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Government-opposition confrontation looms in Bangladesh

On October 8 this year, senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Amanullah Aman announced at a public rally in Dhaka that the country would be ruled by the BNP from December 10. “Get ready, a new program will be announced” to blockade all of Bangladesh from Teknaf to Tetulia and Rupsha to Pathuria, he said.  “If necessary, we will be martyrs but no election under [Prime Minister] Sheikh Hasina will be allowed. We will return...

SOUTH ASIAN BRIEF

Imran Khan wounded in attack at rally

Welcome to  South Asia Brief. The highlights this week: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan survives a reported assassination attempt, Russia tries to recruit former Afghan commandos to fight in Ukraine, and a new airline launches in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan’s Breaking Point?

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan...

Reports

India-Israel ties deeper than Modi and Netanyahu...

Jerusalem, Israel: The relationship between India and Israel goes deeper than the bonhomie between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who sealed his return to power last week, said Roey Gilad, an Israeli career diplomat and the current charge d’affaires to Turkey, while...

For poor manufacturing practices, Indian pharma...

New Delhi: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has sent a warning letter to the Indian pharmaceutical company Lupin Limited after deeming its efforts to address violations of various good manufacturing practices at its facility in Tarapur, Maharashtra “inadequate”. The FDA sends a ‘warning letter’ to a...

Attempt on Imran Khan’s life shocks nation

PTI supporter killed, 14 others, including lawmakers, injured as shots fired at container carrying party leadership• Asad conveys Imran’s message blaming govt, military officials for attack• Alleged assassin thwarted by activists, in custody; claims ‘sole responsibility’• Fawad calls it attack on Pakistan, its people; asks...

Myanmar’s NUG going for broke before its time

Less than two years since the military coup that triggered a new era of civil war, Myanmar’s democratic resistance is pushing for a swift conclusion to a still escalating conflict. In a high-risk move that effectively defines the dry season of early 2023 as decisive...

SAM Special

AL trying to win over people after facing two challenges

Ruling Awami League is facing two challenges that they did not come across in 14 years of their rule. The ongoing economic crisis and strong presence of opposition BNP on streets of late has made the ruling party rethink its stance. AL leadership is now concentrating on two things to face the challenges. Firstly, they are trying to win over the people, pleading them to vote for AL again. If necessary, they are not even...

Issues

Growing unemployment: Battle of two parallel rea...

Last week, a 20-year-old man from Kapkot in Uttarakhand's Bageshwar district consumed poison after failing the Agniveer entrance test. In the video recorded before his suicide, Kamlesh Goswami explained the reasons for his drastic decision. Despite an NCC certificate, scoring 100 per cent in physical...

As Nepal heads to polls, Here’s what major parti...

Kathmandu/New Delhi: In two weeks, over 17 million Nepali voters choose their representatives in the federal and provincial assemblies. It marks a momentous milestone in Nepal’s parliamentary democracy, as these will be the first polls to be held after the entire five-year tenure. While foreign affairs...

Cities under strain: India’s predicted urban boo...

India is projected to see an explosion in its urban population in the coming decades, but its cities already cannot cope and climate change will make living conditions harsher still. The metropolis of Mumbai, one of India’s biggest, grew by some eight million people in...

Engagement returns

The US-Pakistan engagement is back. Historically, the two countries have not remained estranged for long before re-engaging. But the irony is they did not stay together long before separating again. Their relationship has been almost like a marriage where the couple can neither do without each...

Editor`s Choice

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying VR journey into the nuclear bunker

‘15 minutes to save the world’: a terrifying...

It became clear that things had gone terribly awry on this particular day when I saw that the most moderate option on the desk in...
3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemic years

3 things I learnt from a 'wasted' two pandemi...

If you have had contact with people over the past few months, and I don't mean to rub it in if you haven't, then there...
Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with our anger and angst

Living with Covid-19: Coming to grips with ou...

They call it ennui. You know, that lingering mix of feelings of listlessness and tedium, of being adrift, bereft of neither a sense of anticipation,...

Focus

India

How will live-streaming court hearings change the way the Indian justice system works?

In December 2017, Swapnil Tripathi, a fourth-year law student, filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the rule that disallowed interns from entering the apex court on Mondays and Fridays – when fresh matters are heard. Tripathi, who could not observe proceedings in cases on which he assisted as an intern because of this rule, asked the court to create a live-streaming room in the court where interns could watch the cases. In September 2018, the court, after...
It is going to get worse before it gets better. It is going to be a painful few years ahead.
Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ali Sabry on his country’s economy