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Pakistan minister says information ministry to table bill on journalists' protection

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said Tuesday his ministry planned to table a bill in the National Assembly for the protection of journalists. The new legislation will be similar to the one enacted in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Modicare represents a beginning: Need to make it finest, not just biggest
Frank F. Islam

The new scheme looks good on paper. But establishing 150,000 health and wellness centers is much easier said than done.

India's farmers rise against mounting rural distress
By Lekshmi Parameswaran

Months after Kisan’s Long March in Maharashtra that took the country by storm, yet another march reached the capital.

CHRI applauds release of Shahidul Alam, held for 108 days in Dhaka

The release of the internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam has been hailed by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) as "as an example of justice being delivered, despite many delays at different levels.”   

CHRI welcomes Bangladesh court decision, urges Dhaka to facilitate Shahidul Alam's release

Welcoming the decision of the Bangladesh High Court, which granted bail to international photographer and human rights defender Shahidul Alam who has spent over 100 days in police custody

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Air pollution battle in India needs a sense of urgency

If India takes the top place in GDP growth globally, why we have such lower targets in meeting air quality over five years, particularly considering the fact that it is the 65 percent of India’s young population would be the main victims of the worsening air quality, writes Rajendra Shende for South Asia Monitor . 

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Bangladesh, ADB sign deal for rural road network

 The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Bangladeshi government have signed an agreement for $200 million in loans to improve the rural road network in Bangladesh.

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