• 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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  • COMPARISON OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITYSTANDARDS OF SAARC COUNTRIES TO OPT REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY STANDARDS FOR TOMORROW SOUTH ASIA0

    Muhammad Umar Hayyat*, Maria Qayyum Mughal, Amna Khan Barki Abstract Environmental quality standards are useful tools to manage the pollution. The purpose of this study was to investigate the possibility of regional environmental quality standards for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries by comparing their environmental quality standards of discharged industrial effluents

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  • Hindu fundamentalism more threatening than Islamic terrorism:Ramachandra Guha0

    Hindu fundamentalism more threatening than Islamic terrorism:Ramachandra Guha 16 Mar 2016 04:03 PM, IST Ramachandra Guha (Photo – www.youtube.com) New Delhi, March 16: Describing BJP president Amit Shah and Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan as the most “dangerous politicians in the country,” historian and author Ramachandra Guha has cautioned that India needs to be vigilant

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  • Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya issue’ is a regional refugee crisis – ASEAN must intervene

    Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya issue’ is a regional refugee crisis – ASEAN must intervene0

    Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya issue’ is a regional refugee crisis – ASEAN must intervene DB Subedi, University of New England In June 2012, communal riots between Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists first erupted in the state of Rakhine. After the subsequent government crackdown and “persecution” of the area’s Rohingya, state-sponsored violence induced forced displacements of this

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  • Katchatheevu should be brought back to Indian control in order to ensure safe fishing by Indians!0

    Katchatheevu should be brought back to Indian control in order to ensure safe fishing by Indians! -Dr. Abdul Ruff _____ Abstract (Lankan state murders and attacks on Indian fishermen over fishing rights!) Katchatheevu, an uninhabited small islet in the Palk Strait, is the centre of a long-standing dispute between the fishermen of Tamil Nadu and

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  • TREACHERY UNDERLYING INDO-US NUCLEAR DEAL0

    TREACHERY UNDERLYING INDO-US NUCLEAR DEAL By: Ali Raza In wake of the provisions of US – India Nuclear Deal, which was cleverly and cunningly negotiated by India, US approached the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG), and successfully managed to obtain a nuclear waiver for India to conduct nuclear trade with other countries despite the fact that

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  • LESSONS FROM PROTEST AGAINST GAS EXPLORATION PROJECT IN INDIA0

    LESSONS FROM PROTEST AGAINST GAS EXPLORATION PROJECT IN INDIA N.S. Venkatraman It appears that Government of India have agreed to the demand of state politicians, environmentalists and local people in Neduvasal (Tamil Nadu, India) and have decided not to pursue the Neduvasal hydrocarbon project. One is not sure as to whether the decision of the

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  • The fire-fighting children of the Khasi Hills and the decline of traditional farming in north-east India0

    Mirza Zulfiqur Rahman, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati On a wintry February evening, along a narrow road leading to a village nestled in the East Khasi Hills in India’s north-east, some children are playfully running around with branches of dry trees. Smoke hangs in the cold air. Around another winding turn on the road, a

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  • Pakistani military engagement: Walking a fine line between Saudi Arabia and Iran0

    Pakistani military engagement: Walking a fine line between Saudi Arabia and Iran By James M. Dorsey Pakistan is emerging as an important military player in the Gulf as its struggles to balance complex relations with regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran and diverging approaches by different branches of its government. Pakistan’s military engagement with the

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  • Why does Pakistan’s horror pulp fiction stereotype ‘the Hindu’ ?0

    Why does Pakistan’s horror pulp fiction stereotype ‘the Hindu’ ? Jürgen Schaflechner, University of Heidelberg A terrible war is going on in the ghost world. Two opposing sides — the Muslim spirits and the Hindu spirits — face each other in a horrific combat. Suddenly, a gigantic fire-spitting demon with three eyes and a snake

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  • Bangladesh’s Enforced Disappearances 2016

    Bangladesh’s Enforced Disappearances 20160

    Bangladesh’s Enforced Disappearances 2016 An ‘Enforced Disappearance’ is defined in international law as an: “arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State…followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty…which place such a person outside the protection of the law.”In Bangladesh, disappearances result in three different

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