• India: Tamil Nadu farmers call off Delhi strike after 40 days on CM Palanisamy’s promise!0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Tamil Nadu farmers on April 23 Sunday called off their Delhi strike after chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami promised to meet their demands of drought relief and farm loan waivers. Palaniswami, who arrived in the national capital yesterday, attended the NITI Aayog meeting along with chief ministers of other states. More than 100

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  • Sri Lanka; Religiously, Divided0

    Religiously, Divided Sathiya Moorthy  The Sunday LeaderColombo 23 April 2017 Whatever the intention and purpose of the pollsters and the publication, ‘The Telegraph’, at least in Sri Lanka’s case, it should give and insight into the way the people and polity perceive religion The Sinhala-Buddhist majority often takes the blame for allowing religion to influence political

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  • Pakistan’s lurch towards ultra-conservativism abetted by Saudi-inspired pyramid scheme0

      By James M. Dorsey Pakistan has been for at least four decades a major theatre of operations in the global struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran for dominance in the Muslim world. The stakes for both regional powers are high given that Pakistan borders on Iran; shares with the Islamic republic the restless region

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  • Crafting Peace Theoretically: A case with Kashmir0

    “Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed.” The terms Peace and Conflict are paired opposites, like light and shadow. In Enlightenment thinking, violence and conflict, seen as the greatest evils in history, were ascribed to a disorderly world. Political

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  • Tamil Nadu: Is AIADMK on its way out of power soon?0

    Source: Wikipedia Commons -Dr. Abdul Ruff Once, rather not very long ago, a powerful party AIADMK is now split and weakened because of one-person – Sasikala, Who sought to take over both the party and government, taking full advantage of the unexpected death of CM Jayalalithaa. Today, thanks to shock therapy treatment to the party

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  • India: AIADMK crisis: Fragile unity move!0

    (Panneerselvam toughens stance on merger as noose around Dinakaran tightens) -Dr. Abdul Ruff Even as the AIADMK merger efforts are in full swing some Sasikala-Dinakaran backers oppose the merger move and as before find faults with former CM O. Panneerselvam not supporting their jailed small-amma (Chinnamma) to assume power as Tamil Nadu CM and control

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  • The Nawaz Government and the Issue of Good Governance in Pakistan0

    Nearly after four years of rule, the Nawaz government suffered from bad management which had become the norm. An editorial aptly entitled “Bad Governance as the hallmark of PML-N rule” published in Pakistan Today on March 16, 2017, maintained that it began from the first day and continued till toady. The arbitrary hike in the

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  • The Mashal Khan Incident in Pakistan: A Short Analysis0

    On April 13, 2017, a mob at Mardan University in KPK tortured two students one of whom was lynched to death over rumors of blasphemy allegations. It was reported that a FIR (First Incident Report) had been registered against several suspects allegedly involved in the killing of Mashal Khan, a resident of Swabi and a

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  • Kulbhushan Yadav Affair and India-Pakistan Conflict0

      On April 10, 2017, a former Indian Navy officer national Kulbhushan Yadav was given the death sentence by a by an its Field General Court Martial under provisions of the Pakistan Army Act and the Official Secrets Act. Yadav can appeal the death sentence to Pakistan’s Supreme Court within 60 days. H was convicted for espionage, anti-state activities,

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  • Dalits Left Behind as Nepal Slowly Recovers0

    By Patrick Barron Two years ago, Nepal was hit by two devastating earthquakes. As the country still struggles to recover, evidence from research conducted by The Asia Foundation reveals that Dalits, a section of society traditionally deemed as “untouchable,” and other lower caste groups face particular barriers which have made recovery more challenging. Natural disasters

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  • A New Difficult Kashmir0

    Dr. Adfer Shah A Different Generation On stopping their smaller toddler of barely six years old, from going out while the stone pelting and clashes were on, the parents got somewhat a strange and a worth shocking reply from him. The boy angrily shouted, “Now when you have two sons (he and his elder brother),

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  • WHY START UP INDIA SCHEME HAS FAILED TO TAKE OFF – NEED FOR INVESTIGATION0

    Immediately after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Start up India program and organized an inauguration function in his characteristic event management style, there was much euphoria in the country about this program. Many thought that Mr. Modi had given a tremendous opportunity to young persons with enthusiasm and ideas to launch their projects that

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  • Sasikala family should be out of AIADMK for party unity: Former CM O. Pannerselvam!0

    Dr. Abdul Ruff The ruling AIADMK faction “Amma”, now operating under jailed Sasikala’s guidance seems to be keen to regain the party symbol somehow by bringing back the O Panneerselvam faction without effecting any basic changes in the party or government. More importantly, the Amma AIADMK Party and government would still be under the grip

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  • Afghanistan: US Drops “Mother of All Bombs” Potentially Changing Kabul’s Regional Role0

    Alexander Murray Having almost never mentioned Afghanistan during his United States presidential campaign as well as over the first three months of his presidency, on 13 April US President Trump shocked the world by authorizing the use of the US military’s largest non-nuclear bomb, the GBU-43/B, in eastern Nangarhar claiming to be bringing the fight

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