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Asma Jahangir (1952-2018): An outspoken critic of dictatorship

I learnt with great shock and grief the death of Pakistan's most famous, indefatigable and brave human rights champion, Madam Asma Jahangir. I had the occasional only once in life to meet her and and attend a meeting being held by her where the late Dr Javed Iqbal was the main speaker.

In begum vs begum battle in Bangladesh, its advantage Hasina

Political equations in Bangladesh has taken an intriguing turn with the anti-corruption court in Dhaka convicting opposition leader and former prime minister Khaldea Zia of corruption and sentencing her to five years in jail. The two-time former premier along with her son, Tarique Rahman, who has been sentenced to ten years in prison in the same case were found guilty of siphoning off $252,000, or 21 million taka, in foreign donations meant for the Zia Orphanage Trust. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which Zia leads, has called the termed the verdict politically motivated and is expected to appeal against the verdict.

India, Saudi Arabia becoming strong global partners

Amazing things are happening between India and Saudi Arabia, whose hitherto energy-centred partnership is being upgraded and transformed into a multi-dimensional relationship. And all this is happening without too much fuss and publicity as both countries have been working quietly, and assiduously, to work towards elevating the relationship into a meaningful strategic partnership to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing geostrategic environment.

Today is Gandhi's 70th death anniversary

Today is Gandhi ji's 70th death anniversary. As Einstein had said "Scarcely the future generations will believe that such a man walked on this earth ...".

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Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative

The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra

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As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.

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