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Rohingya refugees face uncertain future
Feb 19, 2010 A major humanitarian crisis is unfolding for the unregistered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh say Medicines Sans Frontiers. Burma refuses to give them citizenship or land ownership and Bangladesh does not permit them to work or access food aid.
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Bangladesh's ethnic tribe struggle to survive
Mar 11, 2010 Hundreds of Bangladeshi Buddhist monks have held peaceful protests across the world highlighting the violence against country’s indigenous people by the Bengali Muslim settlers. Human rights organisations have asked the government to stop this army backed violence and to implement the 1997 peace accord.
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Education underground in Afghanistan
Apr 05, 2010 Defying militant’s scores of Afghan women are attending secret schools in Kandahar city. Educators have turned their homes into classrooms in some of the most culturally conservative places providing lessons on Pashto literacy, arithmetic, health and hygiene to girls and women in the Taliban heartland.
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Pakistani displaced fear threat in home regions
Apr 29, 2010 The Pashtun tribe, who fled their native place when the Pakistani military entered South Waziristan to oust the extremist network, faces an uncertain future. Many displaced are determined to stay in the temporary accommodations in Dera Ismail Khan until conditions are safe for their return to their villages.
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48 million in Asia affected by weather-related events
Dec 15, 2009 A report released at Copenhagen says 55 million people worldwide were affected by extreme weather-related disasters in 2009. Even as the last year's figures were lower than previous years, floods, storms and cyclones continued to plague coastal populations in Asia, with costs of disasters going up steadily.
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Justice for BP oil spill victims, none for Bhopal
Jul 02, 2010 Analysts say there is a great contrast between the US response to the oil spill and Bhopal disaster, where the poor and powerless faced humiliation at the hands of the rich and resourceful Western corporation. In Pratap Bhanu Mehta's words, Bhopal tragedy does remind that India is a weak state.
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Imperialist games at play
Mar 22, 2011 Sitaram Yechury, Indian parliamentarian and prominent Left leader, says that India should refrain from supporting the military aggression in Libya, which is but an attempt by the West to retain its hegemonic hold over the region. Recent popular protests in Egypt and Tunisia reflect people’s aspirations for better lives and human rights, and negate Western notions of rise of fundamentalism, he adds.
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More needs to be done on internal security front: Indian PM
Aug 17, 2012 PM Manmohan Singh has said the recent blasts in Pune were a reminder that more needed to be done to improve internal security although success has been witnessed on this front in many areas.
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India to host meeting of coastal forces from 17 Asian nations
Jul 20, 2012 Aiming to facilitate and strengthen cooperation among coastal security forces of 17 Asian countries, India will host the eighth round of the Heads of Asian Coast Guard Agencies Meeting (HACGAM) in New Delhi in October this year. The discussion will focus on issues of law enforcement, maritime security, disaster prevention and relief; and capacity building in the countries.
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India seeks more security for religious places in US
Aug 07, 2012 Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has called up US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, requesting full and prompt probe into Wisconsin gurdwara killings that left 6 dead.
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Renewing strategy for India-US relations
Jan 21, 2009 As the Obama administration comes into power, Asia Society’s latest report: Delivering on the Promise: Advancing US Relations with India calls for a new strategic partnership between the two countries. It argues that deeper collaboration is required on global challenges like security, economic growth, climate change and HIV/AIDS.
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Ensuring women's safety in India's capital
Nov 26, 2009 Cities in India have become extremely unsafe for women. To create safer public spaces for women and to sensitise people, the Delhi Government launched the ‘Safe Delhi Campaign’, in association with UNIFEM, UN Habitat and Jagori in New Delhi yesterday.
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Cities and ICTs: Opportunities and dangers for adolescent girls
Jan 06, 2011 Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ report looks at lives of adolescent girls in two of the fastest growing arenas in the world today – cities and new communication technologies. In both, girls should have the right to protection, but this report will show that this right is often violated.
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Journalists learn tricks of survival
Nov 20, 2008 Colombo-based Free Media Movement and other international organisations are providing safety training to journalists. Deemed as the third most dangerous place in the world, reporting from Sri Lanka involves a lot of risks and requires skills in conflict management, surveillance awareness and captivity survival.
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Insecurity hits Sri Lankan tourism
Dec 23, 2008 The global financial crisis and terror threats have crippled Sri Lanka’s lucrative tourism industry. The sector accounting for a large part of the country’s foreign earnings has witnessed a sharp fall in tourist arrivals due to the tense security situation.
