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Unabated border killings

Eighteen unarmed Bangladeshis were reportedly killed by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the last three months. Furthermore, BSF had killed one Bangladeshi on April 23 and two on April 11 at the Jessore borders. At the last February meeting in New Delhi, Bangladesh Home Secretary raised the issue with his Indian counterpart to halt...

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TTP deny involvement in Sabeen Mahmud’s murder

PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed on Sunday they are not involved in the brutal murder of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud. “We categorically deny involvement in the murder of Sabeen Mahmud,” TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said. Read: T2F director Sabeen Mahmud shot dead Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead the director of the popular arts center, T2F, shortly after she...

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Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mahmud shot dead

Prominent Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been killed after hosting a discussion at her cafe [Alia Chughtai / Al Jazeera] Karachi, PAKISTAN – Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been shot dead, shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan’s “disappeared people”, in the southern city of Karachi, officials have told Al Jazeera. Mahmud, 40,...

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Nepal earthquake: Nepal PM fears death toll could rise to 10,000

The Telegraph’s Ben Farmer reported yesterday evening that British Army Gurkhas were boarding an RAF C-17 transporter packed with emergency shelters and solar lanterns at Brize Norton. Army sources said the troops from the Kent-based Queen’s Gurkha Engineers will join around 65 others permanently based at the brigade’s HQ in Kathmandu. Others are on standby to deploy at short notice....

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A Scene of Destruction After Ice Thunders Into Everest Base Camp

KATMANDU, Nepal — Even for Lakpa Rita, arevered Nepalese mountaineer who has reached the summit of Mount Everest 17 times, the roaring wall of boulders, rocks, ice and debris that pulverized much of the mountain’s base camp over the weekend signified a malign new twist in the peak’s destructive powers. “Nothing like this has happened before at Everest base camp,”...

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Nepal Villages Cut Off by Earthquake Wait for Aid as Death Toll Passes 4,000

SAURPANI, Nepal — Five hours by car from Katmandu, then by foot for several miles past the spot where the road is blocked by boulders and mud, people from the villages near the epicenter of Nepal’s powerful earthquake are burying their dead, despairing of help arriving anytime soon. On Monday afternoon, Parbati Dhakal and several dozen of her neighbors walked...

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Nepal earthquake: ‘Nine out of 10 soldiers’ in rescue mission

Nine out of 10 Nepalese troops are said to be involved in search and rescue operations, as the country pleads for more foreign aid to deal with a massive earthquake that killed 4,000 people. Almost the entire army and police has joined the quake effort, officials say. China, India, the UK and US are among those sending aid from abroad....

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Nepal earthquake: Death toll rises above 3,000

At least 3,617 people are now known to have died in a massive earthquake which hit Nepal on Saturday, police say. More than 6,500 people have been injured, according to the National Emergency Operation Centre. Dozens of people are also reported to have been killed in neighbouring China and India. More than 200 climbers have been rescued around Mount Everest,...

Fact Finding Mission to Rampal, Bangladesh, 5-11 April 2015, conducted by South Asians for Human Rights

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders across South Asia, conducted a fact finding mission in Rampal, Bangladesh on the establishment of a coal-based power plant by the Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company (Pvt) Ltd from 5 — 11 April 2015. The mission was conducted by Dr. Abdullah Harun Chowdhury, Professor of Environmental Science of...

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Free speech under fire in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Two writers were hacked to death with machetes on the streets of this capital city during a six-week period this year. They were targeted for openly criticizing Islam, the country’s main religion, in their work and in Facebook commentary. Avijit Roy, a dual citizen of Bangladesh and the United States, was murdered on the evening of Feb....