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The Pulwama terrorist attack and its aftermath - good, bad and ugly! By Anil Bhat

On 14 February 2019, a suicide bomber rammed a car packed with 350 kg of explosives into a bus, part of a large security convoy, carrying 40 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir), killing them all.

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Trade union leadership in India holds country to ransom

In the last few decades, the global trade union movement has come full circle and taken a different style and shape, making people wonder whether the present day pattern of the trade union movement is what Marx really envisaged.

CHRI launches report on problems faced by foreign prisoners in India

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) has launched its report “Strangers to Justice: A Report on Foreigners in Indian Prisons”, in the presence of High Commissioners and consular representatives from Nigeria, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Peru, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, and Iran, and representatives from the government of India, state prison departments, legal services authorities, the National Informatics Centre, state home departments, lawyers, and civil society organisations.

Brazil’s slum reorganization can give housing solutions in India and Sri Lanka
By P Avinash Reddy & Sreekar Aechuri

Bearing in mind the condition of housing requirements and housing policies in South Asian countries in comparison to the housing project in Brazil, Brasilia’s approach seems more suitable and can be adopted by the South Asian countries as well, write P Avinash Reddy and Sreekar Aechuri

Probe allegations of rigging, intimidation: CHRI urges Bangladesh

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) urged the Bangladesh Prime Minister to respond positively to calls for a “credible resolution of allegations related to the conduct of the elections.”  

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