• WHY NOT BIOETHANOL PROJECTS FROM STUBBLE IN PUNJAB & HARYANA?0

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    • November 12, 2017

    Delhi and most of north India have been enveloped by polluted air for the past few days, leaving people gasping for breath. The pollution problem is attributed largely to stubble burning in nearby Punjab and Haryana states. There are two main growing seasons in Punjab and Haryana; one from May to September and another from

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  • Pakistan’s Tanzeem-e-Islami and Its Troublesome Extremist Links0

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    • November 12, 2017

    By: Farhan Zahid November 10, 2017  A number of Pakistan’s Islamist organizations that agitate for the establishment of an Islamic caliphate but profess to be non-violent are finding renewed prominence, a concerning result of the surfacing of Islamic State’s (IS) local chapter, Wilayat-e-Khurasan. Islamist organizations such as Hizb ut Tahrir, Jamaat ul Momineena and Tanzeem-e-Islami

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  • RISING CRUDE OIL PRICE – IS INDIA PREPARED?0

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    • November 11, 2017

    The global price of crude oil has risen sharply in recent weeks. The price of crude oil which was as high as 111.89 USD per barrel in 2011 fell to around 46.16 USD per dollar in 2015 and then further down to 47.06 USD per barrel in 2016 but has since then shown rising trend.

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  • Remembering the last Mughal emperor0

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    • November 10, 2017

    By Anbarasan Ethirajan BBC News, Yangon, 8 November 2017 Image copyright PICTURE COURTESY – THE BRITISH LIBRARY.Image captionOne of the only known photographs of Bahadur Shah Zafar II, taken after his trial in 1858 For more than a century the last Mughal emperor was almost forgotten – but a chance finding of his grave helped resurrect the

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  • China plans to turn Xingiang into California by diverting the Brahmaputra water, reports South China Morning Post0

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    • November 9, 2017

     by Chandan Kumar Duarah MEKONG-LIKE COMMISSION URGED FOR TRANS-NATIONAL RIVERS IN ASSAM, TO DEAL WITH CHINESE RIVER DIVERSION PLANS Only the Government of India and international pressure can persuade China to abstain from diverting water of Yarlung Zangbo. There must be a bilateral treaty between New Delhi and Beijing on Brahmaputra,said Chandan Kumar Duarah, a environmentalist and Senior Journalist in Asomiya Pratidin.

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  • Saudi Crown Prince Charges Iran With “Act Of War”0

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    • November 8, 2017

     in World — by Jordan Shilton — November 8, 2017 Hot on the heels of purging his main rivals for the Saudi throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dramatically ratcheted up tensions in the Middle East, accusing Iran of an “act of war.” This makes clear that the consolidation of power in the hands

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  • How China is targeting its Uyghur ethnic minority abroad0

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    • November 8, 2017

    Posted on October 30, 2017 The Globe and Mail, 30 October 2017 By Nathan VanderKlippe — In a broad campaign to increase pressure on Uyghurs overseas, including those in Canada, Chinese authorities are using coercive measures on family members, recruiting people to spy and sending threats to get many from the ethnic minority group to return

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  • Pakistan: Army chief in Tehran, to meet Khamenei0

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    • November 8, 2017

      November 06, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Tehran on Sunday on a three-day official visit, the first by a Pakistani army chief in over two decades. His arrival in Tehran was announced by military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor through a tweet. No formal statement was, however, issued revealing the

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  • US seeks mediating role again: Playing into Islamabad’s hands0

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    • November 8, 2017

      By Arul Louis Having raised India’s role to that of an anchor of Pax Democratiam – the comity of democratic nations – United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has hinted after his October visit to India and Pakistan that Washington is looking for a mediating role, one that could help New Delhi be

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  • Regional disparities trouble both India and China0

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    • November 8, 2017

    By Tridivesh Singh Maini An interesting aspect of the 19th Communist Party Congress was a panel discussion between President Xi Jinping and officials of the Guizhou Province, from where Xi was elected as a delegate in April 2017. In recent times, Guizhou has been important politically. One of Xi’s close associates, Chen Miner worked as

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  • Getting the Saudi fight against corruption right0

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    • November 8, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Kuwaiti billionaire Maan al-Sanea should have seen it coming after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to root out corruption. Embroiled in one of the kingdom’s largest financial scandals and collapses that involved a bitter $22 billion battle with a prominent Saudi merchant family, cost some of the world’s biggest

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  • Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come from?0

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    • November 8, 2017

    Peter Lehr, University of St Andrews Even ten years on, the first mental image that comes to mind with regard to Theravāda Buddhism is that of Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution of August-September 2007: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the streets of Yangon, Mandalay, Pakokku, Sittwe and other towns against the ruling military junta. These

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  • Saudi Crown Prince’s unprecedented power grab could come to haunt him0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab that comes to haunt him. The prince’s frontal assault on significant segments of the kingdom’s elite; assertions of unrest in the military and the national guard, and a flood of

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  • Narendra Modi Government Has Wiped out Any Space for Dialogue With Kashmir0

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    • November 7, 2017

    By Prem Shankar Jha on 06/11/2017 The first step towards reviving political dialogue and ending the rule of the gun in Kashmir is for New Delhi to announce that it is committed to restoring full autonomy within the constitution to the entire state. Home minister Rajnath Singh with Centre’s representative in Jammu and Kashmir Dineshwar Sharma.

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