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Punjab’s New Defamation Law Sparks Pushback, Protests

Punjab’s New Defamation Law Sparks Pushback, Protests

By W. Tariq
Critics say the hastily passed bill will have devastating effects on free speech and the media in Pakistan’s most populous province.

AAP Under a Cloud as India’s General Elections Enter New Delhi

AAP Under a Cloud as India’s General Elections Enter New Delhi

By Kavita Chowdhury
Allegations that a key aide of AAP chief Kejriwal assaulted a female MP could cost the party the votes of women.
Elections in Kashmir: A Vote Against BJP’s Proxies

Elections in Kashmir: A Vote Against BJP’s Proxies

By Anando Bhakto
Kashmiris are voting in larger numbers than in the past, and seem determined to defeat the allegedly BJP-backed Apni Party and People’s Conference.

Why Are People Protesting Against a Fence in Gwadar?

Why Are People Protesting Against a Fence in Gwadar?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The government says the fence is to enhance security. But will it? The fence along the Durand Line has not reduced terrorism emanating from Afghanistan.

Teesta River Project Pushes Bangladesh Into China-India Cold War

Teesta River Project Pushes Bangladesh Into China-India Cold War

By Kamal Uddin Mazumder
India has suddenly announced its interest in funding the project, hoping to box China out of involvement. That puts Dhaka in a tough spot.

US Sanctions Retired Bangladeshi Army Chief, But It Will Have Little Impact

US Sanctions Retired Bangladeshi Army Chief, But It Will Have Little Impact

By Saqlain Rizve
With General Ahmed no longer in active service, the sanctions' direct impact is limited, serving more as a symbolic gesture than a catalyst for significant reform.

India and Chabahar: Navigating the Tides of US Sanctions

India and Chabahar: Navigating the Tides of US Sanctions

By Namita Barthwal
India will develop the Shahid-Behesti Terminal of Iran’s strategic Chabahar port. Can it so do without facing U.S. sanctions?
Of 69,000 South Asians Displaced Last Year, 67,000 Were From Manipur: IDMC Report

Of 69,000 South Asians Displaced Last Year, 67,000 Were From Manipur: IDMC Report

By Rajeev Bhattacharyya
However, the ground situation is far more serious than the numbers cited in the report, say Manipuri activists and academics.

Controversial Map in Nepal’s Currency Note Irks India

Controversial Map in Nepal’s Currency Note Irks India

By Santosh Sharma Poudel
The Nepali map features territories that India also claims and is in control of.

Afghan Women Face Serious Challenges Amid Flooding

Afghan Women Face Serious Challenges Amid Flooding

By Saeedullah Safi and reporters of The Afghan Times 
A lack of access to toilets and sanitary products plague Afghan women in the wake of recent floods, problems worsened by cultural taboos and strict gender-separation. 

New Delhi’s Quiet Student Solidarity With Palestine

New Delhi’s Quiet Student Solidarity With Palestine

By Sidra Fatima and Roopashi Semalty
Full-fledged protests in India’s capital were quickly muffled, so students have resorted to quieter means of dissent.
Jabin Jacob on China’s Growing Influence in South Asia

Jabin Jacob on China’s Growing Influence in South Asia

By Sudha Ramachandran
“Chinese influence has only encouraged instability in Nepalese politics.”

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