• Shobha Nehru, Who Escaped Holocaust and Married Into Indian Politics, Dies at 1080

      By ELLEN BARRY April 28, 2017 NEW DELHI — Shobha Magdolna Friedmann Nehru, a Hungarian Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, married into India’s leading political family and witnessed religious and ethnic violence convulsing both her native and adopted countries, died on Tuesday at her home in the Himalayan foothills. She was 108. Her death was

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  • Self-inflicted And More0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colombo, 30 April 2017  Lord Justice Sales has ruled that the 35-year-old Sri Lankan, identified only as ‘SV’, probably consented to the torture in as part of a ruse called ‘self-infliction by proxy’ or SIBP According to his submissions, the man had ‘felt intense pain from the first burn’ before falling unconscious

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  • Missile Proliferation, India and MTCR0

      By Maimuna Ashraf    MTCR is one of the four non-proliferation regimes that aim to curb the technology that can be used for nuclear delivery systems. The other three are the Wassenaar Arrangement that deals with export control of dual use technologies and conventional arms. Australia Group is related to export controls on technologies

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  • Tamil Nadu politics: Will factions end the crisis in AIADMK and focus on governance?0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff Governance in Tamil Nadu is standstill and in reverse gear with two factions fighting an almost street fight, making the life of common people miserable. As a mere stunt, the Palanisamy government makes announcements of allocation of money for projects but nothing is happing on the ground.  Possibly the middlemen from the

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  • Unlearnt lessons from UP0

    N Sathiya Moorthy, ‘Provoke’, Chennai, April 27, 2017  Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to start a talent hunt for spotting new ministers if the BJP wants to present itself as a future government in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, says N Sathiya Moorthy Once again, pollsters and political pundits have got it wrong. Why, even Prime Minister Narendra

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  • Why Is China Renaming Seemingly Unimportant Places in Arunachal Pradesh?0

    BY MANOJ JOSHI Two of the six spots renamed could be of significance, but the other four are simply points on a map. Is there a method behind this that we cannot discern at the moment? A signboard is seen from the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

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  • China to assert claims of disputed areas with India0

    By Kerry Garner The China Daily said “playing the Dalai Lama card” was never a wise choice for New Delhi. “If India wants to continue this petty game, it will only end up in paying dearly for it”, the article ends. China claims the state as “South Tibet”. India will pay “dearly” if it continues

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  • India reaffirms Tibet policies, China ties after leader’s trip to Arunachal0

      Monday, 24 April 2017 Molly Lortie, Tibet Post International   Dharamshala — Following His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s trip to the contested territory, Arunachal Pradesh, and accusations from China that India has violated its commitments and put border dispute settlements at risk, the Indian government has made assertions that there is no change in

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  • Nepal: Tension Building As Govt Readies Local Elections0

    By Hari Bansh Jha* In Nepal, the political atmosphere is rife with tensions on the issue of holding local level elections next month. The Madheshis, Tharus and other Janajati (indigenous) groups who form bulk of the nation’s total population have vowed to disrupt the elections as it intends to give legitimacy to new Nepalese constitution

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  • Disaster Preparedness and Response During Political Transition in Nepal0

    Two years ago, the 7.8 magnitude Gorkha Earthquake struck Nepal’s densely populated Kathmandu Valley, followed by a second quake on May 12, leaving 9,000 people dead, 22,000 injured, and a tenth of the population, 3.5 million people, homeless. In response, the Nepali government, army, and civil society mobilized to help the survivors, joined by an outpouring

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  • Unrest in Kashmir: Why is India in no mood to resolve the explosive issue? (A Sovereign Kashmir: Random Thoughts-301)0

    -Dr. Abdul Ruff India suffers from an illogical superiority complex and situation has become severe under the Hindutva nationalist BJP rule. India government, irrespective of which party or coalition rules the country, does not change its policy for Jammu Kashmir which it sees through its policy for Pakistan. India possibly thinks if it ends criminal

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  • Myanmar’s By-Elections: At a Glance0

    By Mi Ki Kyaw Myint On April 1, nearly 800,000 out of some 2 million eligible voters cast their ballot in Myanmar’s by-elections to fill 19 vacant seats at the national and sub-national level. The election is the first since the National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government assumed power in March 2016, and the first to be administered

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  • Creating an Ecosystem of Support for Trafficking Survivors in India0

    By Diya Nag FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInEmailPrintShare South Asia has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing and second-largest region for human trafficking in the world, with India at its epicentre as a source, destination, and transit country. Despite recent government data that indicates that reporting of cases of human trafficking in India has increased by almost 25 percent, the conviction rate remains abysmally low.

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  • Addressing Industrial Pollution Along the Kelani River0

    By Dhiya Sathananthan, Johann Rebert The lush banks and rushing waters of the Kelani River served as the indelible backdrop for the 1957 Academy Award-winning movie “The Bridge on the River Kwai” and today, the river remains a vital resource for about 25 percent of the Sri Lankan population who reside in its catchment area. The river is

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