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The real source of terror in Bangladesh

Some of these attacks have not yet been claimed, but they follow a gruesome pattern: There have been at least 25 violent, sometimes public, killings of religious minorities, secularists and free-speech advocates in Bangladesh since February 2015. A dozen more people have been assaulted in similar ways and survived.


Ignore Pak rant on Valley

India should lose no sleep over Pakistan’s objection to the UN over the proposed geospatial information regulation bill, which will seek to make it mandatory for anyone offering maps online to get a licence from the government. Pakistan has taken umbrage over India’s depiction of Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) as part of India. But this has been India’s position for long and Pakistan’s objections should have no bearing on the country’s right “to have its own maps and regulations”. Also, Pakistan’s paranoia over Kashmir holds little meaning 69 years after Independence as the status quo prevails.


Coup by men not in the Army uniform

The Brazilian Senate has just voted 55 to 22 to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. She will be suspended for the next 180 days while the same body tries her on the charge of understating the size of the budget deficit before the last election.

India remains stuck on the Pakistan or Nepal front, but dawn is breaking with Bangladesh

India’s Look/ Act East policy is growing a new gateway. Conventional wisdom had Myanmar as India’s lean-in platform for Asia. Bangladesh may be hijacking that role.

While India remains locked in a 1947 relationship with Pakistan and a 1950s one with Nepal, Bangladesh seems to have broken out and India and Bangladesh are taking simple but significant steps towards a new neighbourhood paradigm. The relationship is not problem-free by any stretch of the imagination, neither will it probably ever be. But dawn is breaking.

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Sikkim's unique mountain architecture in need of protection

The Government of Sikkim realized something needs to be done and the newly-adopted Sikkim Tourism Policy is crystal clear about this. It states in Chapter 4: Application of appropriate designs for tourism infrastructure that considers the landscape, disaster risks, local architecture and materials needs to be addressed, writes Anne Fee


Nepal's economy expanding, GDP growth 6.3 per cent: IMF

On February 8, 2019, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Nepal.