• Trump Takes Time, It’s Not UNHRC Is Giving Sri Lanka More Time0

    Sathiya MoorthyThe Sunday Leader, Colombo, 26 March 2017 Sampanthan needs to be congratulated and thanked for drawing the Tamils away over that distinction in the post-war, post-LTTE era, and thus proving a point It’s becoming increasingly clear that the entire UNHRC process, or the UNHRC-like institutions are the America-led West’s own way to take issues away

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  • In China and Pakistan’s coal romance, where’s the love for the climate?0

    Fahad Saeed, King Abdulaziz University If you were travelling via motorway from Islamabad to Lahore during November or December 2016, you might have felt like your head was in the clouds. That’s thanks to the smog that engulfed large parts of Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh provinces in that period. This was clearly “not a natural

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  • 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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