• Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan

    Overcoming Stigma Against Disabilities in Afghanistan0

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    • November 12, 2016

    The dusty, narrow streets of Kabul are congested most days, packed with vehicles and bicyclists angling for space. Panhandlers take advantage of the frequent standstills—constantly moving from car to car, tapping on windows and asking for change. These panhandlers are homeless for a variety of complex reasons and include men, women, and children of all

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  • The Future of South Asia and the Role of the United States

    The Future of South Asia and the Role of the United States0

    With economic growth averaging 6 percent over the last two decades, South Asia has one of the world’s most dynamic economies, yet its member states have failed to reap the full benefits by developing strong commercial relations with each other. South Asia took its first concrete step toward regionalism more than 30 years ago, with

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  • South Asian Regionalism: What Hopes After SAARC Meltdown?

    South Asian Regionalism: What Hopes After SAARC Meltdown?0

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    • November 11, 2016

    According to a new World Bank report, South Asia has solidified its rank as the world’s fastest growing economic region in 2016, and is expected to hold this spot at least through to 2017. With growth in the offing, a young population of 1.6 billion people, and a burgeoning consuming class, every global producer is

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  • Costs if India abrogates Indus Water Treaty

    Costs if India abrogates Indus Water Treaty1

    Introduction Water is a critical resource without which the very existence of human being is unthinkable.  Though 70 percent of the earth’s surface is water, access to water to man is uneven. The situation becomes critical as economies of nations continue to grow, new growth centers emerge, more and more industries come up fueling demand

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  • No Action On Ongoing Repression Of Myanmar’s Muslims

    No Action On Ongoing Repression Of Myanmar’s Muslims0

    In one of its recent reporting the Guardian reports that at the entrance to Thaungtan village in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta a brand-new signasserts, “No Muslims allowed to stay overnight. No Muslims allowed rent houses. No marriage with Muslims.” Al-Jajeera also reports of similar rise in systematic eviction, rape, loot and arson of Rohingyas (the Muslim

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  • Court gives PPM to Yameen, Gayoom’s options narrow down

    Court gives PPM to Yameen, Gayoom’s options narrow down0

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    • October 27, 2016

    Political options seem to be narrowing down for former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom after the Maldives High Court handed over the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) to the charge of incumbent and half-brother, Abdulla Yameen. In doing so, the High Court upheld an equally fast-tracked civil court proceeding, and after Gayoom had publicly hoped

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  • The Liberation Struggle and the Dismissal of the First Communist Ministry in Kerala

    The Liberation Struggle and the Dismissal of the First Communist Ministry in Kerala0

    Abstract  In the first general election held to the Kerala State Legislative Assembly in February-March 1957, the Communists won sixty seats out of 126. With the support of five independents, the Communists formed government under the leadership of E.M.S. Namboodiripad on 5 April 1957. This was for the first time in India the Communists came

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  • Electoral Reform in Bangladesh (1972-2014): An Assessment

    Electoral Reform in Bangladesh (1972-2014): An Assessment0

    Introduction Election constitutes an entry point for democratization through representing the general will of the people. In modern representative democracies, as far as most decisions and decision making are concerned, citizens participate indirectly through elections. For achieving these objectives, elections have to be free, fair and transparent so that voters’ wish can be reflected. Here

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  • Accession of Independent Balochistan to Pakistan

    Accession of Independent Balochistan to Pakistan0

    When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred Balochistan, the troubled province of Pakistan, in his address from the ramparts of Red Fort on 15th August 2016, the occasion reminded many of us the multi-layered inside story of the days that unwillingly created the situation for Balochistan to accede to Pakistan. The concept of Balochistan as

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  • Devolution And Dissolution

    Devolution And Dissolution0

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    • October 23, 2016

    Everyone is talking about it, the media, the non-official political Opposition and even sections of the Colombo-based diplomatic corps! But the people concerned, be it the Government of the day, its various partners, and the official Leader of the Opposition, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in this case, continue to maintain stoic silence. When they

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  • Development is the Spirit of SAARC

    Development is the Spirit of SAARC0

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    • October 23, 2016

    Introduction  The concept of regional cooperation emerged late in South Asia, and it was only during the seventies that various political and economic factors created a friendly environment. As a   result of the lengthy deliberations among the member countries of the region, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) came into existence on 8

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  • Burma: Aid Blocked to Rakhine State

    Burma: Aid Blocked to Rakhine State0

    • Blog
    • October 23, 2016

    Humanitarian Groups, Journalists, and Rights Monitors Need Access The Burmese government and army should urgently ensure humanitarian aid can reach ethnic Rohingya and other vulnerable populations in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. Government security operations have cut off assistance to tens of thousands of people and forced many to flee their homes.

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  • Don’t say the N-word in Karnataka

    Don’t say the N-word in Karnataka0

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    • October 23, 2016

    A Pakistani view on the strategic implications of a new Indian nuclear city There have been repeated confirmed reports that India is constructing a new nuclear city at Challakere, Karnataka. The city-size complex will produce highly enriched uranium to not only fuel its nuclear powered submarines, but also feed its thermonuclear bombs. The local population

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  • ‘A cure far worse than the disease’: Sri Lanka’s new draft counter terrorism law0

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    • October 20, 2016

    Over the weekend, a draft framework copy of the ‘Counter Terrorism Act’ (CTA) – the legislation intended to replace the draconian ‘Prevention of Terrorism Act’ (PTA) – was leaked to the press. The contents of the text, available here, are deeply disturbing. As it currently stands, the PTA enables arbitrary arrest and long periods of

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