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BANGLADESH: News Briefs

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103 mosque committees across country having leaders of JeI and other radical groups as members instigating militant activities identified: District-based Islamic scholars have so far identified some 103 mosque committees across the country having leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and other radical groups as members instigating militant activities. The 103 mosques were identified in the northern part of the country in Rajshahi, Chittagong, Chandpur, Rangpur, Bogra, Gaibandha, Satkhira, Sylhet, Gazipur and Dinajpur Districts. The scholars are now gathering more information about the suspected militant sympathizers and the activities of the mosque committees. Dhaka Tribune, January 29, 2016.

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Nepal: Troubled Peace

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

Nepal, which had seen 4,896 fatalities, including 3,992 Maoists, 666 Security Force (SF) personnel and 238 civilians, in a single year at the peak of insurgency in 2002, sustained the environment of peace that had been established in 2013, through 2014 and 2015, with not a single insurgency-related fatality on record. However, though the insurgency has subsided, Nepal continued to witness significant political violence through 2015.

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NEPAL: News Briefs

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Nepal makes first amendment of its constitution four months after promulgation, says report: The Legislature-Parliament on January 23 endorsed the Bill on First Amendment of Constitution of Nepal and amended the country's charter with two thirds majority four months after its promulgation. Taking into consideration the demands of the Madhes-based parties, the amendment has included provisions to ensure proportional representation and electoral constituencies based on population. For that, two articles - Article 42 and Article 286 - were amended. The amendment aims at resolving the ongoing agitation by the Madhesi parties. The lawmakers of agitating parties, however, boycotted the voting, saying the purported amendment was incomplete and would not address their demands. The Himalayan Times, January 24, 2016.  

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Pakistan: Funding Terror through Extortion

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

At least five women were injured in a medium-intensity blast in the Mohalla Bajauri Khord area of Sarki Gate in Peshawar, the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), on December 6, 2015. An unnamed Police official disclosed that a device weighing three kilogrammes was planted near the house of one Amjad Khan, a local contractor. “The windows of nearby houses have been damaged and five neighbourhood women were injured inside their houses when they were hit by broken glass,” the official added. The official disclosed that the contractor was constantly receiving threats and extortion demands.

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Terror Untamed

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By Tushar Ranjan Mohanty
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management

Shocking memories of the gruesome attack on December 16, 2014, at the Army Public School (APS) Peshawar were revived when terrorists stormed the Bacha Khan University in the Charsadda District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on January 20, 2016, killing at least 21 persons and causing injuries to another 35. The victims included 17 students, two gardeners, a caretaker and a professor. The attack ended with all the four attackers shot dead after a three hour operation.

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Punjab: Creeping Shadow of Daesh

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By Ambreen Agha
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management

On November 30, 2015, after a heavy exchange of fire, the Security Forces (SFs) killed at least four al Qaeda terrorists at Wador, within the limits of Gadani Police Station in Dera Ghazi Khan District. However, an al Qaeda 'commander' Shoaib Cheema and his accomplice Hanif Muhammad managed to escape from the encounter site. According to Police sources, the terrorists had entered Punjab via Balochistan and had planned to launch major terrorist activities in the Punjab Province.

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PAKISTAN: News Briefs

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War against terror to continue till elimination of last terrorist, asserts PM Nawaz Sharif: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on January 29 has reiterated that Karachi operation would continue till its logical conclusion. PM Nawaz expressed government's resolve saying, "War against terror will continue till elimination of last terrorist." He said, "Eliminating the menace of terrorism and ensuring a peaceful Pakistan for our future generations is the top most priority of PML-N Government and our successes against terrorism and achieving economic stability have created a new hope in people." The News, January 30, 2016.

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Sri Lanka: A Year of Promises

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By Ajit Kumar Singh
Research Fellow, Institute for Conflict Management

In a nationally televised Pongal (Tamil Harvest Festival) ceremony, on January 15, 2016, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said his Government was ready to devolve power to minority Tamils under a new Constitution. "We are ready to devolve power (to minority Tamils) and protect democracy. The Constitutional Assembly will discuss with all, including (Tamil-dominated) provincial councils to have a new Constitution. We will do that in a transparent manner," he said, adding that more civilian lands would soon be freed from military control and that the official language policy will be implemented where Sinhala and Tamil would be accorded the official language status. He also vowed to bring to justice all perpetrators of war crimes committed towards the end of the country's civil war in 2009.

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SRI LANKA: News Briefs

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Domestic mechanism to investigate war crimes committed during ethnic conflict will meet international standards, assured Cabinet spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne: Cabinet spokesperson Minister Rajitha Senaratne on January 28 assured that the domestic mechanism to be instituted to investigate the alleged war crimes committed during the ethnic conflict will meet international standards. He said, "We have more than enough specialists, experts and knowledgeable people in our country to solve our internal issues." Colombo Page, January 30, 2016.

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Ten Reasons Why Oil Under $30 Per Barrel Is A Major Problem

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By Gail Tverberg

A person often reads that low oil prices–for example, $30 per barrel oil prices–will stimulate the economy, and the economy will soon bounce back. What is wrong with this story? A lot of things.

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The Dark Side Of Depending On Black Gold: Case Study, Qatar

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By Michelle P.

The development of oil prices between 2014 and 2016 has seen a sharp decline from well over $100 in mid-2014 to under $30 in early 2016. While for most of us in the West, the impact of the dramatic dip in oil prices is limited to a pleasant reduction in the cost of filling up at the gas station, this article will examine the impact on countries whose entire economy depend on oil and gas as well as the consequences of this development for the citizens and residents of such countries.

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