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Bangladeshi authorities are trying to evacuate up to a million people before a powerful cyclone makes landfall. Cyclone Mora is likely to hit the eastern coast early on Tuesday, the meteorological department said. Port cities in the south-east have been asked to display the highest warning system known as ...
A battle-hardened, world-weary but still young former Maoist guerrilla is summoned back to his native village after his father dies. As he trudges homeward, a young boy orphaned by the war latches on to him, looking for a father-figure. Once home, the man, Chandra - or Agni ('Fire') to give his ...

A battle-hardened, world-weary but still young former Maoist guerrilla is summoned back to his native village after his father dies. As he trudges homeward, a young boy orphaned by the war latches on to him, looking for a father-figure. Once home, the man, Chandra - or Agni ('Fire') to give his ...
Reports say one suspected rebel was killed in the gun battle with security forces in Kokrajhar district. The NDFB wants an independent homeland for the Bodo ethnic group to be carved out of Assam. Assam police chief Mukesh Sahay told the BBC that the attack took place in a market in Balajan, an area ...
Nepal's parliament has elected women's rights campaigner Bidhya Devi Bhandari as its first female president, in a move hailed as a milestone. She is the second person to hold the mainly ceremonial role. The 54-year-old is currently the vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist ...
Nepal is on the cusp of adopting a new constitution. It potentially ends a saga that began shortly after the end of the Maoist war in 2006. But while many are happy that the new republic now has the much-heralded document, some, for varying reasons, remain deeply unhappy with it - and its birth-pangs ...

The principle of non-violence is central to Buddhist teachings, but in Sri Lanka some Buddhist monks are being accused of stirring up hostility towards other faiths and ethnic minorities. Their hard line is causing increasing concern. The small temple in the suburbs of Colombo is quiet. An image of the ...
His arrest adds to growing instability in the small coral atoll nation, the BBC's Charles Haviland reports. President Abdullah Yameen, elected in 2013, has recently become alienated from key former colleagues. He arrested his defence minister, accusing him of plotting a coup, and has been deserted by ...
President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to be re-elected to a third term in Sri Lanka's election on Thursday. But what sort of a country has Sri Lanka become under Mr Rajapaksa and his brothers? One day last month six astrologers were brought onto government television to discuss the prospects for the ...
A doorman who worked for 72 years at the most famous hotel in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has died aged 94. Kottarappu Chattu Kuttan, who had started as a waiter, never retired from his job at the Galle Face Hotel. Guests would be greeted at the grand seafront entrance by the diminutive Mr Kuttan ...
Of course it was not unexpected, I knew it was coming," recalls his friend, lawyer and election agent, Prins Gunasekara, speaking to the BBC history programme, Witness. Even as the Tamil conflict flared up in the north the island had been wracked by violence in the south. Wijeweera's Janatha Vimukthi ...
Police in Sri Lanka say they have identified and intend to arrest 24 people, including eight Buddhist monks, allegedly involved in attacks on two churches on Sunday. No injuries were reported, but one pastor said he received death threats. Footage from southern Hikkaduwa town showed monks hurling ...
When Sri Lanka's long civil came to an end in 2009, the town of Puthukudiyiruppu was left with a grim legacy. Landmines and other unexploded devices lie behind every tree, in every ditch, in houses, churches and temples. Many were randomly scattered by Tamil Tiger rebels in the final months before ... women
It is just over three years since the Sri Lankan army decisively crushed the Tamil Tiger militants, ending a 26-year civil war. Hundreds of thousands of people were left displaced, and parts of the island were devastated. The BBC's Charles Haviland has been given access to the area of Putumattalan which ... women
A few nights ago Tuan Mohamed Saleh Nona Faris heard a rustling outside her house and saw a shadow move. "He looked like a gorilla, he was completely covered in black from top to toe. I couldn't see his face or hands," the elderly lady in the west coast fishing district of Puttalam said. She believes the ... women
Former Tamil Tiger (LTTE) rebels in Sri Lanka say they cannot find jobs or reintegrate into society, a year after they were freed from government "rehabilitation" and detention camps. In a series of exclusive interviews with the BBC, some also said they were being harassed by the security forces, though ... women
There have been complaints of slavery in some parts of the Thai tuna fishing fleet. It provoked protests in Thailand, and elsewhere. Now one of the biggest tuna fishing firms has agreed to improve workers' conditions - in co-operation with Greenpeace. Charles Haviland and the FT's Bangkok correspondent ... women

