• Pakistan in the hot seat as general takes command of Saudi-led alliance

    Pakistan in the hot seat as general takes command of Saudi-led alliance0

    By James M. Dorsey With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide into a cushy job as commander of a 41-nation, Saudi-led military alliance created to fight terrorism. In fact, the general’s new job is everything but straightforward. He has taken on

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  • Maldives: Yameen ‘wins’ first floor-test against strong combine0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, www.orfonline.org, 29 March 2017 A few days after signing an agreement to save Maldivian ‘sovereignty and democracy’, the combined Opposition lost the first floor-test in Parliament to President Abdulla Yameen on March 27. Chairing the session, Deputy Speaker ‘Reeko’ Moosa Manik declared the Opposition-initiated no-confidence motion against Speaker Abdulla Maseeh defeated by 48-0 with

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  • Bangladesh on the brink

    Bangladesh on the brink5

    Is Bangladesh on the brink? Just traveling through Dhaka and everywhere now a days, it is hard to fathom it. Security forces are fully in control, like what you see in Moscow, Russia. You must watch out what you say or do in public. Dr. Rehman Sobhan, a well-known economist and a prominent civil society

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  • Dhaka-Delhi defence pact? No, thanks

    Dhaka-Delhi defence pact? No, thanks0

    Shahid Islam Compromising on national security is no less disgusting, harmful and dangerous than allowing one’s spouse to flirt with a common friend of opposite sex. The ultimate outcome in both the instances is tearful eyes and fearful lives. Nightmares still revisit when Bangladeshis are reminded of the 1972 Treaty of Friendship with India, and,

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  • PLIGHT OF THE FARMERS FACING DROUGHT CONDITION IN INDIA

    PLIGHT OF THE FARMERS FACING DROUGHT CONDITION IN INDIA0

    N.S. Venkatraman Tamil Nadu province in South India is presently facing severe drought conditions with the failure of southwest monsoon and northeast monsoon to the extent of around 60%.  It is reported that the distress conditions faced by the rural farmers in the province due to the erratic monsoon and lack of water for irrigation

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  • WHY IS NEUTRINO OBSERVATORY PROJECT FACING ISSUES IN INDIA?

    WHY IS NEUTRINO OBSERVATORY PROJECT FACING ISSUES IN INDIA?0

    Project details The Neutrino project involving an investment of more than Rs. 15000 million was sanctioned by Government of India under the XIth plan, and the scientists initially hoped to start construction of the facility by 2011. Around 25 research institutions are associated with the project with Tata Institute of Fundamental Research acting as a

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  • Cancellation of Saudi king’s Maldives visit: A message for Yameen?0

    N Sathiya Moorthy  The much-awaited Maldivian leg of Saudi Arabia’s King Salman’s Asia tour was cancelled on the very eve of his scheduled arrival on Saturday, March 18, purportedly owing to the eruption of H1Ni swine-flu infection in the country. New dates for the visit would be announced once they are finalised, Maldivian Foreign Minister

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