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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Neha Banka


Neha Banka is a journalist based in Kolkata and writes about Asia, women’s rights, religion and culture.

For Burmese-Indians, latest coup rekindles fears of times when community became easy target
Thu, Feb 25, 2021

For minorities like Burmese-Indians, the latest military coup in Myanmar has rekindled fears of the past.

Streetwise Kolkata: Red Road — A tarred road from which once Spitfires took off
Fri, Feb 19, 2021

Built in 1820, the wide expanse of the road starts south of Fort William’s west gate and runs all the way up to Eden Gardens.

Recovering from lockdown, Myanmar coup deals a fresh blow to Moreh traders
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

The extended border closures at Moreh, near the India-Myanmar border in Manipur, have resulted in the loss of business for the approximately 200 shops tightly packed around the integrated check post on the Indian side.

Explained: What’s happening in countries that have a headstart on vaccination
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

While the wealthy nations had a headstart in booking doses for their citizens because of their economic might, they were also accused of hoarding vaccines which would have been much more useful elsewhere.

In South Korea, university students are fighting to save one of country’s oldest Hindi language programmes
Thu, Jan 14, 2021

The Department of Indian Studies at the university had been considering phasing out the teaching of Hindi language at the university saying that knowledge of English would be sufficient for Korean nationals interested in working, studying and travelling in India.

South Korean victims of wartime sexual slavery say fight not over
Sun, Jan 10, 2021

A Seoul court has ordered the Japanese government to pay 100 million won ($91,340) to each victim of wartime sexual slavery as compensation. While the ruling may be welcome news, it is of little comfort to some survivors.

Explained: How Saudi and Qatar restored ties, ending a 3-year Middle East crisis
Thu, Jan 07, 2021

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition of four Middle Eastern countries has announced restoration of diplomatic ties with Qatar. What led to a breakthrough in the crisis? 

Explained: On Nile, a Grand Dam divides African nations
Wed, Jan 06, 2021

The long-standing dispute has been a cause of concern for international observers who fear that it may increase conflict between the two nations and spill out into other countries in the Horn of Africa.

Explained: 18 African nations went to the polls in 2020. Here’s what was at stake
Wed, Dec 30, 2020

The election processes in these countries have made for an interesting watch: totalitarian governments fought to retain control while pro-democracy activists have struggled to wrestle it from them.

From US elections to Korean War anniversary, our best original international reporting for 2020
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

While the Covid-19 pandemic dominated headlines and our collective thinking, there were also geopolitical developments, wars, conflict, and landmark commemorations that the newsroom had a responsibility to cover and to ensure that they weren’t missed.

Adulterated honey: Sweet success for Sundarbans’ Moulis as buyers make a beeline for their organic stuff
Sat, Dec 05, 2020

While brands like Dabur and Patanjali rejected the investigation’s findings, defending the quality of their processed honey, Indian Forest Service officials took to social media to draw attention to unadulterated organic honey from the Sundarbans as a healthier alternative.

Explained: How come BTS is exempt from South Korea’s mandatory military service?
Thu, Dec 10, 2020

While this bill is not specifically for BTS, there is little doubt that the group's success and recognition have contributed to its implementation. This bill will ensure that entertainers recommended by South Korea's culture ministry will be allowed to defer military service to age 30.

Amid Ethiopia war, stranded Indians unwilling to return over job concerns
Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Despite the rapidly deteriorating situation, employment has played a significant role in the lives of Indian citizens stuck in Ethiopia, for whom the families say the choice between remaining in the country and returning to India is a matter of their paycheck.

Explained: Why have the #EndSARS protests rocked Nigeria?
Sun, Nov 22, 2020

The SARS unit is Nigeria’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad created in 1984. According to a New York Times report, the unit was created to deal with rising cases of violent crimes in the country.

Explained: How Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis is impacting the Horn of Africa
Sat, Nov 21, 2020

If the conflict were to spill outside Ethiopia’s borders, it may potentially destabilise the Horn of Africa region. The US and China have several strategic military bases in that region, the closest being Djibouti.

How Trump’s refusal to concede in US elections has thrown presidential transition into disarray
Sat, Nov 14, 2020

Due to Trump’s refusal to accept the election results, the processes that would have typically started during the presidential transition period have effectively been stalled.

Explained: Why protests in Belarus could get a fillip from US election results
Tue, Nov 10, 2020

A day after results of the US elections were called by the Associated Press in favour of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, thousands of protesters from across Belarus tried to enter central Minsk but were prevented by riot police, news reports said.

Explained: Why there are armed clashes in Ethiopia’s Tigray, and what it means for Horn of Africa
Mon, Nov 09, 2020

The domestic conflict in Ethiopia comes after several smaller conflicts that have been festering for months that could now spiral and impact the Horn of Africa region at large.

US Elections 2020: A tough campaign under the shadow of a pandemic
Tue, Nov 03, 2020

It has been a perpetual state of upheaval since Trump became president. But as the US elections have drawn closer, the sense of chaos has only amplified.

Tough fight, predicts man who coined ‘Ab ki baar Trump sarkar’ slogan
Mon, Oct 26, 2020

Shalabh Kumar blames it all on the pandemic, and says had Covid-19 not happened, “the economy would have been in top shape. Stock market would have been in top shape. Everyone’s 401Ks would’ve been up there. Unemployment would have been the lowest in history."

Under blue Silicon Valley skies, Indian-Americans find no algorithm can help choose between Biden and Trump
Sat, Oct 24, 2020

The choice swings from between a Trump that impacts immigrants and taxes to a more liberal but regulatory Biden.

As film turns the light on women priests, Bengal blows the conch on change
Mon, Oct 19, 2020

Women priests and changed rituals are finding more acceptance as some question traditions out of sync with the times

Among those lining up to fight in Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenian youth with a strong Kolkata connect 
Sat, Oct 10, 2020

If Armenia’s youth has chosen to go to the frontlines, the diaspora has been fighting online, using social media platforms to generate awareness of the conflict in the South Caucasus.

In midst of Nagorno-Karabakh clashes, Indians are backing Armenia, on the ground, and online
Sun, Oct 11, 2020

Despite the Indian government’s cautious stance regarding the conflict, many Indian nationals have not hesitated in backing Armenia, even if they don’t have any particular association with the country.

Amid Nagorno-Karabakh clashes, an Indian restaurant is helping displaced Armenians
Tue, Oct 13, 2020

Parvez Ali Khan’s restaurant in Armenia’s capital Yerevan is delivering packages of cooked food to those forced to flee their homes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.