Bangladeshi authorities are trying to evacuate up to a million people before a powerful cyclone makes landfall. Cyclone Mora is likely to hit the eastern coast early on Tuesday, the meteorological department said. Port cities in the south-east have been asked to display the highest warning system known as ... women
A battle-hardened, world-weary but still young former Maoist guerrilla is summoned back to his native village after his father dies. As he trudges homeward, a young boy orphaned by the war latches on to him, looking for a father-figure. Once home, the man, Chandra - or Agni ('Fire') to give his ... women
An explosion at a remote Sufi Muslim shrine in the Pakistani region of Balochistan has killed 52 people and injured more than 100, officials say. Emergency services struggled to reach the Shah Noorani shrine in Kuzdar. Worshippers were performing dhamal - a trance-like dance - when the bomb hit. women
Up to now some commentators believed Mr Modi was staying quiet on the issue of vigilantes so he could maintain his appeal among Hindu nationalist voters, the BBC's Charles Haviland says. Mr Modi was similarly criticised last year, when he took two weeks to condemn the lynching of a Muslim man over ... women
Reports say one suspected rebel was killed in the gun battle with security forces in Kokrajhar district. The NDFB wants an independent homeland for the Bodo ethnic group to be carved out of Assam. Assam police chief Mukesh Sahay told the BBC that the attack took place in a market in Balajan, an area ... women
Much of the Hindu epic, the Ramayana, is set in Sri Lanka. But the island has seen something of a modern epic in the past year or so, with the crashing fall from grace of the family which once appeared to run most aspects of life there. Once Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the presidency a year ago, his successor ... women
Nepal's parliament has elected women's rights campaigner Bidhya Devi Bhandari as its first female president, in a move hailed as a milestone. She is the second person to hold the mainly ceremonial role. The 54-year-old is currently the vice-chair of the ruling Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist ... women
Nepal is on the cusp of adopting a new constitution. It potentially ends a saga that began shortly after the end of the Maoist war in 2006. But while many are happy that the new republic now has the much-heralded document, some, for varying reasons, remain deeply unhappy with it - and its birth-pangs ... women
The principle of non-violence is central to Buddhist teachings, but in Sri Lanka some Buddhist monks are being accused of stirring up hostility towards other faiths and ethnic minorities. Their hard line is causing increasing concern. The small temple in the suburbs of Colombo is quiet. An image of the Buddha is surrounded ... women
President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to be re-elected to a third term in Sri Lanka's election on Thursday. But what sort of a country has Sri Lanka become under Mr Rajapaksa and his brothers? One day last month six astrologers were brought onto government television to discuss the prospects for the ... women
President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to be re-elected to a third term in Sri Lanka's election on Thursday. But what sort of a country has Sri Lanka become under Mr Rajapaksa and his brothers? One day last month six astrologers were brought onto government television to discuss the prospects for the ... women
A doorman who worked for 72 years at the most famous hotel in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has died aged 94. Kottarappu Chattu Kuttan, who had started as a waiter, never retired from his job at the Galle Face Hotel. Guests would be greeted at the grand seafront entrance by the diminutive Mr Kuttan ... women
Of course it was not unexpected, I knew it was coming," recalls his friend, lawyer and election agent, Prins Gunasekara, speaking to the BBC history programme, Witness. Even as the Tamil conflict flared up in the north the island had been wracked by violence in the south. Wijeweera's Janatha Vimukthi ... women
An article by D. B. S. Jeyaraj (journalist well-known as a virulent critic of ... A report filed by the BBC correspondent, Charles Haviland, the same ... women
There have been complaints of slavery in some parts of the Thai tuna fishing fleet. It provoked protests in Thailand, and elsewhere. Now one of ... women
... to cyclones, many people don't live in dwellings sturdy enough to withstand bad weather, the BBC's South Asia editor Charles Haviland says. women
By Charles Haviland BBC News ... Director Rauniyar told BBC News he wanted to show how the bitter experience of the 1996-2006 war still ... women
By Charles Haviland BBC News ... Director Rauniyar told BBC News he wanted to show how the bitter experience of the 1996-2006 war still ... women
The BBC's Charles Haviland says that because Sufism includes music and dance and reverence for saints, religious zealots often target its ... women
... staying quiet on the issue of vigilantes so he could maintain his appeal among Hindu nationalist voters, the BBC's Charles Haviland says. women
Assam police chief Mukesh Sahay told the BBC that the attack took place in a market in Balajan, an area just outside the town of Kokrajhar. women
Nepal is on the cusp of adopting a new constitution. It potentially ends a saga that began shortly after the end of the Maoist war in 2006. women
By Charles Haviland BBC News, Colombo .... The Dark Side of Buddhism is on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 31 May at 13:30 BST, or catch up later on iPlayer. Subscribe to the BBC News Magazine's email newsletter to get ... women
President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to be re-elected to a third term in Sri Lanka's election on Thursday. But what sort of a country has Sri ... women
President Mahinda Rajapaksa hopes to be re-elected to a third term in Sri Lanka's election on Thursday. But what sort of a country has Sri ... women
A doorman who worked for 72 years at the most famous hotel in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo, has died aged 94. Kottarappu Chattu Kuttan ... women
By Charles Haviland BBC News ... his friend, lawyer and election agent, Prins Gunasekara, speaking to the BBC history programme, Witness. women
It is just over three years since the Sri Lankan army decisively crushed the Tamil Tiger militants, ending a 26-year civil war. Hundreds of thousands of people were left displaced, and parts of the island were devastated. The BBC's Charles Haviland has been given access to the area of Putumattalan which ... women
There have been complaints of slavery in some parts of the Thai tuna fishing fleet. It provoked protests in Thailand, and elsewhere. Now one of ... women
... to cyclones, many people don't live in dwellings sturdy enough to withstand bad weather, the BBC's South Asia editor Charles Haviland says. women
By Charles Haviland BBC News ... Director Rauniyar told BBC News he wanted to show how the bitter experience of the 1996-2006 war still ... women
By Charles Haviland BBC News ... Director Rauniyar told BBC News he wanted to show how the bitter experience of the 1996-2006 war still ... women
The BBC's Charles Haviland says that because Sufism includes music and dance and reverence for saints, religious zealots often target its ... women


 

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