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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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India's farmers rise against mounting rural distress
By Lekshmi Parameswaran

Months after Kisan’s Long March in Maharashtra that took the country by storm, yet another march reached the capital.

CHRI applauds release of Shahidul Alam, held for 108 days in Dhaka

The release of the internationally acclaimed Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam has been hailed by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) as "as an example of justice being delivered, despite many delays at different levels.”   

CHRI welcomes Bangladesh court decision, urges Dhaka to facilitate Shahidul Alam's release

Welcoming the decision of the Bangladesh High Court, which granted bail to international photographer and human rights defender Shahidul Alam who has spent over 100 days in police custody

Indian Army centenarian honored

Lt Col Daljit Singh, a veteran of Indian Army Service Corps, was felicitated in Gurjinder Vihar, AWHO Township, Greater Noida on November 18 on reaching the rare milestone of 100 years.

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