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ISI, Pak Army Back Terror Networks in India

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10 Shocking Revelations That Prove

By Vishwas Kumar - India Today

Soon after the deadly 2008 Mumbai attack, Indian intelligence agencies began compiling a list of officials of Pakistan's ISI and Army who were working with the terror groups inside India. A top secret intelligence report lists the names of these officers as well as the names, addresses and other details of their contacts in India.

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Afghanistan “After” The American War

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By Ann Jones

Ten months ago, on December 28, 2014, a ceremony in Kabul officially marked the conclusion of America's very long war in Afghanistan. President Obama called that day “a milestone for our country.” After more than 13 years, he said, “our combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, and the longest war in American history is coming to a responsible conclusion.” That was then. This is now. In between, on September 28, 2015, came another milestone: the Taliban takeover of Kunduz, the capital of the province of the same name in northern Afghanistan, and with a population of about 270,000, the country's fifth-largest city.

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Bangladesh: Dangerous Resurgence

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By Sanchita Bhattacharya
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On November 5, 2015, amidst a spate of killings by Islamist extremists, intended to silence moderate and secular voices in Bangladesh, Bangladesh President, Abdul Hamid declared that the country has no place for bigotry and militancy, and that the people had always been non-communal and respectful of other religions. Religious intolerance in Bangladesh has, however, seen a sharp spike, manifested in the killing of secular bloggers and the murder of Faisal Arefin Dipan, publisher of Jagriti Prokashani in the current year 2015. Dipan was murdered on October 31, 2015, in Dhaka city.

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Justice at the Gallows

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By S. Binodkumar Singh
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

On November 22, 2015, condemned war crimes convicts Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed (67) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Standing Committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury (66) were hanged simultaneously at Dhaka Central Jail at 12:55 am. Earlier, on November 21, 2015, President Abdul Hamid had rejected their applications seeking Presidential clemency, which they had filed after losing all legal battles against their death sentences on charge of crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War of 1971.

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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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The path of terrorism and suicide bombing is not the right one for a true Muslim', says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed a on November 26 said that the path of terrorism and suicide bombing is not the right one for a true Muslim. She said, "Terrorism and suicide [bombing] is not the path of a real Muslim... killing people inside a mosque is not the way of a genuine Muslim. Those who commit such crimes are of perverted mentality. If it happens, there'll be attacks on the Muslims and their lives would get tormented. So, all will have to stay alert about such offences." The Daily Star, November 27, 2015.

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Burma/ Myanamar: Post-Election Balance Sheet

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By Nilantha Ilangamuwa

The present structural failure in the country is the result of the systematically annihilation of the basic requirements of humanity. It has paralysed every part of the society while erasing the fundamental rights of the people. In that process, the country produced erased people out of scars of the erasure. The challenge in the post-election era is to win the minds not only of those who have casts their votes but all in general, and earned the true victory over the democratic governance

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Four persons killed and many others injured in Police firing as agitating UDMF cadres clashed with Police in Saptari District: Four persons were killed and many others were injured in Police firing as agitating United Madhesi Democratic Front (UDMF) cadres clashed with Police along Bharadaha-Rupani road in Saptari District. Three UDMF cadres, identified as Birendra Ram (18), Nageshwor Yadav (28) and Shiva Shankar Das, were killed in Police firing on November 21, whereas critically injured local Dilip Sah (30) succumbed to bullet injuries on November 22Six UDMF cadres and 20 Police personnel were also injured in clashes. The Himalayan Times, November 23, 2015.

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FATA: Haunted by the Past

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Malik Mohammad Younis, a prominent elder of the Salarzai tribe, was killed, while another three, including two of his sons, were injured when their vehicle hit an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the Gulu Shah area of Salarzai tehsil (revenue unit) in Bajaur Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) on November 3, 2015. Malik Mohammad Younus was an active pro-government leader and was heading the Peace Committee in the Salarzai tehsil of the Agency.

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Pakistan: Sectarian Fire

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least 27 persons including 13 children were killed and 36 were injured in a suicide blast targetting a 9th Muharram (Shia mourning period) procession near a park in the Lashari area of Jacobabad District in Sindh in the evening of October 23, 2015. The blast took place at about 7:30 pm when a Muharram procession, which started from the Dargah Hajan Shah, was passing through the Lashari Muhalla (neighbourhood).

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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Won't let Pakistan become a 'liberal' state, says JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman: Jama'at Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman while addressing a Conference in Larkana District of Sindh on November 29 vowed not to let Pakistan become a 'liberal' state. He said that Islam is the true identity for Pakistanis all across the globe. The News, November 30, 2015.

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A Confidence Conundrum

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By Peter G Hall
Vice-President and Chief Economist Export Development Canada

Just over a week ago, it was Super Tuesday for consumer confidence. Numbers were released for the UK, France, the EU as a whole, and the US. The data fluctuates with the ups and downs of the news streams, like stock market corrections, the Greek fiasco, geopolitical incidents, and brighter-than-expected economic releases. The big news on both consumer and business confidence is passé. It has long since left the doldrums of the post-crisis period; it recovered long ago. So why didn’t the world economy recover along with it?

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