• LAUDABLE MOVE OF ASSAM GOVERNMENT IN INDIA TO CONTROL POPULATION0

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    • September 21, 2017

    Assam government has approved a proposal to insist that each family in the state should have not more than two children. The Assam government proposes to deny several privileges to those bearing more than two children including the denial of state government jobs. They cannot contest the local body elections. This is a much-needed step

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  • Rohingya Exodus the Fastest, Most Concentrated Refugee Movement in Asia Since 19710

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    • September 20, 2017

    By Tom Felix Joehnk on 19/09/2017 Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction. Rohingya refugees walk on the muddy path after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 3, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain/ An uncle of mine, a reporter

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  • Suu Kyi silence on Myanmar ethnic cleansing charge draws cool response0

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    • September 20, 2017

    Antoni Slodkowski, David Brunnstrom NAYPYITAW, Myanmar/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing, drawing cool international responses and calls for action to help minority Muslims. Suu Kyi made the

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  • Seeking publicity in the name of absurd religious sentiments0

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    • September 19, 2017

    by Gaurav Tyagi Gaurav Tyagi, reflects on the recent row over an Australian advertisement for meat. India has lodged a diplomatic protest with Australia over the ad. The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India also raised objections to it and sought a boycott of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and a ban on their products.

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  • India, Multilateralism and the national interest in a realist approach0

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    • September 19, 2017

    Luciane Noronha M. de Oliveira The 9th BRICS Summit was held in Xiamen, China, between 5-9 September, only a few days after the announcement of the disengagement of troops along the Doklam Plateau. The joint declaration stated that terrorism is a threat to be fought, naming Pakistan-based Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Haqqani Network

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  • India needs to look internally not externally0

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    • September 19, 2017

    India is over-sensitive about China’s engagement in South Asia. China’s defense minister visiting Sri-Lanka and Nepal was hyped up a lot in Indian media during March. (1) Chinese Vice-Premier Wang Yang holding talks with his Nepali counterpart last month also made India quite anxious. (2) This is an assertion of India’s underlying tribal and collectivist

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  • Indian politics: 18 rebel MLAs lose membership as Tamil Nadu assembly speaker sacks them!0

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    • September 19, 2017

    Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal As a sort of climax, the ruling AIADMK has finally has shown the door to the problematic rebel MLAs who are being used as a useful tool of threatening the government by TTV Dinakaran on behalf of jailed Sasikala. In a massive setback for ousted All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

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  • Being a ‘Refugee/Repatriate’ from Burma – But in 1942, Not 20170

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    • September 19, 2017

    By Rekha Suresh Kumar on 17/09/2017 • 1 Comment Hundreds of thousands of Indians fled Burma when Japan invaded in 1942, including my father and his family. Indians walking to cross the border with Burma in 1942. Courtesy: cbi-theater.com While rummaging through some old papers at home some time ago, I came across a slim,

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  • Silence Then, Silence Now: Lessons For India From Its Response to 1990s Bhutanese Refugee Crisis0

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    • September 19, 2017

    By Vishnu Sharma on 18/09/2017 • Leave a Comment If India fails to stand with the Rohingya today, will it be able to claim tomorrow that it is rightfully with the people of Baluchistan or Tibet? Bhutanese refugees in Sanischare camp. Credit: Reuters If a nation’s resilience is tested by its response to the crisis in its

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  • Tamil Nadu’s political crisis turns into constitutional one0

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    • September 19, 2017

      N Sathiya Moorthy, 19 September 2017 The  judiciary has often shied away from contesting the speaker’s right or that of the legislature, but it has not always avoided taking a close look at the processes employed and arrive at conclusions that are binding on all concerned, says N Sathiya Moorthy. With Tamil Nadu assembly speaker P

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  • Sri Lanka-Why And How Of ‘National Unity’0

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    • September 18, 2017

    N Sathiya Moorthy, 17 September 2017 If the UNP caused the sacking of Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, citing ‘collective responsibility’ as the substantiation, the SLFP has removed Deputy Minister for Tourism and Christian Affairs, Arundika Fenrnado, from the team. The UNP had begun by very reluctantly agreeing to the ‘forced’ resignation of Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake over

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  • Russia’s Perspective on CPEC0

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    • September 17, 2017

    The inclusion of CPEC with the Belt and Road Initiative is a concrete example of how the Xi Jinping’s idea became an initiative. In this whole context of OBOR, Pakistan’s membership of SCO makes relevant to Russia or the Eurasian Economic Union. Otherwise, it is a little direct importance to Russia. Apart from a trade

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  • Learning To Fish In Murky Waters: The Missing Link In Capacity-Building0

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    • September 17, 2017

      September 11, 2017 By Stephen E. Webber and Donald E. Vandergriff * Building partner capacity has been recently recognized as a key mission set of the U.S. Armed Forces. It has received a great deal of verbal and written attention from military leaders and policymakers due to its centrality to ongoing operations in Afghanistan

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  • Rohingya Genocide and Clash of Civilizations0

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    • September 17, 2017

    During past few weeks, the most potent images and videos depicting rivers of blood beheaded children, and dead bodies lying on streets and burning people alive have bought a new debate onto the issue of Rohingya Muslims. This is not the first time that Rohingya has to face violence and brutality until now thousands of

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