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In this episode, we talk about armed groups challenging the military junta across Chin, Shan and Rakhine states, Sri Lanka’s budget for 2024, the collapse of a tunnel in Uttarkashi, Nepal’s TikTok ban, garment factory workers’ strikes in Bangladesh, earthquakes in Nepal, the chequered legacy of Indian tycoon Subrata Roy, the International Cricket Council’s suspension of Sri Lanka Cricket for government interference, and over 170,000 Afghan refugees fleeing Pakistan after a deportation order.
This week, Himal Southasian interviews Sanaa Alimia, Assistant Professor at the Aga Khan University and the author of Refugee Cities, a history of Afghan migration to Pakistan since the 1970s, in light of Pakistan’s deportation order impacting Afghan refugees.
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