junction area of India – China –Bhutan. The standoff began when China attempted to construct a road to Doklam plateau, a disputed territory between Bhutan and China.

Modi is still the leader whom majority Indians trust

Recently  I watched a video sent by an esteemed friend of mine denouncing the work of the Modi government in India. I do not agree  on the contents of the video and also on the  assessment of some of my friends who commented on the video.

India’s international relations at odds with domestic public discourse

India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attained a level of maturity which allows it to assert itself in an effective manner. This is aimed at protecting the country’s national interests in a sustained way.

Stoking conflict by evoking religion: Bane of our times

Many violent conflicts throughout history have had their genesis in inter-religious differences as well as intra-religious / inter-denominational disputes.

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For creating an ecologically-friendly environment in Pakistan

  Unchecked urbanisation, overpopulation, tap water mixed with sewage water, raw industrial domestic effluents going straight into River Ravi without any cleansing process. Depleting ground water without adequate recharge of ground aquifers.

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Maldives inks water deal with UAE company

The Maldives Environment Ministry has inked a US$8.6 million (Maldivian Rufiyaa MVR133 million) contract with the UAE-based Water Engineering Services FZE to establish drinking water facilities ...

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