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from International Business Times..By Palash GhoshMarch 6, 2014 Despite long-standing disputes over water rights and other issues between their two countries, India and Bangladesh have entered into an agreement to cooperate in trade, communications, investment and energy. Specifically, India has agreed to provide Bangladesh with an additional 100 megawatts (MW) of electric power from the grid in Palatana in the Indian province of Tripura (which is located to the east of Bangladesh) in order to satisfy growing demand. The
from AsiaTimesOnline..By Khai Nguyen | Speaking FreelyMarch 6, 2014 The United States-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, which is under negotiation among a dozen countries including Vietnam, requires that members adopt and maintain strong and enforceable labor provisions, including freedom of association, allowances for collective bargaining and zero tolerance for child and forced labor. If negotiators hold fast to these requirements, Vietnam will necessarily be barred entry to the partnership. The legitimacy of Vietnam's one-party regime now
from AsiaTimesOnline..By Eurasianet CorrespondentsMarch 6, 2014 BISHKEK - Kara-Keche, a sprawling deposit containing about 430 million tonnes of coal in mountainous Naryn Province, is a key asset for Kyrgyzstan's struggling economy. It's not just the government and an array of local companies plying the open pit mines that are interested in the dirty black stuff. Last November, a shootout at Kara-Keche among gangsters highlighted an unsavory side of the business. According to the government's development strategy, Kyrgyzstan
from The Washington Post..By The Associated PressMarch 6, 2014 KARACHI, Pakistan — Humaira Bachal knows firsthand how lack of education hurts her community. She had a cousin that died because his mother couldn't read the expiration date on a bottle of medicine. She knows women in her neighborhood who died giving birth at home because their families didn't know to send them to the hospital. "These things are breaking my heart and every time I am raising
from The Washington Post..By The Associated PressMarch 6, 2014 MAPUTO, Mozambique — Mozambique's main opposition party Renamo revived its demand for foreign mediation of ongoing talks with the government aimed at ending renewed hostilities between the two old foes. But the head of the government delegation, agriculture minister Jose Pacheco, was quoted Thursday by Mozambican state broadcasting as saying that the dialogue with Renamo was an internal matter between Mozambicans for which no foreign mediation was required.