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EDITORIAL - The 12% mystery!
Daily Mirror, 4 November 2014
he Budget 2015 was everyone’s ‘darling’. It seemed to have brought a bag full of goodies with something for everyone. It also tried to address a serious issue faced by pensioners and senior citizens in the country.  The interests...

Enter the Dragon
The Sunday Times, 4 November 2014
No other country in Sri Lanka’s post-war history has wielded the influence, had the reach or commanded the servility that China today does. The bilateral relationship between the two nations has grown so rapidly that few have had the time, or...

Behind India’s Pakistan quandary
The Hindu, 4 November 2014
Pakistan’s annual ritual of raising the Kashmir issue and the outdated U.N. resolutions at the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) has been followed by similar statements in Pakistan, including by the Chief of Army Staff, Raheel Sharif. Young Bilawal...

NIA searches Jamaat operative’s house in Assam
The Free Press Journal, 4 November 2014
Guwahati: A team from the NIA Monday searched the house of Shahnur Alom, an absconding operative of the Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), in Assam’s Barpeta district, officials said.

Nepal Ruling Parties Take Common Position on Contentious Issues
The New Indian Express, 4 November 2014
KATHMANDU: Nepal's ruling parties -- Nepali Congress(NC) and Communist Party of Nepal-Unified Marxist-Leninist (CPN-UML) -- have come up with a common position on key issues of new constitution, form of government, judiciary and electoral system,...

Myanmar: Murdered Journalist Highlights Thein Sein's U-Turn on Reforms
International Business Times, 4 November 2014
Burmese authorities have ordered that the body of a journalist who was murdered by the country's powerful military be exhumed, casting a shadow over US President Barack Obama's visit later this month. Aung Kyaw Naing, also known as Par Gyi,...

Body Of Slain Myanmar Journalist To Be Exhumed As Investigation Begins
Huffington Post, 4 November 2014
YANGON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Police in Myanmar have been ordered to exhume the body of a journalist who was shot dead by the Army last month, the victim's wife told Reuters on Monday. The incident comes at a sensitive time for Myanmar as the government...

Army orders inquiry into youths' killing in Jammu and Kashmir's Budgam
Zee News, 4 November 2014
Srinagar: The Army has ordered an inquiry into the killing of two youths by its soldiers in a firing incident in Jammu and Kashmir's Badgam district, a statement said on Tuesday. "Army regrets the loss of lives and has ordered an inquiry into...

Wagah Border attacker's target was India but exploded in Pakistan due to miscalculation: Security ex
The Economic Times, 4 November 2014
NEW DELHI: The carnage at Wagah may have announced the arrival of the suicide bomber to the westernmost tip of Pakistan, deep inside "safe and secure" Punjab, but for India, it was a close call as the bomb exploded just a day before hundreds...

Everything to know about Wagah suicide blast: High alert on Indo-Pak border areas
Firstpost, 3 November 2014
At least 61 people, including Ten women, eight children and three security personnel, were killed and nearly 200 injured when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah in Pakistan on Sunday, minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony...

Taliban trying to destabilize region beyond Afghanistan
Fox News, 3 November 2014
The suspected Pakistan suicide bombing near India’s border Sunday is the latest example of the Taliban trying to expand their influence in South Asia, regional experts told Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland.

Why Afghanistan Courts China
The New York Times, 3 November 2014
WASHINGTON — Last week, Afghanistan’s new president, Ashraf Ghani, traveled to China for his first state visit abroad. Mr. Ghani’s calculation — that Beijing could offset the decline in American and Western support — creates...

Sri Lanka bars foreigners from the north
Telegraph, 20 October 2014
Tourists and any others who wish to travel there will now have to obtain prior approval, according to the country's defence ministry.

Ranil Meeting Sri Lankan Diaspora
Sri Lanka Gaurdian, 20 October 2014
October 20, 2014, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) Campaign orchestrated by the wings of the Sri Lankan government against the Opposition Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe is clearly a calculated, diabolical and depraved drive of harassment to gain petty parochial...

Pakistan violates ceasefire along International Border in Jammu, targets forward posts
DNA, 20 October 2014
In yet another ceasefire violation, Pakistani Rangers on Sunday resorted to small arms firing on forward Border Outposts (BoPs) along the international border in Jammu district.

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