The rebel United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), the state government of Assam, and the Indian government signed a peace agreement on Friday, aiming to end over 40 years of insurgency. ULFA leader Arabinda Rajkhowa, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Union Minister Amit Shah were all present during the signing of the memorandum. The [...]

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Thousands of protestors headed by opposition parties marched to billionaire Gautam Adani’s offices in Mumbai on Saturday to express their objection to his conglomerate’s $614 million reconstruction plans for one of the city’s largest slums. The demands of the protestors include both eligible and non-eligible residents of the slum to be housed inside the redeveloped [...]

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India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered  officials in the states surrounding New Delhi to prohibit farmers from burning crop residue because the air quality in the area reached hazardous pollution levels this past week. The Supreme Court stated, “We direct the state government of Punjab and adjacent states to Delhi – Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar [...]

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A single-judge bench of the Kerala High Court last week passed an order stating that women in live-in relationships cannot successfully claim an offense under Section 498A of the Indian Penal Code, which prohibits a woman’s husband or his relatives from subjecting her to cruelty. The judgment was given by Justice Sophy Thomas that, “when [...]

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Chinese officials arrested former chairman of the Bank of China Liu Liange on corruption charges, Chinese official state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) filed the charges against Liu, who is under suspicion of bribery and providing illegal loans, for his role as leader of the state-owned bank from 2019 [...]

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A Delhi official approved the prosecution of Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy on Tuesday based on charges of sedition. Roy and her three co-defendants, Delhi University lecturer Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani, Kashmiri separatist leader Sayed Ali Shah Geelani and Central University of Kashmir law professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain, are accused of criticizing the Indian government’s [...]

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The Supreme Court of India ordered a progress report from the Manipur government on Wednesday regarding the recovery of weaponry “from all sources.” The order is a follow-up to a previous August 7 order from the court, in which the court ordered former Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Dattatray Padsalgikar to oversee the federal [...]

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The Pakistan government banned a total of 43 apps Tuesday to tackle unregistered loan companies and safeguard consumers from fraudulent services. The order was made by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication(MOITT) amid public outrage that broke out when a Rawalpindi man committed suicide after accruing substantial debt. Along with promptly blocking these apps, [...]

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a foreign ministers meeting on Wednesday in the capital city of Indonesia to form a consensus over how to deal with the situation in Myanmar. Ministers condemned the junta’s continued human rights violations and reaffirmed ASEAN’s commitment to bringing about reconciliation.  In a statement issued after the [...]

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The Indian federal government ordered the Chief Minister of Manipur N. Biren Singh to restore peace amidst ongoing ethnic violence which has continued for close to 50 days, despite a heavy security presence in the state. Singh said that Union Home Minister of India “Amit Shah Ji advised us to strengthen our work towards achieving [...]

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