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South Asia #6

  • India’s Labor Bureau
  • Reopening tourism
  • Tension in Ladakh
  • Recycling huge ships
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New York Times

Taliban violated Afghan deal with shelling of bases, U.S. officials say

KABUL, Afghanistan — Rockets launched at a U.S. military base and a joint U.S.-Afghan airfield in southern Afghanistan in recent weeks are believed to have been fired by the Taliban, according to three U.S. military officials, in what would amount to a clear breach of the peace agreement between the United States and the insurgent group.

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The Wire

The Makeover of India’s Labour Bureau Requires More Than a New Logo

On August 20, 2020, the Indian government unveiled an official logo for the Labour Bureau (LB), nearly eight decades after the organisation first came into existence.

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India Today

NIA traces Pulwama mastermind Jaish commander Umar Farooq’s al-Qaeda link

Pulwama terror attack mastermind and Jaish commander Umar Farooq at an al-Qaeda terror camp in Afghanistan (India Today image)

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The Hindu

A case for a new approach to contempt of court

A look at two court cases reflecting two contrasting approaches to the subject of contempt of court. One upholds free speech, the other stymies honest criticism in the name of judicial dignity.

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Pakistan: Reopening tourism can trigger 2nd wave of COVID-19

Health experts warn the flow of tourists without precaution may spread virus, which looks largely controlled in the country

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Indian Express

Fresh tension in eastern Ladakh: Army blocks China’s attempts to change status quo

It is significant as while the north bank of Pangong Tso has been a major point of contention between the two sides in the standoff that began in early May, there has not been any issue regarding the south bank of the lake until now.

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‘People are yearning for old Pakistan’: PML-N presents white paper on govt’s 2-year ‘incompetence’

The top leadership of the PML-N on Monday accused the government of having ruined the country’s economy through its incompetence and pro-elite policies, saying the ruling PTI had promised a new Pakistan but the people today were yearning for the “old Pakistan”.

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The Conversation

How to recycle a huge ship – safely and sustainably

Most end-of-life ships sold for dismantling today end up in the south Asian countries of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, as well as more recently the West African countries of Nigeria and Ghana. In these countries ship recycling is lucrative, supports many livelihoods and serves as a source of raw materials for local industries.

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Just Security

Anniversary of Genocidal Attacks on Rohingya Reminds Us They Are Still at Risk

This week marks three years since the Burmese military attacked Rohingya civilians, killing an estimated 10,000 victims and driving over 700,000 more from their homes over several weeks. These attacks were as vicious as they were foreseeable. The Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority, have been persecuted for decades by the Burmese government on the basis of their identity, suffering waves of physical violence and discriminatory laws and policies targeting all aspects of their lives.

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Daily Pioneer

Rajnath, Jaishankar to talk LAC row with China at SCO meet

As the Line of Actual Control (LAC) remains tense, the coming days will see a flurry of activities beginning with the Corps Commanders of India and China Armies holding sixth round of talks to resolve differences. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar are also likely to travel to Moscow to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) conclave. Both the leaders may meet their Chinese counterparts there.

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