• U.S. Preparing Cases Linking North Korea to Theft at N.Y. Fed0

    Investigators build charges against Chinese middlemen for allegedly aiding 2016 cyberheist of $81 million from Bangladesh The New York Federal Reserve building in New York. Some foreign governments, central banks and other institutions keep money at the New York Fed, enabling them to make payments in U.S. dollars and purchase sovereign securities. Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg News By Aruna Viswanatha, The

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  • What Factors Drive Child Marriage in Afghanistan?0

    By Sayed Masood Sadat Afghanistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a woman. Contributing factors include different forms of gender-based violence, poor education, limited access to healthcare, and not being allowed outside the home. Sadly, many Afghan women also face forced child marriage—despite it being illegal. According to

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  • Indian regional polls 2017: Anti-incumbency, Congress-SP and media management cause big win for BJP! -I0

      -Dr. Abdul Ruff _________ Part-1 Year 2017appears to be an eventful one for India as that would be important for Indian politics. Besides facing the crucial Presidential elections, five states such as Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have gone to polls in February-March, Gujarat (PM Modi’s home state) and Himachal Pradesh will

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  • Killing of Indian fisherman raises questions of sovereignty0

      N Sathiya Moorthy www.orfonline.org, 15 March 2017 Possibly for the first time, media reports have spoken about investigations into the death of a Tamil Nadu fisherman, K Brijto, 21, allegedly in a firing incident involving the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN). The Special Correspondent of The Hindu at Rameswaram has quoted investigating officials to report that the Indian

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  • The world needs more toilets – but not ones that flush0

    from www.shutterstock.com Tamara Avellán, United Nations University Today, 35.8% of the world’s population still lacks access to any proper sanitation facilities. That’s why in 2015, the world’s leaders agreed to strive for access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all by 2030 as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. That means

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  • Protest in Iran: The murky geopolitics of soccer3

    Source: Ahwaz Monitor By James M. Dorsey Thousands of Iranian Arabs last week attended an AFC Champions League soccer match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC dressed in traditional Arab garb in protest what an opposition news website dubbed were government efforts to suppress their identity. The English-language website, Ahwaz Monitor, said support

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  • Thirteen-A Is Still A Good Start…0

    Sathiya Moorthy The Sunday Leader, Colombo, 19 March 2017 The fact remains, the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, facilitated by the larger Indian neighbour, is a good document to begin with It would be a good idea to use 13-A as a base document for taking up fresh negotiations, within and outside Parliament, which is also

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  • China: Belt And Road Initiative0

    Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Shamshad Akhtar. Photo Credit: ESCAP. By Shamshad Akhtar* March 20, 2017 China’s role in the global context has grown in terms of its output, trade and now its voice and leadership in sustainable and inclusive

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  • India-Israel Defense Cooperation0

    By Maimuna Ashraf* March 20, 2017 Israel, followed by Russia and US, is India’s third largest defense supplier and the bilateral defense cooperation between two states is continuing to be strong. Both states are also celebrating the twenty-five years of establishment of their diplomatic relations this year, whereas at the end of last year the

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  • Spreading the Gospel: Asian Leaders Wary of Saudi Religious Diplomacy0

    Source: Imgur By James M. Dorsey Critics in the Maldives likely sighed relief when Saudi King Salman this week postponed his visit because of an outbreak of flu. The flu is however unlikely to halt a planned massive Saudi investment or the impact on Maldives society of the kingdom’s religion-driven public diplomacy. Big ticket investments

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  • A Narrative of Youth Volunteers Perspectives on Happiness and Well-being for Ecological Sustainable Development0

    Mumtaz Ahmad Numani and Sayantani Roy The way to healthy living is to shift from quantitative economic growth to quality of life, food, water and air – to shift from craving to contentment and from greed to gratitude – Satish Kumar, Ecological Campaigner (2008). The ecologist, Satish Kumar’s pertinent observations on the essence of healthy

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  • GOVERNMENT OF INDIA’S MOVE TO BRING HPCL UNDER ONGC– INAPPROPRIATE DECISION0

      N.S. Venkatraman It is reported that Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will take control of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), as part of Government of India’s plan to create an integrated public sector oil entity, comparable in size and turnover with global oil companies. It is reported that ONGC’s exploration functions will be integrated with HPCL’s

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  • Electoral Reforms For Developing Democracies0

    By Nauman Sadiq March 18, 2017 The biggest fault in democracy, as it is practiced all over the world, is the election campaign funding part, because the individuals and corporations that finance an election campaign always have ulterior motives: that is, they treat political funding as investment from which they intend to make profits by

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  • Kashmir: Military, Mullah, and Madrasah0

    Kashmir: Military, Mullah, and Madrasah JAVID AHMAD AHANGER “Alif” for Anar (Pomegranate), “A” for Apple and “ب” for Bakri (goat) or “B” for “Boy” and “C” for “Cat” but nowadays it is replaced by “Alif” and “A” for “Azadi”, “B” for Bandooq (Gun) and “C” for “Curfew” Woodrow Wilson once has rightly remarked that “The

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