Category: South Asia

Chhattisgarh: State turns lawless

By Praful Bidwai New Delhi:The detention in Raipur of noted human rights activist Binayak Sen under the Chhattisgarh Special Public Security Act, 2005 (PSA) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act has rightly attracted nationwide condemnation from citizens’ groups. Dr Sen, general secretary of the Chhattisgarh People’s Union for Civil Liberties […]

Vayalar Ravi launches the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre

Rajiv Sharma reports from New Delhi New Delhi: Overseas Indians will now have access to a number of facilitation services in the Capital. The Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, Mr. Vayalar Ravi launched the Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC) here today(May 28). Addressing the gathering, he said that OIFC would […]

Casualties in Sri Lanka explosion

A blast near the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has killed six civilians and wounded 14 more and four police. The blast targeted a truck carrying police commandos near the suburb of Ratmalana, military spokesman Lt Col Upali Rajapakse said. He blamed the separatist Tamil Tigers for the attack. The Tigers […]

Sri Lanka: India urges Rajapaksa devolution package

Sharad Pawar, Indian Minister for Agriculture and political veteran, has urged President Mahinda Rajapaksa to offer a devolution package which will satisfy the political “moderates” in Sri Lanka. In his meeting with Rajapaksa here earlier this week, Pawar emphasised the need to find a political rather than a military solution […]

Islamists in south-western Bangladesh regrouping

By Amanur Aman, back from Meherpur and Jhenidah Banned Islamist militants organisations are regrouping their cadres in southwestern districts.At least 12,000 trained cadres are active in the region covering Kushtia, Meherpur, Jhenidah, Jessore, Khulna, Narail and Satkhira, according to intelligence sources. Most of them are madrassa student. They belong to […]