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Baloch resentment against Chinese 'colonisation' runs deep

The security of Chinese citizens in Pakistan has become a concern for both nations. The Chinese are now targets of the religious extremists and the Baloch separatists, writes Aparna Rawal for South Asia Monitor

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China’s maritime assertiveness: Implications for India

The dispute between China and some of its Southeast Asian neighbours over the ownership of small island territories in the South China Sea (SCS) took a new turn over the last fortnight, with Beijing exuding a very visible politico-diplomatic and military assertiveness. This proactive posture has implications for the regional ASEAN/East Asian ambience writes Uday Bhaskar

Sea firing: Innocent fisherfolk need protection

The near-simultaneous emergence of maritime terrorism and the revival of piracy have added a new dimension to the existing hazards that have traditionally confronted those who choose a seafaring life, and innocent fisherfolk have now been added to the list of victims writes Adm. Arun Prakash  

US makes a Faustian bargain with Pakistan's 'deep state'

The US has made a Faustian bargain with the Pakistan military and, notwithstanding the enormity of the Osama bin Laden episode which demonstrated beyond doubt the duplicity of Rawalpindi apropos terrorism, the US has chosen to accept this contradiction as it did with the A.Q. Khan revelations writes C. Uday Bhaskar

Pakistan’s blasphemy law and persection

Persecution of minorities, religious dissenters and free-thinkers is the rule rather than the exception in all Islamic states – Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Taliban regime (1996-2001) of Afghanistan being cases in point in recent times. In Pakistan a substantive legal for discrimination of religious minorities was sanctioned in 1974 when the Pakistan National Assembly declared the Ahmadiyya community non-Muslim writes Ishtiaq Ahmed

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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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