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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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Saved from gallows in Pakistan: Blasphemy laws violate international law

Kelsey Zorzi, Director of Advocacy for Global Religious Freedom for ADF International on Pakistan SC's acquittal of Pakistani-Christian Asia Bibi, who was convicted of blasphemy.

A great Chinese consul general, a friend of West Bengal!
Manisha Chakraborty

We meet many people in our lives. But only a very few have left a lasting impression on our minds and hearts as source of inspiration with their works and words.

J&K: Safety of civilians should not be compromised, says Amnesty

Authorities should conduct effective, independent and impartial investigations into the killings of seven civilians by a blast in the aftermath of the Kulgam encounter in Jammu and Kashmir and bring those responsible to justice, Amnesty India said on October 24.

South Asia's journalists demand justice for Khashoggi, Sohail Khan, Shahidul Alam

The need for governments to look out for the safety of journalists is especially crucial at a time when global media freedom has fallen to its lowest levels since the start of the century. 

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