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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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CJA deplores new Bangladesh digital law, says it muzzles free expression

The Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) expresses its acute concern at the passage by the Bangladesh parliament of the Digital Security Act, a draconian step which bodes ill for human rights and free expression in Bangladesh.

Colonial Era Laws: Reason for unhealthy Democracies and low Human Development
By Vipanchika Sahasri

Colonial laws have been acting as clogs in the wheel of development and democracy in South Asian Countries. On the International Day of Democracy, it's important to rethink about the existence of colonial laws.

As catastrophe looms, Idlib awaits its fate
Lakshmi Priya

The likely consequences of an offensive are displacement of around 900,000 people, a bloodbath in Idlib and rise of terrorist activities around the region, writes Lakshmi Priya for South Asia Monitor 

India should be wary of Trump's new South Asia policy
Manisha Chakraborty

Although the COMCASA defence pact allows real-time intelligence sharing on location of vessels in the ocean, it is aimed more at facilitating US operations in the Indian Ocean Region, preserving their hegemonistic approach with the support of India, writes Manisha Chakraborty   
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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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