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Battle of Sylhet 1971 War
Battle of Sylhet 1971 War

Background to the Battle Following the military crackdown in East Pakistan in March 1971, over one million refugees poured into India. The Government of India had decided in April 1971 to go to war to stop the genocide and to enable the refugees to return to their homes. However, General Manekshaw, the Chief of Army Staff, had persuaded the...

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Bangladesh Boosts Bay of Bengal Blue Economy
Dr Vijay Sakhuja | 07 Dec , 2020 0 comments

The stage is set for the development of the deep sea Matarbari Port Development Project (MPDP) in Bangladesh. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide US$ 25.4 million in financial assistance for the project and a Japanese consulting company, Nippon Koei Joint Venture, has been short listed to provide...

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Creating Havoc In Tibet And Downstream
Claude Arpi | 06 Dec , 2020 1 comment

Xi Jinping lectures During the recently held 7th Tibet Work Forum, President Xi Jinping pointed out that “protecting the ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau is the greatest contribution to the survival and development of the Chinese nation.” He said: “We must firmly establish the concept that green waters and green mountains are golden...

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Enduring Mysteries of 1971 War
Enduring Mysteries of 1971 War

The lightning campaign launched by the Indian Army in Dec 1971 which resulted in the birth of a new nation — Bangladesh, is surely the greatest feat of arms in our history. As happens in any war, many issue become controversial with differing perceptions and opinions. 1971 war was no exception. It has its fairs share of issues which have...

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The New Road and Hydropower Plant in Metok
Claude Arpi | 04 Dec , 2020 0 comments

On October 13, an article appeared in the Chinese press which made me think that there was something big in the offing. China Tibet News (in Chinese) reported that the Pai-Mo (Pe-Metok or Pai-Metok) Highway from Nyingchi to Metok would be opened on July 1, 2021. The travel time to Metok County would be shortened to 4.5 hours. The Chinese...

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