• World Heritage Treasures under coal threats

    World Heritage Treasures under coal threats0

    Dr. Adil Khan and Dr. Amy Macmahon The Sundarbans and the Great Barrier Reef While climate change threats to environment remain real and loom large , the Sundarbans in Bangladesh and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, , two of World’s greatest heritage treasures face the danger of extinction due to use (proposed) of coal

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  • CAN BRICS SUMMIT CONCEAL INDIA CHINA DIFFERENCES?

    CAN BRICS SUMMIT CONCEAL INDIA CHINA DIFFERENCES?0

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    • October 15, 2016

    The eighth BRICS Summit, taking place in Goa in India on 16th October 2016 and attended by the five members of the group namely India, China, Brazil, Russia and South Africa has aroused considerable curiosity around the world. The curiosity is mainly about whether the BRICS summit would aid in easing the tension in the

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  • The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Post-War Sri Lanka

    The Status of Ethnic Minorities in Post-War Sri Lanka3

    Sri Lanka had a long period of ethnic civil war that lasted for over two decades. During 1983-2009, the island was witness to episodic violence, terror, and bloodshed. The long history of civil war between the Sinhalese and Sri Lankan Tamils played a crucial role in shaping the politics of Sri Lanka.  Post-war; with the

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  • Maldives quits C’wealth, Nasheed too going to UNHRC

    Maldives quits C’wealth, Nasheed too going to UNHRC0

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    • October 14, 2016

    In a none-too-unanticipated move, the Maldivian Government of President Abdulla Yameen has announced its decision to quit the Commonwealth. In doing so, the Government has accused the UK-centric inter-governmental body of “undermining sovereignty and independence, interfering in domestic affairs, and treating the country “unfairly and unjustly”. In a double-whammy of sorts earlier for the British-centric,

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  • DOES SAARC HAVE A FUTURE?

    DOES SAARC HAVE A FUTURE?0

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    • October 12, 2016

    The recent cancellation of the 19th summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that was scheduled to take place in Islamabad on November, 15 and 16,   has led to serious doubts as to whether SAARC can fulfill its objectives and remain as a useful forum that would be beneficial to the eight nations

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  • India’s ‘surgical strikes’ and the SAARC Summit

    India’s ‘surgical strikes’ and the SAARC Summit0

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    • October 12, 2016

    The Indian army’s ‘surgical-strikes’ on ‘terror launch-pads’ inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) has received as much moral support from almost all Governments in South Asia as from within the country and all across the world. While coming down on terrorism, and thus Pakistan in this context, neighbourhood nations are as unsure about the future course as

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  • Ron Paul: Fifteen Years Into Afghan War, Do Americans Know The Truth?

    Ron Paul: Fifteen Years Into Afghan War, Do Americans Know The Truth?0

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    • October 12, 2016

    Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed

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  • How About Reaping a Rich Demographic Dividend! Prioritizing Education and Skills Development in the South Asia Region

    How About Reaping a Rich Demographic Dividend! Prioritizing Education and Skills Development in the South Asia Region1

    The South Asia region or the Indian Sub-Continent that forms the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) bloc is at the forefront of the new world economic order today – thanks to its robust growth rates. Over the last 20 years, the region has remained among the fastest growing in the world, witnessing an

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  • The Looming India/Pakistan Crisis – Who To Blame?

    The Looming India/Pakistan Crisis – Who To Blame?0

    The short answer to the above question is, both! Recent bout started with Uri, the Indian border post at the Kashmir front. 18 Indian soldiers were killed by across-the-border assailants. India blames Pakistan and Pakistan denies and says it is the work of the disaffected Kashmiri insurgents. In the ensuing row India is winning diplomatically,

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  • Kashmir: how conflicting narratives have ignited the fire

    Kashmir: how conflicting narratives have ignited the fire0

    For nearly seven decades, nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India have been disputing the territorial status of a region that is an essential part of their founding identities. Pakistan and India’s vilification campaigns against each other over Kashmir have intensified in recent months, igniting an untamable fire. Kashmiris are caught in the middle of two narratives,

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  • Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation

    Sri Lanka’s State of Reconciliation0

    Despite the intensity of the ethnic conflict, reconciliation always remained an attractive scheme or slogan for many civil society actors and political figures in Sri Lanka. With the end of the war in 2009, reconciliation transformed into an integral part of the political discourse. Many believed that the termination of the LTTE bestowed an opportunity

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  • India, Pakistan And J&K: The Tragedy Of Complacence

    India, Pakistan And J&K: The Tragedy Of Complacence0

    In the worst ever attack in terms of fatalities of Army personnel since terrorism began in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1988, at least 17 Army personnel were killed and another 19 were injured when terrorists stormed the administrative base of one of the units of the Indian Army near the

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  • TIBETANS  IN  EXILE  SHOULD  MAINTAIN  THEIR  IDENTITY

    TIBETANS IN EXILE SHOULD MAINTAIN THEIR IDENTITY0

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    • September 26, 2016

    It is now several decades since China invaded and occupied Tibet and gained complete military control over the land. While many Tibetans entered India as refugees after the Chinese occupation, a large section of Tibetan population had no alternative other than remaining in the country and submitting themselves to the military dictatorship of China and

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  • Pakistan and NSG: Countering the Cards

    Pakistan and NSG: Countering the Cards0

    Notwithstanding proactive lobbying, assertive US backing and overwhelming support for India’s bid for the membership, India is still struggling hard for the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership while the plenary meeting of NSG also concluded with a sharp setback for India. The chances for a favorable outcome were already bleak for India’s inclusion, but two

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