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Afghan presidential polls put on hold
Jan 30, 2009 Presidential elections in Afghanistan have been postponed until August 20 due to deteriorating security. International troops are being sent to create a safer environment and help authorities tide over logistic and financial problems.
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New poll suggests Afghans losing confidence
Feb 11, 2009 An opinion poll carried out in Afghanistan jointly by BBC, ABC News of America and ARD of Germany says that majority of Afghans do not favour the return of Talebans. People also expressed their dissatisfaction with the government and their wariness about the presence of international forces.
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Cut-off Afghanistan unhurt by recession
Mar 02, 2009 Thriving on huge donor assistance and drug trade, Afghanistan’s isolation from the world market has left it untouched by the global economic crisis. Experts feel that the country’s geo-political significance and the US’ strategic engagement in the region would not lessen the aid flows.
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Taliban surge in Pakistan raises nuclear threat
Apr 24, 2009 With increasing influence of Taliban forces in Pakistan, the debate whether the country’s nuclear arsenal is safe has once again become a matter of grave concern for international community. Even the US is not very confident this time.
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Poverty forces internally displaced Afghans return home
Jun 22, 2009 Ever growing insecurity, lack of aid and grinding poverty in camps have forced thousands of refugees in Afghanistan to return to their native places. In 2002, about 1.2 million people had become internally displaced out of fear of ethnic cleansing by victorious anti-Taliban Tajik, Uzbek and Hazara militias.
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Civilian casualties escalating in Afghanistan, says UN
Jun 29, 2009 The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan has recorded 800 civilian casualties between January and May this year. Aid agencies say that conflicts between insurgent groups, international and Afghan forces have displaced tens of thousands of people – most of them are in need of protection and assistance.
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Pakistan opens the road to Swat Valley
Jul 13, 2009 Pakistan has begun the process of reopening roads into the conflict-hit Swat Valley and neighbouring areas to encourage displaced people return home. Although many civilians still remain skeptical of the government’s rehabilitation programme and fear the return of Talibans.
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Minorities await human rights redressal
Jul 07, 2010 Minority Rights Group International latest publication State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2010 draws an insight into the state of minorities across the globe who have faced a violent backlash, often unjustly accused of siding with belligerent post the 9/11 attack.
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Save South Asian brides
Jul 04, 2010 In the UK, hundreds of South Asian women have been victims of domestic violence at the hands of their spouses and in-laws. Inadequate laws fail to shelter them against torture and eventually, they face deportation. Their requests for a change in law should be met with urgency.
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Patients in cash-trouble
Jul 13, 2010 Four major state-run insurance companies have decided to stop cash-less hospitalisation at select hospitals in India. According to the companies, fake claims by some hospitals have forced them to scrap the facility while there are voices of concern from industry quarters.
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Afghanistan: Maximum civilian deaths in 2010
Jul 13, 2010 Afghanistan Rights Monitor has reported a rise in civilian deaths due to growing insecurity and insurgency-related violence. The Taliban remains far from being defeated even as the US government sent in 30,000 troops into the country to reverse the Taliban momentum.
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Afghan women's rights disregarded in talks with Taliban
Jul 14, 2010 The Afghan government and international donors have overlooked the issue of women’s rights in reconciliation programs with the Taliban, underlines a new report by Human Rights Watch. Despite assurances to safeguard their freedom, the government failed to take concrete action to protect them against violence.
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Fear dominates Afghanistan with Taliban revival
Jul 23, 2010 President Karzai's programme of reconciliation and reintegration with the Taliban leadership is generating a lot of anxiety among women, who fear curtailment of their rights once the Taliban get into the Parliament. Many of them are retreating behind burqas and confining themselves to four walls to avoid persecution.
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World's weakest states becoming more fragile
Jun 22, 2010 The 2010 edition of the annual Failed States Index indicate that 15 countries - eight more than in 2005 are at risk of failure or collapse. Among those many are in Sub-Saharan Africa, and rest includes Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Haiti, and Yemen.
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UNICEF launches campaign to check landmine threat
Mar 28, 2011 UNICEF’s new campaign against landmines will highlight the threat posed by unexploded devices to children. Prior to the International Day for Awareness Against Mines on April 4, it released a Public Service Announcement urging nations to prevent these mines from disrupting the lives of innocent civilians.
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