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Retired General Fonseka Made Sri Lanka's Field Marshal

 
General Sarath Fonseka, who was stripped of his rank, pension and medal after leading Sri Lanka’s army to victory in the Eelam War -IV (2006-2009), has ...
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What does the Boko Haram/ISIS alliance mean?

 
For Boko Haram it’s a big propaganda coup, even for ISIS but operationally what the alliance holds out is unclear. ...
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IMF rejects Sri Lankan request for loan bailout

 
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) March 4 rejected a President Sirisena government's request for a $US4 billion loan in order to restructure debt repayments on ...
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Sri Lankan opposition parties seek to bring back Rajapaksa

 
A number of opposition parties and organisations—supporters and allies of former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition—have launched the “National Front to Defend the ...
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PAKISTAN

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Money Laundering Thrives In Pakistan

 
Pakistan is strategically located at the nexus of south, central, and western Asia, with a coastline along the Arabian Sea. Its porous borders with Afghanistan, ...
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Narcotics Business in Pakistan

 
Pakistan is one of the world’s top transit corridors for opiates and cannabis, which are pervasively trafficked through the country’s porous borders with Afghanistan and ...
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Fear grips Pak Christians after terror strikes Lahore

 
Fear is running high in the homes of the over 70,000 Christians in Youhanabad, a settlement in Lahore - the capital of Pakistan’s populous Punjab ...
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Pakistani polio campaign under threat

 
Polio vaccinators across Pakistan are facing increasing resistance and threats as they seek to prevent a growing caseload of sick children. The number of confirmed cases ...
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MYANMAR/CHINA

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China's Fragile Evolution

 
China's anti-corruption campaign took a significant turn when former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang was accused of having "trampled the law, and damaged unity within the Communist Party." In Chinese bureaucratic speak, this is only a few steps shy of confirming rumours that he had plotted a coup to pre-empt the ascension of Xi Jinping. And this is a radical departure from the hitherto depoliticized official language of the anti-corruption campaign, say Rodger Baker and John Minnich...
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Anti-corruption campaign in China

 
The on-going anti-corruption campaign in China targets three "tigers". They are the “Security Gang,” the “Petroleum Gang,” and the “Shanxi Gang. ...
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China’s maritime forays away from home

 
Chinese Navy is enlarging its operational reach beyond the South China Sea and the eastern part of Indian Ocean, It is in this context Colombo port has become important in the Chinese scheme though Beijing is generally downplaying the military aspect of Chinese presence in ports away from home, says the analyst. ...
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Sri Lanks NGOs test limits of new freedoms

 
Less than three weeks since Sri Lanka voted in a new president, rights activists and other NGOs say there are already encouraging signs that they ...
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Sirisena Govt signals fresh approach to Wartime issues

 
Sri Lanka’s new government says it will address outstanding concerns relating to the civil war that ended in May 2009, including allegations of human rights ...
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Ballot Changes Regime In Colombo

 
Till a week before the ballot day on January 8, Rajapaksa was seen as the winning candidate though by a slender margin. Under Sirisena there may not be any immediate change in SL foreign policy and on the ethnic issue but some gradualism in departure from the past can be expected in the near term, says the analyst...
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Radical lslamists threaten Bangladeshi American Writer Avijit Roy

 
The Publisher appears to have taken the threat seriously without much ado and listed Avjit Roy's books under the category "Out of Print”....
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Bangladesh moves to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

 
Jamaat has been a long time ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia. The ban on Jamaat can give a handle to Khaleda to go around the nation as a victim of Hasina politics. It may not get much mileage though, firstly because the BNPis in bad shape, with its leadership embroiled in corruption cases, and secondly because the Jamaat voters are already with the BNP....
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China Factor in B’desh

 
The Curtis- Hossain report pitches for greater US naval contact and cooperation with Bangladesh to further counter China. ...
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Aid at risk as Afghanistan's war splinters

 
While the perception of the Afghan conflict as simply the government and allied forces against a unified Taliban has long been an over-simplification, in recent years the number of fighting groups has grown exponentially... There are now believed to be three shuras another seven or eight independent "fronts". ...
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Afghanistan War ends only to continue

 
While immediately after the 9/11, the concern of Washington was Al Qaeda, now its focus is on the Taliban and other armed militant groups that operate from the Pakistani soil, mostly with the patronage of Rawalpindi GHQ Shura which acts through the ISI....
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Obama wakes up to Afghan reality with half-step

 
The developments in Iraq and Syria have lessons for the Americans in Afghanistan. Playing for short term stakes, pampering Pakistan or spurning help from India, which has a stake in the well-being of Afghanistan besides expertise in handling insurgency, pay no dividends even in the near term, says the analyst....
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The Terror Attacks in Paris : Tip of the Iceberg or a Passing Episode?

 
The coordinated attacks by an Islamic terrorist cell against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in the heart of Paris, which caused ...
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Fall-out of Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

 
To check the slide of the Palestinian conflict from political to the religious level, Israel will do well to open a dialogue with the Arab civil society in East Jerusalem, says the analyst in the context of Nov 18 attack on a synagogue. ...
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Australia-India uranium deal

 
The civilian nuclear deal India had entered into with the US during Bush Junior’s presidency undoubtedly opened the doors for India-Australia uranium business. Hitherto, Abbott’s predecessors’ saw India through the NPT prism and blocked the sale of uranium since India is not a signatory to treaty. ...
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Dangers From Anti-West Mood In The Islamic world

 
The West must factor in and come to grips with the factors that have given birth to IS phenomenon; this they must do with the same seriousness with which they calculate their military moves since crushing the head of a serpent with a bomb or a missile is in no way sufficient for a successful war against the phenomenon like IS, says the analyst, who is a reputed authority on Islamic movements in the Arab World and Islamic Fundamentalism....
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Islam doesn’t forbid Friday work, cleric says

 
Contrary to the claims of radical groups, there is nothing in the Qur'an or teachings of the Prophet Muhammad that forbids working on Fridays, according ...
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Khusrau, a great pillar of 14th century Persian literature.

 
One of the most prolific genres composed by Khusrau are the pahelis, riddles that children of the subcontinent grow up enjoying. Deeply influenced by the spiritual philosophy of Like his master, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Khusrau believed in tolerance and affection between people of separate faiths. Khusrau loved Hindustan, India, with all its fragrant flowers, fruits, vegetables, trees and animals and likened it to Paradise writing, ‘The heavens said that of all the countries which have come out of the earth, it is Hindustan that has achieved the height of excellence’....
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